Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell (1599 - 1658)

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Oliver "Old Ironsides" Cromwell aka 1st Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England Scotland and Ireland
Born in Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in St Giles, Cripplegate, London, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Whitehall, London, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 29 Nov 2018
05:42: Vivienne Caldwell edited the Biography for Oliver Cromwell. [Thank Vivienne for this]
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Oliver Cromwell is Notable.

Oliver Cromwell lead an army in two English civil wars, signed the death sentence for King Charles I, and became Lord Protector of England, Ireland and Scotland.[1]

Born the second of ten children of Robert Cromwell and Elizabeth Stewart, at Huntingdon on 25 April 1599. He was baptised at the church of St John four days later.

"This Extract from the Register of St. John's Parish in Huntingdom, which Mr. Ferrar has been so obliging as to send me, includes Six of the Family, prior to the Protector Himself: But I will begin with Him, at present. .....25th April 1599. Oliverius, filius Roberti Cromwell Gen. et Eliz. uxoris ejus, natus 25. April 1599. et bapt. 29. .... " (Oliver, son of Gen. Robert Cromwell And Eliz. his wife, was born April 25, 1599, and baptd. 29.) [2] [3]

The family estate derived from Oliver's great-grandfather, Morgan Williams, a brewer from Glamorgan who settled at Putney in London. Williams married Katherine Cromwell, the sister of Thomas Cromwell, who became chancellor to Henry VIII. Through his association with Thomas Cromwell, Morgan Williams gained estates in Huntingdonshire after the confiscation of church lands at the Reformation. His son Richard changed the family name to Cromwell in honour of their benefactor.

Oliver Cromwell was famously exhumed for a posthumous execution, on the twelfth anniversary of King Charles execution. Numerous stories regarding the separate burial of head and body exist, including supposition that it may have not even been the body of Cromwell that was exhumed at all. [4]


  1. Dictionary of National Biography
  2. A Few Anecdotes and Observations Relating to Oliver Cromwell and His Family, Serving to rectify Several Errors concerning Him, published by Nicholaus Comnenus Papadopoli In his Historia Gymnasii Patavini, By a Member of the Royal Society, and of the Society of Antiquaries, of London, London: Printed for J. Worrall, at the Dove in Bell-Yard, near Lincolns-Inn, 1763, Page 8 - data found under Oliverius (Oliver) Cromwell
  3. Entered by Stephen Fritz, secondhand knowledge, August 1, 2017
  4. BCW Project
  • John Morrill, ‘Cromwell, Oliver (1599–1658)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Sept 2015 accessed 23 May 2017. This is a subscription site but access is free to readers of British libraries whose library subscribes.

See Also...

  • Murray, Elizabeth (DNB00). Wikisource.org.[1]

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Home of Oliver Cromwell Ely Huntingdon Cambridgeshire
Home of Oliver Cromwell Ely Huntingdon Cambridgeshire

Cast of the death mask of Oliver Cromwell
Cast of the death mask of Oliver Cromwell


On 20 Aug 2018 at 07:50 GMT Merriam Langdon wrote:

Hello 10th Great Grandpa...!!!

On 3 Jun 2016 at 04:40 GMT Darien (Stadden) Anonymous wrote:

I found this online at my ASU library and thought it would be helpful to those managing the protector Oliver Cromwell's page as it lists his descendants.


Oliver is 24 degrees from Rosa Parks, 22 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 12 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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