Colonel Daniel Abbott’s Regiment of Dragoons

Active1649 to 1660
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeDragoons
ColonelDaniel Abbott
Area RaisedEngland
Coat ColourRed
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesCromwell 1649-50

Regiment of Dragoons raised for Cromwell’s Irish Campaign

Service History

1649

1650

1651

  • October: Battle of Meelick Island

1652

  • March: Raids into Irish-held areas

1653

1654

1655

1656

  • Abbott petitions for an increase in pay

1657

1658

  • January: The regiment to be paid the same rate as horse

1659

1660

Notes

A history of the regiment is given in The Regimental History of Cromwell's Army by Sir Charles Firth and Godfrey Davies, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1940

Abbott’s dragoons were formed out of five troops of Colonel John Okey’s Regiment of Dragoons, selected by lot for service in Ireland. They accompanied Cromwell on his Irish campaign and fought at the Battle of Meelick Island and probably took part in the subsequent massacre. They remained in Ireland throughout the 1650s.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Presumably red coats.

Notable Officers

Daniel Abbott

Abbott had served in Okey’s Dragoons as a Captain and by 1647 was promoted to Major. Initially he led the detachment of 5 companies in Ireland as a Major. From 1656 he sat on the committee to distribute forfeited lands in Ireland.

Strength

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