Hotham, Sir John, 1st bt. (1589-1645)
About this picture
silver medal, by Thomas Simon, 1645. National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 4364.
About the subject
MP for Beverley 1625, 1626, 1628, 1640 (Apr.)-1643. Parliament’s governor of the fortress of Hull, Hotham had the unenviable task of refusing admission to the king to its stronghold and arsenal in 1642. Equivocal in his views, however, he was planning to defect to the royalists in 1643, but was seized before he could do so, and along with his son was sentenced to death and executed by Parliament in 1645.