Colonel Thomas Blagge’s Regiment of Horse

Active1644-1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelThomas Blagge
Area Raised
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGarrison

Royalist horse in garrison at Wallingford, possibly equipped as Cuirassiers

Service History

1644

  • May: Raised
  • September: Relief of Basing House (led by Capt Walters)

1645

  • January: Skirmish at Long Crendon

1646

  • May to July: Besieged at Wallingford

Notes

Flags and Equipment

On the 2nd of May 1644 the Royalist Ordnance Papers recorded the issue of 60 cases of pistols and holsters and 40 carbines as well as saddles and bits to equip Blagge's troop of 100 cuirassiers then being raised. Whether they actually served in cuirassier armour is unconfirmed.

Notable Officers

Colonel Thomas Blagge

Officer List

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Thomas Blagge
  • Sargeant Major Robert Walters (1)
  • Captain Edmond Barber (2) + I.O. Suffolk
  • Captain Wharton Ment. I.O. (Captain George Wharton I believe See Dover's Regiment.)
  • Captain Robert Walters (1) (Led the troop to relieve Basing)
  • Cornet Charles Moulins I.O. Oxon. to Capt. Wharton
  • Quartermaster Nicholas Hardy I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Wharton

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Berkshire Sequestrations

(1) SP23.240.137 Depositions of witnesses taken before the Committee for Sequestrations in the Countie of Berks. by virtue of an order by the honourable Committee for Compounding &e of the xxth of January 1651 The 24th of January 1651

Robert Snelling of Bradfield in the Countie of Berks gent aged fourtie yeares or thereabouts sworne and examined saith that this deponent lived at Benson within a mile of Wallingford for the space of fower or five yeares when it was a Garrison for the late King. And that he this deponent knoweth one Robert Walters was then in Armes in the said Garrison and had command of a troope of horse and came oftentimes to this deponents howse at the sign of the Redlyon in Benson aforesaid with souldiers of the said troope. And this deponent further saith that he hath been credibly informed and doth beleive that the said Robert Walters did continue in the said Garrison of Wallingford untill the time of the rendition thereof to the parliament. And that he then went away with Colonell Blague but this deponent saith he doth not knowe that the said Robert Walters was Governor of Wallingford but was sometimes called Maior Walters. Robert Snelling

John Atkins the younger of Reading in the Countie of Berks yeoman aged fortie yeares or thereabouts sworne and examined saith that he this deponent was in the Garrison of Wallingford at the tyne of the rendition thereof to the parliament and above a quarter of a yeare before and that hee this deponent knoweth that there was a gentleman in Armes called Major Walters who sometime went forth with a partie of horse and had command of foot in the said Garrison. And that the said Major Walters was taken prisoner about Henley by some of the parliaments forces and was afterwards exchanged for two Officers of the parliaments forces and then afterwards continued in the said Garrison of Wallingford till the rendition thereof as aforesaid and themn went away with Colonell Blague and this deponent further saith that the said Major Walters was of a pale complexion and had reddish haire of his beard, brownish haire on his head and pockholes in his face and was a man of a midle stature. John Atkins

SP23.240.138

The 26th of January 1651 John Streate of Reading in the Countie of Berks clothdrawer aged xxxii yeares old or thereavouts sworne and examined saith that when Wallingford was a Garrison for the late King this deponent was a trooper in Captaine Walters troope in that Garrison who was a man of a pale complexion and had brownish haire and a thynn face and of a middle stature.And that the said Captaine Walters was afterwards a Major in the said Garrison whilst it was held for the said late King, and goeing out with a partie from the said Garrison about Henley hee the said Major Walters was taken prisoner by some of the parliaments forces and afterwards was exchanged for two of the parliament Officers and then continued in Armes in the said Garrison till it was delivered upp by Colonell Blague to the parliament forces and then went forth with Colonell Blague upon the Articles of surrender of the said Garrison. John Streate

S: Bellingham George Lamboll Henry Sharpe

Capt Barber

(2) Harl. Mss. 4712.

A printed pass for Captain Edmund Barber from Wallingford Garrison.

George Stile

(2) SP23.195.842 The humble peticion of George Stile Gent Sheweth that the peticioner hath adhered to ye King and his party in the warr against the Parliament. That he was in the Castle of Wallingford at the surrender of it to his Excellencie the Sir Thomas Fairfax to the use of the Parliament.That for such his delinquency his estate is sequesterd by the Committee of the Countie of Dorsett.

Geo: Style

rec'd the 10th of Decem: 1646

SP23.195.845 Extract To the Committee for Compounding at Goldsmiths Hall Right Honourable At the request of George Stile of Maypowder in the County of Dorset gent; we doe humbly certifie your honours that he was sequestred by us for acting against the Parliament first as a Cornett and afterwards as a Maior in the Kings Army.

John Browne Ri: Brodrepp John Squibb Will: Foye Jo: Fitzjames (The Committee of the County of Dorset) 4. Novemb. 1646

Strength

Originally a single troop, to be of 100 men

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