Sir Thomas Fairfax Timeline

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  • 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.
  • Apr 1645
    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.
  • Jul 1645
    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.
  • 1648
    Sir Thomas Fairfax inherits from his father the title Baron Fairfax of Cameron.
  • Jun 1648
    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.
  • Dec 1648
    The New Model Army marches on Parliament to apprehend Presbyterian MP’s and receive the arrears in their pay.
  • 1650
    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.
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