Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society News     


Dr Lawrence Butler

It is with great regret that we report that our former President, Lawrence Butler, died on 10 December after a long illness.  Lawrence’s lifelong interest in churches led him to a career in medieval archaeology, first with the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments in Wales, and then at the Universities of Leeds and York.

As well as being our President from 1994 to 1998 he published numerous articles, and edited two volumes in the YAS Record Series: The Archdeaconry of Richmond in the Eighteenth Century: Bishop Gastrell’s ‘Notitia’, the Yorkshire Parishes 1714-1725 (YRS CXLVI, 1990) and The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874) (YRS CLIX, 2005-6).

Lawrence’s illness deprived us in recent times of the pleasure of his company at meetings, although he still kept in touch by email and post until the very end.  His support and care of the Society over so many years will not be forgotten, and we will remember him with the greatest respect and affection.

His funeral took place at Swaffham Bulbeck, near Cambridge, on 23 December.