Jacob Astley, 1st Baron Astley of Reading

British Royalist commander

Jacob Astley (1579 – February 1652) was a Royalist commander in the English Civil War.

Jacob Astley, 1st Baron Astley of Reading


  • O Lord! thou knowest how busy I must be this day: if I forget thee, do not thou forget me.[1]
    • Prayer before the Battle of Edgehill (1642), quoted by Sir Philip Warwick, Memoires, 1701.
  • You have done your work, boys, and may go play, unless you will fall out among yourselves.[2]
    • Address to his Roundhead captors at the end of the Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold (1646) the last field battle of the First English Civil War.


  1. Hastings, Max (1986), The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes, United States: Oxford University Press, p. 118, ISBN 78-0-19-520528-2 Invalid ISBN  citing C.V. Wedgwood
  2. Hastings 1986, p. 135, citing C.V. Wedgwood

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