William Waller

William Waller
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General Sir William Waller by Cornelius Johnson,
1643, National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 5819
Bornc. 1597
Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Died19 September 1668 (aged 70–71)
AllegianceParliament
RankMajor-General

Sir William Waller (c. 1597 – 19 September 1668) was an English Parliamentary general during the English Civil War. He received his education at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, and served in the Venetian army and in the Thirty Years' War. He received a knighthood in 1622 after taking part in Vere's expedition to the Electorate of the Palatinate.

Origins and early commercial ventures

William Waller was born in Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, the son of Sir Thomas Waller and his wife Margaret Lennard, the daughter of Margaret Fiennes, 11th Baroness Dacre. His father was a descendant of the Waller family of Groombridge Place, Kent, constable of Dover Castle and member of parliament for Dover. His cousin was the Parliamentarian and regicide Hardress Waller.[1] William Waller attended Magdalen Hall, Oxford, but did not graduate.[2] He succeeded to the estates of his father in 1613 and was knighted on 30 June 1622.[3]

As from 1636 Waller owned a quarter-share in the Providence Island Company.[4]