Sir Robert Howard’s Regiment of Dragoons

Active1643 to 1646?
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Robert Howard
Area RaisedShropshire?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesOxford 1643

Small Royalist regiment of dragoons that served with the Oxford Army in 1643

Service History


  • March: Blunden's company of dragoons at Bishop's Castle
  • April to June: Captain Blunden's company billeted at Ludlow
  • June: Issued powder, match & shot from Oxford
  • 26th July: Storm of Bristol
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester
  • September: First Battle of Newbury?
  • September: Join Earl Rivers’ Regiment of Foot in garrison at Donnington Castle




  • March to April: Besieged at Bridgenorth?


Flags & Equipment

Probably armed with matchlock muskets, as powder, match and shot were ordered in June 1643. Captain Blunden complained he had not yet been given flags for his company, perhaps in early 1643.

Notable Officers

Sir Robert Howard

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Sir Robert Howard
  • Lieutenant Colonel Marmaduke Holtby Ment. I.O.
  • Sargeant Major John Winnington (1) + Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Baldwin (3)
  • Captain William Blunden (3)
  • Captain Richard Catesby I.O. Warwick. of Dragoons
  • Captain Lewkenor Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Henry Taylor I.O. L + W of Horse
  • Captain John Winnington (1)
  • Lieutenant William Atkinson I.O. Salop.
  • Lieutenant William Corbet I.O. Salop. to Capt. Lewkenor
  • Lieutenant Edward Jones (2)
  • Lieutenant John Lurcock I.O. Worcester to Maj.Winnington
  • Lieutenant Thomas Stanly I.O. Salop. to Lt.Col. Holtby
  • Quartermaster Charles Floyd I.O. Montgomery

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Winnington's Deliquency

(1) SP.23.147.599 Delinquency of John Winnington

John Sydobotham of Rudheath informeth that John Winnington of Rudheath, late Butler at Axley was in the late wars a Captain and Major.

Forth to Percy

(2) Ruthven Correspondence The Earl of Forth to Lord Percy

Sir, you shall be pleased to deliver to the bearer hereoff, Edward Jones Lieutennant in the Regiment of Sir Robert Howard' Dragoones, for the use of their Regiment, two hundred weight of powder, with match and shot proportional, for which doing this shall be your warrant.

Dated at Oxford this 20th of June 1643


Ludlow Billetting

(3) Shropshire Record Office Ludlow Borough. LB7/1994 Assessment of Broad St. & Castle wards for raising soldiers

Item Whereas the said Towne was ordered to rayse xxvth souldiers under the command of Captayne Baldwyn we trust that such habitants of the sayd Towne to furnish all of them with money,horse,clothes and armes each and every one of the sayd souldiers.

Item for billetting of soldiers besides officers under the command of Capteyne Blunden nowe deceased from the xxviith of Aprill 1643 untill the first of this instance June 1643 being 33th dayes 29li 10sh 6d

Blunden to Ottley

Ottley Papers W. Blunden to Sir Francis Ottley

I have this day sent a letter to our high Sheriffe to know his pleasure what [is] to be done concerning my . . . Company of dragoones, I desire you to do me that favour to have an answer by this bearer from the Sherife of his resolutions what [is] to bo done, if that the Sherife be not in towne I desire you to open the letter, and to have your Resolution what is to be done, J. pray you to Aford your best Advise and furtherance what is to bo done, and you shall Command him, whom is yr Servant,

I have not as yet received my Cullers from our Coronell ; I pray you to Com'and.

To the Right Woo 11 his truly Affected Cosen Sir Franceis Ottley Knight Gov'ncr of Sallop this be presented.

Blunden to Bromley


Noble Sir,

This day I have a warent from you to oure high Constables of Slepe hundereds for the someninge of all from 16: t0 60. yeares to be at Bridgnorth one Wensday next which hath put me to a pussell therein, for I was resollved with what forse I had to have come to Sallop the 20 day, beinge to morrow, therfore, I desire to have your comaund whether I shall come for Sallope, or else for Bridgnorth, forthwith. We are altogether destitute of powther, bulletes, & match ; if I goe for Bridgnorth you must have a care to have all things there, otherwise we shalbe all together unfurnished ; soe with my respectes to you, desireing a speedy answer by this bearer, I shall ever rest,

Bishops Castell yo'r freind

March 19, 1642/3. W Blunden.


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