Pedder, Richard — 1659-1726

Richard Pedder was baptised on 26 Oct 1659, the son of Thomas Pedder. 1 He had seven children Elizabeth (baptised 1690/1 2), Richard (baptised 12 February 1692/3 3), Jennet (baptised 31 March 1695 4), Paul (baptised 28 January 1696/7 5), Peter (baptised 1 February 1699/70 6), Philip (baptised 30 April 1702 7) and Ellen (baptised 26 March 1704 8). Richard was buried at the parish church on 24 March 1725/6 9.

In the Preston court leet records he is listed at the April 1689 session (possibly, transcription is uncertain) as one of a number of tradesmen who were fined 20 shillings each for not enrolling their apprentices; he was fined the same sum for the same offence in October 1694 and on a number of occasions thereafter. By 1691 he was serving as one of the two ‘houselookers’ for Friargate, and again in October 1711; he was also regularly serving on the court leet jury. 10

In the 1702 guild rolls he is listed as a linen weaver, and his four sons are also on the roll, as is his half-brother Thomas. 11

Rather oddly, there are no Pedders in the 1722 guild roll according to the Lancashire Archives catalogue and Abram’s Memorials of the Preston Guilds, although several family members were active in the town at this time 12.


1 ‘St John, Preston, Baptisms 1642 – 1725, Page 167, Entry 7. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html.

2 Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Garstang in the County of Lancaster – Part 1 (Chetham Society, 1878), 87, https://archive.org/details/historyparishga01fishgoog/page/n16/mode/2up Fishwick gives no source for Elizabeth.

3 ‘St John, Preston, Baptisms 1642-1725, Page 384, Entry 18. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html.

4 ‘St John, Preston, Baptisms 1642-1725, Page 389, Entry 31. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html.

5 Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Garstang in the County of Lancaster. – Part 2 (Chetham Society, 1878), 87, http://archive.org/details/historyofparisho2105manc Fishwick gives no source for Paul’s baptism.

6 ‘St John, Preston, Baptisms 1642-1725, Page 404, Entry 1. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html.

7 ‘St John, Preston, Baptisms 1642-1725, Page 413, Entry 11. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html.

8 ‘St John, Preston, Baptisms 164 -1725, Page 422, Entry 8. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html.

9 ‘St John, Preston, Lancashire, England Richard Pedder, Senr. -Burials 1725-1752, Page 3, Entry 11. Source: LDS Film 1278740’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html.

10 David Berry, trans., ‘Preston Court Leet Records’, accessed 29 January 2017, http://c5110394.myzen.co.uk/mw/index.php?title=Main_Page.

11 ‘LANCAT: Search Results’, accessed 17 July 2022, https://archivecat.lancashire.gov.uk/calmview/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=CNP%2f2%2f1%2f13%2f1260&pos=10.

12 W. A. Abram, Memorials of the Preston Guilds (Preston: Preston Guardian, 1882), 78.

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