The petition of Elizabeth Farmer, Nottinghamshire, 11 September 1645

To the hon[oura]ble Comittee of Parliam[en]t at Nott[ingham].

The humble Petic[i]on of Elizabeth Farmer Widdowe.

Humbly sheweth

That whereas yo[u]r pet[itione]rs late husband was a souldier und[e]r Cap[tai]n John Wright for the space of above a yeare and more, and afterwards was a souldier und[e]r Cap[tai]n Selby for which service he received very little or noe pay as a Troop[er] and when he was [a] dragooner never receiued any pay but publique from the Castle, Now soe it is yo[u]r pet[itione]rs late husband the last time the Enemy was at the Trent Bridges yo[u]r pet[itione]rs said husband being at Bridgford uppon his Guard was there by the Enemy slaine whereby yo[u]r poore pet[itione]r is destitute of any maintain[an]ce at all to mainteine herselfe being now very bigg w[i]th childe,

Therefore yo[u]r pet[itione]rs most humble suit is you would be pleased to take the pr[e]mises into Considerac[i]on and allowe to her some p[ar]te of her husbands pay which was due to him whereby she may be in some reasonable (and honest way) able to subsist

And yo[u]r pet[itione]r as in duty bound will eu[e]r pray &c.


11o Sept[ember] 1645

The Com[mit]tee have considered of this petic[i]on and doe ord[e]r that the Pet[itione]r shall have a months pay in p[ar]te of the areares of pay due to her late husband w[i]th all possible speed.

Signed by the authority and Com[m]aund of ye Com[mit]tee.

p[er] Johem Hough Secr[etary]

Mr Hough Pay ten shillings to ye Pet[itione]r for p[ar]te of ye above menc[i]oned monies & this shall be yo[u]r war[an]t. Given und[e]r o[u]r hands ye thirteenth day of September 1645.

Ja[mes] Chadwicke

Edw[ard] Ayscoghe

Rec[eive]d ten shillings accordingly

Eliz[abeth] [mark] Farmer

her m[ar]ke

<Mr Hough pay ten shillings more to Elizabeth Booke for ye Pet[itione]r nowe in childe bedd & this shall be yo[u]r war[an]t this 11th of Oct[ober] 1645>

<Nicho[las]: Charlton>

<Clement Spelman>

<Rec[eive]d ten shillings accordingly>


<[mark] Eliz[abeth] Booke>

Key Facts

Date of petition

11 September 1645

Name of petitioner

Elizabeth Farmer

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • County Committee
    City and County of Nottingham

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity 20s
    Pension No Pension
    Frequency No Pension

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Skirmish on Trent Bridge, 16 April 1645

Places mentioned

  • Nottingham Castle, City and County of Nottingham
  • West Bridgford (West Bridgford Parish), Nottinghamshire

People mentioned

Archive information


The National Archives

Shelf mark

SP 28/241, fol. 547