Sir William Balfour’s Troop of Horse

Active1642 to 1643
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
CaptainSir William Balfour
Area Raised
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesMonro 1642

Horse briefly serving in Ulster during the Confederate War

Service History



  • Balfour’s troop serving in Ireland


A history of the unit is shown in Edward M. Furgol’s A Regimental History of the Covenanting Armies 1639-1651 Edinburgh, 1990. ISBN 0 85976 194 0

In 1642 the troop were in Parliament's pay1). Balfour never commanded the troop in Ireland, instead becoming a Parliamentarian Colonel, there is no more mention of the troop after 1643, likely they disbanded or were absorbed into another unit. Perhaps they joined George Monro’s Horse

Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir William Balfour


  • 1642: 69 men and officers in a single troop

See Also

1) An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder. Partizan Press