Some More Parliamentarian Command
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Rather than being representative of Essex, Fairfax and Cromwell these figures have been painted to represent Major General Sir Richard Browne, Commissary General John Lambert, and Thomas Lord Grey of Groby.
|I think this was meant to be Essex|
He assisted in the disarming of the Royalist gentry of Kent in September 1642 then marched with the Trained Bands to join Sir William Waller at the capture of Winchester. Promoted to colonel, Browne became active in enforcing security in London by suppressing demonstrations against the war. In December 1643, Browne was appointed major-general of a brigade of Trained Bands and auxiliary regiments sent to reinforce Waller's army in the south.
Browne was appointed governor of Abingdon, from where he directed operations against Royalist forces around Oxford. However, he complained to Parliament that his men were mutinous and unruly owing to a lack of supplies and pay. From September to December 1644, Lord Digby secretly tried to persuade Browne to surrender Abingdon in return for a baronetcy. Browne feigned interest while using the time to finish the defensive works around Abingdon and to acquire supplies and reinforcements from London. In January 1645, Browne repulsed a surprise attack on Abingdon led by Prince Rupert. In May 1645, Browne joined forces with Lieutenant-General Cromwell to shadow the King's Oxford army on its march north, but relations between the two commanders were tense. Browne joined General Fairfax at the first siege of Oxford in June 1645. He would be arrested and imprisoned as part of Pride's Purge, but would return to Parliament during the Second and Third Protectorates. At the Restoration Browne led the royal procession into London. He was knighted by Charles II, made a baronet in July 1660 and elected lord mayor of London in October. His military expertise and loyalty were recognised with his appointment as major-general of the London militia.
|Most likely the Cromwell from the pack?|
In April 1644, Lambert joined forces with the Fairfaxes and Sir John Meldrum for an attack on Selby that forced the Yorkshire Royalists to withdraw to York. He was second-in-command of the Yorkshire horse at the battle of Marston Moor (July 1644). Lambert's cavalry were on the Parliamentarian right wing, which was routed by Lieutenant-General Goring, but Lambert and a few steadfast troopers remained with Sir Thomas Fairfax when he forced his way through the Royalist lines to join Cromwell on the victorious Parliamentarian left flank.
When Fairfax was appointed captain-general of the New Model Army in 1645, Lambert took command of the Northern Association but would later be replaced by Major-General Poyntz. He transferred to the New Model as a colonel of foot in January 1646.
In July 1647, soldiers of the Northern Association, in solidarity with the New Model, seized Poyntz, and sent him to Fairfax as a prisoner. Lambert was ordered back to his old command to replace Poyntz. Already well-known and popular with the northern troops, Lambert quickly restored order and discipline.
Lambert was second-in-command to Cromwell at the battle of Preston in August 1648. Promoted to Major-General, Lambert went as second-in-command on Cromwell's invasion of Scotland in 1650 against Charles II and the Covenanters. According to some accounts, he formulated the battle plan that led to the stunning English victory at Dunbar in September 1650. He refused to take the oath of loyalty when Cromwell was installed as Lord Protector for life and was ordered to resign his commissions in July 1657.
Fiercely opposed to the Restoration Lambert tried to rally the 'old cause' but would be captured and imprisoned for the rest of his life.
|Which means this figure is meant to be Fairfax.|
Implicated in a Leveller plot to assassinate Cromwell, he was imprisoned for a time before dying in 1657.His father used his influence to stop Grey's body from being exhumed and executed as a regecide.