Where two pictures are shown the second is an alternative such as the New Model Army (NMA) uniform Coat Colour: Blue,mid,Grey Breechs and cream or grey hose
Coat Colour: RED (NMA),venice,Grey Ties and Facings , Grey breechs
Membership Are members are well spread around the midlands, including Leicestershire,Nottingham Derbyshire, Northampton, Lincolnshire,bedforshire and Cambridgeshire.
Meetings We have regular monthly meetings during the year at various pubs to rotate around the membership.We also have a Christamas Period Banquet every year.
SK Roles We have a Pike unit as well as a healthy Shot Unit and also boast a Good baggage team along with a well stocked cart. All members are incouraged to try other roles within the Unit.
Thomas Lord Grey 1623 - 1657
Thomas Grey was born in leicestershire at Bradgate house and park. He was the eldest Son of the 1st Earl of Stamford.( direct desendants of Lady Jane Grey, the nine day Queen) In 1642 he was appointed Maj General of the Midland Association and fought at Edgehill on Essexs right wing. As an MP for leicester he belonged to one of the most powerful familes in the midlands. The Grey Family were related to the Earl of Essex and Thomas seems to have been a surrogate son to him.
His Regiment of Foote consisted of Five Companies and in Lord Greys absence, the Colonels company was commanded by His Cousin Col Henry Grey. As well as being present at Edgehill, he also took a detachment to the aid of Essex and so help him to prevent the fall of Gloucester.He was then present at the First battle of Newbury. One of Lord Greys Passwords for obtaining passage through Leicester and surrounding midland towns was 'God Prosper Us'. During his military career his Colours were of various Designs, most were of 'Red and Blue' and bore the Motto 'Per Bellum ad Pacem' This meant 'Through war to peace'
At times most of his Regiments which included, Horse, Dragoone and foote were garrisoned in and around the Midlands and at one time amassed to around 4,000 men. Having took the 'self denying ordinance' in late 1644, He continued to command some of his own forces, but a large body of his men were amalgamated into the New Model Army.from 1645 to the End of the War he continued to Command his Garrisons in and around the midlands but also concentrated on building his politcal connections both in the Army and in Parliament.When Charles The First was brought to trial, Lord Grey sat as a member of the high court of justice. Lord Grey was second to sign the Death warrant after John Bradshaw ( the President of the court).
After the Trial, he was appointed a member of the Council of State and was described at time to be at most sympathy with the Levellers He took up his military career again by raising forces for Parliament and was present at the Battle of Worcester. For his service to the Parliament cause , he was awarded many houses and land in london and for a time was the owner of Holdenby House and coombe Abbey. In 1657 he died most probably of gout at the young age of thirty four, thus never becoming the Second Earl of Stamford. This was left to his son, also named Thomas.
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