Lieutenant Colonel John Hamilton’s Troop of Horse

Active1643 to 1649
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
Covenanter
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeHorse
CaptainJohn Hamilton
Area RaisedUlster
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesMonro

Ulster horse raised by the Covenanters and fighting at Benburb

Service History

1643

  • September: Raised to replace British horse after the Cessation

1644

  • Summer: Serve on campaign with Monro

1645

  • Quartered at Lecale, County Down

1646

  • January: Ordered by the English to disband, but refuse
  • June: Battle of Benburb

1647

1648

1649

  • December: Battle of Lisnagarvey?

Notes

Furgol 1) mentions Hamilton being commissioned as Routmaster of a troop, presumably for service in England in 1644, the troop being mustered and paid in 1645. This could be a second troop in addition to the Ulster troop or perhaps refers to the Ulster unit.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Lt Col John Hamilton

Lieutenant Colonel of Lord Lindsay’s Regiment of Foot in Monro's Covenanter Army of Ulster. He was still leading 50 horse against Parliamentarian troops in 1649, which might have been the same unit.

Strength

  • A single troop of about 62 men in 1643
  • 1644-5: 52 troopers, 4 officers, 4 others (Furgol)
  • 50 men in 1649?

See Also

1) Edward M. Furgol A Regimental History of the Covenanting Armies 1639-1651 Edinburgh, 1990. ISBN 0 85976 194 0