The petition of John Wayte of Horningsham, Wiltshire, Easter 1647


To the Right Wor[shipfu]ll Edward Tooker esq[uire] & Francis Scranton esq[uire] twoe of his Ma[jes]t[y’]s Justic[e]s of the Peace for the Countye aforesaid.

The humble petic[i]on of John Wayte of Hornigsham husbandman.


That whereas yo[u]r petic[i]on[er] went a voluntary souldier for the kinge & Parliam[en]t into Ireland & vpon cessac[i]on of Armes there, served the Earle of Stamford in the west, both at Stratton fight, & the deliu[er]ye vp of Exeter to his Ma[jes]t[y’]s forces, at w[hi]ch time yo[u]r petic[i]on[er] came to Horningsham to his owne habitac[i]on, & married a wife & hadd [illegible] a child whoe are yet livinge, after w[hi]ch time yo[u]r petic[i]on[er] was impressed for his Ma[jes]t[y’]s service here in England, by reason of w[hi]ch services yo[u]r petic[i]on[er] hath received divers wounds vtterly vnable to mainteyne himselfe or his familye he beinge borne of honest parentage in the parish aforesaid whoe is ashamed to begge or vse any vnlawfull meanes for his supportm[en]t

May it therefore please yo[u]r Wo[rshi]ps to take pittye of yo[u]r petic[i]one[r]s disabilitye by reason of his hurtes in his righte Arme & legge received whereby he can[n]ott worke for his livinge as formerly and to order that such maintenance may be allowed yo[u]r petic[i]on[er] & his family as yo[u]r petic[i]on[er] Wor[shi]ps in yo[u]r wisedome shall thinke fitt And yo[u]r petic[ioner] as dutye bindes will daily pray for yo[u]r Wor[shi]ps happines & p[ro]speritye.

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

John Wayte

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

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

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Battle of Stratton, 16 May 1643
    Second Siege of Exeter, 10 June to 7 September 1643

Places mentioned

  • Ireland

People mentioned

Archive information


Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

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