Bostock, Richard

Richard Bostock makes a number of appearances in the Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries. They record his final illness, death and burial (Bellingham 3, 4 and 6 April 1690) and that he was the town’s bailiff (Bellingham 13 August 1689). The fact that Bellingham and Rawstorne admit him to their social circle and address him as Mr puts him amongst the town gentry. Another Bostock, Tom Bostock, appears frequently in the diaries. He was an innkeeper and regularly played host to the diarists. A third Bostock is Barber Bostock, who charged Rawstorne a shilling to cut his children’s hair and six pence for a shave (10 December 1687). The guild rolls and court leet records are full of Bostocks. [1]

[1] W. A. Abram, The Rolls of Burgesses at the Guilds Merchant of the Borough of Preston, Co. of Lancaster, 1397-1682 (Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1884),; David Berry, trans., ‘Preston Court Leet Records’, accessed 29 January 2017,

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