Staffordshire Quarter Sessions: 1679

Petitions to the Staffordshire Quarter Sessions, 1589-1799.

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Thomas Swinnerton of Butterton, head constable of the north part of Pirehill hundred. Q/SR/379/10 (1679)

To the Honorable his Majesties Justices of the peace for the County of Stafford at the Quarter Sessions held there the 29th day of Aprill Anno Domini 1679

The humble peticion of Thomas Swinnerton of Butterton Head-Constable of the North part of Pirehill hundred

Most humbly sheweth

That your petitioner, at Easter Quarter Sessions held for this County Anno 1678 was by this Honorable Court appoynted Head Constable of the North part of Pirehill hundred which said office hee hath duely and faithfully executed.

Your petitioner therefore humbly prayes your honors to take the premisses into consideracion That your petitioner may by order of this Court be discharged of the said office, and that some of the persons undernamed may be appoynted be to serve the said office for the ensueing yeare

  • William Abnet of Audley gentleman
  • Thomas Vernon of the same gentleman
  • Richard Nicolls the younger of Great Fenton gentleman
  • John Stubbs of Hammer-end gentlemen
  • Thomas Lovat of Eardley End gentleman

And your petitioner will pray etc


Thomas Vernon to be Chief Constable