Lord Percy’s (Western) Regiment of Horse

Active1645
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelLord Percy
Area RaisedWest Country
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Field ArmiesGoring 1645

Royalist Regiment of Horse serving with Lord Goring’s forces in the West

Service History

1645

  • March: Skirmish at Pitmaster

Notes

Lord Percy previously led an Oxford Army regiment, Lord Percy’s (Oxford) Regiment of Horse but was relieved of command at Lostwithiel due to his close association with Lord Wilmot, who was accused of Treason. His later West Country Regiment was attacked by Sir William Waller’s forces, including Cromwell, at Pitmaster in Wiltshire, most were captured and the rest likely dispersed. Although another story has it that Percy was stopped while fleeing to the Continent with a handful of retainers.

To add insult to injury, among Percy's party “there was a youth of so fair a countenance that Cromwell doubted of his condition, and, to confirm himself, willed him to sing, which he did with such a daintiness that Cromwell scrupled not to say to Lord Percy that being a warrior he did wisely to be accompanied by Amazons, on which that lord in some confusion did acknowledge that she was a damsel; this afterwards gave cause for scoff at the King's party”. Indeed she turned out to be Lord Percy’s mistress dressed as a Cavalier.

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Notable Officers

Henry, Lord Percy

Henry Percy, Lord Percy of Alnwick (d. 1659) was younger brother of Algernon, Earl of Northumberland.

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