Sir Richard Grenville’s Regiment of Horse

Flag Illustration1)
Active1644 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Richard Grenville
Edward Cooke
Area RaisedSurrey
Flag ColourRed (Grenville)
Green (Cooke)
Flag DesignSeveral known
Field ArmiesWaller 1644-5
Massey 1645-6

Later Colonel Edward Cooke’s Regiment of Horse

Parliamentarian regiment of horse of the Southern Association whose Colonel defected to the Royalists

Service History


  • Ordered to be raised


  • March: Quartered at Staines
  • March: Grenville defects to the Royalists
  • March: Edward Cooke takes over
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Skirmish at Bridgewater
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury
  • December: Relief of Taunton


  • March: Skirmish at Dorchester?
  • April: Three troops disbanded
  • May: Relief of Taunton
  • May to July: Besieged in Taunton
  • July: Battle of Ilminster


  • February: Skirmish at Wareham
  • April: Siege of Barnstaple


Colonel Edward Cooke's troop was also accounted Sir William Waller's Lifeguard troop of horse.


According to Blount: Sir Richard Grenvile (before his recesse) represented a Map of England, superscribed, ENGLAND BLEEDING2).

Blount has: Col. Cook of Gloucestershire was thus conceited, he figured an armed man cutting off the corners of a University Cap with his sword, and the motto, MUTO QUADRATA ROTUNIDIS, as much to say, he would convert the Square-heads or Cavaliers into Roundheads3). (Illustration 1)

Notable Officers

A list of officers in Parliamentarian service 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 Richard Grenville

Col Edward Cooke


  • March 1644: 4 troops led by Lt Col Thorpe 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) , 3) The Art of making Devises 2nd Ed, Thomas Blount, London, 1655