Just this once, I’m stepping outside the normal Who’s Who purely because of today’s date and it’s significance to Oliver Cromwell.
1649 Cromwell arrives at Drogheda in Ireland with 10,000 men. The storming and massacre took place eight days later
1650 Cromwell routs the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar
1651 Cromwell routs the combined army of Charles 11 and the Scots at the Battle of Worcester – the last battle of the Civil War
Read about Eden Maxwell at the Battle of Dunbar and Eden, Ashley Peverell and Francis Langley at the Battle of Worcester in The King’s Falcon – coming soon.
1654 Cromwell, having been Lord Protector for nine months, opens his first Protectoral Parliament. One guesses that the choice of date was no accident
1658 Cromwell dies at 4pm at the Palace of Whitehall
Celebrate or mourn – depending on your point of view.