Sir William Fairfax’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643-
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir William Fairfax
Area RaisedYorkshire
Coat ColourGrey?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesEssex 1642
Fairfax 1643-

Parliamentarian Regiment of Foot serving with Essex’s army at Edgehill then reconstituted as part of Ferdinando Fairfax’s army of the Northern Association

Service History

1642

  • 23rd October: Battle of Edgehill
  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green

1643

  • January: Storm of Leeds
  • May: Storm of Wakefield
  • 30th June: Battle of Adwalton Moor
  • September to October: Besieged at Hull?

1644

  • April: Storm of Selby
  • April to July: Siege of York
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • July: Siege of York

Notes

Probably grey-coats from August 1642 1).

Flags

Notable Officers

Sir William Fairfax

Sir William Fairfax was a nephew of Ferdinando, Lord Fairfax. He was killed leading his cavalry regiment at Montgomery in 1644.

Colonel Thomas Morgan

According to Parliamentary Army Chaplains by Anne Laurence (Suffolk 1990), Thomas Morgan may have been given command of the regiment after Sir William Fairfax was killed leading his regiment of horse at Montgomery. Possibly it was reduced into Colonel Thomas Morgan’s Regiment of Dragoons??

Officer List

September 1642

  • Col Sir William Fairfax2)
    • Capt Lt David Goldsmith
    • Ens John Read
  • Lt Col William Monings
    • Lt Thomas Whitney
    • Ens Atwell Needham
  • Major Jarvis Paine
    • Lt George Tyrwhitt
    • Ens John Lloyd
  • Capt Francis Rogers
    • Lt John Caldecott
    • Ens Richard Adams
  • Capt Edward Ondingfell
    • Lt William France
    • Ens Richard Upton
  • Capt Thomas Rush
    • Lt Thomas Rutton
    • Ens Edward Otter
  • Capt Michael Bland
    • Lt Francis Bland
    • Ens James Sleigh
  • Capt Robert Wilsheire
    • Lt George Gifford
    • Ens John White
  • Capt [Titus]3) Leighton
    • Lt William Llewellin
    • Ens Theophilius Willey
  • Capt William Trunke [Tuke]4)
    • Lt John Foster
    • Capt Samuel Kenarick
  • Provost Marshall: Henry Fisher
  • Surgeon: James Winter
  • Carriage Master: Henry Ward
  • Quartermaster: Thomas Tyrer
  • Chaplain: Thomas Crompton5)

1643 to 1644

  • Lieutenant Colonel Jervais Paine ? (Adam Sheppardson served as his Lieutenant -regiment not stated - from 04/07/43 to 23/05/44 before leaving to command a troop of horse under Colonel Francis Wren)6)
  • Major Titus Leighton (01/01/43 - 13/08/43)
  • Major Wilsheere ?
  • Captain Francis Bland (27/03/43 - 16/04/44)
  • Captain Edward Orton (10/03/43 - 04/08/43)
  • Captain George Gifford (10/03/43 - 04/08/43)
  • Captain Francis Lassells ?? (Adam Sheppardson served as his ensign -regiment not stated - from 06/12/42 to 04/07/43 before becoming Lieutenant to Lt-Col Paine)7)

Strength

  • October 1642: 755 rank and file8)

See Also

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)
3) N.A. SP28/1A/232
4) N.A. SP28/2A/132
5) N.A. SP28/2A/187
6) , 7) N.A. SP28/266/pt3/25