Sir Horatio Cary’s Regiment of Horse

Flag Illustration 11)
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ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Horatio Cary
Area RaisedWest Country
Flag ColourRed
Flag DesignCartoon & Motto
Field ArmiesHopton 1643-4
Oxford 1645

Royalist regiment of horse raised by Sir Horatio after changing sides from Parliament

Service History


  • December: Skirmish at Westbourne?


  • March: Battle of Cheriton?


  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • July: Ordered to Bristol
  • August to September: Besieged at Bristol
  • October: Battle of Sherburn in Elmet??


  • May to June: Besieged at Oxford


The history of this regiment is intertwined with that of Lord John Stuart’s Regiment of Horse, later led by the Earl of Cleveland, and likely some details are confused. Cary was originally Colonel of what became Cleveland’s but handed command over to Lord John Stuart in late 1643 then raised his own regiment.


Cary's cornets were noted by Symonds in April 1644.

Cary's own troop's cornet was red with a creature in a barrel and the motto 'come out you cuckold' (Illustration 1) referring to the Earl of Essex's notorious marital problems. The creature might be a 'fox in a barrel' or perhaps a stag or reindeer without his antlers.

The major's cornet simply bore the motto 'cuckolds we come' (Illustration 2).

Notable Officers

Sir Horatio Cary

Previously led Sir Horatio Cary’s Regiment of Foot in Waller’s Parliamentarian army of the Western Association.


  • May 1645: At least 200 at Leicester3)

See Also

1) , 2) Original artwork by Tony Barton, shown by kind permission of Tony Barton and Charles Kightly. Previously published in Military Modelling magazine
3) British Library Harleian Ms 911