Earl of Lincoln’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelEarl of Lincoln
Edward Rossiter
Area RaisedLincolnshire
Flag ColourBlack
Flag DesignSome known
Field ArmiesMeldrum 1644

Later Colonel Edward Rossiter’s Regiment of Horse

Parliamentarian regiment of horse serving as part of the Eastern Association and later joining the New Model Army

Service History


  • September: Raised in Lincolnshire by the Earl of Lincoln
  • December: Ordered to remain in Lincolnshire


  • April: Taken over by Rossiter
  • July: Battle of Gainsborough??


  • 16th January: Nottingham
  • February to March: Siege of Newark
  • March Storm of Muskham Bridge
  • March: Battle of Cotes Bridge
  • March: Battle of Newark
  • Blockade of Newark



In December 1642 the Commons decided:

That a Thousand Foot Arms, and One Hundred Horse Arms, be forthwith sent to the Earl of Lincoln, to arm his Regiment of Foot, and his Troop of Horse… That the Earl of Lincoln shall be desired to stay with his Troop of Horse in the County of Lincoln; and to send his Regiment of Foot, and his Officers, to join with the Force of the Lord Fairefax1)

No mention is made of Lincoln's regiment of foot by Spring, perhaps it didn't materialise?

Flags & Equipment

Captain Markham had two different cornets, the first was black with a black and white fringe, an armoured arm holding a sword, and a scroll For the Cause of the Lord I draw my Sword. The second was also black with a black and white fringe and a scroll SI PEREO PEREO.

When the regiment joined the New Model Army it appears to have changed its flags to a white set.

Notable Officers

Earl of Lincoln

Col Edward Rossiter

Officer List

Officers under the Earl of Lincoln

  • Colonel The Earl of Lincoln
    • Captain-Lieutenant Henry Worth
  • Major [ ] Drake
  • Mayor Anthony Welden (by March 1643)
  • Captain Thomas Estcourte (or Escot)
  • Captain Edward Coppengen
  • Captain Francis Gurvara
  • Captain John Wray
  • Captain Edward Rossiter (Dragoons) (Joined regiment in December 1642 pledging to raise at least 40 men within 15 days or return his £20 advance)
  • Captain Henry Fabian (Dragoons) (Left regiment in summer 1643 to join Colonel Robert Russell’s Regiment of Foot )

For a list of the regiment’s officers under Rossiter see Laurence Spring’s Regiments of the Eastern Association2)


See Also

1) Journals of the House of Commons II 893
2) The Regiments of the Eastern Association Vol. 2, Laurence Spring, Stuart Press 1998 ISBN 1 85804 119 8