Colonel Jordan Bovell’s Regiment of Horse

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJordan Bovell
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Field ArmiesHopton 1646

Royalist horse that surrendered at Truro in 1646

Service History



  • October: Skirmish at Axminster?
  • November: Stormed at Axminster?


  • March 1646: Surrender at Truro


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Jordan Bovell

Perhaps the Colonel Boville who took over Lord Belasyse’s Regiment of Horse

Jordan Bovell Listed under Bovell in I.O. Captain William Davis I.O Suffolk Cornet John Hunt. I.O. Southam. Quartermaster William Pile I.o. Southam. E.303.28 Perfect Passages of each days proceedings in Parliament Wednesday 24. September to Wednesday 1 October 1645. But I cannot omit two letters of Lieutenant Colonell Bovell,the Governor of Lacock,sent in answer to the first and last Summons,which speake the man to be in a panick feare. For the General Sir Thomas Fairfax,or the Commander in chiefe of the forces before me. Sir I confess my reason (you being wholly possest of the Country) I cannot defend this place to a continuance,but must resolve (to my utmost) to give the King my master a handsome account of his trust to me; I therefore desire (if you please to admit it) a parley,that it may discharge me with honour: two Captaines shall be sent unto you,the like sent in hither for Hostages: And if the greatness of your power deny this,I can die handsomely,and by that add more to your trophees,than can a slavish yeelding to your fetters; from Sir Your humble servant Jordan Bovell Lacock, 23. September 1645.

To the Commander in chiefe before me Sir,I engeneously acknowledge,many of my soldiers have deserted me,and by that lessened my hopes of accompt to his Majesty.I doubt not but yoou are tender of a soldiers reputation; my numbers are not great,nor will the allowance of armes to those few (divers of which are Gentlemen) prejudice you,nut infinitely add to your honour,and gain more upon sweet conditions,than your refusall or power can fasten upon them.And if you cannot allow that honour to all,exempt myself only,and give it the rest: it will speak you as noble as gallant,and save much bloud,besides the ingagement of Sir,your humble servant, Jordan Bovell Lacock,23. September 1645 “The True Informer”, number 23, September 27 1645 reads:

“Lacock House in Wiltshire is surrendered to Colonel Devereux, Governor of Malmesbury, his forces and other forces before it; and the Governor and soldiers therein are marched forth and our forces in possession of it, with all the arms and ammunition therein. The conditions of the surrender were to this effect:

1. That the Governor, Officers and Soldiers shall march forth with their arms to a garrison of the enemies.

2. That the House, with all the arms, ammunition and provisions in it be surrendered to the Parliament forces.”


Perhaps a single troop

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