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ROLL 21 - 1664

Box 1.     Roll 21   Easter Leet   16 April  1664
Gilbert Green fuller abused Robert Baron alderman

Gilbert Orrell shoemaker for a litigation on William Forth

Thomas Blackhurst chandler and Mary the wife of James Scott
- assault

James Lowe and Oliver Platt - assault.  Peter Newall and
Roger Darbyshire - the like

"That Thomas Scott one of the Serjeants of this towne being

made Acqanted with the assault and affray abovsaid did
Rfuse or Neglect to take the said partie bound to Cary them
before Mr Maior or Baylifes accordinge to his ofice"

Margaret the wife of William Laithwait sadler for a litigation
on Peter Marsh - to be ducked 3 times in the cuckstole

"And that Roger Heymour did shoote with a gunn att a dogge
of Mr Ralph Markland and killed the same to the great
prejudice of the said Mr Markland" Fined 10s. or 2 hours
in the stocks at the Cross "And wee doe order that hee shall
acknowledg his fault and ask Mr Markland forgivens"

Alexander Ford pancarter and Thomas Woolley - assault

William Laithwait with fire and arms took possession of the
house or half burgage of Alice Laithwait

Edward Hodgkinson and James Lowe foreigners received by
Andrew Laithwait and Mr Tompson

Roger Enur for trading in the town, not being a freeman

Edward Brighouse, John Cowper and William Cowper foreigners
received by Emm Bourgesse and Robert Man.

List of persons presented for selling beer

Mrs Houghton a foreigner received by -- Platt

The wife of Humphrey Farbrother for abusing the wife of James
Yonge "beeinge in drincke brooke her glasse and spilt her
serrope which should have Norisht her In her sickness againe
for abusinge the wyfe of Hugh Mather callinge her ould

givean and such like abusive Language and for breakinge the
glass wyndowes againe for abusinge James Yonge callinge him
rege raskald and other approbrious Language" - to be ducked
3 times in the cuckstool

An order of Michaelmas Leet 1662, whereby several foreigners
were allowed to become freemen on the payment of 50s, repeated

William Houghton for allowing his swine to stray

William Laithwait sadler for abusing Jane the wife of Thomas

James Harvey blacksmith for entertaining Jane Houghton

James Leyland and Ellen his wife and Henry Eckesall - assault

Alice Catterall for a litigation on Elizabeth the wife of
William Catterall and Edward Capper

Anne Catterall widow for receiving Henry Winstanley a

Alice Laithwait spinster and Margaret the wife of William
Laithwait sadler - litigation

Gerard Bancks gentleman for allowing the withies to grow
at the end of his close in the Douglas to the prejudice of
Mathew Markland's close called "Plitough" ?

Alice Glover widow for laying a dunghill near Gilbert
Glover's door

The overseers of the highways ordered to bring in their
account and make up the 5s. 8d. spent by Gilbert Glover

Box 1.   Roll 21   Easter Leet   1664
Petitions &c.
Complaint of Peter Belcher that James Ford pewterer had cut
down a quickset hedge &c. between their houses

Complaint of James Ford junior that he was fined for keeping
Robert Milnes supposed to be a foreigner "wheras in truth
the said Robert is hyred servant by the yeare with" the

Complaint of Robert and John Carter that Richard Harrison
was suffered to live in Robert Molyneux's house in Wood-
houses and follow the trade of a ropemaker, not being a
freeman, and to take Molyneux's son as an apprentice, he
was also about to marry. - Ordered to remove himself.

Complaint of Edward Het ? that he had lent a house to
Mr Forth the overseer of the poor for the use of John Ward's
children from Candlemas till May Day. He now wished to
live in it himself and asked to have them removed "further
more the wyf of John Ward doth give your pettioners wif
base landwig and saith shee will strik wond and kill" her.

Complaint of William Scott of Poolestock who had been fined
for allowing one Ashurst a native of the town to live in
Marsh's house - and though the said Ashurst had moved within
five days the petitioner was distrained

Petition of Henry Winstanley weaver, who had married an
inhabitant of the town who had an aged mother whom she wished
to look after, to be made a freeman

The petition of Richard Millner, who had married a wife who
owned a freehold in the town, to be made a freeman.

Petition of Ralph Jolly gunsmith, "A Yonge Man wothout Charg"
who had "very much work and Imployment" and who lived out of
the town, to be made a freeman

Complaint of James Ford concerning Peter Belcher and the
hedge &c.

Box 1.   Roll 21   Leet held  18 June  1664
Presentments - Scoles
Elizabeth Bowe for keeping 2 inmates, Richard France and
Thomas Brugene for keeping Robert Bamber and John Wetherbie
and Edward Brighouse for keeping Wm. Bamber.

Peter Lathom a stranger living in the house in Scoles formerly
Mr John Brighouse's

Mr Gerard Banckes for encroaching on Whalley Lane

Alice Laithwait spinster and Margaret the wife of William
Laithwait sadler - litigation

James Wigan labourer and Alice the wife of John Townlowe -
the same

James Wigan and Margaret the wife of Hugh Mather - the same

Richard Poole and Anne the wife of Edward Rigby - the same

Ellen Caduricke widow and Robert Boys - the same

John Wood for abusing Thomas Worthington during fair time

Thomas Briggs pewterer and Thomas Willinson assault at the fair

Richard Crosse labourer and John Mathews the same

William Laithwait sadler for assaulting Margaret his wife

Edmund Molyneux and Richard Scott - assault

Elizabeth the wife of William Catterall for taking a hat of
Robert Bullock's

Margaret the wife of William Laithwaite for taking money
"tyed in a bagg" belonging to Jane the wife of Mathew Markland
blacksmith, from the house of the said Jane - quit.

William Laithwait sadler for harbouring John Ward a foreigner.
and James Taylor a foreigner for remaining in the town.

Benjamin Barker a foreigner received by Mr William Pilkington

The stone well in Wallgate was in great decay and Richard
Ashton laid a dunghill near it.

Henry Spencer for abusing John Anderton ? and officer of
this Court

That Richard Boulton, Richard Scott and William Lowe at
Ormskirk Sessions for the Hundred of Westderby did prosecute
a bill of indictment for trespass against William Harison
husbandman and James Molyneux of Wigan contrary to the
liberties and customs of the town.

Gilbert Green for abusing Robert Baron alderman

Alice the wife of Edward Catterall and Bridget Barrowe
widow - litigation

John Mathews a foreigner for remaining in the town with his
wife and children - quit

William Forth pewterer for assaulting Robert Forth.

Thomas Houghton, Mr Reade, John Rydeinge, Alexander Eckesall,
Ellen Denison, George Atherton, Hamlet Green and John Naylor
foreigners received by James Hollinhed. Mr James Molyneux and
John Wackfield brazier.

William Laithwait bound over to be of good behaviour

John Naylor presented for a litigation on Jeffrey Deane

Oliver Platt for assaulting Ralph Brownlowe

Robert Suxsmith dyer for saying "that Mr Maior and Jurye
were fooles and knaves that would stop his watercourse in
Penington meadowe for they should not doe it"

Katherine the wife of William Orrell for litigation and
assault on Edmund Molyneux.

Alexander Greene Mr Ambrose Jolly and Mr Mathew Markland
ordered to scour the ditches in their grounds from Poole
Bridge to Eye ? Lane

Receipt of William Briggs for 10
ROLL 22 - 1664

Box 1.  Roll 22   Michaelmas Leet Oct 1st  1664

Mayor               Mathew Markland

Bailiffs            Peter Marsh
                    Robert Murrey

Serjeants           James Rigby
                    Thomas Scott

Attornies           Robert Winstanley
                    Edward Baron

Market Street       John Buckley
                    John Whalley

Standishgate        Thomas Blackhurst
                    Roger Baron

Millgate            Hugh Baron
                    James Harvey

Scoles              Robert Daniels
                    Roger Risley

Wallgate            Thomas Mortt senior
                    Richard Winckley

Hallgate            George Shawe
                    James Layland

Woodhouses          Thomas Taylor
                    William Holt.

Box 1   Roll 22  Michaelmas Leet   October  1st   1664

Richard Crosse and John Mathews - abuse

Oliver Platt for assaulting Ralph Brownlow

Katherine the wife of William Orrell for assaulting Edmund

James Aspull for abusing Elizabeth Rigby widow

Margaret the wife of Humphrey Farbrother and Ralph Laithwaite -

John Up Richard for refusing to assist the bailiffs in the
execution of their duty.

Seth Foster and William Farclough - assault

Ellen the wife of Edmund Molyneux for abusing William Scott

Edmund Molyneux for abusing and threatening James Patricke

Edmund Molyneux for allowing "a copp to Lye downe and be in
a great decay" near Poole Stocke

John Markland, William Foster, Thomas Scott, James Farbrother,
Mrs Forth, and Robert Molyneux labourer for receiving
John Cooper and William his son, William Bamber, Gilbert
Deane, Robert Wrast, John Clerke, William Whitfeld, and
Richard Harison ropemaker

Gilbert Deane, Ralph Deane, Alias Higham, William Almond,

William Foster and Charles Foster for flinging garbage into
the street.

Alexander Ashton tailor for assaulting William Hill

Stephen Platt for making a gate and way into Mortts Hey
belonging to William Ireland

Kathering Penington widow for keeping the two children of
Anne Watterhouse who lives in Manchester

Roger Browne dauber and William Whitle - assault

Anne the wife of Richard Crosse for abusing Anne the wife of
William Crosse

James Mortt currier for keeping Thomasin Robinson a foreigner

Peter Leigh, Edward Buckley and Edward Gregson - assault

Peter Leigh joiner for speaking contemptuously of the King

Katherine Booth for receiving Richard Holme and Jane his
wife, Margery Astley widow for receiving "her daughter and A
child both foragners" and James Harvy for receiving Mrs

Thomas Burgesse for not making the yarding between his and
William Green's house

William Laithwaite sadler for abusing Jane the wife of
Thomas Ranson.

Thomas Ashton and Roger Emers - assault

Peter Whittle, William Briggs, "yongest", Robert Houghton
and Elias Gregson for playing bowles.

Oliver Baron for abusing Mr Alderman Baron - to sit 2 hours
in the stocks in the Hall

Elizabeth Baron for abusing James Yong

Sarah the wife of George Shaw for a "litigation" on Margaret
the wife of Hugh Mather

Gilbert Holcroft for the like upon Anne Penington widow and
for calling a gatewaiter "a Bastard and other abuses to him
in the Execucion of his office" - 2 hours in the stocks at
the Crosse

Gilbert Langshaw for harbouring Henry Maudsley alias
"all of a Sweat a vagrant and wandreinge person"

James Harvy and Gilbert Wood for not certain stocks and stones
from the street.

Alice Higham widow for keeping a mongrel bitch unmuzzled

A certain place in the Scoles near the Scoles Bridge was
decayed - the bailiffs ordered to repair the decay at Scoles
Bridge, Henhurst Bridge and Warre Bridge and the style into
Charles Bancke's croft

James Browne pewterer for allowing timber to lie in the street
Robert Langshaw alderman for keeping a mongrel dog unmuzzled

Laurence Forth for keeping a cur dog unmuzzled

Philip Delroy and Joan his wife and Robert Letherbarrow

tailor - assault

John Townlowe and Hugh Mather - assault

John Townlowe for assaulting Margaret the wife of Hugh Mather

Ellen Blckborne widow for not removing a pale from Edward
Dicconson's window.

William Lynny and James Brown - assault in fair time -
Fine 5 li each.

Robert Pinington brazier for turning a watercourse in Judlow
Lane out of its course.

Ordered that Alderman Ford should have his goods restored which
were taken for a fine concerning William Green

John Rigby had removed a foot bridge lying partly in Wigan
and partly in Standish near a place called High Bridge and
Lower Rigby Meadow

John Whalley for entertaining Margery Boulton and a bastard

"And that the Adlermen of this Burrowe doe not attend Mr
Maior in there Gownes to Church and Court according as
hath been accostomed and Contrary to a former order" - to
be fined 6s 8d. a time in future

Henry Mawdsley presented for receiving Nicholas Smith

William Daniell the late mayor for swearing Peter Aspinall as
a freeman - fined 10

Seth Mason and Thomas Pilkington miller for receiving John
Lee and Alice Taylor foreigners

1. 6. 0 to be paid to Bailiff Morrey and 10s to Robert
Markland mercer

William Orrell, George Shawe, Bridget Barrowe, Hugh Mather,
William Prescott, Thomas Whitle, James Nightgale and John
Needham for selling corn privately in their own houses.

Whereas several unnecessary charges were imposed on the poor
inhabitants of the town Therefore the bailiffs were ordered
that they were not to pay any money to or for the mayor &c.
at any leet &c. nor at the leying of leys no at any other
time "Except at Faires and Judges Banquettes soe as at the
Faires and Judges Banquettes soe they doe not exceed the
summe of 40s at one tyme; And except the sessions tymes soe
likewise at the Sessions they doe not exceed the summe of
10s. at a Sessione. And the same moneys to bee paid out of
the Townes Stock and not otherwise"

Whereas for some years past the Mayors had sworn several
persons, freemen and burgesses contrary to the former
limitation, it was ordered that no one should be sworn under
the Dignity of an Esquire Burgesse or Burgesses, Freeman
or Freemen "unles such person or persons bee hereunto
Elected by the Jury of some Leet Court"

That William Greene had commenced a suit concerning a fine
by which John Laithwaite and James Scott then bailiffs, by
order of the then mayor William Daniell, took certain of his
goods. The suit was to be defended on the towne's account
and the bailiffs to be saved harmless

The bailiffs were ordered to pay Henry Mason 20s. when he

left Wigan and 20s. when he was in London, out of the
Fair money.

A long list of names of persons fined 20s. each for selling
ale contrary to the order of the Court - reduced to 2s. each

Accounts of various debts &c.

The sum of 100 to be levied and collected from all the
owners and occupiers of land in the town before the Easter
Leet to provide a mill for the town

Richard Boulton, James Pattricke and William Scott presented
for taking grass from Edmund Molyneux's land called the
Smithie Croft on 25th of July 1664

Petitions &c.      Michaelmas Leet   1664

Petition of John Mathews that the goods distrained on him
might be restored [torn]

Complaint of Alice Lathom and Robert Letherbarrow who occupied
houses in Scoles belonging to James Brighouse, which he had
purchased from Peter and Robert Brighouse, but a certain
Philip Delroy who pretended a claim to one of the houses by
forcibly throwing down a ladder and "did hurt Isabella
Lathom daughter of the aforesaid Alice"

Petition of John Platt and John Boulton free of the braziers
that they might have redress against Alexander and John
Winstanley who were not freemen

Petition of Parson Bancks, whose ancestors were burgesses and
who was a freeman and the eldest son of burgess, to be

admitted a burgess - allowed

Account of Robert Penington [crumpled and torn]

Complaint of the Master and Warden of the Shoemakers that
Thomas Mortt the younger currier sold and bought corn and
mills, not being a burgess

Petition of Ralph Marsh plasterer to continue to "call and cry"
on the people - allowed

Petition of William Browne that his father was bailiff of the
town in "1644 when Prince Ruperts Army marched thorough this
towne att which tyme" the bailiffs "did by direccion of the
Maior provide for the said Prince A Banckett and other messarys
but in Regard of the tymes which then Insued the said Mony
for the same Banckett was not paid." It amounted to 20
marks "And in Regard it hath pleased God to Restore us into
such a condicion howe that the same may be Justly Experted"
He asked that the money due to his father might be given him.

Complaint of James Harvy, smith of Scoles that Gilbert Wood
his neighbour amongst other things allowed his hedge to grow
so high "that it doeth dryve the thache of his [James
Harvy's] howsinge"

Petition of Stephen Platt who had been fined for harbouring
Jane Houghton widow

The same from James Ford of Scoles pewterer who had harboured
Robert Millner

Complaint of Edward Rigby of Halegate joiner who had made a
litigation against Jame Rigby widow, for which he had been

fined, that all the timber in his shop had been seized, and he
and "his poore family are likely to fall into great misery"

Complaint of Gilbert and Hamlet Greene, freeholders of the
town who had lived elsewhere for some years, but who, on
returning to their freehold were fined as foreigners - Fine
to be remitted

Complaint of William Scott concerning his fine for harbouring
Gilbert Ashcroft

Petition of Miles Mitton "being growne in yeares and som thing
decriped and not able to worke as I have done" to be made
bellman   -   granted

Order that the water corn mill of Robert Letherbarrow be bought,
if possible, for the town.

One other petition [torn]

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