Sir Marmaduke Langdale’s Regiment of Horse

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Marmaduke Langdale
Area Raised
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesNewcastle 1642-4
Northern Horse 1644-5

Royalist Regiment, led by Sir Marmaduke Langdale, commander of the Northern Horse

Service History


  • December: Skirmish at Piercebridge


  • September to October: Siege of Hull


  • February: Battle of Corbridge
  • March: Battle of Penshaw Hill
  • March: Battle of Hylton
  • April to July: Besieged in York
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • August: Battle of Ormskirk
  • August: Skirmish at Malpas
  • November: Relief of Donnington Castle
  • December: Skirmish at Salisbury


  • February: Battle of Melton Mowbray
  • March: Battle of Pontefract
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • August: Storm of Huntingdon
  • September: Battle of Rowton Heath
  • October: Battle of Sherburn in Elmet
  • October: Battle of Carlisle Sands
  • November to May 1646: Besieged at Newark?


From 1645 the regiment included a troop of reformado officers.


Notable Officers

Sir Marmaduke Langdale

Officer List

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642. Victor writes: This is a short list of Officers from his specific Regiment. Many listed in I.O. served under his command but not in his Regiment and this is an ongoing Regimental list, still lots of work to be done on this Regiment.

  • Colonel Sir Marmaduke Lamgdale
  • Captain Croft
  • Captain Thomas Glenham
  • Captain Mason
  • Captain Langdale Sunderland
  • Captain Yeoward
  • Lieutenant Sir John Reresby to Capt. Tho. Glenham (Sir John Reresby's details are from his Memoirs)
  • Lieutenant Charles Vaughan to Captain Yeoward
  • Lieutenant Francis Whitehead to Capt. Yeoward
  • Cornet Harwood (PB240021)
  • Quartermaster Thomas Allen I.O. Captain Yeoward

Contemporary References

The humble Petition of Charles Vaughan

‘That yr Petitioner conveyed the first ammunition which was used in England in ye late warrs from York to Warwick Castle for ye service of Yr Majestys late Father and was in the first fight at Worcester under Sir William Pennyman and afterwards at the battle of Edgehill where he received a brace of bullets in his heele disabling him and yet was afterwards Lieutenant of Horse under Lord Langdale against the Scots and at Bowdon Hill and was run through the body, cut to the brains.’

‘I doe hereby certify that the aforesaid petitioner was a Lieutenant of a Troop of horse in my Regiment under Captain Yeoward.’ Marm. Langdale.

The humble petition of Langdale Sunderland

Showeth that ye petitioner was unhappily persuaded to take upon him the command of Captaine of a Troope of horse under the command of the Earle of Newcastle in which service he continued until December 1644 and being then convinced of his error did lay down arms and hath quietly lived at Hixby in the County of Yorke under the power of the Parliament.

Petition of Robert Wright of Wetherby

Served under Captain Croft in Lord Langdales Regiment at severall battles and received many wounds.

Confirmation of his being a Lieutenant of Horse to Captain Yeoward signed by Marmaduke Langdale.

From a Parliamentary Newspaper 1644

'But now I arrive at the great story from the North, which holds up the head of his Diurnall this weeke, and here, just as he told us of Hilsdon House, he tells us of them, and of one Sir Marmaduke Langdaile, a Commander of theirs, whom he most unjustly charges with I know not how much valour, how he led up his Brigade; now he is not content with laying this gallantry to Sir Marmadukes charge, but he jeeres him woefully too, and sayes this name Sir Marmaduke is given to none but Sir Marmadukes spirit: Oh ridiculous! Reader, I would you knew as well I, what this Marmaduke is, he talks on, he is one that hates all Gunpowder, and never loved to come neere his Regiment when they were shooting off; this Sir Marmaduke hath discharged oftner in his breeches, then in his Pistoll, as three of his Captaines can witnesse, and his Lieutenant Colonell will take his oath on it; for one day, as he marched in the head of his Regiment, and his Regiment in the taile of him, the wind blowing diametrally upon him, conveyed the affaires of his drawers full amongst his forces, and they had like to have mutinied, as the story goes: this Sir Marmaduke was ever called the Hypocrite, and Heathen, and Coward of the North, he hath the most base and degenous spirit, this is he that was cudgelled by the last Lord Deputy for standing for his Countrey, & he durst never stand for it since.'


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