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Sir Marmaduke Rawdon’s Regiment of Foote 1643 – 1646
“Veritas est Magna et Prevalet”
Who we are
A group of history enthusiasts who re-enact the lives and times of soldiers from an English Civil War Regiment, fighting for their King. Pikemen, Musketeers, Drummers, Gunners, Officers and Camp-Followers all play their part in presenting 17th Century displays for the public, which combine excitement, entertainment and education. Major sponsors of our events have included English Heritage, the Royal Armouries, the National Trust and the BBC.
We have members from all parts of the Country, and Rawdon’s has always had a very strong contingent in North London. We take part in Historical Re-enactment Events around the U.K. organised by ourselves or by the English Civil War Society, and we are happy to assist potential new members get involved. We have a large stock of costume and equipment for new members to borrow so they can take part and lots of other help and advice as well.
Our Events, be they Battles, Sieges, or Encampments, can take part any time from April to September each year. We also have our annual Regimental Banquet that normally takes place in October or November with lots of 17th century recipe food, dancing, speeches, and lots more. On the last Sunday of January each year, it is our privilege to stage the King Charles Commemoration when we march down The Mall and to Horse Guards in Central London to mark the anniversary of the murder of our martyred King (who was executed by the Rump Parliament on 30th January 1649).
Who Was Marmaduke Rawdon?
Rawdon was a successful merchant from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, who had commanded the Red Regiment of the London Trayned-Bandes before the outbreak of war. After a failed attempt to seize the armoury at the Tower of London, Rawdon fled to the King’s new capital at Oxford in early 1643. Once there, he used his wealth to raise a Regiment of Foote for the Royalist cause, receiving a Commission from King Charles for his efforts.
As Rawdon and many of his Officers were exiles from London, it was unofficially known as the “London Regiment”, and soon despatched to hold Basing House, a major Royalist stronghold in the middle of Parliament-held Hampshire. Rawdons defended Basing with great success through two major sieges in 1643 and 1644, defeating the London Trayned-Bandes and the famous Roundhead General, Sir William Waller. In 1645 the Regiment was despatched to Faringdon in Oxfordshire which it defended against all comers until finally agreeing to peace terms in 1646 after the death of Sir Marmaduke, and when all the King’s Armies in the field had already been vanquished. Rawdon’s Regiment was allowed to march forth from Faringdon with all its weapons and Colours (Flags), as would befit an undefeated regiment.
When the Regiment was disbanded, the remaining Officers cut up the Regiment’s Colours, and divided them up among themselves in memory of their fallen Commander...
Drill displays – Demonstrating the components of a 17th Century Regiment. How the muskets are fired, the postures of the Pike, how drums relayed orders, and how a Regiment would march into battle.
Soldiers’ Encampment – a Living History Display of the Regiment’s campsite.
- An armoury tent with weapons and armour displays, ready for visitors to try on, to handle or to ask questions.
- An information display tent, explaining the history of the Regiment and aspects of the Civil War.
- A Sutlery with a full Camp Kitchen, preparing and cooking fare for the soldiers.
- A Shotte-maker at his craft, an Apothecary dispensing potions for healing, and a Carpenter making repairs to weapons. Gunners with a “Drake-Minion”ready to bombard the Roundheads.
- An Engineer and a Gunne-Captain planning for siege, with the Regimental Clerk on hand to note down their plans.
- Try on the Armour and handle the Weapons (under supervision).
- Younger recruits can take part in the Children’s Drill with Musket and Pike. And from 2013, Children will be able to take part in learning the Drill for operating a small (and non-firing) cannon
- Children can try to be the first to complete the 17th Century Quiz–they may need to ask some of the soldiers for help and information.
Battle – This could encompass many different forms of 17th Century warfare, but will always provide a stunning and memorable finale to our displays. It could feature a skirmish between opposing units of Pikemen, Musketeers and Cannon representing the many small-scale fights that were typical of the war; a major battle with hundreds of soldiers, cavalry and artillery, re-creating the fighting seen at Edgehill or Naseby; or a siege, where the big guns batter down a fortification before it is stormed bloodily by the army. Ask one of the Officers for details about the dates of the next Major Battle Re-enactment.
What should I do now?
If you would be interested in taking part, or just in finding out more about us and what we do, then please contact:-