Derbyshire Quarter Sessions: 1650s

Petitions to the Derbyshire Quarter Sessions, 1632-1770.

This free content was born digital and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The cost of photographing the petitions was funded by an Economic History Society Carnevali Small Research Grant: ‘Seeking Redress in Early Modern England: Petitions to Local Authorities, c.1580-1750’, the cost of transcribing eighteenth-century items was funded by a later Economic History Society Carnevali Small Research Grant: ‘Poverty, Taxation and Regulation: Petitions to local magistrates in Eighteenth-Century England’; and the other costs, including transcription of seventeenth-century items and editorial work, were funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Grant: ‘The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England’ (AH/S001654/1). CC-NC-BY.


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John Hobbes, Humfrey Foddringham and Humfrey Jackson. Q/SB/2/639 (1650-1659)

To the Right Worshipfull the Justices of peace for this County of Derby.

The humble peticion of John Hobbes Humfrey Foddringham and Humfrey Jackson

[Hu]mbly sheweth

That your petitioners haveing beene soldieres under the comaund of Sir John Gell in the garrison in Derby all the time it was soe kept for the Parliment. Dureing which time your petitioners weere mamed in the servis and were by order of Sessions appointed to have a pension allowed them which is kept from them by reason thereof your petitioners are much prejudiced

Itt is the humble request of your petitioners therefore that your Worships would be pleased that there arreares may be payed them and theire pensiones continued and they as they are bound shall dayly pray etc

Raphe Bullocke. Q/SB/2/1339 (1650-1659)

To the right worshippfull Justices of this being humbly besechinge

Your humbel petitioner Raphe Bullocke desyre -th your worships that yow will bee pleased to take in consideration his case who hath served a thyrdbarrowshippe for the the quarter of Dunston for one whole yeare determined the thyrd of February last past desireinge hee may bee sett free nominate inge a man fitt for that service whose name is Francis Stevenson of that said quarter who never yet served: hopeinge your worshipps will bee pleased to grant ann order for that ease purpose and sett your humble petitioner free and hee shall bee ever obliged to your worshipps

Thomas Greenewood of Dronfeild, yeoman. Q/SB/2/1353 (1650-1659)

To the Right Honorable the Justices of the Bench at Sessions

The humble peticion of Thomas Greenewood of Dronfeild yeoman


That your petitioner in the yeare of our Lord God 1646, did lay out the summe of tenne shillinges for the wholl towne, for the hire of a thirdburrough there, Your petitioner humbly prayes your Honors to graunt an order that the present Constable of the said towne of Dronfeild doe forthwith repay your petitioner his said mony disbursed as aforesaid or els upon refusall to bee bound to his good behaviour

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc.


Ordered except cause

Elizabeth Burrowes of Dale-Abbey. Q/SB/2/1360 (1650-1659)

To the Right worshipfull the Justices of the peace for the state of England now assembled on the bench at Derby.

The humble peticion of Elizabeth Burrowes of Dale-Abbey in the aforesayd county:

Complaineing showeth that Bridget Hill of the aforesaid parish having formerly served a warrant upon your oratrix directed from Mr. Bennett for scandalous words as she alled ged to be uttered by me against hir: the said Mr Bennett appoint ed Michael Coe Sir Henry Willowbyes baliff who ordered and agreed the matter betwixt us before the cheif of the parish, she receiveing 2s for hir warrant: now when my recognizance should be drawne she labours to bind me over againe. I am a poore widdow having 2 young children and nothing to releive them and me, but the charity of the parish; who at the first earnestly moved and intreated the matter of controversy to be de cided, but she and hir sister were so obstinate that nothing would appease them but present imprisonment of me, for my life and con versation to be honest and good, it is attested under the handes of the whole parish:

May it please your good worships take into consider,br> ation my impoverished estate, that I may be freed from their incumbrance and that according to the former order I may be at quiet: And your oratrix will ever and daily pray etc.

  • John Scott Curate
  • John Brownloe
  • Wm Wright senior his marke
  • Robert Wood his marke
  • John Wheatley
  • William Wright junior
  • Thomas Bridges his marke
  • Will: Meakin his marke
  • William Wheatley

Robert Hunt, constable of Foston and Scropton. Q/SB/2/201 (1652)

The humble pettiton and request of Robert Hunt Constable of Foston and Scropton humbly desireing your worships favour to grant me a warrant an order whereby I may collect that every one may paie in their levies & Assesmentes which the are behinde or a warant to bringe them in to the next meetinge soe humbly craveinge your worships favoure herein I

Your humble Pittitioner Robert Hunt Constable




Christopher Fisher, minister of Heyfield. Q/SB/2/1209 (1653)

To the right worshipfulls the Justices of the peace for the Countie of Darbie.

The humble petition of Christopher Fisher minister of Heyfield

Wherein your humble petioner Sheweth that he was frely with unanimious consent chosen and elected the minister of Heyfield and there haith remained as minister and soe confirmed by the Committie of plundered ministers and an augmentation of fiftie poundes per annum and tenn poundes from the Marchant Tailors Hall in London aand confirmed under and by the hands of the worshipfull Collonell Ashenhurst and the rest of the inhabittantes generally

Butt soe it is: that your petitioner being a gospell minister is therefore injustly presented and oathe taken against most injustly falsely and desperately without ether feare of god or reverence to man by a companie of Annabaptists and Seperatists in a conspiracie to undoe distroye and banish your petitioner, whose malignancie appeareth at large

Wherefore your worships petitioner humble prayeth warrants against George Hatfield Edward Hide John Bennit George Bennet Thomas Watterhouse of Hey- -field to be bound over to the good behaviour untill they justly prove the accusation against the your petitioner and he will daly praye for your health and happinesse

Joseph Wright of Wirkesworth, tailor. Q/SB/2/217 (1655)

To the right worshipfull the Justices of the peace for this County of Derby at the generall quarter Sessions holden at Derby this 24th Aprill 1655

The humble peticion of Joseph Wright of Wirkesworth in the County aforesaid taylor, humbly sheweth unto your good worshipps by way of complaynt against Henry Arwin off the same towne & County myner; for many and severall abuses done unto the said Joseph Wright his wife and his children both at home and abroade by the said Henry Arwin, The said Henry Arwin haveinge formerly done much hurt to the said Joseph Wrights wife and children by affrighting them at their owne house in the night and threateninge them; The said Joseph Wrights wife theirupon got a warrant against the said Henry Arwin and bound him to the peace to appeare at this generall quarter Sessions But the said Henry Arwin hath since that time broken the peace, in comeinge violently upon the said Joseph Wright when he was working at a grove upon the myne, their doeinge him much hurt to his great dammage; Wherefore your suppliant desireth your good worships that the said Henry Arwin may not be acquitt from his suretishipp & bondage at this time, But that hee may be bound still or other punishment may be inflicted upon him as [you?] in your discretions shall think meet And for your worships healths hee is bound to pray

Joseph Wright

Roger Steeven of Wirkesworth, saxton. Q/SB/2/220 (1655)

At the generall quarter Sessions holden at Derby the 24th day of Aprill 1655 To the right worshipfull the Justices of peace for the County aforesaid

The humble petititon of Roger Steeven of Wirkesworth in the County aforesaid saxton Sheweth unto your good worships That whereas the said Roger Steeven being an aged man and well approved on by many of his neighbours, part wherof whose names are hereunto subscribed in the behalfe of the said Roger Steephen for his good carriage amongst them; The said Roger Steephen dwelling neare some disorderly people and evill affectioned towards him, which are Henry Arwin, John Arwin and their mother Alice Arwin widdowe which are often abuseinge the said Roger Steephen according to his owne relacion both in words and accions Wherefore the said Roger Steephen doth humbly desire that some order and course may be taken with the said disorderly persons and abusefull neighbours in his behalfe; that hee may live peaceably and quietly at home amongst his neighbours them Otherwise the said Roger is not able to subsist And for your worships healths hee is bound to pray

Wee doe Certifie of the good Carriage of the poore man Roger Steephen as aforesaid Attested under our hands

  • Martin Topham Vicar
  • Raph Twigg
  • Robert Topleys Constable
  • John Roper
  • Anthony Cheatle
  • Gourge Tompson mark
  • William Goodwin
  • Daniel Deelle hedboroes
  • Thomas Bunting
  • John Hapy
  • Raph Poyser
  • Edward Ragg
  • Thomas Beighton
  • Adam Padley
  • Richard Allsu[illegible]
  • William Banks
  • Richard Steere[illegible]

Thomas Suttone of Hartingtone. Q/SB/2/1340 (1656)

The humble petitione of Thomas Suttone of Hartingtone


Whereas your petitioner: and wife: haveing 8: children: four beinge with him very young one unable to get a livelyhood: beinge very laborious all ther time hitherto: takeinge great paines at the mines: haveinge noe gets for many years together: venturinge his substance: in vindicatione of the mines; fallinge into extreame wants: by his great Charge; and ma nageinge the mines: your petitioner: haveinge a small cottage: of his one and a litle, corne: which your petitioner: hath caused sowen: and goeinge into debt for the said seed: the man to whom I had the seed hath seised of my corne: allready for his pay: I beinge in a weake: conditione: allmost past my worke and my wife allso: sellinge that small substance wee had in our house for maintanance for our family: and the hardness of the winter hath: forced sell all wee had: to preserve us all a life: and beinge in extreame poverty: make in complaint to the overseers of the said towne: who daly excuseth: and say the will doe much for us but never performe anythinge: humbly desireinge: that your worshipfull bench: wold give orders to the overseers of the poore: that your peti tioner may have the weekly pay: as in your grave wisdome you shall thinke fitt and your petitioner will ever pray for your worshipps long life by mee

my ho Your petitioner eye sight beinge dim: humbly desireth: your assitance for without your worshipps order I must have nothinge

Thomas Robert Sutton

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