[16 August, 1644.]
Names of Commissioners to constitute Court Martial.; Offences within cognizance of Court.
Be it Ordained by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, and by authority of the same, That Robert Earle of
Essex, Captaine Generall of the Forces raised by the authority
of Parliament, Algernon Earle of Northumberland, Henry Earle
of Kent, Philip Earle of Pembroke, William Earle of Salisbury,
Oliver Earle of Bullingbrook, Edward Earle of Manchester,
Basil Earle of Denbigh, William Lord Viscount Say and Seale,
Philip Lord Wharton, Dudley Lord North, William Lord Grey
of Werk, John Lord Roberts, Philip Lord Lisle, Sir William
Waller, Sir Arthur Haslerig, Sir John Corbet, Sir John Bamfield,
Sir Henry Heyman, Collonel Alexander Popham, Collonel
Stapeley, Collonel Whitehead, Collonel Morley, Collonel Purefoy,
Collonel Ven, Edward Baynton Esquire, Collonel William Iephson, Collonel Alexander Rigby, Thomas Arundell Esquire,
Serjeant Major Generall Skippon, Sir Nathaniel Brent, Doctor
Thomas Eden, John Bradshaw Esquire, William Steele, Esquire,
Sir Iames Harrington, Collonel Brown, Collonel West, Collonel
Charles Fleetwood, Col. William Strode, Col. Turner, Col. Manwaring, Collonel Witchcoate, Collonel Pyndar, Lievtenant
Collonel Welden, Lievtenant Colonel Underwod, Lievtenant
Collonel Wilson, Major Salloway, Major Titchborn, Collonel
Humphrey, Collonel Player, Collonel Prince, Collonel Harsnet,
Major Camfield, William Mollins, Collonel Owen, Lievtenant
Collonel Web, Lievtenant Collonel Bradley, or any twelve
or more of them, whereof such of the members of either
House of Parliament, as have commissions and commands in any
of the Armies or Garrisons, and Sir Nathaniell Brent alwaies to
be Three, shall be Commissioners, and shall have full power
and authority to heare and determine all such causes as belong
to Military cognizance, according to the Articles in this present
Ordinance mentioned. And to proceed to the Tryall, condemnation, and execution of all offenders against the said Articles,
and to inflict upon the offenders such punishment, either by
Death or otherwise corporally, as the said Commissioners or the
major part of them then present shall judge to appertain to
justice, according to the nature of the offence, and Articles here
I. No person or persons whatsoever, shall from henceforth
voluntarily repaire or goe from the Cities of London and
Westminster, or from any other parts of the Kingdome, under the
power of the Parliament, unto the person of the King or Queene,
or Lords of the Counsell abiding with him, or her, or to any
Commander or Officer of the Kings Army, or shall give or hold
any intelligence by Letters, Messages, or otherwise, with any in
Armes against the Parliament, without consent of both Houses
of Parliament, or the Committee appointed by Ordinance of
Parliament, for managing the war, the Lord Generall of the forces
raised by the two Houses, or from the respective Officers that
shall command in chiefe any of the said forces, upon paine of
death, or other Corporall punishment at discretion.
II. Whosoever hath, or shall plot, contrive, or endeavour the
betraying, surrendring, or yeelding up to the Enemy, or hath, or
shall, contrary to the rules of Warre, surrender, yeeld up or
betray any Cities, Towns, Forts, Magazines, or forces which now
are, or hereafter shall be under the power of the Parliament, shall
be punished with death.
III. No person or persons whatsoever not under the power of
the Enemy, shall voluntarily relieve any person being in Armes
against the Parliament, knowing him to have beene so in Armes,
with any Money, Victualls, or Ammunition, upon paine of death
or other corporall punishment at discretion, or shall voluntarily
and knowingly harbour or receive any being in Armes as aforesaid upon paine of punishment at discretion.
IV. No Officer or Souldier shall make any mutinous Assemblies, or be assisting thereunto, upon paine of death.
V. No Guardian or Officer of any prison, shall wilfully suffer
any prisoner of War to escape under paine of death, or negligently under paine of imprisonment, and further punishment at
VI. Whosoever shall voluntarily take up Armes against the
Parliament, having taken the Nationall Covenant, shall die without mercy.
VII. Whatsoever Officer or Commander, hath, or shall desert
their trust, and adheare to the enemy, shall dye without mercy.
Power to Commissioners to sit when and where they will within Lines of Communication, and to appoint needful Officers.; Assistance.; Indemnity.; Proviso.
And it is hereby further Ordained by the authority aforesaid,
that the said Commissioners or any twelve or more of them,
whereof such of the Members of either House of Parliament as
have Commissions and Commands in any of the Armies or Garrisons, and Sir Nathaniel Brent, alwaies to be three, shall be
authorized from time to time so often as they shall thinke fit, or
shall be ordered thereunto by both or either House of Parliament, to sit in some convenient place within the Cities of
London, Westminster, or Lines of Communication, and to appoint a Judge Advocate, a Provost-Marshall, and all other
Officers needfull. And it is hereby further Ordained, that all
Majors, Sheriffs, Justices of Peace, Cnstables, Bailiffes, and
other Officers shall be ayding and assisting to the said Commissioners in the execution of the Premisses, and that the said
Commissioners, and every of them, and all and every other person
and persons, that shall be ayding and assisting to them in the
execution of the Premisses, shall be saved harmlesse and indempnified for what they shall doe therein by authority of Parliament, provided neverthelesse that no Member of either Houses
of Parliament, or Assistants of the House of Peeres shall be questioned, or tryed before the Commissioners appointed by vertue of
this present Ordinance, without assent and leave first had and
obtained of both Houses of Parliament.
Ord. to continue four months.
And be it also provided, that this present Ordinance, and
the authority hereby given and appointed to the persons hereby
nominated, shall endure and have continuance for foure moneths
from the making hereof.
Not to come into force till eight days after publication.
Provided, that this Ordinance for any offence hereafter to be
committed, shall not take place, or be of force untill eight dayes
after the publication hereof, any thing in this Ordinance to the