Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
ColonelsEarl of Essex
Area Raised
Coat Colour
Flag ColourOrange & White
Flag DesignUnknown
Field Armies1639

English infantry regiment that was raised for the First Bishops’ War of 1639

Service History


  • Raised
  • April: Essex takes nine Durham companies and four from Northumberland to garrison Berwick, probably Trained Bands, joining with Astley and Lyndsey
  • May: March to the camp at Birks
  • June: Standoff between Birks and Duns Law


Uncertain whether Essex's force at Berwick consisted of his own regiment or other forces, probably Durham and Northumberland Trained Bands.

Coats and Flags

The regiment carried 12 orange and white colours 1) 2).

Notable Officers

Earl of Essex


  • 12 companies
  • May 1639: Arundel's, Essex's, Newport's and Astley's foot together numbered 6000 3)

See Also

1) Original research by BCW wiki contributor 1642
2) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
3) Rushworth's 'Historical Collections: 1639, March-June', Historical Collections of Private Passages of State: Volume 3: 1639-40, pp. 885-946. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=74912 Date accessed: 24 June 2014