Clayton, Capt. Robert

Capt Clayton appears frequently in the Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries. Claytons were the principal residents of Fulwood in the 17th century [1] and a Captain Robert Clayton of Fulwood, who is recorded as selling an estate in Whittle in the 17th century, is likely to have been the diaries’ Capt Clayton. [2] According to the Visitation of Lancashire [3] this Robert was the husband of Eleanor; he was father of William Clayton, a Liverpool MP. [4] Robert Clayton, gent of Fulwood, appears on the 1662 Guild Rolls. [5] A Capt Clayton is shown as owner of a house in Church Street in 1685 (see plan).

[1] ‘The Parish of Lancaster: Fulwood | British History Online’, accessed 8 January 2016,
[2] Francis Gastrell and F. R. Raines, ‘Notitia Cestriensis’, The Chetham Society 22 (1850): 382,
[3] William Dugdale and F. R. Raines, ‘The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster: Made in the Year 1664-5’, The Chetham Society, OS, 84 (1872): 85.
[4] Eveline Cruickshanks and Richard Harrison, ‘Clayton, William (aft.1650-1715), of Fulwood, Nr. Preston and Water Street, Liverpool, Lancs. | History of Parliament Online’, The History of Parliament, accessed 8 January 2016,
[5] 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), 165,



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