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Sir William Bradshaw’s Regiment of Horse

Active1643 to 1644
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelSir William Bradshaw
Area RaisedLancashire
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesDerby 1643?
Newcastle 1644
Langdale 1644-5

Royalist regiment of horse raised in Lancashire, later serving in Yorkshire and then with the Northern Horse

Service History

1643

  • April: Battle of Whalley Abbey?
  • October: At York?

1644

  • March: Battle of Hunslett
  • March: Bradford, Bradshaw captured**
  • April: Battle of Selby??
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor, Major Thomas Vavasour killed
  • August: Battle of Ormskirk

1645

  • February: Battle of Melton Mowbray
  • March: Battle of Pontefract
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby

Notes

Newman provides a history of the regiment and biographies of its officers1).

Raised from Lancastrians, perhaps prior to the disaster at Whalley or perhaps out of the 'refugee' Lancashire horse retreating to Yorkshire thereafter. After Marston Moor the regiment seems to have been swallowed up into the broader 'Northern Horse'.

Flags & Equipment

On October 20th 1643 Quartermaster John Walmsley signed at York for two trumpets for the regiment to the value of £3.

Notable Officers

Officer lists are shown in The Royalist Army in Northern England 1642-45 (2 vols) Peter R Newman, PhD Thesis, The University of York, 1978.

Sir William Bradshaw

A Catholic of Haigh, Lancashire. He was knighted during the Civil War.

Strength

See Also

1) The Royalist Army in Northern England 1642-45 (2 vols) Peter R Newman, PhD Thesis, The University of York, 1978