Henry Ireton married Bridget, daughter to Oliver Cromwell, and was afterwards one of Charles the First's Judges, and of the Committee who superintended his execution. He died at the siege of Limerick, 1651.
---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.
Ireton, who on several occasions had signalized his valour and conduct in the field, approved himself a man of spirit and capacity in his government of Ireland. He proceeded upon Cromwell's plan, and gave abundant proof of his being every way qualified for that extensive command. Though naturally a lover of justice, he made little scruple of sacrificing even that to liberty, of which he was passionately fond. He died at the siege of Limerick, 26 November, 1651, sincerely lamented by the republicans, who revered him as a soldier, a statesman, and a saint. In Crull's "Antiquities of Westminster Abbey" is a curious panegyric, which was intended for his monument: it is written in a very exalted strain, far beyond the common cant of epitaphs.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1769.
IRETON, HENRY(1611-1651), regicide; B.A. Trinity College, Oxford, 1629; of the Middle Temple; fought at Edgehill, 1642; Cromwell's deputy-governor of the Isle of Ely; as quartermaster-general in Manchester's army took part in Yorkshire campaign and second battle of Newbury, 1644; supported Cromwell's accusation of Manchester; surprised royalist quarters before Naseby, 1646; as commander of the cavalry of the left wing was wounded and captured in the battle, but afterwards escaped, 1646; at siege of Bristol, 1646; a negotiator of treaty of Truro, 1646; received overtures from Charles I at Oxford, 1646; married Bridget, Cromwell's daughter, 1646; M.P., Appleby, 1645 ; justified the army petition and consequently quarrelled with Holles, 1647; one of the four commissioners to pacify the soldiers; sanctioned Joyce's removal of the king from Holdenby; drew up the 'engagement' of the army and 'Heads of the Army Proposals,' 1647, endeavouring to bring about an agreement between king and parliament; opposed the levellers' constitution and was denounced by them; led conservative party in the council of the army till the flight of Charles I to the Isle of Wight, after which he supported his deposition in favour of one of his sons; served under Fairfax in Kent aud Essex, and as commissioner for the surrender of Colchester (1648) defended the execution of Lucas and Lisle; with Ludlow concerted 'Pride's Purge,' 1648; attended regularly the high court of justice and signed the warrant for Charles I's execution; chief author of the 'Agreement of the People' drawn up by the council of war, 1649; went to Ireland as Cromwell's second in command, 1649, and remained as his deputy; captured Carlow, Waterford, and Duncannon, 1650, and Limerick, 1651; died of fever before Limerick. He carried out the Cromwellian policy with indefatigable industry and honesty. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, but his body was disinterred and dishonoured after the Restoration.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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