Bouchier, George (DNB00)
BOUCHIER or BOURCHIER, GEORGE (d. 1643), royalist, was a wealthy merchant of Bristol. He entered into a plot with Robert , who had been one of the sheriffs of Bristol, and several others, to deliver that city, on 7 March 1642-3, to Prince Rupert, for the service of King Charles I; but the scheme being discovered and frustrated, he was, with , after eleven weeks' imprisonment, brought to trial before a council of war. They were both found guilty and hanged in Wine Street, Bristol, on 30 May 1643. In his speech to the populace at the place of execution Bouchier exhorted all those who had set their hands to the plough (meaning the defence of the royal cause) not to be terrified by his and his fellow-prisoner's sufferings into withdrawing their exertions in the king's service. There is a small portrait of Bouchier in the preface to Winstanley's 'Loyall Martyrology,' 1665.
[Clarendon's Hist. of the Rebellion (1843), 389; Lloyd's Memoires (1677), 565; Winstanley's Loyall Martyrology, 5; Granger's Biog. Hist. of England (1824), iii. 110; Barrett's Hist. of Bristol, 227, 228.]
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