White Regiment of Foot of the London Trained Bands

Flag Illustration1)
Active1642-
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelIsaac Penington
Thomas Player
Joseph Vaughan
Thomas Allen
John Lawrence
Coat Colour
Area RaisedCornhill, Langbourne
Lime Street, Broad Street
Bishopsgate: London
Flag ColourWhite
Flag DesignRed Lozenges
Field ArmiesWaller 1644

Regiment of foot of the London Trained Bands

Service History

1642

  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green?

1643

1644

  • 29th March: Battle of Cheriton
  • April: Siege of Bishop’s Waltham

1646

  • Player Colonel

1658

  • Thomas Allen Colonel

1659

  • John Lawrence made Colonel

1660

  • John Lawrence relinquishes Colonelcy

Notes

Flags

The regiment carried white flags with red lozenges in September 1643 2).

Notable Officers

A list of officers is shown in Laurence Spring's Waller's Army, The Regiments of Sir William Waller's Southern Association The Pike and Shot Association 2007 ISBN 978-1-902768-34-2

Isaac Penington

Thomas Player

Colonel in 1646, replaced by Vaughan in 1647 then restored by the Independents

Joseph Vaughan

Colonel in 1647 under the Presbyterians

Thomas Allen

Grocer and alderman. Colonel in 1658.

John Lawrence

Haberdasher and alderman. Colonel from 1659 to 1660

Officer Lists

April 1642

2nd Regiment, The White Regiment “The Distinctions Gules being lozenges”3)

  • Colonel: Alderman Isaac Pennington
  • Lt-Col George Langham; Lt Timothy Crusoe; Ens John Juxon
  • Major Robert Davis; Lt John Smart jnr; Ens Nathaniel Simons
  • 1st Capt Thomas Chamberlin; Lt Richard Hardmeat; Ens John Smart jnr
  • 2nd Capt Thomas Player; Lt Joshua Wasmough; Ens Thomas Player
  • 3rd Capt Edmund Harvey; Lt George Langham; Ens Simon Hacket
  • 4th Capt Christopher Whichcott; Lt Nathaniel Cocke; Ens William Corey
  • “Colonel's captain” Forth Gooday; Lt William Steward; Ens Robert Tomson
  • Quartermaster: John Melton

September 1642

The London Bands Alarm Places4) The White Regiment of the London Trained Bands

  • Colonel: Isaac Pennington: Bevis Marks
  • Lt Colonel: George Langham: Bishopsgate within
  • Major: Robert Davis: Gracechurch St, Lumberstreet End
  • Captain: Thomas Chamberlain: North End of Broad Street
  • Thomas Player: The Conduit in Leadenhall Street
  • Edmund Harvey: The Royal Exchange
  • Christopher Whichcott: The Spittle within the Barrs

September 1643

The White Regiment of the London Trained Bands (7 companies)5)

  • Colonel: Isaac Pennington
  • Captain-Lieutenant: Richard Verner
  • Lieutenant-Colonel: Robert Davies, a slopmaker for seamen near Billingate
  • Major: Thomas Chamberlain, a merchant lives near London Hall
  • Captain: Thomas Player, a hosier living on Fish St Hill
  • Captain: Christopher Whichcott, a merchant
  • Captain: William Manby, Clerk of Leathersellers Hall
  • Captain: Joseph Vaughan

October 1646

Lining the route of procession at the Earl of Essex's funeral6)

City White Trained Band

  • Col Thomas Player
  • Lt Col William Manby Snr
  • Major Joseph Vaughan
  • Capt Robert Thomson
  • Capt John Milton
  • Capt John Taylor Snr

July 1647

Officers granted arrears in the final hours of the Presbyterian Militia Committee’s existence on 23 July 1647 7).

City White Trained Band

  • Col Joseph Vaughan
  • Lt Col Robert Thomson
  • Major John Milton
  • Capt John Taylor Snr
  • Capt John Taylor Jnr
  • Capt William Manby Jnr
  • Capt John Greenhill

December 1647

Officers after re-organisation under the dominance of the Independents8).

City White Trained Band

  • Col Thomas Player
  • Lt Col William Manby Snr
  • Major ?
  • Capt William Manby Jnr

Strength

  • April 1642: 7 companies
  • September 1643: 600 muskets 520 pikes and about 70 officers (1190) in 7 companies
  • March 1644: 7 companies at Cheriton

See Also

1) Flag image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
3) The Names Dignitie & Places of the Severall Colonells…, London 1642. British Library Thomason Tracts E669 f6 (10).
4) British Library Thomason Tracts E669 f6
5) The London Trained Bands Mustered in Finsbury Fields 26 September 1643; Ensignes of the Regiments in the rebellious Citty of London, National Army Museum Ms 6807-53
6) The Militia of London 1641-1649 PhD Thesis, Lawson Chase Nagel, King’s College, University of London, 1982.
7) , 8) The Militia of London 1641-1649 PhD Thesis, Lawson Chase Nagel, King’s College, University of London, 1982.