Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Harbottle Grimston

Name o' the day:

Harbottle Grimston

Make that Sir Harbottle Grimston. Grimston was a member of parliament and a critic of Archbishop Laud and his policies.

My discovery of Harbottle Grimston has led me to rethink my position on Grimstone Bowde — it's possible that a Puritan New Englander would honor an anti-Laud MP by naming a som after him.

Hat tip to Conrad Russell, whose tome, The Fall of the British Monarchies, 1637-1642, has been haunting me all week.

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