The Hobilars

HOBILAR: Scouts, They are Knights, but wear lighter armor and perfom special projects

Hobilars ride small or hobby horses and are battlefield scouts and harassing troops. They come into their own a pursuit when an enemy has been routed and must be driven from the field or captured for later ransom. They are not heavily armed or armoured and cant put up a fight against nobility or heavy cavalry


Unarmoured spearmen or archers mounted on a poor breed of horse and used as scouts and despatch riders.


1) Lightly armed cavalrymen, Irish in origin. First appeared in Edward I’s reign in his Scottish wars
2) Light horseman armed with knife, sword, and lance. Hobelars were used for reconnoitring and combat, in which they dismounted to fight with the infantry.

The Hobelar was a mounted spearman, using their horse to travel to the battlefield, but unlike the man at arms always fighting on foot. They appear in English armies in the early fourteenth century as part of an attempt to deal with the mobility of Scottish raider, particularly after Bannockburn (1314), although originated in Ireland, where they remained important long after disappearing in England. They played a part in the victory of Boroughbridge, where Sir Andrew Harcley defeated the rebels of Thomas of Lancaster using a force of hobelars, dismounted men at arms and archers.In the mid 1340s, landowners with lands worth £10 per year were expected to provide one hobelar, compared to £25 per year for a knight. During the reign of Edward III, they slowly faded out of English armies, to be replaced by the mounted archer