On Saturday 12 November 2016 at the Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ at 2.30 pm Adrian Henstock will present The Thoroton Society History Lecture on the subject of Dr Robert Thoroton.
Dr Thoroton was a physician from Car Colston near Bingham who published the Antiquities of Nottinghamshire 340 years ago in 1677. This was the first history of the county and one of the first in the country and still forms the basis of many local historical studies to this day. The Thoroton Society was founded in 1897 and named in his honour.
Our President, Adrian Henstock – who co-authored a biographical article on Dr Thoroton for the 300th celebrations in 1977 – will deliver a tribute to the man who is one of the best documented figures of 17th century Nottinghamshire. Thanks to the survival of several of his family papers as well as his revealing asides which are scattered through the Antiquities, much is known about his personality and his religious and political views which were severely tested during the Civil War and Commonwealth. In addition many of his antiquarian jottings were written on the backs of letters from his many patients amongst the local gentry – who obviously appreciated his ‘bedside manner’.
The story of Dr Thoroton’s life sheds considerable light on aspects of Stuart Nottinghamshire which will be illustrated by numerous contemporary archives and engravings.