Sir William Huddlestone’s Regiment of Horse

Active1643 to 1644
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir William Huddlestone
Area RaisedCumbria
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Royalist regiment of horse raised in Cumbria, later serving in Lancashire

Service History


  • February: At Whitehaven Castle
  • March: Skirmish at Moulton??
  • October: Skirmish at Lindale and Dalton?


  • August: Skirmish at Ribble Bridge
  • August: Skirmish at Witten Cop



Notable Officers

Sir William Huddlestone

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

*Colonel William Huddleston
*Lieutenant Colonel
*Sargeant Major
  • Captain Thomas Bedberrow I.O. L + W
  • Captain Ralph Fetherston (3) + I.O. L + W
  • Captain Joseph Huddleston I.O. Cumb.
  • Captain Lieutenant Eldred Curwen (1)
  • Cornet Joseph Carter I.O. Cumb.
  • Cornet Christopher Irton I.O. Cumb.
  • Cornet John Kirkbank I.O. Cumb.
  • Quartermaster William Morton I.O. Durham
  • Quartermaster Rice Beaumont (2)

Contemporary References

(1) Patricius Curwen to Huddleston


A letter of Patricius Curwen Baronet, Knight of the Shire of Cumberland, afterwards a Commissioner of Array, written with his owne hand to his brother Eldred Curwen, a Papist and Captain Lieutenant to Colonell Hudleston.

‘Brother, I should have been glad to have heared from you by a line or two, I must confesse the businesse you undertake is of so high concernment for his Majesties service (in which I beseech God send you all good successe) as I durst not adventure mine advice to you, lest I might have been thought a hinderer to that service, to which no man living can wish more happiness: No man can blame me to say that my adventure in it (of three brothers) is more than ordinary, all things considered. And if I should wish two might have served, and you had staid I deserve no great censure for it. I am very sorry for nothing but that you took not mine advice, but your own wisdome, I might and do submit unto, and pray for your good fortune: And I am confident when you reflect of my former carriage towards you, and my affectionate valuation of you, you will think that such a hazard doth work with me, knowing how things stand with me; if at your leisure I may heare from you, and that you have such a Command as is worthy of you, you shall doe me a favour, and yd me to let you heare of the welfare of your friends here: In the meane time accept my best wishes and prayers for your good successe, and remember my love to my brothers with you, and my service to your noble Colonell; and be ever assured you shall never find me wanting in any respect that may most manifest how really I am, Sir

Work: Febr 6.1642[3] Your affectionate Brother and servant, Pa. Curwen.

I doubt not but you will be carefull that all be done faire at Wothen [Whitehaven ?] Castle where I heare you are, that no wrong be done there, either by your own trooper any others, that you can helpe, for I dare say my Brother Darcy thinkes you very wel-come there, especially if you have made choice of that place yourself; this inclosed I pray you doe your best in it, the mans name is William Peale.’

(2) Quartermaster Beaumont aka Harby


Examination of Richard Harby of Egremont Cumberland whose actual name is Rice Beaumont. Cornet under Command of Colonel Sir John Redman Governor of Pontefract Castle, then Marshall to him. Later Quartermaster to Sir William Huddleston of Millom Castle.

Captured at Moulton/Maulton

Moulton/Maulton March 1643 taken Sargeant Major Huddlestone, Captain Huddleston, Captain Curwen, Cornet Curwen. E.247.11 FIND ORIGINAL SOURCE. (Note - possibly Old Malton, Yorkshire?? Could be 1644? - TW)

Fetherstonhaugh's petition

SP29.13.17 August 1661 ? Extract. To the Kings most excellent Maiestie The humble petition of Ralph Fetherstonhaugh of ye Citty of Durham. Sheweth

That your petitioner hath from the yeare 1645 during the time of the late unhappy warres served your late Royall Father of ever blessed memory. That he was taken at the fight at Rowton Heath and kept prisoner 4 monthes at Nantwich

Other references


E.7.14 Lord Ogle Col. Huddleston, Lt. Col. Huddleston, Mr Maxfield, Cornet Grimes. Probably Ferdinando Huddleston PB240092 Commanded his fathers Troop- Capt.Lt. ? Then Lt. Col. in 1648 under Sir Philip Musgrave.


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