Prince Rupert’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642-1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelPrince Rupert
Sir Thomas Dallison
Area Raised
Flag ColourUnknown
Flag DesignUnknown
Field ArmiesOxford 1642-3
Rupert 1644
Oxford 1645

The most famous regiment of Royalist horse, led by Prince Rupert, nephew of King Charles I

Service History

1642

  • August: Attack Caldecote Hall but retire after Mrs Purefoy's steadfast defence
  • September: Battle of Powick Bridge
  • October: Skirmish at King’s Norton?
  • October: Skirmish at Wormleighton
  • October: Battle of Edgehill
  • November: Battle of Aylesbury
  • November: Standoff at Windsor
  • November: Skirmish at Kingston upon Thames
  • November: Battle of Brentford
  • November: Standoff at Turnham Green
  • December: Storm of Marlborough
  • December: Quartered at Abingdon

1643

  • January: Standoff at Cirencester
  • February: Storm of Cirencester
  • March: Standoff at Bristol
  • March: Stormed at Malmesbury (det)
  • March: Skirmish at Aylesbury
  • March: Taking of Malmesbury
  • April: Storm of Birmingham
  • April: Siege of Lichfield
  • June: Skirmish at Islip
  • June: Skirmish at Chinnor
  • June: Battle of Chalgrove Field
  • July: Skirmish at Padbury
  • July: Storm of Bristol
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester
  • September: Skirmish at Stow on the Wold
  • September: Battle of Aldbourne Chase
  • September: First Battle of Newbury
  • September: Skirmish at Aldermaston & Padworth
  • October: Taking of Newport Pagnell?
  • October: Repulsed from Northampton
  • October: Taking of Bedford
  • November: Skirmish at Towcester?

1644

  • January: Standoff at Aylesbury
  • March: Skirmish at Market Drayton
  • March: Battle of Newark
  • May: Skirmish at Knutsford?
  • May: Storm of Stockport
  • May: Storm of Bolton
  • June: Siege of Liverpool
  • June: Taking of Clitheroe?
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • August: Skirmish at Welshpool
  • September: Skirmish at Newtown (det)
  • November: Relief of Donnington

1645

  • January: Repulsed from Abingdon
  • April: Skirmish at Ledbury
  • April: Relief of Beeston Castle
  • April: Storm of Ledbury
  • May: Siege of Hawkesley House
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • August to September: Besieged in Bristol

1646

  • May to June: Besieged in Oxford
  • June: Disbanded at surrender of Oxford

Notes

Flags

Notable Officers

Prince Rupert

Sir Thomas Dallison

Sir Thomas Dallison was colonel of Rupert's horse, and was killed in battle at Naseby in 1645.

Strength

  • October 1642: 7 troops at Edgehill
  • May 1645: 400 men in 8 troops at Leicester1)

See Also

Prince Rupert's Regiment of Horse are re-enacted by Prince Rupert's Cavalry of the Sealed Knot.

1) British Library Harleian Ms 911

Discussion

tim, 11/02/2016 18:51
crgsos wrote: In fact the point about the first item in the timeline above is that Prince Rupert did not take Caldecot Hall, home of William Purefoy. He spared it and the inhabitants on account of their magnificent defence. There are many versions of this story but that behaviour by Rupert is common to all.
tim, 11/02/2016 18:51
Many thanks crgsos, I'll edit accordingly
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