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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Date: 19 January, 1643
War: English Civil War
Location: Braddock Down, near Liskeard, Cornwall
Belligerents: Royalists and Parliamentarians
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|