Durham Trained Bands

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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.

On 20th June 1642 the Earl of Newcastle was commissioned by the King to take charge of Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmoreland and the Bishopric of Durham. Newcastle then ordered the Durham Trained Bands to send 600 foot and 100 horse to join him at Newcastle. Subsequently the Trained Bands mutinied at Durham and Newcastle was obliged to travel there to settle them, which was achieved.

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