Colonel Edward Wogan’s Horse

Active1653 to 1654
CountryEngland
Scotland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsGlencairn’s Rising
TypeHorse
ColonelEdward Wogan
Area RaisedLondon
Worcestershire
Carlisle
Scotland
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGlencairn 1654

Band of English and Scots Royalist horse commanded by the Irish Colonel Wogan and fighting in Glencairn’s Rising

Service History

1653

  • November: Wogan returns from exile in France
  • November: Wogan recruits 21 Royalists in London
  • November: Supplemented by some Worcester men, Wogan sets off for Scotland
  • December: Arrive in Durham but soon depart for Carlisle
  • December: Release Royalist prisoners from Carlisle Castle
  • December: Skirmish with Parliamentarian horse, capturing 18 at Berwick
  • December: Take Peebles
  • December: Join Glencairn at Loch Tay

1654

  • Fight in a number of skirmishes as part of Glencairn’s Rising
  • Skirmish at Drummond and Weems
  • Wogan dies of wounds inflicted in the skirmish

Notes

Wogan at first fought for Parliament as a Captain in Colonel John Okey’s Regiment of Dragoons but at the start of the Second Civil War changed sides and absconded to Scotland with his troop. He next fought in Ireland, defying Cromwell at the siege of Duncannon, then fled to France. On hearing of Glencairn’s Scottish rising in 1653 he returned to London, recruited twenty-one men and set off for the Highlands. During this epic ride they managed to release imprisoned Royalists from Carlisle Castle, skirmish with and capture Parliamentarian cavalry at Berwick and take Peebles, where some discontented Moss-Troopers were recruited. Fighting as part of Glencairn’s rising in 1654, they eventually encountered a troop of Colonel Nathaniel Rich’s New Model Army horse at Drummond and Weems. The skirmish ended with the Parliamentarians in flight but Wogan mortally wounded. His band of horse likely dispersed soon after with the defeat of Glencairn’s rising.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Colonel Edward Wogan

Strength

  • November 1653: 21 men
  • December 1653: About 100 men

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