Fenwicke, John (DNB00)
FENWICKE, JOHN (d. 1658), parliamentarian, was originally a tradesman of Newcastle-on-Tyne, but having proved himself ‘a person well affected to the parliament,’ was rewarded with the mastership of Sherborne Hospital on 30 Sept. 1644. He subsequently held a command in the parliamentarian army, and rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, was sent to Ireland in 1646, and there, on 24 May 1647, gained a signal victory over the rebels in the neighbourhood of Trim, co. Meath. On 2 July 1650 the mastership of Sherborne Hospital was, by vote of the House of Commons, settled on him for life, and on his son after him. He died of wounds received in the battle of the Dunes in June 1658 (Commons' Journ. iii. 645, iv. 612, vi. 435; Thurloe State Papers, vii. 175; Cox, Hist. of Ireland, ii. 195; Mackenzie, Durham, ii. 340).
He was the author of: 1. A tract, with the quaint title, ‘Christ ruling in the midst of his Enemies, or some first-fruits of the Church's deliverance budding forth out of the Crosse and Sufferings, and some remarkable Deliverances of a twentie yeares Sufferer, and now a Souldier of Jesus Christ,’ 1643, reprinted 1846. 2. ‘A great Victorie against the Rebels in Ireland near Trim on 24 May 1647, by Colonel Fenwicke's Forces.’[Lowndes's Bibliographer's Manual (Bohn), iv. App. p. 271.]