Durham Trained Bands

  • Durham Trained Band
  • Durham Trained Band Horse

The Durham Trained Bands of 1638 consisted of 1,032 men armed with 532 muskets and 500 corslets (body armour, signifying pikemen). They also mustered 60 horse.

In April 1639, nine companies from Durham formed part of the force led to reinforce Berwick by the Earl of Essex. The Durham men were led by Sir Charles Vavasour1).

Six companies of Northumberland and Durham Trained Bands garrisoned Berwick in 1640

William Cavendish, and Sir Thomas Riddell were officers of the Durham Trained Bandes. Held a garrison at Tynemouth Castle.

1) Six North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson. The Publications of the Surtees Society Vol. CXVII, Durham, 1910. available online via Archive.org