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Wardlaw after Edgehill

 
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Gruff
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 4:05 pm    Post subject: Wardlaw after Edgehill Reply with quote

Gordon mentioned on the weekend that Abs and myself might like to take on an investigative history project during our summer hols - namely whether Col. Wardlaw brought any of his dragoons to Plymouth with him in 1643.

Before we try diving into the local records office I consulted my seige of Plymouth Bible - "Plymouth's forgotten war" by Philip Photiou.

He states that the bulk of the 600 men Wardlaw and Gould brought with them from Portsmouth to reinforce the city were from William Gould's newly raised foot regiment which was made up of "Poor boys from the southeast"

Not too encouraging then, and none of the names of Wardlaw's officers that I have appear in the book either.

Still, I thought it would be best to go to the source and I'm trying to get hold of a contact email for the author - he might be able to shed more light on things.
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Rob Jones



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's good material. You're right, that doesn't sound promising, but that's not a problem. The aim of the exercise its to work out what happened to Wardlaw's dragoons after Edgehill; where did the officers end up, was the unit broken up or did it continue to serve under another commander's name?
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hummm... In which case it may be that the Plymouth records office may not be any help. We will get in contact with them anyway tho and see what thay have got.
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Rob Jones



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would still be interesting to know what the records officer has on Wardlaw and his governorship, even if the regiment was in other hands and elsewhere.
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Gruff
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book uses excerpts of letters written by Wardlaw to William Lenthall asking for resources and giving an account of the defences.

The tone of the excerpts suggest that he was quite a hard-nosed soldier without many airs and graces, at least not when he was under fire. It would be useful to try and locate these letters and find out a bit more about how he dealt with the issues he faced as military governer.
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Rob Jones



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds great. Would oove to borrow the book at our next meeting, if that's possible.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds interesting - we'll look forward to developments.
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