Bourne Archive: FNQ: Civil War
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Interactive version ©2006 R.J.PENHEY
The Bourne Archive
Part 66. July 1905.
This quarterly periodical took the form of a forum in
which people sent in questions about the history, ecology and so on of the
Seventeenth Century Civil War.
“Wherein is declared how ten
Cavaliers were taken neere Serges
The account of the occurrence is given in the text in these words: ---
Information is given from
There is however nothing to enable us to identify the exact spot where this brilliant achievement, the capture of ten Cavaliers by a thousand men, took place. Possibly Serges is the name of some manor, or place-name, or estate, which would be looked for in vain in any Gazetteer.
It will be seen from the above extracts that the quotations given in Hotten’s catalogue are by no means exact. Ed. [This remark refers to article 1105.]
I have looked carefully on the
Ordnance Map (one inch scale) of the coast near
[This booklet was a printed one (a facsimile of the title page appears on page 5 of GarnerA1) but the report will have passed in a manuscript form at some stage in its travels. Having seen some of the handwriting and spelling in old documents, I suggest that Serges is sufficiently similar to Skegness for that place to be a likely candidate. Consider Ske gness. If the writer had intended Scegnes, the c and first e could easily have been misread as ‘er’. In some hands c, e and r are rather alike. At this period, Skegness might well have been written Sceges . Pity the poor type-setter but see also 29 August 1642. RJP]