Anthony Hewitson, who transcribed the diary of Lawrence Rawstorne, published only selected entries and does not specify whether dates not included were omitted by the transcriber or by the diarist himself. The dates for which Hewitson supplies no information are set in roman type. For background information about the diary see Introduction and for information about Rawstorne see his biography.
Lawrence Rawstorne’s diary entries for October 1683
1 No entry recorded
2 No entry recorded
3 At home & a Coursing with Coz. Lomax
Hewitson writes: ‘Lomax would most likely be one of that name living at Pilsworth, in Middleton. From a subsequent entry in the diary he appears to have been a parson.’
4 At home & Coursing
5 Coursing at Holcom. Met the Parson of Bury and others
Hewitson writes: ‘The Rev T. Gipps would be “the Parson”, and no doubt he joined the coursing party, for at this time “hunting parsons” were by no means uncommon.’
6 At home, a Coursing, & at Rawtenstall. Coz Greenhalgh &’s Lady & Children came to Newhall
7 At Aidenfield Chapell. Heard Coz Lomax
Hewitson writes: ‘This would be the Lomax who indulged in some coursing a few days before.’
8 At home & a Coursing
9 At Holcom Court
Hewitson writes: ‘This would be the Petty Sessions or Leet Court.’
10 No entry recorded
11 At home & a Coursing
12 At Mr Egerton’s to treat with’m about a porcon wth’s daughter. He offerer’d only £500
Hewitson writes: ‘This must have had reference to the projected marriage of the son of some friend of the diarist, as no Egerton figures in any of the alliances of the Rawstorne family.’
13 At home & Aidenfield. This day Mr Cundliff married there to Mrs Briarly, of Rachdale
Hewitson writes: ‘Cundliff or Cunliffe would probably be of Hollins, near Accrington. The marriage would take place at Edenfield Chapel, and the lady would be Miss Briarly Mrs being an old style word for Miss.’
14 At Bury. Heard Coz Warbton 2, and receiv’d the sacrament
15 No entry recorded
16 No entry recorded
17 No entry recorded
18 No entry recorded
19 At Brandlesome & a Coursing & came home after dinner
Hewitson writes: ‘This would be a hunt dinner.’ Why?
20 At Acrington. Met Coll Nowell and Coz Braddyll
Hewitson writes: ‘Col Nowell would be Roger Nowell, of Read Hall, near Whalley. He got together a regiment at his own expense in favour of Charles I, and he helped in the defence of Lathom House. He died in 1695, and was buried at Whalley.’ Hewitson had previously identified Coz Braddyll as Thomas Braddyll, of Portfield.
21 No entry recorded
22 At Bullock Smithy to meet Ld o’lyme. Wee then gave in our answer to my Lady Asheton’s bill against us, and Coz Bold and Randle Pennington. Went to Lyme
Hewitson writes: ‘The Lord of Lyme would be the Lord of the Manor of Lymm, near Warrington. There is nothing to show in the diary what Lady Asheton’s bill refers to. Coz Bold would be of Bolde, near Prescot. Randle Pennington would be a relative or descendant of the Penningtons of Pennington, near Leigh.’ Hewitson identifies Bullock Smithy as Hazel Grove, south of Manchester.
23 At Lyme
24 Came home. Called at Stockport & Manchester
25 No entry recorded
26 At Holden, at dinner, & my wife & Children & sonne & daughter R.
Hewitson writes: ‘Holden means Holden Hall, near Haslingden, for many generations the seat of a family named Holden, which became extinct near the end of the 18th century. Afterwards the hall was converted into tenements. The son would be Peter and the daughter, Rachel.’
27 At Bouthfould and Rossendale
Boothfold is a hamlet a few miles east of Haslingden.
28 At Holcom. Heard Coz Warbton 2
29 A Coursing. Met Coz Greenhalgh and Lawier Holden at Hen. Southworth’s
Hewitson writes: ‘Henry Southworth was of Edenfield.’
29 [mistranscription by Hewitson for 30?] Dyned at Hen. Southworth’s