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Barkstead, John [created Sir John Barkstead under the protectorate] (d. 1662), major-general and regicide, was probably the son of Michael Barkstead, a London goldsmith, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Downing. His grandfather had lived at Lichfield in Staffordshire and his family was originally from ...

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Cromwell, Henry (1628–1674), soldier, politician, and lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born on 20 January 1628 at Huntingdon and baptized there at All Saints' Church on 29 January, the fifth of nine children and fourth among the five sons of Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658)...

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Henry Cromwell (1628–1674) by Christiaan Janszoon Dusart unknown collection; photograph Sotheby's Picture Library, London / National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. G. Alger

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Taaffe, Sir William (d. 1631?), soldier and local official, was the second son of John Taaffe of Harristown and Ballybragan, co. Louth. He was a Catholic whose family were gentry landowners in co. Louth for more than two centuries and had been recipients of confiscated monastic property. In 1588 he was sub-sheriff of ...