Derbyshire Quarter Sessions: 1687

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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Ellin Mellor of Finderne, widow. Q/SB/2/394 (1687)

To the Right Worshipfull his Majestys Justices of the peace for the County of Derby. October 14th. 1687. The humble petition of Ellin Mellor of Finderne in the said County, widdow

Humbly sheweth

That your Worships poor petitioner being an old woman, and haveing been a widdow above fifteen years, and now no longer able to subsist without some speedy relief, becomes your humble petitioner that you would please to grant me your order to the overseers of the poor for the said towne to impower them to allow me something weekly, or as your Worships in your wisdoms shall appoint, that so long as it pleases the Almighty to continue me on this side the grave (which doubtless cannot be long) I may not be forced contrary to Law to wander abroad to for relief: the towne indeed for severall years hath bestowed each year a load of coals upon me, only this year they have denyed me that small assistance, so that I may in all likelyhood starve for want of fire; which poor condition I humbly beg of you to take into your pious considerations, and I shall as in duty bound, ever pray for your Worships healths and eternall prosperity


2s. th weekly till they find her a load of coales

Thomas Bagshawe of Brimington. Q/SB/2/395 (1687)

To the right worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the Peace at Chesterfeild Sessions the fourth day of October Anno domini 1687 The humble Peticion of Thomas Bagshawe of Brimington

Most humbly Sheweth

That your Petitioner is a poor ancient man and is soe lame that hee is not able to doe any worke for his maintenance and has had this lamenesse upon him these two yeares almost and has nothinge to live upon and is likely to starve this winter for want of sustenance and your Petitioner can have noe allowance but the inhabitants tells your Petitioner he is a Counterfeite and able to worke where in truth your Petitioner is lame and not able to worke.

Your Petitioner therefore most humbly prayes that your Petitioner may have some wekely allowance by order of this honorable Court And your Petitioner as in duty bound will dayly pray etc


8d weekly till such order>


John Radige of Hasland. Q/SB/2/627 (1687

To the Right Worshipfull His Majestyes Justices of the peace and Quorum

The humble petition of John Radige of Hasland sheweth That I John Radige your humble petitioner have served Kinge Charles the First in his wars And was under my Lord Fretchvile And was taken prisoner haveing my mare shot from under mee without any manner of satisfaction And whereas I your humble petitioner being ancient and past my worke doe humbly desire that your Worships would bee pleased to enter my name into the pencion booke soe that I may have the next place which is vacant And I shall ever pray for your Worships whilest I am your humble petitioner John Radige


in futuro

Arthur Lowe

To the Right Worship full his Majestyes Justices of the Peace and Quorum at the Generall quarter Sessions held at Chesterfield Octo the 4 1687