Lad made good...
are apt to boast sometimes that we are Englishmen,
and truly it is no shame for us that we are Englishmen...But
it is a motive to us to do like Englishmen, and seek
the real good of this Nation, and the interest of
Speech to Parliment 25th January 1658
Cromwell deserves every Briton's praise as our most
outstanding statesman and soldier. His military skill
ranks alongside that of Napoleon, Caesar and Alexander
the Great, while his political genius gave Britain
a period of strength and prosperity that has seldom
sovereign ever carried to the throne so large a proportion
of the best qualities of the middling orders, so strong
a sympathy with the feelings and interests of his
He had a high, stout, honest English heart."
The words of Lord Macaulay ~
Author of "The Lays of Rome"
Cromwell was born in Huntingdon, on 25th April 1599,
the son of a country gentleman...
|He was educated
at the local Grammar school before graduating to Sidney
Sussex College Cambridge. His father died when he
3 years later, whilst studying at the Inns Court in
London, he met and married Elizabeth Bourchier. They
were a devoted couple throughout their long marriage
and had eight children - four boys and four girls.
After his marriage Cromwell and his family
lived in St Ives where he leased a farm and pursued
his interest in politics.
1628, at the age of 29 he was duly elected MP
for Huntingdon and thus began the journey from commoner