The petition of Richard Hillard of Taunton, Somerset, ?13 July 1652

To the right wor[shipfu]ll the Justices of the Peace att assembled att the Castle of Taunton att the Sessions held there for the Countye of Som[er]sett.

The humble petic[i]on of Richard Hillard of Taunton aforesayd


That yo[u]r peticon[e]r by long tyme beeing a Souldier in the States service, and induring much misery in Taunton during the Seidges there having had his body much bruised and having rec[eived] many wounds in the sayd States service, by meanes yo whereof yo[u]r petic[i]on[er] is very Lame and defective in his body to the great hindrance of the Liuelyhood and mayntenance of his poore distressed wife and 3 small children, beeing att p[re]sent in miserable condic[i]on:

In Considerac[i]on whereof yo[u]r petic[i]on[er] doth earnestly desire, that his deplored estate may bee commiserated by this wor[shipfu]ll Co[u]rt that some mony may bee bestowed on your peticon[e]rs distressed family, as yo[u]r Judgment most thinke fitt

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

Wee whose names are here vnto subscribed doe testifie the truth of this petition.

Geo[rge] Powell Maior

Thom[as] Trowbridge

Will[iam] Gill


Let him gett a certificate of his woundinge in the service & that hee is maymed & then considered

Key Facts

Date of petition

13 July 1652

Name of petitioner

Richard Hillard

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Taunton, Somerset

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of Taunton, 23 September to 14 December 1644
    Siege of Taunton, 11 March to 11 May 1645
    Siege of Taunton, 20 May to 3 July 1645

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Somerset Heritage Centre

Shelf mark

Q/Spet1 (Part 2), no. 115