Lord Grey of Groby’s Regiment of Horse

Flag Illustration1)
Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelLord Grey of Groby
Area Raised
Flag ColourRed & Blue
Flag DesignSee below
Field ArmiesEssex 1643
Meldrum 1644

Parliamentarian regiment of horse based at Leicester and drawn out to serve with Essex and Meldrum

Service History



  • 16th January: Skirmish at Nottingham
  • February to March: Siege of Newark
  • March: Skirmish at Hinckley
  • March: Storm of Muskham Bridge
  • March: Battle of Cotes Bridge
  • March: Battle of Newark
  • April: Battle of Selby
  • August: Battle of Ormskirk?


  • May: Besieged at Leicester?


Lord Grey of Groby's troop at first formed part of Sir William Balfour’s Regiment of Horse, fighting at Edgehill, then left the regiment to serve under Grey in the Midlands.


Lord Grey's Cornet

According to Blount; The Lord Grey of Groby represented the Parliament house guarded with many swords in hand, and the motto, PER BELLUM AD PACEM2).

According to Prestwich; Lord Grey fonne to the Earle of Stamford, Per pale Azure and Gules ; over which, in fess, the sun in its glory; in it a left-eye, Sable ; and on the fun an unicorn Ermine, armed Or ; fringed with filrer and Gules3) (Illustration 1) and The Lord Gray, fonne to the Earle of Stamford. Per pale Azure and Gules ; over which, as in pale, a theatre, like that reprefenting the Houfe of Commons on one of the Seals of the Commonwealth, the ground of gold tile, the oblong fquare ; a theatre ftone, in which nine men feated, properly appareled and hatted, four on each fide, and one at the upper end ; In the near end a fquare table, before which a man with a purple robe, as if addressing his audience, his arms difplayed, and back to us ; without all this, in circle or orle, eight hands couped at their wrifts, as lozenge parted, and grafping each a fword, all in different directions, their hilts Or, blades proper ; the whole within a circlet or garland of laurel ; and in chief, above all, a label or fcroll, with thefe words, PER BELLUM AD PACEM4).

Notable Officers

Lord Grey of Groby

Officer List

  • Lt Col Henry Grey
  • Major Bingley
  • Captain Burton
  • Captain Andrew D'anvers5)
  • Captain Babington6)


See Also

1) Original artwork by Tony Barton, shown by kind permission of Tony Barton and Charles Kightly. Previously published in Military Modelling magazine
2) The Art of making Devises 2nd Ed, Thomas Blount, London, 1655
3) , 4) Prestwich's Respublica, London, 1787
5) N.A. SP24/43/Pt1
6) N.A. E121/5/7