Sir Thomas Tyldesley’s Regiment of Dragoons

Active1643
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeDragoons
ColonelSir Thomas Tyldesley
Area RaisedLancashire
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Field ArmiesDerby 1643

Royalist dragoon regiment raised in Lancashire, possibly continuing after Whalley as part of Tyldesley’s Regiment of Horse

Service History

1642

  • December: Capt Blundell commissioned

1643

  • February: Stormed at Preston
  • February: Repulsed from Bolton
  • February: Loss of Lancaster
  • March: Storm of Lancaster
  • March: Storm of Preston
  • April: Battle of Whalley Abbey?

1644

  • July: Battle of Marston Moor?

Notes

Specific references to Tyldesley's dragoons dry up after Captain Blundell had his thigh bone shattered by a musket ball in the assault on Lancaster1), although Royalist Ordnance Papers mention that ten carbines were issued to Tyldesley's regiment of horse on 18th November 1643 and it is fair to assume that these were destined for the dragoons. Blundell, a noted Catholic, had been called before the Court of the Star Chamber for inciting rioting in 1624. Blundell was found guilty and ordered to pay heavy fines (he had incited another riot when bailiffs had attempted to collect a previous fine). In 1631 the King pardoned Blundell and reduced the fines to a manageable level 2).

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Notable Officers

Sir Thomas Tyldesley

Officer List

  • William Blundell of Crosby was commissioned to be captain of a troop of dragoons 3).

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Captain Blundell

Crosby Records Captain William Blundells Commission.

‘By virtue of his majesties Commission under the signe Manuell to mee directed, I doe hereby constitute and appointe you William Blundell Esquire to bee Captaine of one companie of Dragoones in my Regiment. And I doe hereby give you full power and authoritie for hids Majestie and his name to raise and impresse and retaine the said companie, raised or to bee raised by sound of Drumme or anie other waie (and in anie of his Majesties Dominions) for the defence of his Majesties royall person, the 2 houses of Parliament, the Protestant religion, the lawe of the land, the libertie and propertie of the subject and Priveledge of Parliament, and when soe raised to bringe together and employ in his Majesties service as you shall from tyme to tyme receive directions for, and I doe hereby require all inferior officers and souldiers of ye companie you to obey as their Captaine, you likewise obeying your superiour officers according to the discipline of warre.

Tho.Tyldesley Leigh this 22th of December 1642

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See Also

1) The Finest Knight in England, Stuart Reid 1987, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525390
2) The Civil Wars In Lancashire 1640-1660, Stephen Bull 2009, Carnegie Publishing ISBN:978-1-85936-191-7
3) The Finest Knight in England, Stuart Reid 1987, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525390