The Battle of Braddock Down

by Ellen Castelow

In the 17th century struggle for power between King and Parliament known as the English Civil War, Cornish royalists under the command of Sir Ralph Hopton charged the ranks of Parliamentarians led by Colonel Ruthvin.

More of a skirmish that a battle perhaps, Ruthvin’s troops simply took flight with just 200 Parliamentarians killed and more than 1,300 captured. Cornwall was firmly back under Royalist control.

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Key Facts:

Date: 19 January, 1643

War: English Civil War

Location: Braddock Down, near Liskeard, Cornwall

Belligerents: Royalists and Parliamentarians

Victors: Royalists

Numbers: Royalists around 5,000, Parliamentarians around 4,000.

Casualties: Royalists negligable, Parliamentarians around 200 with circa 1,300 captured.

Commanders: Earl of Newcastle (Royalists), Sir Thomas Fairfax (Parliamentarians)

More Battles in the English Civil War:

Battle of Edgehill 23 October, 1642
Battle of Braddock Down 19 January, 1643
Battle of Hopton Heath 19 March, 1643
Battle of Stratton 16 May, 1643
Battle of Chalgrove Field 18 June, 1643
Battle of Adwalton Moor 30 June, 1643
Battle of Lansdowne 5 July, 1643
Battle of Roundway Down 13 July, 1643
Battle of Winceby 11 October, 1643
Battle of Nantwich 25 January, 1644
Battle of Cheriton 29 March, 1644
Battle of Cropredy Bridge 29 June, 1644
Battle of Marston Moor 2 July, 1644
Battle of Naseby 14 June, 1645
Battle of Langport 10 July 1645
Battle of Rowton Heath 24 September, 1645
Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold 21 March, 1646

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