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Sir William Bradshaw’s Regiment of Horse

Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
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


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


  • 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


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


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.

Sir William Bradshaws Regiment of Horse


E.42.4 mentions Colonel Bradshaw taken prisoner

Colonel Sir William Bradshaw

Lieutenant Colonel

Sargeant Major Thomas Vavasor/our Ment. I.O.

Captain Thomas Brockholes (1) + I.O. Lancs. Captain Dunhill Ment. I.O. Captain Henry Grover (4) Captain Edward Tyldesley (2) + I.O. Lancs.

Lieutenant John Dewhurst (3) + I.O. Lancs. to Capt.Tyldesley Lieutenant John Neale I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Dunhill

Cornet John Foster I.O. Yorks. to Sgnt. Maj. Vavasour

Quatermaster William Mitchell I.O. Yorks. Quartermaster William Tomlinson I.O. Yorks. Quartermaster John Walmsley I.O. Lancs. to Sgnt. Maj. Vavasour

(1) Wigan Archive Service Anderton Papers. 58/29 His signature Brockholes in original document,Brockhills in I.O.

(2) 58/35 His signature Tyldesley in original document,Tildsly in I.O.

(3) 58/6 and 6(b) Hs signature Dewhurst in original document, Duhurst in I.O.

SP19.115.5 Extract. Jan. 12. 1647 Henry Grove of Mitton (Co. York)… in the yeare 1643 when the said Earles Army was in the said County did ride up and down the adjaicent Townes about him with a Troop of Horse under the command of Sir Thomas Vavasour a Papist in Armes.

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See Also

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