The petition of James Woodman of Okehampton, Devon, 1701

To the Right Wor[shi]p[fu]ll his Ma[jes]ties Justices of the peace for the County of Devon the humble petic[i]on of James Woodman of Okehampton, in the County aforesaid sheweth

That your petic[i]oner serued his late Ma[jes]tie King Charles the first as a foot souldier for severall yeares together under the Command of Colonell Trevaninan and afterwards Colonell Blewett and Colonell Lewes Tremain w[hi]ch service According to your Petic[i]oners Allegiance and duty he Chearfully underwent all the hardshipps and damages that the power & malice of the Enemies of the Kingdom could expose him to never any way deserting the said service, and therein amongst many other hurts and hardshipps rec[eive]d two shotts one in his shoulder and the other in his belly and two cutts in his head and was taken prisoner by S[i]r Thomas Farfaxes Army att greatt Torrington in the County aforesaid, w[hi]ch Shotts & Cutts now in his old Age are more painfull and grevious then formerly:

May it therefore please your wor[shi]pps of your wonted Clemency to grant your petic[i]oner a pention out of the County Stock and y[ou]r Petic[i]oner as in duty bound shall ever pray &c:

Wee doe verily beleiue this Petic[i]on to be true and doe certifie that the petic[i]oner is well known to us to be of an honest and peceable Conversac[i]on and that we doe not expect that a gratuity out of the County Stock shall be any Ease to our parrish of Okehampton (who haue & still Intend to provide for ye petic[i]oner) but only for the Petic[i]oners more Cheerfull Subsistance and Incouragem[en]t of Loyalty

W[illia]m Harris

Tho[mas] Crvthmore

Thomas Cuningham

Tho[mas] Uglow

John Southmore

Henry Seymour Churchwarden

Tertullian Pulser Ove[r]seer

the signe of Richard [symbol: mark] Podler Ove[r]seer

Benjamjn Gayer Mayor

John Hussey vic[ar]

Nicholas Pope Justice

John Shebbeare

John Ellacott

John Viguers Churchwarden




20 s. in hand only

James Wonnacotts

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

James Woodman

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

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

Outcome of petition

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

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Battle of Torrington, 16 February 1646

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Devon Heritage Centre

Shelf mark

QS 128/94/3