Alured was the MP for Hedon in both the Short and Long Parliaments. He spent most of the First Civil War as a colonel in Lord Fairfax's northern parliamentarian army, and is known to have fought at Adwalton Moor in 1643 and possibly at Marston Moor in 1644. He was a member of Philip Nye's Hull congregation. In February 1645 he took up a new command in the New Model Army. In 1649, appointed to the High Court of Justice at the trial of King Charles, he was one of the signatories of the King's death warrant.
At the restoration of the monarchy, because of his act of regicide he was a named exception in the general pardon (Act of Oblivion, section XXXVIII), which meant that any property that was held by the beneficiaries of his estate, could be confiscated.
- Scott, ODNB
- Also spelt John Alred and John Aldred (the latter in the Act of Oblivion where Alured is given as an alias).
- Peacey J., The Regicides and the Execution of Charles 1, page 145
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- Oliver Cromwell the late great tirant his life-guard (1660), 5