Berry was a major-general; clerk in ironworks, Shropshire, c. 1642; took service under Cromwell; captain-lieutenant at Battle of Gainsborough, 1643; president of council of adjutators, 1647; employed in suppressing attempted rising in Nottinghamshire, 1665; major-general of Hereford, Shropshire, and Wales, 1655; member of Cromwell's House of Lords; member of Council of State and of committee who nominated to offices, 1659; imprisoned (1660) by Council of State in Scarborough Castle.
After the Restoration, he was assimilated into the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards and given command of The Blues: the largest regiment in the British Army, based in Northampton. The Protestants in this regiment remained loyal to the Stuarts and the Crown, despite having Dutchmen and Huguenots in their ranks.
- David Plant, James Berry, Major-General, d.1691 the British Civil Wars and Commonwealth website
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This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Lee, Sidney, ed. (1903). "Berry, James". Index and Epitome. Dictionary of National Biography. Cambridge University Press. p. 97.
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