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 can 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 1688. 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.
Banastre, Christopher / Banks, Tim / Barnacle, Henry / Barton, Mr / Bellingham, Abigail / Bellingham, Alan / Bellingham, Thomas / Bellingham, William / Bickerton, Anne / Birch, Rev Thomas / Bland, James / Bold, Peter / Bostock, Richard / Bostock, Thomas / Braddyll, Thomas / Brockholes, John / Brooke, Richard / Bushell, Rev William
Page, Bernard – priest / Parker, Christopher / Parkers of Browsholme / Patten, Thomas / Patten, William / Pennington, Sir William / Piggott, George / Piggott, Robert / Prestons of Preston / Preston, Thomas of Holker / Pullein, Tobias
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 / Rigby, Thomas / Rishton, Ralph / Roberts, John / Robinson, Thomas / Rochfort, Richard / Rycroft, Henry
Sallom, John / Scanfield, John – Quaker / Sherriff, ? / Springhams / Standish, Sir Richard / Stanley, James – 10th Earl of Derby / Stanley, Sir Thomas / Stanley, William – 9th Earl of Derby / Suddell, Roger / Swansey family / Symson, Joseph
Wall, Anthony / Wall, Lawrence / Walmesley, Rev George / Walmsley, Nicholas / Ward, Thomas / Warren, John / Werden, William / Wescombe, Anthony / Westby, Thomas / Whitehead, Thomas / Winckley, Thomas / Withers, Capt. Henry / Worthington, John / Wroe, Richard