DUNBAR
1650

CROMWELL IS COMING...
THE BATTLE OF DUNBAR 1650
The year is 1650. For more than a decade the three kingdoms of Scotland, England and Ireland have been wracked by civil war. Whilst fighting a desperate war of their own against the Scots Royalists, the Scots Covenanters had allied with the English Parliament to bring down their king, Charles I. But now that Parliament has killed the king without Scotland's approval, and his son has been proclaimed in Edinburgh. Oliver Cromwell, hero of the new republic, leads a veteran army into the country of his former allies to impose a new order.

But Cromwell's designs have been thwarted. The Scots have set aside their differences in the face of this formidable threat, and assembled a large army. At every turn Cromwell's advances on Edinburgh have been blocked, and in appalling weather he has been forced to retreat. At Musselburgh and Haddington he was hard pressed to hold back the Scottish forces as his own army limped towards Dunbar, soaked, exhausted, and sick.

The Scots have more men, they have a stronger position. They are confident of victory. They come down from their hilltop and settle in for a rainy night, ready to force the Commowealth forces to evacuate Dunbar in the morning.

But their enemy is far from beaten yet. Oliver Cromwell is about to strike back...
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