National Civil War Centre - Tudor Hall. 18th June @ 11.00am
At the time of his death at the Battle of Preston (1648),Colonel Thornhagh was one of the rising figures in the parliamentarianranks. Commander of all the parliamentarian cavalry in Nottinghamshire,based in Nottingham, he saw extensive military service both within the countyand across the country. In his report to Parliament in 1648, OliverCromwell said of his dead colleague ‘he was a man as faithful and gallant inyour service as any’.
To coincide with the first ever full biography of this longoverlooked Nottinghamshire figure, this talk will examine the career of FrancisThornhagh. It will explore the man, the soldier, the politician (MP forRetford 1646-48) and his evolving relationship with Oliver Cromwell over theyears 1643-1648 .