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Colonel Thomas Rainsborough’s Regiment of Foot

Active 1644-1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelThomas Rainsborough
James Grey
Area RaisedLincoln
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field Armies

Later Colonel James Grey’s Regiment of Foot

Parliamentarian regiment of Foot of Manchester’s Eastern Association

Service History


  • June: Raised at Lincoln
  • October to December: Siege of Crowland


  • March: At Grantham
  • May: Grey appointed Colonel


A number of officers and men in Rainsborough's regiment had returned from New England to fight for Parliament, including Lieutenant-Colonel Israel Stoughton, Major Nehemiah Bourne and Captain John Leverett. Rainsborough's family was connected by marriage to the Winthrops of Massachusetts. His sister Martha was briefly married to John Winthrop, governor of Massachusetts, while another sister, Judith, was married to Winthrop's son Stephen, who served in Rainsborough's regiment.

Coats and Flags

A mention of Rainsborough's in red coats likely refers to his embryonic New Model Army regiment, not this regiment which was soon handed over to Col. Grey.

Notable Officers

Thomas Rainsborough

Thomas Rainsborough Republican officer who served in Parliament's army and navy.

James Grey


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