Even More Royalist Commanders
Three more Royalist commanders, these were part of the package of figures that were listed as in absentia for a goodly while.
First up Sir Ralph, Lord Hopton. My first use of my new russetted armour paint recipe. I hope that you have noticed that I've tried to give him the correct colour hair (according to his portraits), otherwise all that effort will be for nought.
Ralph returned to London and became an MP. During the turbulent time that he was a member of Parliament he seems to have been a moderate. In March 1642 he was sent to the Tower of London for objecting to Parliament censuring the King.
Prior to Edgehill, Hopton was made commander of the Trained Bands in the West Country, eventually raising volunteer army in support of the King. He would later rise to be lieutenant-general of the western army early in 1646.
Next up is Sir Charles Lucas (look at the hair! Again based upon his portraits).
Finally Henry Tillier; alas no portraits of Tillier that I could find, so he has been given a lobster pot helmet with open visor.
He took part as a junior officer in Charles's military expeditions to Cadiz and La Rochelle in the 1620s before he takes a number of roles in the London Trained Bands in the 1630s. Initially made Captain-Leader of the Military Company of Westminster, then Captain-Leader of the Society of the Artillery Garden, precursor of the 'Honourable Artillery Company'.
The outbreak of war sees Tillier rise up the ranks; he becomes Comptroller of the Ordinances of Berwick during the Bishops' wars; he heads off on campaign to Ireland as Lieutenant-Colonel in Hunckes Regiment, before taking command of his own regiment in 1643. With the cessation in Ireland and the outbreak of the First Civil War where he becomes Quarter-Master General in Prince Rupert’s Army.
Taken prisoner at Marston Moor (by now he has made the rank of Sergeant-Major General) he is imprisoned in The Tower of London, where he has his skull fractured by his gaoler. When he recovers, he too benefits from a prisoner exchange: he was exchanged for Sir Robert Pye.
In 1647 Tillier bought a plantation in Antigua where he died three or four years later.