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Famous Men and Women

by Ruth Gatenby

Sarah Jennings, 1st Duchess of Marlborough

Sarah Jennings, 1st Duchess of Marlborough

Sir John Bolle

Sir John Bolle

I came across a copy of a document by Rev Alfred Hunt MA (1863-1937), listing a large number of famous people in Lincolnshire.  Although I was familiar with some, many I had not heard of before and I have added further information in the [square brackets].  Those associated with the Louth area are:

Cardinal Robert de Somercotes. Born at South Somercotes, died 1241; poisoned at Rome on the eve of Papal Election, 1241.

William de Luda. Born at Louth, died March 27th 1298. Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral London; Prebendary of York Minster; Prebendary of Lincoln, Archdeacon of Durham; Dean of St Martin’s le Grand; Keeper of King’s Wardrobe; Bishop of Ely, May 4th 1290.

Nicholas de Luda. Born at Louth, died 1364; Capucian Friar; Canon of Beverley; Canon of Salisbury; Rector of Cottingham near Hull. Brass in Cottingham Church.

Sir John Bolle of Thorpe Hall, Louth. [Born c1561, died November 3rd 1606]. The hero of the ballad of “The Spanish Lady”; present at the capture of Cadiz; knighted by Queen Elizabeth; served under the Earl of Essex in Ireland; appointed Governor of Kinsale.

Gervase Scroop [or Scrope]. [Born 1594], died 1655, buried at South Cockerington. Royalist; fought on the side of Charles I at Edgehill, where he received sixteen wounds.

Dr Robert Mapletoft. Born at North Thoresby, 1609; [died August 20th 1677]. Master of Pembroke College Cambridge, 1664; Rector of Bartlow Cambridgeshire; ejected by Parliamentarians; Dean of Ely; founder of school at North Thoresby. [Educated at Louth Grammar School; in 1676 founded a free school in Northgate Louth.]

Sarah Jennings, 1st Duchess of Marlborough. Born at Burwell 1660 [niece of naturalist Martin Lister, other sources state she was born in Hertfordshire], died 1744; married in 1678 Colonel Churchill; friend and companion of Queen Anne, daughter of James II.

Charlotte Alington Barnard [known as “Claribel”]. Born Louth December 23rd 1830, died at Dover January 30th 1869; musical composer; daughter of Henry Alington Pye; wife of Rev Charles Cary Barnard.