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Booth's rising

Booth's rising, 1659, was one of many attempts by royalists to overthrow the commonwealth regime. Penruddock's rising in Wiltshire in 1655 had failed completely but in 1659 Sir George Booth succeeded in rousing a substantial number of supporters in Cheshire to exploit the uncertainty following the death of Oliver Cromwell. Anticipated risings elsewhere failed to get off the ground and John Lambert crushed the rebels without difficulty at Winnington bridge on 19 August. Booth was imprisoned in the Tower but released in 1660 and formed part of the deputation sent to Breda to beg Charles II to return. He was created a peer in Charles's coronation honours.

J. A. Cannon

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