Recommended Reading

Plantation Patriot: A Biography of Eliza Lucas Pinckney

1967 by Frances Leigh Williams

Elizabeth (Eliza) inherited a plantation in South Carolina, America. She became a highly respected personality in the early days of the United States.

Mad Madge: The Life of Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle

2002  by Katie Whitaker

The sister of Thomas, Charles and John - key Royalists in the English Civil War. She was in exile with Charles II and married the Duch of Newcastle on Tyne. Buried in Westminster Abbey.

(See list of her writings)

A Glorious Life: The Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle

1988 by Kathleen Jones

Another account of ‘Mad Madge’

Mad Lucas: Strange Story of Victorian England's Most Famous Hermit

1983 by Richard Whitmore

One of the family’s most interesting members, but not the first recluse!

Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds

(Oxford World's Classics) Jocelin of Brakelond

Some of the earliest records of the Lucas family are centred on St Edmund’s Abbey. Here is a record of life around the Abbey at it’s height.


Gottfried, Robert S.

An understanding of life in the town where the early family members made their mark.

Reminiscences of Manningtree and Its Vicinity:

Glass, Joseph

I was born in Manningtree which has been the base for my branch for over 300 years.

Our Fall Our Fame

David Appleby 9781898621454

A biography of Sir Charles Lucas during the English Civil Wars.

Understanding Popular Violence in the English Revolution: The  Colchester Plunderers

By John Walters    9780521651868

The story of violence against the family by the local citizens of Colchester.

A Gower Family. The Lucases of Stouthall and Rhosili Rectory

Lucas, Robert     9780863321269

The Lucas family in South Wales from about 1400

Lucas Genealogy. Annabelle Kemp 1964

Detailed history of the Lucas Family in America (difficult to source)

Lucas the first 100  years. Harold Nockolds 1976 (two separate Volumes: Vol I ‘King of the Road’ and Vol II ‘The Successors’)

Harold Nockolds

Detailed history of Joseph Lucas Ltd. - Birmingham car electrical equipment manufacturer.

The History and Antiquities of Suffolk: Thingoe Hundred

By John Gage, John Gage Rokewode

Detailed history of  Westley and Ickworth  from about 1180 - extremely rare but available free on Google Player  (eBook)

Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History Vol XXXIX Part 1 1997

Includes a Paper regarding Joselin plus paper on Ickworth

The description of a new world, called ‘The blazing-world’

A ‘science fiction’ story written nearly 400 years ago by Margaret Cavendish (above) considered by many to be the first published story of its type. She wrote several other stories, poems and plays. See page

E.V. Lucas: Collected Works (Illustrated) Kindle only 2745 pages - 10 Stories

By Edward Verrall Lucas (see list)

Phebe's Hitchin Book: Memories of Life in Regency Hitchin 108 pages - 978-0955241147

By John Lucas

“a girl's childhood in and around Hitchin. It's is simply written and engaging” (review)

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