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The King’s Lifeguard Regiment of Horse

Flag Illustration1)
Active1642-1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelKing Charles I
Area RaisedYorkshire
Flag ColourRed
Flag DesignKnown
Field ArmiesOxford 1642-1646

The King’s Lifeguard Regiment of Horse, serving with the Oxford Army throughout the First Civil War

Service History

1642

  • May: Raised in Yorkshire
  • July: First Siege of Hull
  • August: Repulsed from Coventry
  • October: Battle of Edgehill
  • December: Quartered at Oxford

1643

  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester
  • September: First Battle of Newbury

1644

  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury
  • November: Relief of Donnington Castle

1645

  • March: Skirmish at Kidlington
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • August: Storm of Huntingdon
  • September: Battle of Rowton Heath
  • November to May 1646: Besieged at Newark

1646

  • May: Surrender of Newark

Notes

Flags & Equipment

The cornet illustrated above was taken by the Earl of Essex's army sometime between 1642 and 1644. It is not definitely identified as that of the King's Lifeguard, but this appears probable based on its extra wide gold fringing, crown and royal cypher.

By 1643 the Lifeguard were being issued with harquebusier equipment2) though this does not necessarily preclude individuals wearing cuirassier armour.

Notable Officers

King Charles I

Lord Bernard Stewart

Sir William Killigrew

Sir Edward Brett

Lt Col Gordon

Strength

See Also

1) Flag images by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) mentioned in Royalist Ordnance Papers