Colonel Chidley Coote’s Regiment of Horse

Active1646 to 1655
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeHorse
ColonelChidley Coote
Area Raised
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Field Armies

Regiment of Horse raised for service in Ireland

Service History

1646

  • July: Chidley Coote contracted to raise a regiment of 500 horse for service in Ireland

1647

  • April: Viscount Baltinglas' troop at Dublin

1648

  • Spring: Quartered near Drogheda

1649

  • June: Battle of Johnstown?
  • July: Surrender to Inchiquin at Drogheda
  • July: Return to Dublin
  • August: Battle of Rathmines?
  • September: Siege of Drogheda
  • September: Assigned to Venables’ brigade
  • September: Taking of Carlingford
  • September: Taking of Newry
  • September: Skirmish at Dromore
  • September: Taking of Lisburn
  • September: Taking of Belfast?
  • August: Garrison at Dublin
  • December: Battle of Lisnagarvey

1650

  • September: Taking of Dundalk?

1651

1652

1653

  • Disbanded

Notes

A history of the regiment is given in The Regimental History of Cromwell's Army by Sir Charles Firth and Godfrey Davies, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1940

Chidley Coote was a brother of Sir Charles Coote, Second Baronet. In 1646 he was contracted to raise a regiment of horse for service in Ireland. By 1648 they were quartered around Drogheda and were heavily defeated by Lord Inchiquin’s Royalists (at Johnstown?) in June, surrendering Drogheda in the July. Apparently only 35 horse reached Dublin from Drogheda along with Colonel Anthony Hungerford’s Regiment of Foot. After making their way to Dublin, the depleted regiment were recruited by the addition of Ponsonby’s horse. Thereafter they served as part of Venables’ brigade, sent into Ulster to support Sir Charles Coote and fought at Lisnagarvey. In 1655 the regiment was disbanded.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Chidley Coote

Chidley Coote was brother of Sir Charles Coote, Second Baronet. He defended Birr Castle from 1641 until its fall in 1643. After serving in Ireland with his father and brother, Coote came to England following the cessation and served as Lieutenant Colonel of Sir William Brereton’s Regiment of Foot. In September 1644 he was attempting to raise a troop but this appears to have come to nothing and instead by December he had taken over the troop of Sir William Brereton’s Regiment of Horse raised by Francis Farrington. He claimed for pay under Brereton from 20/10/44 till 10/08/45. At this point he transferred to command the Shropshire horse being promoted Colonel on 08/11/45 and serving until 31/07/46. He then raised his Regiment of Horse for service in Ireland.

Officer List

September 16461)

  • Captain Nathanial Lisle
  • Captain Viscount Baltinglas (mustered 6 officers and 16 horsemen in 1647, with the captain and 3 men absent)

Strength

  • Spring 1648: 389 troopers, besides officers
  • July 1649: No more than 150 after defeat by Inchiquin

See Also

1) CSPI 1633-47 p514