Col. Nathaniel Fienne's Regiment of Horse

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).

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  1. Fantastic.. and as it happens Sir William Balfour's are my next regiment... ;o)

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    1. Thanks, good luck with Balfour's. Found an article on Warlord's website about ECW flags. They have a blue flag with motto scroll listed as Nathaniel Fiennes's standard. I wondered if it was his colour from Balfour's. Apparently not.
      No idea where they got it from as Nathaniel Fiennes's colour is pretty well documented.

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    2. Balfour's may go on the back burner for a little while, as my limited research to date indicates they *may* have been cuirassiers.. if not them I'll do the Lord Generals regiment instead..

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    3. From what I understand Balfour's RoH had a number of troops, and only one of those were equipped as cuirassiers (and acted as Balfour's lifeguard), so you should be okay. Balfour's son led a troop and his cornet is known (illustrated on BCW).

      As an aside the Warlord Games Nathaniel Fiennes cornet is John Fiennnes' cornet: John was a captain in Nathaniel's RoH and would eventually take command of the regiment.

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    4. The lifeguard was commanded by Sir John Meldrum, prior to him raising his own regiment in 1643. So the cuirassiers probably only existed for a year before converting to harquebusiers.

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  2. Wonderfully painted and based regiment KYPD. The mounted casualty is an excellent addition- good idea.

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    1. Thanks Codsticker. The mounted casualty is purely down to economics. Due to the way I have formed my RoH I require one extra trooper (they come in packs of four) - fine if I am expanding by four regiments. If I am only expanding by two regiments I end up with half a bag spare. A mounted casualty bag has two troopers in hats and two in lobster pots. Which is really handy as I expand both forces at the same time.

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