LECHMERE, Sir NICHOLAS (1613-1701), judge; nephew of Sir Thomas Overbury; B.A. Wadham College, Oxford; barrister, Middle Temple, 1641; bencher, 1655; sided with the parliament on outbreak of the civil war; M.P., Bewdley, 1648; present at the battle of Worcester, 1651; M.P., Worcester, 1654, 1656, 1658-9; attorney-general to the duchy of Lancaster, 1654; reader at his inn, 1669; serjeant-at-law, 1689; knighted, 1689; judge of the exchequer bench, 1689-1700.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
Nicholas Lechmere, born September, 1613, called to the bar in 1641, and elected a bencher of the Middle Temple in 1655. He took the side of the Parliament, and was afterwards a staunch supporter of Richard Cromwell; but he made his peace with Charles II., and obtained a full pardon at Breda. At the age of seventy-six he was made a Baron of the Exchequer (May 4th, 1689), and knighted. He died April 30th, 1701.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.