Colonel John Innes’ Regiment of Dragoons

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ColonelJohn Innes
Prince Rupert
Sir Thomas Hooper
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Field ArmiesOxford 1642-4

Later Sir Thomas Hooper's Regiment of Dragoons

Royalist Oxford Army regiment of dragoons also known as Prince Rupert’s Dragoons

Service History


  • 23rd October: Battle of Edgehill


  • January: Skirmish at Henley?
  • 2nd February: Storm of Cirencester
  • April: Storm of Birmingham
  • April: Siege of Lichfield
  • April: Battle of Caversham Bridge
  • May: Quartered at Culham Camp
  • September: First Battle of Newbury
  • October: Storm of Winchester


  • January: Skirmish at Havant
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury



  • February: Battle of Torrington
  • March: Surrender at Truro


Hooper and his dragoons were apparently part of, or attached to, Sir Arthur Aston’s Regiment of Horse in January 1643, when they were involved in a raid on Henley-on-Thames. In the confusion one of the dragoons shot Maj Holby of Aston's horse causing the failure of the expedition. Allegedly Aston sent the dragoons to join Prince Rupert as he wanted rid of them.


Notable Officers

John Innes

Commanded at Edgehill

Prince Rupert

Sir Thomas Hooper

Captain Petts Ment. I.O. * Lieutenant Edward Deane I.O. Cambs. to Capt. Petts Horse *

Quartermaster Arthur Cheney (1)

Harl. Mss. 6802 f.36 To our trusty and welbeloved Colonell Innis Governor of Cirencester. Our wille and pleasure is that you forthwith send hither the three peeces of ordinance with their officers and equipage and likewise send to Malmesbury for the peece of ordinance that is there with all the equipage thereunto belonging and to cause them all to be speedily sent hither. given at our Court at Oxford 30. March 164(4)

f.37 To Col. Innis Trusty &e. Wee having been advertised that such forces as were lately drawn in thither out of our Western partes under the Command of Colonell Bampfield are in great distresse for want of paye have thought fitt to signify our pleasure that you forthwith pay them a weekes pay in such manner as you doe the rest of the foote there out of the contribution you have received out of that County and if you have not enough of that then out of such moneys as you have in your custody towards the rayseing ye Regiment of Dragoons,it being more for our present service these men already raysed should be continued than others raysed and they there of want of pay bee inforced to disband. 30 March On reverse To my much honoured freind Edward Walker Esq. at Oxford these present Lord Digby,P.Maurice,Pennyman,Croker,Howard,Willis,Duncombe.

Add.Mss 18980 f.71 To Prince Rupert May it please tour Highness Yr orders to my Lord Crawford in his absence I have opened,his honor being gone this afternoone towards a village within a mile of Malmesbury with a party of some 200 horse of his owne and about 100 of my mounted Dragoons to see if he can meet with some of the enemies forces which are there,they being about 100 by intelligence,his honor intends to fall in with them in ye morninge.I have sent your highness orders after him and expect his honors commands which I shalbe willing to obey with the utmost of my powe,soe not troubling your Highness further at present I rest, Your humble servant to command Jo. Innes. Farrington May 25. 1643 7 at night.

f.73 Extract May it please your Highnes According to your Highness command I have drawne my Regiment into Six Companyes and have sent you the list of them how they stand at present…

Jo. Innes Leachlade 30. May 1643

WO55.459.215 Part 2.

To Sir John Heydon Lieutenant Generall of the ordnance and to the officers of the same. These are to will and require you that you forthwith issue out of his Majesties Magazine under my commande one barrell of powder with match and ball proportionalle and the same to deliver to Charles O:Connagh for the present supplyinge of the Regiment of Dragooners commanded by Collonell Ennis and for your so doeing this shalbee your warrant. Court at Oxon the 5th of June 1643. Hen. Percy

6.June 1643 Received out of his Majesties stores for the use of Coll: Ennis his Regiment of Dragooners Powder 1 Match 1 Muskett Shott 1 The marke of Charles O.Connagh X

(1) WO55.1661.216

27. June (1643).

dd. out of his Majesties stores to Arthur Cheney Quartermaster to Coll: Ennis for the use of the said Colonell. Musketts fixt 10


Received into his Majesties stores from Collonell Ennis

16. January 1643

Longe Pykes decayed and broken 39 Welsh Hookes 02 Partizan 01 Scythe 01 Decayed


Received into his Majesties stores from Collonell Ennis Regiment of Foote by Arthur Chiney Quartermaster.

Musketts unfixt 39

* In I.O. under Ennys


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