Colonel William Jephson’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642 to 1649
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeHorse
ColonelWilliam Jephson
Area RaisedEngland
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesInchiquin 1642-7

Troop of horse raised in England for service in Munster in 1642, later expanded to a full regiment

Service History

1642

  • March: Arrive in Munster1)
  • April: Relief of Rathgogan Castle / Skirmish at Ballyhawragh2)
  • September: Battle of Liscarroll

1643

1644

1645

  • August: Jephson commissioned by Parliament to raise a regiment of horse in England for service in Munster

1646

  • August: Regiment in Ireland

1647

  • Serving in Inchiquin's army

Notes

Flags & Equipment

On arrival in Ireland the English horses fell victim to some form of disease, with at least 150 of 340 dying. These had to be replaced with “such garrans {ponies] as this country affords” while an officer was sent back to england to raise more.3)

Notable Officers

William Jephson

Officer Lists

1646 Officers mentioned

  • Captain Lisle
  • Captain Richard Heapy (02/01/46 - 01/05/464) but appears to still have been nominal command in October 1646 when Inchiquin appointed Capt Fenwick to take over his troop. Jephson instead wanted Heapy's weak troop added to Ridgleye's and Fenwick to raise a new troop)5)
  • Captain Ridglye
  • Captain Fielder (Raising a troop in England in September 1646)6)
  • Captain Brocas (Stated to have served the Parliament ever since the begining of the war in England. Probably the Captain Thomas Brocas of Colonel John Fiennes’ Regiment of Horse)7)
  • Captain Fenwick

August 16478)

  • Col William Jephson
  • Major Warden
  • Major [John?] Gyfford
  • Capt Cox
  • Capt Waye
  • Capt Pierce
  • Capt John Rudgley
  • Capt Lisle
  • Capt Tho Borcas
  • Capt Plant

16499)

  • Colonel William Jephson
  • Lieutenant Colonel Warden
  • Major Plant

Strength

  • 1642: 100 horse
  • August 1646: 340 horses shipped to Ireland
  • August 1647: 310 troopers

See Also

1) An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder. Partizan Press
2) Grosart (ed) The Lismore Papers 2nd series vol 5 (1888) pp41-2
3) HMC Egmont Mss Vol 1 p 305
4) N.A. Sp28/267/pt4/154
5) HMC Egmont Mss Vol 1 p 324
6) CSPI 1633-47 p504
7) HMC Egmont Mss Vol 1 p 329
8) N.A. SP28/47/237
9) HMC Ormonde Mss Vol 1 p220