Lord Lisle’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642 to
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
ColonelLord Lisle
Area RaisedEngland
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesOrmonde

Regiment of horse raised in England and serving with Ormonde’s Leinster army during the Confederate War

Service History


  • January: 4 troops raised (Lisle, Grenville, Vaughan, Marrow) and assembled in Chester1)
  • February: Shipped from Chester and Liverpool to Dublin, arriving 20th-21st February
  • April: Battle of Kilrush
  • April: Lisle and the remaining troops of horse arrive at Dublin (between 14th and 19th)
  • August: Garrisoned at Leislip (Lisle), Trim (Grenville), Conaught (Digby), Dundalk (Vaughan, Baker), Drogheda (Marrow & Villiers), Bishop's Court (Sydney)




In 1642 Lord Digby's troop was serving in Connaught, though in the summer Digby died. Grenville fought at Kilrush.

Flags & Equipment

Described as carbines.

In January 1642 the 4 troops with Grenville at Chester lacked armour.

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is also shown in An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder, Partizan Press.

Lord Lisle

Philip Sidney, Viscount Lisle was the son of the 2nd Earl of Leicester, who was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1641 to 1643. Lisle followed his father to become Lord Lieutenant himself from 1646 to 1647. He inherited the Earldom of Leicester in 1677.

Sir Richard Grenville

Sir Richard Grenville subsequently Royalist general in Cornwall.

Lord Digby

William Vaughan

Sir William Vaughan later infamous in Shropshire as the 'Devil of Shrawardine'

John Marrow

Later took over Lord Cholmondley’s Regiment of Horse in Cheshire

Algernon Sidney

Algernon Sidney, son of the 2nd Earl of Leicester and brother of Lord Lisle, later joined the Parliamentarians serving as Lieutenant Colonel of the Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Horse, then returned to Ireland leading Colonel Algernon Sydney’s Regiment of Horse.

Officer List

The Lord Lisle, Lieutenant-Generall of the horse, his regiment of horse sent out of England2)

  • Colonel Lord Lisle (100)
    • Captain(-Lieutenant?) Samuel Treswell3)
  • Serjeant Major Sir Richard Greenevile (80)
  • Lord Digby (60)
  • Captain William Vaughan (60)
  • Captain John Marrowe (60)
  • Captain George Villiers (60)
  • Captain Francis Palmes (60)
  • Captain Algernoun Sidney (60) (Sidney seems to have been largely absent and the troop was led in the field by Lieutenant John Mason)4)
  • Captain William Baker (60)


  • 1642: 600 at full strength
  • 1642: 540 in 8 troops5)

Grenville's & Sidney's troops mustered 4th May 1642

  • Sir Richard Greenvile :—Present : officers, 9 ; horsemen, 68 = 77. Absent : captain, trumpeter, and 4 horsemen, 6 ; sick, 9 = 15. In all, 92.
  • Captain Algernon Sidney:—Preeent: officers, 11; horsemen, 61 = 71. Captain in England. 1. In all, 72.

See Also

1) An English army for Ireland by Ian Ryder, Partizan Press
2) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde
3) Cheshire Record Office DCC 14/4
4) Cheshire Record Office DCC 14/75-76
5) An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder. Partizan Press