War and Roses 1470: The Kingmaker
Baron Scrope & Lord of Bolton castle
Son of the North
+2 Command Points when commanding soldiers
in battle in Northern England. Baron Scrope may also
play more than 1 defensive stratagem per turn in battle.
Practiced Command Of Arms
+2 Attack rating bonus in Personal Combat.
Loyal & Steadfast Commander.
Commands 2 contingents of men-at-arms, 10 Contingents of Northern levies, and 4 contingents of archers. 5 knights are sworn to him, Sir Nicholas Stainings, knighted in 1465 during Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Sir Walter Bye, a veteran of St. Albans in 1455 and Wakefield in 1460, Sir Ralf Montfort, a Frenchman whose father fought alongside King Henry V, Sir William Bowes, and Sir Hugh De La Mare.
Baron Scrope of Bolton castle is 34 years old in January of 1470. Sir John inherited his titles in the year 1459 after the execution of his father, Baron Henry Scrope, following the Battle of Ludford Bridge. He was first married at the age of eleven and has been married twice since, once in 1446 and again in the year 1463.
Sir John enjoys jousting and tournament fighting and has participated in many tournaments held in both England and France. His personal badge is a black raven which is why many call him the Black Bird of Bolton. Baron Scrope’s lands encompass all of Bolton and the surrounding forests in Northern Yorkshire, ruling from Bolton castle which had been completed in the year 1399 by his great-great-great grandfather, Richard le Scrope, the 1st Baron of Bolton. During the War of the Roses thus far, Baron Scrope has fought at the Battle of Northampton in the year 1460, the Second Battle of St. Albans, and at the Battle of Towton in March of 1461 where he was wounded. He fought also at the Battle of Hexham in the year 1464 during the Duke of Somerset’s Northern rebellion. His third wife died in 1467.
He was among a band of knights and nobles who scoured Northumberland after the battle for Lancastrian loyalists and for the Duke of Somerset himself. It Baron Scrope’s men who eventually discovered and captured Sir Henry Beaufort; hiding without harness or his sword in a pig barn. Beaufort was executed the following morning in the town square of Hexham as a result. He is unmarried and is a Committed Yorkist.