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Every company of the regiment carried its own ensign, and the whole regiment followed a consistent pattern. Those of the White Trained Bands of the City of London were white with a red St George's cross in the upper corner; the regimental symbol was a red diamond. The Orange Auxiliaries of the City of London carried orange ensigns with white plates, but note in this regiment the sergeant major's ensign is distinguished by a 'stream blazant', not one of the regiment's symbols in this case. (Sketch by Dr L. Prince after contemporary ms)

there were others. The lower Hamlets Trained Bands, for example, bore a central device on their red ensigns: the words TEHOVA PROVIDEBIT' between silver palm leaves in 1643, and a design showing the White Tower of London in 1647. Several Royalist regiments—the Duke of York's, Sir Allan Apsley's and Sir Charles Gerard's being examples—made use of a system whereby two colours alternated in triangular segments joining at the centre of the flag. The number of segments indicated the seniority of the captain: four for the first captain, six for the second, eight for the third and so on.

The colours chosen for ensigns were also intended

Ensigns of the Tower Hamlets Trained Bands, 1643. An unusual design with the words iIehova Providebit9 in silver surrounded by silver palm leaves. The ensigns themselves are red, with silver plates along the top as company distinctions. (Sketch by Dr L. Prince, after contemporary ms)

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