Sir James Montgomery’s Troop of Horse

Active1642 to 1646
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeHorse
CaptainSir James Montgomery
Area RaisedUlster
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag DesignSee below
Field ArmiesLaggan Army
Monro 1642
Monro 1646

Laggan Army troop of horse fighting at Benburb

Service History

1642

  • Newly raised in Ulster
  • April: Skirmish at Kilwarlin Woods1)
  • July: Paid by Parliament

1643

1644

1645

  • Quartered in Little Ardes and Lecale

1646

  • June: Battle of Benburb

Notes

Originally raised in order to support the Scots army in Ulster.

Flags and Equipment

According to Blount; Sir James Montgomery figured a house on fire, with this motto, OPES NON ANIMUM, as much to say, the Rebels may destroy his house or lands, but not subdue his courage. He had another device wherein was depainted the Skie stellified, and 2 branches of Laurel, with this motto, ERIT ALTERA MERCES, ie. in heaven2).

possibly equipped with lances, as for Lord Montgomery of Ardes’ Regiment of Horse.

Notable Officers

A list of the unit's officers is shown in Army List of the Ulster British Forces, 1642-1646. by Kevin Forkan. Archivium Hibernicum, Vol. 59 (2005), pp. 51-65 available via JSTOR

Sir James Montgomery

Strength

  • 1641-2: A single troop of 60 horse3)

See Also

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