William Godwin's Diary


The body of the seventeenth-century politician John Hampden (1595-1643) was disinterred to try and discover the cause of his death, with conflicting accounts that he was mortally wounded by being shot in the shoulder at Chalgrave-field and that his own pistol discharged and killed him. The grisly newspaper reports of the 29 July claim that his remains suggested the latter explanation, but the truth of these reports was disputed the next day and the DNB states that he died after being shot in the shoulder at Chalgrove while facing a royalist charge led by Prince Rupert.

See DNB; The Times, 28 July and 29 July 1828 and Morning Chronicle, 29 July 1828.