Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Whalley, Edward

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WHALLEY, Edward, regicide, b. in England about 1620; d. in Hadley, Mass., about 1678. He became a merchant, and at the beginning of the revolution of 1642 joined the parliamentary party, against the wishes of his family, who were royalists. At Naseby, in 1645, his command defeated two divisions of Sir Marmaduke Langdale's cavalry, and for bravery he was made a colonel by parliament. He led the horse at Bristol, Banbury, Worcester, and elsewhere, and was afterward intrusted with the custody of the king's person at Hampton court. He commanded the infantry with Gen. George Monk at Dunbar, where two horses were shot under him, and was afterward left by Cromwell in Scotland with four regiments. He sat in the high court of justice that condemned King Charles, and was a signer of his death-warrant. Afterward, as major-general, he governed five counties, and after sitting in Cromwell's second and third parliaments was given a seat in his house of lords. After the restoration he fled to this country with William Goffe (q. v.), his son-in-law, and shared his fortunes from that time. See “History of Three of the Judges of King Charles I.,” by Ezra Stiles (Hartford, 1794).