Lord Saye and Sele’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration 11)
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Active1642-5
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelLord Saye and Sele
Sir John Meldrum
Edward Aldrich
Area RaisedNorth Oxfordshire?
Coat ColourBlue
Flag ColourBlue
Flag DesignGold Lions Rampant
Gold laurel Wreaths
Field ArmiesEssex 1642-4
New Model Army

Also Sir John Meldrum's Regiment of Foot, later Colonel Edward Aldrich's Regiment of Foot

Regiment of foot of Essex’s Army raised by Lord Saye and Sele but led by Meldrum until he was sent North and replaced by Aldrich. Entered the New Model Army under Col Lloyd

Service History

1642

  • August: Commissioned to be raised
  • 23rd October: Battle of Edgehill
  • October: Besieged at Banbury (det)
  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green
  • December: Taking of Marlow?
  • December: Fortifying Wokingham?

1643

  • February: First Siege of Newark??
  • March: Skirmish at Aylesbury
  • August: In Garrison at Aylesbury
  • October: Standoff at Aylesbury

1644

  • January: Standoff at Aylesbury
  • February: Repulsed from Hillesden House (det)
  • May: Rejoins Field Army
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury

1645

Notes

Flags, Coats and Equipment

Under Lord Saye and Sele (commanded by Meldrum) the regiment wore blue coats 3) and carried blue flags with gold lions rampant as devices (Illustration 1), sometimes interpreted as gold lions passant devices 4) based on Symonds' sketch, but in December 1644 received new flags with gold laurel wreath devices (Illustration 2).

Notable Officers

Lord Saye and Sele

Sir John Meldrum

Col. Edward Aldrich

Officer Lists

  • Colonel Lord Saye and Sele
  • Colonel Sir John Meldrum (by 23/10/42)
  • Colonel Edward Aldrich (from 05/07/43. He had previously served as Lieutenant Colonel to Lord Rochford’s Regiment of Foot and as Brigade Major under Meldrum )
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Hutchinson
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Atcheson (by 08/02/43 till 05/07/43)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Burgh (by 05/07/43 till 05/09/43)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Walter Lloyd (05/09/43 - 02/04/45 took regiment into NMA)
  • Major James Atcheson
  • Major Christopher Burgh (by 08/02/43 till at least 17/06/43)
  • Major Walter Lloyd (by 05/07/43 till 05/09/43)
  • Major Robert Blower?
  • Major Jonathon Newcoman (28/05/44 - 05/04/45)

Captains 1642

Mainly from “List of the Army”

  • George Marrow
  • Christopher Burgh
  • James Temple
  • Walter Lloyd
  • Morgan Tinne
  • Robert Blowe[r]
  • Bussy Basset
  • Jonathan Newcoman (08/07/42 - 28/05/44)
  • William Wilkie (by December)
  • James Forrett (01/11/42 - 05/04/45)

Captains 1643

Mainly from a list of sick and wounded soldiers June 1643 (NA SP28/9/39)

  • [ ] Cooper
  • James fforet (Forrett)
  • [ ] Hannonn (James Hannam? Lt in 1642)
  • [John] Raynsford (Capt-Lt in 1642)
  • [Robert] Blewer (Blower)
  • [William] Wilke
  • Phillip Gettings (13/10/43 - 05/04/45 (SP28/253A/93) Ensign in 1642)
  • Jonathan Newcoman (08/07/42 - 28/05/44)
  • Capt Bussy Basset (left regiment between June and August (NA SP28/6/284))

Captains 1644

Mainly from a list of provisions issued (NA SP28/146/226-227)

  • Jonathan Newcoman (08/07/42 - 28/05/44)
  • Phillip Gyttens
  • Richard Linde (Lundy) w, at Lostwithial
  • [James] Forrett
  • William Weeks (Wilke)
  • [ ] Haines
  • Phillip Cooper (10/07/44 - 05/04/45)5)

Strength

  • early August 1642: Commissioned with a strength of 1200 by the end of the month reduced to 800
  • 3rd September 1642: paid for 500 men
  • 8th September 1642: arms for 500 men issued (300 muskets 200 pike)
  • October 1642: 650 rank and file6)
  • c.14th October 1642: 658 men (plus another 141 men in 2 companies)
  • 22nd October 1642: 768 men
  • 12th November 1643: gift money for 400 soldiers issued
  • 9th December 1642: 450 men
  • 15th December 1642: 427 men
  • January 1643: 400 muskets issued
  • February 1643: 478 men
  • 5th May 1643: 318 men
  • June 1643: 286 recruits added. (Raised in Essex)
  • 21st June 1643: 458 men
  • 20th July 1643: 358 men (10 companies)
  • 15th October 1643: 324 men
  • 24th June 1644: 300 men

See Also

The regiment is re-enacted by Lord Saye and Sele's Blew Regiment of Foote of the Sealed Knot.

1) , 2) Flag image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
3) , 4) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
5) N.A. SP28/265/157