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Colonel Richard Graves’ Regiment of Horse

Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelRichard Graves
Area RaisedMidlands
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Field ArmiesBrereton 643

Parliamentarian horse in garrison at Lichfield, whose Colonel was later given a New Model Army Regiment

Service History


  • Graves commissioned Colonel
  • April: Stormed at Birmingham
  • April: Besieged at Lichfield


The regiment appear to have disbanded after being stormed by Rupert's force at Lichfield, for Graves is next heard of serving in the Earl of Essex's army.


Notable Officers

Colonel Richard Graves

Richard Graves (or Greaves, Grevis, Grevys, Greves etc) was son of Sir Richard Greves of the parish of Moseley at King's Norton. He was commissioned colonel in 1643 and led a regiment of horse and a Regiment of Foot in the Midlands, that were likely dispersed after his garrisons at Birmingham and Lichfield were stormed by Prince Rupert. By the winter of 1643 he had joined the Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Horse and made Lieutenant Colonel. When Essex's horse were converted to a New Model Army regiment, Colonel Richard Graves’ Regiment of Horse he was promoted to Colonel again. Graves, being a Presbyterian, supported Parliament over the Army in 1647, resulting in his replacement by Scroope.


Probably a single troop in 1643

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