The petition of John Head of Easton, Wiltshire, 11 April 1648

To the Right Wor[shipfu]ll his Ma[jes]t[y’]s Justic[e]s at the gen[er]all Quarter Sessions of the Peace holden at the Devizes Aprill xith 1648

The humble petic[i]on of John Head of Easton in this Countie late souldier in ye Parliam[en]t Army.

Humbly sheweth, That whereas yo[u]r pet[itione]r hath ben ymployed in the warres vnder the late Right hono[ura]ble the Earle of Essex, wherein yo[u]r pet[itione]r did faithfull service to the State, & did vndergo many dangers in Cornewall & elsewhere: And hath ben many tymes plundred & ymprisoned by the kings forces: And yo[u]r pet[itione]r being old, is growne weake & feeble: And (w[hi]ch addeth to his miseryes) his wife & children have ben sick ever since Michaelmas last, & are not yet recou[er]ed, And w[i]thout some releife they are like to p[er]ish.

Yo[u]r pet[itione]r humbly prayeth yo[u]r Wor[shi]pps that some moneyes may be allowed him, to releive him & his family in this theire necessity. And yo[u]r pet[itione]r shall ever pray for yo[u]r Wor[shi]pps health & happynesse.

to repaire to the two next Justices of the Peace who are desired to proceed accordinge to the ordinance of Parlyament

p[er] Cur[ia] Will[ia]m Coles cl[er]icus pac[i]s

Fran[cis] Peckstone Cu[rate]

Jaems Mist

Tho[mas] Crab his marke [symbol: mark]

Augustin Ball

Francis Smith

John Clarke

William Mist

Key Facts

Date of petition

11 April 1648

Name of petitioner

John Head

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Devizes, Wiltshire

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Battle of Lostwithiel, 21 August to 2 September 1644

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

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