Colonel John Apsley's Regiment of Horse

Active1644 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJohn Apsley
Area RaisedSouth?
Flag ColourBlack?
Flag DesignUnknown
Field ArmiesHopton 1644
Oxford 1644-5
Hopton 1646

Royalist cavalry regiment that served in the West Country and with the King's Oxford Army in 1644 then in the West in 1645-6

Service History


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


  • July: Battle of Langport?


  • March: Surrender at Truro


This unit has been the subject of much confusion with Sir Allen Apsley’s Regiment of Horse. It now appears that the Col Apsley's horse serving with Hopton and the Oxford Army in 1644 was Col. John Apsley's (of Sussex), not Sir Allen Apsley's regiment. Col. Apsley's horse served with Sir Edward Stowell's brigade of Lord Hopton's army in the Cheriton campaign. Subsequently they were members of Wentworth's cavalry brigade of the Oxford Army during the campaign of 1644, along with Sir George Gunter’s small regiment.

Flags & Equipment

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)

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

Colonel John Apsley

Colonel John Apsley of Pulborough, Sussex, not to be confused with Sir Allen Apsley.

Officer List

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel John Apsley
  • Captain Lieutenant Richard Booker I.O. Sussex

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

SP23.197.154 Extract.

The humble peticion of Richard Booker of Pulborow in the County of Sussex yeoman Sheweth that your peticioner hath borne armes against the Parliament. That he came in and surrendered himselfe upon thr Articles at Truro and that ever since remayned in the Parliament Quarters.

R'cd 30 July 1646

SP23.197.158 To all Officers and souldiers under my command and in ye service of ye Parliament.

Suffer the bearer hereof Lieutenant Booker with his servants two horses and one case of pistolls baggage and other necessaries to passe unto pulborow in Sussex without interruption hee having ingaged himselfe upon ye Treaty at Truro in Cornwall never to beare armes against the Parliament. Given under my hand at Truro this 16th day of March 1645(6) Fairfax


  • Maybe just a single troop

See Also

1) Harl.Mss. 986 f.87-89