Lord John Somerset’s Regiment of Horse

Active1643
CountryWales
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelLord John Somerset
Area RaisedMonmouthshire
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesHerbert 1643

Royalist regiment of horse raised as part of Herbert’s “mushrump army”, later based at Raglan Castle

Service History

1643

  • February: Skirmish at Coleford
  • March: Battle of Highnam (two troops)
  • April: Taking of Tewkesbury?
  • April: Battle of Ripple Field
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester

Notes

The regiment are sometimes described as dragoons. Lord John Somerset’s brother, Lord Charles Somerset led a regiment of Raglan horse from 1644 to 1646 Lord Charles Somerset’s Regiment of Horse. He might well have taken over the remains of Lord John’s regiment.

Flags & Equipment

Armed with swords and pistols at the siege of Gloucester.

Notable Officers

Lord John Somerset

A younger son of the Marquis of Worcester

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

SP19.96.83

The examinacion of Richard Ballard al(ia)s Browne of London Gent. Saith that he knoweth Benedict Hall of Highmeadow in the County of Gloucester & did see the said Benedict in Armes at the Siege of Gloucester on the Kings side & there rode as Gent. in the Lord Herberts Troope, sonne to the Earle of Worcester & that he the said Benedict & three or fower servants of his had pistolls and swords. And saith further when Sir Barnaby Scudamore was Governour of Hereford in the Kings partie, I saw then in Hereford the said Benedict Hall & as I believe he did resort thither for shelter from the Parliaments forces; and he saith this examinant was on the Kings side at the beginning of the warrs and at the siege of Gloucester did then take notice of the said Benedict Hall aforesaid, but since when Hereford was taken by Colonell Morgan and Colonell Birch he this examinant then laide downe his Commission and ransomed himselfe, and hath since married in London and that he now liveth at Tower Wharfe

Strength

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