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Mrs Lucy Hutchinson - wife of the Governor of Nottingham Castle during the Civil War

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:Mrs Lucy Hutchinson - wife of the Governor of Nottingham Castle during the Civil War
:c 1640's-50's ?
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:Nottingham City Council
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Lucy Hutchinson, nee Apsey, was the daughter of Sir Allen Apsey, the Lieutenant of the Tower of London, and was born in 1620. As a child she was taught by Walter Raleigh and other prisoners under her father's control. When she was eighteen she married John Hutchinson, a large landowner in Nottingham, they were married in 1638. Lucy Hutchinson and her husband were both Baptists. During the Civil War John Hutchinson was an officer in the Parliamentary army, whereas Lucy worked as a nurse. Colonel John Hutchinson (1615-1664), Puritan soldier, son of Sir Thomas Hutchinson of Owthorpe, Nottinghamshire, and of Margaret, daughter of Sir John Byron of Newstead, was baptized on the 18th of September 1615. He was educated at Nottingham and Lincoln schools and at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and in 1637 he entered Lincolns Inn. On. the outbreak of the great Rebellion he took the side of the Parliament, and was made in 1643 governor of Nottingham Castle (where King Charles I had earlier raised his standard at the start of the Civil War), which he defended against external attacks and internal divisions, till the triumph of the parliamentary cause. He was chosen member for Nottinghamshire in March 1646, took the side of the Independents, opposed the offers of the king at Newport, and signed the death warrant. Though a member at first of the council of state, he disapproved of the subsequent political conduct of Cromwell and took no further part in politics during the lifetime of the protector. He resumed his seat in the recalled Long Parliament in May 1659, and followed Monk in opposing Lambert, believing that the former intended to maintain the commonwealth. He was returned to the Convention Parliament for Nottingham but expelled on the 9th of June 1660, and while not excepted from the Act of Indemnity was declared incapable of holding public office. In October 1663, however, he was arrested upon suspicion of being concerned in the Yorkshire plot, and after a rigorous confinement in the Tower of London (of which he published an account), is wife, Lucy, wrote a strong plea on his behalf to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the subsequent vote granted him a pardon but expelled him from Parliament. He was moved to Sandown Castle, Kent, where he died on the 11th of September 1664. Lucy Hutchinson wrote her account of the Civil War, Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, in about 1670 but it was too critical of the monarchy to be published in her lifetime ( it was not published until 1806). Lucy Hutchinson died in about 1680.