Sir Edward Widdrington’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Edward Widdrington
Area RaisedNorth East
Flag ColourUnknown
Flag DesignTwo known
Field ArmiesNewcastle 1642-4

Royalist Regiment of Horse serving in Yorkshire

Service History


  • December: Repulsed from Bradford


  • March: Battle of Seacroft Moor
  • May: Stormed in Wakefield


  • February to July: Besieged in Scarborough?
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor


  • February: Battle of Melton Mowbray
  • March: Battle of Pontefract
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • November to May 1646: Besieged in Newark?



Colonel Edward Widdrington's and Lt. Col. Henry Constable's Colours are known.

Sir Edward's troop carried a cornet featuring the motto 'DEO ET CAESARI' on a scroll. Unfortunately no record has survived of its tincture. Sir Edward Widdrington in saying little implied much in his Colours, only thus DEO ET CAESARI1).

According to Blount: We may conclude that L. Col. Henry Constable had Constantine the Great in his thoughts: for his devise was thus, IN HOC SIGNO ✝ VINCES2).

Notable Officers

Sir Edward Widdrington

A Catholic from Northumberland

Officer lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Edward Widdrington
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Constable Ment. I.O.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Langley (1) + ment. I.O.
  • Captain Ascough Ment. I.O.
  • Captain? Sir Edward Charlton Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Edward French I.O. Northumb.
  • Captain Thomas Pearson I.O Newcastle
  • Captain Lieutenant Henry Widdrington I.O. Northumb.
  • Lieutenant Henry Brigham I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Ascough
  • Lieutenant William Conyers I.O. Durham to Lt. Col. Langley
  • Lieutenant Stephen Kirk I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Ascough
  • Cornet John Daniel I.O. Yorks. to Lt. Col. Constable
  • Cornet Ralph Emerson I.O. L + W to Sir Edward Charlton
  • Cornet Ralph Fenwick I.O. Northumb. to Capt. Lt. Widdrington
  • Cornet Thomas Simpson
  • Quartermaster Henry Fenwick I.O. Northumb. to Sir Edward Charlton
  • Quartermaster James Hobson I.O. Northumb. to Capt. French
  • Quartermaster William Lumley (2)
  • Quartermaster Miles Newton I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Ascough

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

(1) SP.23.158.361 Nicholas Shadforth and John Marshall saith that William Langley, son to Sir William Langley took a Commission under Sir Edward Widdrington as Lt. Col.

(2) SP.23.158.379 Examination of William Lumley of Lumley He was a small time a Quartermaster to Lieutenant Colonell Langleys Troope of horse.

Cornet Thomas Simpson P7070267 TO TYPE.

See Also

1) , 2) The Art of making Devises 2nd Ed, Thomas Blount, London, 1655