November 1689

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November 1

Bellingham entry
Nov ye 1st. I waited on M G Kirke, who was very obleiging. I din’d wth Lord Sherborne, and att night I gott ye Duke’s pass to goe for England. 2 boyes came from ye enemy wth an account of K James being returned to RD after having once left it, and that there is a discourse of theyr coming to attack us.

Rawstorne entry
i went to Penwortham, dyned there was at Boathouse wth him [this would be his brother-in-law Edward Fleetwood] & Mr ffleet:wood of Wesham.

Comment
Mr Fleetwood of Wesham is likely to have been the ‘Mr Edward Fleetwood of Wessam’ mentioned in the bailiffs’ minutes for Kirkham for 1682. He was possibly related to the Edward Fleetwood, a member of the Rossall branch of the family, who was vicar of Kirkham from 1629 to 1650. [1]

[1] Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Kirkham, in the County of Lancaster, vol. 92, OS (Manchester: Chetham Society, 1874), 21–22.

November 2

Bellingham entry
Ye 2d. Art return’d. There came in severall pacquetts from England. They brought newes of a plott discover’d of 10,000 men being gone to Bristow for Ireland, and a good agreement between ye K and Parliament. Our sick are dayly sent away.

Rawstorne entry
2 at Preston & at prayers


November 3

Bellingham entry
Ye 3d. Cold weather. Severall of ye sick are sent in carts to Carlingford, and dye by the way. Strict orders are given out for all soldiers to lye in theyr camp. I was on board ye yatcht in order to procure a cabin, and came home in Sr. Jo. Topham’s calash. I saw Mr. Morris, and recieved letters from Preston.

Rawstorne entry
3 at Preston Church heard ye Vicar 2


November 4

Bellingham entry
Ye 4th. Very wett weather. A messenger came in wth an account of ye enemyes being decamped and leaving a garrison in Ardee, which they have strongly entrenched. In the afternoon Joan McGuire brought me the newes of my house being burnt yesterday morning, and ye evening deserting it. Att night Franck Young came in, whom I introduc’d to ye Duke. He sayes ye enemy are in very ill condition they have sent most of theyr forces into winter quarters and that K James was to goe from Ardee as to-morrow. Lord Sherbourne and some other volunteeres are gone to Carlingford, in order to embarque for England. Major Engoldsby and Lewt Coll Barrington are gone off from theyr Regiment, and Toby Purcell met Lewt Coll Fr Young assur’d me that he saw ye Doggs in ye Irish army plucke upp theyr dead bodies and eat them, insomuch that att his coming here he was much afrayd they would fall upon him. Here are some discontents amongst the great ones about ye mismanagement of this campaigne. Severall of our men dyd in ye way to Carlingford, being left in ye highwaye.

Rawstorne entry
4 went to Garstang about the Aid granted to their Maties: of i8 p [see entry for 26 September 1689] 1. went at night to Maje Longworths


November 5

Bellingham entry
Ye 5th. Most dismall weather of wind and raine. I was a considerable time this morning wth Coll Stewart, who spoake freely wth me of great matters. He seemes much dissatisfyed att ye cold reception here of the Deny and Eniskllin men, and sayes that Douglas was charg’d wth mutining, because he spoake freely about ye soldiers being abus’d for want of pay and other necessaryes. Michael, my miller, came and confirm’d ye newes of my house being burnt, and that ye tenants and neighbours were under dismall apprehensions of being all destroy’d by the Irish.

Rawstorne entry
5 went to Kirkham upon the same [the Aid mentioned in previous entry] & returnd to Preston


November 6

Bellingham entry
Ye 6th. Still miserable weather. Severall officers came into our quarters, being driven by ye extremity of the weather. I sould my horse and furniture to Capt Wescomb for 18 guineas. I was late wth Kirkes officers, and was most freindly treated by them, and carry’d severall tokens from them for theyr wives and others.

Rawstorne entry
6 at Preston & at prayers, & afternoon ‘ith’ [Guild] Hall upon the same account [the Aid] & at Cutlers wth the Comssers: [who were organising the collection of the Aid tax] for 3 onely


November 7

Bellingham entry
Ye 7th. This morning I deliver’d my horse att ye Generalls. Some horses were taken away from wthout ye lines, as was sayd by ye enemy, but beleiv’d by some of the army to the North. I sould my beavour to Rollston. I gott a certificate from ye Generall of my good service during this campaigne.

Rawstorne entry
7 at Preston & at prayers, & at Dinner wth Mrs: Bushell [probably the widow of Seth Bushell] & before at Walton Cop


November 8

Bellingham entry
Ye 8th. bitter weather wind, raine, and haile. I came on board the yatcht Peggy Stanly, and the miller came to me from home. I received Kirkes adieu and had a noble bonefire att parting.

Rawstorne entry
8 at Preston & at prayers, & ‘ith’ evening at Margret Wildings to take the laye for the Aid to their Maties: for the Town


November 9

Bellingham entry
Ye 9th. This morning ye Ld Hewett, Sr John Davis, Sr Hen. Ingoldsby, and severall others came on board. Our Captaine has been very active in getting the shipps to float. The Generall march’d this day from fatall Dundalke, and left behind him 3 English and three forraigne Regiments, to guard ye town till ye ships are all gott off. La Meloniere commands in chiefe.

Rawstorne entry
9 at Preston & at prayers & at Hugh Tootells & at Bullocks i’th’ weend wth my Brother, Mr Dandy & Mr Winckley


November 10

Bellingham entry
Ye 10th. Severall passengers came on board. I went on board ye Wellcome, who is left admiral here. She is a man of war ketch. About 3 in ye afternoon we sett sayle; ye wind at N.n.e.; fayr weather. Most of ye passengers very sick. My Lord Hewets servant brought an express order from ye Duke to sayle.

Rawstorne entry
i0 at Preston Church heard the Vicar 2


November 11

Bellingham entry
Ye 11th. A very fayre day. Ye wind very changeable; a dead calm all ye afternoon. We were in view of Ireland, Isle of Man, and Wales most of ye day. About six in ye evening we anchor’d wthin 5 leagues of Holyhead.

Rawstorne entry
ii at Preston & at prayers, & to see Coz: Banister & ‘s Daughter Parker


November 12

Bellingham entry
Ye 12th. The wind came fayr at 12 att night. We made a very fayre passage, and landed att Nesson about 7 att night, and lay att ye key house, att George Eaton’s. Sr John Davis went this night to Chester.

Rawstorne entry
i2 at Preston & at the [Guild] Hall, a Sessions adjourned thither, Coz: Braddyll Mr. Hodgson [JP, not identified] & Mr Anth: Parker took their Oathes of Justices of Peace, dyned at Ancor with ‘m, Dr. Allcock [not identified] & Exfr Parker


November 13

Bellingham entry
Ye 13th. I went early to ye rock house. Went over ye ferry wth Mrs. Mason. Came to Liverpool and deliverd my lers and tokens to Kirkes officers wives. Saw severall freinds. Left Liverpoole about 2, and came to Preston before eight, and was most kindly receiv’d by all freindes.

Rawstorne entry
i3 at Preston & at prayers & at Ancor to waite on the old Ladie Brads [probably the widow of Sir Roger Bradshaigh;. Rawstorne attended his funeral 21 June 1686]


November 14

Bellingham entry
Nov ye 14th. Some raine. I was visited by severall freindes, and carry’ d to ye alehouse, and entertain’d by them. Mr. Birch was wth us att ye Talbott

Rawstorne entry
i4 at Preston & not at prayers, went to Penwortham and Hutton & returnd was after at Talbot wth Capt Bellinha


November 15

Bellingham entry
Ye 15th. Some raine and sleet. I wrote by Bradley [not identified] to Ireland, poore Shepheard [not identified] came ill from Liverpoole. We supt att Cousen Patten’s [Thomas or William], and sate att play.

Rawstorne entry
i5 at Preston & at prayers, & ‘ith evening wth. Capt. Bellingham & others at Rigbyes


November 16

Bellingham entry
Ye 16th. A fayr day. Shepheard [not identified] continues very ill. A messenger lay att ye anchor who pretends to be sent from Schomberg [William’s commander in Ireland] to discover deserters and those who hold correspondence wth ye enemy. I was wth Mr. Fleetwood, Capt Clayton, and others att Clifton’s.

Rawstorne entry
i6 at Preston & at Ancor & Mr. Mayors house wth one Mr. faircloth on that came from the Camp in Ireland & i’th evening wth Bro: ffleetwood at Me Cliftons, Capt Bellingham & Mr. Benjamin Houghton & others


November 17

Bellingham entry
Ye 17th. A frost. Birch continues to preach as ill as ever. Count Solmes came hither who landed last Thursday att Whithaven. He came thither from Donnoghadee in 12 houres. I saw Cunningham, who came along wth him, who sayes that Douglass has orders to Bombard Charlemont. Sam Green came hither from Chester.

Rawstorne entry
i7 at Penwortham Church heard Mr. Gregorie.


November 18

Bellingham entry
Ye 18th. Early this morning Count Solmes went hence for London. I went a coursing wth Mr. Fleetwood, Coll Rawstorn, and others. Killed 5 hares, and din’d att Robins

Rawstorne entry
i8 at Preston & went a Coursing to Hutton grange, Killed 5 hares & 3 rapits was at Robinds after, dyned there.


November 19

Bellingham entry
Ye 19th. Mr. Hodgkinson had a letter from a private hand from London of ye ill state of affayres in Ireland. We were invited there to dinner, wth Cousens Green and others, and after sup’t att cousen Johnson’s. W. R. [transcription error for W.B. or William Bellingham?] is ill of a sore eye.

Rawstorne entry
i9 at Preston & at prayers, & at Tom Bostocks wth. Sr. Tho: Standley & yong Mr. Standley & Dr Leigh & Worton


November 20

Bellingham entry
Ye 20th. A fayr day. I walk’d to Camells to meete Bradley, but mist him. I wrote to Kirkes officers and sent a present of tobacco. I dranke wth little Dr. Parsons and Alderman Lemon.

Rawstorne entry
20 at Preston & at prayers, & at Ancor about Excise


November 21

Bellingham entry
Ye 21 st. A fayr day. I was all ye afternoone wth cousen Bellingham att Mr. Hodgkinson’s. Fell ill att night of a feavour, and sent for Dr. Leigh.

Rawstorne entry
2i went to Haslingden, Rawstorne Bradshaw baptised by Mr Duckworth Mr. Rawstorne & Mr. Rishton of Antley Godfathers, & Mrs. Parker Godmother


November 22

Bellingham entry
Ye 22nd. This day I was bled and vomited, and my feavour encreasd.
[‘From this date to the 13th of the following January there are no entries in the diary evidently owing to indisposition except one, which is in the form of a mem., as follows: “Betty was born ye 12 of Dec., between 8 and 9 att night.” She was the diarist’s daughter Elizabeth, who died young.’]

Rawstorne entry
22 at Haslingden & Mr Grantham’s & Nicolas Gradliffs


November 23

Rawstorne entry
23 came to Preston ‘ith’ evening


November 24

Rawstorne entry
24 at Preston Church heard the Vicar


November 25

Rawstorne entry
25 at Preston & went to Penwortha


November 26

Rawstorne entry
26 at Preston & at prayers


November 27

Rawstorne entry
27 at Preston & at prayers & at Coz: Blacjhursts, & Coz: Standleys & Mr Patten his house to see ye yong Baronet


November 28

Rawstorne entry
28 at Preston & at prayers & at Ancor wth Mr Kenion


November 29

Rawstorne entry
29 at Preston & at prayers & at Ancor wth Mr Kenion


November 30

Rawstorne entry
30 at Preston & at prayers, Ja: Cowps.