Halsall [Hassall], Edward
- J. T. Peacey
Halsall [Hassall], Edward (c. 1627–1686), royalist army officer and assassin, was probably born in Lancashire, the younger son of Thomas Halsall of Melling and his first wife, whose identity is unknown. The Halsall family was prominent in Lancashire, although Edward's early life remains obscure. Little is known about him until his emergence as a colonel or major in the royalist army during the 1640s. His fame springs, however, from his role in the murder of ...