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Before we move on to the trial of the Rebellion’s ring leaders, there is a small sub-plot which is worth relating. Most of the accounts of the rebellion insist emphasise its bloodlessness. This wasn’t quite true, as we have already seen with the powder wagon explosion and the possible hanging of a number of the rebels by their own number. However, the two Edward King letters tell of the 40 or 50 “Scotch” which were sent from the main body to Sleaford itself to secure lodging and victuals for the rest.

At four or five in the morning, on the 20th (the day after the main stand off between the Rebels and the King’s party) about 60 of the dragoons rode into Sleaford and encountered the “drinking and drunk” rebels. The Dragoons-

came up a foot to their guard, who was surprised: but a sergeant drew at a cornet that led the King’s party, upon which the cornet shot him in the neck, another killed and two more mortally wounded

whilst the rest were captured and went to joint their colleagues in prison in Falkingham, two Captains reportedly escaped from Sleaford (presumably from this forage party) but, again according to Edward King

it is hoped that the Hue and Cry will presently overtake them, being but indifferently Hors’d