Sir Ralph Hopton

(1596—1652) royalist army officer

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One of the most successful royalist commanders during the Civil War, Hopton was given a barony in 1643. In the Long Parliament, he initially opposed the king, voting for Strafford's attainder in 1641. The following year he joined the royalist cause. A west countryman by birth, he spent almost all his time campaigning in that region. He had a good record of success, winning at Braddock Down (January 1643), Stratton (May 1643), Lansdowne (July 1643), Roundway Down (July 1643), before being beaten by Waller at Cheriton in March 1644. Beaten again by Fairfax at Torrington (February 1646), he was forced to capitulate and went into exile.

Subjects: British History.

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