|14, 57.9533, 43.0270|
Shire of the City of Eskwick
|• Lord Mayor|
|• Estimate (2014)||575,065|
|• Census (2012)||574,288|
Eskwick is the capital city of Wesmandy. It is situated in the northeast of the country on the River Esk, and has a population of c.574,000 (2012).
HistoryDevnunii settlement on or near Eskwick, but there are no records of it. Eskwick itself was established in 1205 by Knight Venturers - "Wesmans" - as a military base in their defence of the Devnunii from Norðmanni raiders, but it quickly became a centre of administration and trade as the Wesman habitation became permanent. Dukes of Wesmandy resided there on occasion from about 1215, and by the 1230s it had become their principal seat.
In 1306 Duke Edgar of Wesmandy became Regent of Devnun, ruling on behalf of his infant son King Richard. The Regent spent the majority of his time in the ancient Devnun capital of Stoneleigh, but when King Richard began his personal rule in 1323 he started spending more time in Eskwick, especially after the Devnunii Rebellion of 1330. By the 1340s Eskwick was generally acknowledged as the home of the royal court.
When King William I (Duke Vilhelm II of Nordhalvøen) started creating shires in 1442, Eskwick became the shire-capital of Eskland, but in 1894 it was separated and became a shire in its own right.