Earl of Stamford’s Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelEarl of Stamford
Sir Edward Massey
Charles Blunt
Area RaisedSouth East
Coat ColourBlue lined white
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field Armies

Later Sir Edward Massey's, then Colonel Charles Blunt's Regiment of Foot

Raised as part of Essex’s army in 1642, garrisoned Gloucester under Massey’s command.

Service History


  • September: Skirmish at Stony Stratford
  • September: Skirmish at Market Harborough?
  • October: Skirmish at Presteigne


  • January: Siege of Sudeley Castle
  • February: Stormed at Cirencester (det)
  • March: Battle of Highnam
  • April: Battle of Ripple Field
  • April: Siege of Hereford
  • May: Siege of Worcester
  • August to September: Besieged in Gloucester
  • October: Taking of Tewkesbury?
  • November: Skirmish at Wootton under Edge?


  • January: Raid on Chepstow?
  • February: Storm of White Cross
  • April: Repulsed from Newent?
  • April: Repulsed from Tewkesbury?
  • May: Taking of Little Dean
  • May: Storm of Newnham
  • May: Taking of Beverstone Castle
  • May: Storm of Malmesbury
  • June: Storm of Tewkesbury
  • August: Skirmish at Redmarley
  • September: Storm of Monmouth
  • September: Storm of Beachley
  • October: Storm of Beachley


  • April: Battle of Ledbury


Coats and Flags

The regiment were issued blue coats in August 16421) and appear to have remained in blue under Massey at Gloucester. Rather than clothing his regiment from his own pocket, the Earl of Stamford received on 20 August 1642 1,200 sets of coats, shirts, shoes and snapsacks, which had been purchased by the Committee of Safety in bulk from London wholesalers. (TNA, SP28/1A, fol. 177r.) The pay of his officers and soldiers was disbursed with effect from their initial commission or muster, a total of £2,344 in August alone. Money was also provided for regimental essentials, such as £80 for colours, halberds and partisans, £15 for the surgeon’s chest, and £7 for the provost-marshal’s irons. (TNA, SP28/1A, fols 29r., 204v.-7r., 240r.; SP28/2A, fol. 235v.)

Notable Officers

A list of officers while at Gloucester is shown in Laurence Spring's Waller's Army, The Regiments of Sir William Waller's Southern Association The Pike and Shot Association 2007 ISBN 978-1-902768-34-2

Earl of Stamford

Sir Edward Massey

Sir Edward Massey, originally Lieutenant-Colonel, he led the regiment at Gloucester and was eventually promoted to Colonel.

Charles Blunt

Blunt, or Blount, followed Massey as colonel, then in October 1646 was commissioned to raise a regiment of foot in Gloucester for service in Ireland, Col. Charles Blount's Regiment of Foot.

Officer List

September 1642

  • Col Henry Earl of Stamford2))
    • Capt Lt John Clifton
    • Ens John Chambers
  • Lt Col Edward Massey
    • Lt James Harcus
    • Ens John Starkey
  • Major Constance Ferrer
    • Lt William Hewet
    • Ens Thomas Griffin
  • Capt Thomas Savill
    • Lt William White
    • Ens William Pincock
  • Capt Edward Grey
    • Lt James Bock
    • Ens James Grey
  • Capt Charles Blunt
    • Lt Robert Hampson
    • Ens Henry Collingwood
  • Capt Peter Crispe
    • Lt John Hemens
    • Ens Thomas Barnes
  • Capt Isaac Dobson
    • Lt Nathaniel Tapper
    • Ens James Barker
  • Capt Arnold Cosby
    • Lt Robert Mallery
    • Ens Lawrence Clifton
  • Capt John Bird
    • Lt Henry Cantrell
  • Provost Marshall: Robert Powell
  • Surgeon: John Rice
  • Carriage Master: Richard Phillips
  • Quartermaster: Ferdinando Grey


  • October 1642: 770 rank and file3)

See Also

The Earl of Stamford's Regiment are re-enacted by The Earl of Stamford's Regiment of Foote of the Sealed Knot and by The Earl of Stamford's Regiment of Foote of the English Civil War Society of America.

1) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
2) A List of the Army Under the Command of Robert Earle of Essex British Library E 117 (30