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Trebian Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Dec 2021 5:33 a.m. PST

Mike Ingram, the author of ground breaking books on the battles of Northampton and Bosworth has died. Mike was a leading figure in the battlefield preservation movement in the UK, a battlefield and historical tours guide, lecturer and historical consultant. He was founder Chair of the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society, a previous Chair of the Naseby Project, founder of the Northampton Civic Society and active heritage campaigner. He led successful campaigns to save the 1460 battlefield and the Eleanor Cross in Northampton. He was a noted local historian in his beloved Northamptonshire and a regular on local radio as well as an occasional TV talking head. He is proof that one individual can make a difference.

I have written a longer In Memorium piece here:

Due to Covid and lockdown, Mike's freelance work had been sparse over the last two years, so his children are running a crowd funder to pay the costs of his funeral. We expect it to be a big affair, with many people wanting to attend. If you would like to contribute this is the link:

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2021 6:44 a.m. PST
Frederick Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2021 3:32 p.m. PST

Sincerest condolences

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Dec 2021 3:27 a.m. PST

I will dip my head in sadness at the loss of a good chap?
How old was he?


Trebian Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Dec 2021 3:32 a.m. PST

@Martin Goddard: He was 59. I spoke to his father, how survives him, whilst Mike wasn't the fittest of men, he hadn't seen a doctor in years. All a bit of a shock.

sixlasers13 Dec 2021 5:22 a.m. PST

Really sorry to hear this. I have his books on Northampton and his latest Bosworth book. I would urge anyone with even a slightest interest in the Wars of the Roses to buy them. Hopefully the royalties will go to the family.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Dec 2021 6:08 a.m. PST

Thanks Graham
That is a very young age, which compounds the loss I think


Marcus Maximus13 Dec 2021 9:14 a.m. PST

Very sad news indeed, he will be sorely missed. RIP Mike.

Trebian Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Dec 2021 2:20 a.m. PST

@sixlasers: Profits from the Bosworth book go to his family. Proceeds from the Battle of Northampton book go to the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society, of which he was the founder and Chair.

His most recent book, on the History of Northampton from stone age to the 20th century is well worth a read link He self published it, so the family make more from that than the Bosworth book.

The book he co-write with me on Battlefields in Northamptonshire is also very good. At least his chapters are. link

sixlasers14 Dec 2021 5:27 a.m. PST

Thank you Trebian. Instead of buying the books you mentioned, (which as I am an Irishman who has lived in Scotland for 52 years have limited interest for me), I have made a donation on the page. Anyone who has enjoyed his books should do the same.

Trebian Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Dec 2021 7:47 a.m. PST

@sixlasers: We do have a chapter on the Black Watch Rebellion in the Northants Battles book.

Thank you for your contribution.

Atheling15 Dec 2021 10:27 p.m. PST

Despite having a couple of decades researching the Wars of the Roses under my belt I never got to meet Mike.

I have however read all of his books and was impressed by the intention to detail.


We lost a good one.

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Arcane Steve16 Dec 2021 6:11 a.m. PST

I'm sorry to hear of Mikes Ingrams passing.

I was fortunate enough to join a guided tour of the Stokes Field battlefield with Mike Ingram as the guide in June 2017. I wrote at the time

'The Battlefield tour was led by Mike Ingram, an extremely knowledgeable and affable guide. Mike explained the background to the battle, who was involved and why. I was particularly impressed that Mike was happy to give more than one possible version of what had happened and why this should be.'

Mike was very generous with his time and patient with all of our questions. What a shame to lose him. Condolences to his family.

My blog is here but although pictures of the battlefield, there are none of Mike. He does get a mention in the local newspaper the Newark Advertiser – the link is in my blog;


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