The Regiment

Lt. Col. John


of Foote

Lieutenant-Colonel John Lilburne's Regiment of Foote has been educating the public at ‘musters’ across the country. They are a very friendly team with lots of experience in re-enactment. This means that we can help new members with whatever role they wish to adopt within the society; in fact, we take great pride in encouraging people of all ages and from all walks of life, enabling you to get the most out of your new hobby, both on and off the field. We enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of other members of our regiment, across the whole age range of our membership.

As part of The Sealed Knot re-enactment society, you get the chance to visit Castles, Places, Manor Houses and Battlefields across the country. Whether as an officer, musician, pikeman, musketeer, artilery or as a member of Living History, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the past and learn.  Although not actually a regiment that fought in the Civil Wars.

Re-enactments can be as simple as a cormemorative march, a living history camp, a drill display, eduactional days at a school, small skirmishes, up to  large set piece battles involving the entire society.

If you, or your family,  are looking for something to do at  the weekend. Something  that is not the "normal  thing", then this is for you.

  Although not actually a regiment that fought in the Civil Wars. The Regiments namesake was active throughout the conflict. John Lilburne (born 1615) started out as a Captain in Lord Brooke’s Regiment of Foote.

Having been captured after defending  Brentford the Royalists intend to try Lilburne for treason but are persuaded not to hang Lilburne after Parliament threaten to execute Royalist prisoners.

Lilburne joins Earl of Manchester's Eastern Association army and becomes Lieutenant-Colonel in a Regiment of Dragoons. Lilburne fights with distinction at Marston Moor and negotiates the surrender of Tickhill without a single shot being fired.

Lilburne refuses to sign the Presbyterian Solemn League and Covenant that is required of officers in the New Model Army and resigns. He is imprisoned after denouncing MPs who live in comfort while the common soldiers fought and died for Parliament. 

Lilburne then spends the rest of his life in and out of prison dying in 1657.

Units that the Regiment Portrays on the field.



Consisting of a number of individuals each have their role. The Officers make the decisions and  tell the Regiment what to do. Drummers are used to relay the officers    order using differing beats as in the heat of conflict voices can not be heard. Ensigns (standard bearers) inform the regiment where the senior officer is and are used as a rally marker. Musicians (fifes) are to keep up the Regiments spirits by playing jaunty tunes.


The newest fighting "arme" of the Regiment. Using mass Salvees (volleys) of matchlock or the more modern flintlock musket. Musketeers would whittle down the opposition before the Pike are sent in. That is until swords became more available and wood supplies dwindled. The most complex and sometimes frustrating "arme" to master.



The Pike is the oldest "arme" in the Civil war and dates back to 750AD. Armed with a 16' long ash pole ending with a metal spike 16’ (in our case painted)  the Pike was originally used as the main form of attack. However, towards the C17th the Pike became a more defensive weapon and was predominantly used pin down the oppositions pike, allowing the cavalry and muskets to engage. In supporting the other units in defence against against cavalry or deny the opposition vital ground.


Starting and ending a skirmish the artillery create the atmosphere of a muster and always draw in the crowds. Although no 'actual shot' is fired everybody is wary of the effects of being in the wrong place when the linstock approaches the touchhole. Requiring a team effort, you can (possibly) fire 2 shots every 5 minutes. The upside of being the least mobile of the field units means, those who do not wish to get "stuck in" can still get the feel of a battle whilst contributing to it.

"I first saw the Sealed Knot performing at a local fete and thought it would be good to have a go myself. After doing some research I discovered Lilburnes regiment and have never once regretted joining them. They are as nice a bunch of people you could ever hope to meet.

During my time here I have been a Pikeman, Artillery, Water Carrier and Musketeer. I now consider myself as a Piketeer as I swap between the two at musters. If your thinking about having a go, do it ! I did and it's the best hobby in the world."

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