People

People of the Civil Wars

The Civil Wars were a time of terrible conflict, disease and famine. In England alone roughly 190,000 people died, 100,000 of these from war-related diseases rather than conflict. For those who survived, petitioning for a pension provided some relief during these difficult times.

Civil War Petitions contains records of these people. For some, petitions and certificates detailing their losses survive, but for others, there are only details of where and when they received relief and how much money was granted to them.

Try searching for a name, an occupation, military rank or for a place of residence. Famous individuals such as Fairfax and Cromwell, are often mentioned in the petitions. Explore people such as maimed soldiers, war widows, medical practitioners or family dependants.

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Prisoners of war: the lowest priority

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What can I find on Civil War Petitions?

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The War Hero, the Eccentric and the Turncoat: the Men Behind Three Signatures

Several of the signatories to the documents in our Civil War Petitions database will be familiar names to anyone interested…

War Widows Past and Present: The Civil War Petitions and War Widows' Stories Projects

As we approach Remembrance Day, our blog considers the plight of all war widows, both past and present. How do…

Charity in the City: Funding the Relief of Maimed Soldiers in Post-Restoration Bristol

Bristol was one of the largest cities in seventeenth-century England and was hotly contested over during the Civil Wars. Unfortunately,…

A Female Combatant: Jane Merricke of Hereford

In the materials at the heart of the ‘War, Conflict and Memory’ project, women appear almost exclusively as widows petitioning…

Sir Thomas Fairfax, the Leeds widow and the soldier of Otley

The cases of claimants to pensions and military welfare were often strengthened by certificates of their service signed by their…

Meet a Magistrate: Richard Hutton of Goldsborough Hall in context

In our first ever blog, we were introduced to a petitioner, one of the more colourful characters amongst our Civil…

How to Win Friends and Influence People: Negotiating Tactics of Civil War Petitioners

In a previous blog, David Appleby demonstrated the determination that was required by some petitioners to successfully secure a pension.…

The Scottish Connection

Over the duration of our project we aim to identify, digitise and transcribe literally thousands of petitions and other documents…