Colonel John Sparrow’s Regiment of Foot

Active1644 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJohn Sparrow
Area RaisedEssex
Coat ColourRed?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGarrison

Parliamentarian foot in garrison at Abingdon over the winter of 1644 to 1645

Service History


  • Late summer: Raised in Essex
  • September: Garrison Abingdon



Coats, Flags and Equipment

In March 1645 recruits from Essex were given red coats with blue facing, as had been the practice formerly. Perhaps Sparrow's was one of the 'former' regiments1).

Notable Officers

John Sparrow

He had previously served as a Captain in Sir John Seaton's Regiment of Dragoons. His claim for pay as a Colonel ran from 16/08/44 to 2/04/45.2)

Officer List

  • Lieutenant-Colonel St. John Holcroft (In December 1644, Major-General Browne asked that command of the regiment be confered on Holcroft as Sparrow had been long absent and was reportedly intending to give up his command.)3)


  • Late summer 1644: 400 men
  • April 1645: Only one company strong

See Also

1) The Regiments of the Eastern Association Vol. 2, Laurence Spring, Stuart Press 1998 ISBN 1 85804 119 8
2) N.A. SP28/332/Pt3/477
3) CSPD 1644 p180