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Portrait Gallery of Important Characters from Civil-War Yorkshire

Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Baron Fairfax of Denton

Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Baron Fairfax of Denton

(1584-1648), University of Leicester Library, Fairclough Collection, EP460305a

Ferdinando was born at Denton Hall in Otley, in the West Riding. He succeeded his father as 2nd baron Fairfax in 1640, and was returned to the Long Parliament as knight of the shire for Yorkshire. He was a patron of Yorkshire’s Godly ministers, who hailed him ‘as our Joshua of the North’. In December 1642 he was commissioned Parliament’s general for the northern counties. He fought at Adwalton Moor and Marston Moor, and was thereafter Governor of York. His son, Sir Thomas Fairfax, was commissioned Captain-General of the New Model Army in 1645. Having remained a widower for 26 years, Ferdinando remarried in 1646, but died in March 1648 from a fever caused by a gangrenous foot.