Lord Rochford’s Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to 1643
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelLord Rochford
Area RaisedSouth East
Coat ColourBlue lined White
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesEssex 1642-3

Parliamentarian regiment of foot that served with the Earl of Essex’s army in 1642

Service History


  • August: Regiment formed.
  • Garrison at Coventry during the Edgehill campaign
  • November: Standoff at Turnham Green


  • April: Siege of Reading
  • May to June: Disbanded


Coats, Flags and Equipment

The regiment wore blue coats with white linings from August 1642 1). It should be noted that only for the initial delivery of 440 coats is the colour specified.2)

Notable Officers

Lord Rochford

John Carey, Viscount Rochford was son of Henry Carey, 1st Earl of Dover.

Edward Aldrich

Served as Lieutenant Colonel of Rochford's, going on to become Colonel of the regiment originally raised by Lord Saye and Sele.

Officer Lists

September 1642

  • Col John Viscount Rochford3)
    • Capt Lt John Norship
    • Ens Henry Newdigate
  • Lt Col Edward Aldrich
    • Lt William Shaw
    • Ens Mount Sanders
  • Major Thomas Leighton (following reduction of Regt was commissioned as Colonel4)
    • Lt Edward Deering
    • Ens Jefrey Lloyd
  • Capt Thomas Drake
    • Lt Walter Bradley
    • Ens Peter Blewin
  • Capt George Walsh
    • Lt Ralph Carter
    • Ens Edward Lovell
  • Capt Philip Ballard
    • Lt Eward Melson
    • Ens George Burrell
  • Capt Benjamin Hook
    • Lt John Sheppard
    • Ens William Williams
  • Capt Francis Hudson (06/07/42 - 21/06/43 then joined the Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Foot)5)
    • Lt Matthew Stoker
    • Ens Henry Smith
  • Capt Jasper Brand
    • Lt Humphrey Dimmoc
    • Ens John Bramston
  • Capt George Willoughby
    • Lt Miles Ashton
  • Provost Marshall: John Burbeck
  • Chaplain: John Page
  • Carriage Master: John Poore
  • Quartermaster: Miles Dobson


  • August 1642 Commissioned as 1200 men in ten companies.6) By the end of the month this had been reduced to 800 men.7)
  • October 1642: 710 rank and file8)
  • January 1643 paid for 316 rank and file.9)
  • April 1643 paid for 316 rank and file.10)
  • May 1643 paid for 120 rank and file. (N.A. SP28/7/131))

See Also

1) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
2) N.A> SP28/1A/299
3) A List of the Army Under the Command of Robert Earle of Essex British Library E 117 (30)
4) N.A. SP28/39/137
5) N.A. SP28/36/38
6) N.A. SP28/1A/38
7) N.A. SP28/1A/284
9) N.A. SP28/5/196
10) N.A. SP28/6/230