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‘Suspected persons’ in Wiltshire during the Cromwellian Protectorate

Following the failed Royalist uprising led by Colonel John Penruddock of Compton Chamberlayne in March 1655,[1] Cromwell placed the country under a system of military rule.[2] Major-General John Desborough, who had put down the rebellion, was put in charge of Wiltshire and its neighbours. On January 1656, the council sent down instructions to Desborough and […]