From a variety of sources, we have been able to piece together a list of Officers and men who originally fought in Sir John Owens Regiment of Foote. 

Beswick, Ensign Roger. Aided in attempt to Rescue Sir John Owen from Denbigh, 1648.

Blodwst, Captain. - With Sir John Owen in 1648 at Dolgellau.

Bostocke, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward. In Sir John Owens foot. Probably from Holt. A 'George Bostock' was captain in Sir J. Owens regiment. Survived the war but died, according to the Reverend Philip Henry, of drink after acting as J.P. at Llanrwst Quarter Sessions 1663. A J.P's signature appears as G.E.Bostocke.

Browne, Captain. In Sir J. Owens foot.

Brynkir, Captain John. In Sir J.Owens foot. Captured at Conway, 1646, but exchanged. Escaped from Y Dalar Hir, 1648.

Brynkir, Captain William of Brynkir. Brother. Cousin of Sir John Owen in whose regiment he served. Killed at Newbury.

Burgess, Lieutenant-Colonel Roger. In Sir John Owens foot. Was in attack on Bristol. Defied Cromwell at Farringdon House. Commanded Owens regiment at Naseby and was captured. Held Castle Cornet, Guernsey until December 1651.

Chambers, William of Denbigh. In attempt to rescue Sir John Owen, 1648

Fryer, Captain Jeremy of Lord Byron's Horse. In Chester during siege. Followed Byron to Chester and there remained under Sir J. Owen. Was captured when outside the walls. Exchanged for Major Cheadle.

Gethin, Lieutenant Humphrey. In Sir J. Owens foot (Might come from Holt).

Griffith, Captain Robert, In Sir J.Owens Foot. He might be the 'Captaine Gruffith' sent by Sir John Owen to Gwydir to arrest Sir Owen Wynn.

Gruffyth, Captain Francis. In Sir J.Owens Foot.

Hookes, Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh of Conway. Was a lieutenant in 1632, according to wife's tablet in Conway church. Captain in Sir J.Owens Foot. Promoted at siege of Bristol. Took charge in Merionethshire, 1645. Fought in Anglesey revolt. Survived and signed maimed soldiers petition. His niece married a Captain Pettris.

Hookes, Captain Robert. In Colonel Sir J.Owens Foot

Hughes, Captain of Brombagle, of Keven Llanvair. In attempt to rescue Sir John Owen from Denbigh Castle.

Humphryes, Ensign Gabriel, of Merioneth. Sir J.Owens Foot. In Captain Humphryes' company

Humphreys, Captain Sir J.Owens Foot.

Jeffreys, Captain Edward. Sir J.Owens Foot. Second son of John Jeffreys of Acton, Wrexham. Survived war and dwelt at Broughton. Died 1680 Possibly related to John Jeffreys of Wrexham (Father of Judge Jeffreys).

Jenkins, Captain, In Sir J.Owens Foot.

Jones, Captain Daniel, of Anglesey. In Sir J.Owens Foot. Signed Maimed soldiers application.

Jones, Major Richard, In Sir J.Owens Foot.

Floyd, Lieutenant David, Merioneth. In Captain Humphreys company of Sir J.Owens Foot.

Floyd, Captain Edward, Salop. In Sir J.Owens Foot.

Lloyd, Captain Edward Sir J.Owens Foot.

Floyd, Ensign John, of Merioneth. In Captain John Pugh's company of Sir J.Owens Foot.

Lloyd, Corp Richard. Sir John Owens senior commissioner negotiating the surrender of Conway Castle, November 1646.

Floyd, Captain Thomas. In Sir J.Owens Foot. Signed Conway articles as commissioner. Salop.

Lloyd, Captain. In Sir J.Owens Foot.

Matthews, Thomas Lieutenant. In Sir J.Owens Foot. Denbigh. Captain Brunkers Company.

Merrick, Captain. In Sir J.Owens Foot.

Nanney, Captain-Lieutenant John. In Sir J.Owens Foot.

Owen, Sir John, of Clenennau(1600-1666). Major-general vice-admiral of North Wales, High Sheriff, Caernarvonshire. Captain in Colonel Endymion Porters foot. Irish expedition 1642. Ordered by Charles, September 1642 to raise a regiment of foot in Caernaronshire, intended to be lifeguard for the Prince of Wales. Was at Hereford by Christmas. Helped to capture Cirencester on his way to the King. Said to have taken part in Seven Battles, nine sieges and thirty-two actions. Was at Culham Camp with regiment in May 1643. Distinguished himself in assault on Bristol, seriously wounded in neck. Saw attempt to relieve Gloucester and 1st Newbury. In 1644 was deputy governor of Reading, Knighted at Oxford 17 December 1644, and appointed governor of Conway. Made major-general by Maurice, February, 1645, and marched Caernarvonshire troops to drive Roundheads out of Denbigh operating nr Wrexham. On his return he turned Archbishop William 9 May out of Conway, thereby starting a feud which harmed the cause. His regiment at Nasby was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel. R. Burges. A second regiment under Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Hookes operated in Merioneth. Owen was active in sending supplies to beleaguered Chester. Co-operated with Byron. Conway town captured 9 August 1646, but Owen defied Mytton and held castle until 18 November. Headed revolt in 1648. Captured at Y Dalar Hir, near Bangor, and imprisoned in Denbigh. Rescue attempt in July, and he was removed to Windsor. Tried with Hamilton, Capel, Holland and Goring, and condemned to be executed but reprieved. Imprisoned Chester 1651, again in 1655 and captured in Booth uprising 1659. Married Janet of Griffith Vaughan of Gorsygedol, Merioneth. Buries Penmorfa Church. Epitaph quoted in Mitre and Musket.

Parry, Captain. Attempted to rescue Sir John Owen from Denbigh Castle July 1648.

Parry. Sent by Sir John Owen to Gwydir to gather contributions 1646. Likely to be the same.

Philips, Captain. In Sir J.Owens revolt 1648.

Powell, Lieutenant Thomas, Denbighshire. In Captain Jones' company of Sir J.Owens Foot.

Powell, Captain. In Sir J.Owens Foot in 1643.

Pugh, Captain. In Sir J.Owens Foot. Probably his cousin.

Ravenscroft, Captain George. Signed Conway Castle articles as commissioner for Sir John Owen.

Roberts, Lieutenant John, of Anglesey. In Sir J.Owens Foot. A former ensign to Captain Merrick.

Wynne, Lieutenant Humphrey, of Anglesey. In Captain Jenkins company of Sir J.Owens Foot.

Wynne, Captain Robert. In Sir J.Owens Foot.

Wynne. Lieutenant Thomas, of Caernarvon. Lieutenant to Captain Robert Wynne in Sir J.Owens Foot

12th August 1642
John Owen receives his commission to raise a regiment.

Sept - Nov 1642
Raising the regiment in North Wales and the Border.

2nd February 1643
Regiment, 800 strong, storms Cirencester. Later becomes part of the garrison there.

9th April 1643
With Prince Rupert at the Storming of Birmingham.

21st April 1643
Storming of Lichfield.

25th April 1643
Arrives late with Rupert's army at the Battle of Cheversham Bridge.

May - June 1643
Encamped at Culham near Abingdon. Receives issues of weapons and equipment from Oxford arsenals. Clothing issue.

24th July 1643
Marched out with the army for Bristol.

26th July 1643
Storming of Bristol with Grandison's Tertia. Owen leads the Tertia, Grandison being wounded. Owen is himself severely wounded.

10th August - 4th September 1643
At the siege of Gloucester, guarding the batteries at Llanthony Priory.

20th September 1643
1st Battle of Newbury. Sir Gilbert Gerrard's Tertia.

Autumn & Winter 1643
Garrisoned at Reading. Owen made Deputy Governor.

March 1644
Detachment of the Regiment serving under Col. Bolles, lost in heroic action at Alton church. Further Detachment serves under Sir George Lisle at the Battle of Cheriton.

29th June 1644
Battle of Cropredy Bridge, II Tertia under Sir George Lisle.

August - October 1644
Cornish Campaign. Battle of Lostwithiel, Battle of Castle Dore.

27th October 1644
2nd Battle of Newbury, 1st Tertia under Lisle at Shaw House beat off the Earl of Manchester's attacks.

Autumn & Winter 1644-45
Garrisoned at Faringdon.

17th December 1644
Col. Owen Knighted at Oxford and appointed Vice-Admiral of North Wales and Governor of Conwy.

29th April 1645
Oliver Cromwell's attempted assault on Faringdon thrown back with heavy losses by the garrison under Lt. Col. Roger Burgess of Owen's Regiment.

Early May 1645
Regiment joins field army as part of Lisle's Tertia, c200 strong.

30th May 1645
Storming of Leicester. Owen's Regiment storms by escalade.

14th June 1645
Battle of Naseby. Regiment destroyed with many dead and wounded. Survivors marched to London as prisoners.

 

 


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