Who am I?

I am Patrick Ludolph, currently an adjunct faculty member at Georgia Gwinnett College. I recently completed my dissertation discussing Gilbert Mabbott’s effect on the London news industry during the English Civil War.

Who was Gilbert Mabbott?

Gilbert Mabbott was a licenser of pamphlets and newsbooks from 1645 to 1649. He was also brother-in-law to Sir William Clarke and a client of John Rushworth. From 1647 to 1649, he was in the pay of the New Model Army, acting as their “agent” in London. He was a prodigious newsletter writer and later claimed to be the agent for the armies in all three kingdoms, not to mention a variety of other private and public persons. Mabbott was also the editor of the radical newsbook The Moderate. This is the shortest description I will ever give.

Why am I publishing a blog?

Mainly, I am publishing this blog because of another blog on wordpress, Mercurius Politicus, which is dealing with similar matter.  It seemed like a good idea to me.  I thought it would be useful for others studying early modern print culture, and they could potentially give me feedback on my research.

7 responses to “About

  1. Gina Bringman

    In your studies, can you verify that Gilbert Mabbott was a sibling of Christopher Mabbot (Birth 26 Mar 1809 in AM, Nottinghamshire, England
    Death 15 May 1886 in Arena, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States )

    Thank you!


    • gilbertmabbott

      Hi Gina,
      I would say that, while they might very easily come from the same family, there is no way that they were siblings, since Gilbert lived and died in the 17th century.

  2. Brian Dudley

    Great discussion of Lake & Pincus!

  3. Have you heard of the book by Montagu Slater-Englishmen with Swords. I am going to review it for my blog and would like any information you have on it



    • gilbertmabbott

      Hi Keith,
      I have read it, but I couldn’t tell you much more about its background than what’s already on the dust jacket. It’s from the point of view of Gilbert Mabbott (which you obviously know because you commented here, but I thought I would say for others out there) and makes use of a number of original documents from the Civil War. However, Slater chose Mabbott because he knew absolutely nothing about him. He saw his name on a bunch of documents and decided to write from his viewpoint because Mabbott was a virtual nobody, a clean slate to write on. The irony is not lost on me. It’s been a while since I looked at it; I seem to recall that Slater was a little confused about some things, but I don’t remember what.

      Come to think of it, I probably should have done a post on this, but I read it before I started blogging.

  4. Hi Patrick. I am studying the family tree on my mother’s side. Her maiden name is mabbott. Her uncle was John Mabbott, Principal of St John’s College, Oxford and her father was another Gilbert Mabbott. They were born in the late 19th century. Please can you provide me with any lineage of the Gilbert Mabbott of your dissertation as I would be interested to know of any links. With grateful thanks, Jessica

    • gilbertmabbott

      Sorry for the delay. Do you know, beyond your uncle, if Gilbert is a family name? It would be incredible if you were a descendant of this GM (though he was a bit of a sleaze, I think). I am afraid that I did not work too hard to track down his descendants. His son, Kympton, moved back to England (Gilbert moved the family to Ireland) and died 1721. He recorded his will in 1718 in Bath (UK National Archives PROB 11/578/253). At the time that he recorded his will, he had two children who survived him: Gilbert and Diana Maria. Kympton appears to have remarried two or three times, so his whole history can get a bit complicated. Kympton also had a brother and a sister. John Mabbott’s children were William, Martha, and Elizabeth. As a side note, Martha was Kympton and John’s mother’s name. Diana Mabbott married Sir Henry Tuite in Ireland. I do not know if John or Diana ever moved back to England, but William was present at the signing of Kympton’s will.

      You may want to look up George Clarke’s will. You can find it through a google search. He was the son of Sir William Clarke and left some belongings to various Mabbott’s and Tuites which may prove useful. By the way, if you look at various heraldry books, you may run across an idea that Kympton married Susan Hyde, the sister of Edward Hyde, the first earl of Clarendon. As far as I can see, this is untrue. I think that this was made up to make it look like Diana Mabbott, who married Tuite, was descended from the Hyde family to improve the lineage of a third family.

      I tried to discover if there was any relation to another William Mabbott, who was in the directorate of the East India Company and an MP. He owned Tadworth Court in Surrey. I did not figure it out, but I could not conveniently examine parish records from the US and it was not necessary for completing my dissertation.

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