Sir Thomas Fairfax’s Regiment of Horse

Flag Illustration 11)
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Thomas Fairfax
Area RaisedYorkshire
Flag ColourBlue
Flag Design
Field ArmiesFairfax 1642-5

Parliamentarian regiment of horse commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax, Lieutenant General of the Northern Association

Service History


  • October: Skirmish at Bradford
  • November: Skirmish at Hull
  • November: Skirmish at Wetherby
  • December: Battle of Tadcaster
  • December: Skirmish at Monk Fryston
  • December: Skirmish at Sherburn


  • January: Storm of Leeds
  • March: Battle of Seacroft Moor
  • April: Besieged in Leeds
  • May: Storm of Wakefield
  • June: Battle of Adwalton Moor
  • July: Besieged in Bradford
  • July: Skirmish at Selby
  • August: Skirmish at Beverley
  • August: Taking of Stamford Bridge
  • September: Besieged in Hull
  • October to November: Siege of Bolingbroke Castle
  • October: Battle of Winceby


  • 25th January: Battle of Nantwich
  • February to March: Siege of Lathom House
  • April: Battle of Selby
  • April to July: Siege of York
  • 2nd July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • July: Siege of York
  • December to March 1645: Siege of Pontefract?



In 1645 the regiment seems to have come under Copley's command after Fairfax was made General of the New Model Army. Any clarification gratefully received!


Sir Thomas Fairfax's cornet was blue with a foliated pattern of cloth (Illustration 1). He continued with a plain blue cornet in the New Model Army.

Notable Officers

Sir Thomas Fairfax

Officer List


Initially a single troop, but expanded to a full regiment

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) N.A. SP28/267/Pt1/21
3) N.A. SP28/46/276