Sir William Saville’s Regiment of Horse

ConflictsFirst Civil War
CaptainSir William Saville
Sir Philip Monckton
Area RaisedYorkshire
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesNewcastle 1642-4
Langdale 1644-5

Later Sir Philip Monckton’s Regiment of Horse

Royalist regiment of horse that mostly served in Yorkshire, then as part of the Northern Horse during the First Civil War

Service History


  • August: Battle of Southam
  • October: Skirmish at Bradford?
  • October: Skirmish at Knaresborough (det)
  • December: Repulsed from Bradford


  • January: Skirmish at Bradford?
  • January: Stormed at Leeds
  • March: Battle of Seacroft Moor
  • April: Battle of Tankersley Moor
  • May: Storm of Rotherham
  • June: Storm of Howley Hall
  • June: Battle of Adwalton Moor
  • July: Siege of Bradford
  • July: Siege of Leeds
  • July to August: Siege of Gainsborough
  • October: Skirmish at Horncastle (Bolingbroke)
  • October: Battle of Winceby
  • November: Skirmishes at Leek and Hartington
  • December: Siege of Wingfield Manor


  • January: Saville killed, Monckton takes over
  • April: Stormed at Selby
  • June: Siege of Liverpool
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • August: Skirmish at Malpas
  • September: Skirmish at Monmouth
  • November: Relief of Donnington


  • January: Storm of Salisbury
  • February: Skirmish at Daventry
  • February: Battle of Melton Mowbray
  • March: Battle of Pontefract
  • March: Relief of Beeston Castle
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • August: Storm of Huntingdon
  • September: Relief of Hereford
  • September: Battle of Rowton Heath
  • October: Battle of Sherburn in Elmet
  • October: Battle of Carlisle Sands
  • October: Abandon Dumfries, at Ravenglass and Worton Sands
  • November to December: Besieged at Skipton Castle?


  • At Lichfield?
  • March: Battle of Stow on the Wold?
  • May to June: Remnants besieged at Oxford and surrender


Upon the death of Sir Wiliam Saville the Regiment continued in the name of Sir George Savil commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Portington.

VJ provided this service history: + Seacroft Moor + Tankersley Moor + Siege of Leeds + Taking of Rotherham + Taking of Howley Hall + Atherton Moor + Taking of Bradford + Taking og Wingfield Manor + Hartington in Derbyshire + At the taking of a Pinnace through Isle of Axholme + Siege of Gainsborough + Horncastle + Battle of Winceby + The capture of Lt. Col. Lascelles and his Foot + Battle of Selby + Storm of Liverpool + Marston Moor + Battle of Malpas + Attack on Monmouth + At Ledbury + Taking of Salisbury by Sir Marmaduke Langdale + At Daventry + Melton Mowbray + Relief of Pontefract Castle + Relief of Beeston Castle + Relief of Hereford + Relief of Donnington Castle + Storm of Leicester + Battle of Naseby + Against the Peace Army in Wales + Relief of Sir John Wintours House + At Claerwall where the enemy kept a garrison under ground (Weird I know) + At Huntingdon + Battle of Rowton Heath + From there to Worksop and at Battle of Sherburn + Avon in Scotland,attacked by Colonel Brown + Dumfries with Earl of Bristol + Ravenglass + Worton Sands + Siege of Skipton Castle and from there to Lichfield. + Battle Stow in the Wold + Remnants to Oxford at surrender

Coats and Flags

Notable Officers

Sir William Saville

Sir William Saville or Savile.

Sir Philip Monckton

Sir Philip Monckton first served as a captain in Sir Thomas Metham’s Yorkshire Trained Band Regiment of Foot at the First siege of Hull in 1642.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

I.O. has not as yet been added to the list of Officers hereunder.

  • Colonel Sir William Saville
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Portington (1)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Wentworth (3)
  • Sargeant Major John Beversham I.O. L + W
  • Sargeant Major Sir Ingram Hopton (1)
  • Sargeant Major Robert Portington (1)
  • Captain Armitage (1)
  • Captain Benson (1) + (5)
  • Captain John Beversham (This rank at Selby)
  • Captain Copley (1)
  • Captain Fleetwood (1)
  • Captain Gascoyne (1)
  • Captain Sir John Gotherick/Goodrich (4) (Note appears to have originated as a Yorkshire Trained Band troop of horse)
  • Captain Henry Portington (1)
  • Captain Roger Portington (1)
  • Captain John Saville (2)
  • Captain Vernatt (1)
  • Captain Wentworth (1)
  • Lieutenant Batley
  • Lieutenant Batt
  • Lieutenant Stephen Brearcliffe (4)
  • Lieutenant Burridge to Capt. Henry Portington
  • Lieutenant Cullier
  • Lieutenant Cunye
  • Lieutenant Godfrey
  • Lieutenant Gregory to Sgnt. Maj. Rob. Portington
  • Lieutenant Lee
  • Lieutenant Marsh to Capt. Henry Portington
  • Lieutenant Purdee
  • Lieutenant Savill
  • Lieutenant Snow
  • Cornet Bright
  • Cornet Burdett
  • Cornet Byrum
  • Cornet Corringham
  • Cornet Richard Harland (4)
  • Cornet Roe
  • Cornet Smyth
  • Cornet Taylor
  • Cornet Townsend

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Lincolnshire Record Office Horncastle Parish Register Sir Ingram Hopton Knight was buried 13.10.1643

(2) SP.Supplemental 136.197 Certificate by John Saville of Kirkby Moorside that he was a Captain of a Troop of Horse under Sir William Saville.

(3) E.43.6

(4) Wakefield Record Office QS1/14/8/6/12 October 1675 Petition of Richard Henthorne of Pannal Served in the Trained Band Troop of Sir John Gooderick for 4 years, at raising at Pontefract siege and Melton Mowbray. Taken prisoner at Sherburn. Signed Stephen Brearcliffe Lt. Richard Harland Cor.

SP23.190.711 Extract of charges against Richard Harland of Sutton upon the Forest,York.

That he was a Cornett in Sir John Gothericks Troope & continued in service against the Parliament till the rendicion of the Cittie of Yorke: that when he was cornett to the said Troope he was counted a great plunderer in the Countrey,and in particular plundered one Thomas Barkers house a man well effected to the Parliament,and carried out of his house in money twentie two pounds & in goods to the value of one hundred thirty eight pounds

QS1/12/8/6/3 Petition of Thomas Netleton of Batley under Captain John Copley

(5) SP23.179.102 The humble petition of John Bensonne Humbly sheweth that your peticioner was a Captaine of a Troope of Horse under the Earl of Newcastle in which service he acted for the space of one yeare upwards but being convinced of his error did in or about the moneth of August last past desert the said employment and have since remayned at Wakefield in the county of Yorke then and now under the power and protectoin of ye Parliament.

Dugdale visitation of Yorkshire 1665 Henry Lawson of Brough saline in his Majesties service in a fight at Melton Mowbray in Com. Leic. circa 1644.


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