Sir Vincent Corbet’s Regiment of Dragoons

Active1643 to 1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeDragoons
ColonelSir Vincent Corbet
Area RaisedShropshire
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Royalist regiment of dragoons serving on the Welsh marches during the First Civil War.

Service History

1643

  • January: Skirmish at Nantwich
  • February: Skirmish at Taporley
  • March: First Battle of Middlewich
  • March: Battle of Hopton Heath??
  • April: Skirmish at Moss House
  • May: Skirmish at Market Drayton
  • May: Stormed at Whitchurch
  • September: Skirmish at Loppington
  • October: Battle of Wem and Leigh Bridge

1644

  • January: Siege of Nantwich?
  • January: Battle of Nantwich?
  • March: Storm of Market Drayton?
  • March: Storm of Hopton Castle?
  • June: Stormed at Oswestry
  • September: Stormed at Moreton Corbet?
  • September: Skirmish at Montgomery?
  • September: Battle of Montgomery Castle?

1645

  • March: Relief of Beeston Castle
  • March to April: Siege of High Ercall
  • July: Siege of High Ercall
  • November: Battle of Denbigh Green
  • ?: Besieged at Moreton Corbet

1646

  • March: Besieged at High Ercall
  • March: Battle of Stow on the Wold??
  • March to April: Besieged at Bridgenorth
  • May to July: Besieged at Worcester

Notes

The name of Corbett/Corbet is an ongoing issue. Modern usage and many contemporary writers have the name as Corbett, however extant documentation including Sir Vincent himself has the name with a single t.

A Sir John Corbet's foot was apparently in garrison at Bridgenorth in October 16451) perahps an error for Sir Vincent's dragoons?

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Notable Officers

Sir Vincent Corbet

Officer Lists

  • Colonel Sir Vincent Corbet
  • Lt. Col. William Bridgeman, previously Major
  • Capt. Robert Sandford
  • Capt. Edward Kynaston
  • Capt. Thomas Piggott, (retired)
  • Quartermaster Ambrose Kynaston

Known Soldiers

Because of Richard Gough's book, The Antiquities and Memoirs of Myddle we know of several soldiers who actually served in Corbet's.

William Preece

Known as the Scoggan (post war) because he lived in the Scoggan Hole cave near Myddle 2). Preece was a veteran, lame from his youth from falling from a fruit tree, he served on the continent before returning to England to serve. A man of remarkable character, he survived the war.

Arthur Hurlstone

It is not certain that Hurlstone was a dragoon however the circumstances suggest strongly that he was. Born in Ercall Park, he was a game-keeper by profession and during the first siege of High Ercall shot a roundhead drummer from a distant tree. The drummer had climbed up to beat a challenge to the garrison and had done so several mornings before Hurlstone put a stop to it.

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See Also

Corbet's Dragoons are re-enacted by Sir Vincent Corbet's Company of the Sealed Knot.

1) British Library Harleian Ms 944
2) Richard Gough History of Myddle Penguin p n17