Oliver Cromwell’s, The Lord Lieutenant’s Lifeguard Troop of Horse
|Active||1649 to 1659?|
|Richard Le Hunt|
|Field Armies||Ireland 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
- June: Colonel Le Hunt commissioned captain of Cromwell's troop of Lifeguards
- July: Raised by Cromwell for the Irish Campaign
- May: Command transferred to Ireton
- September to October: Siege of Limerick
- November: Ireton dies, Ludlow presumably new commander?
- October: Fleetwood replaces Ireton
- Possibly disbanded?
- July: Fleetwood replaced by Henry Cromwell
- April: Troop still in existence
- June: Henry Cromwell resigns
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.
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Richard Le Hunt
Colonel, and captain of Cromwell's Lifeguard in Ireland Genealogical History
- 1649: 80 strong under Oliver Cromwell
- 1651: 70 strong
- 1651: Reduced to 9 officers and 59 men