Colonel John Bodvel’s Caernarvon Trained Band Regiment of Foot

Active1644 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJohn Bodvel
Area RaisedCaernarvon
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Caernarvon Trained Band regiment of foot besieged at Caernarvon Castle

Service History


  • August: Bodvel commissioned colonel of foot (or 1643?), garrison Caernarvon


  • Garrison Caernarvon


  • April to June: Besieged at Caernarvon Castle


Colonel John Bodvel received his Commission as Colonel of Foot 1st August 1643 or 1644. I Need to check doc. Robert Jones was Governor of the Town of Caernarvon and possibly Lieutenant Colonel to Bodvel. Commissary for the Town was John Bould 29.3.1645

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John Bodvel

Contemporary References

Sergeant Roberts

At Generall sessions 1674: This bearer John Roberts served the late King against the Scotts, afterwards in Ireland and then againe in England and was sargeant of Collonell Bodvells Company and therefore ought to be considered and to receave the benefit of this order.

Byron's Order Reagrding the Protestation

1645, 31st March Lord Byron, (at Chester), to Sir John Mennes, Governor of Caernarvon, Anglesey, etc., Sir John Owen, High Sheriff of the County of Caernarvon, , esq., Governor of the Castle of Caernarvon, Robert Jones, esq ., Governor of the Town of Caernarvon, Sir William Williams, bart, William Hookes, esq., Owen Griffith, esq., Thomas Wynn, esq., or any two or more of them

These are to will and authorise those whose names are subscribed to administer the ‘protestation’ hereunto annexed to all the nobility, gentry, divines, and all other the inhabitants within the county of Caernarvon, and the garrisons, castles and forts therein. If any persons refuse to take the same after twelve hours’ consideration they are to be apprehended and secured, and their names sent to the writer.

Protestation annexed: The protester to avow in the presence of Almighty God that he believes in his heart that the Earl of Essex, Sir William Brereton, Sir Thomas Middleton, Sir John Price and Mr Thomas Mitton and all their party and adherents are in actual rebellion against the King. To swear to defend the King’s cause against the said rebels. To abhor and abjure the taking of any oath pressed by the rebels upon the King’s subjects. Received 3rd April 1645. John Mennes (dorse).


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