The petition of Alice Diamond of Horningsham, Wiltshire, Hilary 1647

To the right wor[shipfu]ll his Ma[jes]ties Justices of the Peace for this Countie of Wiltes[hire].

The humble petic[i]on of Alice Diamond a poore Widowe dwelling at Hornisham in the County aforesaid.

<Humbly sheweth> vnto yo[u]r good Wor[shi]pps That yo[u]r poore Pet[itione]rs husband was slaine in Warder Castle vnder the Com[m]and of Colonell Ludlowe & hath left to yo[u]r poore Pet[itione]r Three smale children one of them sucking & nothing to keepe them Since w[hi]ch time yo[u]r Pet[itione]r hath lived in a miserable condic[i]on & could get noe allowance for her reliefe shee being pr[e]sently after the death of her said husband plundered by the adverse partie of that little shee had

That yo[u]r poore Pet[itione]r & all her children have bin strucke w[i]th a leaprousie since Michaelmasse last & are now like to perish for want of food & to be turn’d out of doore naked for want of houseroome

May it therefore please yo[u]r good Wor[shi]pps to com[m]iserate the distressed estate of yo[u]r poore Pet[itione]r & to give order to the Overseers of the poore for speedie reliefe to yo[u]r poore Pet[itione]r & her poore children who otherwise must of necessity starve And yo[u]r poore Pet[itione]r shall daylie pray &c

<The ou[er]seers to see to releiue them & to make a Rate & haue yt confirmed by Justices accordinge to state>


Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

Alice Diamond

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    County of Wiltshire (exact location undefined/uncertain)

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

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Events mentioned

  • There are no known events

Places mentioned

  • Wardour Castle (Wardour Parish), Wiltshire

People mentioned

Archive information


Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

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