Colonel Edward Rossiter’s Parliamentary Guard Troop of Horse

Active1648
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsSecond Civil War
TypeHorse
CaptainEdward Rossiter
Richard Fincher
Area RaisedLondon
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGarrison

Later Quartermaster General Richard Fincher’s troop of horse

A troop of Guards briefly raised to protect Parliament in 1648

Service History

1648

  • May: Raised as a Guard for Parliament from ex-officers by Colonel Rossiter
  • Quartermaster General Fincher takes command
  • November: Disbanded

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.

Raised as a guard for Parliament during the Second Civil War of 1648. Initially consisted of volunteer ex-officers led by Colonel Rossiter, and was subsequently put on a regular footing and paid ordinary rates under Quartermaster General of Horse Richard Fincher. With the emergency over, the troop was disbanded in October or November 1648.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Edward Rossiter

Rossiter raised the unit from ex-officers in 1648 as a Guard for Parliament.

Quartermaster General Richard Fincher

Fincher served as Quartermaster General of Horse for the New Model Army, holding the rank of Major in 1645. He led the troop as Guards for Parliament in 1648.

Strength

A single troop

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