Braddyll, Thomas

Thomas Braddyll (1621-1706) [1] lived at Portfield, near Whalley, his family moving there from Brockholes. He was serving as JP in 1687 when he and others were able to eject dissenters who had taken over the church in Darwen, believing they had the permission of James II [2] According to an entry for 21 November 1688 in Thomas Bellingham‘s diary, he was invited to serve again as JP by the Earl of Derby, the lord lieutenant, after William of Orange’s invasion. He refused to take the oath of allegiance to James II, suggesting he was already committed to William.

[1] ‘Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerk Project – Parish of Whalley’, accessed 16 February 2017,
[2] T.D. Whitaker, An History of the Original Parish of Whalley, and Honor of Clitheroe (Nichols, Son, and Bentley, 1818), 247, 435,