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King Charles I’s execution in our parish records’s collection of parish baptism, marriage and burial records is the largest you’ll find online, so it’s no surprise that there are lots of fascinating examples just waiting to be discovered.

We’ve recently spotted a note about King Charles I’s execution included in the parish burial records from Hertfordshire.

King Charles I wasn’t actually buried in Hertfordshire, but the person who completed the register clearly thought his death was an event that needed to be recorded:


King Charles I's execution in's parish records
Record of King Charles I’s execution – click to see the full burial register page


Under Old Father Bates’ burial, we see King Charles’ entry:

  • Name: King Charles
  • Date of death: 30 January 1649
  • Cause of death: Beheaded. Another word has been added here in striking large print: murder’d


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