The petition of Marie Burton of Stansty, Denbighshire, Easter 1648

To the Right Wor[shipfu]ll his Ma[jes]ties Justices of the Peace for the County of Denbigh.

The humble Petic[i]on of Marie Burton vid[ua] Relict of John Burton of Stanstey deceased.


That yo[u]r pet[itione]rs late husband for his good Affecc[i]on to the Parliam[en]t was enforced to flye from his habitac[i]on as aforesaid and thereby to expose his family and Estate to the Mercilesse Crueltyes of the Enemye, And did then (to discharge his owne Conscience and p[ro]mote the Parliam[en]ts service to the vtmost of his Ability) enlist himselfe a Souldier in Armes in the Troope of Captaine Gerald Barbour In w[hi]ch Service he was taken Prisoner And in his said Imprisonm[en]t by the Cruell and Savage vsage of the Enemy at Shrewsbury dyed leaveinge the Pet[itione]r Charged w[i]th 4 small Children haveinge nothinge to maintaine them w[i]th but what shee shall acquire by her honest Industrie.

Shee therefore humbly praieth That yow would in tender Compassion Comiserate her distressed Condic[i]on And in regard her said Husband was slaine dyed in the Parliam[en]t service That yow would order such Reliefe for the Mainetaineance of her said Children as by the Ordinance of Parliam[en]t is in that Case Provided

And shee shall ever pray &c.

admitted to be releeved

<Wee whose names are subscribed doe humbly Certifie that the matter of this petic[i]on is true: and that the said john Burton was a very honest and faithfull soldier in the Parliaments service for North wales.

Rog[er]: Sontley

Ed[war]d: Nicholas

Edward: Kendrick

Ralph: Crichley

Ed[war]d Tayler

Peter: Welds

Ed[war]d: Thomas

Key Facts

Date of petition

April 1648

Name of petitioner

Mary Burton

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Ruthin (Ruthin Parish), Denbighshire

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity £0.0s.0d.
    Pension £0.0s.0d.
    Frequency Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • There are no known events

Places mentioned

  • Shrewsbury, Shropshire

People mentioned

Archive information


National Library of Wales

Shelf mark

Chirk Castle MS B8a/1