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William Fairfax, 3rd Viscount Fairfax of Emley (baptised 1610-1644), Parliamentarian army officer

Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir William Fairfax was a parliamentarian army officer in the English civil wars. He was knighted by Charles I in 1630 and in 1636 he succeeded to the family estates in Yorkshire. In 1641 he became a captain in his uncle Baron Fairfax's regiment. He accompanied his cousin Sir Thomas Fairfax to confront the king with a parliamentarian petition on Heworth Moor outside York in June 1642. Fairfax fought in many battles including at Edgehill. In August 1644 he was sent into Lancashire with 2,000 cavalry and was present at the siege of Liverpool. He was mortally wounded relieving Montgomery Castle in September 1644, and he died the following day.

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William Fairfax, 3rd Viscount Fairfax of Emley

by Richard Gaywood
line engraving, mid 17th century
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William Fairfax, 3rd Viscount Fairfax of Emley

published by William Richardson, after Richard Gaywood
line engraving, published 1799
NPG D26121

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William Fairfax, 3rd Viscount Fairfax of Emley

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 30 September 1946
NPG x73733

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William Fairfax, 3rd Viscount Fairfax of Emley

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 30 September 1946
NPG x73734

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William Fairfax, 3rd Viscount Fairfax of Emley

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 30 September 1946
NPG x73735