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by Strafford
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The English Army in Ireland in the 1620's
Replies: 3
Views: 2639

Re: The English Army in Ireland in the 1620's

That's fascinating, I wonder how this rule faired in times of war? Church parade and Prayers on the battlefield continue to today. Many of the men that egged the men onto terrible slaughters were the Chaplains and Priests. It would appear that when you feel close to being impaled or shot, God become...
by Strafford
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: War without tears.
Replies: 0
Views: 1523

War without tears.

It seems to me that many people view these forums but not many people post. Do keep reading and don't be afraid to post. I'm nothing to do with the running of this forum but I have been on Histroy Forums which had been hijacked ny neo Nationalists and bullies. Not pleasant, especially when your one ...
by Strafford
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: More rubbish to overturn.
Replies: 0
Views: 1428

More rubbish to overturn.

It has been said tha CRomwell failed to p-rovide tents for his men. In the Berwick Guild book, on one of the pages that disappeared, we find a different story altogether. Within the lists of goods sent for the Army is 3,000 tents. Recorded in Berwick, in 1650. It also lists the boots and shoes, the ...
by Strafford
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Oliver Cromwell's Lobstertail - Photos ?
Replies: 4
Views: 3059

Re: Oliver Cromwell's Lobstertail - Photos ?

Putting Cromwell and Warwick together in this post is interesting if you like History. Sir Philip Warwick first saw Cromwell in Parliament raving about the imprisonment of the servant of an aquaintance. I think the servant in question might have been John Lilburn. Warwick described CRomwell as 'Dres...
by Strafford
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Towcester and Montrose in the civil war
Replies: 13
Views: 3484

Re: Towcester and Montrose in the civil war

There is no way that Montrose 'sat on the fence'. Once he saw that the Covenanters were heading towards the overthrow of subjugation of the king, he knew he had to fight them. The Covenanter started out 'good' but by the time Cromwell demolished the Presbyterian 'Taliban' in 1650, Montrose had been ...
by Strafford
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Towcester and Montrose in the civil war
Replies: 13
Views: 3484

Re: Towcester and Montrose in the civil war

I've been through two Biographies. Rupert and Montrose. They met twice. once in Oxford and once in an unnamed place after Marston Moor. Montrose had hoped to get Cavalry from Rupert to go back into Scotland after Marston Moor, but ended up having to give Rupert six to eight hundred of his Infantry. ...
by Strafford
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Lilburnes
Replies: 1
Views: 1707

Re: The Lilburnes

John Lilburne was far better known. He called Cromwell 'My once bosom friend', on account of the fact that Cromwell didn't like Communism or Republicanism John Lilburne was a good soldier, and, when told to leave Tockwith Castle alone by the Earl of Manchester at Marston Moor, ignored the order, cal...
by Strafford
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Battle of Dunbar and all that
Replies: 0
Views: 1349

Battle of Dunbar and all that

Many people know what buttons were worn on uniform and how long a musket should be. They know what battle they are re-enacting but don't involve themselves in the circumstances of the Battles. The Battle is often the 'diamond' set in a gold ring. There is more gold than diamond but the diamond draws...
by Strafford
Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Please forgive what may be seen as a silly question
Replies: 2
Views: 2657

Re: Please forgive what may be seen as a silly question

Initially it was banned by Parliament in 1642 along with various sports and entertainments. You can read it in the Parliamentary records of that year. There was a 'proviso', that these things would only be banned during a time of great upheaval and trouble and that people would better spend their ti...
by Strafford
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 17th century boots
Replies: 1
Views: 2290

Re: 17th century boots

You may be able to find a record of Christies Auctions. A few years ago they sold a pair of Oliver Cromwell's boots! :envy: It should have been ME!
by Strafford
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Towcester and Montrose in the civil war
Replies: 13
Views: 3484

Re: Towcester and Montrose in the civil war

Yep! They did meet up after Marston Moor but Rupert had conned Newcastle into the Battle, saying he had written orders from the King which he did not show to Newcastle. General King was in the meeting with Rupert and Newcastle and advised Newcastle to stand back and let the Scots and the Parliament ...
by Strafford
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Rupert and Monck Letters.
Replies: 0
Views: 1450

Rupert and Monck Letters.

Prince Rupert and George Monck ended up on different sides in the Civil Wars. Monck was instrumental in restoring the Monarchy but only when he realised that England was on the brink of Civil War. Rupert had been reduced to piracy and given a good kicking by General at Sea, Blake (Whose grandfather ...
by Strafford
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Methods of Torture in the 17th century
Replies: 9
Views: 4156

Re: Methods of Torture in the 17th century

Many called it the 'War without enemies'. Cromwell told his men, on the eve of the invasion that the Scots were 'Our brethren who had been misled'. He also warned them, as he had in Ireland that to take anything from or do harm to any person not in arms would result in summary justice. This often re...
by Strafford
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Towcester and Montrose in the civil war
Replies: 13
Views: 3484

Re: Towcester and Montrose in the civil war

John Buchan wrote a book called 'Montrose'. It's worth getting hold of. Rupert was advising the King with one thing and Montrose, another. When you say that Montrose was for the King from the start, you are wrong. Montrose fought with the Scots in the first conflict following Jenny Geddes picking up...
by Strafford
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: good source books on the 30yrs war
Replies: 4
Views: 3459

Re: good source books on the 30yrs war

A number of well known soldiers from the English Civil war were involved in the 30 years war.
Off the top of my head.
Sir David Leslie.
General King.
Earl of Leven.
Prince Rupert (I think)

They all have biographies which are easily found on Ebay.
by Strafford
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: English Civil War Hunting
Replies: 9
Views: 4205

Re: English Civil War Hunting

Normally you would eat th rations you were issued with, or buy them from the vianders and sutlers buzzing around the main field forces. The English were incredibly sensitive to attacks on property. Wildfowl and game usually fall in that category, they would belong to somebody - especially duck decoy...
by Strafford
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Methods of Torture in the 17th century
Replies: 9
Views: 4156

Re: Methods of Torture in the 17th century

Archbishop Laud presided over the 'Star Chamber' which is rather fortuitous because David Soul played a part in the Film ' Star Chamber' and in the film 'Salem Witch Trials'. However, he wasn't really there and Laud was. Laud was a petulant little git who tried to make the Church emulate the Catholi...
by Strafford
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Genuine 17th century poetry / song?
Replies: 5
Views: 2716

Re: Genuine 17th century poetry / song?

Hubridas. A poetic retelling of the English Civil War.
Paradise lost and Paradise Regained by John MIlton. He was also Cromwell's Latin Secretary.

Not 17th Century but if you live in the same world as I do.... The Secret People by G.K.Chesterton.
by Strafford
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: English Civil War Men's Hats
Replies: 2
Views: 2318

Re: English Civil War Men's Hats

The Duke of Newcastle had a nightcap which had a specially designed hole to emit 'bad humors'. So, if you wanted to turn up as Sir William Cavendish with your own horse drawn sleeping carriage at re-enactments, you could start a trend.
by Strafford
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW in the North East
Replies: 4
Views: 2321

Re: ECW in the North East

Not sure about Sealed Knot activities but the Archaeology Department at Durham University have been working on the remains of Scottish Soldiers found buried under the Library. (Nothing to do with Cluedo) Later this year, the bodies will be re-buried in a graveyard nearby because the Cathedral are to...
by Strafford
Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Was the Duke of Buckingham really that bad?
Replies: 2
Views: 1913

Re: Was the Duke of Buckingham really that bad?

He was a horrible man. Started off as one of James I's toy boys (Honest!). Whilst he was pretty, he milked James for whatever he could get and cast a spell on Charles I until Fenton put him out of Britain's misery. Sir Thomas Wentworth disliked him but had to play the game that anyone who wanted adv...
by Strafford
Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: What's a good 17th century surname?
Replies: 8
Views: 4239

Re: What's a good 17th century surname?

Cromwell was quite successful. Stuart was a no no.
by Strafford
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 33094

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

I have often wondered about this. In loads of Peter Lely's paintings from the 17th Century, the subjects wore black. A few of them looked as if they were in the same suit of armour. Thomas Wentworth had blackened armour as did Thomas Fairfax. Others might come to mind. I have a feeling that the blac...
by Strafford
Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The English Army in Ireland in the 1620's
Replies: 3
Views: 2639

Re: The English Army in Ireland in the 1620's

By the time it got to War, the Army was no longer the sort of thing you could use as Train Bands. Thomas Wentworth was the man who set the Irish Army on an even keel. He determined that all reserves should be drilled and he furnished good, Dutch weapons out of his own Purse. He was a great one for e...
by Strafford
Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Montrose's Irish Army
Replies: 2
Views: 3015

Re: Montrose's Irish Army

If you read John Buchan or C V Wedgewood, you will find that theses guys were fighting 'in what they stood up in'. They, and the Highlanders were amazing fighters. Even though the Highlanders liked to plunder a place and then go home to celebrate. 300 of these Irish fighters were cut down by General...

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