BRADSHAW, JOHN (1602-1659), regicide; called to bar at Gray's Inn, 1627: judge of sheriffs' court, in London, 1643; chief-justice of Chester and judge in Wales, 1647; serjeant-at-law, 1648: lord president of parliamentary commission for trial of Charles I, 1649; presided at Charles's trial and pronounced sentence, and subsequently at trials of leading royalists; president of council of state, 1649-52; attorney-general of Cheshire and North Wales, 1649: chancellor of duchy of Lancaster, 1649-53: opposed Cromwell's gradual assumption of arbitrary power, and temporarily retired from political life; member of council of state and commissioner of great seal, 1659; buried in Westminster Abbey. In 1660 Bradshaw, Cromwell, Ireton, and Pride, though dead, were attainted, and their bodies exhumed, hanged, and reburied at Tyburn.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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