Sir Thomas Basset’s Regiment of Horse

Active1642 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Thomas Basset
Area RaisedCornwall
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesHopton 1643
Hopton 1646

Royalist regiment of horse serving throughout the First Civil War in the West Country

Service History


  • April: Battle of Beacon Hill?
  • July: Battle of Lansdown
  • July: Siege of Devizes


  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury



  • February: Battle of Torrington
  • February: Loss of Launceston
  • March: Surrender at Truro



Notable Officers

Sir Thomas Basset

Fought throughout the First Civil War in the west country and led a brigade of Hopton's infantry at the storm of Bristol. He was knighted in July 1644 at Crediton

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Sir Thomas Basset
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arundel Ment. I.O.
  • Sargeant Major Polewheele Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Nicholas Hawes I.O. Cornwall
  • Captain Josias Hawk I.O. Cornwall
  • Captain William Noye (1) + I.O. Cornwall (later in garrisons of Scilly and Jersey)
  • Captain John Whare I.O. Cornwall
  • Lieutenant Lewis Barrett I.O. Cornwall
  • Lieutenant Thomas Byam I.O. Somerset
  • Lieutenant Thomas Hawes I.O. Cornwall
  • Lieutenant Nicholas Hawk I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Hawk
  • Lieutenant Francis Hearle I.O. Cornwall
  • Lieutenant William Knight I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Whare
  • Cornet James Martin I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Whare
  • Cornet Robert Richards I.O. Cornwall
  • Cornet William Robins I.O. Cornwall
  • Cornet Richard Saul I.O. Cornwall
  • Quartermaster Ambrose Fairbrother I.O. Kent
  • Quartermaster William Good I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Hawk
  • Quartermaster John Jewel I.O. L + W to Lt. Col. Arundel
  • Quartermaster Bartholomew Lawlyn I.O. Cornwall to Sgt. Maj. Polewheele
  • Quartermaster Richard Mill I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Whare
  • Quartermaster William Smith I.O. Cornwall
  • Quartermaster Richard Spry I.O. Cornwall

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

(1) SP29.6.65 June 1660 ? Extract.

To the Kings most excellent Majestie. The humble petition of Captaine William Noye

Sheweth that your petitioner served your late father of blessed memory and your Majesty from the beginning of the warres and since being Capt: of a Troope of Horse and afterwardes of a Company of Foote in the Island of Syllie, after the rendition your petitioner suffered long imprisonment and had lost his life had hee not strangely escaped by leaping over the Mount walls from whence hee went to the Isle of Jersy and remained till the rendition thereof.

SP23.106.447 Extract. The humble peticion of William Noye of St. Burian in the Countye of Cornwall Gent.

Sheweth that your peticioner was in Elizabeth Castle in Jersey when the same was surrendered to the Parliament, and had the benefitt of the said Articles of Elizabeth Castle as by the afidavit hereunto annexed will appeare.

25th May 1652


Likely only a single troop in early 1643, later expanded to a full regiment.

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