Derbyshire Quarter Sessions: 1681

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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Elizabeth Davis, a prisoner in Derby gaol. Q/SB/2/329 (1681)

To the honorable and right worshippfull his Majesties Justices of the peace for the County of Derby now assembled in open Sessions.

The humble peticion of Elizabeth Davis now a prisoner in his Majesties Goale for the County of Derby.

Humbly sheweth

That your poore distressed Peticioner is now bigg with Child and neare her time ready to be delivered, and hath nothing to help her selfe withall, neither hath she any freinds here to assist her in her greate extremity And in the prison where she is, she hath neither fuell to keepe her warme, neither is there any place in it to make a fire in, Insoemuch that she is likely to perish if she be continued there.

Your Peticioner therefore humbly prayes that you would be pleased to commiserate her deplorable Condicion And grant liberty to remaine in Mr Vesseys house till she be delivered, And alsoe to order her some allowance to pay for her diett in the meane time, And she as in duty bound will ever pray for your healths and happinesse.


Order 5li to bee levyed in the county This Order renewd Easter Sessions (81)

Thomas Sales of St Alkmonds parish. Q/SB/2/332 (1681)

To the honorable Bench of his Majestyes justices of the peace for the County of Derby

The humble petition of Thomas Sales of St Alkmonds parish in Derby

Sheweth That on the [nineteenth?] one and Twentyeth day of August last past John Brindley a poor impotent old man travelling by the towne of Derby in the highway neer St. Mary-bridge by a fall from of an horse was soe crushed and bruised that of himselfe hee could not rise again but after a while lying there was by some compassionate good people brought into the towne to your petitioners house in the street called Bridge-gate where void of money and in great weakeness of body hee hath ever since continued at your petitioners great charge and trouble without releife from any other person. Humanity forbids your petitioner to let him dye for lack of dayly bread, and if the charge be not removed from your petitioner he shall in a short time become an object of charity also Therefore humbly proposeing the premises to your mercifull consideracions and since the said John Brindley's necessityes may in reason require supplyes more from the publick charity than any privat mans pitty Your Petitioner prayeth such redress in this case as to your Honors discretion shall seem meet


iii li to bee leavyed in the county

This order renewd Easter Sessions 1681

Thomas Sales.

Robert Broune, a poor prisoner in Derby gaol. Q/SB/2/346 (1681)

The humble petition of Robert Broune a poore prisoner in the Common Goale for the County of Derby to the Right worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the peace at the Gen erall Quarter Sessions of the peace houlden for the said County this 18th day of Aprill Annoque Domini 1683

Humbly Sheweth

That whereas I your Worships poore petitioner and my brother likewise were committed to Goale upon suspition of stealeing of a mare onely because hee had the evill fortune as to ride a mare in Bake -well fayre which one George Arthur gott him to sell for him and it seems that since it doth appear that hee had feloniously taken her and durst not ride her himself but got my brother Gervass and soe caused us both to be apprehended and I had in money the summe of 2li: 18s: 6d in my pockett of my owne which the Constable of Bake -well tooke of mee, so that wee have nothing to live upon but the bare allowance of the countrey nor nothing to lodge in and the prissoners threaten every day to take our cloathes for their garnish; so that my most humble request is if you will please to take into serious considderation my sad and deplorable condition and forth of your clemencyes graunt an order for mee to have my money towards our maintenan -ce otherwise wee shall be utterly lost for want and wee your Worships poore petitioners shall for ever be bound to pray for your Worships good healths and prossperities whilst wee live & I am

Robert Broune

Roger Barber, a poor prisoner in Derby gaol. Q/SB/2/347 (1681)

The Humble Petition of Roger Barber A poore prisoner in the Common Goale for the County of Derby, To the Right Worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the peace at the Generall Quarter Sessions of the peace houlden for the County of Derby the 17th day of Aprill Annoque Dominim 1683

Humbly Sheweth

That whereas your Worships poore petitioner being cast into prisson though the mallice of one Edmund Hall under pretence that I am a mad man, the reason of which is by reason I have threatned to sue him for severall things done unto mee as followes, first h[e] hath throwne stones at my sheep and knocked severall in the hea[d] and hath killed severall of my dogs that I have kept to help mee to drive me sheep and keeps sheep and other things to eat up my gra[ss] to my great detriment, and disadvantage; and hee had a mortgage o[f my?] house from my father and by reason I was thrifty and paid him h[is mo?] -ney againe; nay more for he tooke twelvepence above the [illegible] ture of the bond is the great cause of this my sad condition w[illegible] I humbly desire your Worships to take into your most Judicious [cons] iderations and forth of your Clemmency grant me my enlar[gement] (for I am a poore lame impotent creature and have nobody [illegible] after my sheep which is all I have to live upon as allso to take cause him the said Edmund Hall to make me Restitu[tion] for the wrongue I have sustained by him) and I your poore peti[tioner] shall for ever be bound to pray for your Worships good hea[lths] Prosperities whilst I live and am

Roger Barbe[r]


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