Throckmortons in Fiction



                  Bossy, John.  Under the Molehill: An Elizabethan spy story.  Yale University Press, 2002.  Much detection ado about the Throckmorton Plot, a real event.
                   Chalker, J.   Horrors of the dancing gods.  New York:  Ballantine Books, 1995.  “master wizard Throckmorton P. Ruddygore”

                   Cornwell, Patricia.  Isle of Dogs.   Berkley Publishing Group , 2002.  On about p. 152 of her novel, Ms. Cornwell mentions “JR120”, widely believed to be Kenelm or Kellum Throckmorton, possibly the first Throckmorton to America, an inhabitant of the Jamestown settlement, being researched by anthropologists and a historian.  His bones have been found.

                    Fairstein, Linda.  Bad  blood.  New York:  Scribner, 2007.  Ms. Fairstein’s settings are often in New York City or the area.  In this book she mentions much about the “sandhogs” of New York, the folks who dig the tunnels, and as mention of the history of the eastern area of the Bronx, she discusses the Throg’s Neck area named for my ancestor John  Throckmorton, who had a farm there  of hundreds of acres in the 1640s.  There is no other relation of any Throckmorton to the actual plot, however.  Check p. 186.

                    Grand, Gordon. A horse for Christmas morning, and other stories. New York: Winchester Press, 1970.  “Mr. Henry P. Throckmorton”                             

                    Jenkins, Dan. Fast copy. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988. “Betsy Throckmorton” 

                     LaFevers, R. L.  Theodosia Throckmorton and the Serpents of Chaos.  New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.  Visit the Theodosia Throckmorton website!  Read an excerpt from the book.

                     Morgan, Tony.  Remember, Remember the 6th of November .  UK: 2017.  A fictionalized treatment of The Gunpower Plot.                       

                     OWL.  The Throckmorton case.  Bloomington:  Our Writing League, 2006.  “William J. Throckmorton   III.  (see more  at

                    Pullinger, Kate.  Weird sister.   Phoenix mass market , 1999.  This is about Agnes Samuel,  wrongly condemned to death as a witch by the Throckmortons of Warboys.  (courtesy of David Nolan, a Throckmorton descendent.)

                    Seawell, Molly Elliot. Throckmorton. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1899. This historical novel seems  to    include names familiar to us but perhaps encompassing traits of multiple people: “Major George Throckmorton” of Virginia, “Jack Throckmorton.” 

                     Woods, Stuart.  The short foreverNew York:  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2002.  “Detective Inspector Evelyn Throckmorton” (long E in Evelyn, male gender, very British.)           

                     Lobster Man from Mars.  V VHS, 1990.  This is a wacky sci-fi spoof in which Billy Barty plays the role of “Mr. Throckmorton”.        Well, I didn’t know where to put this one but it’s definitely unique!


Dr. Tom D. Throckmorton, in addition to his reknown due to daffodil propagation (see Daffodils and Throckmortons page), also was an appreciator of excellent writing.  He made the following review comments for:

          Waller, Robert James. Just beyond the firelight. Stories and Essays by Robert James Waller (also the author of “Bridges of Madison County”).  Publisher: Iowa State University Press, 1989.

          “Poetry disguised as prose. A master of short sentences with exactly the right descriptive words. His ‘soft-upon-the-Earth’ passion converts rather than changes-a rare quality.”-Tom D. Throckmorton, M.D., Des Moines         

              Father Brown; this series on BBC and PBS has used Coughton Court as the fictional “Kembleford “.


 Throckmorton, Sonny. Last cheater’s waltz. Sound recording by Mercury, 1978. Songs written, sung and awards are too numerous to list. A good reference is his listing in  McCloud, Barry.  Definitive country: the ultimate encyclopedia of country music and its performers. New York:   The Berkley Publishing
Group, 1995.
 For picture, song list and career highlights see here.