Colonel George Gunter’s Regiment of Horse

Active1644 to 1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelGeorge Gunter
Area Raised
Flag ColourBlack?
Flag Design
Field ArmiesHopton 1644
Oxford 1644
Hopton 1646

Royalist regiment of horse serving with Hopton and with the Oxford army

Service History

1644

  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • June: Battle of Tipton Green
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury
  • November?: Skirmish at Hyworth

1645

1646

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

Notes

Flags

Possibly black flags. Sir Edward Stowells Brigade: Lord Hoptons Regiment, Sir Edward Stowells Regiment 2 Colours Argent, Colonel Sir Faithful Fortescue, Colonel Gunters and Colonel Apsleys combined 2 Colours Sable, Colonel Peirce no Colours1). At the muster they were in Sir Edward Stowells Brigade and were combined with the Regiment of Colonel Apsley. They consisted of two Troops and the Colours of each Troop were Black. Interestingly the Armorial bearing for Gunter are Sable three dexter gauntlets Ar (black with 3 white gaulntlets). Colonel Apsley is probably Colonel John Apsley of Pulborough, Sussex.

Harl.Mss 986 f.89 lists Colonel Gunter and Colonel Apsley combined carrying 2 Black colours, however, Gunter seems the more likely candidate, based upon armorial bearings.

Armorial Bearings of Apsley: Barry of 6 argent and gules, a Canton ermine, an Anult or for difference.

Armorial Bearings of Gunter: Sable 3 Gauntlets dexter argent.

Notable Officers

Col George Gunter

Helped Charles II escape after the Battle of Worcester.

Officer Lists

from original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel George Gunter (1)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Gardiner (3)
  • Quartermaster George Bonny (2) + I.O. L + W
  • Quartermaster Thomas Crossfield I.O. Sussex

Contemporary References

(1) SP23.197.482 Extract To the honourable Committee for Compounding with Delinquents,sitting att Goldsmiths Hall The humble petition of George Gunter of Racton in the County of Sussex Esq. Humbly sheweth that your petitioner hath been in armes against the Parliament. That he rendered himself to his Excellencie Sir Thomas Fairfax upon the Articles at Truro and hath ever since remained in the Parliaments quarters.

(2) SP29.17.99i Quartermaster under Colonel George Gunter. Served for three years until falling into a dangerous and lingering sickness, was sent to Oxford.

(3) Mercurius Aulicus the 47th Weeke, ending November 23. 1644 One thing we cannot omit, that the Rebels say in Print that their forces at Malmsbury took a Troop of Horse from a Sussex Colonell, that is, a Sussex Colonell took a Troop of Horse from them at Malmsbury; For soon after last Newbury fight, Colonel Gunter (who is the man they mean) going with his Regiment towards Winchester, his Lieutenant Colonell Gardiner fell in at Hyworth, and there took a full Troop of Malmsbury Horse both Officers and common Troopers, whom he carried prisoners to Bath.

Strength

  • Probably a single troop originally
  • 2 troops at Cheriton

See Also

1) Harl.Mss. 986 f.87