Name: Liz ‘Tig’ Wright.
Whilst the Newcastle’s Blog Writing Fairy was sunning herself in the South of France, the regiment took part in the annual commemorative march at the battlefield of Marston Moor, Yorkshire. Once again Graham was there and is able to step in and provide a round up of what went on! (The Newcastle’s Blog Writing Fairy will be making far more effort soon!)
It’s time to introduce you to another one of the flock, so without further ado, here’s your chance to find out about someone new!
Name: Chris ‘Buttercup’ Wesson
This weekend Newcastle’s were in Naseby, Northamptonshire, an area well frequented by Newcastle’s and The Sealed Knot as a whole over the years.
Unfortunately, our usual blog writing fairy couldn’t make it to this event, so Graham stepped up to write a short round up of events.
On our blog we are starting a new feature each month, introducing you to one of the members of the regiment. We hope this will allow you to get to know us a bit more and see just how much of a diverse bunch we are in our 21st Century lives!
We also hope it lets you see why we love our hobby so much and hopefully convinces you to come and join us in a field somewhere in the near future!
Without further ado, here is the first member for you to meet!
Name: Dave Lovell
It was the first proper event of the year for Newcastles Regiment this weekend and we were very lucky to be involved with a big event in Newark, Nottinghamshire.
In Mrs Newcastle’s somewhat starry eyed biography of her husband, she mentions that his forces defeated a significant Parliamentarian force at Tankersley Moor which is between Sheffield and Barnsley. It is also mentioned in his patent for Marquess.
Introduction: Following his defeat at Wakefield, Newcastle determined to finish off the Parliament Forces (commanded by Lord Fairfax and his son, Sir Thomas Fairfax) once and for all. He gathered a force of about 7-8000 and marched for the Parliament strongholds of Leeds and Bradford. The Fairfaxes set out to try and catch Newcastle on the march and fight him on ground of their choosing (Adwalton Moor). This did not quite work as Fairfax found Newcastle ready for him. Fairfax was able though to get his troops in position.
Histories of the Civil War are readily available which detail either military actions or the careers of individual officers. These can be referred to if you wish to find out more about William Cavendish, Marquess of Newcastle and/or the course of the war in the North. The aim of this section is to give a short overview of Newcastle’s own Foote Regiment, and some of the actions in which they were engaged. It is necessarily a ‘potted history’ as direct references to Newcastle’s are few and somewhat patchy, mainly due to the fact that history in the seventeenth century was seen either as one of individuals, or else one of events. We can surmise that the Regiment was involved in certain actions, even justify this with some arguments, but it remains that this is a somewhat suspect way of producing a history and thus must be used with great care.