People

This section contains biographies of people who appear on this site. At present they relate in the main to the late 17th-century Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries. Several of the persons are obscure and the sources often ambiguous, so the short biographies often consist of a few scattered references which might or might not refer to the person being considered. Other biographies are fuller. Only the better off residents or visitors to the town feature in the diaries, so the entries present a select picture of the population at that time. What they do reveal is the importance of the town as both a social and an administrative centre for Lancashire, with gentry from the county and beyond paying frequent and often extended visits. Several came from Ireland  because of the troubles there following James II’s flight from England in 1689. An earlier Irish connection with the town can be found in the history of the Preston family, members of which established themselves in Drogheda in the early 14th century.


A
Ashton, James / Assheton, Richard / Atkinson, William

B
Banks, Tim / Barton, Mr / Bellingham, Abigail / Bellingham, Alan / Bellingham, Thomas / Bellingham, William / Bickerton, Anne / Birch, Rev Thomas / Bland, James / Bold, Peter / Bostock, Thomas / Braddyll, Thomas / Brooke, Richard / Bushell, Rev William

C
Chisenhall, Sir Edward / Cholmondeley, Thomas / Clayton, Capt Robert / Clifton, Sir Thomas / Cockshutt, John / Coghill, Sir John / Croston, Richard

E
Ergham family /

F
Farington, Alexander / Farington, Maj Henry /Farrand, Mr / Ferrars, John / Fleetwood, Edward / Fleetwood, Richard / Fleetwood, Thomas / Franks, John / Frowde, Philip

G
Gerard, Charles – Lord Brandon / Greenfield, Sir Christopher / Greenfield, Thomas / Greenhalgh, Thomas / Gregory, Peter / Gregson, Josiah

H
Harrison, Richard of Poulton / Hobson, William / Hodgkinson, Thomas / Hoghton, Benjamin / Holden, Thomas / Hornbys of Poulton

J
Jackson, Richard / Johnson, Alexander

K
Kellet, John / Kenyon, Roger clerk of the peace / Kuerden, Dr Richard

L
Lang, George – land surveyor / Langton, Richard / Leigh, Dr Charles / Lemon, William / Livesey, Ralph / Longworth family

M
Molyneux, Caryll / Molyneux, Sir John and Thomas

N
Nowell, Christopher

O
Osbaldestons of Osbaldeston

P
Parker, Christopher / Parkers of Browsholme / Patten, Thomas / Patten, William / Pennington, Sir William / Piggott, George / Prestons of Preston / Pullein, Tobias

R
Radcliffe, George / Rawstorne, Lawrence / Richmond, Dr Sylvester / Rigby Alexander 1594-1650 / Rigby, Alexander 1620-94 / Rigby, Charles / Rigby, Edward 1627-86 / Rigby, Edward c1653-1706 / Rishton, Ralph / Roberts, John / Robinson, Thomas / Rochfort, Richard / Rycroft, Henry

S
Scanfield, John – Quaker / Standish, Sir Richard / Stanley, James – 10th Earl of Derby / Stanley, Sir Thomas / Stanley, William – 9th Earl of Derby / Suddell, Roger / Swansey family / Symson, Joseph

T
Taylor, Zachary / Threlfall family of Goosnargh

V
Veales of Whinney Heys

W
Wall, Anthony / Wall, Lawrence / Walmesley, Rev George / Walmsley, Nicholas / Ward, Thomas / Warren, John / Wescombe, Anthony / Westby, Thomas / Whitehead, Thomas / Winckley, Thomas / Worthington, John / Wroe, Richard

 

 

 

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