Tyger's Head Books

Dorchester yields to the Royalists

In Dorset on August 11 at 1:06 am

11 Aug 1643 (Fri) || Since Dorchester was yeilded up to the Cavaliers, the Reports are come that Lyme and Poole are also rendred and have submitted themselves to the Yoks of slavish bondage. And the reason why Dorchester yeilded upon the first summons, was, because it was destitute of the souldiers the inhabitants had raysed for the defence thereof, for the Earle of Warwicke had 600 of them for the Excester expedition: and Sir Walter Earle had 1200 more of them against Corfe Castle, and what could the residue being about 200. doe against 5. or 6000. cavaliers, especially when they could hope for no reliefe nor aide. As for Sir Walter Erle, he was forced to raise his siege from before Corfe Castle and he is since arrived at London, with about 120. horse, which are now quartered at Fulham in the County of Middlesex.¹ || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

¹ Ingler retracted the details of the report on 19 Aug, admitting they were incorrect.