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THORNHILL, Arthur John (1850 - 1930), JP, DL, Huntingdonshire

28 From an Unknown Minister in Huntingdonshire 1650, Or Later

Part 2: Outside Lincolnshire (Huntingdonshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire)

COOTE, Howard (1865 - 1943), late HM Lieutenant for Huntingdonshire

NEVILLE, Hon. Grey (1857 - 1920), Rector of Bluntisham, Huntingdonshire, since 1917

Æthelwine [Ethelwine, Æthelwine Dei Amicus] (d. 992), magnate and founder of Ramsey Abbey, Huntingdonshire

PROBY, Richard George (1886 - 1979), landowner and farmer; Vice-Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire, 1957–66

DILLEY, Arthur George (1854 - 1938), JP; High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, 1926–27; President, Huntingdonshire Conservative Association; President of the Auctioneers and Estate Agents Institute, 1908–09; President of College of Estate Management, 1929–30

Montagu, Edward George Henry (1839 - 1916), JP, Lord-Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire since 1891; Colonel, late Grenadier Guards; Hon. Colonel 5th Battalion King’s Royal Rifles, 1886; Chairman Huntingdonshire County Council

MINETT, Francis Colin (1890 - 1953), Director Animal Health Trust’s farm livestock research station, Houghton Grange, Huntingdonshire, since 1950

MONTAGU, Charles (William Augustus) (1860 - 1939), DL and County Commandant, Huntingdonshire; partner in Montagu, Stanley & Co., stockbrokers

PROBY, Granville (1883 - 1947), Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire since 1946; Clerk in House of Lords, 1907–44; Principal Clerk, 1941–44

Fellowes, Ailwyn Edward (1910 - 1993), DL; Captain Royal Artillery; Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdon and Peterborough, 1965–68 (of Huntingdonshire, 1947–65)

Fitzroy, Henry James (1848 - 1912), DL; ADC and Colonel of Volunteers; Provincial Grand Master Northants and Huntingdonshire from 1887


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Was the third smallest of English counties in population until merged with Cambridgeshire in 1972. The origins of the county almost certainly derive from the establishment of a Roman settlement at the point where two roads, from Cambridge and Sandy, joined Ermine Street, just before it crossed the river Ouse. Godmanchester, which arose on that site, was for centuries part mother, part rival to the town of Huntingdon, which developed just north of the bridge. The area passed into the kingdom of the East Angles but was taken over by Mercia. In the later 9th cent. it was overrun by the Danes. Reconquered in 920 by Edward the Elder, king of Wessex, it was fortified by him and had both a mint and a market by the mid‐10th cent. The earliest mention of the shire is in the Anglo‐Saxon Chronicle for 1011, when it was once more overrun by the Danes. By the time of the Domesday survey, Huntingdon was one of the largest towns in the kingdom.

The county remained overwhelmingly rural. Drained by the Ouse, the western parts were good arable land, the eastern good grazing land. Cobbett in 1822 echoed Camden in the 1580s in admiring the meadows around Huntingdon—‘the most beautiful that I ever saw in my life’. Godmanchester and Kimbolton slowly stagnated, but the existence of several other flourishing market towns seems to have inhibited the growth of Huntingdon—St Ives and St Neots remain comparable in size, and Ramsey, in the north‐east, is considerably bigger.

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