Sir Thomas Fairfax Timeline
1612 - 1671
Life of the Parliamentarian general Sir Thomas Fairfax.
17 Jan 1612
Sir Thomas Fairfax is born in Denton, North Yorkshire.
1642 - 1651
The English Civil Wars between Parliamentarians ('Roundheads') and Royalists ('Cavaliers').
2 Jul 1644
The Parliamentarians, with the help of Scottish troops, defeat the Royalists at the battle of Marston Moor during the English Civil Wars.
4 Feb 1645
The English Parliament motions to form a new professional fighting force, the New Model Army.
21 Feb 1645
Sir Thomas Fairfax is appointed the commander of the New Model Army during the English Civil Wars.
The Self-Denying Ordinance forbids any member of Parliament from also being a military commander in the New Model Army.
14 Jun 1645
The Parliamentarians led by Sir Thomas Fairfax defeat the Royalists at the Battle of Naseby during the English Civil Wars.
The Parliamentarians led by Sir Thomas Fairfax
defeat a Royalist army led by Lord Goring near Langport in Somerset.
11 Sep 1645
The Parliamentarians led by Sir Thomas Fairfax beseige and capture Bristol after the surrender by Prince Rupert.
Sir Thomas Fairfax inherits from his father the title Baron Fairfax of Cameron.
At the Battle of Maidstone, Sir Thomas Fairfax leads the Parliamentairans to victory against a Royalist army led by the Earl of Norwich.
28 Aug 1648
Sir Thomas Fairfax leads the Parliamentarian siege which captures Colchester.
The New Model Army marches on Parliament to apprehend Presbyterian MP’s and receive the arrears in their pay.
Sir Thomas Fairfax resigns as commander of the Parliamentarian New Model Army, refusing to lead them against Scotland.
12 Nov 1671
Sir Thomas Fairfax dies in Yorkshire.