The author of this concise history of a campaign in the Scottish intervntion in the English Civil War was a Scottish traveller and gentleman, William Lithgow, who was an eye-witness of the actions he describes. The centrepiece of the book is Lithgow’s history of the long-drawn out siege of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a Royalist stronghold which eventually capitulated to its Scots besiegeers in October 1644. The book also contains Lithgow’s description of the ‘Never to bee forgotten’ battle of Marston Moor, the great turning point of the war in which an Anglo-Scottish army defeated the Royalists near York and effectively captured the North for Parliament. A rare eye-witness account, this book is a must for all Civil War enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in Scottish military history.
SIEGE OF NEWCASTLE
Lithgow was something of a celebrity, having travelled extensively in Europe and the Near East. He was present with the besieging Scots forces which eventually captured Newcastle in October 1644. This account was originally published in 1645.