Colonel Henry Grady’s Regiment of Horse

Active1645 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelHenry Grady
Area Raised
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Field ArmiesGerard 1645

Royalist horse fighting in Gerard’s brigade in the late stages of the First Civil War

Service History


  • August: Storm of Huntingdon
  • September: Battle of Rowton Heath
  • November: Battle of Denbigh Green
  • November: Skirmish at Pembridge


  • January: Garrison Ley House Worcs.


With Gerard's Bde at Rowton Heath, and likely previously as Parliamentarians mention Grady's depredations in Pembrokeshire and elsewhere in Wales. Later part of Sir William Vaughan's forces in North Wales.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Henry Grady

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Henry Grady
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Wiggmore I.O. L + W
  • Sargeant Major Thomas Nansan Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Jeffrey Conell I.O. Monmouth
  • Captain Coningsby Ment. I.O.
  • Captain William Flower (1)
  • Captain John Grady I.O. L + W
  • Captain Lieutenant Thomas Flower (2) + I.O. L + W
  • Lieutenant John Gerard I.O. Monmouth
  • Cornet Richard Nansan I.O. Glos. to Sgt. Maj. Nansan
  • Cornet Barnard Tonney I.O. Kent
  • Quartermaster William Cooper I.O. Montgomery to Sgt. Maj. Nansan
  • Quartermaster Edmund Mageon I.O. L + W to Lt. Col Wiggmore
  • Quartermaster George Swain I.O. Salop to Sgt.Maj. Nansan

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

(1) William & Thomas Flower

Thomas Flower lists himself under William Flower as his commanding Officer. William Flower's rank is not given in the index to I.O. but is obviously of at least a Sargeant Majors rank.

(2) Capt Flower

Chester Record Office. QJF 90/2 No. 165. Trinity 1662 Petition of John Hoarwood trooper under Capt. Flower in Col. Gradys Brigade.

October 1645

BLB Vol.II It. 728 Committee at Montgomery Castle to Committee at Red (Powys) Castle 25.10.1645 2p.m. Montgomery Castle.

There came to us this day about 2 o’clock in the afternoon a trumpeter, a quartermaster and a trooper belonging to Colonel Grady. We ministered the oath unto them. They report the enemy are about 1200 horse and 300 foot, of which they affirm there are at least 500 Padees. Sir William Vaughan commands in chief. The foot are most of them armed, the horse scarce a tenth man hath a pistol. They are marched over Corndon Hill, as these affirm unto us, and in all likelihood will quarter this night at Pontesbury, Westbury and other villages thereabouts. Their foot are not able to march further, being wearied with their long march yesterday from Weobley, within four or five miles of Hereford, to Bishops Castle. We doubt not but you will be careful to send speedy notice of their intentions to our party before Chester.

Rich.Griffith; Evan Lloyd; Ludovic Middleton.

Skirmish at Pembridge

E.266.26 Maj Gen Laugharne fell on Col Gradys regiment at Pembridge near Hereford and killed 12, wounded many, took 17 prisoners, 60 horse and scattered the rest end Nov beg. Dec 45.

B1143 ‘…having intelligence that the Irish Rebell and Traytor, Col. Grady (a Commander that never gave quarter to any of the Parliament party) then quartered at Pembridge in the County of Hereford, and neer upon 30 myles distance from Brecknocke, he gave present and private order that 100 horse and Dragoones should in the evening begin to march and so to compute the design with the time as by the break of next morning to fall upon Gradys quarters, which was so well performed, as that the Majors men, killed diverse of them in the place, took 60 of the enemies horse and dissipated the remainder of Gradys Regiment…’

Grady at Ley in Worcestershire

E.316.27 Perfect Passages January 13th to January 20th 1645/6

‘Proud Grady that Irish Major Generall of the Kings Welch Horse, that undid so many in Pembrokeshire, and other parts in Wales by fire and plunder hath since his perambulation with Sir William Vaughan put himselfe into a house called Ley in Worcestershire with 100 firelockes, and the Lord Molineaux attends him with 400 horse which quarter neare for his safeguard until the place be sufficiently fortified…’


E.320.7 Burned down Sir Walter Deverauxs house said to be worth £20,000 one of the fairest houses in England .COPY.


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