Prince Maurice’s Lifeguard of Horse

Active1645 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelPrince Maurice
Lord Molyneux
Area Raised
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesOxford 1645

Royalist Lifeguard troop raised from reformados in 1645, commanded in the field by Lord Molyneux

Service History


  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • August: Skirmish at Bewdley
  • October: Skirmish at Belvoir Bridge and Walton?
  • November: Battle of Denbigh Green?
  • December: Skirmish at Bredon Hill?


  • January: Skirmish at Stafford
  • April to June: Besieged at Ludlow
  • May to June: Besieged at Oxford?


Maurice’s Lifeguard consisted of a single troop of reformados, led by Lord Molyneux. Reformados were officers who lacked troops to command, either due to lack of success in recruiting or loss of their units through the fortunes of war.


Notable Officers

Prince Maurice

Lord Molyneux

Richard, Second Viscount Molyneux of Maryborough a Lancashire Catholic, his military biography is available online at Lord Molyneux's.


  • A single troop.
  • May 1645: Over 100 strong1)

See Also

1) British Library Harleian Ms 911