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Waller, William, Sir

Born: 1598 AD
Died: 1668 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: General, Military Officer

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.