Lord Loughborough’s Regiment of Horse

Flag Illustration1)
Active1642-46
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelLord Loughborough
Area Raised
Flag ColourBlue
Flag DesignOne Known
Field ArmiesOxford 1642
Loughborough 1642-6

Royalist regiment of horse commanded by Henry Hastings, Lord Loughborough, based at Ashby de la Zouch

Service History

1642

  • September: Battle of Powick Bridge (single troop)
  • October: Battle of Edgehill (single troop)

1643

  • January: Besieged at Ashby de la Zouch?
  • March: Battle of Hopton Heath
  • March: Skirmish at Lichfield?
  • April: Siege of Lichfield?
  • August: Relief of Eccleshall Castle?
  • September: Raid on Nottingham?
  • October: Skirmish at Trent Bridge?
  • October: Battle of Wem and Leigh Bridge??
  • ?: Siege of Tutbury Castle

1644

  • February: Skirmish at Ashbourne
  • March: Battle of Cotes Bridge
  • March: Battle of Newark
  • September: Skirmish at Costock?

1645

  • April: Storm of Ledbury
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Besieged at Leicester?
  • September to February 1646: Besieged at Ashby de la Zouch
  • December: Skirmish at Coleorton?

1646

  • February: Surrender of Ashby de la Zouch
  • March: Battle of Stow on the Wold

Notes

The skirmish at Costock involved Sir John Pate’s Regiment of Horse, part of Loughborough's forces rather than his own regiment, although some might have been present.

Flags

Symonds recorded the regiment as having “blew colours”2). One known cornet design from the regiment is that of Captain Sir Richard Astley: it is carved upon his tomb, Sir Richard is depicted at the head of a troop of horse with a trumpeter whose trumpet banner also bears a cinquefoil. This was interpreted by Brigadier Young as being a white cinquefoil on a blue field.

Notable Officers

'Blind Harry’ Hastings, Lord Loughborough

Capt Sir Richard Astley

An impressive memorial to Sir Richard is located in St Mary's Church, Patshull.

Strength

  • May 1645: 3 troops with 100 men at Leicester3)

See Also

1) Flag image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) , 3) British Library Harleian Ms 911