The petition of William Booth of Nantwich, Cheshire, 15 January 1661

To The Right Wor[shi]p[fu]ll his Ma[jes]t[y]s Justices of the peace at Northw[i]ch the fifteenth day of January 1660

The humble petition of William Booth of Namptw[i]ch A souldier in the late kinges Army vnder the Comand of S[i]r Simon Harcott in maior Vernills Company

Humbly Sheweth

That whereas your poore petic[i]on[e]r hath been a true and faithfull Souldier for his Ma[jes]tie of Ever blessed memorie both in England and Ireland And did continue in his Ma[jes]t[y]s s[ai]d service for the space of two yeares and never received any Satisfaction for the same but was wounded and maymed to his great pr[e]iudice yet never deserted his s[ai]d Ma[jes]t[y]s service at all he was at feights in Ireland first at Ross at Swords at Finleys at Mulingar And had his head burst in peices And three peices of his scull taken out then shott in shoulder cutt in the legg runne into the breast with a pike then his Ma[jes]tie was pleased to send for him out of Ireland to be one of his gard yett your poore petic[i]oner notwithstandinge his hard vsage ever remayned Constant and true to his first Ingagm[en]t to his Ma[jes]tie he when he came home was a longe tyme after before he was able to doe any thing towards the reliueing of himselfe and poore family and he being as yett vnable to worke thorow payne of his woundes and maymes which he endured in his late ma[jes]t[y]s service.

The Premises tenderly Considered your poore petic[i]on[e]r humbly prayes your wor[shi]pps to take his misserable and nedy Condiction into yo[u]r benificious and Charitable Considerations and grant him a weekly or q[ua]rterly pention what your wor[shi]pps shall thinke fitt towards the relife of himselfe and poore family he being not any wayes able to sustayne and liue being that he hath nothing but what he getts by his one hard labor and he being disabled to worke thorow paynes of his woundes and maymes for his liulyhood is likely to fall into great poverty and want vnless by yo[u]r worshipps favors relived & your petic[i]on[e]r & his poore wife as in duty bound shall ever pray for yo[u]r Wor[sh]ips health and hapines: &c


Key Facts

Date of petition

15 January 1661

Name of petitioner

William Booth

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Northwich (Great Budworth Parish), Cheshire

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Battle of Swords, 11 January 1642
    Battle of New Ross, 18 March 1643
    Unknown encounter at Finleys, date unknown
    Unknown encounter at Mullingar, date unknown

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Shelf mark

QJF 89/2, fol. 206