Long, Sir James
The following data is extracted from Long Family Records.
(1617-1692), royalist: s. Sir Walter L of Draycot Cerne, Wiltshire; b. South Wraxhall, Wiltshire; it appears that he entered the royal army and is probably the Captain Long who served in Sir Thomas Glemham's regiment at the beginning of the Civil War; appointed sheriff of Wiltshire in the king's interest, 1644; early in 1645 he escorted the Prince of Wales to Bristol and was leisurely returning eastwards when he was overtaken by a superior force of parliamentarians under Waller and Cromwell at Devizes; he fell rapidly back towards Bath, hotly pursued by Waller; near Potterne he was intercepted by Cromwell, and the high thick-set hedges prevented his escape; he was captured but was soon exchanged; he was something of an antiquary, and in a letter to Aubrey, preserved in the Bodleian Library, dated 1688, there is an interesting description by Long of a number of Roman coins found at Heddington, Wiltshire.
Source: Long Family Records