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 EDW. WHALEY. ​ EDW. WHALEY. ​
 Banbury, May 9, 1646.  Banbury, May 9, 1646. 
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 +Sir William Compton
 +
 +Sir William Compton
 +
 +Captain Lieutenant ​      Henry Leighton ​       I.O. Oxfordsh.
 +
 +Captain ​                                             Birsing ​   Ment. I.O. 
 +Captain ​                          ​Endymion Canning I.O. Rutlandsh.
 +Captain ​                          John Dussing ​          I.O. L + W
 +Captain ​                          ​Snellgrove ​                Ment. I.O. 
 +Captain ​                          John Wright ​             I.O. L + W
 +
 +Lieutenant ​                    John Andrewes ​       I.O. Suffolk to Capt. Birssing
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 +Ensign ​                           William Adams          I.O. Northants.
 +Ensign ​                           Thomas Griffin ​        I.O. L + W to Capt. Dussing
 +Ensign ​                           William Neale            I.O. Suffolk to Capt. Snellgrove  ​
 +Ensign ​                           George Pike              I.O. Kent
 +
 +Quartermaster ​             Humphrey Bayliffe ​  *
 +
 +* Dudley Parish Register
 +Burial 18th March 1645 Humphrey Bayliffe Quartermaster to Sir William Compton.
 +
 + 
 +E.330.21 ​
 +April 1646
 +wee had intelligence that six hundred Horse marched out of Oxon TYPE ALL(THIS IS HIS HORSE REGT)...the Major and most of the Officers of Sir William Comptons Regiment belonging to Banburie are prisoners,​it was esteemed the best Regiment the King ever had,and the newes of their engagement being reported at Oxon. this day,that they would come off with honour or be lost,they sadly replyd,if that Regiment were lost,they were all undone.
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 +Virtually the entire garrison of Banbury attempted a night assault in an attempt to regain Compton House.
 +This document printed in its entirety tells of the fierce fighting that raged
 +
 +E.268.12 A Letter from Sergeant Maior Purefoy Governour of Compton House in Warwickshire to his Colonell ​ Colonell Purefoy... Printed for A.R. Feb.7 1644(5)
 +
 +Sir,
 +I shall here relate in part (for all passages would be too tedious for me to trouble you with all.First,​with all my soule I desire God may have his praise and glory which is due to a God that hath now and ever shewed himself to me almost by miracles,in delivering me and all under my command.This night about two of the clock about 1000 or 1200 Horse and Foot fell upon me at Compton,​storm'​d my out-works,​gain'​d the stables
 +and cut down my great Draw-bridge,​ and possest themselves of all mt Troop horses,and took about 30 of my foot Souldiers in their beds,who lay over the stables,​almost before a man could think what to do;we received that alarm as we had good cause,and presently made good the new Sconce before the stone Bridge,&​ beat them out of the great Court,there being about 200 entred,and ready to storme the Sconce;but we gave them so hot a sallie,that we forced them to retreat backe to the stables,​barnes and Brew-house,​where from the windowes they played very hot upon us:I then commanded Lieutenant Purefoy and my Quarter Master (having no other Officers of quality at home,the rest being abroad with about 30 of my best Troopers) to sally out upon the enemy with a partie of 40 and to attempt the regaining of the Brew-house and the roomes above,which they did with gallant resolution and courage;​Sergeant Bird was one who came not short in bravery of any.This party fought with the enemy and came to push of Pike,nay to swords point,and did lay about so bravely,​that they forced the enemy to retreat from chamber to chamber; I then sent out my youngest brother the Ensign with three Corporalls of horse,and about 40 more men,to relieve the first partie,and I will assure you the young boy will fight,he led on his men bravely and relieved his brother;by which meanes all the upper roomes were gained,and the enemy kept onely the stables and the barnes stoutly;my souldiers did then so thunder their horse,and reserves of foot that stood within pistoll shot,that Sir William and Sir Charles Compton began to give ground,​which my souldiers perceiving,​some leapt out at the windowes,​and so into the out-works,​by which meanes I recovered my out-works againe,and made good a sally port,by which the enemy endeavoured to retreat at,but finding they were frustrated of their hopes,and that my Musketeers did play so hot upon the great Draw-bridge,​that they could not be relieved;​and withall having beaten the enemy out of that worke which we storm'​d when you took the house,I had time to recover the great Draw-bridge,​and presently got new ropes and new lockes,and drew it up agian in spight of them all.Now these (whose names you have here inclosed were all in Cobbs pound,​having no meanes in the world to retreat,​whereupon they fought desperately for the space
 +of three houres,and the valiant Comptons perceiving their extreame loss,​attempted three severall times to storme and regain my out-workes,​but all three times were beaten off with as much resolution and gallantry as could be.The enemie within set fire on the hay,​straw,​and all combustible stuffe,to smother my men out of the upper roomes,​which did indeed much anoy them: And the enemy without threw at least 100 hand-Granadoes upon the houses,that they set them on fire in divers places;Sir Charles and Sir William Compton then thinking all was their own,sent a Trumpeter to parlie,but I commanded that none should parlie,nor would I permit the Trumpeter to speak at all,though faine he would have said something to the souldiers,​but commanded him upon his life to be gone and returne no more at his perill.Wee continued in
 +fight still,and the fire did so encrease,​that I thought it fit to offer quarter to all those in the stable,for their lives onely,but they would not heare me: Upon which I drew all my men together and fell violently in upon them,​wherein was slaine and taken prisoners all whose names are in the insuing list.This did so dishearten the Comptons and all their forces,that they did presently draw off all their foot,and onely faced me with their horse,and sent another Trumpeter to parley,but I commanded to give fire upon him,so that he returned with no other answer but what a Musket could speake.
 +Sir, I am (as we all are)
 +Your obliged servants and kinsmen,
 +George Purefoy
 +William Purefoy
 +
 +Compton Jan. 30. at 9.a clock at night.
 +
 +We recovered all our own men againe that the enemy had taken.
 +
 +A List of the Officers slain,and taken prisoners.
 +
 +Capt. Chamberlaine
 +Capt. Colburne
 +Capt. Gannock
 +Ensign Layton
 +Quartermaster Blackford
 +
 +The names of the Officers we have prisoners.
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 +Lieutenant Harvey
 +Lieutenant Clarke
 +Cornet Bishop
 +Corp. Heyworth,​Corp. of Horse
 +Corp.Lambert,​Corp of Horse
 +Serg. Francis
 +Serg. Linsey
 +Serg. Farbush
 +Corp. Morgan
 +Corp. Scargill
 +William Atkins
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 +Troopers of Captain Coleburne
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 +John Webb
 +Thomas Tusker
 +William Mason
 +Simon Berry
 +Thomas Foster
 +William Chamberlain
 +William Adams,Earl of Northamptons man
 +Thomas Dorrington
 +Robert Moore
 +Richard Collins
 +Richard Willer
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 +Foot Souldiers of the Earl of Northamptons own Company
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 +George Grumbell
 +John Childe
 +Anthony Smith
 +William Eason
 +Henry Taylor
 +Roger Smith
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 +Sir William Comptons men
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 +Richard Abram
 +John Atkins
 +Joseph Walkes
 +John Moore
 +Thomas Smith
 +William Warde
 +William Robinson
 +Thomas Norman
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 +Major Waldrums men
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 +William Ansill
 +William Freeman
 +Robert Hurlestone
 +Thomas Aires
 +Edward Gibbs
 +Thomas Cotforth ​
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 +Captain Willoughbies men
 +Richard Colins
 +William Walker
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 +Captain Territs
 +Thomas Tradde
 +Thomas Roberts
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 +Captain Rawleys men
 +John Beeson
 +William Worsley
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 +Captain Wardes men
 +Richard Conerley
 +William Milburne
 +Henry Fenne
 +John Clarke
 +Thomas Lisseman
 +Henry Musgrave
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 +Captain Gannocks men
 +William Smith
 +George Prince
 +William Wilkins
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 +Besides sixe Cart-load of wounded men carried off.And neer upon forty Common souldiers left dead behind them
 +Of mine own men,both Horse and Footonly one desperately wounded,and another slightly hurt.
 +Horse and Foot armes taken from the enemy.Musketts 100.Pistolls.and 20 hand Granadoes.
 +The fight began about two of the clock in the morning,and continued till about nine,in which they stormed us foure severall times,and were beaten off.
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 +The number of the enemie,​horse and foot,were between 1000 and 1200 as the prisoners confessed.
 +With their hand Granadoes they fired the stables,​barnes,​and Brew House,in three several places.
 +We lost about 20 horse and some muskets.
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