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King’s Lynn fears plunder & stands for the King

In Norfolk, Suffolk on August 29 at 11:39 pm

29 Aug 1643 (Tue) || This day by Letters from London we were certified, that the Earle of Pembrookes goods, which were shipped for the Isle of Wight, were seized by the vertuous Lord Major Isaac Pennington (the new and most faithful Lieutenant of the Tower) but whether they be as yet restored to the Earle we are not informed. And in the same Letter it was signified, that the Earle of Manchester (that famous good man) doth rob all Country people in Suffolke of their Cart-horses, so as they cannot possibly get in their harvest, which is one of those new blessings he intends to bestow upon their Associate-Counties: which the Inhabitants of the Towne of Lin perceiving, like honest Subjects and true Englishmen, they kept his Lordship out of their Towne, telling him flatly, They kept the Towne for His Majesty, and by the helpe of God would so keepe it against whomsoever; which they are able to doe, it being so strongly fortified, that Kimbolton may as soone raise his good father from the dead, as force his enterance into Lin. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Royalists reportedly impose heavy taxes on Bristol

In Bristol on August 3 at 11:59 am

3 Aug 1643 (Thu) || Since the Surrendring of Bristoll, it is reported, that the King hath forbidden the Inhabitants thereof to pay any money that they owe to the City of London, but they must pay them yo such as He hath appointed to receive them, and that He will give them discharges for such debts, which, if it be true, how contrary such Commands are to Gods word, any man may discerne that readeth Ezek. 45.9.

And now it is more fully related, that Bristoll hath beene pillaged, and whereas they had compounded to pay 50000. pounds; Prince Rupert hath imposed 150000. pounds upon then, and they are also commanded to maintaine 6000. men in garrison, and to set forth 30. ships presently for the Kings service, whence they may perceive that their cowardly yeilding, hath brought upon themselves, a slavish and arbitrary government, and whereas not long since they refused to lend Sir William Waller 10000. pounds, they are now forced to part with greater summers, but it may be, as seemeth by their easie yeilding, they love the Cavaliers better then them, and desire to be rid of their moneys by force and constraint, and then, Volenti non fit injuria.¹ || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

¹ “To a willing person, no injury is done”; a principle of law, by which if someone willingly puts themselves in danger, they can’t blame anyone else.

Scots officer occupies, then abandons Berkeley Castle

In Gloucestershire on July 30 at 12:19 am

Sunday 30 Jul 1643 || You heard before that Captaine Forbes a Scot had put himselfe with some considerable forces into Berkeley Castle, without the leave, and against the liking of the Lord thereof; and that when it was ordered by the Lords in the Upper House, that he should quit the place, and yeild up the possession of it to the proper owner; the peremptory fellow made reply, that by the sword he had got it, and by the sword he would keepe it. And now you may be pleased to know, that after the defeat of Waller neare the Devises, many of the Officers of his broken Army got thither also, as a place capable enough to receive their numbers, and strong enough as they conceived to secure their persons. In confidence thereof they and the rest (whom they found there) committed many horrible out-rages on the neighbouring Subjects, without distinction either of persons, or affections; especially on those of their owne party, who having escaped pretty well before, had now most to loose. But hearing that his Majesties Forces had taken Bristol, and that they were not like to finde much safety there, as before they dreamed of; they forsooke the place before the coming of an enemy (as was this day certified:) the bragging Rebell not daring to make good his words, of holding by the sword what the sword had gained him.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Situation update from Hull

In Yorkshire on July 14 at 9:38 pm

14 Jul 1643 (Fri) || By Letters this day from the Lord Fairfax to the House of Commons, it was certified, That his Lordship¹ is in a very good condition at Hull, with about 1500 men; That only stayes there to recrewt his Forces, and intends very suddenly to advance again into the Field against the Popish Army, who of late do much tyrannize, by charging the Countrey with illegall Taxes and Compositions for Plundering; That Leeds and Bradford are for the present in the hands of the Popish Army, but he doubts not very suddenly to give accompt of some considerable service for the relief of the County against them. || A Perfect Diurnall of Some Passages in Parliament (P)

¹ i.e. Ferdinando, Lord Fairfax

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)

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)

Traveller allegedly robbed by troopers

In Northamptonshire on May 29 at 8:47 am

29 May 1643 (Mon) || So implacable is the Infernall malice of the Cavaliers and their party, against any that truly affect the King and Parliament, that they chiefly delight in casting of opprobrious names and contumelious speeches upon them, and in offering illegall wrongs and injuries to their persons, goods and Estates; as amongst many others, this example may sufficiently attest. Master Daniell Gittins a Factor at Blackwell-Hall in London, travailed lately from hence to Shrewsbury, onely to perfect his affaires and Accompts there about his Trade and Calling, which having effected, in his peaceable returne from thence, he arrived at Daventre in Northamptonshire, where he lodged himselfe at the signe of the Wheat-sheafe, and Inne which is kept by one Younger, whither came Colonell Hastings Troopers, who are no other then felonious Theeves, and abominable drunkards, and they violently and by force tooke from him in the said Inne, his Horse and clokebag, wherein were his Letters and bookes of Accompts of his Factorage, they also bereaved him of his Riding-Coate, his hanger, his Cane and Buck-skinne gloves, and wrung his finger to get off his Gold-Ring, which sticking close on, they got water and soape to slip it off, but could not, then they beate him about the head with their swords, and wounded him, swearing most execrable Oathes, which were so heynous, that he could not have beleeved it, had he not heard them, as Gods woundes, Gods side, God damne them and sinke them, that they would carry him away, and strip him, and cut his throate, as he feared, then they trode him under their Horses heeles, but by Gods mercifull deliverance, and the helpe of the good women in the Towne he escaped their cruell rage and saved his life, neither the Host of the Inne, nor any man in the Towne daring to rescue and helpe him, though they were willing and ready so to have done, if their owne lives might not have beene endangered thereby. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Royalists allegedly plunder in Leicestershire

In Leicestershire on May 21 at 11:10 pm

Sunday 21 May 1643 || From Lecester they write, that the Lord Grey of Groby, their Commander in chiefe, hath lately been sicke, but is now newly recovered, and that the Kings forces marched through that county, and have done much hurt by pillaging the Countrey men of their horses, and other goods, that they went by Leicester with many carriages, the most of them being laden with Pillaged goods, as they are informed from their Rendezvous, by one that stood by and saw them unladen, and that many of the Kings forces are returned backe againe toward Newarke, and in their returned they faced the Towne of Northampton, while some of their fellows plundered and pillaged the Countrey thereabouts, where some of them were slaine and taken prisoners. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Royalist outrages alleged in Nottinghamshire

In Nottinghamshire on May 14 at 6:31 pm

Sunday 14 May 1643 || Out of Nottinghamshire they write, that the Earle of Newcastles Souldiers, have commited horrible outrages in that Country, for at Maunsfield [Mansfield] they have plundred one Francis Gardland, and tooke from him a dozen of Bootes, and ten dozen of shooes, together with all his leather and tooles: and at Woodborough in the same County, Christopher Foster, William Pickard, and others have beene used extremely, and all taken from them; and that Mr. Hewes the Minister of Kneesall in the same County, had all his goods taken from him, and not so much as a Gowne left his wife to put on, and she was forced to runne a mile for her safety, her maide servant, together with another maide were ravished, and a woman halfe gone with child, was so villanously abused, that it is thought impossible she should live, and another woman in that Town was slaine outright.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Colonel Cromwell allegedly tortures outspoken priest

In Huntingdonshire on May 7 at 8:30 pm

Sunday 7 May 1643 || It as this day advertised by letters out of Huntingdonshire, that Colonell Cromwell had committed many barbarous outrages in severall parts of that County, robbing and spoyling all men of what sort soever, whom hee was pleased to stile Malignants. And in particular, that having made great havocke there amongst the Orthodoxe Clergie of those parts, hee came at last unto the house of one Master Wilson, an ancient and painfull Minister, whom hee handled in so rough and rude a manner, that a sonne of his being then in the house (who also was in holy orders) was forced (according to his naturall duty) to make intercession for his Father: and amongst other motives, which hee laid before him told Cromwell that the wheele might turne, and he might stand in need of that mercy, which now was in his power to shew. At which Cromwell became so furious and impatient, that hee told him hee would spoyle his Preaching, and presently caused him to be hanged up, and bored his tongue thorow with an hot iron. An act so barbarous, that it may be very well affirmed of these desperate wretches, that they have not onely rebelled against God and the King, but against nature also. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)