Colonel James Wardlawe’s Regiment of Dragoons

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ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJames Wardlawe
CaptainGeorge Dundas
Jeremiah Abercromby
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Field ArmiesEssex 1642-5

Later Captain George Dundas' Troop of Dragoons, then Captain Jeremiah Abercromby's Troop of Dragoons

Parliamentarian Regiment of Dragoons of the Earl of Essex’s army reduced to an independent troop

Service History


  • 23rd October: Battle of Edgehill
  • November: Battle of Brentford?
  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green


  • May: Regiment disbanded apart from Dundas' troop
  • June: Battle of Chalgrove Field
  • 20th September: First Battle of Newbury


  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • August: Skirmish on Caradon Down, the dragoons held up Royalist pursuit at the village of Lee until stormed by a party of the King's Lifeguard



There is a brief history of the regiment at Col. James Wardlawe hys Dragoones

Reputedly they fought badly at Edgehill, fled the battlefield and sacked their own baggage train; however more recent research does not have them at Edgehill battlefield, instead they fit the description of the Regiment of Dragoons tasked to guard the main baggage train some miles distant (their muster records show no losses for Edgehill, which would further support this research). The same muster records would suggest that they fought at Brentford, as their numbers significantly reduced after the battle. 2)

By 1644 the remaining troop was attached to the Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Horse

Flags and Equipment

Ordered to be issued with 600 Muskets, bandoliers and swords from the Tower stores 16/09/42 (N.A. WO55/1754)

Wardlaw's regiment bore blue guidons with different mottos for each troop, Wardlaw's guidon is shown above (Illustration 1)

Notable Officers

Colonel James Wardlawe

Captain George Dundas

Captain Jeremiah Abercromby

Killed at Kidlington

Officer List

September 1642

  • Colonel: James Wardlaw3)
  • Lt Colonel: George Dundas
  • Captain: Alexander Nerne
  • Captain: John Barne
  • Captain: James Stenchion
    • Surgeon: James Heithley

Turnham Green

  • Captains Forbes and Hamilton captured 4)


  • Established at 5 troops of 100 each
  • July 1644: 1 troop of 9 officers and 65 dragoons mentioned in Symonds' Diary5)

See Also

Wardlawe's regiment are re-enacted by Col. James Wardlawe hys Dragoones, a regiment of the Sealed Knot.

1) Original artwork by Tony Barton, shown by kind permission of Tony Barton and Charles Kightly. Previously published in Military Modelling magazine
3) A List of the Army Under the Command of Robert Earle of Essex British Library E 117 (30)
5) British Library Additional Ms 17062