Lord Conway’s Troop of Horse

Active1641 to
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeHorse
CaptainLord Conway
Edward Conway
Area RaisedUlster
Flag Colour
Flag DesignSee below
Field ArmiesMonro 1644
Monro 1646

Later Captain Edward Conway's Troop of Horse

Ulster protestant troop of horse serving in the Confederate War

Service History

1641

  • October: Serving with Col. Chichester
  • November: Battle of Lisnegarvey

1642

  • Garrison of Lisnegarvey
  • July: Assigned to a force assembled to take Limerick1)

1643

1644

  • July: Serving under Monro, skirmish with the Irish

1645

  • Lord Conway dies and command goes to his son Edward
  • Quartered at Lisnegarvey

1646

  • June: Battle of Benburb

1647

1648

1649

  • December: Battle of Lisnegarvy

Notes

Conway's troop was part of the 'Old Army' of Ireland

Flags & Equipment

According to Blount; The Lord Conway's eldest son figur'd a pelican upon an anchor and the motto FIDE ET AMORE2).

Conway's horse appear to have had carbines, as a Capt Burgh (maybe Capt-Lt?) had his men fire them in a skirmish in 1644. In 1649 they wore back-and-breast armour3).

Notable Officers

Lord Conway

Edward Conway, 2nd Viscount Conway previously led the king's horse at the Battle of Newburn Ford in the Second Bishops' War.

Edward Conway

Son of Lord Conway, by 1646 he was in command of the troop, although Lord Conway's regiment of foot was instead given to Lord Blayney. Edward Conway escaped Benburb despite having two horses killed under him during the battle.

Strength

  • 1641-2: 60 horse4)
  • July 1642: A single troop
  • January 1646: A single troop

See Also

1) Journals of the House of Lords V 226
2) The Art of making Devises 2nd Ed, Thomas Blount, London, 1655
3) The Battle of Benburb 1646. Clive Hollick, Mercier Press, 2011. ISBN 978 1 85635 670 1.
4) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde