Oliver Cromwell’s birthday
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector after the English Civil War, was born on April 25, 1599.
He was the only son of a small but well to do landowner, Robert Cromwell, who died in 1617. Oliver’s mother Elizabeth Steward, provided a simple upbringing for him and his seven sisters.
He was related to Thomas Cromwell, one of Henry VIII’s ministers.
Cromwell attended Huntingdon Grammer School (as did Samuel Pepys). It is now a Cromwell museum.
As a student at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, Cromwell was a bit of a card who gambled and had an eye for the ladies.
Cromwell only attended Cambridge University briefly before his father died and he returned home to farm the lands he had inherited.