Captain Roger Widdrington’s Troop of Dragoons

ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
CaptainRoger Widdrington
Area RaisedNorthumberland
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Field Armies1639

English troop of dragoons that was raised for the First Bishops’ War of 1639, likely for scouting duties

Service History


  • Raised
  • May: March to the camp at Birks
  • June: Standoff between Birks and Duns Law


Widdrington was blamed for the English lack of information on the Scots army, resulting in them arriving un-announced at Duns Law. Presently hereupon the Lord General the Earl of Arundel, was sent for to the King; The Scout-Master was much exclaimed against, and he complained as much of the Soldiers who were sent out as Scouts, and gave him no timely intelligence. But in the Opinion of the Court and Commanders, the Scout-Master General bore the blame; and his Crime was aggravated, because he was a Papist. The Lord General made this Reply to those Nobles that accused the Scout-Master, That he made choice of him, (by Name Roger Widdrington Esq;) as the fittest Man in England for the Office of Scout-Master, being born in that County of Northumberland, and one best acquainted with all the Highland-men upon the Borders of Scotland, and who was best able, of any Man he knew in England, to gain Intelligence from thence; and that it was notoriously known, he was a Gentleman that ever bore a perfect hatred to the Scots, and was a stout active Man upon Border-Service in the time of Queen Elizabeth; that he was a Person of Quality, and he doubted not of his Integrity, and that he would justify himself.1)

Coats, Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Roger Widdrington



  • May 1639: 120 men 2)

See Also

1) , 2) Rushworth's 'Historical Collections: 1639, March-June', Historical Collections of Private Passages of State: Volume 3: 1639-40, pp. 885-946. URL: Date accessed: 24 June 2014