Sir Arthur Hesilrigge’s Regiment of Horse

Flag Illustration1)
Active1642 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Arthur Hesilrigge
Area RaisedLondon
Flag ColourGreen
Flag DesignExamples known
Field ArmiesWaller 1643-4

The only known regiment of fully-equipped Cuirassiers, known as the London Lobsters due to their distinctive armour, served with Waller during the First Civil War

Service History


  • March: Storm of Malmesbury (1 troop)
  • March: Battle of Highnam (1 troop)
  • April: Skirmish at Little Dean (1 troop)
  • 13th April: Battle of Ripple Field (1 troop)
  • Recruited to a full regiment in London
  • July: Battle of Lansdown
  • July: Siege of Devizes
  • July: Battle of Roundway Down
  • November: Siege of Basing House
  • November: Standoff at Farnham
  • December: Storm of Alton Church
  • December to January 1644: Siege of Arundel


  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • April: Skirmish at Newbury
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Siege of Wareham
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury



There is a page on Hesilrigge's regiment at Wikipedia

Flags & Equipment

Equipped as Cuirassiers after the Battle of Ripple Field, they were probably re-equipped as conventional harquebusiers after the disastrous Battle of Roundway Down. The regiment carried green cornets. Sir Arthur's cornet is illustrated above. According to Blount: Sir Arthur Haslerig depainted an Anchor fixed in the Clouds, and the motto in English, ONLY IN HEAVEN2).

Notable Officers

A list of officers is shown in Laurence Spring's Waller's Army, The Regiments of Sir William Waller's Southern Association The Pike and Shot Association 2007 ISBN 978-1-902768-34-2

Sir Arthur Hesilrigge


  • March 1644: 7 troops at Cheriton

See Also

1) Original artwork by Tony Barton, shown by kind permission of Tony Barton and Charles Kightly. Previously published in Military Modelling magazine
2) The Art of making Devises 2nd Ed, Thomas Blount, London, 1655