Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Per L&M Companion:
(c.1603-71) brother of William ( http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/9422/ ). 'The great man,' was originally a protege of the 1st. Duke of Buckingham,( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Villiers,_1... ) and spent most of his life during two reigns, as Groom of the Bedchamber. During the Civil War he was also paymaster of the royal army. His part in Charles' escape to the Isle of Wight in 1648 lead to the unjustified suspicion that he had also lead the King into a trap. The Cromwellian government had no doubt of his loyalty to the King and kept him for years in prison. In the Diary he often appears as a friend of Cartaret.
John Ashburnham (MP)
John Ashburnham (1603 – 15 June 1671) was an English courtier, diplomat and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1640 and 1667. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War and was an attendant on the King. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ashburnham_%2...
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