Sir John Suckling’s Troop of Horse

Active1639 to 1640
ConflictsFirst Bishops’ War
CaptainSir John Suckling
Area RaisedLondon
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesCharles 1639
Charles 1640

English cavalry troop that served in the First and Second Bishops’ Wars

Service History


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


  • August: Battle of Newburn Ford?


Outfitting Suckling's troop was said to have cost him £12,000. Suckling's efforts were satirised in verse, On Sir John Suckling's most warlike preparations for the Scottish war. Unsure whether Suckling's troop were in fact at Newburn Ford.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

The troop apparently wore white doublets, splendid scarlet coats and scarlet plumed hats in 1639.

Notable Officers

Sir John Suckling

Suckling was a celebrated and notorious Cavalier poet.


  • May 1639: 100 men 1)

See Also

1) 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