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Sir Samuel Luke (1603-1670) was born 21 March 1603 in Southill, Bedfordshire, England to Sir Oliver Luke of Parliament and Elizabeth Knightley. He was buried 30 August 1670 in Cople, Bedfordshire, England.

Samuel Luke was governor of the Parliamentary outpost in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire from late 1642 until June 1644 during the English Civil War. During the war he was also Scoutmaster to the Earl of Essex.

It is thought that Sir Samuel Luke was the basis for the title character of the satirical heroic poem Hudibras by Samuel Butler.


  • Tibbutt, H.G. (1959) "The Civil War Letter-Books of Sir Samuel Luke", in Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research 1959 vol. 37, no. 150, pp. 91-92.


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