The Onslows and the Regiment
Lord Onslow and his family have been great supporters of the regiment and were instrumental in the museum coming to Clandon in 1979/80.
In 1641 Sir Richard Onslow purchased Calndon Park.
In 1650 Oliver Cromwell Ordered a Regiment of Militia to be raised in Surrey and gave command to Sir Richard Onslow thus began 200 years of service between the Onslow's and the Surrey Regiments.
Cromwell needed a Regiment to help fight Charles 1st son who had landed in Dunbar but the battle was won before the Surrey Militia could be got there.
The Onslow family held the appointment of Lord Lieutenant of Surrey from 1717 to 1814 and as such were responsible for the up keep of the Royal Surrey Militia.
The Surrey Militia were called to duty on many occasions during the Onslow's service including.
1665 The London Plague
Appointment held by the Onslow family
1759 The Hon. George Earl of Onslow
1797 The Hon. Thomas Earl of Onslow
1798 Arthur George Onslow
1812 The Hon. Thomas Cranley Onslow
1836 Augustus Cranley Onslow
1842 Viscount Lord Arthur Cranley
The Royal Surrey Militia
The Royal Surrey Militia never left the kingdom for service as a unit although they went to Ireland in 1811 to release regular troops to go to fight Napoleon's troops in the Peninsular War and from Ireland many soldiers volunteered to join the regular army for the duration of that war.
After Napoleon escaped from Elba The Surrey Militia volunteered for service again and over two hundred fought with the Guards at Waterloo many of them in their Surrey Militia uniforms.
The Viscountess Cranley Onslow presented the 2nd Royal Surrey Militia with new Colours on 10th May 1854 in Guildford.