Waller, William, Sir
1598 - Born in Knole, Kent, England. He was a leading Parliamentary commander in southern England during the first three years of the Civil War.
1618 - Waller fought for Bohemia in the early campaigns of the Thirty Years' War.
1622 - He was knighted.
1640 - Elected to the Long Parliament, he became a colonel in the Parliamentary army upon the outbreak of the Civil War.
1642 - He captured Portsmouth and, soon after, several other towns of southeastern England, thereby earning the nickname “William the Conqueror”.
1643 - Promoted to the rank of general, he seized Hereford, Herefordshire, in April.
1644 - Waller prevented the Royalists from invading Sussex in January and stopped Hopton's advance on London in March, but he was defeated by King Charles I near Banbury, Oxfordshire, in June.
1645 - Waller was evidently the first to suggest the creation of a professional army. This New Model Army was formed in February, and two months later Waller resigned his commission.
- Waller was a leader of the Presbyterians in Parliament during their unsuccessful struggle with the army, which was dominated by Independents (radical Puritans).
1649-1659 - For opposing Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth regime, he was imprisoned several times.
1660 - Although elected to the Convention Parliament, Waller never took his seat and subsequently received no political encouragement from King Charles II.
1668 - Died on September 19th in London.
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