Lieutenant General Edmund Ludlow’s Regiment of Horse

Active1650 to 1655
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
ColonelEdmund Ludlow
Area Raised
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Commonwealth Regiment of horse serving in Ireland

Service History


  • July: Ludlow appointed Lieutenant General of horse in Ireland and begins to raise a troop


  • January: Arrive in Ireland
  • June: Made up to a regiment in Ireland
  • November: Clare surrenders to Ludlow’s Major, William Warden


  • Serving in Ireland



  • Serving in Ireland


  • August: Disbanded


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

Ludlow was appointed Lieutenant General of the horse in Ireland in 1650 and raised his own troop anew in England. When they arrived in Ireland in 1651 they were made up to a full regiment, probably by the addition of various un-regimented troops. The regiment served in Ireland throughout the first half of the 1650s. In 1653 some troops were disbanded, but the regiment was recruited up to strength by reducing Colonel Theophilus Jones’ Regiment of Horse into it. In 1655 they were finally disbanded and were allocated confiscated lands in County Wexford in lieu of arrears.

Flags and Equipment

In 1650 Ludlow equipped his troop with back, breast, head-pieces, pistols, and musquetoons and advanced them two months’ pay.

Notable Officers

Edmund Ludlow

Officer Lists

  • Captain Baynell?
  • Captain Richard Nunn


  • 1650: 1 troop of 100 men
  • 1651: Increased to a regiment

Contemporary References

Lieut. Osborne Edwards certifies that Gilbert Knowlton served for a long space in capt. Baynell's troop and in capt. Richard Nunn's troop in lieut. gen. Ludlow's regiment until its disbanding, and is now one of the troop for the county of Wexford in Ireland under the command of col. John Overstreet ; and having had liberty to come to England to visit his wife and children is now waiting at Bristol, with the writer, for the first opportunity of wind to return : 4 Jan. 1655.1)

See Also

1) HMC Various Collections Vol 1 p132