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Colonel James Holborne’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration 11)
Flag Illustration 22)
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


  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge??
  • 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

William Davies


See Also

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