Cockshutt, John

A John Cockshott gent and his son Edmund appear on the 1662 Guild roll and a John Cockshutt gent together with his sons Edmund, George and Thomas appear on the 1682 rolls. [1] In a Preston sacrament certificate of 1673 a John Cockshutt is described as ‘Attorney of his Majestyes Court of Comon Pleas’. [2] A John Cockshed had a house on the south side of Church Street on the 1685 plan of the town. If these various Johns are the same person then John Cockshott was the lawyer friend of the diarists Thomas Bellingham and Lawrence Rawstorne, the latter referring to him as cousin, as for example on 10 December 1683. According to Hewitson, he became Preston town clerk in 1694. [3]

[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),
[2] ‘QSJ/8/3/96 Cockshutt Sacarament Certificate’, Lancashire Archives Catalogue, 6 July 1673,
[3] Thomas Bellingham and Anthony Hewitson, Diary of Thomas Bellingham, an Officer under William III (Preston: Toulmin & Sons, 1908), 17,