A most True and Exact RELATION OF Both the Battels fought by his Excellen­cy and his Forces against the bloudy Cavelliers.

The one on the 23. of October last, neer Keynton be­low Edge-Hill in Warwickshire, the other at Worcester by Colonell Brown, Captain Nathaniel, and John Fiennes, and Colonell Sands and some others.

Wherein the particulars of each Battle is punctually set down at large for the full satisfaction of all people, with the Names of the Commanders and Regiments that valiently stood it out.

Also the number and Names of the chief Commanders that were slain on both sides; All which is here faithfully set down without favour or partiality to either Army.

Written by a worthy Captain Master Nathaniel Fiennes. And comman­ded to be Printed.

London, Printed for Joseph Hunscott. Novem. 9. 1642.

Mr Nathaniell Fiennes his Letter to his Father.

My Lord,

I Have sent to your Lordship a Relation of the last Battell fought in Keynton Field, which I shewed to the Generall and Lieve­tenant Generall of the Horse, and divers Colonels and Of­ficers, and they conceive it to be right and according to the truth: For the ill writing of it, I desire that your Lordship would excuse me, for I had not time to write it over again; yet I suppose it may be read, and your Lordship may cause it to be written faire, if your Lordship thinke it worth so much. For that which your Lordship writeth concerning my brother John, it is a most false and malicious slander which that fellow hath raised upon him, that he should be the first man that fled on the left wing, when as none of your Lordships sonnes were in the left wing, and my brother John was not at all in the field while the fight was; for by occasion that I intreated him on Saturday morning, when we marched towards Keynton (little dreaming of a Battell the next day) to go to Evesham (which was but three miles from the quarter where our Troops lay, before they marched with the Army to Keynton) for to take some Arms that were come thither the night before, for such of our men as wanted Arms, and so to come after to the Rendevouz at Keynton. He could not come thither on Saturday with those men of both Troops which went backe with him to Evesham for their Arms, but the next day he came thither be­tween three or foure of the clock; at which time our left wing being defea­ted, many of the Run-aways met with him as he was coming to the Army; and happily among the rest, this fellow that raised this report; for that Viuers which your Lordship mentioneth, was not Captain Viuers (for he was in Banbury) but a brother of his that was in one of Colonell Goodwins Troops, and as I heard my brother say, he saw him there; and I heard my Lord Generall say, that Vivers was one of the first that ran away: Now it seemes that those men that ran away so timely, seeing my brother before them, reported as if he had fled from the Army, which is so contrary to the truth, that he tooke a great deale of pains to make his own men and Cap­tain [Page 3] Vivers men which were with him to stand, and to stop the Run-aways that came from the Army, and this he did, and made two or three stands, and at length gathered a pretty body upon a hill together, and with them (there being Captain Keightlyes and Captain Cromwells Troope, at length came to them also) be marched towards the Town; and hearing the enemy was there (as indeed they were there with the greatest part of their horse) they made a stand, and sending sorth their Scouts to give them intelligence where the enemy and where our Forces were, at length they came to know­ledge of Colonell Hampdens Brigadoe that was coming another way to the Town, and so joyning themselves unto them, they came to the Army toge­ther. My Lord Generall is very sensible of the wrong that this fellow hath done my brother, and will inquire after him to have him punished, as he hath written to my Lord Wharton concerning him, to let you know so much. Master Bond whom he citeth for one of his authors, denies that ere he spake to my brother at all, or that he saw any such thing of flying, as that base fel­low reporteth, and this your Lordship shall have under his hand. It had been a strange thing if my brother that shewed so much courage at Worcester, should have been so faint-hearted upon this occasion: But I strange that men will give credit to every idle fellow; if they will, they may heare that my Lord Generall, and all the Officers every one of them ran away. But my Lord, as your Lordship hath great cause to be thankfull, together with us, to God, that in all these late actions of danger, hath preserved the persons and lives of all your three Sons, so also for preserving their honors, and the honor of Religion; that in this cause they have never flinsht, but have all of them in their severall places and conditions been as forward to hazard their persons into the midst of theirs and Gods enemies as any whosoever. And of the truth of this (though we do not vapour so much as some do) there are enough, and those very honorable witnesses that can and will affirm it as well as

Your Lordships most obedient Son, NATHANIEL FIENENES.

A LETTER, Purporting the true relation of the Skirmish at Worcester.


I Would not have troubled you with the relation of the fight that hapned betwixt our Troops and those under the condust of Prince Rupert neer Worcester so long after the action, but that I understand you have still many false reports con­cerning it at London, to the disadvantage of the publique and of particular persons: And though I shal not undertake (nor is it possible for any one man) to give an exact accompt of all parti­culars, yet so far forth as I shall make a relation of the busines I shall make a true one according to that which I either saw my self or received by credible information from others.

He that commanded in chief in this action was Collonel Brown, who being at Alcester with his Regiment of Dragoones and two Troops of Horse, under the command of Captain Nathaniell, and Captain John Fiennes, he went to my Lord Generall, and as it should seem suggested to his Excellency that with addition of some more Horse, he might do some service in surrounding the City of Worcester, before his Excel­lency came thither with his Army, and in keeping all supplies from go­ing into the Town, and those Troops from going out that were already in it. So Collonel Sands with his Regiment of horse, and three Troops more being sent to Collonel Brown to Alcester, (though they had mar­ched ten miles that day) yet they were permitted only to refresh them­selves an houre or two, and to give their horses a little hay in a meddow


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