Sir Thomas Basset’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Thomas Basset
Area RaisedCornwall
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesHopton 1643

Royalist regiment of horse serving throughout the First Civil War in the West Country

Service History


  • April: Battle of Beacon Hill?
  • July: Battle of Lansdown
  • July: Siege of Devizes


  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury



  • February: Battle of Torrington
  • February: Loss of Launceston
  • March: Surrender at Truro



Notable Officers

Sir Thomas Basset

Fought throughout the First Civil War in the west country and led a brigade of Hopton's infantry at the storm of Bristol. He was knighted in July 1644 at Crediton

Sir Thomas Basset Regiment of Horse

Lieutenant Colonel Arundel Ment. I.O.

Sargeant Major Polewheele Ment. I.O.

Captain Nicholas Hawes I.O. Cornwall Captain Josias Hawk I.O. Cornwall Captain William Noye (1) + I.O. Cornwall Captain John Whare I.O. Cornwall

Lieutenant Lewis Barrett I.O. Cornwall Lieutenant Thomas Byam I.O. Somerset Lieutenant Thomas Hawes I.O. Cornwall Lieutenant Nicholas Hawk I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Hawk Lieutenant Francis Hearle I.O. Cornwall Lieutenant William Knight I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Whare

Cornet James Martin I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Whare Cornet Robert Richards I.O. Cornwall Cornet William Robins I.O. Cornwall Cornet Richard Saul I.O. Cornwall

Quartermaster Ambrose Fairbrother I.O. Kent Quartermaster William Good I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Hawk Quartermaster John Jewel I.O. L + W to Lt. Col. Arundel Quartermaster Bartholomew Lawlyn I.O. Cornwall to Sgt. Maj. Polewheele Quartermaster Richard Mill I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Whare Quartermaster William Smith I.O. Cornwall Quartermaster Richard Spry I.O. Cornwall

(1) SP29.6.65 June 1660 ? Extract. To the Kings most excellent Majestie. The humble petition of Captaine William Noye Sheweth that your petitioner served your late father of blessed memory and your Majesty from the beginning of the warres and since being Capt: of a Troope of Horse and afterwardes of a Company of Foote in the Island of Syllie,after the rendition your petitioner suffered long imprisonment and had lost his life had hee not strangely escaped by leaping over the Mount walls from whence hee went to the Isle of Jersy and remained till the rendition thereof.

SP23.106.447 Extract. The humble peticion of William Noye of St. Burian in the Countye of Cornwall Gent. Sheweth that your peticioner was in Elizabeth Castle in Jersey when the same was surrendered to the Parliament,and had the benefitt of the said Articles of Elizabeth Castle as by the afidavit hereunto annexed will appeare.

25th May 1652


Likely only a single troop in early 1643, later expanded to a full regiment.

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