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Colonel John Pickering’s Regiment of Foot

Active1644 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJohn Pickering
Area RaisedEast Anglia
Coat ColourRed lined blue1)
Flag ColourBlue??
Flag Design
Field ArmiesManchester 1644-5

Parliamentarian regiment of foot of the Eastern Association fighting at Marston Moor and later joining the New Model Army

Service History


  • March: Commissioned to be raised
  • May to July: Siege of York
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor - 10 companies
  • July: Siege of York
  • July to August: Siege of Sheffield Castle
  • August: Taking of Welbeck Abbey
  • August: Taking of Staveley House
  • August: Taking of Bolsover Castle
  • August: Siege of South Wingfield
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury



The regiment was Independent in religious outlook, like Montagu's, and were closely aligned with Cromwell.

Coats and Flags

The regiment were issued red coats lined blue in 1644 2). Pickering's were issued a new set of blue colours on joining the New Model Army, perhaps they had carried blue colours under Manchester, but this is unknown.

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment’s officers is shown in Laurence Spring’s Regiments of the Eastern Association3)

Colonel John Pickering

Lt Col John Hewson

Capt Daniel Axtell


  • 10 companies
  • April 1644: Between 688 and 805 men
  • May 1644: 523 men
  • July 1644: 359 men
  • February 1645: 243 men

See Also

Pickering's are now re-enacted by Colonel John Pickering's Regiment of the Sealed Knot.

1) , 2) , 3) The Regiments of the Eastern Association Vol. 2, Laurence Spring, Stuart Press 1998 ISBN 1 85804 119 8