"Charles Gerard...(c. 1618 - January 7, 1694) eldest son of Sir Charles Gerard, was a member of an old Lancashire family, his great-grandfather having been Sir Gilbert Gerard (d. 1593) of Ince, in that county, one of the most distinguished judges in the reign of Elizabeth I....
On November 8, 1645 he was created Baron Gerard of Brandon in the county of Suffolk; but about the same time he appears to have forfeited Charles's favour by having attached himself to the party of Prince Rupert, with whom after the surrender of Oxford Gerard probably went abroad. He remained on the Continent throughout the whole period of the Commonwealth, sometimes in personal attendance on Charles II, at others serving in the wars under Turenne, and constantly engaged in plots and intrigues. For one of these, an alleged design on the life of Cromwell, his cousin Colonel John Gerard, was executed in the Tower in July 1654.
"At the Restoration, Gerard rode at the head of the king's life-guards in his triumphal entry into London; his forfeited estates were restored, and he received lucrative offices and pensions. In 1668 he retired from the command of the king's guard to make room for the Duke of Monmouth, receiving, according to Pepys, the sum of £12,000 as solatium. On July 23, 1679 Gerard was created Earl of Macclesfield and Viscount Brandon. A few months later he entered into relations with Monmouth, and co-operated with Shaftesbury in protesting against the rejection of the Exclusion Bill.
"In September 1685, a proclamation having been issued for his arrest, Macclesfield escaped abroad, and was outlawed. He returned with William of Orange in 1688, and commanded his body-guard in the march from Devonshire to London. By William he was made a privy councillor, and Lord Lieutenant of Wales and three western counties. Macclesfield died on the 7th of January 1694." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Gerard%2C_...
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Sir Charles Gerard.
Gerard commanded a reconstituted regiment in June 1679, Colonel Charles Gerard’s Regiment of Horse to fight in Scotland against the Covenanters. It was disbanded late in 1679.
(Childs…the Army of Charles II)
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Lord Gerard of Brandon.
“As captain of the King’s Troop of the Life Guard, Lord Gerard of Brandon was the senior cavalry colonel in the army. To emphasise his status he and Lord Cornwallis, a junior officer in the King’s Troop, beat up the sentries in St. James’s Park, and then murdered a footboy. Cornwallis was tried by his peers and acquitted whilst Gerard spent a few months in France until the scandal abated and then quietly returned to resume his high military office.”
(Childs…The Army of Charles II)
Charles, lord Gerard, who descended from the very ancient family of Geraldine, or Fitzgerald, in Ireland, raised a regiment of foot, and a troop of horse, for Charles I. in the civil war. He fought in many battles with the ardour of a volunteer, and displayed, at the same time, all the conduct of a veteran. He particularly signalized himself in Wales, where he took the fortresses of Cardigan, Emblin, Langhorne, and Roche; as also the strong town of Haverford-West, with the castles of Piston and Carew. He had two brothers and several uncles, who had commands in the royal army. Ratcliffe Gerard, one of his uncles, had three sons, who all fought for the king at the battle of Edge-hill. He was one of the lords who presented the duke of York, as a Popish recusant, at the King's Bench bar, in Westminster-hall. He was created earl of Macclesfield, July 23, 1679, and died Jan. 7, 1693-4.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
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