The petition of Henry Crooke of Marlborough, Wiltshire, September 1660

To the Kinges most excellent Ma[jes]tie

The humble petic[i]on of Captaine Henry Crooke.


That ye pet[itione]r in ye late vnhappie warrs had the com[m]and of a foote company about 5 yeares, vnder ye com[m]and of the Lord Hopton, duringe w[hi]ch tyme, he was an Actor in those memorable & greate Actions, at the fight at Lansdowne, the freeinge of the Devizes, the takeing in of Bristoll, the beseiging of Gloucester, Newburrye wash, Cheriton by Alisford, Taking of Arundell, & Arundell castle, Removinge ye siege at Oxford, and Basing, Marching with the King to Worcester, and into Cornwall, and thence to the takeinge of Iford Combe;

In w[hi]ch service two of the pet[itione]rs sonnes sacrificed theire lives and ye pet[itione]rs deare wife (beinge the staie & comfort of his life) deceased, And after this, in that late fatall fier at Marleburgh ye pet[itione]r lost: 3: houses, whereby he is become, harbourles, freindles, and comfortles.

And besides, ye pet[itione]r in those services received divers woundes in his head, body, and lymbes, whereby he is become a most impotent Criple; and is thereby compelled to goe vppon Crutches with much paine.

Wherefore he humbly implores yo[u]r sacred Ma[jes]tie he beinge very aged, impotent, & indigent, to be gratiously pleased, to assigne vnto him some shor small penc[i]on for the short remnaunt of his life, such as vnto yo[u]r Ma[jes]ties greate wisdome shall seeme meet, That soe he maye be kept from perishing and starvinge

And ye petic[i]oner shall ever praie &c

Key Facts

Date of petition

September 1660

Name of petitioner

Henry Crooke

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Crown
    Whitehall Palace, City and Liberty of Westminster

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Battle of Lansdowne, 5 July 1643
    Battle of Roundway Down, 13 July 1643
    Assault on Bristol, 26 July 1643
    Siege of Gloucester, 10 August to 5 September 1643
    Battle of Newbury, 20 September 1643
    Battle of Cheriton, 29 March 1644
    Siege of Arundel, 19 December 1643 to 6 January 1644
    Siege of Oxford, 27 May to 8 June 1644
    Siege of Basing House, 4 June to 12 September 1644
    Battle of Lostwithiel, 21 August to 2 September 1644
    Surrender of Ilfracombe, 13 September 1644

Places mentioned

  • City and County of Worcester

People mentioned

Archive information


The National Archives

Shelf mark

SP 29/17/105, fol. 133