Whitehead, Thomas – schoolmaster

Thomas Whitehead, BA, Jesus College, Cambridge, was appointed schoolmaster at Preston on 30 September 1689. His predecessor, Richard Croston, had refused to take the oath of allegiance to William III. Whitehead was succeeded by Thomas Lodge on 4 November 1689. [1] On 7 October 1689 Whitehead himself took the oath of allegiance and on the same day witnessed another taking the oath; he is described as clerk and schoolmaster. [2] The Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries add some further information. On the 20 March 1689 Thomas Bellingham records, ‘I saw Tho Whitehead, lately escap’d from Ireland [because of the persecution of the Protestants there]. He goes to Kirkham.’ If this is the same Whitehead he could have belonged to the Kirkham family that were living in the town at this time. [3] On 26 October 1689, Lawrence Rawstorne records, ‘at Mr. Whiteheads funerall the Schoole=Master.’

[1] Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Preston (Rochdale: The Aldine Press, 1900), 209–10.
[2] ‘Sacrament Certificate’, 7 October 1689, QSJ/8/42/5, Lancashire Archives; ‘Sacrament Certificate’, 7 October 1689, QSJ/8/42/6, Lancashire Archives.
[3] Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Kirkham, in the County of Lancaster, vol. 92, OS (Manchester: Chetham Society, 1874).