The petition of Ralph Kinsman of St Sidwell’s Parish, City and County of Exeter, c. 1664 to 1665

To the Right Wor[shi]p[fu]ll Allen Penny Esq[ui]r[e] Maior of the Citty of Exon, and to the Wor[shi]p[fu]ll Justices of the same with there Assistance in Counsell Chamber These.

The Humble Petic[i]on of Ralph Kinsman of St Sidwells Weauor.

Most Humbly

Sheweth whereas yo[u]r Poore peticon[e]r Being a very poore & weake man haueinge an old deafe woman to his wife & two grand Children to mayntayne, beinge alwayes form[e]rly a laborious man in his Callinge & neu[er] beholdinge to any but whatt did gett by the Swett of his Browes, Haueing ben alwayes in the Kings seruice & receiued som woonds by w[hi]ch meanes is decripped & now growne soe antiente, thatt is nott able to doe any thinge in his Callinge to get any liuelyhood to maynetayne himselfe, poore wife & grand Children And vnderstandinge thatt on Bussell who hath an Almeshowse in the Winnerds being a very weake man & lyinge very sick & lookeinge for a good Howre when please the Lord to Call hym vnto hymselfe

May it therefore please yo[u]r Wor[shi]ps to take yo[u]r poore Petic[i]on[e]rs Cause into yo[u]r serious Consideration, To giue yo[u]r poore Petic[i]on[e]r the Graunte, (if please the Lord to take vnto himselfe th[e] aforesaied Bussell) to inioye the sayed Almes howse with th[e] appurtenances thereunto belonginge dureinge his life w[hi]ch may be a supportance to hym & his

And yo[u]r poore Petic[i]on[e]r as in duety is bound shall pray &c.

Hauing wrought with me seventeene yeres

by me Jno Baker


The humble Peticion of Ralph Kinsman of St Sidwells Parrish

Key Facts

Date of petition

1664 — 1665

Name of petitioner

Ralph Kinsman

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    City and County of Exeter

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • There are no known events

Places mentioned

  • Wynard’s Hospital, City and County of Exeter

People mentioned

Archive information


Devon Heritage Centre

Shelf mark

ECA, Miscellaneous petitions to the Chamber for relief, file 4, item 37.