Lord Hopton’s Regiment of Horse

Flag Illustration1)
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelLord Hopton
Area RaisedSomerset
Flag ColourRed
Flag DesignTwo known
Field ArmiesHopton 1642-6

West Country cavalry regiment serving with Lord Hopton throughout the First Civil War

Service History


  • July: Raised in Somerset
  • August: Fracas at Shepton Mallet
  • August: Skirmish at Wells
  • September: Besieged at Sherborne Castle
  • September: Skirmish at Babylon Hill
  • October: Taking of Launceston
  • December: Skirmish at Modbury
  • December: Skirmish at Torrington?


  • January: Battle of Braddock Down
  • January: Storm of Saltash?
  • April: Battle of Beacon Hill
  • April: Battle of Sourton Down
  • May: Battle of Stratton
  • July: Battle of Lansdown
  • July: Besieged in Devizes
  • July: Storm of Bristol
  • August: Garrison of Bristol
  • September: First Battle of Newbury
  • December: Skirmish at Westbourne


  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury
  • November: Skirmish at Buckingham (det)
  • November: Relief of Donnington Castle


  • February: Taking of Rowden House
  • July: Battle of Langport
  • August: Skirmish at Chalfield?


  • February: Battle of Torrington
  • March: Surrender at Truro



Lord Hopton’s cavalry troop standard in 1644 was noted by Symonds as red, fringed red and white, with a cannon discharging in gold and a motto in gold letters above Et sacris compescuit ignibus ignes (He extinguished fires with sacred fires), depicted in the Illustration above. At that time Hopton was General of Artillery to Prince Maurice. At Torrington in 1646 another cornet, said to be Hopton’s, was captured. It bore the motto I will strive to serve my Sovereign King.

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press).

Lord Hopton

William Dean

Lieutenant Colonel of Hopton's horse and dragoons


  • Originally a single troop, expanded to a full regiment after the storm of Bristol.
  • At least 4 troops by Cheriton

See Also

1) Original artwork by Tony Barton, shown by kind permission of Tony Barton and Charles Kightly. Previously published in Military Modelling magazine