Sir Thomas Hele’s Regiment of Horse

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Thomas Hele
Area RaisedWest Country
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Field ArmiesMaurice 1644

Royalist West Country regiment of horse

Service History


  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel?
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury?
  • November: Relief of Donnington


  • July: Stormed at Bridgewater?
  • December: Besieged at Powderham Castle?


  • January: Stormed at Powderham Castle


Possibly the same regiment as Sir John Hele’s Regiment of horse?


Notable Officers

Sir Thomas Hele

Sir Thomas Hele

Sir Thomas Hele

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Clerk (6)

Sargeant Major Prestland Molineaux I.O. L + W

                                             Sir Ames Ameredith    (4) + Ment. I.O.

Captain John Arundell I.O. Cornwall Captain Henry Bidlake (5) Captain John Brooking I.O. Devon + (2) + (3) Captain Thomas Drake Ment. I.O. Captain John Gifford (7) + ment. I.O. Captain Lewis Hele I.O. Devon Captain Robert Hill I.O. Devon Captain William Newton I.O. Devon Captain Thomas Oliver I.O. Cornwall Captain Matthew Parsons I.O. Cornwall Captain Pollexfen (1) Captain Pomeroy Ment. I.O. Captain Thomas Rich Ment. I.O. Captain Jonas Westwood Ment. I.O.

Lieutenant Arthur Ackland I.O. Devon to Capt. Gifford Lieutenant George Browte I.O. L + W to Sgnt. Maj. Molineaux Lieutenant John Jackson I.O. Devon to Capt. Rich Lieutenant Austin Parker I.O. Somerset to Capt. Westwood Lieutenant William Vawser I.O. L + W to Sir Ames [A]meredith Lieutenant John Yeadsley I.O. Devon to Capt. Drake

Cornet John Blight I.O. Cornwall Cornet John Byrd I.O. Errata Cornet Arthur Campian I.O. Devon Cornet Thomas Gifford I.O. Devon to Capt. Gifford Cornet Henry Ham I.O. Devon Cornet Edward Newsham I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Pomeroy Cornet Isaac Sheere I.O. Devon Cornet John Somerset I.O. Devon Cornet Thomas Turges I.O. Devon

Quartermaster Reynold Burroe I.O. Cornwall Quartermaster George Ching I.O. Devon Quartermaster William Darrant I.O. Devon to Capt. Gifford Quartermaster Peter Lugger I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Pomeroy Quartermaster William Patchcote I.O. Cornwall Quartermaster Thomas Shepheard I.O. Devon Quartermaster John Tregascus I.O. Cornwall to Capt. Oliver Quartermaster Samuel Webber I.O. Devon

Harl. Mss. 6851 f.127

20th February 1642(3)

Commission to be Colonel of 1 Regiment of Trained Band formerly under the command of Sir Henry Champernown of Modbury 1000 Tinners.

DRO.QSP.128.14 n.d 1663 Devon. To the Right Worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the peace for the County aforesaid assembled at the Castle of Exon. The humble petition of John Lock of the parish of Bratton Clovelly Sheweth That your petitioner was a souldyer in his late Majesties service of blessed memory,under the Command of Sir Thomas Hele Baaronet untill such tyme as he was maymed,and thereby rendred unable to live without the Charity of weldisposed people;wherefore he implores the Honouravle Bench that he may be allowed some comfortable subsistance by way of Pension as a maymed souldyer,he not at any tyme diserted his Majesties service. And your poor petitioner as duty oblidgeth him shall ever pray,etc.

I doe attest the truth of this petition,and that he was greviously maymed.

Richard Mervine

(1) DRO.QSP.128.81 To the Right Worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the peace for the Countey of Devon The humble petition of Dennis Tamlyn of Maristowe in the said Counteye Humbly sheweth that your poore petitioner being a souldier under the command of Capt: Pollexfen in Sir Thomas Heles Regiment did before plymouth in the late warres receive severall woundes in his late Majesties service all which your poore petitioner hath heretofore fully pued (produced ?) in open sessions whereupon a pention of three poundes per anno hath hitherto bin paid and allowed your poore petitioner out of the County storre;Now your poore petitioner being become very weake and aged doth most humbly beseech this Honourable Bench to consider his age weakenesse and poverty and to enlarge his pention And your petitioner shall (as in duty bound) ever pray for your worshipps etc.

We believ the matter of this petition to be true Nicholas Slanning Arthur Tremayne

(2) DRO.QSP.128.3.10 Petition of Thomas Hamlyn of Ashburton a soldier in the company of John Brooking in the regiment of Sir Thomas Hele

(3) SP19.145.138 John Brooking of Totnes rode with Colonel Hele. SP19.22.107 John Brooking of Totnes did ride with sword and pistolls in Sir Thomas Heles Regiment.

(4) Commander of the Fort at Exmouth



The Dayly Alarmes I have here by reason of the Parliament shipps remaining at the mouth of our Harbor have prevented my waiting on you with this enclosed,made ne despatch the bearer Capt Mosse to you,earnestly entreating you I have given order these (indecipherable) if you cannot possibly spare six,may be sent to Totnes with all possible speede where there will be Cartes and Plowes for the bringing them hither,seeing it is impossible to have them by sea, I shall intreate for a proportionable quantitie of great shott,for I have not any,if noe other gunns & shott but what Capt Wade had,I pray let those be sent.

It is doubted Essex will look this way suddenly,& Warwick I beleeve this Spring,which if before those guns should be heare,I doubt how this place will be kept,which sure is of very great consequence & which I hope will power herein & it will very much oblidge.

Your very faithfull brother and servant

Ames Amerideth

From the Fort this 22 June 1644

My affectionate service

E.70.13 Strange,true,and lamentable newes from Exeter. After Stratton but before the siege of Dartmouth Sir Thomas Hele was made Governor of Tavistock where he kept a constant garrison.(Before 19.9.43).

DRO.1392 1645.item.11 Letter from Sir Thomas Hele to Edward Seymour requesting a French trumpet.

(5) Devon Record Office 189M-1/F8/4

I Thomas Hele Baronett Colonell of all the Regiments of Horse within the said Countie,doe by virtue of the authoritie which I have receaved from his Majestie,give full power and authoritie unto Henry Bidlake of Bidlake Esq., whome I have chosen Captaine in my Regiment to sease upon all such servicable horses,armes and furniture for them as he shall finde in the hands of any person disaffected to his Majesties service.And I doe likewise by the authoritie which I have received,give full power unto him to call before him those which formerly have found horses & armes for the securitie of this County,& likewise to impose horses and armes on such persons as he shall find of abilitie to serve his Majestie in this time of great distraction & eminent danger. And hereof I shall expect a particular account from Mr Henry Bidlake, faile not of that due performance as you tender his Majesties service the good of this countie & will answer the contrary at your utmost perill.

Given under my hand and Seale this second day of July 1643.

Thomas Hele

(6) SP29.55.49 Petition of Henry Clerk Faithfully served his Royal Father of Blessed Memory in the severall capacities of a Captain,Major and afterwards a Lieutenant Colonel of Horse to Sir Thomas Hele. I believe he was originally under William Ogle in Winchester check.If so and of Horse,probably Colonel Henry Bennet. (7) Harl.Mss. 6802 f.192 A warrant for Captaine John Gifford to receive contribution of the townes of East Woodhay,Ashdeane(Ash and Deane),Overton,Whitchurch,South Sidmonton (prob. Southington),Hawkesbeare ???Colehenley (Cole Henley) and Joheswell ??? in the Countie. of Hampshire towards the recruiting of his troop. 28.June (1643)

Devon Record Office 48/26/10/16 These are to certifie that the bearer hereof John Claypitt of the parish of Yealmpton in the County aforesaid,was a souldier under my command and alwaies served in my Regement of Horse before plymouth and at other places in all the tyme of the late unhappie warr,and dureinge all the tyme of his said service,he behaved himselfe valiantly,honestly and stoutely,and in which service hee received severall wounds,by reason of which wounds he is become altogether unable to followe his callinge for to gett alivelyhood for himselfe and poore family,I doe therefore thinke him to bee a fitt object of Charity and so be received in tobe a pensioner amony ye maymed souldiers Souldiers of this County,hee haveing alwaies continued loyall.In testimony whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seale the xxvi th day of December in the xxth yeare of his Majesties Raigne 1663. Tho. Hele These are to certify that the above said John Claypitt hath received severall wounds in his head,loss of his toes and one of his sights,by which hee is very much disinabled to gett his livelyhood by his crawlinge. Witness my hand this 15th Jan. 1663 Tho: Chudleigh

40s pension 5s in hand.


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