Pride's Purge

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Pride’s Purge


the expulsion of the Presbyterians from the Long Parliament during the English Bourgeois Revolution of the 17th century.

The purge was carried out on Dec. 6, 1648, by Colonel T. Pride by order of the Independent command of the parliamentary army. A total of 143 members were removed from the Long Parliament. Pride’s Purge was essentially a political coup, which ended the predominance of the Presbyterians. Power passed into the hands of the Independents.


Underdown, D. Pride’s Purge. Oxford, 1971.

Pride’s Purge

Cromwell’s ejection of royalist MPs (1648). [Br. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 871]