Lord General’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelLord Forth
Area Raised
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesOxford 1643-5
Goring 1645

Royalist regiment of horse serving in the Oxford Army then in the West during the First Civil War

Service History


  • December: Quartered around Woodstock (one troop)



  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • June: Battle of Tipton Green
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Relief of Banbury
  • November: Relief of Donnington


  • April: Stormed at Bampton in the Bush
  • July: Battle of Ilminster?
  • July: Battle of Langport


The first troop was raised by the Earl of Lindsey and served at Edgehill in the Prince of Wales’ Regiment of Horse, at which battle Lindsey was killed leading his regiment of foot. In December 1642 the troop was referred to as The Lord General's Lifeguard Troop of Horse.

Later, the troop was expanded to a full regiment for the new Lord General, Lord Forth. Likely this was in August 1643 after Pennyman died at Oxford.

The regiment went into the West Country under Goring in 1645 but Captain Barnes surrendered after the siege of Oxford in 1646, perhaps with some remnants of the unit.

Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Earl of Lindsey

Lord Forth

Lt. Col. Edward Hutchinson

Lt. Col. Sir Adrian Scroop

Officer lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel (Captain) Earl of Lindsey
  • Colonel Lord Forth
  • Lt Col. Edward Hutchinson
  • Lt Col. Sir Adrian Scroop
  • Capt. Henry Barnes (2)
  • Lt. Simon Musgrave (prev. cornet) (1)

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Musgrave's petition

(1) SP29.20.93

‘Petition of Captain Simon Musgrave….in 1642 was Cornet of Horse under Lord Grandison, then a Lieutenant of Horse under Sir William Pennyman afterwards Lord Ruthvens Regiment, and lastly a Captain of Horse under Sir Phillip Musgrave both in the siege of Carlisle and then in the service of Hambletons Warr in 1648, my Lord Langdale being Commander in chief.’

Barnes' Pass

(2) SP23.191.453

An extract below of the printed pass given to Barnes (of Wotton upon Wenwith, Co. Durham) after the surrender of Oxford.

Sir Thomas Fairfax, Knight, Lord Generall of the forces raised by Parliament Suffer the bearer hereof Capt. Hen: Barnes Capt. of a Troop in Generall Ruthvens Regiment…..

Dated 24th Day of July 1646.


  • December 1642: One troop

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