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Colonel Richard Graves’ Regiment of Horse

Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelRichard Graves
Area RaisedMidlands
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesBrereton 1643

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
  • July: Received Supplies in Cheshire
  • August to February 1644: Supplied from Stafford (Graves' trp)



The regiment survived being stormed by Rupert's force at Lichfield and Col Graves' troop were drawing regular supplies of ammunition from the magazine in Stafford between August 1643 and the beginning of February 1644. By the end of that month the troop were in the South-east quartering in Holbourne before taking service in the Earl of Essex's army, Graves becoming Lt-Col of Essex's Horse by July 1644.


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 was likely dispersed after his garrisons at Birmingham and Lichfield were stormed by Prince Rupert. In February 1644 he 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.

Officer List

  • Major James Medhope (held this rank in June 1643. Led the remainder of the regiment in Cheshire and Staffordshire after Graves departure)


Probably a single troop in 1643

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