Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Butcher, Richard

BUTCHER, RICHARD (1583–1665?), antiquary, was a native of Stamford, and became town clerk of that borough. He compiled ‘The Survey and Antiquitie of the Towne of Stamforde, in the county of Lincolne,’ Lond. 1646, 4to, reprinted Lond. 1717, 8vo, and also with additions by Francis Peck, at the end of his ‘Academia tertia Anglicana; or the Antiquarian Annals of Stanford,’ Lond. 1727, fol. A manuscript by him, in two volumes, entitled ‘Antiquity revived,’ is preserved in the library of St. John’s College, Cambridge. It is a translation from Camden. Butcher’s portrait has been engraved by Clamp.

[Gough’s British Topography, ii. 29. 523; Granger’s Biog. Hist. of England (1824), iii. 152; Nichols’s Lit. Anecd. viii. 573; Lowndes’s Bibl. Man. (Bohn), 352.]

T. C.