Coats in the NMA during the 1650's
24 coats to be provided for the marshal's men, to be of blue cloth and marked with white daggers.
From: 'Volume 9: April 1650', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1650 (1876), pp. 72-135.
2. The committee which meets with the army officers to give order for providing martial coats, of such coloured cloth as they think most serviceable.
From: 'Volume 9: May 1650', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1650 (1876), pp. 135-185.
(3.) That the Admiralty Commissioners appoint quickly a fit vessel to transport to the Downs the 3,000 swords provided for Reynolds' forces; also the red coats and shoes when they are ready.
From: 'Volume 155: May 1657', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1656-7 (1883), pp. 362-390.
18. Whereas by contract with Sir John Reynolds, Major Rob.Cobbett was to provide 6,000 red cloth coats at 9s. each for his soldiers, and 4 grey coats for the Marshal-General's men, at 5l. each,total cost 2,720l., which are certified to be delivered,— order to advise a warrant for their payment, after the 3,000l. ordered to Col. John Carter.
From: 'Volume 156: August 1657', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1657-8 (1884), pp. 48-86.
Mardike Committee to Col. Smith, Governor of Hull. As the transport of men to Mardike requires despatch, you are speedily to complete the 300 or more, for each of whom you will be allowed 20s. for charges of raising and conducting aboard, which you are to pay them at their being shipped, and tell them that on landing in Flanders, they will receive coats, shoes, and stockings. You are to provide yourselves with the necessary funds from the county, and draw a bill of exchange on Wm. Jessop, with whom an order has been taken accordingly. The Admiralty Commissioners will appoint vessels at Plymouth for the transport, and you are to communicate with the Commissioner, probably Capt. Hatsell, about your proceedings. With note of like letters to Col. Norton and Sir John Coppleston. [I. 78, p. 869.]
From: 'Volume 180: March 1658', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1657-8 (1884), pp. 311-354.
For 1,200 coats and breeches for the soldiers,from the money collected for the Protestants in Piedmont.
From: 'Warrants for Payments by the Council of State.', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1659-60 (1886), pp. 576-600.
18, 19. Whereas it is reported from the Dunkirk Committee, on Rob. Walton's petition, that on 18 Nov. 1658, a contract was reported to the then Council as made with Walton, for 150 red coats, breeches, stockings, and shoes, for the sick and wounded sent from Flanders to Dover, at 24s. a suit, which, with packing charges,amounts to 181l. 13s., which clothes are certified by Lieut.-Gen.Fleetwood to agree with the pattern, and were sent to Dover, but although warrants were given, no part of the money has been paid.Also that Walton provided on order 2,500 suits, consisting of coat,breeches, stockings, shoes, and shirts, for the Dunkirk and Mardikeregiments, at 24s. a suit, and 100 gowns, at 14s. each; total,3,074l., and order was given for payment, but nothing paid;—order that the auditor of Exchequer pay to Mr. Walton 181l. 13s. and3,074l., total 3,255l. 13s., due for the said clothes.
From: 'Volume 205: October 1659', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1659-60 (1886), pp. 232-260.
Pretty clear that red keeps popping up til the bitter end. The cut, facings and all that is still unclear but at least the coat is red.....
That do ?