Our Patrons

The society's patrons play a vital role in the development of the society's goals and achievements.

They are not paid for their work and give their time freely. Their involvement varies greatly depending on how much time they are able to give. Patrons write letters of support, broker high-level meetings, donate land for events, host events, and lend their name to the society's cause.

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Charles Spencer

9th Earl Spencer

Charles Spencer is a British peer, author, journalist and broadcaster. He read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a reporter on NBC's Today Show from 1986 until 1995, and is the author of six books, including Sunday Times bestseller Blenheim: Battle for Europe, Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier, Sunday Times bestseller Killers of the King and Times bestseller

To Catch a King. He has previously spoken at the BoWS Civil War Nights programme on the flight of King Charles II from the Battle of Worcester. 

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Nigel Adams

MP

Nigel Adams is the Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire. He also currently serves as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales as well as the Assistant Government Whip. Nigel has a fascinating ancestry that includes a close ally of King Charles I, Sir Thomas Adams as well as the second President of the United States of America, John Adams.

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Sir Robert Worcester

KBE DL

Sir Robert is a well known media commentator and pollster who has been a longtime supporter of many volunteer organisations and holds no fewer than six honorary Doctorates as well Honorary Fellowship of the LSE and King's College London. He is well known in Worcester as the Deputy Chairman and Trustee of the Magna Carta Trust, and is a supporter of the campaign to erect a monument to John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on Fort Royal.

Henry is a direct decesendant of Robert Berkeley whose residence, Spetchley Hall, was burnt to the ground following the Battle of Worcester by disgruntled drunk Scottish Presbyterian Royalists to prevent Oliver Cromwell from using the house for his headquarters. Henry now resides in the restored Spetchley Hall that was built in 1811. He attended RMA Sandhurst and served in the British Army before moving to private sector and eventually running the family estate.

Henry Berkeley

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Alexander Douglas-Hamilton

16th Duke of Hamilton

Alexander is a descendant of the William, 2nd Duke of Hamilton, who died at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The 2nd Duke is buried in Worcester Cathedral and over the years various members of the Hamilton-Douglas family have travelled to Worcester to pay their respects to their ancestor. 

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Richard Faulkner

Baron Faulkner of Worcester

Lord Faulkner of Worcester is one of the society's longest serving patrons. He is a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and serves on a number of Parliamentary Committees.

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Professor Ronald Hutton

M.A.(Cantab.), D.Phil.(Oxon.), F.R.Hist.S., F.S.A., FLSW, FBA

Ronald Hutton is an English historian who specialises in the study of Early Modern Britain, British folklore, pre-Christian religion and contemporary Paganism. A professor in the subject at the University of Bristol, Hutton has published fourteen books and regularly appears on British television and radio.

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James Douglas-Hamilton

Baron Selkirk of Douglas

PC, QC

Lord Selkirk is a descendent of William, 2nd Duke of Hamilton, who died at the Battle of Worcester, 1651. He is a former member of both UK and Scottish Parliaments and is currently an active member of the House of Lords.