About The Slanning's Regiment Today

The "Cornish Army" of Slannings, and Godolphins

Regimental History
In the 1970's Sir Nicholas Slanning's Musketeers were formed as No. 2 company of Prince Maurice's Dragoones, based in the Southwest, with a uniform of black doublets and breeches, and red socks. In about 1980 Slannings formed a pike company, and in about 1982-3 gained regimental status in their own right, Slanning's regimental uniform is Blue and White, and Godolphns regiment are blue and Yellow, which is reflected in the stripes on the pike. Slanning's maintain Close ties with Godolphins Regiment, often forming up with them as the Cornish Army

On the battlefield we combine with the regiments of Sir Marmaduke Rawdon's Regiment of Foote, Sir Henry Tilliers, Sir Stephen Hawkins, Sir Bevil Grenvilles and Sir William Godolphins and Sir Vincent Corbet's Company, to form the Lord Hopton's Tertio or the Royalist Army of the West.

Roles that you can take part in, and our Senior Regimental Members

The Commanding Officer and His Staff

Artillery

The Artillery is an important part of Sir Nicholas Slanning hys Regiment of foote, As Sir Nicolas left England bound for the Low Country in 1629 To learn the Art of War, Where English and Scots mercenaries were operating Artillery in the Netherlands.

Early in Sir Nicholas' Army career he commanded 13 Guns and 100 officers. In November 1642, Slanning formed one of the five Cornish regiments of foote which was known as "the Tinners".

Some of the Slannings Regiment wear black shirts to symbolise the grubby appearance of a regiment of Cornish Tin Miners.

In May 1642, Slanning with the Royalist Forces, captured among other things, 14 Guns. On the feild The artillary represent a fraction of these forces, but nonetheless it is historically accurate to have Gun with a Regiment of Foote.

Artillery Commander Neal Harrison with Artillery Sergeant Val Webb and Artillery Corporal Ian Lycett-King operate the Gun on the field.

Pike Block

The pike is referred to as 'The Queen of Arms' or the "Noble Arm", and was wielded by the strongest and fittest of men. It can be traced back to the ancient Greek phalanx armed with 16 foot long tapered ash pikes tipped with steel.

The main job of the pike is to protect the musket from cavalry. The pike men operate best in large formations or blocks; the pike being too unwieldy in single combat.

The pike men are referred to as 'Gentlemen' or as officers without a command, and gentlemen volunteers, who fought on foot, would join the pike rather than the musketeers.

Slanning's Colour
Also the Regimental Ensign Neil Coultard(the junior officer who carries the regimental colour or flag) is drawn from the pike block. As well as the pike, the troops would be equipped with a basic sword (called a hanger or tuck), a steel helmet (morion) and possibly armour.

The issuing of armour would depend upon availability but this was its' last real use in UK history. As muskets became more accurate and powerful, armour's usefulness declined.

The pike block is physically very demanding, but exhilarating, We drill each morning before a battle, to fire us up for the afternoon and to clear our hangovers! We are renowned for our fierce but fair fighting style and have a reputation to uphold at each engagement! Slanning's Pike is commanded by Acting Lieutenant of Pike, Steve Watts with his Sergeant Charlie Hextall

Musket Block

Musketeers are armed with a smooth bore matchlock musket (which are firing replicas of the actual weapons used in the 1600s) and a sword as a secondary weapon. They also form "blocks" which attack at about a 25 metres range firing volleys, then using the butt of their musket as a club and finally wielding their swords to engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. We do not actually use shot in the musket, only gunpowder and wadding. Full training will be given and you will have to pass a safety test before you are allowed to use a musket or a sword on the battlefield.

Dummy muskets are used prior to this. Although being a musketeer does not require quite the full body contact that being a pikeman does, it is nonetheless just as enjoyable and exhilarating. Slanning's Musket is Commanded by Acting Lieutenant of Shot Tony "Bongo" Wallace-Eade, with his acting Sergeant Dave Wood

Slanning's Drum

Drummers played a vital role in communicating orders, as shouted orders were not heard over the noise of battle. All drummers were junior officers and as such were used to request parleys and speak to the opponent's officers. They were treated with great respect and it was an act of shame to kill or wound an enemy drummer. The regimental drums tend to stay close to the pike block during the battle and together with the regimental colour provide a rallying point for the men.

This role is ideal for over 16 year olds, who want to get involved on the battlefield, but who may lack the size and strength of some of the larger adults fighting in pike or musket; and as a good starting point for battle experience. On a long march to the battlefield, and especially back to the campsite after a battle, the drums are crucial in keeping spirits and moral high and keeping feet moving after hours of fighting!

The Slanning's Drums are commanded by Hopton's Tercio Drum Major, Senior Drum Sergeant Major Royalist Army, Drum Sergeant Major Racheal Parkin.

Camp Followers

This is the term for the ladies of the regiment who go onto the battlefield to water the troops. They get closer to the action than would have been the case during the actual civil war, but they play a vital part in ensuring all participants survive the battle; as fighting in woollen clothes and armour can be extremely dehydrating.

As well as watering the troops they tend any minor injuries, or help escort people to the medics, hold onto medication for fighting members and carry out running repairs to equipment.

In a 20th Century safety role, as non-fighting participants on the field, they can easily spot if someone is in need of assistance or rest. So they can even overrule an officer, when necessary, in terms of the well being of a fighting participant. If a camp follower tells somebody to leave the field they must leave.

Non-Combatants
These are the members of the regiment who do not go on to the battlefield through choice, physical or age limitations, or parental commitments; but who are still an extremely valued part of our regiment. These include all children (below 16 years of age). However, those aged between 11 and 16 may be involved in the Society's apprentices and hence may be escorting VIP guests, performing cameo roles or even taking part in pre-battle displays. At most events the apprentices will meet and drill in the use of all arms, so they are fully trained in all areas by the time they reach 16. By which time they are able to go on the battlefield, probably with a chosen preferred arm by then. Other non-combatants may include those that choose to camp in the Living History (authentic) campsite. They enjoy talking to the public and demonstrating a 17th Century way of life or skill, rather than fighting. Although we do have several members who like to combine the fighting with the authentic camping! Non-combatants can still watch the battle, or visit the local attractions, but those that choose to stay on the campsite to mind the children / pets and welcome back the troops with tea and beer are treasured life savers! Some parents actually take it in turns to fight one day and mind the family the next, so they both get a chance to have fun!

 

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