Colonel John Barker’s Troop of Horse

ConflictsFirst Civil War
CaptainJohn Barker
Henry Flower
Area RaisedCoventry
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesWaller 1644

Later Henry Flower’s Troop of Horse

Parliamentarian troop of horse that garrisoned Coventry from 1642 occasionally reinforcing Massey and Waller

Service History


  • March: Raised in Coventry
  • Garrison of Coventry
  • August: Besieged in Coventry


  • June: Capture of Tamworth Castle


  • May: Storm of Westbury on Severn?
  • May: Storm of Newnham?
  • May: Taking of Beverstone Castle?
  • May: Storm of Malmesbury?
  • June: Taking of Tewkesbury?
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge?
  • August to October: Siege of Banbury Castle?


  • April: Skirmish at Sherborne Field
  • May: Troop taken over by Flower


Coats, Flags and Equipment

During late 1642 early 1643 the troop was issued with a mixture of carbines, pistols and the rather antiquated petronels. In May 1643 the troopers were given feathers at the town's expense.

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

John Barker

John Barker was MP for Coventry and relinquished his military commands after the Self-Denying Ordinance.

Henry Flower

Had been the troop's Captain-Lieutenant


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