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Notes on some traditions concerning the visit of Cromwell and Fairfax to Bovey Tracey, 1646

Trans. Devon. Assoc. 39, (1911). illus. pp.337-348.

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Rev W.H. Thornton MA

Prepared by Michael Steer

During the Civil War on 9 January 1646, Oliver Cromwell and a contingent of his Roundhead army entered Bovey Tracey after dark and caught part of Lord Wentworth's Regiment by surprise, catching a number of officers playing cards in an inn. Many of Wentworth's Royalist troops escaped, but Cromwell captured about 400 horse. If local legend can be believed, the Royalists escaped by throwing coins from the windows to distract the poorly paid Roundhead troops. The next day a battle was fought on nearby Bovey Heath ending in victory for Cromwell's army. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.

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Beare, John 346
Beare, Richard 346
Bearne, Francis 346
Calamy 348
Cann, John 344-5
Charles I 337, 348
Charles II 339, 347
Churchill 346
Cleveland, Duke of 338
Clifford family 344-5
Clifford, Lord 345
Clifford, Dr Thomas 344-5
Coniam 341
Cromwell, Oliver 338, 340-4
Drake, Sir Francis 339
Elizabeth I 348
English, Colonel 339
Fairfax, Sir Thomas 338, 340-2
Findin, Major 339
Ford, Thomas 346
Fortescue family 346
Goring, General Lord 338, 340
Grenville, Sir Richard 337, 340-1
Hall, Bishop 347
Herbert, Lieutenant Colonel 340
Hopton, Lord 338
Horsham, John 346
James I 348
Lange, William 346
Langstone 343
Lysons 337
Mary I, Queen 347
Pinsent, Humphrey 340
Rupert, Prince 337
Sainthill family 346
Sheffield, Colonel 340
Stapelhill, Miss Ann 345
Stapelhill family 345
Stapelhill, Hugh 345
Strode family 346
Strode, Richard 347
Stuart family 337
Vaughan, Mr Nicholas 339
Wentworth, Lord 338-42
Windsor, Roger 340
Wise, Colonel 339
Woolcombe, Mr 340
Worthy, Mr Charles 347
Yarde 346
Yeo, Mr William 348