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Eliza Gutch

Eliza Gutch (née Hutchinson) (1840-1931) was an English author, contributor to Notes and Queries.,[1] and founding member of the Folklore Society. She made immense contributions to the establishment of folklore and dialect studies.

Eliza Gutch
Born (1840-07-15)15 July 1840
Little Gonerby-cum-Manthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Died 17 March 1931(1931-03-17) (aged 91)
Holgate Lodge, York, England
Occupation Writer, folklorist
Nationality English
Period 19th century
Genre Folklore


Personal lifeEdit

Gutch was born on 15 July 1840, at Manthorpe Lodge in Little Gonerby-cum-Manthorpe, Lincolnshire, as Eliza Hutchinson. Her father, Simon Hutchinson, was a land agent in Little Gonerby.[2]

On 22 January 1868 she married York solicitor John James Gutch.[1] They had four children: Bertha (b. 1869), John (b. 1870), Wilfrid (b. 1871), and Clement (1875-1908). She was widowed in 1881.


Gutch had an abiding interest in the history and folklore of the region of England in which she lived. She was a founder member of the English Dialect Society in 1873, and a prolific contributor to the journal Notes and Queries under the pseudonym "St Swithin", a reference to her date of birth.[1] It was from her suggestion in a February 1876 issue of Notes and Queries that the Folklore Society was formed in 1878, with Gutch as a founder member.[1]

Her knowledge of folklore was utilised by Joseph Wright in his English Dialect Dictionary, to which she contributed her findings on the folklore of both Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.[1] Gutch herself collected the materials for, and edited three volumes of, the County Folklore series, and wrote a number of shorter articles on folklore.[3]

Eliza Gutch was the last private owner of Holgate Windmill, and her children sold the Mill on her death to the City of York Council for preservation as a historic site. She died at Holgate Lodge on 17 March 1931.


  • County Folklore: Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning the North Riding of Yorkshire, York and the Ansty (1901)
  • Mrs Gutch and Mabel Peacock, County Folklore: Examples of Printed Folklore Concerning Lincolnshire (1908)
  • County Folklore: Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning the East Riding of Yorkshire (1912)


  1. ^ a b c d e Jacqueline Simpson (Editor), Steve Roud (Editor) (2003). A Dictionary of English Folklore. Oxford University Press
  2. ^ Peacock, Max. The Peacock Lincolnshire word books, 1884-1920, Barton on Humber : Scunthorpe Museum Society, 1997, p.8. ISBN 0-907098-04-5
  3. ^ "In Memoriam: [Mrs.] Eliza Gutch, (1840-1931)". Folklore. 41 (3): 301. JSTOR 1255895. 

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