PLATE XV

MILITARY BOOTS

SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

Two views, giving the back and front, of military boots in common wear during the great Civil War. The large overhanging bell tops could be used by the wearer as described in the previous plate; they are made of very stout black leather, with thick soles and squared toes; the heels are of several layers of leather, and there are spur-rests above them. These boots are preserved in the ancient chapel, now used as a museum, standing within the ruined walls of Farleigh Castle, Somersetshire. It is a singular fact that this Castle was held for a short time during the Civil War, for the king, by a Colonel Hungerford, while its actual owner at the time, Sir Edward Hungerford, was commanding the Wiltshire forces on the side of the Commonwealth.

The boots are the property of Lord Donington.