Sir Edward Stawell’s Regiment of Horse

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Edward Stawell
Area RaisedSomerset
Flag ColourWhite
Flag Design
Field ArmiesHopton 1642-6

West Country regiment of horse serving as part of Lord Hopton’s forces throughout the First Civil War

Service History


  • July: Raised in Somerset
  • August: Skirmish at Marshall’s Elm
  • September: Besieged at Sherborne Castle
  • September: Skirmish at Babylon Hill
  • December to January 1643: Siege of Exeter?


  • April: Battle of Beacon Hill
  • July: Storm of Bristol
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester?
  • November: Skirmish at Sutton
  • December: Skirmish at Westbourne


  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • April: Muster at Aldbourne Chase
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury?


  • July: Battle of Langport


  • February: Battle of Torrington?
  • March: Surrender at Truro?


Stowell's carried white flags in 1644 Sir Edward Stowells Brigade: Lord Hoptons Regiment, Sir Edward Stowells Regiment 2 Colours Argent, Colonel Sir Faithful Fortescue, Colonel Gunters and Colonel Apsleys combined 2 Colours Sable, Colonel Peirce no Colours1)

Notable Officers

Sir Edward Stawell

Or Stowell

Officer Lists

Colonel Edward Stowells Regiment of Horse2)

  • Sargeant Major Robert Bates (Ment. I.O.)
  • Sargeant Major Edmund Bower
  • Sargeant Major Morrison 3) Captured at Sutton by Sergeant Major Van Druske. Possibly of the Dragoon Regiment of Colonel Washington.
  • Captain Adrian Boroowe
  • Captain Edmund Bower (Ment. I.O.)
  • Captain Stephen Dyer (I.O. Somerset)
  • Lieutenant Stephen Browne
  • Lieutenant James Langford (I.O. Somerset)
  • Lieutenant Henry Pinckney
  • Cornet Christopher Luccombe (I.O. Surrey to Sgnt. Maj. Bates)
  • Cornet Richard Parset (I.O. Somerset to Capt. Bower)
  • Cornet Elkanah Rogers (I.O. Somerset to Sgnt. Maj. Bates)
  • Cornet Richard Williams (I.O. Somerset)
  • Quartermaster Robert Foot (I.O. Somerset)
  • Quartermaster Robert Hardwick (I.O. Somerset to Capt. Bower)
  • Quartermaster Thomas Norman (I.O. Somerset)
  • Quartermaster John Winter (I.O. Somerset)

Contemporary References

Pinkney's Petition

Extract. The humble petition of Henry Pinckney Sheweth that your petitioner ? many yeares served your Majestys late father of blessed memory as Lieutenant of a Troope of Horse under the command of Sir Edward Stowell Knt. untill their being disbanded in Cornwall.

Davis' Petition

Petition of Thomas Davis of Newbury Street in the Parish of Preslint. Served under Lord Hopton in the Regiment of Horse of Sir Edward Stowell in Major Edmund Bowers Troop as Corporal. At Taunton, Bridgwater, Lansdowne, Devizes, last Newbury fight, Cropedy Bridge and Banbury. Certified by Captain Adrian Boroowe,Lieutenant Stephen Browne and Cornet Richard Parset.


  • Originally a single troop.
  • 4 or 5 troops at Cheriton

See Also

1) Harl.Mss. 986 f.87
2) Original Research by Victor Judge, BCW User 1642
3) Merc.Aul. 23.11.1644