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Scots vote to garrison Berwick

In North East, Scotland on September 22 at 2:52 am

22 Sep 1643 (Fri) || It was also signified, that the Scots in their Convention had voted (for they can vote too) that a Garrison should be put into Barwick: That first, the Garrison should be all of the Scottish Nation: Secondly, that it should consist of six hundred Foot and two Troops of Horse (sixtie in a Troop) or more, as it shall be thought fit by the Committees of oth Nations: Thirdly, that this Garrison should be payd as part of the Scottish Army: Fourthly, that whereas the Scottish Forces were to receive from the two English Houses 3000l. a moneth, now they should have 1000l. per mensem more, to make them hit just one and thirtie. And lastly, that the Publique Faith of the Scots shall be engaged to England, that they will depart out of Barwick whensoever the English will desire them so to doe. But whether the two indigent Houses will be readie with their two hundred thousand pounds to be payd in hand, and 300000l. a moneth besides; and whether these well payd men will depart according to their Publike Faith, I leave to the private faith of every honest Reader.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)


Marquess of Newcastle sieges Hull

In North East on September 22 at 2:51 am

22 Sep 1643 (Fri) || By Letters dated at York, Sept. 15. we were for certaine advertised, that the Marquesse of Newcastle in his siege of Hull had made his approach so neere the Towne, that their Cannon from the Towne could doe him no hurt; and that while he was making this approach, their Ordnance played very thick upon him, but (thanks be to God) had not killed so much as one man or horse: The Commanders and Souldiers being all very confident to give a good and speedy account of the businesse.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Letters from Hull

In North East on September 11 at 8:16 pm

11 Sep 1643 (Mon) || From the Lord Fairfax at Hull the Commons received Letters this day, signifying the reasons for his drawing the Garrison from Beverley (of which you heard sufficiently the last week). And that the New-castle Army being possessed of Beaverley, have laid a kinde of siege against Hull, lying with their Forces at the least 3 miles distance from the Towne, and have not as yet made the least attempt against it; But Sir Thomas Fairfax by a sally out from Hull, with a partie of Horse, fell upon one of the enemies Quarters, took about 50 Horse-men and Arms and some slain.

With these Letters were brought to the House some further Depositions and Examinations taken at Hull, against Sir John Hotham, of very bad consequence, which were referred to the Committee of the Commons, that are appointed to manage the whole businesse, touching him and his son the Captain, who are both of them disabled of their Membership in Parliament, and will be suddenly, as it is thought, turned over to the tryall of a Councell of War, for the severall crimes and misdemeanours alleadged against them. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall (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)

Royalist colonel captured by mariners

In North East on June 13 at 1:26 pm

13 Jun 1643 (Tue) || From our ships that guard our Northerne Castles it is informed; that about 120. Mariners belonging to them went on shore with their Muskets in Northumberland, where they were joyfully received and caressed by the inhabitants, who would (willingly if they had means and power) be freed and released from the burdens of the Newcastle Cavaliers, of whose extream oppression they exceedingly complaine: these Marriners having notice that one Colonell Haggerston was not far off them, having fortified his house, and gotten a Troop of Horse to guard it, made thither withall speed, and most resolutely assaulted the House, and gave fire so bravely and furiously, that they entred the house and tooke the Colonell, which the Troope of horse seeing, brought in and delivered to them young Haggerston, his sonne both which they have carried aboard their ships.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Earl of Warwick sends ships to guard the North East and Cornwall

In Cornwall, North East on April 12 at 6:30 pm

12 Apr 1643 (Wed) || The Earle of Warwick, in his care and vigilancy for the good and welfare of this kingdome, hath sent foure lusty ships to the Northwards to guard Tinmouth-Haven and the Easterne coastes, against the Importation of forraigne forces and supplies, and they are gone thither in good time, for it is credibly written from Dunkerke in Flaunders, that there is gone from thence the last weeke, a Frigot laden with many hundred of armes and other hostile provisions for Newcastle.

And the said Earle hath also sent five great ships to guard Falmouth Haven, and not without needed, fot the Pyrats there have lately taken a westcountry ship comming from Bilbo in Biscay, either to Dartmouth or Plymouth, and carried her into Falmouth to make prize of her, because she had not the Kings warrant of compliance for her Protection, to safeguard her selfe, men, and goods. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Royalist ships captured near Newcastle

In North East on March 28 at 3:15 pm

28 Mar 1643 (Tue) || From Sea it is informed, that Captaine Browne-Bushell, with his foure ships that lie at Tinmouth Haven to guard the Passage into Newcastle, against all Forraine Enemies and supplies, hath taken 3. ships, two whereof were come out of Newcastle with armes and other Provisions, and were bound for Falmouth, to carry them to the Lord Hopton and the Cornish Cavaliers, the third ship was come from Holland, and had divers thousands of muskets in her, which are claimed here by Master Johnson the Scottish Agent, as armes brought for the Scots, which had been promised them by the Parliament, for the Armes which the Scottish Souldiers carried with them out of Scotland into Ireland, when they went thither under the Conduct of Colonell Monroe. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Queen lands at Bridlington Bay

In North East on March 5 at 11:42 pm

Sunday 5 March 1642/3 || There is certaine newes come out of Yorkeshire that the Queene is still at Birdlington [Bridlington] where she first landed, and that her Ammunition is landed, but the foure ships which did ride at the mouth of Newcastle Harbour, having notice of it, weighed Anchors, and came before Birdlington into the Bay, and shot one whole day at the small Vessells that were landing the Ammunition, and did execution upon them; the Popish Army playing with their great ordnance upon those ships all the while without prejudice, and in the night arose a great storme, which scattered the said ships, and two of them lost their Masts: There are two causes conceived to make the Queene still reside in that unhealthfull Harbour, the one is, that is she should goe to Yorke with the safe Conduct, her Ammunition would be at the mercy of the Lord Fairfaxes forces: another is, that when her Armes and Ammunition  landed is fitted with Souldiers, her Majestie intends to visite Hull, which is not much out of her way; some houses have beene burnt in that part of the County where her Majestie is: Yorkeshire had affliction enough by the sword of the Popish Army before her Majestie came, and it is their increase of misery to have fire added to the Sword since she landed.

It is further informed from thence, that the Lord Fairefax in duty and respect to Her Majesty, sent Sir William Fairefaxe (a brave Gentleman) to her Majesty to acquaint her that the Parliament had an army on this side Yorke, to oppose a Popish Army under the Conduct of the Earle of Newcastle, and therefore if her Majestie should be misled by that Lord into any other danger, hee thought good to desire Her Majesty to withdraw her person, but (it is said) Sir William Fairefaxe is detained prisoner. || Richard Collings – The Kingdome’s Weekly Intelligencer

Queen has reportedly returned to England

In North East on February 25 at 9:30 am

25 February 1642/3 (Sat) || By letters from Amsterdam it is for certaine informed that the Queen tooke shipping for England above a week since, and that it is confidently beleived she is before this time landed in some part of this Kingdome.

It being also further certified by Letters from Newcastle that she landed this weeke at a place called Sunderland, some twelve miles from Newcastle (but others say at Scarborough) and that she hath brought a wondrous great quantity of all sorts of provisions, men moneys and ammunition from Holland, and that she is preparing to set up her Standard and intends very suddenly to advance withall her forces and provisions towards Yorke, to joyne with the Earle of Newcastles Popish army, general K. being also designed to meet her (as it is reported) with a part of the forces in Yorke, but the certaine truth of these particulars, will be more fully informed by the Post letters from Yorke on Munday. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall (P)

Reports from the Earl of Newcastle’s forces in the north

In North East, Yorkshire on January 29 at 11:55 pm

Sunday 29 January 1642/3 || Out of Yorkeshire it is signified, that the Earle of Newcastle hath imprisoned the Lord Savill, and Sir Thomas Gower, who was high Sheriffe of that County the last yeare (and as some say the Earle of Newport also) because they declare, that though they ever intended to maintaine the Kings Prerogative, yet they would not be a meanes to introduce Popery, which they saw the Earle aymed at; but the Earle giveth out (as it is reported) that hee hath restrained them, because they had a designe to apprehend the Queene as soone as she was come into England, and so bring her to the Parliament.¹

It is also informed from thence, that Captaine Fenwick, son unto Sir John Fenwicke, in Northumberland, who had the command of divers Troopes of horse in the Earle of Newcastles Army, bore this Motto in his Corners, For the King and Protestant Religion, Which latter words the Papists not enduring, would have effaced, whereat the Captaine taking distaste, hath deserted the Earle, and carried all his horse along with him to the Lord Fairfaxe. And also that Sir Hugh Cholmley, a Member of the House of Commons, is gotten between Yorke and Durham with his forces, and that they have given a great defeat to some of the Earle of Newcastles Army in that part of the County.

||  Out of Nottinghamshire it is informed, that the Earle of Newcastle tooke great distaste at the Earle of Newport, because he would not conforme himselfe to Popery (which the Earle of Newcastle with might and maine endeavours to set up, for he hath caused Masse to be frequently said at Yorke, and in all quarters) and thereupon he fought to lay hold of him, and commit him, but the Earle of Newport perceiving his intentions, hath deserted him, and is escaped safe to Nottingham. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

¹ This was originally reported by the Royalist newsbook Mercurius Aulicus on 17 January.