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Dixwell, Johnlocked

(1607–18 March 1689)
  • Samuel Willard Crompton

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Dixwell, John (1607–18 March 1689), regicide, was born at Cotton Hall in Warwickshire, England, the son of William Dixwell and Elizabeth Brent. Little is known of his early years. In 1643, after the death of his brother, Mark Dixwell, John Dixwell received large estates in Kent to hold in trust for his brother’s children. Dixwell sided with the parliamentary cause during the English Civil War, and in 1646 he was elected to Parliament from Dover. His great claim to fame or to notoriety in English history comes from the events of early 1649; Dixwell was one of the fifty-nine men who signed the death warrant of King Charles I. Dixwell’s signature was the thirty-eighth in line on the document, and it is interesting to note that his handwriting was much more legible than that of most of his fellow judges....

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