21 May 2015

Military Rule and the ‘Suspected Persons’ of the Cromwellian South-West

A talk with Alex Craven looking at how suspected Royalists from the south west were treated after a failed uprising against the rule of Oliver Cromwell in 1655.

After the uprising, Cromwell as Lord Protector imposed a system of military government across England and Wales. The country was divided into several regions, each governed by a Major-General, who were commanded to take bonds for good behaviour from suspected Royalists.

In the south west, Major-General Desborough took bonds from over 5,000 men, many of them of very humble status. Alex Craven will explore who these south-west ‘suspected persons’ were, and examine what it meant to be included amongst their number.

Alex Craven is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Regional History Centre, UWE, Bristol and a contributing editor to the Victoria County History of Gloucestershire.

Part of the UWE Regional History Centre and M Shed seminar series. Other seminars in the series are:

British Sign Language Interpreters are available for all of the Regional History Centre talks, but must be booked in advance – please contact us to book. Interpreters will be cancelled on the Monday prior to the talk if no bookings are made.