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Earl of Warwick’s Essex Trained Band Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
Second Civil War
ColonelEarl of Warwick
Henry Farr
Area RaisedEssex
Coat Colour
Flag ColourBlue, White or Yellow
Flag DesignPlates
Field ArmiesEssex 1643
Lucas 1648

Essex Trained Band supporting the Parliamentarians in the First Civil War, but joining the Royalists and besieged at Colchester in 1648

Service History


  • April: Siege of Reading, forming part of Lord Grey of Wark's force
  • June: Major Dawkins annoys Lord Grey of Wark by returning to Maidenhead rather than marching to Caversham
  • November: Mustered at Saffron Walden


  • July: Siege of Greenland House
  • July: March back home through London in time for the harvest


  • June: Defect to the Royalists
  • June: Taking of Braintree
  • June: Taking of Colchester
  • June to August: Besieged at Colchester
  • August: Surrender at Colchester


Coats and Flags

In August 1643 Warwick's regiment received 2 new colours with 'spots' as devices. At the siege of Greenland House the three Essex Trained Band regiments carried blue, white and yellow flags. However its not recorded which regiment carried which.

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment’s officers is shown in Laurence Spring’s Regiments of the Eastern Association1)

Earl of Warwick

Robert Rich, Second Earl of Warwick (1587-1658) was Lord High Admiral.

Henry Farr

Lieutenant Colonel to Warwick, he led the initial Royalist uprising in Colchester and led the regiment as a Royalist colonel during the siege.


  • Supposed to be 1000 men in 1643, but Barrington's only mustered 200 in the July

See Also

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