[Page] [Page] THE ROYAL OAKE, OR, AN Historicall Description OF The Royal Progresse, vvonderful Travels Miraculous Escapes, and Strange Accidents of his Sacred Majesty CHARLES the II. Third Monarch of Great Brittain. Wherein is observable, and worth Publique view,

I, His Majesties strange and wonderful escape from Worcester fight, the disrobing himself of his Princely Ornaments, the casting away his Chain of Gold, and the cutting of his precious Hair and curled Locks, by the Lord Wilmot for a Disguise.

II. The pursuing of his Royal Person by Oliver Cromwel, and his Blood­hounds, and the manner how he escaped, making a hollow Oake His Roy­all Pallace, within four miles of Woolverhampton.

III. The memorable Travels of Mris Jane Lane and his Majesty, His riding before her to make an escape, and his going in a Livery Cloake by the name of William, servant to Mr. Lastel.

IIII. The Discourse betwixt his Majesty and the Cook-maid at the three Crowns in Bristol:Her several Questions, where he was Born, and what Trade he was. VVith the Kings answer, and the remarkable passages that happened in the Kitchin upon the Maids imploying the King to wind up the Jack.

V. The strange and wonderful escape of Mris Lane into France, from a Troop of horse sent by Oliver to seiz on her, and plunder her House.

The Fourth Edition amplified and enlarged,

By John Danverd a Loyal Subject and Servant to His Majesty.

LONDON, Printed by J. C. for J. J. 1660.

The Royal Oake, &c.

AFthe the great and fatall fight at VVorcester, between his Majesties forces and the Cromwellion Rebels, the field being lost, not for want of courage, by the Kings party, but by those numerous supplys, who served on­ly like the Turkish Asapi, to blunt the Royal Swords, so that their wearied Arms no longer able to hold out, were forced to retreat, and at length (notwithstanding the generous example of his Majesty, who performed things worth wonder) to a disorder­ly fight; yet 'tis worthy of observation, that upon Cromwells advance near the City, his Majesty in person and in the head of the Horse, drew out against him, and that with so much valour and courage, that Cromwells own Life-guard, and the best of his old Souldiers, (who were thought almost invincible) were forct to retire, till seconded by Fleetwood, Disbrow, Lambert, and others, who over-powred the Kings forces, being above five to one, and so loath was his Majesty to decline the field, that upon his earnest endeavours to have his horse and foot rally, twice had he his Horse shot under him, and at length was forced to shift for himself, and to provide for his own safety, and so with some Nobles and servants, not without a great deal of difficulty, forced [Page 2] to quit the field, and by the most frequented Roads that they could possibly find out, rid to the Farmhouse of a noble Gentle­man on the Borders of Staffordshire, where they no sooner ar­rived but his Majesty disrobed himself of his Princely ornaments and accouterments, and particularly of a chain of Gold, or Span­ner-string, worth 300l. sterling, the present of a Scottish Lad, which he bestowed upon a servant of his there present: which done, for his farther disguise, he proceeding to the cttuing off his hair, and the Cot affording neither shears nor Sciffars to per­form it, 't was by the Lord Wilmot cut off with a knif. And now every one is commanded to shift for himself, & this poor Prince left alone to the sole protection of the Almighty, he choosing none but one friend to accompany him, with whom he wandred into a Wood, within four miles (say some) of Woolverhamp­ton, where finding a hollow Oak, he was now content to make it his Pallace, for here he fot some days concealed himself, his Friend still towards night going out to provide him so [...]e re­freshment during this his solitary confinement. In the mean time the Lord Wilmot who was commanded with the rest to seek his fortune, was by chance pursued by some Souldiers, but meeting with a Countrey fellow formerly a Souldier in the Old Kings Army, he was by him secured, though somewhat strangely, for he carries him into a Malt-house belonging to Mrs. Jane Lane, and having no othet convenient place to hide him in, clapt him under the Kilne, though there were then some fire in it, and the Malt so oaking on the top. In the mean time, the Souldiers then in pursuit of him, entred the house, and having made about three quarters of an hours search every where else, but not at all suspecting the Kilne, where they saw the fire burning, they de­parted, and the Lord Wilmot was taken out of the Kilne almost ready to faint with the extremity of the heat. The Countrey­fellow having thus secured this Lord, acquaints Mrs. Lane with what he had done, and she extteamly glad of it, gets him to her house, wherhin conference she enquires of the Kings safety. The Lord Wilmot gives her the former relation of his great miseries & Distress, which forces tears from the tender-hearted Gentlewo­man, she earnestly intreats him to take some course for the find­ing out of his Majesty, and conducting him to her house, she being resolved to venture het life, had she ten thousand, for the [Page 3] saying of his Royal Majesty. The Lord Wilmot glad of so happy an opportunity to serve his Majesty, and so great a probability of securing him, the next n [...]ght finds him out, and conducts him from the Royal Oak to the house of Mrs. Jane Lane, where after a large condoling of his hard fortune, consultation was had for a conve­niency for his escape beyond sea, and at length it was concluded, that Bristol would be the most convenient place to take ship­ping, That his Majesty should ride before Nrs. Lane by the name of William servant to Nr. Lastel her father in law, who was to go with them; and thus it was immediatly given out, that Mr. Lastel and Nrs. Lane were to take a Journey in the West, to visit some friends, and shortly after they set forward. In this Journy there hapned many accidents worthy commemoration: and fi [...]st, the Kings Majesty riding now as a servant to one of the faithfullest of his Subjects, in a Livery cloak, though not without that respect that durst be given to him; complains to Ms. Lane that the cloak wearied him, whereupon she desires Mr. Lastels to carry it; and long they had not rid so, but they met upon the Road her Bro­ther in Law, who amongst others questions demanded of her, if her Father must carry her mans cloak; to which she readily answered, that it was so big that it often endange [...]ed the throwing her off the horse, and that she had therefore desired him to carry it. The next & most important accident of all was, tha coming to a town where they were to pass through, there was a Troop of hors there to be quartered drawn up, which caused some fear, but at length with resolution they passed on, and the Captain taking them for honest travellers, made h [...]s Troop open to the right and left, and so permitted them to pass. Another accident there happened, which one may say was almost comical in this Tragedy, Ms. Lane coming into the Inne, leaves his Majesty under the name of Willi. her servant in the Kitchin, with whom the maid enters into dis­course, she asks him where he was born, and what trade he was, he answers at Brumingham, and a Naylors son, and after a great deal of other discourse, the Jack being down, the maid desires him to wind it up, which he willingly undertakes, but goes the wrong way about it, and prejudices it; at which the maid grew angry asking him where he wat bred and telling him he was the ve [...]yest clownish booby that ever she saw in all her life; which railing of hers made his Majesty, notwithstanding his present misery, go out of the Room smiling.

[Page 4] Mrs. Lane notwithstanding his Majesty went as her servant, yet had a greater respect for him before others, pretended him her Tenant's son; but on the Road she would alwayes ask what he would have to dinner or supper, and what piece of that he liked, which she would alwayes be sure to get made ready, and give him, he still sitting at the lower end of the table.

But ro come to the end of their journey, being arrived at Bristol they lodged at the house of a Noble gentleman there, and kins­man to Mr. Lastles: the King finding it to be a house of great resort, feins himself sick of an Ague, and so keeps his Chamber all the day, coming down only at nights; but one night coming down and being somewhat cold craves a glasse of Wine of the Butler, who carries him into the Butlery; this Butler having be­fore served his Majesties Father in the Wars, looking earnestly upon him, suspected him to be the King, so easily will Majesty appear though ve l'd in the utmost disguises, and thereupon pulling off his hat, told him very ceremoniously. That he might command what Wine he pleased; of which the King took no no­tice, but drinking off his Wine went out; yet the Butler could not satisfie his suspicion, but went up to Mr. Lastels, and de­manded of him how long he had had that servant, whreupon Mr. Lastels was very angry at his boldness, in daring to ask him such a question, but the Butler still persisted, and whispering told him that he believed it was the King, whereupon Mr. Lastels seeing he was discovered, sends immediatly for his Majesty, whom he acquaints with the Butlets discovery of him with whom the King was somewhat angry, in regard he did not first acquaint himself with his supition, it not being impossible, but that Mr. Lastels might not have know him to be the King; but upon pardon asked by the Butler, it was granted by the King, and he afterwards proved very instrumental in his Majesties convey­ance through the Countrey.

But here at Bristol the chief design they had in hand failed them; for though there were a little Barque lay there, judged most convenient for the business, yet the Master would for no reward transport a single person, though he was so honest as only to deny it and made no further search or inquiry concerning the person, which might perhaps have tended to a discovery.

[Page 5] This design here failing, his Majesty desired to be brought some miles Westward to the house of a worthy Gentlen an whom he knew to be a trusty friend, where coming he finds the gentleman in the field with his servants, having discovered himself to him, he was by him con [...]eyed to a convenient stand till right, (having first taken leave of his true friends who had thus far conducted him, with the danger of their Lives and Estates,) from whence he was in the dusk conveyed into the house, and there carefully concealed for a week, till such time as preparation could be made in some Western Port of a passage for him; but coming afterwards there where it was provided, chancing to dine with a Parliament-Collonel, then there, he thought it the safer to loose the benefit of that passage, then adventure to imbarque himself singly, which might breed suspicion, and perhaps have been the means after so many deliverances to have betrayed him into the hands of his enemies.

This passage then likewise failing him, he returned back to the place from whence he come, and concealed himself three weeks longer, till in the end he being resolved on, he by the assistance of Mr Ph. was conveyed through the moll by-ways they could imagine to a gentlewomans house in Sussex, where he lay some few days, till a person of true worth and honour made provision of a faithfull master, who who with a small Vessel wafted him to a small Creek in Normandy, to the great content of the Kings sacred Majesty, and all his loyal Subjects, and to the honour of the master, with the due reward, as in time may appear.

Perhaps the Reader may think it tedious, that I have given so large a relation of his Majesties from that fight at Worce­ster, but it was a work so full of wonder and providence, and so many false relations there are abroad, that I could do no lesse then recount all those miseries and hardships which this poor Prince endured for the sakes of us his Subjects, and more would he willingly have endured even death it self, to the redeeming of us from the tyranny and oppression which we then groaned under.

But let him that shall look upon the several passages of his life, read them over & over, consider the several difficulties he [Page 6] passed, the many dangers he was in to be betrayed, the Coun­trey being up round about, the summe of money set upon him to be paid those that betrayed him, which many hundreds out of covetoesnesse made it their businesse to search for him, and they will confesse ingeniously, that God was never so merciful to any people as to us, in delivering his Sacred Majesty out of the hands of his enemies, who breathed out nothing but his death and destruction, that we may yet have hope to be a hap­py Nation.

Within few dayes after this his Majesties great and miracu­lous deliverance, Some ill-affected persons gave notice to the usurping Tyrant Oliver Cromwel of the escape of his Majesty by the privacy of Mris Jane Lane, he not knowing how to satis­fy his bloody intentions otherwise, gave command that a Troop of Hoise should go and seize on her, in the mean time she ha­ving notice given by a friend of hers at White-hall, immediatly disguised her self, and through much difficulty passed to Bri­stol, and so escaped into France. No sooner was she gone, but the Troop of horse came a cording to the command of Oli­ver) plundered net House, but to the great grief of that Arch Rebel the prey was gone before.


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