Colonel Edward Dering's Regiment of Horse

Captain Michael 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 he was in Sir Symon Harcourts Regiment of Foot and upon Harcourts decease remained in the Regiment now under Colonel Richard Gibson. Sir Edward Dering 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 so then took leave and travelled abroad,only returning in 1644 upon receiving news of his fathers death.



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 so,lely 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 : whwereupon 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.