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Sir Edward Broughton

Sir Edward Broughton died from wounds received in the battle of Lowestoft and was buried in the north transept of Westminster Abbey on 26th June 1665. He seems never to have had an inscribed gravestone.

He was a son of Sir Edward Broughton of Marchwiel in north Wales and during Cromwell's time was imprisoned in the Gate House Prison at Westminster as he was a Royalist. His first wife was Alice Honeywood. In 1660, after the Restoration of Charles II, he married the widow of the Governor of the prison Mary Wyke (nee Knightly). They had three children who were baptised at St Margaret's church Westminster - Edward who died unmarried in 1738, Richard and John who both died as infants. Sir Edward became keeper of the prison and Lady Mary succeeded him. But she was removed from office for extortion and ill usage of prisoners. She was buried in the Abbey on 19th March 1695.

Three others who were killed in the same battle, James Earl of Marlborough, Charles, Viscount Muskerry, and the Earl of Falmouth were also buried in the Abbey.

Further reading

The Broughtons of Marchwiel by A.N. Palmer, 1900

Buried

26th June 1665

Occupation

Soldier

Location

North Transept

Memorial Type

Grave

Sir Edward Broughton
North Transept

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