Richard Rumbold


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Richard Rumbold (1622–1685) was a Cromwellian soldier who took part in the Rye House Plot to assassinate Charles II of England and his brother James.

The pattern of his character and the details of his life have to be pieced together from scanty evidence. Of his youth we know almost nothing, beyond the fact that as a subaltern in the New Model Army he had been present at the execution ... more »

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  • ''I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.''
    Richard Rumbold (1622-1685), British soldier, conspirator. Speech on the scaffold, Edinburgh, 1685. Quoted in Macaulay, History of England, vol. 1, ch...
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