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Poor Richard



In 1586, whilst still a young man, Richard acting on his Uncle William’s behalf, was subjected to an assault.   Richard Shakeshaft, Margaret Shakeshaft and Elizabeth Hood “did in most cruell and dispiteous sorte beate the said Richard Peplowe with there feete and thereby greatlye brused and hurted the bowels and inner parts of the bodye of the said Richard Peplowe and there malice not beinge therewith satisfied did after knocke the head of the said Richard againste a staiers and poste and thereby brused his heade in diverse places that the same and his nose with the said hurtes bled a longe tyme”.    The documents run to a number of pages, notes of which are addended.   Richard is described as the servant of William, but whether this means he was his servant in the delivery of the warrant or worked for him is not clear.   Probably the latter as William complained that he had suffered great loss and hindrance as a result of the loss of his services and the cost of surgery and keeping him.   Since the families lived in the same parish and must have known each other, it must have been a “cause célèbre” at the time.   

Owner/SourceSarah Riley
Date6 Apr 2016

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