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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.
2 at Preston, & went to Penwoetham at Prayers there, went on foot & my wife & shee Coz: ffranck wth us
4 at Preston & at prayers, ‘ith’ evening at Mr Ja: Coopers wth. Parson [Gipps?] & i6 more
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
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
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
20 at Preston & at prayers
2i at Preston & at prayers.
22 at Preston & at Church heard Mr. Birch 2 preach’d well
24 at Preston & at prayers, went i’th’ evening to Penwortham & my wife
25 at Penwortham