Colonel Alexander Popham’s Regiment of Horse

Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelAlexander Popham
Edward Popham
Area RaisedSomerset
Flag Colour
Flag DesignSee below
Field ArmiesWaller 1643

Also probably Colonel Edward Popham’s Regiment of Horse

Parliamentarian horse serving in the West Country, based at Bath

Service History


  • April: Skirmish at Sherborne
  • April: Taking of Sherborne
  • July: Battle of Lansdown
  • July: Siege of Devizes
  • July: Battle of Roundway Down


  • July: Skirmish at Warminster
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury?


  • April: Skirmish at Fontnill
  • July: Battle of Ilminster


It’s unclear whether this should be accounted Colonel Alexander Popham’s or his brother, Colonel Edward Popham’s Regiment of horse. Possibly both commanded at different times. It probably had a single troop in 1643. The regiment might also have been combined with Colonel Alexander Popham’s Regiment of Dragoons. It does appear to be a separate regiment from Colonel Francis Popham’s Horse though.

Flags & Equipment

According to Blount; In Col. Alex. Popham's Regiment one Captain bore for figure a broken Crown and Scepter, and a broken Mytre, the motto MAJORUM VANITAE1). Popham's Littlecote Armoury is now in the possession of the Royal Armouries. the bulk of the armoury is on display, and in storage, at Leeds. Examples of harquebusier armour are also on display at the Tower of London and the National Civil War Centre, Newark. The complete armoury is catalogued in Richardson's and Rimer's Littlecote, The English Civil War Armoury Royal Armouries 2012 ISBN 978-0-948092-68-8

Notable Officers

A list of officers is shown in Laurence Spring's Waller's Army, The Regiments of Sir William Waller's Southern Association The Pike and Shot Association 2007 ISBN 978-1-902768-34-2

Colonel Alexander Popham

Colonel Edward Popham

Edward Popham, brother of Alexander.


See Also

1) The Art of making Devises 2nd Ed, Thomas Blount, London, 1655