February 19th, 1645 – Prince Maurice and his troops arrive in Chester, forcing the Parliamentarian army under Sir William Brereton to end their siege of the city. This greatly relieves Lord Byron (not the poet, but his great, great, great, great uncle) the Royalist commander imposing a reign of terror on occupied Chester. Hilariously, though, Maurice and his army leave Chester in March TAKING ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED OF BYRON’S VETERAN TROOPS, leaving just 600 regulars in the city. This greatly enrages Lord Byron, since Brereton’s army then resumes their siege and he is left trying to hold Chester with a much smaller force.
(For some quick background Chester was the only stronghold left to Lord Byron’s Royalist army in northern Wales since the Parliametarians had retaken most of the surrounding country by this point in the war. Byron was noted – even by many Royalist- leaning historians – for his overtly cruel treatment of the citizens of the towns he was military commander over. His ruthless treatment of the civilian population was responsible for alienating thousands of potential allies. This John Byron died without children and his brother Richard assumed the title of Lord Byron. Richard’s descendant was the famous poet Lord Byron who died in the struggle for Greek independence from the Ottoman Turks.)