December 1689

For background information about the diaries and their transcribers see Introduction

Lawrence Rawstorne’s diary entries for December 1689. The last entry is for 25 December, which also marks the end of his diary. Illness prevented Thomas Bellingham from making any entries in his diary this month.

i at Preston Church heard the Vicar & receivev the Sacrament, & heard Mr. Bland afternoone

2 at Preston, & went to Penwoetham at Prayers there, went on foot & my wife & shee Coz: ffranck wth us

3 at Preston & at prayers, & ‘ith’ evening at Talbot wth. Parson Gyps & Coz: Lemon

4 at Preston & at prayers, ‘ith’ evening at Mr Ja: Coopers wth. Parson [Gipps?] & i6 more

5 went to Hutton to vew a tenemt. dyned at Penwortham, was ‘ith’ evening wth Parson Gypps, Mr. Mayor & Coz: Lomax [not identified] at Ancor

6 at Preston & at prayers & at [Grammar] Schoole to hear the boyes declamations & wth Mayor & [Wid] Hugells [hostelry, not identified] after, & at Coz: Banistre & wth Mr. Parker [probably Christopher] at G. Ratcliffs

7 at Preston & at prayers & at Mr James Cowps & Tirlers wth. Sr Will [not identified] & Bro: ff

8 went to Penwortham on foot & my wife heard Mr. Coulton [probably William Colton], & return’d.

9 at Preston & at prayers, Mrs: Rigby [unclear which Rigby] 2 Mrs: Brewsters [not identified] & Mrs: Bushell [probably widow of Seth Bushell and mother of William Bushell] dyned with us

i0 at Preston & at prayers

ii at Preston & at prayers & i’th weend at Birchalls & at [Wid.] Hugells [hostelries, not identified] wth twoe Dic: fforrests & William Mawdsley [possibly tenants on his Hutton estate], who bargained wth mee to put 2 lives into a tenemt. in Hutton

i2 at Preston & at prayers

i3 at Penwortham & a Coursing & at Geor Ratcliffs wth Mr Tho: ffleetwood et al

i4 at Preston & at Georg Ratcliffs & Mary Rigbyes & at Tirlers wth my Bro: ffleetwood et al Papists & Townsmen wnt to Mr Will [Harrison supplies Crowle, not identified; the reference to papists is unclear]

i5 at Preston Church heard Mr. Birch 2 and was Godfather to Capt. Bellingham’s daughter Eliz: Mrs. Seeneas [not identified] & mrs. HodgKinson [probably wife of Thomas Hodgkinson] Godmothers, Christned ‘ith house

i6 went to Plumpton to meet Mr. Rigby [not clear which of the several Rigbys this is] & major Longworth, held a private Session at Law: Parje [not identified] his house & returned

i7 at Preston & went to Penwortha [Priory] & return’d to dyne wth Mr. Winckley

i8 at Preston & went to Hutton & returned to Dinner, was after to see Capt. Bellingham & was at Ja: Cowpers wth. Lawier Bellingham & Mr Lister [not identified] et al

i9 at Preston & at prayers & ‘ith’ evening wth. theim againe at Hugh Tootells and Sr. Tho: Clifton

20 at Preston & at prayers

2i at Preston & at prayers.

22 at Preston & at Church heard Mr. Birch 2 preach’d well

23 at Preston & went to Walton, Sr Tho: Standley, Coll Rigby, Majoe Rigby [not identified] & Mr Andrews [not identified], about the Lady Standleys busines as being charged both to Horsefoot

24 at Preston & at prayers, went i’th’ evening to Penwortham & my wife

25 at Penwortham

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