Holden, Thomas – lawyer

A Mr Holden appears frequently in the diaries of Lawrence Rawstorne, usually on visits to Preston. He is generally referred to as Lawyer Holden and diary references (15 January 1685 and 17 May 1689) suggest he was Thomas Holden who was a county magistrate in the 1680s [1], probably removed as a result of James II’s purge of the county bench before the Revolution, only to be reinstated by William III (Rawstorne 17 May 1689).

[1] Historical Manuscripts Commission (Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part IV) The Manuscripts of Lord Kenyon (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1894), 167, https://ia800203.us.archive.org/6/items/manlordkenyon00greauoft/manlordkenyon00greauoft.pdf.