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Colonel James Wardlawe’s Regiment of Dragoons

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ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJames Wardlawe
CaptainGeorge Dundas
Jeremiah Abercromby
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Field ArmiesEssex 1642-5

Later Captain George Dundas' Troop of Dragoons, then Captain Jeremiah Abercromby's Troop of Dragoons

Parliamentarian Regiment of Dragoons of the Earl of Essex’s army reduced to an independent troop

Service History


  • 23rd October: Battle of Edgehill
  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green


  • May: Regiment disbanded apart from Dundas' troop
  • June: Battle of Chalgrove Field
  • 20th September: First Battle of Newbury


  • March: Abercromby's troop noted attached to the Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Horse
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • August: Skirmish on Caradon Down, the dragoons held up Royalist pursuit at the village of Lee until stormed by a party of the King's Lifeguard



By 1644 the remaining troop was attached to the Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Horse

Flags and Equipment

Ordered to be issued with 600 Muskets, bandoliers and swords from the Tower stores 16/09/42 (N.A. WO55/1754)

Wardlaw's regiment bore blue guidons with different mottos for each troop, Wardlaw's guidon is shown above (Illustration 1)

Notable Officers

Colonel James Wardlawe

Captain George Dundas

Captain Jeremiah Abercromby

Killed at Kidlington

Officer List

September 1642

  • Colonel: James Wardlaw2)
  • Lt Colonel: George Dundas
  • Captain: Alexander Nerne
  • Captain: John Barne
  • Captain: James Stenchion
    • Surgeon: James Heithley


  • Established at 5 troops of 100 each

See Also

Wardlawe's regiment are re-enacted by Col. James Wardlawe hys Dragoones, a regiment of the Sealed Knot.

1) Original artwork by Tony Barton, shown by kind permission of Tony Barton and Charles Kightly. Previously published in Military Modelling magazine
2) A List of the Army Under the Command of Robert Earle of Essex British Library E 117 (30)