Robert Phayre (c.1619-1682) was a soldier and one of the Regicides of King
Charles I of England.
Son of a Devonshire clergyman who emigrated to
Ireland, Phayre was driven from his farm during the Irish Uprising (1641). He joined the army of the Earl of Inchiquinto fight the Confederates and rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, but did not follow Inchiquin when he declared for the King in 1648. Phayre went to England and joined the New Model Army. He was one of the officers delegated to supervise and carry out the King's execution in January 1649. Like Colonel Hercules Huncks, Phayre refused to sign the order to the executioner.
After the King's execution, Phayre returned to service in Ireland under Lord Broghill. He served as governor of Cork and acquired Irish lands after the defeat of the Confederates. He was associated with
Quakersand other religious radicals. At the Restoration, Phayre was arrested and transported to England. Although imprisoned in the Tower of Londonhe was not brought to trial and was released in 1662.
*Gough, Joseph. "Descendant of a Regicide", Trafford Publishing 2005, ISBN 1412047102 [http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dil69X0mjbsC&pg=PA245&source=gbs_search_s&sig=ACfU3U2G5XDfaYwP-1IH60P5bvvukxr0XA p. 245]
*Manganiello, Stephen C. "The Concise Encyclopedia of the Revolutions and Wars of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1639-1660", Scarecrow Press 2004, ISBN 0810851008 [http://books.google.com/books?id=an-eXXA3DBMC&pg=PA426&source=gbs_search_s&sig=ACfU3U0xoKImED9vEdyx3vMm8YpROkPW9w p. 426]
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