Kellet, John

John Kellet was the mayor of Preston in 1675 and 1684. [1] Hewitson says he died in 1693 but gives no evidence. [2] However, the fact that Kellet makes regular appearances in the court leet records in the 17th century up to but not after February 1690 adds some corroboration. [3] He had a property on Church Street in 1684 when he was mayor, which helps establish the dating of the DDX194 Towneley Hall plans held at Lancashire Archives (see plan).

[1] Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Preston (Rochdale: The Aldine Press, 1900), 79.
[2] Thomas Bellingham and Anthony Hewitson, Diary of Thomas Bellingham, an Officer under William III (Preston: Toulmin & Sons, 1908), 7,
[3] ‘Preston Court Leet – February 1690’, accessed 28 April 2016,