A more Full RELATION OF THE CONTINVED SVCCESSES of His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, At, and since the Routing of the Enemies Forces at Torrington.

With a punctuall and perfect List of the Names of the cheife Commanders, Officers and common Souldiers, killed, wounded, and taken in the fight and pursuit.

The taking of two ships, 10 peices of Ordnance, 500 Tun of Salt, and other provisions, bound for Barnstable and intended for the Reliefe of Exeter: with the Resolution and proceedings of our Army, for a present assault against BARNSTABLE.

Also intercepted Letters from France, giving intelligence of 8000 Foot, 1000 Horse, three moneths pay, 10000 l. in Bullion in readines to send over to assist the King against the Parliament.

And the surprisall of Cardiffe by treachery of the Townsmen, and beleaguring of our forces in the Castle.

CErtified by Letters to severall Members of the Honourable House of Commons on Monday, Feb. 23. 1645. And Commandedto be forthwith Printed and Published.

⟨Feb: 24.⟩ LONDON, Printed for Francis Coles in the old Baily, 1645.


YEsterday I sent you an expresse of the successe which it pleased the Almighty to give our forces at Torrington against the strength of the Lord Hoptons, so that of 3000 foot or thereabouts which its credibly informed he brought thither, hee hath not above 400 in a Body, Colonell Hamond and divers Officers with him shewed much valour in that service, for (having the command of the Generalls Regiment his owne and Col. Harlowes) when the foote were beaten out of the Towne twice by the enemies horse, he brought them back, and repulsed the enemies. The providence of God in that passage of the blowing up of the Church is very remarkable, for although the Lead, Timber and Stones of the Church were cast severall wayes for halfe a mile from the Towne, yet not any Man, Woman or Child was hurt, besides those blown up in the Church, which now upon credibly information were certified to be neere 200 of the enemies which were prisoners there, every house in the Town was shaken and shattered with the blow, and falling of the Lead and Timber; The Lead fell thick in the streete when the Generall and Lieutenant Generall intered, and an horse neere the Generall was knockt on the head with a sheete of Lead, but through Gods mercies he nor any of his at­tendants had any hurt. This was the Lords doing, and it is mer­velous in our eyes, And truely Sir, I never saw more of God in any part of my life then I have since I came into this imployment, an Almighty hand still ordering all things to an unexpected ad­vantage to this Army as it did, the weather and drawing the enemies [Page 2]outgards to set forth this service, the particulars whereof I gave you in my former, and shall for further satisfaction refer you to the List inclosed.

Out of Cornewall we have intelligence from the e [...]em [...] [...] to this effect, t [...] on Tu [...]s [...] last th [...] [...]emai [...]in [...] [...] of the en [...] my tooke up guides to Holsworth [...], [...] ended [...] and Lutcombe, and Putford, and to drive their Cattell into Corn­wall. Hopton was then with them, but none of the foote then come up to them, they then resolved to stay at Holsworth to ga­ther as many foot as they could, and the better to hinder our pur­suite to pull downe Woodford Bridge over Touridge, betweene Newton and Milton where many of their horse were, many strag­ling parties went towards Biddiford and Barnstable in great hast, and affrightment; The 400 foote which are all they have left (as before with Armes,) Tuesday by breake of day passed, over Beddiford bridge in the way to Kilhampton and Stratten ano­ther party of their horse, with whom the Lord Capell was [...] in the head, passed over at a Ford and went a blinde way for Stratton with his company, there were two considerable per­sons carried in horse-litters growning and crying out for paine but not knowing, who they were: Those which came that day from Hetherley say, that they met many stragling foot by two or three in a company, who said they were going to their own homes, they likewise met many straglers of their horse which posted up and downe in great haste and feare; But the chiefe body of their horse are gone for Launceston, where the Lord Hopton is to meet them. They generally blame the Cornish foote, saying, that if they had stood to it, it had beene a more bloudy bout, and that the Cornish were glad we came against that Towne, that they might have an occasion to go into their owne Countrey. Hopton is certainly wounded and had his horse shot under him, staying with the last to bring up the Reere. He was extreamely enraged at the Cornish men, though he had little reason for it, for they maintained the Barracadoes, Lines and Hedges at Torrington with as much resolution as could be expected, and had not our men gone one with extraordinary courage they had bin repulsed, our horse dayly take some of theirs, and bring in Prisoners and [Page 3]others with horses and armes come in dayly, and yelld themselves to the Generall. This defeate hath so discipated the enemies Ar­my in these parts, that it is not probable they will stand to ano­ther engagement if they can avoid it, and I hope through God [...] blessing the cloud of feare, in regard of forraigne forces will [...] this meanes be dispersed and their landing here, or elsewhere prevented. The God of Peace at last restore such a Peace to our Borders that after all these conclusions, and confu­sions amongst us, the desire of all Nations may come and esta­blish his Kingdome of Truth, and Peace, amongst us, so prayes and rests

Your most humble servant. W.C.


This evening Letters are come to the Generall of the surprisall of Cardiffe Towne by the treacherous Townsmen and Country, and the beleaguring of our Forces in the Castle, which I doubt not you have already. Col. Cooks brigade is come neere Barnstable, and keeps guard within a mile on the East side. I could wish they would behave themselves better in these parts then they have done in o­thers, where they have done as much mischief to the County, as the enemy, by robbing any of our souldiers they met with upon all ad­vantages, crying, you are New modell men, that have money. It were wel that they either had pay, were regulated, or many of them dismounted for the service they doe. Col. Fortescues Regiment is in the Earle of Bathes house at N. Tunston in the West, and other guards of horse are kept neere the Town. Major Gen. Skippons [Page 4]Regiment is neere us. The Generall after some short refreshment of the Army, after their readious marches, respecting the weather, miserable quarters, and hard service, will make some attempt upon Barnstable; in the meane time our horse are advanced in parties within a mile of Cornwall, to drive the enemy as close as may be. Captain Keyman hath bourded two ships with Ten pieces of Ordnance, that were comming with 500 tun of Salt to Barn­stable, between Apledore and Bidiford. We finde by some of the L. Hoptons Letters it was in part for the supply of the Army, and much of it, if possible to be sent for Exceter, As also the Powder and Ammunition they had in their Magazine in Torington Church. One of the prisoners that was taken in the Church with a Match in his hand, almost dead with the falling of the stones, though he had an hole or vault to runne into after he had layd the traine, upon examination confesseth, he was to have had 30 li. for doing it; his name is Robert Wats a North-countrey-man, hee died this day. The Generall is this afternoone returned to Mr. Rolls his house. Col. Ingelsbies Regiment of foot is at Toringtor. The enemies forces are now wholly gone into Cornwall. Sir John Greenvile was comming up thence with 500 foot to the L. Hopton, and 40 horse laden with Ammunition, but hearing of the defeat stayed his journey, and came no further then Launceston.

This day there came one from Truro, who certifies the Generall that Sir Walter Dudley came lately from France, to enform: those about the Prince, that in case of eminent necessity they can upon a faire winde send over their men by the middle of the next month, they have neere 8000 foot, and 1000 horse in readinesse, and three moneths pay providing, besides 10000 li. in Bullion daily expected, a Mint ready to coyne the same; only they desire if possibly a larger time to bring them over. Sir John Culpepper was to goe over into France on Friday last to hasten them. This will cause his Excel­lency to expedite his intentions for Cornwall, and prevent their designe through Gods blessing,

A List of the Prisoners taken at Torrington, Munday February 16. 1645.

  • LIeut. Col. Wood
  • Cap. Prideaux
  • Cap. Cowley
  • Cap. Bowne of horse
  • Cap. Minn
  • Cap. Naunt
  • Cap. Bennit
  • Cap. Moulins
  • Cap. Weekes
  • Comissary Bovey
  • Lieutenant Stoakes
  • Lieut. Kirton
  • Lieut. Morris
  • Lieut. Greene
  • Lieut. Mason of horse
  • Lieut. Goring
  • Coronet Wells
  • Ensigne Feilding
  • Ensigne Huggins
  • Ensigne Williams
  • Allen Mack-Mulen Chirurg.
  • Sergeant Boswell
  • Sergeant Trevor
  • Sergeant Peuwelly
  • Sergeant Sheffeild
  • Thomas Cooke Servant to the L. Hopton.
  • Totall 26
  • of the L. Go­rings Lifeguard 21
  • Of Culpeppers 7
  • Of Col. Stukeleys 3
  • Of Col. Webbs 2
  • Of Col. Huninghams 2
  • Of Col. Slingsbies 2
  • Of Col. Hoptons 2
  • Of Col. Hoopers 3
  • Of L. Clevelands 2
  • Of Col. Crispes 1
  • Of Col. Gettings 2
  • L. Capels Servants 5
  • Totall 52
  • Of the Princes Life­guard 68
  • Col. Arundels 5
  • Col. Trevanians 5
  • [Page 6]Col. Champernoons 1
  • Col. Collers 8
  • Col. Wises Welch 10
  • Col. Shelleys 9
  • Col. Tremaynes 14
  • Col. Slaug [...]
  • Horse drivels 33
  • Totall 126
  • ABout 200 which are not set downe. In all 433 Whereof 200 have taken up Armes, being (as they said) forced in by the Enemy.
  • Neere 3000 Armes, broken and whole, most of their Ammunition blown up in the Church.
  • Besides these 200 blowne up in the Church, in all 600
  • Eight Colours already brought in whereof one the Lord Hoptons owne, with this Motto, I will strive to serve my Soveraigne King.
  • Slaine Major Threaue, Cap. Frye, and divers Officers and Souldiers, the certaine number not knowne, supposed to be about 100
  • The Lord Hopton, and L. Capell wounded; besides drivers others of quality.
  • The Lord Hoptons Commission to be Generall under the Prince;
  • Sir John Digbies Commission to be Governour of the Forces before Plymouth, and other papers of conse­quence taken.
  • The L. Hoptons Fur-coat, and about 400 or 500 h [...] money left behind at his quarters, with much plun­der left in Portmantles, and in other places behind them.

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