Colonel John Holmstead’s Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJohn Holmstead
Coat ColourRed lined White
Red or Grey
Area Raised
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesEssex 1642-4

Parliamentarian regiment of foot raised as part of the Earl of Warwick’s reserve army, fought as part of the Earl of Essex’s army during the First Civil War

Service History


  • November: Standoff at Turnham Green


  • January: Repulsed from Brill
  • April: Siege of Reading
  • 8th September: Relief of Gloucester
  • 20 September: First Battle of Newbury


  • February: Regiment appears to have disbanded soon after


By the end of February 1644 was being referred to as the “regt late under command of Col. Holmstead” and disappears from the record shortly thereafter.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Issued red coats lined white in November 1642, these were replaced in August 1643 with probably either red or grey coats 1). In December 1642 Holmstead's were issued 800 muskets and 100 dozen arrows.

Notable Officers

John Holmstead

Officer Lists

  • Colonel John Holmstead
  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Wood (28/11/42 - 20/06/43)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Churchman
  • Major Robert Long (formerly Captain under Lord Wharton)
  • Major Alexander Payard (by 20/12/43 formerly Capt. in regt and before that under Col. Holles)
  • Captain John Buckenfield
  • Captain John Cobbett (12/06/43 - 26/03/44)
  • Captain Christopher Keynell
  • Captain Richard Saunders


See Also

1) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846