Supplementary Records: Docker

Pages 122-123

Records Relating To the Barony of Kendale: Volume 3. Originally published by Titus Wilson and Son, Kendal, 1926.

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1696 24 April. After the death of the Queen and the conspiracy to assasinate William III, it became more than ever necessary to require from the recusants the oaths of Allegiance and Abjuration, as set out in the Act of 1 Will. and Mary, and further a declaration against Transubstantiation and the invocation of saints according to the Act of 30 Charles II. The oaths were as follows:—

Allegiance. I, A. B. do sincerely promise and swear, that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to their Majesties King William and Queen Mary.

Abjuration. I, A. B. do swear, that I do from my heart abhor, detest and abjure as impious and heretical, that damnable doctrine and position, that Princes excommunicated or deprived by the Pope, or any authority of the See of Rome, may be deposed or murdered by their subjects, or any other whomsoever. And I do declare, that no foreign Prince, person, prelate, state or potentate hath, or ought to have, any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminence or authority, ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm.

Declaration. I, A. B. do solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God, profess, testify and declare, that I do believe that in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, there is not any Transubstantiation of the Elements of Bread and Wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, at or after the Consecration thereof by any person whatsoever; and that the Invocation or Adoration of the Virgin Mary, or any other saint, and the Sacrament of the Mass, as they are now used in the Church of Rome, are superstitious and idolatrous. That I do make this Declaration without any evasion, equivocation or mental reservation whatsoever; and without any Dispensation by the Pope or any authority or person whatsoever, or without thinking that I am or can be acquitted before God or man or absolved of this Declaration, or any part thereof, although the Pope or any other person or power whatsoever should dispense with or annull the same, or declare that it was null and void from the beginning.

Throughout the townships the names of those recusants who neglected or refused to make these oaths and declaration will be given. Here in Docker there is only the one name—Anthony Duckett— who thus rendered himself liable to incur all the penalties, forfeitures and disabilities which by the laws in force might be inflicted on a Popish Recusant Convict. K. Indict. Book, 1692-1724.

1712 2 May. Estimate by the high constables of the charge for repairing Docker Bridge, 15s. (Ibid). Order to have it repaired. K. Order Book, 1696-1724; Browne MSS., vol. 1, n. 221.

1715 Thomas Pearson, a Nonjuror, owned a house called "Myers" in Docker. English Catholic Nonjurors of 1715.

1766 7 April. Order that the two high constables do forthwith repair Docker Bridge (K. Order Book, 1760-70). On 12 January, 1767, it was again presented as in great decay and an order was made to the high constables to forthwith view the bridge and report the condition at the next Sessions (K. Indict. Book, 1760-70). On 27 April, 1767, the constables were ordered to contract for the repair, and on 9 January, 1769, it was certified as being in good and sufficient repair. K. Order Book, 1760-70.

1810 Arthur Shepherd purchased the estate commonly called Little Docker from George Liddle. The title deeds go back to 17 June, 1578, when for a consideration of £80 an Indenture was made between Edward Beck, shearman, and Richard Newby, chapman. In 1609 Randal Newby in consideration of £104 conveyed the estate to Nicholas Storey, it being the yearly rent of 8s. and parcel of the lands of Sir Francis Duckett In 1698 Thomas Moore, mercer of Kendal, was seised of the estate in tenant right and under payment of 8s. and of fines, heriots and dues, and being desirous to purchase the messuage and tenements into a fee simple estate, the Right Hon. John Lord Viscount Lonsdale, entered into an agreement with him for the enfranchisement of the estate. By 1788 Joseph Moore had become possessed and by his will he bequeathed it to his granddaughter Dorothy Moore so soon as she should be able to give a discharge to the Trustees. Subsequently (c. 1802) this Dorothy married the abovesaid George Liddel, banker of Kingston upon Hull. Shaw End Deeds.

1908 20 November. Recommended that Docker Bridge be grouted with cement. C. C. Minutes, 1908-9.