Sir Thomas Aston's Regiment of Dragoons

Active1642 to unknown
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeDragoons
ColonelsSir Thomas Aston
Area RaisedCheshire
Coat ColourUnknown
Flag ColourUnknown
Flag DesignUnknown
Field ArmiesCheshire 1643

Royalist dragoon regiment that was raised and served in Cheshire during the First Civil War.

Service History

1642

  • Commissioned to be raised in Cheshire1)

1643

  • March: First Battle of Middlewich

Notes

Sir Thomas Aston was commissioned to raise a regiment of 500 dragoons in Cheshire in late 1642, although it's highly unlikely that the regiment ever reached this number. They served under Sir Thomas at the First Battle of Middlewich, in Cheshire. While their later history is obscure, it's possible that they served together with Sir Thomas Aston's Regiment of Horse at earlier and later battles and campaigns.

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press).

Colonel Sir Thomas Aston

Sir Thomas Aston, 1st Baronet (29 September 1600 – 24 March 1645) was the nephew of the more notorious Sir Arthur Aston. He raised a regiment of horse in 1642 and commanded them at Edgehill. By January 1643 he had been sent back to Cheshire to lead the local forces against Sir William Brereton's Parliamentarians, but was defeated in a succession of skirmishes and minor battles. He returned to the Oxford Army, having his horse shot from beneath him at the 1st Battle of Newbury and was later captured during a skirmish in Staffordshire (1645). He died of a fever in prison at Stafford after a failed escape attempt where he was knocked on the head by an enemy soldier.

Strength

  • 500 commissioned to be raised but unlikely to have materialised.

See Also

1) Soldiers of the English Civil War (2): Cavalry. John Tincey. Osprey Elite 27