Major Mercer of the Worcestershire horse

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Major Mercer, the commander of the Worcestershire horse,[1] played a significant part in the Battle of Worcester in 1651,[2] but although mentioned in primary sources his full name is not given in them.[3] David Laing speculated that he was John Mercer the younger brother of William Mercer who was also a parliamentary officer and author of "Angliae Speculum, or England's looking-glass" (London 1646).[4][5]


  1. ^ Baldock 1809, pp. 505, 508.
  2. ^ Atkinson 1911.
  3. ^ Stace 1810, pp. 111–112 noted in Laing 1862, p. 348
  4. ^ Laing 1862, pp. 348–357.
  5. ^ Not to be confused with England's looking-glass by Edmund Calamy the Elder (London 1642)