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Sir Edward Widdrington’s Regiment of Horse

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Edward Widdrington
Area RaisedYorkshire
Flag ColourUnknown
Flag DesignTwo known
Field ArmiesNewcastle 1642-4

Royalist Regiment of Horse serving in Yorkshire

Service History


  • December: Repulsed from Bradford


  • March: Battle of Seacroft Moor
  • May: Stormed in Wakefield


  • February to July: Besieged in Scarborough?
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor


  • February: Battle of Melton Mowbray
  • March: Battle of Pontefract
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • November to May 1646: Besieged in Newark?



Colonel Edward Widdrington and Lt. Col. Henry Constables Colours are known.

Sir Edward's troop carried a cornet featuring the motto 'DEO ET CAESARI' on a scroll. Unfortunately no record has survived of its tincture. Sir Edward Widdrington in saying little implied much in his Colours, only thus DEO ET CAESARI1).

According to Blount: We may conclude that L. Col. Henry Constable had Constantine the Great in his thoughts: for his devise was thus, IN HOC SIGNO ✝ VINCES2).

Notable Officers

Sir Edward Widdrington

A Catholic from Northumberland

Officer lists

  • Colonel Edward Widdrington
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Constable Ment. I.O.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Langley (1) + ment. I.O.
  • Captain Ascough Ment. I.O.
  • Captain? Sir Edward Charlton Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Edward French I.O. Northumb.
  • Captain Thomas Pearson I.O Newcastle
  • Captain Lieutenant Henry Widdrington I.O. Northumb.
  • Lieutenant Henry Brigham I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Ascough
  • Lieutenant William Conyers I.O. Durham to Lt. Col. Langley
  • Lieutenant Stephen Kirk I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Ascough
  • Cornet John Daniel I.O. Yorks. to Lt. Col. Constable
  • Cornet Ralph Emerson I.O. L + W to Sir Edward Charlton
  • Cornet Ralph Fenwick I.O. Northumb. to Capt. Lt. Widdrington
  • Cornet Thomas Simpson
  • Quartermaster Henry Fenwick I.O. Northumb. to Sir Edward Charlton
  • Quartermaster James Hobson I.O. Northumb. to Capt. French
  • Quartermaster William Lumley (2)
  • Quartermaster Miles Newton I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Ascough

(1) SP.23.158.361 Nicholas Shadforth and John Marshall saith that William Langley,son to Sir William Langley took a Commission under Sir Edward Widdrington as Lt. Col.

(2) SP.23.158.379 Examination of William Lumley of Lumley He was a small time a Quartermaster to Lieutenant Colonell Langleys Troope of horse.

Cornet Thomas Simpson P7070267 TO TYPE.

See Also

1) , 2) The Art of making Devises 2nd Ed, Thomas Blount, London, 1655