Wigan Court Leet Rolls
ROLL 1 - Miscellaneous Years 1626-1724
COURT LEET ROLL 1
MISCELLANEOUS YEARS 1626-1724
Meeting day held in the Common Hall before Roger
1724 Bradshaigh Bart Mayor & John Baldwine Justice
of the peace 19 Georg 11. 1724.
Presentments I not the same date, earlier?
Jane the wife of Robert Orrell for abusing
Katherine Langshawe spinster.
Robert Denton & Humphrey Wetherby - assault.
William Orrell for allowing his yardings to
fall down between his house & Thomas Panes.
Humphery Fairbrother of Scoles for making a
window to overlook James Forde's house.
Alderman James Ford for allowing the yarding
to fall down between his house & John Johnson's.
1677 Ishmael Bibbie [fl. 1677] for allowing a "Large
Mungrell dogg" to go at large.
Anne the wife of Gregory Foster for a litigation
on Alice the wife of Thomas Wood.
Robert Leatherbarrow for harbouring Margaret Blakey.
The Mayor to pay a fine of 40s imposed on -- Scott
from William Greene & Robert Ford unto George Browne
& Charles Legh late bailiffs.
John Renshaw for assauting Laurence Moulding.
The bailiffs to take care that defence be made in
behalf of Mr Maior & the rest in an Action against
them by Margaret Blacowe.
Robert Leatherbarrow for harbouring the said Margaret.
Jane Greene spinster for abusing Elizabeth the
wife of Henry Feilden clerk.
Henry Topping & Jane & Adam Boulton - litigation.
Mr Gerard Banckes for encroaching on Scoles Common
Richard Holme for harbouring Thomas Standish a
Edward Herle for turning a watercourse in Standishgate.
Alexander Ford of Swindly & Thomas Par - assault.
Gerard Banckes to be find 30s for the encroachment
on Scoles Common & to set his hedge in a straight
line between the "Kilne End" and the old Haigh
Morne Stocke near unto two gates and thence to
the quickwood stock at the end of the stone wall
adjoyning the school
Elizabeth the wife of Ralph Legh for abusing
James Scott, one of the Jury.
Gilbert Greene for swearing an oath in open
The repair of Henhurst Bridge refused to the dis-
cretion of the Mayor & Aldermen.
A stone wall to be made between the Mill Bridge
& the Mill.
Undated 1635-41? in latin
Nicholas Mather spinner & Peter Leigh - assault
William Whalley & Henry Reynoldes the younger -
Robert Markland Brazier & John Scott & Elizabeth
his wife & James Lythgoe - assault.
Miles Gerard of Ince gentleman, John Parpoint
Thomas Carton & Alexander Canon - assault &
Bridget Allen & Elizabeth Leigh - assault.
John Ford assaulted the wife of Gilbert Forth
Gibert Forth & John Bibbie - assault
Thomas Winckley for abusing Robert Wingfield Knt.
John Molyneux & Roger Laithwaite for assaulting
Gabriel Winstanley & Peter Anderton.
Elizabeth Leigh for ridelling ashes in the street
Margaret Edger widow & Katherine Markland - assault
Elizabeth Leigh widow & Mary the wife of Geoffrey
Moulding - litigation.
Hugh Johnson & James Almond - assault.
William Heskin butcher & William Heskin? - assault
Richard Dodson, John Lee & Jenette his wife &
Philip Wood - assault.
Gilbert Houlcroft & Henry Reynoldes - assault.
Katherine the wife of Henry Reynolds & Gilbert
Houlcrofte & Jane his wife.
James Kidd alias Ireland & Thomas Langshaw -
Richard Humphrey & Edmund Atherton of Pemberton
yeomen & Gabriel Winstanley & Peter Anderton -
William Puce & Robert Croytchloc - assault.
William Burgesse & William Crone the younger
alias Lenton - assault.
Henry Lythgoe of Abraham? Leics yeoman & Robert
Brighouse - assault.
Miles Gerard of Ince gentleman & Thomas Laithwaite
sadler - assault.
William Heskin of Copple butcher & John Fairbrother
smith - assault.
Elizabeth Leigh widow for prestalling the market
& Joan the wife of Thomas Mathers the same.
John Platt panner & Ralph Neaven shoemaker -
Margaret widow of Alexander Nightgale & Isabel
wife of William Nightgale - litigation.
Gilbert Houlcroft & Jane his wife assaulted
Katherine the wife of James Freland.
Margaret Wiggan assaulted Grace the wife of
"Wee Fyne Roger Baron for a troll a gaynes Ann
John Molyneux of Pemberton yeoman, Richard
Humphery & Edmund Atherton of the same yeomen
& Gabriel Winstanley - assault with the drawing
Surveyors for Scoles, Wearr & Hennis Bridge -
William Browne gentlemen, Thurstan Whalley,
Robert Jolley, John Bullocke & William Burkes.
15-16-17, 18, 19 20-22 torn 1660 or 1661
William Pilkington degraded from the office of
Alderman because he did "Speake justifie and aver
very many things thet ---- false and untrue against
the Ancient Customes and pr---- of this Burrowe."
William Glover during his Mayoralty in 1660 does
not appear to have followed the custom of the town.
Michaelmas Leet 3 Oct. 1724
Ellen Grimshaw & William Brager -
James Naylor, linenweaver, William Foley linen -
weaver for practising their trade in towns.
Thomas Ranson carpenter.
Robert Lithgoe & Francise Browne -
Mayor William Forth
Benchers Robert Markland
Clerk Mr Mawdsley
Ballives James Molyneux
Serjeants Thomas Scott
Attornies Hugh Challiner
Standishgate William Scott the Elder
William Scott the Younger
Millgate Robert Foster
Scoles Robert Langshawe
Surveryors of Robert Banckes
Flesh & Fish Edward Baron
Ale founders William Deyne
Sealers & Searchers James Waitson
& Registers of Leather James Fynch
Treasurers Thurstan Whalley
Petition of John Thornton, who 3 years before married
Alice widow of Thomas Martin & daughter of James
Ireland deceased, & who lived in Wigan since, asked
to be made a freeman or burgess - to be admitted burgess.
f36 List of Burgesses for 27 Chas 11? Mayor
f38 Inquisition taken 19th June 1652.
John Maior for abusing the overseers of the highways
Jane the wife of Micholus Pennington for speaking of
Contemptious words against the government of this
Town and Burrowe of Wigan.
James Kidd alias Ireland pewterer & Katherine Kidd
alias Ireland widow, for a litigation on James
Molyneux of Woodhouses gentleman.
Mary the wife of the said James & Anne her daughter for
a litigation on James Kidd alias Ireland pewterer.
Hugh Wood Nulles & Elizabeth his wife & Margaret the
wife of Hugh Mather - litigation. Jumphrey Mathew
skinner & John Fearnshell labourer - assault.
James Sedgewick of Blackrod drapman & Selwaul
Sedgewick of .......... litigation.
Alexander Wood miller & Alice, the wife of
Richard Scott, skinner - litigation.
The same Alexander & Richard Pennington yeoman -
Robert Haye cutter, for a litigation on John
Katherine the wife of Thomas Hugh Natter for
a litigation on the said John Lea.
Elizabeth Greenlaugh spinster servant to John Mason
of Swindley, panner, for breaking the Pinfold &
taking out impounded cattle.
"John Hudson for sending his servant towards
infected places, where the Plague was known to be.
And not making the officers of this town, acquainted
with his journey. And for havockeing about the
Countye with panns containing to the Statute re" To
be imprisoned in the Hall for 2 hours re.
Henry Bullocke skinner, for abusing the watch.
William Browne labourer & Dorothy his wife
& the wife of John Wetherbye - assault.
John Lee plasterer, for a litigation Haye Natter.
Alexander Canon & Grace his sister & spinster, &
Mary Pilkington widow & Mary & Anne Pilkington spinsters
William Pilkington gentleman, Margaret Winstanley
widow, Thomas Almond labourer & Olive Baron Natter,
for harbouring Thomas Garnett butcher, Robert Smith
& his 2 sons & William Manchester & his wife.
Roger Never & Robert Almond for being drunk &
going down to the house of Hugh Wood miller, &
making a litigation on Elizabeth his wife.
James Molyneux gentleman & James Pilkington dyer -
William Pilkington gentleman for assaulting James
Mary the wife of the said James, Anne her daughter
& Thomas Winstanley, for assaulting William
Gerrard Lee, Robert Bibbye, Thomas Kerkebye,
George Baive, Gilbert Orrell, the youngest,
Thomas Belcher for playing bowls.
Court Leet [undated]
Margaret the wife of William Laithwaite sadler,
for abusing Mt Nicholas Penington.
William Rigby for abusing Margaret & Hester Bradshawe.
William & Thomas Barongton - assault.
Robert Crouchlowe for abusing Ralph Deane.
Thomas Ascrofte for an assault on Richard Croke &
"Thomas Wood did shoote at a pigeon in the
Richard Goolle for an assault on Henry Shutleworth
& Elizabeth his wife.
List of those who had not contributed to the repair
of the highways.
John Stables a foreigner.
Robert Wethersby & Hugh Battersby - assault.
James Kenyon & George Shawe for harbouring John
Welsh & Richard Knight - foreigner.
Laurence Anderton Junior gentleman for keeping
a grayhound & John Thornton for keeping a "water dogg."
Hugh Johnson for allowing his mastiff bitch to
Ralph Langshawe for allowing his muck to be in
James Molineux "for keeping a grayhound not being
qualified according to Lawe". Laurence Marsden
& Christopher Simpson gentleman for the same.
Barnaby Wood for allowing his dog to go unmuzzled.
James Leland plasterer, for keeping two beagles.
Robert Baron, Roger Leatherbarrow & Alexander
Rydeing for neglecting their office of gatewaiter.
Gilbert Hollinhead for allowing his swine to stray,
& John Hollinhead for letting his dog go unmuzzled.
William Scott bellfounder, for not removing the
root of a tree out of the Douglas.
f 48 Court Leet [undated] clo 74
Robert Markland mercer for laying rubbish in the
Anne Barker for allowing her swine to stray.
Richard Orrell for bastardy upon Jennett Lucas.
Ralph Prescott for assaulting Katherine Catterall
widow, & he "threatned to burne her hous"
James Coope for bastardy upon Ellen Houghton.
Anne the wife of Thomas Wilkinson, for abusing
Elizabeth the wife of Adam Bouldton gentleman.
f 49 Court Leet 1627 [in latin]
James Kidd alias Ireland panner, & Philip Watson -
assault [c 1652]
Bridget Browne widow, for assaulting Alice the
wife of Edward Gregson.
Henry Waynewright plaster & Jane Whalley
spinster - assault.
Richard & Alice Crone & Isabel the wife of William
Nightgale, for taking turf [granuna] "out of the
Elizabeth the wife of Thomas Lampson, Margery Whalley
widow & Jennett & Elizabeth Whalley spinsters, for
abusing Alice Ford widow.
John Lowe, Henry Pott, & Thomas Houlcroft -
William Deane butcher & Peter Deane butcher.
James Baldwin pewterer, for abusing James Harvie
William Boyes tailor, for abusing Alice Kidd alias
Robert Croytchloe weaver & Thomas Pilkington labourer -
Margaret the wife of Richard Orrell, Alice Orrell
spinster & Ellen Dobson spinster - assault
James Harvie & John Nightgale brazier - assault
Ellen the wife of Robert Greene fuller & Anne the wife
of John Catterrall - litigation.
John Boulton panner William Deane butcher - assault.
Ellen Orrell of Millgate, spinster, for prestal-
ling the market.
f51d Court Leet 1637.
John de Valencia & Anne his wife & Gilbert Forth
brazir - assault.
Thomas Worthington & Elizabeth his wife & Sel-
ward Boulton, panner, -assault.
James Baldwin pewterer, & Robert Markland braz-
ier the like.
James Brigges, & Robert Scott - the like.
William Deane butcher for a litigation on Eliz-
abeth Baron widow, saying "Thou art a bitch"-
To remain 4 hours in the Hall & after, one hour
in the stocks to ask her forgiveness.
Robert Leigh's wife & Susan Lewis spinster -
Alice Redforth for forestalling the market with
John Lowe of Aspull & Gilbert Hindley - assault.
Patrick Dublin labourer & Elizabeth the wife of
Hugh Wood - assault & litigation.
Thomas Lythgoe & his wife & the same Patrick and
Margaret his wife - assault.
The wife of Patrick Dublin to ask Williams
Lynney's wife's "forgiveness on her knees for
her abuse towards her.
James Rigby labourer & Francis Rigby labourer
his father - assault.
John Lowe Smith, Edward Mason & Robert Mason
Junior - assault.
Hugh Marsden & Roger Scott Junior - assault.
Gabriel Markland Smith & William Forth gentle-
man - assault.
Diana Rotheram spinster wife of Thomas Rotheram,
on the 1st of October 12 ChasI & on dious days
before and since had practised certain diobol-
ical art called "witchcraftes Inchantments
Charmes & sorceries" with the intention of tak-
ing a shirt of Thomas Greene Gentleman acquitted.
Thomas Rigby Cooper, for allowing his bitch to
James Mathers & Elizabeth his wife, for abusing
Judith the wife of Robert Banckes.
William Daxon, labourer, Alexander Ford of Stan-
dish, gate weaver, William Lynney Junior, & Hugh
Ford for playing bowles.
Thomas Laithwaite tailor, Robert Laithwaite,
Thomas Croytchlowe, Edward L---- & Robert
Ireland for having "betted att Bowles".
Robert Almond labourer, for abusing Richard
Ascroft late gatewaiter of Hallgate.
Robert Molyneux labourer, & Hamlet Houlcroft
Skinner - assault.
James Mathers for "Jilthie apvobrious" words
against Judith the wife of Robert Banckes.
William Nightgale Junior for, stealing grass.
All the ale houses in the borough for breach
The bailiffs to cause "2 pare of buttes a longer
pare & a shorter, in the accustomed place
where buttes have formerly beene sett in Wigan Lane"
to be made before the 25th of May next.
In fair time.
William Lowe of Ormskirk, petty chapman & Thur-
ston Whalley - assault.
Nicholas Broores of Lostocke, & Geoffrey Fair-
brother - the like.
James Lythgoe & Thomas Higginson - the like.
William Cartwright, husbandman, William Platt,
& Thomas Richardson - the like.
John Lucas of Coppull husbandman, for assaulting
Willian Crone, Richard Orrell & William Briers -
Robert Banekes & George Vause late bailiffs for
assaulting Margery the wife of Robert Astley.
26 Oct 1637
List of pres for one whole year for stallage.
That Geoffrey Sherrington & Thomas Pilkington
should have the money which they had paid for
their offices repended to them, & be relieved of
the same unless reelectet by the burgesses.
"Wee doe allowe of Rauffe Standishe esquire,
late maior, that hee hath very worthely dis-
chardged his place & office this last yere".
William Forth Alderman, fined 5li for swearing
Thomas Burlington a burges.
Robert Markland Alderman for swearing Lionel
Farrington, & John Bretherton, fined £10.
Ordered that the Mayor should not swear anyone
a burgess, under the degree of esquire.
Poole Bridge to be mended.
f61 Court held 18th June 1653
Gerrard Lee labourer & Roger Leigh labourer -
Ralph Wood, & Anne the wife of James Orrell
[coverlet] weaver - the like.
Jeffrey Scott bellrounder & John Langshawe - litigation.
Anne the wife of Thomas Scott showmaker & Elizabeth Gobbons spinster
John Naylor badger, Adm, Robert and Hugh Rigby all of West Haughton
labourers - assault in fair time
Gabriel Markland Smith, and Elizabeth his wife & Peter Catterall
tailor, and Helen his wife - litigation.
Henry Farbrother panner, & William Crofte labourer - assault with
drawing of blood.
Gabriel Markland Smith, for abusing Alexander Greene bailiff in the
execution of his office.
Ellen the wife of Henry Farbrother panner & Bridget the wife of James
Barrowe - litigation.
Edmund Harvey pewterer & Robert Harvey mercer - assault
James Orrell coverlet weaver & Ralph Wood tailor the like.
Thomas Marsden panner & Elizabeth the wife of Gabriel Markland - the like
List of persons who neglected to work on the highways.
Ralph Deane Junior butcher & Jane Deane spinster, for a litigation
on Margery Allmond widow.
Elections of Offices undated
Mayor Mathew Markland
Benchers James Ford
Recorder Richard Pennington
Town Clerk John Anderton
Bailiffs Peter Marsh
Attornies Robert Winstanly
Swordbearer William Foster
Sergeants James Rigby
Marketstreet John Buckley
Standishgate Thomas Blackhurst
Scoles Richard Daniell
Wallgate Thomas Mort Senior
Hallgate George Shawe
Woodhouses Thomas Taylor
Surveyors of Robert Mitton
Flesh & Fish Gregorie Foster
Surveyors of Ale Richard Dolphin
& Beer & Bread James Glasebrooke
Church Clerk James Banekes
Bellman Myles Mitton
Treasurers John Laithwaite
Searchers & Scalers Andrew Laithwaite
of Leather Gilbert Farclough
Undated list of Freemen
ff 70 & sig Election of officers undated
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f72 Petition of William Parsone, John Hodgson & Robert
Parson, 2Oct 1698 to be reappointed as Waits -
f73 Heading for a Meeting Day 29th Dec 12WmIII
f74 Petition of Thomas Critchlow labourer [undated]
to be appointed Cryer again for works being
scarce, for this Winter Season, & grett want of
money & provisions very deare. And hee being
Anchient and haveing welfe & foure children to
75 Peter of Peter Hall sadler [undated] to be made
76 Petition of Laurence Gaskill, late of Pemberton
labourer to be allowed to remain in the town till
he found a home. [undated]
77 List of Persons [undated]
78 Complaint of William Scott of Wigan, bellfounder
who was possessed of a water corn mill called the
"Pepper Milne" from which the watercourse had been
turned by some person unknown.
Notes on various burgess.