The petition of Jane Hart of Wellington, Somerset, ?c. 12 July 1653

To the r[igh]t wor[shipfu]ll the Justices of the peace now assembled in Sessions at Bridgwater for the county of Som[er]s[et]

The humble petic[i]on of Jane Hart of Wellington


That Thomas Hart yo[u]r pet[itione]rs husband was ever faithfull & serviceable vnto the State & hath manifested the same as a Souldier vnder the com[m]aund of Capt[ain] John Colborne not onlie in Cornewall ag[ains]t Dunster Castle & Barnestable but alsoe in the 3 seiges of Taunton in w[hi]ch service he rec[eived] a shott from the enemy in the Shoulder whereby he was vtterly disenabled to get any maintaynance for yo[u]r pet[itione]r & her poore 2 small children, And your pet[itione]r alsoe sheweth that about 3 yeeres sithence her s[ai]d husband went for the service of Ireland leaving yo[u]r pet[itione]r & her s[ai]d poore children destitute of any succo[u]r or releife; & yo[u]r pet[itione]r hath often made her addresses vnto yo[u]r Wor[shi]pps for some releife but could not hithervnto rec[eive] any: shee once more emboldens herselfe humbly desiring

That yo[u]r Wor[shi]pps would be mercifully pleased to take her distressed condic[i]on into considerac[i]on & vouchsafe to he order her such releife heerin, as yo[u]r Wor[shi]pps shall thinke fitt & as the lord in mercy shall move pitty in yo[u]r breasts

And yo[u]r pet[itione]r as in duty bound shall ever praye &c

The contents in this peticion is true:

Rich[ard] Bovett:

Sam[uel] Whetcombe

<Your peticioners Husband Was a faiethfull soldier in all the actions aboue specified>

<Jo[hn] Colborne>


Hart denied Nothinge till further examinacion xii d. p[er] weeke by the p[ar]ish unles cause to the contrary

Key Facts

Date of petition

12 July 1653

Name of petitioner

Jane Hart

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Bridgwater (Bridgwater Parish), Somerset

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity £0.0s.0d.
    Pension 12d.
    Frequency Weekly

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of Dunster Castle, November 1645 to 20 April 1646
    Siege of Barnstaple, March 1646 to 20 April 1646
    Siege of Taunton, 23 September to 14 December 1644
    Siege of Taunton, 11 March to 11 May 1645
    Siege of Taunton, 20 May to 3 July 1645

Places mentioned

  • County of Cornwall (exact location undefined/uncertain)
  • Ireland

People mentioned

Archive information


Somerset Heritage Centre

Shelf mark

Q/Spet1 (Part 2), no. 159