The petition of William Reynolds of Hereford (St Martin’s Parish), Herefordshire, 1667

To the Wor[shi]ppfull Hugh Rodd Esq[ui]r[e] Major of the Citty of Herefford & others the wor[shi]ppfull Justices of the peace of the said Citty:

The humble petic[i]on of William Reynolds of the parish of St Martins within the Liberties of the Citty of Hereff[ord] of the Age of 63 yeares & vpwards, whoe hath bin blind, & darke in a miserable Condicon these fower years past:

Humbly Craueinge in respect and for that your poore healples petic[ione]r is a decayed poore honest Freeman of this Citty haueing vtterly lost his sight for many yeares past, & vtterly vndon, & plundred of all his poore goods & houshould stuffe by the Scotts, when as they lay siedge against this Citty; for that yo[u]r petic[ione]r out of his Loyalty; & fidelity to his Ma[jes]tie & his Freemans oath in defence of his Citty was here dureinge all the siedge in Armes against the Scotts; & vpon that seruice yo[u]r petic[ione]r was maim’d both in the head, & lefte Arme vpon a sally out against the Enemies;

The p[re]misses Considered May it please your good wor[shi]pps to graunte your petic[ione]r pr[e]sent order for the next vacant Hospitall of any the poore Hospitall men deceaseing within this Citty either at the Sainte Giles, or Prices Hospitall, And this for Gods love, And yo[u]r aged darke petic[ione]r shall daily pray &c

This Petic[i]on to be read the next fall of the any hospitall

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

William Reynolds

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Borough Corporation
    Hereford, Herefordshire

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of Hereford, 25 July to 4 September 1645

Places mentioned

  • St Giles’s Hospital, Hereford, Herefordshire
  • Prices Hospital, Hereford, Herefordshire

People mentioned

Archive information


Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre

Shelf mark

BG 11/5/39, 1667 sessions file, 1st bundle, no. 15