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Devon residents raise troops to relieve Exeter

In Devon on June 30 at 6:52 pm

30 Jun 1643 (Fri) || Out of Devonshire it is informed, that the inhabitants of Barnstable, Boddyford [Bideford] and Torrington, are raising of any Army in the North parts of that County to relieve the City of Excester, which is now besieged at foure miles distance by the Lord Mohun, Sir Nicholas Slanning, Sir Peter Courtney, Crew the high Sheriffe, and one Ackland, who having gotten the scum of the Counties of Cornwall and Devon, have blocked up all the Roads and wayes thereto, and have seized upon Apsom [Topsham], which lieth upon the River of Ex, towards the sea; who, though they are not able to win that City by assault, yet may starve them for want of Horse to open their passages: which Army may (by Gods blessing) bring them some succour, untill the Earle of Warwick can land his men at Tro-bay [Torbay], to drive those lewd persons from thence, who gape and thirst, not onely for the Wealth and Riches of that City, but also for the bloud of all the well-affected People in it.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

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John Hampden’s death reported

In Buckinghamshire on June 30 at 2:49 pm

30 Jun 1643 (Fri) || It hath pleased God to call to his mercy, that worthy and valiant Gentleman Colonell Hampden, who died lately at Thame in Oxfordshire of a fever, which was caused by the late shot he received in the late bickering at Chinner in the said County, who, as he lived, so he died, humbly, and sincerely to his God, and faithfull to the King and Parliament.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Cheshire Parliamentarians fall for enemy trick

In Cheshire on June 29 at 2:41 pm

29 Jun 1643 (Thu) || Out of Cheshire they write, that some of Sir William Breretons Horse, received a late foyle at Hamnere in that County, by a subtile wile; for one from the Lord Capell (though unknowne to be from him) brought an advertisement to Sir William, that there were many good armes and much good booty at Sir Thomas Hamners house in that Towne, whereupon he sent a partee of his Horse thither to seize upon it, and to bring it to Namptwich, where they arriving, were set upon by an Ambuscado of Welch and Irish Rebells; who tooke and slew about 20 of Sir Williams horse, the rest of them scaping away safe, but before they departed, they paid their enemies in their own coin, for they killed many of them, amongst which two Irish Rebells Commanders lost their lives for their cruelty to the English, in not giving quarter to those that craved it of them, so mercilesse are they, and also intend to be to all Protestants, if they should get the dominion, which God in his tender mercy to us, graciously avert and inhibite.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Royalist agitators cause trouble in Dorset

In Dorset on June 27 at 2:23 pm

27 Jun 1643 (Tue) || From Dorchester by an expresse it is informed, that with their few forces, consisting onely of eight companies of foot, and three halfe Troopes of Horse, they endeavour to keep their Countrey quiet; but young Brag of Sodbury and young Barcroft endeavoured to raise two Troopes of Horse, and having gotten up fourscore, did much disturbe the Countrey with them, robbing and plundring all that were well affected to the King and Parliament: for the remedying thereof, they sent out a Troope of Horse with a company of Dragoneers, hoping to take them at old master Braggs house which was their Rendezvous, but they had notice thereof, and were fled from thence, where their Souldiers got store of silke  gownes and scarlet cloathes, with much other rich pillage.

The two aforesaid young Gentlemen stirring again about Marshwood Vale, notice soon came unto them, whereupon they sent out againe one Company of foot and a Troope of Horse to Quarter at Bruteport [Bridport] to quiet them, who joyning with about fourty Dragoneers from Lyme, went to Chard in Somersetshire where they might have taken both those Gentlemen and all their Horse, had they well managed their affairs: for Captaine Pyne with about fourty Horse and Dragoneers, got early in the morning to Chard, and there took about sixteene of the Cavaliers and nineteen of their horses, which were Quartered in that Towne, the rest of them lay a mile and a halfe from thence towards Taunton: having onely effected so much, their men departed  from Chard in good order, and at the Towns end met with a Troope of their Companions who would needs perswade them to returne unto the Towne to refresh themselves; back they went, and set their Sentinells, who instead of watching fell to drinking in a house, which the enemy hearing of, came upon them with fourty horse, and recovered seven of their men and seven of their horses, killed the Lyme Captaine, and took one of their men prisoners, the residue of them got way with the remainder of their booty.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Captain Hotham impeached and apprehended

In North East on June 22 at 8:52 pm

22 Jun 1643 (Thu) || From Nottingham it is informed, that Sir John Meldrum, whom the Earle of Essex hath made Commander in Chiefe in those parts, hath apprehended Captaine Hotham, & committed him to the Castle there, by an especiall command from his Excellency and the Parliament, for divers misdemeanors by him committed, for which the Honorable House of Commons have impeached him: as first, for his sending a Challenge to the Lord Grey of Groby, Secondly, for plundering the Parliaments friendes in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Thirdly, for turning his Cannon against Colonell Cromwell. Fourthly, for having correspondency with the Cavaliers at Newarke upon Trent, &c.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Captured Royalist ordnance distributed in Lancashire

In Lancashire on June 18 at 9:08 pm

Sunday 18 Jun 1643 || By letters from Lancaster it is informed, that the brasse Ordnance which were lately taken by the Parliaments Forces in that County are divided to Blackborne, Bolton and Manchester, and that the whole County, perceiving that the Malignants endeavour the destruction of the Kingdome, are generally resolved to stand for the Parliament. ||  Richard Collings – The Kingdomes Weekly Intelligencer

Colonel Urrey defects to the Royalists

In Oxford on June 17 at 10:01 pm

17 Jun 1643 (Sat) || It is reported for Certaine, that Colonell Urrey, the Scottish man, hath now fully discovered the (ever suspected) treacheries of his false heart, by turning Apostata; for he hath deserted the Parliaments service, and is run away to the Cavaliers at Oxford. This man was well beloved, respected, and confided in, insomuch that he hath beene imployed in services of consequence, which how slightly he hath performed, and ill requited, is now conspicuous and obvious to all observers of these times, but it seemeth that Oxonian promises, and hope of vaine preferment, is more prevalent with him, then the true honour and reputation of an heroick and noble souldier. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Skirmish near Rockingham, Northants

In Northamptonshire on June 15 at 12:26 am

15 Jun 1643 (Thu) || Out of Lincolnshire they write, that the Cavaliers of Belvoir Castle in that County, went towards Rockingham, and took seven or eight hundred cattell, whereof Captaine Wollaston having notice, and lying about three miles from Rockingham, onely with 136. men, drew them all towards Kellington, where he left Captaine Dickinson with a hundred and twenty of them, selecting onely sixteen of the choicest of them, with whom he made to the said Towne, where he met with 24. of the Cavalier, whereof one demanded the Word, whom the Captaine chimed, and forced the rest to flie into the Towne, and in their slight they cryed to their Commander, these Roundheads fall from the skie, and some of them spring out of the earth, but the Cavaliers getting all their strength out of the Towne, which were about 300. fled to Stanford, whom captaine Wollaston pursued with his 136. men, whither being come, he found the gates of the Towne shut against  him, yet they recovered on the way thither, about six or seven hundred sheepe, forty head of cattell and some horse, and they took 18. of them prisoners, and killed seven or eight of them, without any losse of their own men.   || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Book of Common Prayer publicly ridiculed in London

In London on June 13 at 11:40 pm

13 Jun 1643 (Tue) || It was advertised from London, that upon Thursday last a party of Horse was sent out of the Citie, who in their returned marched the streets in great pompe and triumph; first, 4 in Buffe-coates, next 4 in Surplices with the Book of Common Prayer in their hands, singing in derision thereof, and tearing it leafe by leafe, and putting every leafe to their Posteriours, with great scorne and laughter, to the exceeding just offence of all honest men: which I should not hastily believe if they had not certified it who saw it done.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Shropshire news

In Shropshire on June 12 at 9:43 pm

12 Jun 1643 (Mon) || Shropshire affordeth us this week divers remarkable Occurrences worthy of information; as, first, That Sir William Brereton having now fully reduced the whole county of Chester (the City of Chester onely excepted) to the devotion and obedience of the King and Parliament, and forseeing that evill disaffected neighbours, if they should grow strong and powerfull, might by their incursions imbroile it againe, and disquiet the Peace thereof: wherefore to prevent their subtill Designes, and treacherous Plots; He issued out of Cheshire with his Army, and as hath been related in the last weeks Informations, surprised Whitchurch in the County of Salop, where, besides Armes, Ordnance, and three hundred Welch prisoners, he got five hundred pounds in money, which the Lord Capell had extorted in that County, and laid up in that Town to defray his charges. From thence he marched to two other Towns, called Prees and Wrem [Wem]; the first whereof, lieth about seven miles from Whitchurch, and the last about nine miles, where he hath seized upon the Armes, Horses, Plate and Moneys of Master Edward Kinnaston, and other Malevolents, not medling with any of their other Cattell, Corne, Goods or Houshold-stuffe, but onely taking such things as might inable them to endamage the present peace of Cheshire, and of the adjacent Counties. Secondly, That the lord Capell in much discontent, and perplexity, is departed with his few Forces from Shrewsbury to Oswestre, neare the borders of Denbighshire, because the Trained-Bands in Shrewsbury will no longer obey him in performing their Watches, or other military services, so long as the Papists (who are above the number of six or seven hundred) remain in that Towne, misdoubting that they will joyne with the Popish Irish Rebels, that are lately come into Chester and Northwales to subdue and ruine this Kingdome, whom they resolve with all their forces and power to resist.

Thirdly, That the inhabitants of the County of Salop are much imbittered against the Lord Capell, for his excessive and unreasonable Taxes and Impositions upon them, desiring that he might be recalled from his present government agmongst them, hoping thereby to be eased of those insupportable pressures, wherewith (to the ruine of their estates) they have been surcharged, ever since the Cavaliers and their Army first entered their County, which is now almost twelve moneths since, whereby they now both see and feele the errours of their admittance, and may, if they please, facily and speedily free themselves from their unnecessary charges, by driving them from thence, and submitting to the obedience of the King and Parliament, under whose mandates and protection they shall finde safety, ease and relaxation.

Fourthly, that the Lord Newport, Baron of Arkall, hath deserted the Lord Capell, withdrawne his assistance and compliance from him, and is retired to one of his houses in Northwales, disgusting the imperious commands of him that hath no reall terrene engagements amongst them, but is a meere stranger in those parts. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)