Sir Thomas Honeywood’s Essex Trained Band Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
Second Civil War
Third Civil War
ColonelSir Thomas Honeywood
Area RaisedEssex
Coat Colour
Flag ColourBlue, White or Yellow
Flag Design
Field ArmiesEssex 1643
Fairfax 1648

Essex Trained Band supporting the Parliamentarians in the First and Second Civil Wars

Service History


  • April: Siege of Reading, forming part of Lord Grey of Wark's force
  • November: Mustered at Saffron Walden


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


  • June to August: Siege of Colchester


  • September: Battle of Worcester


Remained loyal to Parliament in 1648 and helped Fairfax's army besiege Colchester.

Coats and Flags

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

Sir Thomas Honeywood

Officer lists

A list of the regiment’s officers in November 1643 is shown in Laurence Spring’s Regiments of the Eastern Association1)

In addition to which in June 1643

  • Captain James Aylett2)
  • Captain William Gorman3)

In December 16504)

  • Col Sir Thomas Honeywood
    • Capt-Lt John Merrington
  • Lt-Col John Langley
  • Major Samuel Goodday
  • Capt Ambrose Copping
  • Capt Henry Coleman
  • Capt [ ] Maidston
  • Capt Soloman Stebbing
  • Capt Edward Raynor
  • Capt John Hills


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

See Also

Honeywood's Trained Band are re-enacted by The Essex Militia.

1) The Regiments of the Eastern Association Vol. 1, Laurence Spring, Stuart Press 1998 ISBN 1 85804 119 8
2) , 3) N.A. SP28/7/337
4) N.A. SP28/332/520