Brecknock Trained Bands

  • Brecknock Trained Band
  • Brecknock Trained Band Horse

The Brecknock (Brecon) Trained Bands of 1638 consisted of 300 men armed with 180 muskets and 120 corslets (body armour, signifying pikemen). They also mustered 30 horse.

By 1645 the county troop, presumably still part of the Trained Band, was said to be commanded by Lt Col. Jefferies.

By 1651 the militias of the South Welsh counties appear to have been combined, with the South Wales militia being ordered to rendezvous at Gloucester to hold the city during the Worcester campaign.

Examination of Thomas Pritchard

SP19.126.61 Examination of Thomas Pritchard of Crickhowell in the County of Brecon. That he saw Edward Williams in armes on horseback with sword and pistols at a rendezvous at Crickhowell in 1645 and did asume to himself the title of Colonell in ye Kings Army and were now going against the Scotts. And this examinant saith he saw a horse of his in the County Troope for ye King then commanded by Lieutenant Colonell Jefferies.1)

1) From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642