Middlesex Trained Bands

  • Middlesex Trained Band (Sir Gilbert Gerard)
  • Middlesex Trained Band Horse

The Middlesex Trained Bands of 1638 consisted of 1,581 men armed with 928 muskets and 653 corslets (body armour, signifying pikemen). They also mustered 80 horse.

In March 1640 it was ordered that Trained Band men should be shipped to Newcastle for service against the Scots: Middlesex 1200. to be shipt the eighth of June at Harwich, to be at the General Rendezvouz the twenty fourth of May, to march thence the third of June.1).

A Captain John Alford received powder for the use of the Middlesex Train Band November 1642. Also in November Sir Edward Barkham one of the deputy lieutenants of the county received money for the officers of thirteen companies of foot in the county.2)

Sir Gilbert Gerard's Middlesex Trained Band served at the siege of Greenland House in July 1644.

In 1651 the Middlesex militia was ordered to rendezvous at St Alban's during the Worcester campaign.