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The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HU


15 Aug 2019


7:00 pm


£3-£7 (free for Commandery members)

Battle of Worcester Society Talk: Colonel William Carless – The Hero of the Boscobel Oak Tree

Elaine Joyce is author of Nine Witnesses for the Colonel – King Charles II’s Most True and Loyal Friend, and is the fourth speaker in the Battle of Worcester Society‘s 2019 Civil War Nights programme.

The talks take place in the historic Great Hall of The Commandery where seating is limited, so we would advise pre-booking for all talks.

The Commandery Cafe will remain open from 5pm until the talk starts should you wish to arrive early.

About the Speaker

Elaine Joyce’s Nine Witnesses for the Colonel – King Charles II’s Most True and Loyal Friend traces the story of Colonel William Carless who fought in the Royalist Army at the Battle of Worcester and was a pivotal figure in the King’s escape and survival. Responsible for the famous hiding place in the oak tree at Boscobel, now known as the Royal Oak, Carless moved to Worcester after Charles returned to the throne in 1660. He is also known as Colonel Carlos, Carelesse, Carles and Carlis – all variations on the Spanish word for Charles, a name the King bestowed on him as a mark of gratitude.

Copies of the book will be available to buy on the night.


To book your tickets, please visit the Battle of Worcester Society website.

Free for Commandery Members
Booking essential to secure your front row seat. Members please book through The Commandery by visiting the front desk or calling 01905 361821.
Want free admission and a whole host of other perks? Read more about becoming a Commandery member.


Organised by the Battle of Worcester Society and hosted by The Commandery.

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