January 1st, Saturday
The night before, and that day, there fell a great snow. The London post stop’t
two days; the Northern post one day; no passage over the moors to Woodhead. The
minester, Mr Bayns, of Donfeild, lost in the snow nigh Grindle-firth bridge.
At Barnsley, in company with Mr. Wordsworth, of Newlaths, who shewed us a bullet
beat flat as a half-crown by hitting against the wall, shot at his servant in
the malt-house, by some persons which were supposed to have a design to robb the
house. It had gone through his hat behind.
The frost and snow continues. At Barnsley, in company with Mr. Spencer of Cannon
hall, who was in morning for his wife’s brother, Mr. Ashton of Hethersedge,
who was buried Dec. 29th, and had left him 14,000l. Also, with
Mr. Harvey, a gentleman of Greenwich. Old Mr. Hayford was in the town at the
same time, notwithstanding the snow, and he 90 years old.
The night before there fell a quantity of snow more, which is now changed to
rain and sleet, and a thaw.
Very little of the snow gone, and frosen again. Several pidgeons dies. Two
pheasant hens came into the orchard, at the fur side of the green, and were
there shot. A thaw in the afternoon.
At church; Mr. Wainhouse preached.
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Harvey, who was born at Fort St. David’s in
India, Mr. Spencer, who had now bought Eastfeild of Mr. Savill, formerly of
Mexburgh, now an officer in the army, grandchild to Madam Savill, now living at
Fawthwaite, aged near 100, one of the daughters and coheirs of Mr. Cudworth of
Eastfeild, whose ancestors had enjoyed it for the space of 400 years.
At Peniston. Coz. Daniell Rich, of Smalshaw, was dead at Yateham, where he had
resided a long time, with his daughter Green, and was to be buried tomorrow at
the Quaker’s buriall place at Hoyland Swain.
Christenings at London last year, 18,859. Burials, 25,546. The year before,
The ‘Evening Post’, December 21st, gives an account of a
savage boy taken in the forest of Hamelin, running upon all fours like a
quadruped, and feeding upon grass and the moss of trees. It was taken by an
intendant of the work-house at Qell; brought to Hanover, and shewed to his
majesty, King George, at dinner, who ordered care to be taken of it. The same
paper, December 25th, confirms the story, and adds farther that it
got away from its keeper, and was again found and retaken in the said wood,
roosted on a tree. The Great Geographical, &c. Dictionary, under the word
Ursin, has the same account of a boy taken among a company of bears in the
forest of Lithuania.
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Wagstaff, of Glossop, and Mr. Wood, of Burton
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Harvey, Mr. Empshall, Mr.Ed. Spencer, Mr. Oates,
Mr. Gregg, Mr. Wood, of Burton. Sir Thomas Wentworth, of Woodhouse, has bought
Carr-house, nigh Rhotherham, of Mr. Edward Wortley, who, about three years ago,
bought it of Mr. Westby Gill, a descendant, I suppose, of the Westbyes who
formerly lived there. ‘Tis said Sir Thomas has given Mr. Wortley a wood nigh
Tankersley, call’d Westwood, and money to the value of 4, 000l, more
than he gave Mr. Gill.
At Barnsly. It is reported for certain that Mr. Edward Wortley has taken the
Duke of Norfolk’s iron-works, viz. Chappell-town furnace, Wadsly, and
Coz. Ann Walker died about 11 a clock, mane.
At the funerall of coz. Ann Walker. She was buried at the north corner of the
great quier in Silkston churchyard.
Abra. Hawksworth had bought a pair of fatt oxen of my Lord Strafford for 16l.,
who had worked them 17 years, ever since his lordship came to Stainborough.
1726. 28th, Monday
At the funerall of Mr. James Sharp, bro[ther] to the late Archbishop Sharp. He
died at Silkston the Thursday before, and was buried at Bradford in the great
At Barnsly. The ‘Evening Post’ says that the wild boy, which was taken some
time ago in the forest of Hamelin, was bringing over from Hambrough to London a
present from his majesty to the princes. John Cawood, of Robroid, had a child
drowned in the tan-yard Sunday last.
Mr. William Fenton, of Underbank, came to live at Dodworth, Munday last.
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Wood, of Barnsley, who shewed me a copy of a
decree out of Chancery, made in the time of Queen Elizabeth, for the payment of
certain sums of money to the vicar of Silkston, curate of Cawthorn and curate of
Barnsley, issuing out of one moiety of the tithe corn of Dodworth, then farmed
of the Crown by John Hobson; one moiety of the great tithes, and also the small
tithes of the same, and of Stainborough, farmed by Tho[mas] Cutler; the small
tithes of Silkston and Cawthorn and Barnsley, farmed by Rich[ard] Wilkinson; and
the toll of fairs in Barnsley called St Paul and St. . . farmed by . . Burdet, -
with power given to the Archbishop of York to appoint what proportions every one
was to pay to the said persons, as allso towards the reparation of the great
quire at Silkston. R. Wilkinson’s part formerly was leased of the Crown by
Rob[ert] Thwaits: this was 1592. Usher was then vicar of Silkston.
May 1st, Sunday
At the funeral of Thomas Burdet, of Denby. He married Mary, the daughter of . .
Gill, relict of Edward Hobson. He was a protestant of the Church of England in
his youth; afterwards turned quaker, and was buried at their burying-place at
At Barnsly, with the commissioners of the land-tax. Bought of Mr. Oates, Vicar
Spring in Hoyland Swain at 40s. pr acre, &c.
At Mr. Fenton’s. He shewed me a little parchment wherein . . West, lord de la
Ware, gives to Thomas West some lands in Wath, &c. 1st Henr. 6th
(that is 1422), witness . . Fleming, . . Cock, . . Tinsly, &c.
16th, 17th, Tuesday and Wednesday,
At Woodhouse, nigh Hallifax. There were there Mr. Stern, a justice of peace, and
Mr. Will[iam] Bentley, his clerk, author of a little book called ‘Hallifax
Stood surety for a child of John Cawood’s, of Robroid, called Mary; the other
two were Madam Green, late of Banks, and Mrs. Ursula Wilkinson.
At Wakefeild, to meet sister, who came down from London in the stage-coach.
At Holmfirth feast, with Mr. Wilkinson; in company with Mr. Tomson, the
minister, Mr. Horncastle, and his brother.
26th, Holy Thursday
At Kimberworth, at the wedding dinner of Ann Garner, who married . . Steel. And
at Rhotherham races.
At Wortley inn, at the distribution of the Countess of Devonshire’s dole; in
company of Mr. Edmunds and Mr. Watts.
At Wharncliffe lodge, where they are erecting a new building, within which they
bury underground a stone with an inscription now illegible, said to be,
Pray for the soul of Sir Richard Wortley, who builded a lodge here in the
At Sheffield. An Act of Parliament passt for making the river Dun navigable to
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Bossvile of Gunthwaite.
Dodworth feast. At church.
At Barnsly. Mr Hodgson, steward to Sir George Savill, died last Sunday.
23rd, Thursday night
About 10, Mr. Thomas Peigham, minister of Barnsley, died, having been melancholy
several years. His father was vicar of Silkston, before Mr. Wainhouse.
At Rippon. Went to see Stutely park, nigh Fountains abbey, belonging to Mr.
Aieslaby, one of the Directors of the South Sea. 100 men at work making canals
Mr. Cavendish Neville, of Chevet, buried at Royston. He died of a mortification
in his foot, occasioned by cutting a corn. His foot was cut of before he died.
John Warrener, a melancholy man, found dead in his bed at Barnsley.
At Barnsly. It is reported Sir Arthur Kay, of Woodsholm, one of the knights of
the shire, is dead. Mr. Goodwin, of Tanckersley, told me there was at Woodhouse
a copy of part of Doomsday booke, taken in Queen Elizabeth’s days to determine
a suit depending between one of the Wentworths and the Earl of Shrewsbury then
living at Sheffeild mannor, concerning the mannor of Tinsley, and that he had
transcribed a copy of the same, and given it to Mr. Brooke, late of Feild head,
to write over. There was but then two churches in the West Riding, one was at
Cawthorn; and Waltheof of Northumberland, an earl, lived at Hallham nigh
At Mr. Cotton’s, of the Haigh. Returning home, saw corn shorn (I suppose
oates) in the new inclosure on Skiers moor.
George Laud, of Ecclesfeild, is dead.
At Birchouse feast. William Tomson, of Pogmore, had a son kill’d by the
overturning of a cart, coming down Burton banck.
Wee hear Mr. Perrot, minister of Chappellthorp, in the parish of Sandall, died
suddenly on Sunday last. After he had preached, and was reading the
after-service, he fell down in the reading desk, was carried out, and died about
three a clock in the afternoon. His father is the afternoon preacher at
Mr. Cockshut, minister of Cawthorn, told me that he had an old man call’d .
. Turton, his parishioner, who died about seven years ago, who was clark at
Silkston in the civill-warr time; the minister’s name was Walker. He was
present at the church when some soldiers came and forced him out, and obliged
him to run into Silkston fall, to hide himself. He was ejected, and . .
Spofforth, who lied buried in Silkston church-yard, was put in his place.
Allso, Mr. Burleigh of Wooley, told me that he has heard his father-in-law
Prince say that, at that time, Mr. West, father of the late Captain West, of
Underbanck, was minister of Wooley: that he was present when some soldiers came
into the church.
George Walker, of London, and his son Thomas, came down along with Sr
Arthur Kay, who was buried the next day at Almonbury. He died Sunday, 10th
instant. Wee hear the Earl of Cadogan died, Sunday ye 17th.
At Barnsley, in company with Mr. Drake, minister of Pontefract, and Mr. Goodwin.
Went to Settle, in company with Mr. Hatfeild, of Hatfeild, who married George
Laud’s daughter, of Ecclesfield.
At Woosboroug feast.
Uncle Matthew came down from London, having buried his wife the week before. He
brought along with him Mr. Barker, who had married his daughter Elizabeth. He
was born a little beyond Bedall, and has there now living a grandfather and
grandmother, who have been married 80 years, and are each of them above 100 year
Sister took coach at Wakefeild for London. Came that morning to Barnsley, dined
with Mr. Goodwin, minister of Medley, who had lost 40,000l. in the South
Sea, and married his daughter to a Russian merchant, and had given her 14,000l.
to her portion, as his cosen, Mr. Goodwin of Tanckersley, told us.
Mr. Copindale, of Wakefield, was buried that day.
Old Mr. Phipps, of High Green, buried at Ecclesfield.
Guest put glass into the sash windows in the buttery, being the first that ever
was in this town.
At Peniston race. Mr. Garforth, minister at Midhop chappell, won the plate.
Not at church.
Wednesday and Thursday
At Bedall. Mr. Ambrose Edwards made justice of peace.
Laid the timber on the new scowring house at the tan-yard. Mr. Joseph Oates, of
Denby, has sold 4 oxen for forty guineas, if Sr John Kay be returned
knight of the shire this election; if not, he is to have nothing: they are worth
Mrs. Milner, of Old Hall, at Worsborow Dale, was buried at Worsborough. She died
the Wednesday night of a feaver, and left a son and a daughter. It formerly
belonged to the family of the Rocklys, and was called Rockly hall; but one of
them marrying the daughter of . . De la Hall, who lived at the place now cal’d
Rockly hall, the family removed thither.
At Barnsly. This year the schoolmaster there (Mr. Tomlinson) had a new house
builded by voluntary contributions, toward which I paid 1l.1s.,
which I had formerly subscribed.
About eight at night, sitting by the fire-side, it appeared very light. I
thought it could not be the moon, she being to near the change to rise so soon:
I look’t out of a north window, imagining it might proceed from streams in the
air, they generally comming from that quarter. I could perceive nothing but a
dark skie. I immediately went out into the court on the south side of the house;
there was not a cloud to be seen, nor a blast of wind to be felt. The south part
of the heavens was all illuminated, and every now and then a very light vapour
rose up and diffused itself into a broad area, like smoke shot out of a cannon,
or something that had been pent up in a narrow compass and was set at liberty,
and expanded itself and disappeared in a moment. A constant brightness still
remains in the air. Looking northward, there was an arch of light, pretty
uniform, as broad as three or four rainbows, stood with its ends fixt, one upon
the east, the other upon the western point of the horizon: it was broadest at
the two ends, smaller in the middle, about 40 degrees high, which was the reason
I could not see it when I look out of the north window; and out of it, as a
basis, cam pyramidicall streams of light, their points uniting a little behind
the zenith, and forming such a figure as a ladies’ umbrella, the pyramids
constantly disappearing and others succeeding in their rooms. This arch rose
higher and higher, leaving a black dark sky behind it in the north, tho’
without clouds, the starrs being conspicuous thorough it, and about nine was got
over our heads, so went southerly, while it was mixt with the luminous
appearance there, the two ends standing fixt, as they were, like two pillars.
All the while, there was one part of the heavens which adjoined to the south
side of the west end of the luminous arch as red as crimson; it was about 10
degrees broad, and 40 degrees high, standing erect. Such another, I observ’d,
appeared on the south side of the east end of the arch some time after. When it
was pretty much over I went on the north side of the house; there arose a
brightness in the east, parrallell to the horizon, and about 10 degrees higher.
It extended itself gradually northwards, and so to the west, and out of it arose
upward pyramydall streams which had a quick gliding motion from east to west,
apearing and disapearing in a moment. Beneath this brightness the sky looked
very black, and, when fresh pyramids broke out, I could discern there very small
black clouds, round, and about the bignes of the sun. Presently, before 10, the
wind rose, and more clouds interposed betwixt me and the brightness. I have oft
seen an aurora borealis, but never none so remarkable as this. The
luminous appearance, out of which the pyramids came, allways remaining near the
northern horizon, and rising up in an arch, and comming forward in a regular
motion, as if blown upon it by a wind that acted upon it uniformly, and bringing
it up to the zenith, the southern hemisphere at the same time being fill’d
with luminous vapours, expanding themselves into a broad area before they
disappear’d: which area was perhaps the bottoms of luminous pyramids or cones,
the points not being visible to an eye pointed on their backsides or underneath
them, a cone then putting on the figure of a circle or of an ovall.
The ‘News’ give an account that the same phenomenon was seen at London,
at the same time.
October 9th, Sunday
About 11 a clock in the forenoon, two horsemen came to Mr. Goodwin’s, the
minister of Tankersly, and asked for him. There was only in the house a maid and
his two children. She told them he was at church. They desire to be let in: she
says her master had the key in his pocket: then they begun to give ill language,
and told her she lyed, and attempted to break in: she put the 2 children in a
closet, got a spit and run it at them; flung hot broth in one of their faces;
they discharg’d a pistol at her, and missed her: then they went to a door,
broke it open; she barricaded the in-door with chairs and stools, and made a
great noise. They, being afraid the people in the church should hear her, went
of, taking only a foul shirt along with them. When service was don Mr. Goodwin’s
man pursued them as far as Ringston hill: his horse tired so they got away.
At church. That day there were five spurrings; Thomas Garner and Hannah Booth
one. The small pox has been very mortall at Silkstone, few children escaping
that had them: some families burying two in a coffin. They are begun in
Dodworth, and one dead.
November 1st, Tuesday
At Leeds. Wednesday, at Barnsly. That day, about noon, Josua Smith, of Dodworth
(he and his wife being at Barnsly), had his house broken and two or three
chests, but nothing more, the money (15l.) being laid in a by place in
the chamber; ‘tis supposed it was done by his son in law, J.B.
At Hindly, at Mr. Adams’s, minister of Fellkirk. Indentures of apprentishipp
sign’d that day by him and his son Robert.
At Barnsly. Mr. Sylvester, of Burthwaite, was married the Monday before, at
Hickelton, with Miss Wentworth, daughter of Mr. Godfrey Wentworth, deceased,
brother to the present Mr. Wentworth, of Wooley.
At Peniston. Being there the 10th of last month in company of . .
Carr who lived at Wadsly brigge, on a farm which belongs to Charles, bishop of
Killaloe, whose name was allso Carr, and was born thereabouts, he said that he
had heard that some of the said bishop’s ancestors had been secretary to the
Lord Wentworth that was beheaded, and had been owners of lands and tiths in
Darton; so that it is probable he is a descendant of that Carr who married the
daughter of . . Marsh, of Darton. He also said he had now by him, at Wadsley,
severall papers which related to those times.
At Barnsley. Mr. Thomas Fell dead of a feaver of the nerves, and buried last
Fryday. Mr. Sherburn, steward to the Duke of Norfolk, buried last Sunday: very
remarkable for having raised the estate, to the great oppression and discontent
of the tenants. On Monday last, Mr. Smith of Newland, married Miss Hodgshen,
daughter to Mr. Hodgson, steward to Sir G. Savil.
At Wakefeild. That day three week last past, Mr. Hopkins, minister of
Kirk-heaton (formerly of Wooley), aged 56, emasculated himself with a razour. He
had taken the precaution to make ligaments about his body and thighs, to prevent
bleeding, and had a chirurgeon (Mr. Horncastle, of Huddersfield), ready in the
house to assist him, tho’ not privy to his design. He managed the cure so well
that he read prayers last Sunday, and designed to preach on Christmas day. The
reason was not melancholy, he being in his perfect senses, but he did it by way
of punishment upon himself for being so foolish as to have had criminall
conversations with his housekeeper. Saturday last, Mr. Cotton had took a lease
of Rockly furnace for 16 year, of the Lord Strafford, who had now agreed with
Mr. Carrinton and Mr. Robert Rockly (late steward to Sr Arthur Kaye)
for the royalty of Wosburg, and right of redemtion of Rockly estate.
At Sacrament. Tuesday, the 13th instant, was such an ill day for
frost, snow, and wind, that serverall people had like to have perished in coming
over the moors from Woodhead, and some lost their lives in going from Sheffeild
At Mr. Fenton’s in company with Mr. Oates, Mr. Senior. That day, John Cawood’s
child, for which I stood surety May 19th last, was buried. She died
of the small pox; and, the next day, the other surety, Madam Green, died of a
long illness, at Bank-Top, and was buried the Saturday, privately, at
Wosborough. Her name was Dorothy Wheatly, half sister to the late Mr. Richard
Green, of Banks. Her mother was daughter to Madam Duever (who was sister to the
late Mr. Henry and Thomas Edmunds of Wosborough), who first married Mr. Green,
of Banks, by whom she had Mr. Richard Green. Afterwards, she married Mr.
Wheatly, commonly cal’d Doctor Wheatly, by whom she had one son, Micaell, and
three daughters, Ann, married to Mr. Smith, of Wakefield, son of Mr. Smith, of
Heath, justice of peace: 2nd, Barbara, first married into Craven,
then to Mr. Wilson, a justice of peace in Westmorland: she is dead, and left one
child, dead also: 3, Dorothy, who married Mr. William Green, son of John Green,
of Hoyland Swain, by whom she had only one child call’d Richard, dead allso.
Mr. Richard Green left his estate to this William, who died March 5, 1723-4, and
left the estate to his brother John, now living, and married . . Hirst. He has
only one brother call’d Samuell.
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January 3, Tuesday
At Mr. Senior’s, in company with Mr. Clarkson, Mr. Wood, of Burton, and his
son in law Mr. Wagstaf, of Glossop.
At Peniston. Mary White (our maid) married to Thom[as] Bower.
At Josua Hawksworth’s, at Silkston, in company with Mr. Wil[liam] Spencer and
Mr. Oates, to engage the freeholders of Silkstone to vote for Sr John
Kay. Mem:22nd instant, I sign’d a petition of Mr. Oates to
the Chancellor of York to give leave to erect a loft at the lower end of
Bought of Mr. Will. Hanson his 2 spring-woods at Fauthwaite, at 10l. per
acre; the lordings in the wood and the hedgrows, price 150l. He shewed me
a deed wherein . . Cudworth, of Eastfeild, had purchased the royaltie of
Thrugilland, of Wombwell of Wombwell, in the time of Queen Elizabeth.
February 1st, Wednesday
The election beginns at York. The two candidates, Sr John Kay, and
Mr. Chomly Turner, of Kirkleetham. The shirriff, Mr. Bathurst, a relation of Mr.
Turner’s. Saturday, at night Sr John gives over, having had all the
foul play immaginable, being over voted about 1,100.
In the forenoon, died Mr. Thomas Edmunds, of Wosborough, who has left behind him
a very good character, and was buried the Thursday following.
14th, Shrove Tuesday
Old Samuell Whitehead died.
At church, Mr. Brook, of Richmond, preached.
Mr. Henry Cutler (who sold Stainborough to the Earl of Strafford about 20 years
ago) is dead. He married the sister and heiress of Sr Thomas Rudston,
of Heeton. Wee hear the Lady Lewisham, only daughter and heiress of Sr
Arthur Kay, late of Woodsholm, is dead, in childbed.
At Barnsly. This report is contradicted : the child only is dead.
March 1st, Wednesday
At the funerall of Mr. Nicolas Burley of Wooley. He was born in Derbyshire, I
believe at Haslehirst, he having an estate there; educated at Dronfeild, Captain
Avery, the noted pyrate, being his scole-fellow; afterwards, he was clerk to Mr.
Henry Wood, attorney in Barnsley. He first married . . the daughter of Mr.
Barber, of Gaubert hall (Mr. Adams, of Bancktop, in Wosberdale, married the
other daughter), afterwards . . the daughter of Mr. Matthew Prince, of Wooley,
by whom he had one daughter, who died in infancy. His sister married Dr.
Johnson, of Pontefract. Captain Burley, who was executed in the Isle of Wight,
for King Charles the First, was his grandfather’s brother. He ow[n]ed a place
call[ed] Brushouse, nigh Ecclesfield, which was seized on by the then powers and
sold, and has changed its owners very often since. We had at the funerall
scarfes and gloves, and Sr John Kay, Sr William Wentworth,
Mr. Wentworth, of Wooley, Mr. Sylvester, of Burthwaite, Mr. William Spenser, of
Cannon hall, Mr. Jarvis Norton, of Kettlethorp, Mr. Thomas Beaumount, of
Chappelthorp, Mr. Henry Carrington of Views. He was buried on the west side of
the churchyard. Within the church is a monument for Dame Mary Beamount, eldest
daughter of George Burdet, of Denby hall, esquire. She married Mr. Richard
Pilkinton; afterwards, Sr Thomas Beamount, of Whitley hall. In the
window are several pieces of painted glass, broken and confusedly put together,
on which are legible Thõ Popelay, Johã Popelay . . animâ. . fenestr . .
orate, &c., which, when entire, might be Orate pro animâ Tho.
Popelay, filii et hoeredis Johañ Popelay, qui hanc fenestram fieri curavit.
In the churchyard are two very ancient monuments, both alike, but no inscription
or coat of arms upon them. The above mentioned Dame Mary Beaumont died Nov. 8,
1682. There is also a monument for Sr George Wentworth, who died
about 1660. Mr. Burleigh, tho’ he was bred up an attorney, had but a mean
opinion of the profession, and never practized, but had a stock in the
iron-works. About a fortnight ago he rid out upon a young horse, to take the
air, having been in an ill state of health a long time; the horse, being
affrightened, leapt from under him, and he could not help himself, but lay some
time before he as found, which might hasten his death, which was on Sunday last,
being Feb. 26, about 10 morning, to the great regret of friends and
acquaintance. Godfrey Haslam, his schoolfellow, says he was born at Greenhill,
in Norton parish, Derbyshire, and that Thomas Avery learn’d with them at the
At Huddersfeild, in company with Mr. Horsfeild, of Storr’s hall. Stacy gone
of; his goods seazed upon an execution. John Owen likewise gone of.
Mr. Ramsden, the noted scoolmaster of Peniston, died, and was buried the Sunday
One Harries, of Newton, in Leicestershire, a tenant of Sr Thomas
Perkins, Bunny, and farmed 150l. a year of him, in September last had his
house burnt with lighting, and all his corn, hay, horses, and household goods
consumed, to the value of six hundred and odd pounds, came with a letter of
request, to ask releive.
Isaak Newton died, the famous mathematician, president of the Royal Society.
Went thro’ Northellerton, so to Danby upon Whisk, 2 miles, where my unkle
Scargill was minister. Lodg’d at North-Couton, 4 miles, at James Popham’s, a
1727. March 26th, Sunday
Went along with Bussy, his son-in-law, a shoemaker of Aldborough, to a town call’d
Barton, where are 2 little chappells, one dedicated to St. Cuthbert, another to
St. Marie. From thence, along the Roman highway, to Perce-Bridge, upon the Tees;
so to Gainford, where Thomas Swainston lived, who was gone of for debt, and owed
me 42l.2s.6d. Lodg’d at Mr. Cuthbert Rayne, at a great
house; over the porch is this inscription – JOHN RADOK•1604. He was dean of
Durham, and his posterity enjoys it yet.
To Darlington, to John Wilson’s, at the Fleece.
The milner of Stainborough had a little boy drowned in the damm.
April 2nd, Sunday – Easter
At Sacrament. Mr. Hall, chaplain of Stainborough, preached.
Mr. Eyre, of Bramley, was buried last Sunday. He left only one daughter, lately
married to Mr. Spencer.
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Cavendish Nevill, owner of Chevet, and parson of
Norton, in Derbyshire. Mr. Rich. Littlewood, of London (son of Dame Littlewood,
of Cawthorn), threw himself into a pond, three miles below Gravesend, the water
not two feet deep, and was drowned. He was by trade a silver wier drawer, and,
as it is said, a servant of his had run away with a quantity of wier, which
distracted him so much that he made away with himself.
At noon, in company with bro[ther] Will[iam] at Darlington, at Mr. Willson’s,
at the sign of the Fleece. At night, at Durham, at Tho[mas] Moor’s, at the
At Newcastle, at Mat. Hodgson’s, at the Bull and Crown. At Shields. Saw the
ruins of Tinmouth castle. At night, at Sunderland, where they are making a
famous pear, which extends into the sea a great length.
At Stockton upon Tees. On our way thither wee saw juniper bushes upon some
Came from Molton to York. By the way had a sight of a famous house belonging to
the Earl of Carlile, called Hinderskelf, as also the ruins of Sherif-Hutton
Saw the tomes in the cathedral: one for Mr. Brooke, formerly minister of Elmly
and Silkston, died 1616; Penelope, daughter of Sir Gervas Cutler, of
Stainborough, died 1682; an old statue for the emperor Serverus, who died there.
Mr. Smith of York, has a manuscript of all remarkable about the cathedral. Dined
with the Lord Mayor, then Mr. Baines.
At a christening at Mr. Telford’s.
At Ladybar. Being a very rainy day, the Earl of Strafford and Mr. Hall called
there in their way to Buxton.
At Peniston. Mr. Perkins’ son is elected scoolmaster.
At church. Mr. Sunderland preacht.
Mr. Ri. Watts, of Barn’s hall, curate of Wortley, dies.
Mr. Lamplugh, rector of Himsworth, buried. Mr. Watts buried at Ecclesfeild.
The wild boy, that came from Germany, is dead [which was afterwards
contradicted], as also the Czariana. This has been a very wet month, rain almost
every day; grass and corn very forward; wheat shooting.
Friday last, a flood. Our man saw a horse drowned at Wakefeild, another at
Leeds, and two at Harewood Bridge. John White, a laborer in the iron mines, told
me that in this country, where the rivers run into the east sea, the mine
inclines eastward about a yard in twelve; but in Lancashire, where the rivers
run into the west sea, the mine of iron stone inclines westward.
At home. Last night, about twelve, Simon Heely, died of a pleuritick feaver. He
was well last Munday, and came to Dodworth feast, to see his mother. ‘Tis said
he drunk 10s. in brandy that day. He was mightyly swell’d when dead. He
was buried on Sunday. This may be warning how people drinck brandy to excesse.
The ‘Evening Post’ says King George died Sunday last, about 2 in the
morning, at Asnaburg.
At Barnsly, at the proclamation of King George the Second. The gentlemen
cockades in their hatts, of red and orange ribbon.
Rotherham races. At home.
At Barnsly. In company with Mr. Greenwood, rector of Darfeild, who told us, when
he was at the University of Oxford, he knew Mr. Creech, the poet, and saw him
when he had hang’d himself, which he did in an apothecary’s house, nigh
their colledge. Mr. Creech for half a year before had studied out the easiest
way of making himself away. He had prepared a razour and a rope: with the razour
he had nick’t his throat a litle, which hurt him so that he desisted; then he
tooke the corde and tied himself up so low that he kneeled on his knees while he
At Peniston. Sr Thomas Wentworth and Mr. Turner are making interest
against the next election.
At Barnsley, in company with Mr. Goodwin, minister of Tankersly, lately made
doctor of divinity.
At home. This day Mr. Briggs, minister of Kirkburton, is to be buried. He has
been there ever since the restauration of king Charles the Second.
Coz. George Walker and his wife, Mr. Sheppard and his wife, came down from
At church. Silkston feast. Mr. Brook of Richmond preacht.
William Fidling is dead, and is to be buried to-morrow at Barnsly.
Dined at Mr. Fenton’s; and at Peniston races. Sam. Cawthorn, of Burton, won
Mr. Robert Blackburn, of the Glass house, is dead at Sheffeild.
Yesterday the archbishop of York visited at Sheffeild. Dr. Goodwin preacht. Last
week his grace consecrated the new church at Leeds.
At church. Mr. Wilson, minister of Babworth, nigh Redford, in Nottinghamshire,
was buried yesterday.
At Barnsly. This day came on the election for the knights of the shire at York.
There was no opposition, my lord Downs having declined; so Sr Thomas
Wentworth and Mr. Chomondly Turner are elected.
At home. Mr. Richard Hawksworth buried at Barnsly. He formerly owned Broad Oack,
in Gunthwait, but had sold it, and spent all his substance, and died at Morton’s,
at Dodworth bottom, who had married his brother’s wife.
Mr. Bingly, father to Mrs. Grace Bingly, of St. Hellen Wells, dead and buried. I
saw him very well at Barnsly this day fortnight. At Burwell, nigh Newmarket, in
Cambridgeshire. 100 people smothered to death in a barn, where they had met to
see a puppet show. It was thatcht and false lofted where there was some hay and
straw, and was set on fire on purpose by a man who was displeased because he may
not see the show for nothing.
Francis West, of Heigham, shomaker, was buried at Darton, aged about 80. He was
well till last Tuesday at noon, then was suddenly taken ill, and died on
Thursday. He has often told me that he could remember since there were so many
large trees grew upon Heigham common, that he has walked from Dodworth lane to
the lane that leads to Barnby furnace, on a summer day, and the sun could scarce
shine on him; and now there is not so much as a stump to be seen, nor has not
been for these many years last past.
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Brown, minister of Whiston, Mr. Huet, chaplain
to the marquess of Carmarthen. Sessions begun at Barnsly. The king’s
At Barnsly. Mr. Frudd, the dancing-master, buried. I have heard say that his
grandmother was executed at Barnsley, for stealing a silver spoon, and it was
afterwards proved that she was innocent. There is a place on Barnsly common
still called Gallow hill. William Haigh, formerly of Barley hole, then of
Grimsthorp, buried at Fellchurch, in the 92nd year of his age. He has
often told me he could remember since wheat was 3l. a load, and it cost 3s.4d.
carriadge to Woodhead.
Did the fealty to King George the 2nd. Gave the steward of the court,
Mr. Fenton, one shilling; the jury, Mr. John Smith being the foreman, one
shilling; the bailiff, John Archdall, fourpence.
At Warncliff lodge. The Honourable Sidney Wortley died there the Sunday before,
about 8 a clock. He was aged about 78 years, and son to the Earl of Sandwich
that was killed in the Duch wars, 1672. He married Mrs Duncomb, naturall
daughter of Sr Francis Wortly, of Wortly, who, having no legitimate
issue, left all his estate to her.
At the funeral of Cornelius Wood, of Barnsly, who died the Sunday morning
before. He had been at Mr. Carrington’s Monday the 6th instant,
and, as he was coming home, there [were] netts set upon the common for the
catching of rabbits, and he rid against one of the cords, which occasion[ed] his
horse to fall and through him down, and he pitch’t upon his head, and was so
bruised that he never recovered it. He was buried at Darfeild, in the great
quire, near to his master Eaton, who was the minister there.
That night, or in the morning, died Mr. Edward Silvester, of Birthwaite.
That day Mr. Wortley was carried from Wharnclif lodge, in order to be buried at
Barwell, nigh Oundle, in Northamptonshire.
At Darton. Saw the funerall of Mr. Edward Silvester, who was buried in a vault
under the south quier, where his unkle John Silvester was allso buried. He had
been married about a year to Ms Wentworth and, soon after he was
married, the Countess of Strafford went to pay him a visit; and, as he handed
her ladyship out of the coach up the stepps, his foot slipt, and he fell upon
his back, and was never right well after. He was bred up a clergyman, and was
minister at Wickersly, nigh Rotherham, which he quitted when his unkle left him
the estate. He died without issue. He has an elder brother, who is married, and
has children, but his uncle left the estate from him, because he had disoblieged
him by marrying. Sunday last was the first time that I sat in the new seat in
the loft which Mr. James Oates has builded in Silkston church.
Dame Snipe, formerly Benison, and Crowder, buried.
At Barnsly. Last Wedensday, at noon, Mr. Gibson, minister of Kirkby, died.
At Wortley Inn, at the distribution of the Countess of Devonshire’s charity,
in company with Mr. Wilson.
About one a clock, Madam Savill died at Fawthwaite, aged nigh 100. She was one
of the three daughters and coheirs of Mr. Cudworth, of Easfteild, and married
Mr. Savill, of Mexborough. Last week, Henry Jackson, of Totties, a noted quaker,
died. Emor Rich, of Midhope, brother of Daniell Rich, of Smallshaw, was lately
buried at Peniston.
At Rotherham, to conduct Joseph Haigh and his bride to Thurlston.
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At the funerall of Madam Savile. She was buried at Mexbourough, on the north
side of the great quire, within the rails close by the wall. On her coffin was
writ M.S., aetatis 100. It was of oak, and made 60 year ago for her mother. . .
Cudworth, who had it by her 20 years before she died.
At Mr. Oates’. Paid him for a seat in the new loft in Silkston church 9l.9s.
Conveyance cost 8s.
Mrs. Flemings, of Savile hall, died.
At Barnsly. Sold 4 oxen for 29l.5s.
Bought two oxen for 13l.3s.
At Barnsly, in company with Captain Smith, who said he put John Cutler into his
grave in Spain: it was in a place in Minorca, called in Spanish the City of the
John Ellis of Silkston, dead.
Mr. Beet, minister of Wentworth, dead.
At Stainton. Aunt Fretwell sold her part of her house to coz. Robert Pashley for
7 guineas. The daffodill grows wild in the hedges near Wickersly.
Mrs. Scott, of Silkstone, dead.
A windy day. That day Stilton was burnt.
1728, April 4th
At Peniston. Mr. Hopkins, minister of Kirkheaton, dead.
Old Mr Mawhood, of Ardsley, buried at Darfeild.
Bought a pair of oxen, 111.14s.
Mr Clark, scool-master of Kirkleatham, formerly of Wakefeild, has got the living
Dr Woodward dead.
In Derbyshire. In Hope churchyard there is a gravestone with this inscription: Here
lyeth litle Martin Middleton, of Bradwall, who died March 14, 1712, aged 104
Joseph Perkin, of Benbank, died, having been a long time ill of a sore knee,
which at last mortified. At Wentworth-Woodhouse there is a new front lately
builded, facing the gardens. This day Mr. Wilkinson began to pull down the old
house in order to erect a new one a little lower. It was builded by J. Armitage,
about 60 year ago. I saw, at Woodhouse, the horns of the raindeer, as allso the
horns of an elk, found in a bog in Ireland: they are very large and heavy. Mr.
Jessop, minister of Treton, commonly called king Jessop, dead.
June 1st, Saturday
At Wosboroug church; godfather to Edmund, son of Edmund Greenwood, of Swaith;
the other sureties were Mr. Wharton Hall, and Mr. Backhous’ daughter, of
At Barnsly, with Mr. Tolson, a clergiman, born at Wath. He has supply’d the
living at Bolton for some time. His father disinherited him. His sister now
enjoys the estate at Wath. She now resides at York, and he lives with her.
Sr Thomas Wentworth made Baron of Molton. Sr George Savill
making interest for knight of the shire.
At the funerall of Mrs. Brooke, of Feildhead, who died the Tuesday before, at
At Wosboroug, at the funerall of Jane, the daughter of Will[iam] Flemings of
Swaith. She came well from scool on Wedensday, was taken ill in the night of a
worm feaver, and died on Fryday. At Warnclif lodge, in company with Mr. Archdale
and Mr. Waren, of Himsworth, who told me he has a letter giving an account when
and where Josua, the son of Thomas Brook, of this town, died.
Mr. Sylvester, of Pledwick, brother to the late Mr. Sylvester, of Burthwaite,
buried at Darton.
Mr. Wilkinson's new hows levell with the ground: the first corner stone laid on
the cellar, begun to be arched with brick.
Little George Walker went to Madam Horton's, of Holroid, nigh Hallyfax, to go to
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Thomas Hawksworth, of London. He was a poor boy;
put apprentice to James Denton, of Dodworth, taylor; some time after he went to
London, and keeps a shop; sells riding-hoods and hoops for petticoats, and
Norwich shiffs, and has got a considerable estate. He had but 501. to begin the
world with, which he had sav’d by his industry, and his wife had 801.
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Short, a Scotch-man, practising physick at
Sheffeild. Dr. Frend died on Fryday last.
At Peniston races. The plate, 31., won by a horse out of Lancashire. 2nd. The
plate, 51., won by a mare from Garfurth.
In the morning, at 3, Mr. Wilkinson died. Last Tuesday was sevennight he was
seized with a dizziness in the head which ended in a feaver. His brother-in-law,
Mr. Shippen, was buried this week: he died at Win moor, nigh Leeds. Mr. John
Hanson brings word that coz. Percivall Hobson, of London, died there about a
At church. Silkston feast. Mr. Mense, minister of Barnsly, preach't in the
At the funerall of Mr. Rich. Wilkinson. He was buried within the rails, the 2nd
grave from the south wall. Mr. Shippen was buried the Wedensday before.
At the funerall of aunt Burdet, who was interr’d at the quakers’ burying
place at Hoyland Swain.
That day John Guest, glazener, of Barnsly, told me that when he was a boy he
went along with his father to Burton grange, where he saw king Charles the First
pas by, when the Scots had delivered him up to Oliver Cromwell. There was a
great concourse of people, and a great many of them wept.
At Pilley. There was there Mr. Skelton, who has been game-keeper to the Wortleys
for above 60 years. He was born in the year 1642. He knew old Sr
Francis Wortley who got the battle at Tankersly moor. He was afterwards taken
prisoner by the Parliament forces at Wolton hall, and was put in the Tower of
London, where he died, and was buried at Westminster. He was a tall, proper man,
with grey hair, and one of the first who took up arms for the king. This Mr.
Skelton, when he was about eight years, went into the service of young Sr
Francis Wortley, who then lived at St. Hellen’s well, nigh Monkbretton, having
for some time before resided beyond sea, but was permitted to come back by the
Parliament upon the death of his father, whom he had disoblieged upon this
account. There was a certain man call’d Bailie, of Dodworth, who by the
Commission of Array had been pressed into the king’s service; this man
deserted, and was retaken; whereupon young Sr Francis, without any
tryall by a court-martiall, caused him to be hang’d upon a tree near Wortley
Hall. Old Sr Francis was so much displeased at his son for so rash an
action, that, to avoid his anger, he went into Italy, and staid there till his
father’s death. This young Sr Francis had no legitimate issue by
his lady, but left a naturall daughter by Mrs. Newcommen, the elder called . . ,
the younger, Penelope. He died at Turnham green, nigh London, where he had a
fine seat, and was buried at Westminster. He was a little lean man, with
yellowish hair; drunk very hard, and seem’d to be melancolick, and troubled in
mind. His eldest daughter was married to the late Sidney Wortley, esqre.
At St. Hellen wells there was a room called the yellow chamber, thro’
which, if any one attempted to carry a candle in the night, it would burn blue
and go out immediately: and over the kitchin there was an open gallery; and this
Mr. Skelton, as he has sate by the fire, has often seen the apparition of a boy
or a girl walk along the gallery. This house is now pulled down, and lately
rebuilded by Mr. Sydney Wortley, for a habitation for a mistress of his, Mrs.
Grace Bingly, who now resides there. At the same time, there lived with this
Skelton . . Nevison, who afterwards was an exciseman; but, being out of his
place, became an highwayman, and was ordered to be transported; but, returning
before the time limited, he was thereupon executed at York. At the same time
there lived there a young woman, mother to the present dame Walker, of Pilley;
one Wood, of Burton Smithies, made love to her; whereupon two of Sr
Francis Wortley’s servants (one of them call’d Lapish) quarreled with him,
and one of them clove Wood’s head with a spade, in the court at St. Hellen’s.
They were sent to York, and, at the intercession of Sr Francis, came
of. It was said that they pretended Wood was attempting to ravish her, so they
cleared themselves by saying that what they did was in defence of the young
woman. This Skelton was quarter-master to a private troup which was raised to
quench, the Farnley wood plot, and assisted at the taking of . . Oates and
Greathead. He also went along with his master, Sydney Wortley, to York, to the
revolution, and saw Sir John Riersby, then governour, deliver the keys of the
city to my lord Danbye; and he went along with his master to Exeter, where he
met the Prince of Orange, who thanked Mr. Wortley for the good service he had
done at York, and promised to see him paid. This Skelton is now 86 year old; is
very hearty, and rides about to look after the game in Mr. Edward Wortley’s
That morning died John Moxon, commonly called Lawer Moxon. He died of a feaver.
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Ralph Empsall, Mr. Wroe, a young clergyman, son
to the late Dr. Wroe, of Manchester.
That day, Michael Milner, a noted quaker, buried at the buriing-place at Burton,
in the same grave that his father Gamaliel Milner, and his mother were buried,
who occasioned that place to be inclosed for that use; and she was the first
that was interr’d there. In the afternoon, at Wakefield races. 10 horses run
for the Hunter’s plate, value 20 guineas. My lord Danby’s horse won.
Mr. Stern’s horse won the plate, value 15 guineas.
Mr. Thomas Marshall, an apothecary in Long-acre, London, dead of a feaver, and
buried at St Martin’s. He was born at Sharlston, where his mother lives.
At Barnsly, with Mr. Henry Wood, lately made a justice of the peace, and clerk
of the assizes.
At home. Dined with coz. Eliz. Pashley, of Stenton.
At Thrisk, in company with Joseph Wood and Samuel Whitehead, two tanners, who,
when they were undressed and going to bed, were wrestlying: the latter got much
injured, and wee left him in the surgeon’s hand.
Coz. Jane Mawhood, aged nigh 60, married to Mr. John Micklethwaite, of Ardsly,
This day sevennight Doctr Gamwell, the noted urinary doctor, was
buried at Huddersfeild.
John Thornton, son of the late Tempest Thornton, supposed to have been long
since dead, was at our house. He has been above 20 years a soldier; was at the
battle of Malplaquet; went in the expedition to Canada; has been ever since at
Anapolis Royall, in Nova Scotia.
Mr. Scruton, steward to Mr. Wentworth, of Wooley, dead.
At the funerall of Mr. Gill. He was buried in the church of Sandall Magna, in
the great quire. He married the daughter of Mr. Mat[thew] Prince, of Woolley. Sr
John Kay and Mr. Smith of Newland were bearers.
. . . Shirtcliffe, of Fawthwait, tenant to Mr. Hanson, was going to pay his rent
on Tuesday last, was met by two men on a common betwixt Shelley and Kirk Burton,
who robbed him of 80l.2s. He applied to Sr John Kay, who granted him
and ‘Hue and Cry.’ It is generally supposed that he is imposing upon the
country. Mr. Tod, of Newstead, dead.
Dined at Mr. James Oates’ in company with Mr. Clarkson, his wife, his
daughters, Hannay and Mary, Mr. Wil[liam] Fenton, and his wife, Mrs. Smith and
her daughter Arabella.
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January 1st, Wednesday
The beginning of the year is attended with a pretty large snow, which has
continued a fortnight.
This day, as Mr. Jonathan Swinden of Wortley Wier miln, was going along to
Peniston, with Mr. Fenton, about 9 a clock in the morning, he was seized with an
apoplectic fit, and dropt of from his horse into a litle running water, nigh
Shepperd castle, whither he was carried, and died there about 7 of the clock at
night. His unkle Mr. John Wood, of Wier miln, who left him the estate, died in
such a fit; and his father Jonathan Swinden, of Womble Woodhead, fell of from
his horse and died in his return from the Doncaster fair.
Mr. Swindon buried at Silkston. Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Eliz[abeth] Deikin married,
as allso Mr. Tho[mas] Walker and Mrs. Spinke.
At Mrs. Wilkinson’s. Compleated her husband’s inventory, begun August 17th
but not finished until now. It comes to 749l 0s7d.
Went a-coursing with Mr. Clerkson into Mr. Wortley’s liberty; kil’d 3
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Farrow, minister of Mexborough, where there was
7 burialls last week; in some years scarce any at all. He says there is a piece
of painting at the marques of Carmarthen’s, scarce half a yard square,
representing the golden age, for which the company of painters at Antwerp would
give 4,000 guineas.
Sir William Lowther, of Swillington, member of parliament for Pontefract, died
the 6th instant at London.
Mrs. Hillary, mother to Mrs. Phipps, of Puel Hill, buried at Silkston.
Mary Craibtree dead; as allso Dr. Green, the mountebank, of Doncaster.
1729, April 4th
Good Fryday. At home. Thomas Cawthorne, of Bank top, in Wosperdale, dead, aged
about 88. He was a descendant of the Cawthorns of Benbank in Dodworth. Abel Rich
dead in Sheffeild jail.
At church. Mr. Beavers, curate of Chappellthorpe, preacht.
At Sheffeild. Abel Rich alive in the jail.
Mr. John Spenser, of Cannon hall, died.
Spent the morning in meditating on the ill posture of my affairs. My father had
been lame for several years; my mother old and infirm, wore out with age and
care. Severall careless servants, not fit to look after the business; I so weak
and so much out of order that I could not tell when I should be capable myself;
payments comming upon me, which in that condition I knew not how to provide
against; besides, I had received a letter from London which gave me an account
how the parliament was going to lay such a duty upon Geneva and all compound
liquors as would certainly ruin the distilling trade, so I supposed my brothers
would be incapable of assisting me upon any emergency; all which thoughts
depressed my spirits so much, and made me so weak, that at nine a clock, when I
got up, I supposed myself dying for severall hours. I thank God I had no
fearfull thoughts, nor was not all discouraged at the apprehensions of death,
which I thought every minute approaching, but took what care I could to spend
that small portion of time I thought I had left to my best spirituall advantage.
I sent for Mr. Clarkson, who came about noon, and administred me the Sacrament,
together with my father and mother, and praed with me severall times; thanks be
to Almighty God for my recovery, and I hope the impressions which this day’s
sudden illness made upon me will never [go] out of my mind; and when I think how
suddenly death may overtake one, it will make me lead a more circumspect life
for the future, and allways have regard to my latter end. Towards night Mr.
Gregg came, and I was something better; he applied large blistering plasters to
the wrists of my arms and to my back, which tormented me very much, and
occasioned me to have the stranguary all the night. He said it was a nervous
feaver. At night came Dr. Smithson, who, upon talking with me privately, found
quickly that it was a mentall as well as a corporeall distemper, and told me
that I had the hypochondriock passion upon me, which then I could not believe,
as being a meer stranger to that distemper, but found his words very true, for I
was afterwards very often so much disordered in my thoughts that I could not
rest nor govern them. In a few days I had every day a shaking fit for an hour,
afterwards a fainting fit for 5 hours successively, which gave me the most pain
that can be immagined while in lasted. Some time after came Dr. Bolderstone, of
Coumbridge (he married the daughter of Mr. Hobson, of Leeds, an apothecary who
was born in this town, and I suppose was some relation of David and Susan Hobson’s
who lived and ow[n]ed a little house at the bottom of Dodworth green, now the
property of John Wood of Oxspring walk miln, and Josua Smith of this town); he
said it was an intermitting feaver, but Dr. Smithison said it was rather St.
Vitus’ dance, and that I was in no danger of dying, but rather of a palsie or
apoplexiy; so I continue to the end of this month.
Mr. Spenser, of Cannon hall, buried at Cawthorn.
Mr. Rooke, the apothecary, died suddenly, and was buried the 20th at
Toby Holland, of Wosborough dale, aged 75, informs me that he knew most of the
Rockleys. The old squire (who was father to them) had a glass eye. His eldest
son married her who afterwards married Mr. Hackette, and had an only daughter
married to Mr. Westcomb. Jervase Rockley owned the Blackar; he mortgaged it to
some gentlemen of London, Sir Newman and Sir Christopher Wren, the architect, .
. Rayney. Mr. Wilcox, who went from Wosborough, was their steward, or agent, and
returned the rents. The present Mr. Carrington purchased it of their widdows (or
executors) for a little money, at an underworth. The said Mr. Henry Carrington’s
father was a poor vagrant boy; came into the family of the Rockley’s, where he
was brought up. Was first the spit-turner; at length he farmed some land of them
at Blackar; there this Mr. Carrington was born, and brought up an attorney. When
this Toby Holland was a boy about a year old, the last of the family of the
Cudworths of Wosborough was murdered by his son-in-law (Geoffrey Materson) who
had married his daughter. He took the opportunity when the old man was walking
in the closes, and kil’d him with an ax, and hurried him into a stone-quarry,
and covered him with stones. Some time after, a woman went to wash some close in
the quarry; she espied the skirt of a garment among the stones; upon searching
further, the body of a dead man, which prov’d to be Cudworth. Matterson was
apprehended, sent to York, where he was condemned; but, before execution, broke
the jayl and fled into Ireland. Mr. Cudworth’s widdow married . . Shepherd,
some of whose posterity are still at Worsborough; one of them, Gervase, brings
up a young boy whose name is Cudworth. Justice Edmunds bought Cudworth’s land.
This morning, Will[iam] Shaw, of Dodworth, had a daughter call[ed] Ellen, about
15 year old, found dead in bed.
Much thunder and excessive rain. Part of the almshouses taken down by the flood
at Sheffeild, and severall poor people that lived in it drowned.
William Wentworth esquire is to be buried at Wooley. He was a very fat man, and
died at the Bath the 3rd instant.
Mr. John Hanson went to London. Severall people die of a feaver, in 4 or 5 days
sickness. The almshouses at Sheffeild were taken down by a sudden shower (such
as happened at Ripponden some years ago).
John Kay’s lady dead. She was daughter to Mr. Wilkinson, of Green-head, nigh
Mr. Allen to be married to-morrow to Madam Beaumont’s daughter, of Whitley.
At Leeds. A cornet there, in the Scotch Greys, had run his man through with a
rapier for being sawcy to him, being drunk. The cornet had absconded, it being
supposed the man would die.
This month, the quicken berry, being full of berries, made a brave shew all over
At Sheffeild. Rich [ard] Milnes, of Castleton, dead.
Mrs. Wood, of Barnsly, buried at Darfeild.
A foot-race upon Bakewell course, betwixt a Staffordshire man, nick-named the
Beggar Lad, and a Woodland man call’d Thorp, for 100 guineas a side. The
Staffordshire man won the wager.
Coz. Telford, of York dead. Sr Richard Steel buried at Caermarthen, in Wales.
M.K. married the 17th instant at K. Burton with Mr. H. Coz. Telford
was daughter to Mr. Edward Prince, of Colecotes.
At home. The earl of Sandwich died on Munday last at Hichingbrooke. He lived
many years at Wortley hall.
At Colecotes. Mr. Barker, of Chappelltown moor, dead.
Mrs. Sarah Wordsworth brought down from London to be buried at Peniston, where
there is a great mortality: the weekly bills being increased from 600 to 900.
the week after they were 993.
Mr. Smithson, of Barnby hall, dead, aged 86. Mr. George Crooks married Mrs.
Catherine Milner. The great flood on Wedensday last done great damagg all over
the country. At Warrington cawsway 13 people drowned. At the wier miln a pore
boy taken down. At Wakefeild all the coals and ship plank taken away.
The roads full of disbanded soldiers; a peace being made with Spain. Mr. Walker,
the recorder of Leeds, dead.
At a christening at Mr. Fenton's daughter, call’d Frances.
At home. John Pashley, of Bolton, came to invite us to the funerall of his
sister Mary. His mother died about a fortnight ago. They both died of a feaver,
with swellings in their head and throat, there being great mortality there; 15
or 16 having been buried there lately.
This morning wee hear Mr. Edward Spenser, of Cannon hall, is dead, having been a
long time ill of an atrophy. 24th, buried at Cawthorn, in the quire
belonging to Barmby hall, and has appointed Mr. Mat[thew] Wilson and Mr.
Cockshut his executors. Mr. Winn of Aketon, dead.
Mr. Smith, of Heath, dead.
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January 13th, Tuesday
About a quarter before nine in the evening my mother departed this life. 17th,
interred at Silkstone, in the great quire within the rails.
The earl of Nottingham dead some time ago.
Cyrill Arthington, of Arthington, esq., is dead, of excessive drinking, because
he had an heir born.
Mrs. Catharine Stringer, of Sharlston, formerly wife to Mr. Beaumont, of
Whitley, now to the earl of Westmorland, dead.
Mr Denton, of Brotheroid head, buried yesterday; he was chief constable with my
Mrs. Taylor, of Barnsley, dead in child-bed. Mr. Will[iam] Milner, of Burton
grange, married Mr. Empsal’s daughter, of Thornhill.
At Barnsly, in company with Dr Goodwin, Mr.Green, steward to the earl of
Kingston. The young Emperor of Russia is dead.
Coz. Elizabeth Pashley, of Stenton, married some-time ago to Mr. Taylor, keeper
of Buxton Wells.
At church. Mr. Hough, son to the late Mr. Hough, of Peniston, preached.
The Pope dead.
Godfather to Abraham, the son of Abr[raham] Haigh, of Hill top: the other
parties were his brother, Mr. Haigh, minister of Bolsterstone, represented by
Mr. Hough, and Mrs. Arabella Smith, represented by Mrs. Hannah Clarkson.
At Barnsly. That day John Guest, the glazier, buried, aged near 90. Will. Haigh,
of Thurslton, aged 70, married to a daughter of John Ellis, of Silkstone. Mr.
John Barber, heir to Gaubert hall, has married a maid-servant in Rotherham; her
name is Bailey, and was born at Ecclesfield.
Yesterday, Mr. Henry Carrinton, of Views, was buried at Worsborough. This day
fortnight he was at Mr. Hawksworth’s, in Barnsley, at the eating of a barrel
of oysters, where perhaps he might get to much liquor. He fell into a fit of the
stone and strangury, and a feaver, and died on Saturday last, about 7 a clock at
night. He has left an only daughter.
Mr. John Green, of Banks, buried at Cawthorn. He died the 18th
instant, about 8 a clock at night, of a lingering distemper, occasioned by too
much drinking. He enjoyed the estate six years; left no issue, and is succeeded
by his brother Samuell.
Paid Francis Goddard his Easter dues, which are a dozen and a half in eggs, and
4d in money. Paid him one pound for mortuaries; one for unkle Fretwell, who was
buried March 19th, 1718-19, and my mother.
Mr. Muncton’s (now lord Galway) lady buried at Felchurch.
Dined at Darrington with Mr. Joseph Oates. At night at Durham; sup’t with Mr.
Oates and his 10 shomakers, one of them called Walkinton.
Met at Mr. Lane’s in the way to Newcastle; lay with him there, at the sign of
the Fountain, in Pipehall lane, in Gateside.
Dined at Burrowbridge. Lodged at Woodhall’s firth, where I met with Thomas
Craibtree, a tanner, nephew to the late Mr. Brook, of Field head. He had
formerly a good estate near Bradford, but is now reduc’d, and gets his living
by going about and selling a medicine to kill worms.
Coz. Ellen Fretwell came over.
Mr. Richard Smith, of Heath, dead. He married Ann, daughter of Dr. Wheatley, of
Banks, half sister to Mr. Richard Green. Also, Mr. Bamforth, of . . nigh Wadsly;
he married a relation of Mr. Marriot’s, of Ughill; which Marriot was tutor for
her, and had a mind to marry her, but his wife was then living, so he contrived
to fright her to death, by hiring men to beset his house, and pretending to robb
it, which they did allmost every night for half a year together, which so
terrified the old woman that she died. The young lady found out his design, and
she would have nothing to do with him. This happened about 25 year ago.
In Derbyshire. Talked with a miner call’d Peter . . (an acquaintance of James
Siddal’s) who tells me that some time ago, as a workman was sinking a grave in
Haslebadge hills, he met with a hard substance allmost a yard square, which,
when broken, happened to be a scalp, and it it severall large teeth, which were
made into candle sticks, and are now in Bradall. He further told me that, as
they are digging for lead, they often meet with large hollow caves, the roof and
sides, and bottom full of congealed stone like ice; and in one there was a
spring of water which fell from the roof, and had made a hollow place at the
bottom, in which there were 12 stones of the shape and bigness of a moor hen’s
egg, and speckeled like them, which he supposes were formed by the motion of the
water turning them round in the hollow where they lay. Christopher Greaves (a
blacksmith) tells me that in the bank sides of the river betwixt Hope and
Hathersedge, as he has been fishing, he has oft observed small round stones,
about the bignes of marbles which children play withall, to leap out of
themselves from among the shales where they were lodg’d, and tumble down the
bank side. He allso told me that in the feilds, in summer, there grows a flower
call’d hawdods, which with a touch will bend down as if they were broken.
Observ’d a great many fresh graves at Bradfeild church yard. There has been
above 60 buried there in a short time.
At Rhotherham fair. Bought a pair of oxen, price 12l.17s.6d. Coz Eliz. Pashley
not married, as was reported last February.
At Barnsly. Saw a cow from Switzerland with 6 leggs. Two hung down from the
back, above her shoulder. She had also along with her a calf about a year old,
calved by her, with two legs hanging down after the same manner.
Compounded a debt of James Nesse’s of 47l.14s.2d. for 15l.18s., so I lost
31l.16s.2d. He lived at Molton, and lately removed to Creack, near Easingwold,
which is within the liberties of the country of Durham, which made it a matter
of difficulty to arrest him.
Mr. Bold, of Lancashire, who has lately married the widow of Mr. Ed[ward]
Silvester, brings her down to Burthwaite hall.
At Barnsly, with Mr. Douglas of Leeds, collector of the fraight, whose ancestors
came out of Scotland with Mary queen of Scots, when she fled into England, and
lived in Haverah park, nigh Knaresborough forest.
Sr John Kay married to a daughter of Dr. Richardson’s.
This day Mr. Edmunds was married at Worsborough to Mis: Carrington; she is in
the sixteenth year of her age.
That day Mr. Samuell Green, of Banks, was married to Mrs. Mary Clarkson.
At Barnsly, with Mr. Smith, of London, grocer, who has brought down a commission
of bankrupt against Mr. Francis Roper, he being the principall creditor.
At church. At Mr. Clarkson’s, with Mr. Green and his bride. Mrs. Easter Kay,
who was married to Mr. Hadfeild, nigh Wakefeild, September 17th last
past, is dead in child-bed. She had twins, one whereof is living. [In fact
At Thrisk. Saw 2 outlandish men, habited like Turks, said to come from Morocco;
they were traveling about the country. The noblemen were very civill to them,
and conducted them sometimes in their coaches; other times they went on
horseback, at the expence of the market-towns they passed thro’. ‘Tis said
they had a pass from the king, who ordered every market-town to pay them 5
pound, and every sea-port and borrow [borough] to pay them 10l.
At Leeds, where they are widning the bridge, and making an addition to the
arches. One of them, as soon as it was built and the centers took away, fell
down, and killed three men about a week ago. On Tuesday next there is a man to
be executed at Leeds for tenter cutting.
Old Mr. Baxter, of Abdy house, buried last Sunday at Wath. Madam Wentworth, of
Wooley, dead at Womble, and buried at Kirkleatham. Robert, the eldest son of Mr.
Jarvas Norton, of Ketlethorp, dead by drinking.
Maide a visit to Mr. Green, at Banks; presents, ½ a sugar loaf.
Coz. Thomas Greenwood, of Soothill, died on Sunday last, and is to be buried
to-day at Dewsbury.
At South Shields. Made a bargain with Mr. Watson, a butcher, for all the ox
hides he shall kill betwixt now and Christmas, weighing 5½ stone a pece, for
1s.11d. per stone.
Mrs. Crooks, of Barnsly, daughter to Mr. Milner, of Grange, died of an hectick
feaver the 13th instant, and was buried the 15th at
Young Mr. Vincent, of Barnbar grange, dead. He had been lunatick severall years.
At Barnsly race. Mr. Watson, of Bolton, married a daughter of Mr. Wood’s, of
Brice Greaves, of Clayton hall, dead about a month ago, very much in debt.
At a foot-race on Barnsly moor. Thorp of Woodland won the wager. Sister went to
see coz. Marshall. Mr. Slack, an attorney, came to serve a writ of ejectment for
John Wilkinson’s land.
At church; Mr. Robinson, curate of Peniston, preach’t. Elizabeth Hawksworth,
formerly wife of Sam[uel] Sadler, afterwards of Ed. Bramhall, died at Shepperd’s
Castle, of a fall from a horse which she receiv’d the 18th instant,
at Peniston races. As she was getting up behind her husband the horse threw them
At home. Coz. Robert Pashley, of Stenton, and coz. John Pashley of Maltby. A
jumping match on Brotherton march, of 100l. betwixt Richard, the son of Mr.
Joseph Oates, of Denby, and a Staffordshire man. Richard Oates at 20 jumps leap’t
71 yards; the other man, 73½.
About a fortnight ago, I dined with Mr. Hamilton, gentleman to the earl of
Strafford, who told me that he had been at Paris, sometime before Christmas
last, where he had bought for his lordship, of Madam Westcomb, the equity of
redemtion of Rockly estate, and that Mr. Westcomb, her husband, was lately dead;
and that the Jesuits had perswaded her son to go to the English colledge at St.
Omers, which troubled her very much. She was the daughter and only child of Mr.
Rockly, of Rockly. Mr. Hacket married her mother.
At Birchhouse. At Mearsbrough dike, as I was comming home, I saw the apearance
of a very bright star, as I thought, northwards, over Barnsly, pretty nigh the
horizon; it was of the bigness of Venus, but of a fiery red coulour. It twinkled
like a fixed star, and was of an ovall figure, the longer diameter being
perpendicular to the horizon. I kept my eye fix’t upon it, whilst I came to
the top of the hill, when it disappeared at once, like the extinguishing of a
candle, leaving no marks behind it. It seemed to be then about 20 degrees high,
and the night was so cloudy and misty that there was not the least appearance of
a star besides, which makes me think it was non. It was about nine a clock at
At Leeds fair. Bought a fat ox for 7l.10s.
The kind of Denmark dead.
Mr. Thomas Langley married to Mrs. Grace Bingly.
At Sheffeild fair. Lodged at Mr. Fell’s, at Attercliffe.
At Leeds. A boatman buried in the midst of Rodwell haigh, and a stake drove thro’
him. He was going to be apprehended for stealing some hens, so he leap’t into
the river and drowned himself.
Coz. Ed[ward] Prince, of Wooley, made us a visit.
Mr. Rhodes, of Flocton, dead sometime ago. He left his estate to a daughter.
At Barnsly, in company with Mr. Ben Blackburn, steward to the Duke of Norfolk.
Asquith, alias Sparling, and the two Fremans, who committed a robbery sometime
ago, near Pontefract, and were condemned last assizes, were this day executed at
York. They were charged with robbing Mathew Wilks in the night, and attempting
to murder him, but they absolutely denied the fact.
At home. The year ends with very fine open weather.
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Received from brother William two globes and Raphael’s cartoons.
Madam Beamont, of Whitley, dead some time ago.
Mr. Barber, bookseller in Wakefield, dead this morning, aged 78. He has been
clerk there fifty-one years.
Coz. Betty Prince, of Coalcoates, with coz. Briggs, son and daughter, came to
Mr. Francis Oxly, of Barnsly dead.
Thomas Marriot, of Hutton, the noted farrier, dead. As also Mr. Lockwood, of
John Gray, of Keresfurth hil, died suddenly. He was well at 9 in the morning;
dead before noon.
Ann, the daughter of Benjamin Bingley, of Wooley, died.
Sold a pair of oxen for 18l. another pair for 14l.
My father and I, Mr. And Mrs. Wilkinson, signed the writings of exchange betwixt
the Meanroid and the upper part of the Long close, in the presence of Mr.
Will[iam] Fenton and Mr. Slack.
Richard Micklethwaite, of Ingbirchworth, buried, and left his estate to a
younger brother of his brother Benjamin, of Ardsley.
My mother’s marble monument came from Wakefield.
Our gardiner Tho[mas] Bowman, shewed me a great curiosity which he found in
digging among the artichoak plants. It resembled exactly a caterpillar, but when
broke in two, was only a root, which, he says, he has seen produce leaves, there
being many of them to be met with in a strawberry bed at Banks, I call it the
Samuell Whitehead married. Old Mr. Woodhead, of Woodseats, dead, and buried last
Fryday at Bradfeild.
Seas’d suddenly with a violent fit of the stone. Sent for Dr. Smithson and Mr.
Mr. Robert Hall, curate at Stainborough, buried at Worsborough; he had
contracted a habit of drinking, which kil’d him at last. Mr. Thomas Marrow
dead at London.
Mr. Horsfeild, of Storrs, dead.
Lord Bingley dead. Mr. Micael Womble got a fall from his horse as he was comming
from Mr. Bright’s of Badsworth; received such a concussion in his head that it
is thought he will never be right sensible again.
David Cawthorn, of Bank top, in Wosperdale, dies. On Wednesday last he was at
Barnsley, and, being very much concern’d in drink, got a fall from his horse
on Barnsly common, and was never sensible at after.
Madam Appleyard, sister-in-law to Dr. Smithson, buried.
Another jumping match upon Brotherton march, for 500l. a side, betwixt Richard,
the son of Mr. Joseph Oates of Derby, and the same Staffordshire man, call’d
Creswell; they weer to jump 60 jumps alltogether. Creswell won the wager.
Josua Hawksworth set up my mother’s monument.
Mr. West Fenton died at Wakefeild of a consumtion which he had contacted by
studying to much. He was bred up a lawyer; had a very good reputation, and was
much lamented by every body that knew him. 8th, buried at Peniston.
The Duke of Leeds dead. A soldier shot for desertion near Tadcaster.
At Sunderland. The parson’s maid there had poisoned herself, occasioned by her
mistris charging her with conveighing some linens out of the house.
At night at Newcastle, at the sign of the Three Indian Kings.
Mr. Edmunds, of Wosborough, had a son born.
Old Mr. William Greaves, of Castleton, dead; as allso Mr. Smith, of Heath.
A great fire in Holborn, opposite to the house wherein my brother William lives:
there are near 30 houses consumed.
Mr. Pen, minister of Elmly, returning from the visitation at Wakefield, fell
from his horse and died soon after. Mr. Shillito, of Barnsly, buried.
Mr. Kiplin, steward to Mr. Bright, of Badsworth, dead. Mr. Jessop, of Thurnsco,
married; as also Mr. Chappell, an attorney, of Sheffield, with the relict of Mr.
Baumfirth of Wadsley.
At Buxton. A great deal of company; as Sr Henry Hunbury, and Dr
Fernyhaugh, from Chester, Madam Sneed and her 3 daughters; one of them lately
married to Mr. Bird, a clergyman; Mrs. Allen, of Griesly; Mr. Rutter, and his
sister, from Chesterfield; Mr. Manwaring; Mr. Green, of Thunnercliffe grange;
Mr. Birch, the minister of Bakewell; and Mr. Sam. Turner, of Bawtry; Mr.
Spenser; Mr. Fell; and Mr. Radcliff; Mr. Bateman, of Ashburn (a gentleman in
consumtion), and his 2 sisters; Mr. Tomson, an apothecary of Ashburn, &c.
Drunk the waters of St. Ann’s well. Took a walk to Fairfield, to see where Mr.
Thomas Wentworth was buried, but not finding any monument, I applied to the
minister, Mr. Walker, who told me he was buried in the chancell, close by the
wall, to the rails, and to the head of a gravestone for Mr. Turner, of Derby,
who was buried since.
At home. Mr. Aislabie, of Rotherham, dead in the Fleet. He was remarkable for
his great nose, occasioned by a wen.
Mr. Edward Allott, of Criglestonn, buried. Coz. Eliz. Pashley, of
Stainton married . . Richardson, of Wakefield, a soper, some time ago.
Mr. Francis Hall, of Swaith, broke his leg at Woburn, as he was stepping out of
Yesterday the wry-necked post found dead in his bed at Wakefeild. Francis Burdet
died yesternight, about 12 a clock, at Hallyfax. 17th Buried in the
quaker’s buring place, in Hoyland-Swain, in the same grave with his
grand-father. He never professed himself absolutely to be a quaker, as his
father did, who was buried there May 1, 1726. ‘Tis said coz. Francis Burdet’s
inventory comes to 1,500l. He had 500l. in money and bonds; 600 hides; his bend
leather hides are valued at 1l.6s. a pece, and his upper leather hides at
12s.6d. apece. Wee have a two-wheel’d chaze come down from London.
Mr. Sam. Green, of Banks, has a son born.
John Law, of Peniston, dead. He discovered our back-house when it was on fire,
about the year 1715. He married the widdow of John Barber, whose son now
inherits Gaubert hall.
Old Edward Garner found dead in bed this morning. He was very well the night
before. He had a rupture, and lead an intemperate life for many years. On
Wednesday last he was at Wakefeild races, lodged at . . . , where his horse go
out of the pasture and came home, so he was oblieged to walk a-foot to
Mapplewell, where he lay all night, and came a-foot home next day; which fatigue
might perhaps hasten his death. He was buried in his former wife’s grave.
Mr. Will[iam] Milner, of Old Hall, married to Mrs. Heptenstall. Richard Haigh,
of Mapplewell, a lunatick, who used to go about baiting a mule, found dead in
This day, at Leeds, Mrs. Swinden was married to Mr. Obadiah Lanes. She was the
only daughter of Mr. Jonathan Swinden, of the Wier miln, who died January 20th,
Last week Bosville Midleton, of Burrowbridge, tanner, as he was comming from
York, was kil’d dead with a fall from his horse.
Mr. Exton Sayer, of Durham, got a fall from his horse, of which he died. The
horse was frighten[ed] by a paper which he took out of his pocket to read.
Mrs. Cotton, of Haigh, buried.
Edmund Greenwood’s wife, of Swaith dead. She was sister to Professor
About three weeks ago, coz. Edward Prince, of Coalcotes, was married to Mrs.
Brooke, of Killinbeck.
There is now a certain account that wee have 46 hides sunk in John Dowson’s
ship, the 5th instant.
Dr. Balderson was here; he married the daughter of Mr. Samuel Hobson, of Leeds,
apothecary, whose father was brother to David and Susan Hobson. Martha Crawshaw,
daughter of John Hobson, of Berrymoor, aged 75, says that her grandfather’s
name was Peter Hobson, and lived at Silkston moor top, where Abraham Haigh now
lives. She has heard it reported that Mr. Hobson, of Lees hall, nigh Thornhill,
was born in Dodworth, at the house where Matthew Shaw now lives, which belongs
to . . Lindly. She can remember since the old lady Cutler was buried. Her
husband, Sir Gervase, died in Pontefract castle 1644, and, three years after,
was brought to Silkston to be buried, being wrapt in lead, as she heard of old
John Scorah of this town say, who assisted at the funerall. I have heard old
William Lawton, cowper, of Silkston, say there was one . . Hobson, whose name he
thought was Richard, who lived on Silkston moor side, where John Haigh now
lives, who had a daughter who married John Staniland, of Wortly, who afterwards
went to live at Kilnhirst.
This morning Mr. Greenwood, rector of Darfield, died. Mr. Sell, minister of
Old Mr. Rooke, of Greenfoot, buried at Barnsly.
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Old Lady Wentworth, of Hickleton, dead. She was wife of Sir Michael Wentworth,
and grandmother to the present Mr. Wentworth of Wooley.
On Saturday last an apprentice of Robert Leatham’s died suddenly as he was
walking by himself in Barnsly field. This morning Mrs. Burdet, of Fall head,
died of a feaver.
At Barnsly. A slow fair for oxen. Dined with Mr. Selwood, formerly steward to
the Dutches of Bedford. He lives at Bilham, which he has lately purchased.
Mr. Gregg, the apothecary, married, on Monday last, to Margaret, the daughter of
the late Mr. George Shilletoe; as allso Mr. Beckett, the grocer, was married,
the Thursday before, to Mary, the sister of Mr. Crookes, of Burton.
Dr Ashton, rector of Prestwich, in Lancashire, dead. Dr. Goodwin, of Tankersly,
succeeds him; it is 500l. per annum, and in the gift of the lord Molton.
At Barnsley. Dr. Atterbury dead.
Colonell Charters dead; as allso Elizabeth, the daugher of coz. George Walker,
of London, aged about one year. Allso, his wife’s, brother, Mr. Shefford, of
Saffron hill; he was down here in August 1727.
1732, March 26th
Mr. Roger Marrow, cloth merchant in Leeds, dead this day. Mr. Abraham Swain, of
Bradford, tanner, died in Christmas last. Mr. Jarvis Norton of Kettlethorp, died
about a month ago.
At Barnsly. Saw Mr. Spencer’s great ox killed there. He had been feeding 3
year. His quarters weighed 108 stone; tallow 18lbs; his hide 11st. 4lbs. He was
sold at 4d. per pound.
Yesterday Mr. Legate was buried at Barnsly; and Mrs. Burton at Darton.
Yesterday Mrs. Milner, of the Old hall, was married to Mr. Townend son of
Mr. Thomas Cockshutt, son to Mr. Cockshut, preached.
This morning a snow ankle-deep upon the moors. Here it was gone by noon.
Mr. Will[iam] Lindly, of this town, now basket-maker, aged near 90, says that he
was bound apprentice to a banister maker, which was a large sort of hamper, then
in use, for the carrying charcoal to the furnaces on horse-back, one on each
side of the horse. They were made with a bottom to pull out, for the convenience
of emtying. They were wide at the top, narrow in the bottom, which gave the
colliers an opportunity of cheating, by filling them hollow, so they were left
of, and sacks used in their stead: this was in the year 1660.
This day Mr. George Crooks was buried at Royston. He died Munday last, at night,
of a consumption, occasioned, as he thought, by too much liquor, which he got
when he went to see Mrs. Spenser of Cannon hall, which overpowered him so much
that he was oblieged to lie in a close, under a hedge, all night.
Old Will[iam] Lindly says he has heard that the original family of the Edmunds
was, when this present Mr. Edmunds’ great grandfather was a boy, he was going
along with his mother, and crying; they happened to meet with the old Strafford
(who was beheaded); he asked what ail’d the boy to cry; she said she was going
to put him out an apprentice; he ask’d to what trade; she said to a taylor; he
begged her of him; she consented; he prefer’d him; so he married a fortune,
and left a considerable estate. He says he knew old Mr. Spenser, grandfather to
this present Mr. Spenser, of Cannon hall. He came out of the borders of Wales,
and, at first of all, made hay rakes; then he got in to be clark for Barnby
furnace for major Spenser, a Welch gentleman. He married one of the Naylors, of
Clifton, and lived at Barnby furnace, in the same house where Dan. Rowley now
lives. When he lived there, he was riding out, and spies a young child newly fal’n
into the dam; he would not light to pull it out, but rides to a house adjoining,
and tells them to go and help one of their water spaniels out of the damm,
immagining it was one of the person’s who lived there, whose name was Kay.
But, when it was pull’d out, it happened to be one of Mr. Spenser’s own
children. This Mr. William Spenser afterwards married Margaret, the widow of Mr.
Robert Hartley, of Cannon hall (which place he purchased of her daughter
Margaret, wife of Mr. Joseph Watkinson, of Wakefield), where he resided until he
died, which was about the year 1680, When he lived at Cannon hall, in a lane by
Hyhoyland church he met with a poor man, whose name was Dyson, who had been
fishing; they quarreled; Mr. Spenser struck him, and knockt some of his fish on
to the ground, and rid his way. Dyson thought Mr. Spenser had been gon; stoups
to gather his fish; Mr. Spenser returns; in his cane, which was hollow, he had a
sharp instrument like a rapier, which by the means of a spring he could let drop
out of the point of his cane, and fasten there; with this he runs Dyson
thorough, as he was stouping, in at the back, and out of the belly. Dyson dies
in two or three days’ time; Mr. Spenser goes up to London, and gets his pardon
of King Charles the Second. This Mr. Lindly has seen the cane severall times. He
further says that Mr. Senior has some land call’d Carter closes. He has heard
that the[y] formerly belong’d to one Carter, who lived and died in the parlour
of James Garner, adjoyning to the town street, by eating of some bacon which was
laid to poyson ratts. He says Mr. Hobson, of Lees hall, was born there, as he
has heard, and that David Hobson had a brother who was minister of Wortly. He
says he knew Mr. Platts, who lived at the Feild head, as allso his nephew
Somerskill, who robb’d upon the highway.
At home. Seven shomakers lodg’d here last night.
At Barnsly. Mr. Roper got into Mr. George Cook’s house. On Thursday last Mr.
Chiselden cut a large stone out of the bladder of Mr. Copley, rector of
Thornhill, and he is likely to do well.
Mr. Savil, cal’d captain Savil, dead in Scotland. He sold Eastfeild to Mr.
Spenser. Johnathon Godier, the joyner, died, about a fortnight ago, at
Doncaster; he kill’d himself with drinking. He did most of the joyner work at
Stainborough hall, being then servant to Mr. Thornton; as allso the best
staircase at the Banks.
Met Will[iam] Beatson in a spring at Pogmore, belonging to Madam Cotes, daughter
to the late Mr. Beamont, of Darton.
John Bradsbury, of Sadleworth, having lately had his house and barn burnt, came
to ask relief. He is an old man, aged, 87, and has sold havercake backstones in
this country upwards of 60 years. He says he is a relation of Mr. Bradbury, the
noted dissenting teacher at London, whose ancestors came out of that country.
His father was a taylor; lived in a little house near Woolley, behond Darton,
where Mr. Bradbury was born.
Mr. Copley, minister of Thornhill, who was lately cut for the stone, buried on
On Munday last a turnpike was set up at Woodhead, for repairing the rodes
betwixt Manchester and Salterbrooke.
This morning died Mary, sister of the late Mr. George Crookes, and wife of Mr.
Beckett, of Barnsly, of a consumtion, and is to be buried at Royston. It is
observable that she, her brother George, and another brother at Sheffeild, are
all dead in 10 weeks time.
At Ardsly feast at Mr. Miclethwait’s in company with cozen Betty Prince and
coz. Nancy Briggs.
At Birchouse feast. Coz. John Prince told me that formerly the present Mr. Hall’s
grandfather, of Swaith, lived there. It happened that as his man and boy were
ploughing in a close where there had lately been some wood stubbed, the plough
happened to touch upon a sheet of lead in which there was money hid. The man
looses the draught, comes home, and tells his master. The boy was ordered into
the barn to thrash, where the[y] lock’t him up. The master and the man went to
fetch it. The boy look’t thro’ a rift in the barn door, and saw them bring
it home in panniers, upon two horses; which was the first rise of the family of
the Halls of Swaith. Mr. Prince had the relation from the boy when he was an old
man, and he says there has often been money found there since, as they have been
ploughing, which he supposes was scattered out of the lead when they opened it
to see what was in it. He shewed me a silver shilling, on which was this
inscription : “Edwar. . .Posui Deum adjutor : meum : Civitas London,” which
was either Edward the Third, who live ann. 1327, or Edward the 4th,
1461. He says his sister Micklethwait has severall more peeces of money found in
the same place. There is part of the rein of wood standing in the close yet.
Wee had a new clock come down from London, which belonged to the late Mr.
Tho[mas] Sheppard, brother to coz. George Walker’s wife.
Mr. Empsall’s son, of Thornhil, succeeds Mr. Copley in the living there.
At Kighley. Jacob, the ostler, found dead in bed in the morning, after a long
illness, occasioned by drinking, and a surfeit of cold by going out in a raining
Came home by Horton, Wibsey chappell, Hartshead church, the bridge being down at
Mirfeild, where lately one . . Hirst, a noted ringer, and had given a bell to
Mirfeild church, as he was standing upon the bridge, to look at the workmen,
fell down, broke his skull, and died immediately. Wee went over at Battie fore,
which is very dangerous, so by Whitly hall, Emly, Hyhoyland.
This morning died Hannah, the wife of Henry Guest, glazier, sister of Josua
Pashly of this town, on a bruse she received by a horse on Wednesday last, in
the afternoon, on her eye, head, shoulder, and back, being rid over by one of
Mr. Womble’s servants; Shilletto, the steward, whipping the horse and making
him run away with the rider.
A young man, who had listed himself yesterday, hang’d himself this morning at
Barnsly, in Mr. Roper’s back kitchin.
My indisposition increased; I could eat nothing; became weaker and weaker. I was
reduced so very weak that I could not raise myself up in bed; and so very lean
that I had nothing but skin and bone left; so that there was but small hopes of
my recovery. So I had the Sacrament administered to me by Mr. Clarkson, who
prayed with me allmost every day. Sometime this month Mrs. Clarkson was married
to Mr. Walker, of Manchester.
Continued, all this month, to be very weak. About the latter end of it I
received the Sacrament again with my father, who I never saw after. Sometime
this month, died of the smallpox Mr. Armitage, of Kirklees, son of Mr. Armitage,
late minister of Bramham Biggin, nigh Wetherby. Sir John Armitage designed him
for his heir; who, now being at a loss for one to succeed him, sends for Mr.
Armitage, of Barnsley, apothecary.
My father, having been ten years lame with the gout, three of which he went on
crutches, and seven years sate in a chair, which had four little wheels to move
him up and down, begun to be worse, the gout getting into his stomack, and died
on the 19th, being Thursday, about eight a clock in the morning.
My father was buried at Silkston, within the communion rails, close by my
mother, in the 78 year of his age, being borne Jan. 6, 1654.
I got down stairs, haveing been confin’d ten weeks in a room, and lay most of
that time in bed; ever since, I have recovered very fast. Deo gloria.
Steven Watson, of Shadwell, told me there is now living at Thorner, one Mr.
Phillips, who is 106 years old, very hearty, and can walk up and down, and is
imploy’d as a bonesetter.
It is reported that Sir John Armitage, of Kirklees, is dead, in the 80th
year of his age.
Brother William acquaints us that coz. Mary Oates is going to be married to Mr.
Pain, a coachmaker, her brother’s journeyman, and he had paid her 80 pounds.
Mr. Samuell Oates died at Mr. Vevers’, of Morrick, of griefe, as it is
thought, he having gone aside for fear of his creditors.
Coz. Rich. Richardson, of Wakefeild, and his wife (former Eliz[abeth] Pashly, of
Stenton), came to see us.
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Walk out to the tan-yard, the first time since last August. Great numbers of
people have been ill of a cold at London, which, if not prevented by bleeding,
ends in a feaver. And now, at Edinburgh, there are about 8,000 persons ill of
the present cold.
February 1st, Thursday
A great wind, which continued most of the night. The same day, being Tuesday,
1714-15. was the great wind which did so much damage in the country; it blew
down some yards of the stone-work of Wakefeild steeple, &c.
A great mortality at London, there diing the last week in January, males 729,
females 859, in all 1,558. Increased, in the burials this week, 805.
Deaths at London. Males 597, females 629, in all 1,166.
Mr. Green’s son, of Banks, aged about 1½ year, dead of a feaver; his name was
Richard. Mr. Wilson has got the better of Mr. Spenser in the affair about Mr.
Edward Spenser’s will. Yesterday Elizabeth, the daughter of Mr. Cockshut, of
Cawthorn, died at Retford, of the smallpox.
This morning Mrs. Gill, of Sandall, died of the distemper.
Made Mr. Clarkson a present of a mourning ring from my father, a sugar loaf, 4
bottles of compound waters.
Coz. Beet at our house, who sayd the wife of Nevison, the hywayman, is dead at
Kirkby, aged 109. Wee hear Mr. John Morton, of the Alienation Office, is dead.
Mr. Dennis Hayford, aged 100, is dead.
Mr. Francis Morton, of Silkston, the glassmaker, is dead. John Woodhead, of
Pillah, found dead at Skoles, nigh Peniston. He was an ignorant man, and
wandered from place to place. The night before some bad boys had set doggs upon
him, which bit him very much, which it is thought occasioned his death.
This morning, about 8, died Mrs. Hanson, of Fouthwait.
Marriage licences in Lattin going out of date tomorrow. They being appointed by
a late act of parliament to be in English. Severall people take the opportunity
of marriing, as Mr. John Smith, who ow[n]es Abraham Haigh’s farm at Hill top,
and Mrs. Haigh of Storth, nigh Huddersfeild, John Ellis of Silkston, and Lydia,
the daughter of Mr. John Scott.
1733, March 29th
Dr Moor, of Wakefeild, buried last Tuesday.
Unkle Matthew Hobson died on Friday the 30th March, and was buried
the Wednesday following. He had the gout and stone, and been blind for some
At church the first time since last August.
Discharg’d Ann Turton, for malitiously putting butter in the ale when it was
working, and severall other faults.
Mr. Hanson came down from London; he set out the 12th.
John Nutton of Balk, butcher, fell down dead at Mr. Edmunds’ in Worsborough.
Young Mr. Cockshut and his bride at our house. He has lately married a daughter
of Dr. Jenkinson’s of Norfolk.
This forenoon, about 10 a clock, Mrs. Ann Hanson died, at Mrs. Wilkinson’s
having there been a fortnight, being heart-broke, as she declared, with trouble
at the death of her mother and the misfortunes of her brother William, and was
buried the 30th, at Silkston, nigh her mother in the great quire.
Mrs. Walker, of Hunshelf, was buried the same day at Peniston.
Wee hear Mr. Woumbwell, of Woumbwell, is dead at Scarborough. He was born in the
Sister went to Sharlston, to see coz. Marshalls.
Mr. Wombwell’s son, of Barnsley (I think his name is Roger), stabb’d Mr.
Richard Oates, the noted leaper, with a penknife into the breast, as they was
quarrelling in an alehouse at Horbury. Mr. William Wentworth happened to be by,
who prevented Mr. Woumwell for doing any more harm. It was thought the stabb had
been mortall, and Mr. Woumbel was secured; but there being hopes of Mr. Oates’
recovery, he is admitted to bail.
The Lady Wentworth, mother to the earl of Strafford, dead.
Mr. Samuel Armitage, a supervisor in the excise, in Wales, having occasion to
buy a horse, in order to carry him back, as he was riding upon one of Henry
Rimington’s, in the back lane, behind Mr. Roper’s, in order to try how he
liked him, spurr’d him into a gallop; the bitts, being faulty, brooke in the
side joynt, and he fell of, and is very much hurt. The late Sr John
Armitage, of Ki[r]klees, left his estate to him and his heirs male, at the
decease of his brother Sr John Armitage.
At church. Mr. Perkin, minister at Denby chappell, told me that Oliver Cromwell
builded and endowed that chappell, out of a royalist’s estate, which he had
seazed on; as allso Cauthorn, and another church or chappell whose name I have
forgot. But the gentleman compounded with Denby and that other chappell for
500l. each, and charg’d it upon the estate at Gunthwait, out of which there is
now paid 25l. per annum to either of them. Cauthorn at that time refused to take
500l., so at the king’s restauration it was lost.
At Stainborough, along with coz. Telford and his son.
Some time this month Humphrey Feilding, our man, misst 21. 12s., which was gone
out of a box in the chamber over the kitching; and, a little time after, sister
misst five guineas and 11 shillings out of the scrittoire in the hall, which she
found yesterday, dropt into the chest of drawers in the new chamber, thro’ a
reft on the top of the drawers.
Went to Delf in Friermere, in the parish of Saddleworth, to view an estate
there, which was to be sold, belonging to Robert Whitehead, about 70l. per
annum, for which he asketh 1,800l. I offered him 1,400l. It is there where all
the havercake bakestones are got out of a quarry, the only one I ever heard of
in England. The mine lies on the side of a hill, about 8 yards thick, about 3
yards of earth to clear of it.
Mr. Archdale sen. of visit, by the daughter of Mrs. Burdets, of Wooley, buried
at Silkston in his mother’s grave. He died at Ouslethwaite, in Wosborough
Sr Rowland Winn making interest for a knight of the shire at the next
election. The small pox have been very mortall in Barnsly; a great many children
have died lately. This day, Sr John Stapylton, of Miton, was slain
near Abberfirth, by a fall from a horse, frightened by a sheep which lay in a
hedge bottom, which rose up suddenly. The horse started sideways; Sr
John fell down; he spoke a few words, and died immediately. He had design’d to
start candidate for a knight of the shire at the next election. He is succeeded
by Sr Miles Stapylton, who is about 25 years old, and will stand
At home. Robert Whitehead at our house. Offered him 1,500l. for his land at
November 20th to 21st
At Saddleworth. Bought Robert Whitehead’s estate for 1,580l. Severall people
making interest there for Sr Rowland Winn and Mr. Turner; others for
Sr John Stapylton’s son.
Mr Denton, of Glassell hall, son to Mr. Denton of Brotheroid head, buried at
There has been very fair open weather this month; no frost or snow; some wind as
warm as April; primroses sprung in the hedges; flowers in the garden; such a
season has not been known in the memory of man.
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John Downing, of Silkston, the mason, dead of a pleurisie. He and his brother
Francis was the undertakers of Mr. Rich. Wilkinson’s house at Dodworth green,
which they did for about 180l. and lost 100l. by the undertaking.
On the grand jury at Doncaster sessions.
Mr. Gamaliel Milner, of Burton grange, died on Fryday night last of 4 days
sickness. He had a man died the same night, and a maid the week before; severall
of the family ill besides. Mr. Wombwell the atturney of Barnsly dead.
Mr. Norris, formerly minister of Denby chappell, dead. On Tuesday last Mrs. Ann
Brooke, sister to Mr. Brooke, of Richmond, buried at Leeds old church.
1734, April 15th
R[obert] Leatham, of Barnsly, a quaker and linnen-draper, died this day of a
pleuritick feaver. He had intended to have gone to London with Mr. Oates, but
begun to be ill a day or two before he should have set out.
St Mark’s day. Mr. Bosvile’s birth-day.
Here is the forwardest spring that ever was known in the memory of man: the
trees in full leave, the hedges green; a month ago a vast of blossom upon all
sort of trees; the sloe trees out of blossom; the haythorn in full blossom; the
tulips almost over; everything grand and flourishing.
Yesterday, Mr. Lindley of the Register Office in Wakefeild, is dead.
Sr John Kay chosen member for York city.
At Wharnclif lodge. The election begun yesterday at York. Mr. Wortley put up for
At York. Voted for Sr Miles Stapylton and Mr. Edward Wortley.
Yesterday Sir Miles Stapylton and Mr. Chomondly Turner returned knights for the
county. The sheriff was Mr. Bethell.
This morning, about 9, died cosen John Prince, of Birchouse.
This day died Francis Goddard, our parish clark. On Munday sevenight, the
election being then at York, he was over-perswaded by M.C., Dr. B., and coll.
Foley, to go thither to vote for Mr. Turner and Sr Rowland Winn. He
rid in a chair to Tadcaster, where coll. Foley had prommised to send
his chaise to carry him forward, but, being disappointed, he went no further.
At Bolton (super Dern), at the funerall of Dr Smithson, who died, aged 67. He
left his effects to Mr. Preston’s son, of Leeds, who had married his daughter.
John Dungworth, of Holly hall, dead of a pleurisie. His ancestors came from
Dungworth, in Bradfeild parish, where he has an estate.
Cosen Barkars call’d here in there return from Catrick, near Bedall, where not
long ago, he had a grandfather and grandmother living, who had been 80 years
married; and, when they died, he was 108, and she 105 years old.
Cosen Barkars returned to London.
That forenoon Mrs. Smith, of Fieldhead, died.
At Mr. Fenton’s, at a christening. This morning a woman slain at Armitroid,
near Wharnclif, with the lightning, which came down the chimney. A man had his
arm broke by the bells of Silkston, which they say is cut of.
Old Mrs. Hall, of Wosperdale, dead at her son’s-in-law, Mr. Allot’s at
Kirkby. She was sister and coheir to Mr. John Green of Elmshirst, who was
apprentice with my grandfather at his death. His estate was divided among his 5
sisters; one married to Robert Smith, of Dein hill, one to Mr. Abraham Firth, of
Clough house, one to Matthew Littlewood, of Hill house, nigh Cawthorn, one to
Mr. Laycock, a clergyman born at Wooley, and one to Mr. Allot, of Leudin,
Wosperdale, afterwards to Mr. Hall of Swaith.
Mr. Matthew Wentworth elected into the Register Office at Wakefeild: the other
candidates were Mr. Francis Wood, Mr. Yarborough, Mr. Stanhope, who all declined
putting it to the vote.
Went along with Mr. Fenton to view an estate in Bradfeild parish called
Sugworth, that belongs to Mr. Fernihaugh, of Chedle, in Staffordshire, which is
to be sold. It is rented at 27l. per annum, the landlord paying the taxes, which
sometimes amounts to 8l. a year.
Mr. John Rooke, drapier, of Barnsley, dead.
At home. Mrs. Jenkins married to Mr. Perkins, scoolemaster at Peniston.
A boar kil’d at Wakefeild last week, weighed 47 stone.
This day Mr. Green of Banks, had a son born. An inscription on a tombstone newly
set up on the churchyard at Heydon, in Holderness. Here lyeth the body of
William Strutton, of Padrington, buried the 18th of May, 1734, aged
97, who had by his first wife 28 children, and by a second wife 17. Own father
to 45; grandfather to 86; great grandfather to 97; and great great grandfather
to 23; in all 251.
This day Mr. James Smith’s wife died of the small pox. His son died of the
same distemper, not a year old. Both she and the child both buried in the same
coffin, in Leeds old church. She was Mr. Haigh’s daughter, of Storth, married
March 25th, 1733.
Sister came from Wooly, with Mr. Telford’s daughter.
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James Lindly, aged 7 years, came to our house, as parish apprentice.
At home. A very snowy, windy day. A great hurrycane at London and other parts.
Young David Ellison’s wife dead in childbed. Buried at Darton.
Old David Ellison’s wife, of Higham, dead.
At Barnsly. Sent 3 turkeys to London; and Mr. Wilkinson sent a hare.
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