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Charles Worsley (24 June 1622 – 12 June 1656) was an English soldier and politician. He was an ardent supporter of Oliver Cromwell and was an officer in the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War and the Commonwealth of England. He sat in the House of Commons in 1654 and governed a district during the Rule of the Major-Generals.[2]

Major General

Charles Worsley
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Major-General Charles Worsley (1622–1656)
Born(1622-06-24)24 June 1622[1]
Died12 June 1656(1656-06-12) (aged 33)
St. James's, London[1]
Resting placeHenry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey
Spouse(s)Mary Booth (1644–1649)
Dorothy Kenyonon (1652–1656)
Parent(s)Ralph Worsley and Isabel née Massey


Worsley was the son of Ralph Worsley, of The Platt, Rusholme and his wife Isabel Massy, daughter of Edward Massy of Manchester.[3] He was a parliamentary captain in Lancashire in 1644. By 1650 he was lieutenant colonel of regiment raised in Lancashire for Cromwell. In 1651 he was employed in the reduction of the Isle of Man.

Worsley commanded the detachment used in the expulsion of the Long Parliament[4] in 1653 and took charge of the "bauble" when Cromwell ordered it to be removed.[3]

In 1654, Worsley was elected the first Member of Parliament for Manchester in the First Protectorate Parliament.[5][4] During the Rule of the Major-Generals, Worsley governed a district consisting of Cheshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire.[2][4] He confiscated the property of Royalists, put Roman Catholics in jail, suppressed horse-racing, and promoted the public good according to his own ideals. He died suddenly in 1656 at the age of 33 and was buried in the Henry VII Chapel in Westminster Abbey.[3]



  • Plant, David (18 December 2007). Charles Worsley, Major-General, 1622-56. British Civil Wars & Commonwealth website. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  • Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. p. 263.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Newly enfranchised
Member of Parliament for Manchester
Succeeded by
Richard Radcliffe