Eliza Gutch

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Eliza Gutch (née Hutchinson) (1840-1931) was an English author and contributor to Notes and Queries.[1] It was from her suggestion that the Folklore Society was formed, 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 was born on 15 July, St Swithin's Day, in Manthorpe, Lincolnshire as Eliza Hutchinson. Her father, Simon Hutchinson, was a land agent in Little Gonerby.[2] In 1868 she was married to solicitor John James Gutch.[1] Her contributions to Notes and Queries were made using the pseudonym "St Swithin".[1]

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.


  • 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