The English Civil War, 1640-1660

Published on: 15 Apr 2013
Updated: 2 Nov 2016

It always helps to know as much as you can about the historical context of your ancestors. Below are links to severls versions and explanations of the English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell.

Here are three very different You Tube presentations of the English Civil War in which our Scottish prisoners of war were participants and survivors:
#1 – The English Civil War in Three Minutes: (fast)
English Civil War – Three Minute History
#2 – English Civil War – Learning Zone – Dramatized: (fun)
Part One – 9:13 mins
Part Two – 9:58 mins
#3 – English Civil War at Yale (scholarly, excellent, plus English accent)
20. Constitutional Revolution and Civil War, 1640-1646 – 49:46 mins.
21. Regicide and Republic, 1647-1660 – 47:11

Oliver Cromwell, was born at Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, on 25 April 1599 and died at Whitehall, London, England, on 3 Sep 1658.

Interestingly, the Battle of Dunbar was on the 3rd of September in 1650 and the Battle of Worcester was on the 3rd of September in 1651.

Is his date of death a coincidence, poetic justice, or revenge??? 😉

Here is a photo of Oliver Cromwell painted by Samuel Cooper in 1656.

Oliver Cromwell as painted by Samuel Cooper in

Oliver Cromwell as painted by Samuel Cooper in 1656.

Here are some more documentaries which will help you better understand this man and the English Civil War which greatly impacted our ancestors!

Oliver Cromwell and Ireland: 1648-1650
Cromwell – Gods Executioner Part 1/2 – “Historian Micheal Siochru reveals politician Oliver Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland between 1648 and 1650, and the impact his campaigns in Drogheda and Wexford have had on the country.” More Irish died during this time than during the potato famine.

Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War: Biographical and Dramatized:
Narrated by Michael Kitchen and stars the actor who currently plays Inspector Thursday on Endeavour.
The English Civil War – Cromwell – 1:16:54 long

The English Civil War ( 22 August 1642 – 3 September 1651):
History in Five – FIVE Minutes Long! with maps and dates, just the bare facts but helpful as a refresher!


3 Responses to The English Civil War, 1640-1660

  1. Wentworth says:

    He also arrived at Drogheda on 3rd September but the Battle didn’t begin because he was waiting for artillery.

  2. hinchinbrooke says:

    He probably held on until September 3rd. Both Dunbar and Worcester were victories that assured Cromwell that God was on his side. Death, for most of the people in the 17th Century was to be welcomed and looked on as a step through a door. After the death, it was 250 years before anyone could write anything positive about Cromwell and most of the acts passed by the Presbyterian Parliament have been blamed on Cromwell.
    On the night before the invasion of Scotland. Cromwell said ‘These are our brethren who have been misled’ and he warned the soldiers not to do harm to or take from any Scotsman who was not in arms.
    5,000 of the Prisoners at Dunbar were dismissed because they were Sick, Injured or Starving.
    He sent trumpets around Scotland to tell people to come and collect the sick and wounded.
    Many of the men captured had not eaten for four days before the battle.

    I’m be happy to furnish proof of the legitimacy of the Invasion but first, look for a Document on the net called ‘The Engagement’. It would have established Presbyterianism in England and banned all the other sects. That was the arrangement that the Scots had with Charles II in return for their invading England and imposing the King.

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