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Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration1)
Active1642-1645
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelEarl of Essex
Area Raised
Coat ColourTawney Orange
Flag ColourOrange
Flag DesignWhite stars
Field ArmiesEssex 1642-1645

Also known as the Lord General’s Regiment of foot

Parliamentarian Regiment of Foot raised by the Earl of Essex that served on his campaigns throughout the First Civil War

Service History

1642

  • 23rd September: Battle of Edgehill
  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green
  • December: Taking of Marlow?

1643

  • 13th - 27th April: Siege of Reading
  • April: Battle of Caversham Bridge
  • 20th September: First Battle of Newbury
  • November: Battle of Olney

1644

  • January: Standoff at Aylesbury (det)?
  • July: Battle of Horsebridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury

1645

Notes

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Essex's regiment wore orange tawney coats from September 1642 until re-clothed in an unknown colour in August 1643. In November 1644 Essex's regiment received new flags to replace those lost in Cornwall, these were orange with white mullets (five-pointed stars). After the First Battle of Newbury a set of orange colours with white eight-pointed stars (Illustration 1) was captured by the Royalists, that might have belonged to Essex's but this is uncertain 2).

Notable Officers

Robert Devereaux, Third Earl of Essex

Earl of Essex (1591-1646)

Strength

See Also

The Earl or Essex's Foot are re-enacted by the Earl of Essex Regiment of the English Civil War Society, the Lord General's Regiment of the Sealed Knot and by the Earl of Essex's Regiment of Foot of the English Civil War Society of America.

1) Flag image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846