Welcome to the web page of Capt. Thomas Newlands's troope of Sir Thomas Aston's Regiment of Dragoons – an independent progressive 17thC living history group.
Thank you for your interest, we hope after viewing these brief pages and images you will want to know more about us.
Our living history group was formed in Northern England in 2013 by a number of experienced military living history interpreters all with a desire to do "something different" in the field of English mid 17thC living history interpretation.
So why Dragoons and who were Aston's? Well , here we are fortunate, for our small impression is based on the as yet, unpublished records of Sir Thomas Aston's regiments of horse and dragoons, held within the private archive of the Aston papers in Cheshire. Our simple desire to show the normal rather than the exception, and our well based, grounded research based ethos was the slow burning inspiration for the formation of Thomas Newland’s troope of dragoons and how they may have looked from mid 1644.
To this end, we have attracted those who subscribe an attitude of wanting to “get it right” and have fun doing so. We work with all living history based regiments (both Royalist and Parliamentarian) and individuals in both main stream 17thC re-enactment groups in the UK, and of course our own events. Since our formation, we have earned a reputation for a hard working and fully committed living history group which does aim high in its standards,but has a great sense of fun and enjoyment in what is does.
Aston’s dragoons is, we hope, about breaking new ground, and the “less is more approach” to impressions of field conditions, with marching kit, period equine care, bivouac/camp ration cooking etc. being all part of the experimental nature of the unit. Riding skills are obviously a clear advantage, and a desirable ability, but it should not put any one off in being interested in joining us!
In terms of military use, Aston's will try to push the boundaries of how dragoons were used in the 17thC and challenge the tactics that the dragoon arm used at the time of the English civil wars.
We encourage the more discerning points of period research and material culture, and while comfortable with being known as not to compromise or short cut with a realist period impression suitable for the role, Aston's is about not losing sight of having fun and the ability to laugh at ourselves... The original Aston’s Dragoons as a regiment, were well looked after by its Colonel. It was a regiment that looked after its own until the bitter end and indeed beyond the civil wars. This torch of ethos will we hope, continue to be carried 370 plus years later.
If you are interested in joining, booking us, or just want to find out more,please send us a short missive on the contact page.
Thank you for your kind interest.
God save the King.
Sir Thomas Aston's Dragoons