The petition of John Middlewick of Taunton (St James’s Parish), Somerset, ?12 July 1653

To the right Wor[shipfu]ll the Justices of the peace now assembled in Sessions at the Castle of Taunton for the county of Som[er]s[et]

The humble petic[i]on of John Middlewick of Taunton James Sleemaker


That yo[u]r pet[itione]r during the late warrs was a faithfull Souldier in the seruice of the State & at the fight at Banbury yo[u]r pet[itione]r being a Souldier vnder the Com[m]aund of Capt[ain] Marshall in the Regim[en]t of Sir W[illia]m Waller rec[ieved] a Cutt from the enemy throughout the face & had his bowells trode out with the horse & was thr run through with a Tuck to the unparraleld hazard of his life by means of w[hi]ch wounds yo[u]r pet[itioner] hath by the space of these two yeers last past laine in a very sad & miserable condicio[n] altogether vnable to get maintenance (by his labour) for himselfe his wife & two small children as & is like to p[er]ish vnles your wor[shi]pps tender bowells of compassion be extended towards him.

May it therefore please yo[u]r Wor[shi]pps to consider the pr[e]mises & vouchsafe to order that something may be conferd on yo[u]r pet[itione]r for his present & future releife to preserue him from p[er]ishing according as in your Wor[shi]pps graue wisdomes shal be thought fitt

And yo[u]r pet[itione]r shall eu[er] pray &c

<We whose names are subscribed doe attest the verity of this petic[i]on>

Philip Lissant

Geo[rge] Lissant

Will[iam] Gill

John Wyatt

Thom[as] Troubridge

Ric[hard] Hickes


Nothinge till further Ex[amination]. Ballard.  Middlewick. xx s. in full by the Tre[asure]r

Key Facts

Date of petition

12 July 1653

Name of petitioner

John Middlewicke

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Taunton, Somerset

Outcome of petition

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

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Battle of Cropredy Bridge, 29 June 1644

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Somerset Heritage Centre

Shelf mark

Q/Spet1 (Part 2), no. 121