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Sir John Merrick’s Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir John Merrick
Area RaisedLondon
Coat ColourGrey
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field Armies

Regiment of foot raised for the Earl of Essex’s army in 1642 that instead served in the West Country during the First Civil War

Service History


  • July: Raised in London and Southwark
  • August to September: Siege of Portsmouth
  • September: Siege of Sherborne Castle
  • October: Garrison of Worcester
  • November: Garrison of Gloucester


  • January: Garrison of Plymouth, leaving 2 coy in Gloucester
  • April: Battle of Highnam? (det)
  • April: Battle of Beacon Hill
  • May: Battle of Stratton
  • May: Siege of Worcester (det)
  • June to September: Besieged in Exeter
  • July: Battle of Lansdown (det)
  • July: Siege of Devizes (det)
  • July: Battle of Roundway Down (det)
  • September: Return to London, disbanded and sent as drafts to the Earl of Stamford’s Regiment


Coats, Flags and Equipment

Merrick's regiment wore grey coats from August 1642 1).

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in The Fall of the West Vol. 6 by Stuart Peachey and Alan Turton (Stuart Press).

Sir John Merrick


  • July 1642: 1200 ordered to be raised

See Also

1) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846