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Colonel John Digby’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642-1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelJohn Digby
Jonathan Trelawney
Area RaisedWest Country
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesHopton 1642-6

Later Colonel Jonathan Trelawney’s Regiment of Horse

Originally raised as a troop of Lord Grandison’s regiment of horse, they stayed independent and served throughout the First Civil War in the West County

Service History

1642

  • July: Raised in the West Country
  • August: Skirmish at Marshall’s Elm
  • August: Skirmish at Wells
  • September: Besieged at Sherborne Castle
  • September: Skirmish at Babylon Hill
  • December to January 1643: Siege of Exeter?
  • December: Skirmish at Torrington?

1643

  • February: Battle of Modbury
  • April: Battle of Beacon Hill
  • May: Battle of Stratton
  • June: Siege of Exeter?
  • July: Battle of Lansdown?
  • July: Skirmish at Topsham
  • August: Skirmish at Torrington
  • August: Taking of Appledore
  • September: Siege of Barnstaple
  • October to December: Siege of Plymouth
  • November: Skirmish near Plymouth alongside Colonel John Arundell’s Regiment of Horse

1644

  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel?
  • September to January: Siege of Plymouth
  • November: Second Battle of Newbury?

1645

  • April to May: Siege of Taunton?
  • July: Battle of Langport

1646

  • February: Battle of Torrington
  • March: Surrender at Truro?
  • March to August: Siege of Pendennis Castle?
  • August: Surrender of Pendennis Castle?

Flags

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 John Digby

Colonel Jonathan Trelawney

Jonathan Trelawney served as a captain in Sir Bevil Grenville’s Regiment of Foot then in Digby’s Regiment of Horse and took over the cavalry regiment as colonel in 1644. From 1645 he also led Colonel Jonathan Trelawney’s Cornish Trained Band Regiment of Foot.

Strength

Originally a single troop.

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