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Parliamentarian scoutmaster assassinated near Oxford

In Oxfordshire on May 3 at 2:32 pm

3 May 1643 (Wed) || This day came newes that Bulmore one of the Scoutmasters of the Rebels Army, (a fellow that had robbed more passengers, rifled more Carriers, and intercepted more letters, then all the villaines in the pack) was killed at Whateley [Wheatley] by a Gentleman in His Majesties service: who faining himself (being asked the question) to be for the King and Parliament, rid quietly with him and his associates being 16 in number; untill they came to Whateley Bridge. Bulmore and his companions having a designe to give an alarme to His Majesties quarters. But the Gentleman spying an handsome opportunity, shot him in the head, and strooke him stone dead (as they say) with a pocket-pistoll, and making speed into the Towne raised up His Majesties Horse which were quartered there, and pursued the Rebels, who made such hast to save themselves, that they cast downe the senselesse Carkasse of their Leader, by which His Majesties souldiers was conveied to Whateley, where it may open for a time a spectacle of contempt and scorne to the eies of all men. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)


Solicitor axed to death in London; soldiers suspected

In London on January 24 at 8:35 pm

 24 January 1642/3 || This morning divers of the House were enformed in the Court of Requests, by certaine of the City, of an hainous and bloody murder that was done upon one Master Daniel, a Sollicitor, dwelling in Bow-lane, on Munday night Jan. 23. about eleven or twelve of the clock at night, in Elbow-lane neare Saint Thomas Apostles: which was committed (as divers Members of the House were in the place above-named informed) in this manner. The said Master Daniell comming through Elbow-lane spake to the Watch, who bid him Good-night: immediately after, him followed two lusty young men with Pole-axes, whom guessing to have been Souldiers, and upon some duty, they examined not. Some small time after, this Watch going their Round the same way Master Daniell had passed, found him weltring in his bloud, not quite dead, having received in the very poll of his head, neare the nape of the necke, a very wide and deep gash, as it had been with an hatchet; and on the crowne of his head a deep peck into the scull, to the very bottome of the braine; whence it appeared but too evidently, that this cruell murderous act was done by some Pole-axe, or instrument thereunto having great affinity, and more then probable by those two Souldiers, or at least villains in the guise of Souldiers, that immediately (as is said) followed him: his hand-kerchiefe was pulled halfe out of his pocket, as is to be thought for no other intent but to begin with his money, which whether they had or had not is not knowne; his bever [hat], Cloake lined with Plush, faire Seal-ring, were not taken from him, they having not time (as we may surely guesse) to strip him, by reason of the approaching Watch. He was carried in the morning  betimes into Colledge-hill Church, wither his brother repaired, and some of his friends, to deplore his hap, and visite his corps. Upon this dolefull relation, some Members there present said, the House should be moved for a further order to the Lord Mayor, that more strict Watch be held through the City, and that whatsoever Souldiers should be taken stragling about the street in the night, without some Commanders or Officers with them able to give an account of their design, should presently be had without due examination, Whose they be, By whom sent, To what end walking; and in respect to these Interrogatories as they should be found Delinquents, to be proceeded against. It were further to be wished, that all men (as well housholders inhabitants, as forrainers and strangers) would be admonished by this heavie chance (which, like a thunder-bolt, should affright all, though it smite but few) to repaire in due time unto their lodgings at night, considering the dangerous condition of the times; and not to sit so unseasonable late in Tavernes and other drinking-houses, that either through the distemper of their owne persons, or through the unseasonablenesse of the night, they give not any encouragement unto villaines to mischiefe them. || John Tompson – The Daily Intelligencer

Murder in Coventry; mutiny in York

In Warwickshire, Yorkshire on November 20 at 9:19 pm

Sunday 20 Nov 1642 || In the City of Coventry there hapned a sudden accident this day, some popishly affected Malignants of Straford upon Avon, being at the Signe of the Bull at one Ellis Jones his house, in their cups began to speake ill of the Proceedings of the Parliament. Jones being an honest man, and a true honourer of the Parliament, told them it was uncivill in them to speake ill of their betters, and that for his part he did not desire any such discourse should be in his house, at which word one of them with a Damme stab’d the poore man to the heart, and getting to their horses, all of them escaped out of the City. ||

In Yorke this day there was a mutiny in the Earle of Cumberland’s Army for want of pay, plundring divers mens houses of worth in the time of Divine Service, which the said Earle could not, or at leastwise would not punish; so that he and his Cavaliers are growne very odious to the Citisens. || John Johnson – The English Intelligencer