Sir William Smith’s Regiment of Horse

Active1644 to 1645
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeHorse
ColonelSir William Smith
Area Raised
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Field Armies

Royalist regiment of horse in garrison at Hillesden House

Service History

1643

  • Raised late in the year to garrison Hillesden

1644

  • Garrison of Hillesden House
  • February: Defence of Hillesden House

1645

  • March: Stormed at Hillesden House, Smith captured and his unit dispersed

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Coats and Flags

Notable Officers

Sir William Smith

Of Buckingham, he was son-in-law of Sir Alexander Denton of Hillesden1).

Colonel William Smiths regiment of Horse

Sargeant Majors Cornet ‘Urbs ill,Urbs Rebellios est,et Nocens Regibus’

Colonel William Smith

Lieutenant Colonel Johan Philip Hirtter Merc Aul 16.2.43/4

Sargeant Major Amnion

Captain Lieutenant Peter Dayrell Merc Aul.14.2.43/4.

Captain William Lambert I.O. Bucks. Captain Smith Ment. I.O. Captain Spicer Ment. I.O. Captain John Denton Ment. I.O. Captain Stoke Ment. I.O. Lieutenant William Griffith I.O. L + W to Capt. Smith Lieutenant Dorell (1)

Cornet Hugh Merchant I.O. L + W to Lt.Col. Hurter Cornet Paul Darrell I.O. L + W Cornet Cornet Francis Soper I.O. Bucks. to Capt. Stoke Cornet Spicer Egerton Mss.785 f.8 Cornet Stoker Egerton Mss.785 f.8 Cornet Edward Symonds I.O. Bucks to Capt. Denton Cornet Yeomans (1)

Quartermaster Peter Barrett I.O. L + W to Capt. Spicer Quartermaster Hollowood (1) Quartermaster Moon (1) Quartermaster John Wheatley I.O. Bucks to Capt. Denton Reg.Quartermaster John Bumpstead I.O. L + W

(1) Luke Letter Book 85

11.4.1644 Lt. Dorrell,Quartermasters Moon and Hollowood and Cornet Yeomans oftem at one Syme's house at Tingewick and also at Thomas Twickens,an ale house there.

Merc Aul 5.3 storm of Hillesdon House.

Taken in Hillesdon House E.36.5 COMPARE WITH SMITH + DENTON

Lt. Col James Phillip Arthur Major Vineon Captain Lambert Captain Luton Captain Smith Captain Spicer Captain Pleawell Lt. Griffith Lt Harcott Lt. Livenmore Cornet Stocki Cornet Spicer Cornet Eveck 8 Quartermasters 4 Ensigns

SP23.174.396 The humble peticion of George Stockley

A Cornet taken. Sir Philip Stapilton presented to the House a Cornet, taken at Hillsden House; the Motto whereof was (the Landskip of a City being pourtrayed) “Urbs illa, Urbs Rebellis, et Nocens Regibus.”

From: British History Online Source: House of Commons Journal Volume 3: 15 March 1644. Journal of the House of Commons: volume 3, (1802).

Proceedings against Smyth, &c. Resolved, &c. That Mr. Smyth shall be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Poltrey Compter, there to continue during the Pleasure of the House, for levying actual War against the King, Parliament, and Kingdom; and kept safe within his Chamber and the Gates of the Prison, and no Man suffered to speak with him, but in the Presence of his Keeper: And the Sheriffs, and the Keeper, are required to have a very great Care of his safe Imprisonment. Mr. Wm. Smyth was called in: And Mr. Speaker asked him concerning his Cornet: Who said, it was his Serjeant Major's, and not his; and that the Motto was, Urbs illa, Urbs Rebellis est, et Nocens Regibus: He confessed, that he had taken the Protestation of adhering to this Party, and of yielding no Assistance to the contrary Party. And then Mr. Speaker gave Judgement for his Imprisonment, according to the former Vote. Resolved, &c. That Sir Alexander Denton shall be forth-with committed Prisoner to the Tower; there to remain during the Pleasure of the House, for levying actual War against the King, Parliament, and Kingdom. Sir Alexander Denton was called in to the Bar; and did acknowledge, that he had taken the Protestation of adhering to my Lord General; and the Protestation of adhering to this Party, and of yielding no Assistance to the other Party. Resolved, &c. That Mr. Thomas Denton shall be forthwith discharged, and released from any further Restraint or Imprisonment. Resolved, &c. That Lieutenant Colonel John Philip Hacter shall be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Compter in Southwarke, for levying War against the King Parliament, and Kingdom.

From: British History Online Source: House of Commons Journal Volume 3: 16 March 1644. Journal of the House of Commons: volume 3, (1802). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=7608&strquery=SMYTH Date: 01/04/2005 © Copyright 2003-2005 University of London & History of Parliament Trust

E.34.5 Occurrences of certain speciall and remarkable passages Friday 17th February to Friday 23rd February 1644. Copy of a warrant.

To the Constables &c. These are straightly to command and charge you,forthwith,upon the sight hereof,to bring into my quarters at Hilsden the sum of without any further delay,by vertue of an order received from his Excellency (The Earl of Forth) and let not the hope of being protected by the enemy deceive you,for unless you bring it in according to the time prefixed,I will come and fetch it,and will not leave a cock to crow among you, Hil(s)den. C. Smith

To the Constable and inhabitants of Barkley These are to command and charge you forthwith,upon the sight hereof,to bring into my quarters the sum of 60 pound; 40 lib by vertue of a former order,and 20 li by reason of the fail thereof,and that you shall return me the names of thoses that shall be obstinate,hereof fail not as you shall answer at your peril.Also you shall bring in provision for 200 horse and men for 2 dayes,herein likewise fail not,as you shall answer at your utmost peril.

Strength

See Also

1) The Old Service: Royalist regimental colonels and the Civil War, 1642-6 P.R. Newman, Manchester University Press, 1993. ISBN 0-7190-3752-2