Sir William Pennyman’s Regiment of Horse

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir William Pennyman
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Field ArmiesGarrison?

Royalist horse raised by Sir William Pennyman, Governor of Oxford

Service History


  • Pennyman commissioned to raise a regiment of horse in Derbyshire


  • August: Pennyman dies of a fever at Oxford


Sir William was Colonel of an infantry regiment and a captain in Prince Rupert’s Regiment of Horse in 1642. Appointed Governor of Oxford in 1642, his horse regiment was based on his troop of horse from Rupert’s regiment but perhaps wasn’t completed by the time of his death in August 1643.

It would appear that the Regiment was reduced into or taken over by Patrick Lord Ruthven (Lord Forth, the Lord General), forming the Lord General’s Regiment of Horse, according to Musgrave's petition shown below. The Officers under Ruthven include Lieutenant Colonel Hutchinson in support of this supposition.

Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir William Pennyman

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Sir William Penniman
  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Frankland (3) + ment. I.O.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Hutchinson (2) + ment. I.O.
  • Sargeant Major Edward Hutchinson Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Edward Warder Ment. I.O.
  • Lieutenant James Dixon I.O. Kent to Lt. Col. Hutchinson
  • Lieutenant John Huthwayte I.O. Northants. to Sgnt. Maj. Edw. Hutchinson
  • Lieutenant Simon Musgrave (1)
  • Quartermaster William Hullock I.O. Lincs. to Capt. Warder
  • Quartermaster John Skullay I.O. Yorks. to Lt. Col. Frankland

A list of the regiment's officers is also shown in Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press).

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Musgrave's petition

(1) SP29.20.93

‘Petition of Captain Simon Musgrave….in 1642 was Cornet of Horse under Lord Grandison, then a Lieutenant of Horse under Sir William Pennyman afterwards Lord Ruthvens Regiment, and lastly a Captain of Horse under Sir Phillip Musgrave both in the siege of Carlisle and then in the service of Hambletons Warr in 1648, my Lord Langdale being Commander in chief.’

Major Hutchinson

(2) Dugdales Visitation of Yorkshire 1665

Edward Hutchenson of Wickham Yorkshire a Colonel of Horse in the army of King Charles the first. Hutchenson was probably Sargeant Major under Lt. Col. Frankland and Lt.Col under Patrick Lord Ruthven.

Lt Col Frankland

(3) Dugdales Visitation of Yorkshire 1665

Thomas Frankland of Aldwarke, Lieutenant Colonell to Sir William Pennyman Knt, in the service of the late King Charles, died unmarried.


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