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The King's Irish

The Royalist Anglo-Irish Foot Of The English Civil War

Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 #49

Author : John Barratt

The King's Irish : The Royalist Anglo-Irish Foot Of The English Civil War


General - Pages : 214 | Images : 24 b/w photos/ills, 8 b/w maps, 8 colour plates

Paperback - Date of Publication : December 2019 | Size : 248mm x 180mm | ISBN : 9781912866533 | Helion Book Code : HEL1143

The English troops serving in Ireland were vital source of experienced and possibly war-winning manpower sought after by both King and Parliament in the Civil War. The “cessation” or truce which King Charles reached with the Irish Confederates in September 1643 enabled him to begin shipping over troops from Ireland to reinforce the Royalist armies. During the following year the “Irish”, as they were frequently if inaccurately known by both sides were an important factor in the war. The Nantwich campaign (December 1643-January 1644), the consolidation of Royalist control in the Welsh Marches during the spring of 1644, the Marston Moor campaign, and the Battle of Montgomery (September 1644) all received major contributions from the troops from Ireland. Other troops from Ireland, mainly from the province of Munster, provided important reinforcements for the Western and Oxford Royalist armies during the 1644 campaigns in western and southern England. The “Irish” were still a significant part of the Royalist army during the Naseby campaign of 1645, and elements remained in action until the end of the war. The book will look at the Irish campaign and its influence on the experience and behaviour of the troops when they reached England. It will examine their equipment, logistical care, and experience following their return. It will look at the performance of some of the troops, such as the “firelocks” who changed sides and became valuable additions to the Parliamentarian forces. Also examined is the controversial topic of “native Irish“ troops who were involved, and a number of prominent individuals who also served in the war. Full use is made of extensive contemporary primary sources and also later research.


"......This is a fascinating study of a surprisingly overlooked subject. The book includes 28 black-and-white illustrations and five maps, but it is the colour plates that stand out......they really are exceptional – some of the best I have seen.....This book is a useful companion to the first book in the Century of the Soldier series, which looked at the Royalist uprising in Scotland in 1644-1645, during which three Irish regiments played a vital role." David Flintham, Military History Matters

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