Earl of Castlehaven’s Horse

Active1642 to
CountryIreland
AllegianceConfederate
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeHorse
ColonelEarl of Castlehaven
Area Raised
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesCastlehaven 1643

Irish Confederate horse of the Earl of Castlehaven

Service History

1642

1643

  • March: Battle of Balinvegga (Ross)?
  • May: Skirmish at Athy?
  • June: Skirmish at Cloghea?
  • June: Skirmish at Funcheon Ford?

1644

  • Serving under Colonel Butler in Castlehaven’s army1)
  • August: Skirmish at the River Bann (Dromore)?
  • August to September: Standoff at Charlemont Fort?

1645

  • May: Skirmish at Castlelyons?
  • July to December: Siege of Youghal?

1646

1647

  • Castlehaven travels to France

1648

  • October: Castlehaven returns to Ireland with Ormonde

1649

  • May: Taking of Athy?
  • August: Battle of Rathmines?
  • October to November: Besieged at Duncannon?

1650

  • June: Battle of Tecroghan?

Notes

History above assumes the unit accompanied Castlehaven. Castlehaven was Lt General of the Horse for Thomas Preston's Leinster army, later an independent commander.

Flags & Equipment

Castlehaven's horse requested that they should be armoured to resist the lances of the Scots2), implying they were generally unarmoured, apart from 'skins', possibly buffcoats. Castlehaven responded by armouring the first 2 ranks of his troop.

Notable Officers

Earl of Castlehaven

Officer List

Strength

  • 1644: A single troop of 50 horse

See Also

1) History of the Irish Confederation and the war in Ireland, 1641 [-1649] containing a narrative of affairs of Ireland, by Richard Bellings. With correspondence and documents of the confederation and of the administrators of the English government in Ireland, contemporary personal statements, memoirs, etc. Now for the first time published from original manuscripts. Ed. by John T. Gilbert.
2) The Battle of Benburb 1646. Clive Hollick, Mercier Press, 2011. ISBN 978 1 85635 670 1.