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Colonel Robert Thorpe’s Regiment of Horse

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A Regiment of Horse that had many different names and fought with many different Parliamentarian armies.

Originally raised in London by Colonel Richard Turner in 1643 they occupied Newport Pagnell (obviously attracted by the strategic motorway services), fought a skirmish at Alderton, the battle of Olney and stormed Grafton House. They were part of Skippon's army.


In 1644 command passed to Colonel George Thompson, and they transferred to Waller's Southern Association. Thompson led four troops of the regiment at Cheriton where he lost a leg. Command then passed to Thorpe after Cheriton, and they fought at Cropredy Bridge, Second Newbury and Trowbridge.


In 1645 they transferred to the Western Association and command passed to Colonel Edward Popham (brother of Alexander Popham of Littlecote House, home of the famous Littlecote armoury now held by the Royal Armouries in Leeds), before quickly passing on to Colonel George Starr. The regiment was disbanded in 1646.



Colonel James Holborne’s Regiment of Foot

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In a change from our regular Monday Regiment of Horse viewing here's a Regiment of Foot.
Holborne's (sometimes Holbourn) were raised near London in 1643; they fought as part of Essex's army in the First Civil War. Present at the Turnham Green standoff, Reading, Gloucester, First Newbury, Lostwithiel and Second Newbury.

In 1645 they were 'reduced' into the New Model Army.

Holborne later took over command of Sir Arthur Hesilrigge’s Regiment of Foot, and command of Holborne's passed to Colonel William Davies sometime around May 1644; Holborne left Hesilrigge's  Regiment in 1645 to become a Major General in Sir William Waller's army.

A smattering of headswaps in this regiment, and Piggie aficionados might be wondering about the officer with pistol - he's  from the Mill02 Gamette pack (he does look quite similar to the dragoon officer from 'dragoon command on foot' pack 72 too).

They were issued coats when they were raised in 1642, but the colo…

Col. Nathaniel Fienne's Regiment of Horse

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Nathaniel Fienne (or Fine) was the second son of Lord Saye and Sele. He had been a captain in Sir William Balfour's Regiment of Horse fighting at Edgehill and Powick Bridge before being commissioned as a colonel of horse in 1643.




The regiment is believed to have put down risings at Sherborne, Portland and Corfe before garrisoning Bristol. One troop took part at Highnam and possibly Tewkesbury. The full regiment was active in the west country at Frome, Lansdown, the Siege of Devizes and Roundway Down. Finally being besieged at Bristol where they surrendered.

Nathaniel was disgraced by his surrender at Bristol and was stripped of command. Remnants of the regiment continued under the command of his younger brother John, whilst other troops were assimilated into the New Model Army (notably Behre's and Sheffield's regiments).

A 'straight out of the bags' unit here, no headswaps; you may notice that one of their number is a mounted casualty (for a little variety).