Colonel James Holborne’s Regiment of Foot

In a change from our regular Monday Regiment of Horse viewing here's a Regiment of Foot.

Holborne's (sometimes Holbourn) were raised near London in 1643; they fought as part of Essex's army in the First Civil War. Present at the Turnham Green standoff, Reading, Gloucester, First Newbury, Lostwithiel and Second Newbury.


In 1645 they were 'reduced' into the New Model Army.


Holborne later took over command of Sir Arthur Hesilrigge’s Regiment of Foot, and command of Holborne's passed to Colonel William Davies sometime around May 1644; Holborne left Hesilrigge's  Regiment in 1645 to become a Major General in Sir William Waller's army.

A smattering of headswaps in this regiment, and Piggie aficionados might be wondering about the officer with pistol - he's  from the Mill02 Gamette pack (he does look quite similar to the dragoon officer from 'dragoon command on foot' pack 72 too).

They were issued coats when they were raised in 1642, but the colour of the coats was not recorded. In  August 1643 they, and a number of other Regiments of Foot, were issued with coats: we know that red and grey coats were issued, but  we don't know which regiments got which colour. As my Parliamentarian army has lots of red coats, I've gone for grey for a bit of variety. Flag - we know that in their early days they had yellow colours with tawny stars (which is what I went for); by the time of Lostwithiel, under Colonel Davies's command, they were carrying white flags, devices unknown; November 1644 they were issued with new flags that were either red or green.

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Comments

  1. Nice unit. Looks like they had picked up plenty of experience over the years.

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  2. Once again, another wonderfully painted and based KYPD. You are really turning out the regiments and keeping the quality up- very impressive.

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    1. Thanks, I think I have just got an 'I like painting' mindset at the moment. Best to take advantage before it wanes

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