[7 June 1645.]
Whereas divers Malignants and ill-affected persons have lately
endeavored to surprise the Castle of Dover, and whereas divers
other persons have since that, at several times and places Trayterously assembled themselves together in a Warlike maner in
the County of Kent, and aswell by secret practises and contrivances, as by open force, attempted to Leavy War against the
Parliament, and made Uproars, and raised seditions in the said
Bounty: for the due punishment thereof, and for the preventing
the like for the time to come, and that execution may be done
upon the place, to the terror of all others, and that the Peace of
the said County may be better settled and preserved;
Names of Commissioners and Council of War in Kent.;Power to Execute; Martial Law on all that have taken part in rising in Kent.
It is Ordained, and be it Ordained by the Lords and Commons
in this present Parliament assembled, That Colonel Sir Iohn
Sedley Knight and Baronet, Colonel Sir Michael Livesey,
Colonel Sir Richard Hardres, Major Sir Thomas Piers, Sir
Anthony Welden, Captain Sir Isaac Sedley, Colonel Ralph
Welden, Colonel Iohn Brown, Colonel Henry Honeywood,
Colonel George Newman, Colonel William Kenrick, Colonel
Thomas Blunt, Colonel Birch, Colonel William Boothby, Lieutenant-Colonel Roberts, Lieutenant-Colonel Oxenden, Lieutenant-Colonel Bix, Lieutenant-Colonel Skevington, LieutenantColonel Sadler, Captain Thomas Westrow, Major Iohn Boys
Lieutenant of Dover Castle, Captain Brodnox, Captain Iohn
Dixwel, Captain Iohn Brown, Captain Beal, Captain Iohn Boys
of Wingham, Captain William Skinner, William Iambes, Lambert Godfrey and Robert Hales, Esquires, Sir Edward Moning
Baronet, Sir Iohn Rivers Baronet, Sir Peter Godfrey, Sir
Nicholas Miller, Sir Iames Oxenden Knights; Captain Humphrey Scot, Captain Robert Scot, Thomas Siliard and Thomas
Francklin, Esquires, or any twelve or more of them, shall be
and are hereby constituted and made Commissioners and
Councel of War within the said County of Kent, and shall have
full power and authority within the said County, to hear and
determine all causes belonging to Military cognizance, and to
proceed to the Tryal, condemnation and execution of all such
person and persons as have offended as aforesaid, or which shall
offend in like maner during the continuance of this Ordinance
within the said County, and to inflict upon them such punishments, either by Death or otherwise corporally, according to the
course and custome of War, and according to the Laws, Articles
and Ordinances of War, at any time allowed by both Houses of
this present Parliament, or according to such further Instructions as they shall receive from both Houses of Parliament, as
the said Commissioners or the major part of them then present
shall adjudge to appertain to Justice; and to do such other
things as to the right and due execution of the power, to them
hereby committed shall appertain.
To appoint Judge Advocate and other officers.; Powers of Judge-Advocate.
And it is hereby further Ordained by the authority aforesaid,
that the said Commissioners or any twelve or more of them, shall
be authorized from time to time so often as they shall think fit,
or shall be Ordered thereunto by both or either House of Parliament, to sit in some convenient place within the said County of
Kent, and to appoint a Judge-Advocate and Provost Marshal,
and all other Officers needful whatsoever; and the said JudgeAdvocate is hereby authorized and enabled to receive all Accusations, Articles, Complaints and Charges against all or any
the offenders aforesaid, and to examine the Delinquents or
parties charged, and to administer corporal Oathes to all
Witnesses, and them to examine upon Oath before or at the
tryals as the cases may require.
And the said Commissioners or any three or more of them, are
hereby enabled to send their Warrants for any Delinquents or
Witnesses in any place whatsoever, and commit to prison all
such as shall be refractory or misbehave themselves.
And it is hereby further Ordained, That all Mayors, Bailiffs,
Sheriffs, Justices of Peace, and other Officers whatsoever, shall
be ayding and assisting to the said Commissioners in the execution of the Premises; 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 Premises,
shall be protected and for ever saved harmless by the Power and
Authority of both Houses of Parliament.
Ordinance to continue for six months
And it is lastly Provided, That this present Ordinance and
the authority hereby given to the persons hereby nominated and
appointed, shall endure and have continuance for six Moneths
from the making hereof.
Late Ord. 23 April, 1645, for Martial Law in Kent made null.
And it is lastly Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That
the late Ordinance for Martial-Law to be executed within the
County of Kent, and the authority thereby given, is and be here
absolutely avoided, made Null, of no effect.
Members of both Houses excepted.
Provided always, that this Ordinance, or any clause therein
contained, shall not extend to any Peer of this Realm, or any
Member of the House of Commons, nor to any Assistant, Officer
or Attendant of the House of Peers, nor to any Officer attending
the said House of Commons.