Thomas Erle's Dragoons

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised in 1704.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the successive proprietors of the regiment were:

  • from 1704: Thomas Erle
  • from 1705: John Lord Cutts
  • from 1 February 1707: William Nassau de Zuylestein, Viscount Tunbridge (later 2nd Earl of Rochford) killed in action at Almenar
  • from 18 July 1710 to 1712: Nicholas Lepell (actually Claus Wedig Lepel, naturalized on 9 January 1698-9)

The regiment was disbanded in 1712.

Service during the War

In 1708, the regiment embarked for Spain.

On 27 July 1710, the regiment took part in the Battle of Almenar, where it was deployed in Pepper's Brigade in the second line of the cavalry left wing. Its colonel, the Earl of Rochford was killed as his regiment broke through the Spanish lines. On 10 December, the regiment fought in the 1710-12-10 – Combat of Villaviciosa, where it was deployed in Frankenberg's Brigade in the first line of the cavalry left wing.

By the end of March 1712, the regiment was stationed in Catalonia. Later the same year, it was disbanded.


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Dalton, Charles (ed.): English Army List and Commission Registers

  • Vol. V. pp. 215, 245, 251
  • Vol. VI. (1707-1714), London 1904, p. 228

Treasury Papers, xcv. 62

Tunath, Andrew: The British army in Catalonia after the battle of Brihuega, 1710-1712, in Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 91, No. 367 (Autumn 2013), pp. 182-205

N.B.: the section Service during the War is partly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.


Jörg Meier for the initial version of this article