Colonel James Holborne’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration 11)
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ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelEarl of Warwick
James Holborne
William Davies
Coat ColourRed or Grey
Area Raised
Flag ColourYellow
Red or Green
Flag DesignTawney Mullets
Field ArmiesEssex 1642-5

Later Colonel William Davies' Regiment of Foot

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

Service History


  • November: Standoff at Turnham Green


  • April: Siege of Reading?
  • 8th September: Relief of Gloucester
  • 20th September: First Battle of Newbury


  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury


  • April: Reduced into the New Model Army


Holborne later took over Sir Arthur Hesilrigge’s Regiment of Foot


Issued coats in November 1642, the colour was not noted. In August 1643 they were re-clothed, likely in red or grey 3). When raised the regiment carried yellow colours with tawny stars (Illustration 1). At Lostwithiel, under Colonel Davies, they were noted as carrying white colours (Illustration 2), but no devices were mentioned. In November 1644, with the re-equipping of Essex's foot, they were issued either green colours (with differences of yellow billets, yellow half moons or white diamonds), or crimson colours (with differences of yellow mullets or white balls).

Notable Officers

Earl of Warwick

James Holborne

James Holborne was a Scottish officer. He left the Regiment to become Major General under Sir William Waller.

William Davies

Formerly Lieutenant Colonel of The Earl of Essex's Foot. Took over Regiment May 1644

Officer Lists

November - December 1642

  • Collonel James Holborne
  • Leiutenant Colonel George Mackinie
  • Major Archibald Waddell
  • Captain Hezickial Haynes (still in regt 22/07/43)
  • Captain Henry Coleman
  • Captain Henry Withers (still in regt 28/12/43)
  • Captain John Withers
  • Captain Thomas Read
  • Captain William Rainsborogh (still in regt 22/07/43)
  • Captain [ ] Aldine
  • Captain John Mead
  • Captain Christopher Sherife (had a Company under Warwick)
  • Captain Beniamin Wickfall (Wigfall Wingfield)
  • Captain Francis Squire (June 43)
  • Captain Francis Cruckshank (23/10/43 - 20/05/44)
  • Captain ffais (Phine???) (14/05/44)

Regiment at 30/05/44 (SP28/146/228-229)

  • Colonel William Davies
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Micanee (Peachey and Turton read this as Macaude but I think this is still Mackinie)
  • Major Archibald Waddell
  • Captain Beniamin Wickfall (entered NMA in Col Edward Aldrich's Foot)
  • Captain Robert Phine (dead by 05/12/44)
  • Captain John Withers
  • Captain Daniell Cary (20/01/44)
  • Captain Thomas Reade (entered NMA as Major to Col Edward Aldrich's Foot)


  • May-June 1643: 473 men plus 50 recruits
  • 21st June 1643: 377 men
  • 20th July 1643: 290 men
  • 16th September 1643: 165 men
  • 23rd October 1643: 159 men
  • 18tth December 1643: 111 men plus 31 recruits
  • 19th January 1644: 154 men
  • 5th February 1644: 168 men
  • 2nd April 1644: 196 men
  • 16th May 1644: 315 men

See Also

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