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Parliamentary scout reports of Royalist forces at Rycote during the first English Civil War

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Parliamentary scout reports of Royalist forces at Rycote during the first English Civil War

Author
Sir Samuel Luke
Date
14-17 June 1643
Medium
Manuscript

These reports of Royalist activity at Rycote during the first English Civil War are preserved in the journal of the Parliamentarian officer Sir Samuel Luke. The first entry (fol. 46r) records William Lowgrove's claim "that there were 2 troopes of horse of the Kings force at Rycott" on 14 June 1643. A further report (fol. 47r) by Lowgrove was received on 16 June "that the Kings forces are all drawne out of Shottover Staunton and Heddington into Shottover wood Uffendon wood and Rycott being in all about 3000." A day later William Richards informed Luke of seven troops of Royalist horse being located between Rycote and the King's headquarters of Oxford. Earlier that month a Parliamentarian army had occupied the nearby town of Thame as part of an offensive against Oxford (Morrah, Rupert of the Rhine, p. 116).

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