Sir Edward Ford’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642 to 1645
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
Dragoons
ColonelSir Edward Ford
Area RaisedSussex
Berkshire
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesFord 1642
Hopton 1643-4
Oxford 1644
Garrison

Royalist Regiment of Horse serving in the South

Service History

1642

  • Ford raises troops in Sussex
  • December: Skirmish at Haywards Heath (Muster Green)
  • December: Besieged at Chichester

1643

  • July: Ford commissioned to raise 2 troops, to quarter in Berkshire
  • August: Issued shot from Oxford
  • December: Siege of Arundel
  • December: Repulsed from Bramber
  • December: Battle of Alton
  • December to January: Besieged at Arundel

1644

  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury

1645

  • September to October: Besieged at Winchester

Notes

Ford was commissioned Colonel and led Royalist forces in Sussex in 1642, allegedly raising 1000 men, but was defeated by Morley at Hayward's Heath and retreated to Chichester, surrendering at the end of December 1642. Ford was described as a Captain when commissioned to raise troops in July 1643. It seems likely that one troop raised subsequently was equipped as dragoons.

Flags & Equipment

In August 1643 the unit was issued pistol, carbine and musket shot. It seems as if the musket shot was for a troop of dragoons led by Lt Taylor, presumably under Major Malbrank.

Notable Officers

Sir Edward Ford

Sir Edward Ford, knighted in October 1643.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Edward Ford
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Leake (1)
  • Sargeant Major Malbrank Ment. I.O. (Dragoons?)
  • Captain Gage Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Leeds (4)
  • Captain Lushford (5)
  • Captain Lieutenant John Roane I.O. L + W
  • Captain Lieutenant William Ford I.O. Southam.
  • Lieutenant Henry Crosse I.O. Surrey
  • Lieutenant Francis Malbrank I.O. Sussex to Sgnt. Maj. Malbrank
  • Lieutenant Maugeridge (2)
  • Lieutenant Francis Taylor (Lt of Dragoons) I.O. L + W to Sgnt. Maj. Malbrank
  • Cornet Hugh Clancey (3)
  • Cornet John Smith I.O. Surrey
  • Cornet John Westbrook I.O. Southam. to Sgnt. Maj. Malbrank
  • Quartermaster Thomas Colles I.O. L + W
  • Quartermaster John Hartford I.O. Sussex
  • Quartermaster Nicholas Ironmonger I.O. Leics.
  • Quartermaster Matthew Napper I.O. Sussex
  • Quartermaster John Odham I.O. Sussex to Capt. Gage

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Aldereman Humphrey

SP19.22.15 Alderman Stephen Humphrey of Chichester. That he gave money to Colonel Ford and that he was in arms against the Parliament.

Ford's commission

Harl. Mss. 6852 f.122

Whereas Capt. Edw. Forde is to raise for our especiall service, two Troops of Horse, whereof some are already raised & the rest will be raised speedily, Our will & command is, that those horses be quartered as they shall be raised & until they shall be compleated & otherwise disposed of, when we shall command them & that the men be also billetted at Goosy and at Grove in the County of Berkshire we understand are now neither horse nor foot billetted.

Given at our Court at Oxford 8. July 1643.

Lt Col Leak

(1) Walker p.72 TYPE MORE under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Leak, Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel Ford

Prisoners at Arundel

(2) Harl.Mss.6852. f.43 Lord Hopton Oxford 15.3.1643/4 to un-named recipient. Lieutenant Maugeridge of the Regiment of Colonel Ford taken prisoner at Arundel and likewise William Cussaude, both desiring to be of service in conditions fit for them.

Munitions

(3) WO55.459. In the absence of his Majestie and the Lord Generall I doubt not, but you may deliver 10lb of Muskett, 10lb of Carabine & 10lb of Pistoll Shott to this bearer Mr Hugh Clancey Cornet to Colonel Fords owne Troope of Horse being to bee employed in his Majesties service

John Heydon

To John Newport one of the Clerks belonging to his Majesties Magazine at New Colledge

Received out of his Majesties stores for the use of Coll: Fords owne Troope of Horse

The 22th of August 1643

  • Muskett Shott 10lb
  • Carabine Shott 10lb
  • Pistoll Shott 10lb

Hugh Clancey

Chichester

(4) SP23.212.333 Extract.

The examination of William Masters of the Cittie of Chichester Ostler taken before the Committee for Sequestration sitting at Chichester aforesaid the 2nd day of November 1643.

This examinant saith that at the tyme when Mr Ford the late High Sheriffe of Sussex was in actuall warre against the Parliament at Chichester aforesaid two of Sir Garrett Kemys horses stood in the stable at the Swan where this examinant then served as hostler and that the siad Sir Garrett Kemys did ride the said horses armed with pistolls and swords & that his men and horses continued there about the space of three weeks & served all that tyme under the Command of Captaine Leeds.

The examination of Anne Mellish Innkeeper at the Starre in North Street at Chichester taken before the Committee aforesaid the 22th of January 1643(4).

This examinant saith that 2 of Sir Garrett Kemys horses stood at her house at the tyme Sheriff Ford held ye Cittie aforesaid against ye Parliament and ye said horses were rid by the said Sir Garrett Kemys owne servants were there employed by the said Sheriffe and that his servants and horses in the tyme aforesaid went severall tymes to Slindon to Sir Garrett Kemys house and returned to the garrison againe at Chichester.

Capt Lushford

(5) SP23.169.556 Deposition of delinquency against John Goreing of Amberley by William Short of Amberley 31st Jily 1651. All of the deposition except for the following related to 1648. Extract.

And further deposeth that when as the late Kings forces kept Arundell Castle the said John Goreinge furnished one Captaine Lushford with a brace of Pistolls and one Carbine the said Captaine being then in the late Kings service.

E.262.42 Letter of Sir Edward Fords.COPY

Strength

  • July 1643: 2 troops to be raised
  • March 1644: 4 troops at Cheriton

See Also