Thomas Blagge

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Colonel Thomas Blagge by English School now owned by the UK national trust

Colonel Thomas Blagge (1613 – 14 November 1660) was an English soldier, a supporter of Charles I in the English Civil War.

Life[edit]

He came from Horningsheath, Suffolk, and was Groom of the Chamber to Charles I. From 1642 he was Governor of Wallingford Castle, and commanded a foot regiment of 1000 men. He fought against various Roundhead commanders including Lawrence Crawford and Richard Baxter. In 1646 he was the last to surrender a major English stronghold to Oliver Cromwell's forces, following a siege of the castle by Sir Thomas Fairfax. He refused to give in until he had the permission of Charles I. He was a supporter of Charles II, fighting at the battle of Worcester in 1651 and was made Governor of Yarmouth but died 6 months after the Restoration. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. His daughter Margaret Blagge married the politician Sidney Godolphin and she was the subject of a book by John Evelyn entitled The Life of Mrs Godolphin.

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References[edit]

  • Dewey, J. and Dewey, S. (1996) Wallingford and the Civil War, Pie Powder Press, ISBN 0-948598-09-3
  • Griffin, S. (2000) Wallingford in the English civil war, 1642-1646, Bristol : Stuart Press, Invalid ISBN, 28 p.
  • Hedges, J.K. (1881) The history of Wallingford, in the county of Berks. London : Wm Clowes, 2 vol.