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Pauline  •  Link

from L&M Companion
(1600-c.86). Grandson of the Elizabethan admiral Sir William Winter, and cousin of the 2nd Marquess of Worcester. Secretary to the Queen Mother 1638-42, 1660-9. He and his father were the principal developers of iron and timber in the Forest of Dean. He bought 18,000 acres in 1640, but was deprived of it as a papist in 1642. In 1662 he was granted an eleven-yer lease, but by 1668 the contract lapsed through his failure to deliver the agreed quantities of shiptimber. He had an interest in all sorts of technology. Pepys like his 'good discourse' (though not his timber). But his Catholicism, combined with his expert knowledge of gunpowder, made him an object of mistrust.

Anne Winter Williams  •  Link

To Pauline: Have you any idea what happened to Sir John Wintour's grandsons. It is a fascinating tale as they seemed to have vanished into thin air

Bill  •  Link

WINTER, Sir JOHN (1600?-1673?), secretary to Queen Henrietta Maria; grandson of Sir William Winter, and son of Sir Edward Winter by Anne, daughter of Edward Somerset, fourth earl of Worcester; knighted, 1624; frequently gave Charles I pecuniary assistance, and received large grants in Forest of Dean; member of council of Fishing Company; secretary to Queen Henrietta Maria, 1638; master of requests to Queen Henrietta Maria; became object of parliamentary oppression owing to his Roman catholic principles; lieutenant-colonel of Welsh force raised by Marquis of Worcester,1643; conducted guerilla warfare; defeated at Tidenham,1644; governor of Chepstow, 1645; confined in Tower of London, 1650-3; employed leisure in making experiments in production of coke, for which he obtained monopoly after Restoration; successful colliery manager in Forest of Dean.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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