Sir Thomas Morgan, d.1679

Parliamentary soldier. He gained experience fighting with Fairfax on the continent (Thirty Years War), and fought for Parliament during the Civil War. Governor of Gloucester from 1645, his most important contribution during the First Civil War came in 1646, when he defeated the last Royalist field army under Jacob Astley (battle of Stow on the Wold, 21 March 1646). He came more to the fore in 1651, when he was sent to Scotland to reinforce Cromwell at the head of a regiment of Dragoons. He stayed in Scotland until 1657 assisting Monck, rising to the rank of major-general during that time. In 1657 he was second-in-command of the English forces in Flanders, sent as part of the Anglo-Spanish War of 1656-9 to attack the Spanish Netherlands. On his return he was knighted, and returned to Monck in Scotland. After the death of Oliver Cromwell, Monck began to see the need for the restoration of Charles II, and while Monck was involved in England, Morgan played a key part in securing the Restoration in Edinburgh.
cover The English Civil War , Richard Holmes & Peter Young, an early work by one of the country's best known military historians, this is a superb single volume history of the war, from its causes to the last campaigns of the war and on to the end of the protectorate.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (18 April 2001), Sir Thomas Morgan, d.1679, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/people_morgan.html

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