Commissary General George Porter’s Lifeguard of Horse

Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelGeorge Porter
Area RaisedMidlands
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesNewcastle 1644
Goring 1645

The Lifeguard troop of probably the least competent Royalist general

Service History


  • Raised in the North Midlands


  • March: Battle of Newark
  • March: Repulsed from Bradford
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor


  • April: Skirmish at Fontnill?
  • May: Skirmish at Ilminster
  • May to July: Siege of Taunton
  • July: Battle of Ilminster
  • July: Battle of Langport



Notable Officers

Lieutenant General George Porter

George Porter (1622?-1683) held several senior positions in the Royalist armies; Commissary General then Major General to the Marquis of Newcastle and Lieutenant General to Lord Goring in the West Country. Unfortunately he excelled in none of them, running away at Bradford, Marston Moor and Ilminster. After the latter debacle resulted in Porter’s cavalry brigade being surprised in mid-carousal and scattered by Massey, Lord Goring declared that while he really deserved to be shot he was “the best company, but the worst officer that ever served the King”. Porter compounded in November 1645.


A single troop

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