Ralph Assheton (general)

Ralph Assheton (1596 – 17 February 1650) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1649. He was a general in the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War.

Assheton was eldest son of Sir Richard Assheton of Middleton (who died 1618) and a descendant of Ralph de Ashton of Middleton.[1] He was admitted at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge on 22 May 1614 and was also admitted at Gray's Inn on 24 May 1614. He was awarded MA at Cambridge in 1615 on the visit of the King, and was incorporated at Oxford University in 1616.[2]

In November 1640, Assheton was elected MP for Lancashire in the Long Parliament.[3] He was an energetic supporter of parliament and the avowed leader of the Presbyterian party in Lancashire. In the Civil War he became a colonel-general in the parliamentary army and was commander in chief of the parliamentary forces in Lancashire. He was excluded from parliament in 1648.[1]

Assheton died aged 54.[1] His monumental brass in the Church of St Leonard, Middleton is the only brass in the UK of a Civil War officer in full armour.[4]

Assheton's eldest son, Sir Ralph Assheton, 1st Baronet of Middleton, was created a baronet after the restoration.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d William Duncombe Pink, Alfred B. Beaven The parliamentary representation of Lancashire, (county and borough), 1258-1885, with biographical and genealogical notices of the members, &c. (1889)
  2. ^ "Assheton, Ralph (ASTN614R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ 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. pp. 229–239.
  4. ^ Church website
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Gilbert Hoghton, 2nd Baronet
William Farrington
Member of Parliament for Lancashire
With: Roger Kirkby 1640–1642
Sir Richard Hoghton, 3rd Baronet 1646–1648
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Hoghton, 3rd Baronet