Modern re-enactment was essentially created by Brigadier Peter Young D.S.O., M.C., F.H., who back in 1968, formed the Sealed Knot Society after a Cavalier fancy dress party. Initially this comprised completely of Royalist regiments, but very soon Parliamentary Regiments were formed to face them. One of the earliest of these was our own regiment of the Lord General, Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex.
As a regiment we usually portray The Earl of Essex’s regiment as it was in the year of 1642, however, we are sometimes required to turn our hand to other roles. Most commonly that of Scots Covenanters and a regiment in the New Model Army.
The Earl of Essex Regiment: As this is our main identity, a whole page on the site has been devoted to it. Please click on the History page to learn more.
Scots Covenanters: For certain events we represent the Kyle and Carrick Foot (Earl Cassilis Regiment), this is a Scots Covenanter regiment from the lowlands. The uniform for these troops included a blue bonnet and hodden grey coat. The added piece of equipment carried by the Scots musketeers was the swine feather which consisted of a six foot shaft with a pike head attached. These replaced the musket rest and offer a great advantage in hand-to-hand fighting. The Kyle and Carrick Foot first took the field at the 350th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Marston Moor, at which this regiment served.
New Model Army (NMA): For re-enactments of historical battles after the formation of the NMA (1645), we will take on the role of a historical regiment at the battle. The NMA was the pre-cursor to modern army and was clothed in red coats and ‘drab’ breeches. The red coats becoming the standard of the later British infantry and of Wellington’s famous ‘thin red line’ of the Napoleonic era and beyond.