Sergeant Major General Henry Tiller’s Regiment of Foote
Serjeant Major General Henry Tillier’s Regiment of Foote is a Royalist Regiment of the Sealed Knot Society re-enacting 17th century battles of the English Civil War. The Sealed Knot is the oldest re-enactment society in the UK. A registered educational Charity, and the single biggest re-enactment society in Europe. Henry Tillier was of a French Huguenot family who were refugees from the persecution of the French Catholics. He became an officer in Charles 1st’s army when it fought in Ireland in 1642. In 1643 he was promoted Colonel and raised his own regiment from the Dublin garrison. With his Regiment, he crossed to Wales in 1644 and joined the King’s forces in the Shrewsbury garrison Soon after, Prince Rupert began to organise his northern army, making Shrewsbury his rallying point for his troops Tillier’s Regiment was the nucleus of this new force. It was at this time the regiment was issued with their distinctive green coats and standards.
He was granted a ‘field promotion’ to Sergeant Major General on 21stMarch 1644.
Tillier’s Regiment of Foote made their last stand at White Syke in June 1644, the survivors made their way back to Wales and were quartered at Welshpool.
Henry Tillier was not with them; he had been captured on the field of Marston Moor.
He rejoined his regiment having been released from Leicester on 31st May 1645.
The regiment fought its final battle at Naesby. The Parliamentarians fought their way into the heart of the regiment, and General Fairfax himself killed the ensign carrying the green colour. That was the end of Sergeant Major General Henry Tillier’s Regiment