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.