Oliver Cromwell’s, The Lord Lieutenant’s Lifeguard Troop of Horse

Active1649 to 1659?
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsConfederate War
TypeHorse
ColonelOliver Cromwell
Richard Le Hunt
Henry Ireton
Edmund Ludlow?
Charles Fleetwood
Henry Cromwell?
Area RaisedLondon
Flag Colour
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Field ArmiesIreland 1649-1659

Later Henry Ireton’s Lifeguard, then Charles Fleetwood’s Lifeguard, probably also Edmund Ludlow’s and Henry Cromwell’s Lifeguard

The General’s Lifeguard troop for Cromwell’s Irish campaign, remaining as Lifeguard in Ireland

Service History

1649

  • June: Colonel Le Hunt commissioned captain of Cromwell's troop of Lifeguards
  • July: Raised by Cromwell for the Irish Campaign

1650

  • May: Command transferred to Ireton
  • September to October: Siege of Limerick

1651

  • November: Ireton dies, Ludlow presumably new commander?

1652

  • October: Fleetwood replaces Ireton

1653

1654

  • Possibly disbanded?

1655

  • July: Fleetwood replaced by Henry Cromwell

1656

1658

1659

  • April: Troop still in existence
  • June: Henry Cromwell resigns

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.

Formed by Cromwell as a Lifeguard for his Irish campaign, the troop stayed on in Ireland after Cromwell’s departure. It served as Lifeguard to Ireton, probably Ludlow, Fleetwood, and probably Henry Cromwell. It was included in the estimates for payment in April 1659.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Oliver Cromwell

Richard Le Hunt

Colonel, and captain of Cromwell's Lifeguard in Ireland Genealogical History

Henry Ireton

Edmund Ludlow

Charles Fleetwood

Henry Cromwell

Strength

  • 1649: 80 strong under Oliver Cromwell
  • 1651: 70 strong
  • 1651: Reduced to 9 officers and 59 men

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