Sir Edmond Pierce’s Regiment of Horse

Active1644
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelSir Edmond Pierce
Area RaisedSouth
Flag ColourNone
Flag Design
Field ArmiesHopton 1644
Oxford 1644

Royalist regiment of horse serving with Hopton and with the Oxford army

Service History

1644

  • March: Quartered at Northington, Hampshire
  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • April: Muster at Aldbourne Chase
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury

Notes

Flags

At Aldbourne Chase in April 1644 Symonds noted that Pierce's horse carried no cornets, perhaps they had not yet been made, or were lost at Cheriton.

Notable Officers

Sir Edmond Pierce

Sir Edmund Pierce, or Peirce, Pierse etc. Previously served in The King’s Lifeguard Regiment of Horse and led his regiment for about three years, also was Judge Marshall and Advocate General of the King's army.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user '1642'

  • Colonel Sir Edmond Pierce (1)
  • Captain Thomas Clarke I.O. Middx
  • Captain Robert Dunce (2) + Ment. I.O.(March to May 1644)
  • Captain Roger Raven I.O. Middx.
  • Lieutenant Henry Pyne I.O. Sotn. to Capt. Dunce
  • Cornet Roger Cooper I.O. L + W to Capt. Dunc
  • Cornet John Cotton I.O. Middx.
  • Cornet John Ducket I.O. Middx.
  • Quartermaster Thomas Charnock I.O. L + W

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user '1642'

(1) SP29.1.113 State Papers undated May 1660

Extract. To the Kinges most excellent Majestie The humble petition of Sir Edmond Pierce DCL Sheweth that he was an Advocate in qualatie at the Doctors Commons at the tyme the late King went first from London, and had diverse other considerable places of profitt. That he went to the said King att Yorke and was imployed by him back into Kent concerning the Kentish petition, for which hee suffered imprisonment diverse weekes and that hee afterwards went to the King and served him a while in his Lifeguard and then raised him a Regiment of horse at the charge of himselfe and such of his friends as came in and were Officers under him, with which Regiment hee served the said King about three yeares. And was so long and more, Judge Marshall and Advocate Generall of his said Majesties Army Royall by speciall Commission from his Majesty which hee executed accordinge and never had farthing of advance or at any tyme whatsoever.

(2) SP23.81.253 Petition of Robert Dunce of Northington, Hampshire. Sheweth that your petitioner was plundered by the Kings forces in March 1644 of all his personal estate, and having a wife and children to mayntaine and nothing left….. and being under the power of the Kings army, and one Collonell Pierce quartered in the petitioners house, the said Collonell did persude ye petitioner that if he would take up armes for the King he should not onlie have such goods againe as he had lost but alsoe preserve that which had been saved from plundering, and did serve under ye said Collonell as a Captaine for ye space of two months, and soe layd down his Commission, but could not in that time neither regaine what he had before lost nor preserve that which he had then had and from May 1644 unto the present tyme ye petitioner hath lived with his father in ye Parliaments quarters.

Strength

  • March 1644: At least 2 troops at Cheriton

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