Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Dragoons
The latest unit to have their fifteen minutes fame: first appearing, very briefly, in one of the first posts to appear on the blog.
The Earl of Manchester raised a Regiment of Dragoons to serve in the Eastern Association in Essex in 1643.
In early 1644 they were active in the Newark area taking part in both the siege and battle at Newark.
April 1644 command passed to John Lilburne as Manchester had effectively been promoted: he had been given control of the Eastern Association's finances (previously the Earl of Essex had ultimate military authority over all of Parliament's forces),
In 1645 they fought at Scarborough and Pontefract, before the Regiment was dissolved.
We don't know about their coat colours or even if they were issued with any: we know that some of Manchester's Regiment of Foot had red coats lined with green, and some had green coats lined with red, so I decided to follow this by giving the dragoons red coats.
These figures are older Peter Pig dragoons, the command stand has been made from a mounted dragoon trooper, a regular cavalry cornet holder, a horse from the horseholder pack, and a drummer from the infantry command pack. Painted by Alan Tuckey and basing by me.
Martin has since redesigned the dragoons on foot (now two packs) and has added three dragoon command packs.