Sir Thomas Tyldesley’s Regiment of Horse

Active1643 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
Third Civil War
ColonelSir Thomas Tyldesley
Area RaisedLancashire
Flag ColourGreen
Flag DesignSee below
Field ArmiesDerby 1643
Oxford 1643
Rupert 1644
Derby 1651

Royalist cavalry regiment raised in Lancashire, later part of the Oxford army, then returning North. Raised again in the Third Civil War

Service History


  • February: Stormed at Preston
  • February: Repulsed from Bolton
  • February: Loss of Lancaster
  • March: Storm of Lancaster
  • March: Storm of Preston
  • Aprli: Battle of Whalley Abbey
  • July: Storm of Burton on Trent
  • July: Storm of Bristol
  • September: First Battle of Newbury


  • January: Siege of Nantwich
  • January: Battle of Nantwich
  • May: Storm of Stockport
  • May: Storm of Bolton
  • June: Siege of Liverpool
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • August: Battle of Ormskirk
  • September: Skirmish at Montgomery
  • September: Battle of Montgomery Castle Tyldesley captured
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury??



  • January: Skirmish at Lichfield?
  • March to July: Besieged at Lichfield?


  • August: Raised anew in Lancashire
  • August: Battle of Wigan Lane 1)


Dalton was mortally wounded at 2nd Newbury.

Flags & Equipment

According to Reid 2) Tyldesley's cornet was carried by his grandson, Edward, who raised a Troop of Horse for the Jacobite army in 1715. It was green, bearing his crest; a pelican vulning itself (vulning is plunging its beak into its own breast to provide blood to feed its young), surrounded by a laurel wreath and with this motto: PRO REGIA ET PATRIA TANTEM VALET AMOR.

According to Blount: Col. Tho: Dalton figured a Cloud whence streamed forth a Glory, and with it an armed hand and Sword, with this motto, EXORTUM EST IN TENEBRIS LUMEN RECTIS CORDE3). Whether he flew this cornet in his own regiment, Tyldesley's, or both, is unclear.

Notable Officers

Sir Thomas Tyldesley

Lt Col Thomas Dalton

Previously commanded his own unit, Colonel Thomas Dalton’s Regiment of Horse, which appears to have been reduced into Tyldesley's with Dalton staying on as Lt Col of the combined regiment.

Lt Col James Anderton

Lieutenant Colonel in 1651, he was killed at Wigan Lane.


See Also

1) Terribly Obscure Battles of the English Civil War 1. Wigan Lane, 25th August 1651 by Stuart Reid in English Civil War Notes and Queries Issue 1, pp 3-4, Eds. David Ryan & Hawk Norton, Jan 1984
2) The Finest Knight in England, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525390
3) The Art of making Devises 2nd Ed, Thomas Blount, London, 1655