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. Where the entries do not deal with Preston Hewitson’s editorial notes are generally followed. For background information about the diary see Introduction and for information about Rawstorne see his biography.
Lawrence Rawstorne’s diary entries for May 1684
1 At Preston & went to Penwortham to dinner. Call’d at Boathouse in my return.
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5 At Preston & at Penwortham at dinner. At Hutton, & at Heardley’s with 2 Mr. ffleetwoods
6 No entry recorded
7 At Preston. Afternoon at Swansey’s at Bowles.
8 At preston & at House of Correction with Bro. ffleetwood, Mr. lemon, Mr Winck.ey, Mr Nowell, & Parson Ricroft, with our wives, &c.
9 At Preston. Dyned at home. Went after to Coz. Hamilton’s, and with him to Swansey’s i’th weind.
10 No entry recorded
11 At Penwortham Church. Heard Mr. Ricroft & Mr Harrison. My wife & children there, to see Sr Will. Pennington &’s Ladie, &c.
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13 Went to Ormschurch to a race there for a plate. Bury’s horse won – a Yorkshire gent. All night at Aughton, Coz Hesketh’s house.
14 At Ormschurch race. All night at Aughton again.
15 At Ormschurch; at Peeter marsh’s house, wth shee Coz. Bold and others, & after at a race upon the moore between Mr. Mollineux, Mr. Booth, and Sr james Poole. Booth woon.
When Rawstorne writes shee Coz. he seems to indicate a female, see entry for 19 May below.
16 No entry recorded
17 At Preston. Went towards Penwortham. Met Sr Will. Pennington and my brother, and return’d. They dyned with mee. Was at Ancor wth them & Coz. Preston of Hooker.
18 No entry recorded
19 At Preston. Sr Will. Pennington &’s Lady, my Bro. ffleetwood and sister and shee Cousin ffleetwood & her sister & Cousin Banister dyned wth us. Was after at Atkinson’s.
20 No entry recorded
21 At Preston. Went to Broughton, and parted there wth Sr Will &’s Lady, and came after to Swansey’s to Bowles.
22 No entry recorded
23 At Preston and at Penwortham at dinner, and at Hutton & return’d. Twas Court there.
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27 At Penwortham & went wth them to Astley. Dyned there, & came by Chorley & to Preston.
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29 At Preston. The Vicar read a Homily in part agt rebellion & part of another agt drunkennes.
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31 No entry recorded