1651

15th. October Wednesday
James, Earl of Derby, beheaded at Bolton, October 15. When besieging Manchester he succeeded to the titles and estates on the death of his father, September 20, 1642. The character of the "Great Stanley" has been variously interpreted, but his warmest eulogist can hardly clear him from the bloody stains of the Bolton Massacre. For details of his life the reader should consult The Stanley Papers (Cheetham Society), and Cumming's Great Stanley.(7)

1651
Charles II on his route from the north is sometimes said to have passed through Manchester, but Hollinworth, whose memorandum has probably caused the mistake, merely says that he passed through the county.(7)

1651
After the battle of Worcester, when Charles II was defeated by Cromwell, Heyrick, the warden of Manchester, the Rev. Mr. Herle, Rev. Richard Johnson, Rev. John Angier, Rev. Richard Hollinworth, Rev. Mr. Harrison, with Messrs. Gee, Lathom, Taylor, and Meek, ministers and elders of Presbyterians in Manchester, and who had taken an active part in the plots against the Commonwealth, were seized and conveyed to London, where they were imprisoned. Heyrick with difficulty escaped a capital punishment; and the whole, after many weeks of suspense, were allowed, on paying serious fines, to return to their respective homes.(7)

1651
When the proclamation of the Parliament against Charles Stuart, King of Scots, was being read it was torn in pieces by Captain Bexwicke. (Hollinworth's Mancuniensis.)(7)