The petition of William Griffith of Llangian, Carnarvonshire, 1657

To the Wo[rshipfu]ll the Justices of the peace for this County of Carnarvon.

The humble petic[i]on of William Griffith of Llangian in the County aforesaid.

Humbly sheweth

That yo[u]r petitioner in the late warres did list himselfe in the parliament seruice against the late king wherein hee continued for the space of 7 wholl yeares dureing all which tymes yo[u]r petitioner performed true & faithfull seruice to the said parliament, wherein yo[u]r petitioner received diuers greivous wounds (To witt) yo[u]r petitioner was shott thorough the necke with 3 shotts, 3 peices of his skull taken out being broken with a pole axe, runned thorough the throat with a tucke, runned thorough the left side & thigh and left for dead in the feild and carried in a Cart to Thane in Oxfordshire besides many other wounds at other tymes whereby yo[u]r petitioner is disabled to doe or performe any manner of worke or labour for the maintenance of himselfe, wief & five small children, and being deprived of what debenters were due & owing to him.

Yo[u]r petitioner therefore haveing noe other way to subsist humbly praieth that yo[u]r worshipps would bee pleased to comiserate his sad condic[i]on, and to allowe him such a proporc[i]on towards his owne his wiefe & small childrens maintenance out of the maimed souldiers mize as to your worshipps shall seeme expedient.

And yo[u]r petitioner (his wiefe & children) as in duty bound shall pray &c.

The petitioner is to be admitted as desired by the Cort.  Hughes

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

William Griffith

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

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

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • There are no known events

Places mentioned

  • Thame (Thame Parish), Oxfordshire

People mentioned

Archive information


Caernarfon Record Office (Gwynedd Archives)

Shelf mark

XQS 1657/192