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George Monck or Monk 
became
GEORGE DUKE OF ALBEMARLE

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GEORGE DUKE OF ALBEMARLE
George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle
1608 - 1670

George Monck, 1st George Monck, 1st

George Monck   
Great rarity,cast and chased silver badge.
MI 467/66

One of Oliver Cromwell's most loyal supporters, and leader of his subjugation of the Scots, leading to poverty and starvation by the early 1650s. Monk was part of Cromwell's defeat of the Scots at Dunbar (1650). He laid siege to Tantallon and Blackness Castles (1651), destroying the former and causing much damage to the latter. He also sacked Dundee in the same year. Monk drove the remaining royalists into the Highlands and build garrison fortresses at Ayr, Fort William (Inverlochy), Inverness, Leith and Perth to ensure peace in Scotland.

Although having served Cromwell with immense loyalty, following Cromwell's death and facing chaos in the army, he switched his support to King Charles II (1630-85), marching south from Coldstream (1660) to restore parliamentary democracy. His regiment was later renamed the Coldstream Guards.

After Charles II's restoration to the throne, Charles made
Monk the Duke of Albemarle.
Monk is buried in Westminster Abbey, London

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John Thoresby, who had been an officer under Fairfax and whose
son was the famous Leeds antiquarian, Ralph Thoresby, established his own
museum. After Ralph Thoresby's death in 1724 the museum and coin collection were dispersed, the remains being sold at auction in 1764.

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