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 July 1685
1 At Manchester. Dyned at Mr. Eccles’. afternoon Sr Raphe Ashton & Cousin Greenhalgh sat as Deputy Leiuetents wth mee at Eccles’s.
2 At Manchester & o’th’ field. Dyned at Mr. Shaw’s all Comssn Officers, & Sr Jo. Bland with’s.
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5 At Manchester Church. Heard Parson Gypps 2.
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13 At Manchester. Dismissed the 4 Companies of Blackbourne hundred, & dyned with Mr. Mossley at Hulme.
14 Dismissed the rest & came home. Called at Astley.
15 At Preston. At Ancor & at Rigbie’s, an Alehouse, wth Mr. Mayor and others of the towne & Mr. Darcie belonging to Mr. Bellingham’s troope.
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17 At Preston Session. Sr Roger Bradshaigh wth us. Mr. Mayor, Mr. Parker, Mr. Livesey, Mr. Longworth dyned at Ancor. The Sess. ended. Went after to meet my bro. ffleetwood at Boathouse, coming from London.
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26 At Preston Church. Heard Mr. Croston & Mr. Wurrden. Was after at Hen. Wilding’s wth Mr. Mayor and others. ‘Twas to rejoice for the victorie over the Rebells ith’ west.
27 At Preston, and went wth Mr. Mayor to ride the boundaries of Preston. Dyned at fullwood, all of us, being 60 at least. Was at an Alehouse call’d Jesper’s, and after at Margret Wilding’s.
28 At Preston. Gave to Ormschurch plate 10s., upon my Lds letter. Was at Mr. Mayor’s & at Corkes.
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