Staffordshire Quarter Sessions: 1709

Petitions to the Staffordshire Quarter Sessions, 1589-1799.

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William Robinson and others, sufferers by fire in the parish of Rugeley. Q/SR/474 a/6 (1709)

To the honourable and worshipfull her majesties justices of the peace for the county of Stafford, assembled at the generall quarter sessions of the peace held at Stafford for the county of Stafford on Tuesday the third twelfth day of May July in the year of our Lord God 1709

The humble petition of William Robinson, Robert Masters, John Adie, Richard Adie, Richard Jackson, John Trigg, Edward Handley, John Capper, in behalf of [themselves?] and seaventeen others sufferers by fire in the parish of Rugeley

Humbly sheweth

That upon Saturday the nineteenth day of February last about nine of the clock [illegible] forenoon there happened a violent dreadfull fire in the said towne of Rugeley, which [illegible] of two houres by reason of the fierceness of the wind, burnt down and consumed to [illegible] dwelling houses of your poor petitioners, as also their barns and outhouses containing in [illegible] thirty one [bays?] of building together also with most of their goods house [hol...?] [illegible] utensills for trade and other thinges, besides severall other neighbouring [hou...?] [illegible] much endamaged to the impoverishment of your poor petitioners, unless releived by [illegible] well disposed persons the whole loss amounting to the summe of [eigh...?] [illegible] eight pounds and upwardes as will appear to this honourable [illegible] oaths of Richard Capper, John Plimmer, Mark Evans, carpenters, and William [Holli...?] [illegible] Hollinhurst, and Richard Sutton masons able and sufficient workemen who [car...?] [illegible] said buildinges, as also by the oaths of your said petitioners, wherefore [your said petitioners?] [illegible] that you would be pleased to certify the same under your hands and [illegible] William Lord Cooper Lord High Chancellor of Great Brittain [illegible] to obteyne her majesties [illegible] to collect the charity of her majesties justices loveing subjectes [illegible] and places as to his lordship shall seem convenient towards [illegible] your poor petitioners

And your petitioners as [illegible]

  • John [Adie?]
  • Richard [illegible]