Marquis of Ormond’s Regiment of Horse

ConflictsIrish Confederate War
ColonelMarquis of Ormond
Area Raised
Flag ColourBlue
Flag Designunknown
Field ArmiesOrmond 1641

Regiment of horse serving in Ireland at the outbreak of the Irish rebellion

Service History


  • Mustered, forming part of Strafford's army?


  • November: Battle of Julianstown (det)
  • November to March 1642: Besieged in Drogheda (det)


  • February: Skirmish at Smith’s Town (det)?
  • August: Garrisoned at Dublin


  • October to November: Besieged at Duncannon


Presumably the unit was first raised as part of Ormonde's regiment for the Earl of Strafford's army in 1640, this regiment seems to have had multiple troops, possibly as many as eight. In November 1642 Ormonde sent 50 horse of his own troop commanded by Capt Lt Wemyss to the relief of Drogheda, accompanied by newly raised foot under Major Roper. At Julianstown the force was routed by the rebels but Wemyss' detachment of horse managed to escape to Drogheda where they served during the siege.

Flags & Equipment

Ormonde's regiment of 1640 was given blue flags for each troop1). Equipped as cuirassiers in 1641-22).

Notable Officers

James Butler, Marquis of Ormond

Ormonde's troop mustered 1640

Troop of horse of the Earl of Ormonde3)

  • Captain: James, Earl of Ormonde and Ossory
  • Lieutenant Patricke Wemys, esquire
  • Cornet: Edmond Mathewes, Corronett
  • Quartermaster: Richard Merveyn,
  • Corporals: Sanderlens, Kynkidd, Nellson.
  • Trumpeters: Thomas Hill
  • Troopers: Ralph Turner, Eneas Lyan, Thomas FitzPatricke, Peirce Power fitz Peirce, Edmond Butler fitz Theobald, Edmond Butler fitz Gilbert, Edward Butler, James Hammelton (entered Easter last), Edward Eustas, Merveyn Moslye (entered this last muster), Edmond Butler, John fitz Oliver Grace, John Roo Butler (entered this last muster), Edmond O'Dwyer, Paule Clearke, Henry Carre, John Armstronge, Richard Shea, Peirce Butler, of Ballymachensie ; John Jones, James Commerford, Richard Milbourne, smyth ; Gerrall Farrell, William Graham, Nicholas Harrison, Lewis Wailsb, Walter Walish, George Ledwitch, Richard Larra, Mathew Kinge (entred this muster), James Sturgeon, Thomas Roth, William Sharpo, Thomas Kelly, sadler, Sammmell Edknnes, John Wanlesse, George Brookes, Richard Mouldesworth, Edmond Caphoe (entred this muster), Arthur Gore, Roger Shehye, Derby Dwygin, James O'Golloham, Luke Grace, Thomas Connor, Roger Lewis, George Clearke, William Grace, William Purdon, Anthonie Collyer, Peirce Hovenden, Matthew Bates, John Purssel, James Prendergast, senior : Richard Graham, Edmond Tobin, James Butler, of Knocknannymy ; Peirce Power, James Power, John Walish fitz Adam ; Peirce Bryan, Patrick Bryan, James Purssell, Richard Browneridge, Walter Gryffin, Richard Roth, William Parker (entred this muster), John Butler, Edmond Hill, Nicholas Phelan, William Shea, Patricke Tempan, Gerratt Kavanagh, James Bunten, Adam Tobin, Morris Kent, Peirce Dalton, Peirce Butler, of Tulloghea ; Teige Daniell, Richard Butler, of Grange ; Captaine Perse Butler, George Walteres (entred this muster), Patricke Purssell, Richard Derby, John Hilton (entred this muster), Charles Byrne, James Preston, Teige O'Sullivan, James Butler, of Knoekynattyne ; John Butler, Fitz James ; Edmond Sharpe, Francis Trevers, John Butler, of Grannagh ; Arthur Graham, William Graham, James Prendergast, of Killragh ; Edmond Corkoran, William Butler, William Butler, the taylor; John Smyth, Lawrence Smyth, William Smyth.

[Total, 111.]

Ormonde's troop mustered 4th May 1642

The Earle of Ormond's troupe :— Present : officers, 8 ; horsemen, 77= 85. Absent: leuitenant and one man in England by lycence, 2; at Turvy, by commande, 6 ; sicke, trumpeter, 1 ; horsemen sicke, 6 ; in prison, 1 = 16. In all, 101.


  • 1640: 111 horse
  • 1641-2: 100 strong
  • May 1642: 101
  • 50 in one troop at Drogheda

See Also

1) An English Army for Ireland Ian Ryder, Partizan Press
2) , 3) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde