Sir Edward Dering’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642 to 1643?
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Edward Dering
Area RaisedWiltshire?
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Little known unit of Royalist Horse in Wiltshire

Service History


  • Dering raises a unit of horse
  • Mentioned at Highworth and Marlborough


  • Early: Dering resigns his commission


Uncertain whether Dering in fact managed to raise a regiment. Presumably the unit would have been taken over by another officer after Dering's resignation.

Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir Edward Dering

Sir Edward Dering, previously MP for Kent was more of an antiquary and politician than soldier. He is said to have raised a regiment of horse for the King at the beginning of the Civil War. Early in 1643 he resigned his commission and was in the process of compounding with Parliament in 1644 when he died in the July. He was accompanied by his 16 year old son Edward to Nottingham at the setting up of the Kings Standard, and his son was present with his Father when he unsuccessfully summoned Coventry. The son then took leave and travelled abroad, only returning in 1644 upon receiving news of his father’s death.

Officer Lists

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Capt Biddulph

Stebbings Shaw Vol.1 p.350 quoting Dugdale 1663 Visitation of Staffordshire.

Michael Biddulph of Elmhurst in the hundred of Offlowe. 1640 A Captain in Ireland This Gentleman had a great mind to serve the King in the war against the Parliament, and went with me to Highworth in Wiltshire, which was then the quarters of Sir Edward Dering, who had commission for raising a regiment of horse, and one of foote, for the King: but the King had but little service from this gentleman, for, when he went with me, his intent was to take a commission from Sir Edward, for a Captains place of horse: but for the most part his friends were of the Puritanical party and suddenly called him back.'

Immediately below, the Mss. adds Fra. Biddulph of Biddulph being a valiant person, and perfectly loyal to both Kings.

In 1642 Biddulph was in Sir Simon Harcourt’s Regiment of Foot and upon Harcourt’s decease remained in the Regiment now under Colonel Richard Gibson.

Relations from Marlborough



There have beene severall relations this weeke made from the Towne of Marlborough in Wiltshire, concerninge the severe carriages and behaviour of Sir Edward Deering, who is now there with some Troopes of Horse, at which place all things are disposed solely at his pleasure, which is more apparently confirmed by his late carriage at the Sessions of Peace of that County, and having called before him (amongst divers others) one Master Reynolds, Constable of Eversby, he demanded of him the Monies which hee had a Commision from him to gather : but the Constable replying that he had receaved also a Commission from the Parliament, and therefor because he could not serve both God and Mammon, he wholly desisted the collecting thereof, unwilling to offend either party : whereupon Sir Edward Dering rose from his seat, and (to shew how desirous he was of keeping the Peace) beat the said Constable with his Cane ; and when he had so done, commanded some of his souldiers to bind him with Match, which they did, and so he should have long continued, but that through the intreaty of the other Justices he was released.


E.31.21 Mentions Deering as Captain of a Troop of Horse

E.70.19 Harl. 6852 ON DISC HE IS MENTIONED.


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