Lemon, William

William Lemon was born in 1644, served five times as mayor, firstly in 1675 and lastly in 1715, and was a long-serving alderman, only giving up the position in 1723 ‘by reason of his advanced years’. Lemon never married and died in 1724. [1] On his death his estate passed to the Winckley family. [2] Mullett brackets Lemon with the senior Preston Tories who ‘drew away from the corporation’ after the revolution, finding it not possible to sign a Whig declaration of loyalty in 1690. [3] In 1713 when the Tory Edward Southwell was seeking a Preston seat in the Parliamentary elections, he was advised by Richard Langton to seek Lemon’s aid, having spent some £100 to enlist the support of his voters and finding that they were still seeking more ‘since their bellies and pockets are as empty as at the beginning’. [4]

He appears to have been living on Fishergate from at least 1684.

[1] Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Preston in Amounderness in the County of Lancaster (BiblioBazaar, 2014), 79, 232, https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=5aYCoQEACAAJ&dq.
[2] H. W. Clemesha, A History of Preston in Amounderness. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1912), 171.
[3] Michael Mullett, ‘“To Dwell Together in Unity”: The Search for Unity in Preston Politics 1660-1690’, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire 125 (1975): 78, http://www.hslc.org.uk/documents/PDFS/1974.pdf.
[4] ‘DDKE/HMC/1144 Letter from: Richard Langton to George Kenyon. – Concerning Elections at Preston.’, Lancashire Archives Catalogue, 15 May 1713, http://archivecat.lancashire.gov.uk/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=DDKE%2fHMC%2f1144&pos=3.