Colonel William Helyer’s Regiment of Horse

Active1645 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelWilliam Helyer
Area RaisedWest Country?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGrenville 1645-6

Royalist regiment of horse serving under Sir Richard Grenville in the West Country

Service History


  • September to January 1646: Siege of Plymouth?


  • Siege of Plymouth


  • January: Lift siege of Plymouth
  • March: Surrender at Truro


Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

William Helyer

William Helyer also Helyar or Hellier was from East Coke, Somerset. He surrendered on Exeter articles.

Officer Lists

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press).

Original Research by Victor Judge aka '1642'

  • Lieutenant Nicholas Helyar
  • Quartermaster John Masters
  • Quartermaster Simon Morey
  • Quartermaster Giles Phelps

Contemporary References

Simon Morey's Petition

Extract The humble petition of Simon Morey of Ashburton in the County of Devon Barber

Humbly sheweth that your poore petitioner faithfully served his late Majestie King Charles the first of ever blessed memory in the quality of Quartermaster of Coll: William Helyars Troope of horse under the Command of the honourable Sir Richard Grenville Knt foir the most part of the late unhappy warrs in which service your petitioner received divers great wounds and in the siege against the Towne of Plymouth was taken prisoner and soe carried into the said Towne where he remained longe in great misery and suffered much hardship….

Fairfax's Certificate

To all persons whom this may concerne These are to Certify that Nicholas Hilyar of East Coker in ye County of Somerset was in his Majesties Army in Cornewall at ye time of ye disbandinge of the horse at Truro and ought to have the benefitt of the Articles of Truro. Given under my hand and Seale this seventeenth of May 1647. Fairfax

Committee for Compounding

To the Committee for Compounding at Goldsmiths Hall

Right Honourable, Att the instance of Nicholas Hellyer of East Chinnocke in this County Gentleman wee doe certify that dureing the tyme of the late Warres, he came with a party of Capt. William Helliers Troope unto West Coker, and there Quartered them for the space of three weekes or thereabouts upon the well affected to the Parliament. He tooke the National League & Covenant and the Negative Oath before us in Aprill 1646: The estimate of his estate in our County is here inclosed. Presented you by Right Honourables, Your very humble servants Jonat: Pitt John Preston Edw: Ceely He:Minterne Bridgwater this 15th May 1647

Note: Nicholas Helyar was the son of William Helyar and almost certainly his Lieutenant.


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