Colonel Charles Essex’s Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelCharles Essex
Area Raised
Coat ColourTawney lined Yellow
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesEssex 1642

Parliamentarian Regiment originally raised for service in Ireland but instead serving with Essex’s army at Edgehill

Service History


  • 23rd September: Battle of Edgehill - Part of Charles Essex' Brigade (Front left)
  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green?
  • November: Disbanded


The regiment was routed at Edgehill and Colonel Essex was killed there. They appear to either have been disbanded with the remnants drafted into, or re-organised into, Colonel Henry Bulstrode’s Regiment of Foot in November 1642.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

The regiment were issued tawny coats lined yellow in September 1642 1).

Notable Officers

Charles Essex

Led a brigade of the Parliamentarian foot at Edgehill, where he was killed in battle.

Officer Lists

June 1642 proposed for service in Ireland

  • Colonel Charles Essex2)
  • Lt-Col Adam Cunningham
  • Major Thomas Ogle
  • 1st Captain William Roberts
  • 2nd Captain George Narrow
  • 3rd Captain Constance Ferrer
  • 4th Captain Samuel Loftus
  • 5th Captain John Jenkins “for Firelocks”
  • Captain-Lt Francis Hall
  • Lieutenant Peter Crispe
  • Lieutenant James Webb
  • Lieutenant Ambrose Tindall
  • Lieutenant Edward Barnwell
  • Lieutenant William Hetwet
  • Lieutenant James Barrell
  • Lieutenant Bartholamew Elecot
  • Ensign John Shipman
  • Ensign Leonard Hawkins
  • Ensign Richard Osborne
  • Ensign John Watkins
  • Ensign Thomas Paramour
  • Ensign John Hemmings
  • Ensign Francis Butler
  • Ensign Wayte

September 1642

  • Colonel Charles Essex3)
    • Capt Lt Francis Hall
    • Ens John Shipman
  • Lt Col Adam Cunningham
    • Lt Edward Barnewell
    • Ens Leonard Hawkins
  • Major James Webb
    • Lt John Wheeler
  • Capt William Robert
    • Lt Ralph Williams
    • Ens John Waykins
  • Capt John Jenkins
    • Lt Bartholamew Elliot
    • Ens Tracey Smart
  • Capt Francis Hall
    • Lt Walraven Hmert
    • Ens John Withers
  • Capt William Frederick
    • Lt Christopher Crow
    • Ens William Stratford
  • Capt John Haselwood
    • Lt Christopher Chidley
    • Ens Thomas Fitz
  • Capt Samuel Loftus
    • Lt James Burrell
    • Ens Robert Shergall
  • Capt Sir William Essex
    • Lt Daniel Robinson
    • Ens Richard Thornehill
  • Provost Marshall: Martin Benthin
  • Chaplain: Samuel Wells
  • Surgeon: John Browne
  • Quartermaster: Roger Wse


  • October 1642: 520 rank and file4)

See Also

1) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
2) A List of the Field Officers…, London 1642. British Library Thomason Tracts E 669 f6 (32)
3) A List of the Army Under the Command of Robert Earle of Essex British Library E 117 (30)