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Early Life
William Petyt, Keeper of Tower History
Sylvester Petyt
The Petyt Grants of Arms

Ninth Generation - Isabella Petyt       

Francys Catterson, father of Stephen Catterson, married Isabella Petyt on 30 January 1654 in Skipton [1] . Initial research found only one Isabella Pettie of the right age to marry Francys Catterson in Skipton. This was a certain Isabella, daughter of John and Anne Pettie of ‘Embsay Kirk’, who was born in Skipton in 1630 [2] . It appeared that this Isabella was therefore our ancestor [3] .

            However, a cursory glance through Dawson’s History of Skipton changed my opinion dramatically [4] . Although there was an Isabella Pettie born to John Pettie ‘of Embsay Kirk’, she did not marry our Francys Catterson. The Isabella that married Francys Catterson was in fact the daughter of a William Petyt of Storithes near Bolton Abbey [5] . This Isabella was the youngest daughter of William Petyt of Storithes and Maria Petty, daughter of Thomas Petty of Embsay [6] . It is possible that Isabella’s mother Maria was closely related to John Petty of ‘Embsay Kirk’, and the two Isabellas may have been cousins. However, this is yet to be proven [7] .

Early Life

       Isabella was born in 1633 in Storithes, Bolton Abbey and was twenty-one years old when she married Francys Catterson [8] . As her mother Mary Petty had married her first husband at the age of sixteen this would appear to be a late age to be married  in the context of the seventeenth century. It may be possible to find papers recording the marriage, the dowry, and any goods or lands that changed hands as a result of the marriage. It is highly probable that Isabella’s father William, and Francys Catterson’s father Thomas, had mutual business or land interests and the marriage may have united these interests [9] .

      Isabella bore Francys eleven children of whom only five survived [10] . Ann had been buried before she had reached the age of two in 1661, Sylvester had been buried within three months of his birth in 1664, and an unnamed and unbaptised child had been buried in February 1665/6 [11] . Baby William did not reach his first birthday, and Isabel was christened and buried on the same day [12] . Isabella gave birth to her eleventh and last child, in 1673, a daughter named Frances [13] . Isabella was buried on 22 June 1681 in Holy Trinity Church, Skipton [14] .

Isabella Petyt had one sister and five brothers, and four half sisters and a half-brother. Her mother Mary Petty had been married twice and intended to marry a third time [15] . Her father William Petyt had also married twice and had one daughter Elizabeth by a previous marriage. He also had a daughter Jane Coates from an earlier relationship [76] . Of her sisters, most married. Her half-sister by her father, Elizabeth, married twice firstly to Thomas Child and secondly to Richard Mitchell [67] . Elizabeth Child nee Petyt had two sons William Child and Robert Child and a daughter Mary Child before her husband Thomas Child died [68] . Elizabeth then married Richard Mitchell and they had four children [69] . Elizabeth was widowed in 1719 and was well provided for in her brother Sylvester's will [70] . 

Isabella's half sister, by her mother, Margaret Catterson, married Thomas Cookson and tenanted the Red Lion until her death in 1660 [16] . Isabella’s eldest half-sister, by her mother, Mariana, married a Thomas Battersby and it is possible that both Mariana and Thomas Battersby were buried in Bolton Abbey in the late seventeenth century [17] . Isabella’s half-sister Anne Petty, alias Dodsworth, married George Robinson on 26 July 1650 in Skipton [71] . Anne and George's daughter Ann Robinson married Henry Petty of Ilkley in 1673 and made another Petty family connection [72] . Ann and Henry Petty's son George married Anne Joule and had a family of six sons and one daughter in Arncliffe [74] . George's sons John and William were apprenticed as part of the Petyt Trust [75] . 

Isabella's half-brother Thomas Catterson, by her mother did have a daughter Susanna [73] . Of Isabella’s four youngest brothers, one William died young, one Henry died young, Christopher married a Susanna Pepper, daughter of Alexander Pepper of Kent, and a second Henry married a Briscoe [18] . Christopher Petyt may have moved to Kent on his marriage to Susanna, but the name Christopher remains popular in the Petyt families that remained in the Bolton Abbey area. Henry moved to London with his brothers, married and had one daughter Elizabeth [19] .

Henry Petyt was the second eldest surviving brother and in 1658 petitioned and was granted a coat of Arms by William Ryley, the Norroy King of Arms. His arms were the same as had been granted to his brother William, but with a ‘crescent for a second difference [20] . It is interesting to note that Henry and his family were described as ‘descendinge from the auntient family of Petties alias Petits of Yorkshire’. Henry Petyt moved to London and was a vintner in Drury Lane, London [21] . He left his daughter Elizabeth to the care of his brothers, William and Sylvester and he left a ring to his sister Isabel Catterson.

Isabella’s brothers William and Sylvester Petyt did not marry, but became attorneys and were members of the Societies of Law at the Inner and Middle Temple in London. They both had distinguished careers, and it is perhaps because of this that we know much more about these two than their married siblings.

William Petyt, Keeper of Tower Records

            William Petyt was born about 1637 in Storithes near Bolton Abbey, and may have been christened on 13 April 1637 at Bolton Abbey [24] . He was educated at Ermystead’s Free Grammar School under Mr. Doughty and was admitted to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, under Mr. Abney on 26 April 1660, at the age of 19, as a ‘lesser pensioner’ [25] . In 1658, William was granted his first coat of arms by William Ryley, Norroy King of Arms and is described as  ‘of the society of Barnard’s Inn, London, gent.’ and ‘hath spent much of his tyme and youth in the study of the Common Laws of England, and is hopeful in his waeis and indeavours within’ [26] . This would indicate that William had already studied law at Barnard Inn for sometime before he was admitted to Corpus Christi College in 1660 [27] .

By 1662, at the age of 21, he was already settled in London in Chambers at the Middle Temple and continued his legal studies. He studied Common Law and was called to the bar as a barrister in 1670, aged 29. On 2 February 1668-9 William Pettye leased Eshton Hall from John Wilson of Eshton  and is described as a victualler, which may mean that William has a small business on the side [28] . In 1663, William was involved in a dispute over lands in manors of Gisburn and Newsholme [29] .  In 1671, he was Receiver-General to the Duke of Somerset, and in 1680, he published three books [31] . On 9 June 1689, William was called to the bench, which I think means that he became a judge. He became Autumn Reader at the Middle Temple in 1694 and Treasurer in 1701.

In 1689, the House of Lords petitioned the King William III to methodise the records in the Tower of London, which had become badly disorganized and were rotting. William, was therefore, appointed Keeper of the Records at the Tower of London and spent many years cataloguing various Medieval, Tudor and Stuart manuscripts. This was a post at first probably unpaid, but soon worth five hundred pounds a year [32] . In this task, he was assisted by George Holmes of Skipton Parish who worked with William at the Tower in 1690 as a clerk [33] . William must have valued George’s work as he left him the princely sum of 200 pounds in his will [34] . Petyt’s work at the Tower must have been very important and skilled. A report of a special Committee, consisting of Petyt and Sir Christopher Wren and others details the problems he faced with ‘multitudes of records of several reigns lying confusedly in danger of utterly perishing’ [35] . William was also a founder member of the Royal Society [36] .

William also wrote many learned papers on matters of constitutional and political importance and was known by his contemporaries as a controversialist and as a great debater [37] . He also moved in celebrated circles and certainly knew Sir Christopher Wren and may have socialized with him [38] . He also collected many manuscripts of his own, especially on matters of seventeenth century political debate, including the English Civil wars. His manuscripts were left in trust to friends, with an injunction that they should be preserved and deposited in a library. William bequeathed 150 pounds to buy or build a library to house his manuscript collection, and an additional one hundred pounds was left to one of the trustees to take care of them [39] . An additional four hundred pounds was left by William to be spent by his brother Sylvester in printing and publication. However, the manuscripts found their way to the Library of the Inner Temple where they remain today.

            In his later years, William lived at Chelsea in London where he built a vestry, and a school with apartments for a teacher [40] . He died at Chelsea on 3 October 1707, aged about seventy, and was buried in the west part of the Temple Church in the Courts of Law. His brother Sylvester set up a monument to his memory in the Temple Church in London, paid for by a 100 pound bequest in William’s will. The monument is still there today.

In his will, dated 12 July 1705, William left 20 pounds for the support of two poor scholars at Christ Church Cambridge, fifty pounds each to the Society of the Inner Temple and Middle Temple, fifty pounds to Ermystead’s Grammar school, and five pounds to be distributed to the poor of Skipton and Bolton Abbey parishes. The scholarships to Corpus Christi, Cambridge built connections between the Free School in Skipton and Cambridge.

Sylvester Petyt

                        William’s brother, Sylvester Petyt, was probably christened on 3 January 1639 in Storithes near Bolton Abbey [41] . He too, was educated at Ermystead’s Grammar School, but apparently did not attend Christ College, Cambridge [42] . In 1658 Sylvester was also granted a coat of arms, similar to his brothers coat, but with a mullet for a third difference [43] . By 1662 he seems to have accompanied his brother William to London and was settled in Chambers at Greys (or is it Barnards) Inn, but he was not attached to this society until 1666 [44] . Barnard’s Inn was one of the Inns of Chancery, where the younger students of law were usually placed. He did not rise as quickly as his brother William, but he did work for a time as a clerk to the Lord Chief Justice Sir John Holt [45] . Later, in 1701, Sylvester was a Principal of Barnard’s Inn, in London [46] . He seems to have practiced as a lawyer from the Inns of Court, and lived towards the end of his life at Bell Savage yard in London [47] . Sylvester was responsible for setting up the library at Skipton, and made the first gift of books in 1708.

            Sylvester died on 1 October 1712 and was buried in St Andrews Churchyard in Holborn, London on 6 October 1712. In his will he specified that he was to be buried ten feet deep, and between three and four o’clock in the afternoon [48] .

            Sylvester left a legacy of over 24,048 pounds in his will of South Sea Annuities [49] . He had also made monies through giving mortgages of land to his friends [50] . His will was proved four years after his death, on 23 May 1723, due to the inactiveness of the trustees [51] . He executed his brother’s wishes, and left twenty pounds a year to keep poor scholars at Christ College Cambridge. He founded also the library in Skipton, housed in the parish Church, and left one hundred pounds in his will to maintain the library and monies to cover small salaries for both a librarian and a schoolmaster at Skipton [52] . In addition, Sylvester also left each of the parishes of Skipton, Bolton Abbey and St. Andrews, Holborn, ten pounds to be distributed among the poor, and one hundred and forty pounds to clothe and apprentice twenty poor children in each one of the three parishes [53] . To St Andrews, Holborn, the parish of his later residence, Sylvester left a further two hundred pounds for the further maintenance of the poor. To Storithes, the place of his birth, he also left three hundred pounds to provide a school. This school was later joined to the Bolton Abbey Grammar School, established by Robert Boyle, in a new building at Beamsley [54] . To Skipton Free Grammar School, Sylvester also left fifty pounds to buy books necessary for public use.

Sylvester also left most of his personal possession and about two and a half thousand pounds to his near relatives. Among those who are mentioned are his niece, Mary Ferrand, wife of Timothy Ferrand, the headmaster of Skipton Grammar, and her daughter, son and grandson [55] . It is of especial interest to us that Sylvester leaves a ‘long swing clock’ and portraits of him and his brother William to ‘my nephew’ Stephen Catterson in Skipton [56] . All these grants amounted to relatively little and over thirty thousand pounds of Sylvester’s legacy was left. Sylvester left this to his Trustees to administer [57] . Among the gifts left by Sylvester, a messuage in Skipton bought from a Timothy Coopethan was left to his nephew Stephen Catterson [58] .

            It is probably no surprise, that perhaps because of his benefices, or because of his family links with Skipton that there is a plaque dedicated to Sylvester in Skipton Parish Church today, and once there was also a portrait of Sylvester, and a shield of his arms ‘arg. a lion ramp. Gules on a canton…a pheon…a crescent for difference’ in the church as well [59] . Sylvester’s armorial bearings are also depicted on a window in the hall of Barnards Inn [60] . His brother William’s coat of arms is also described as ‘argent a lyon rampart gules in the dexter chief a Pheon sable’ [61] . This is also the coat armour of the Petyt family of Cornwall and Yorkshire [62] .

The Petyt Grants of Arms

Although William and his brother Sylvester had been granted arms in 1658, these were very different to the arms displayed in Skipton and in Barnards Inn. In 1658 William had been granted ‘ Quarterly or and azure on a bend gules, three pheons of the first; and for his crest, On healme and wreath of his colours a crane argent, holdinge in his sinister foote a rundle, checqued or and azure, mantled gules, doubled argent’ [63] . This is very different from the arms displayed which had been awarded to both William and his brother Sylvester by the College of Heralds on 29 May 1690 viz, ‘Argent, a lion rampant gules, on a canton azure a pheon or. Crest: A crane proper, holding with the dexter foot a pebble stone [64] .

It is difficult at present to understand the difference between the arms or why the lion rampant was suddenly added in 1690. It is also difficult to understand why these two alone were awarded these arms with the rampant lion. I have not as yet found any reference to Henry Petyt who was also granted arms in 1658, changing his arms to a rampant lion. William and Sylvester may have been granted these arms for their work at the Inns of Court, but the matter is at present unclear.On the assumption that Christopher Petyt may have moved to Kent with his wife I have found at least three lines of Petits in Kent, but their arms are very different, being based on variants of three leopard’s or lions face, and do not seem to be related [65] .

Recent correspondence has indicated that the arms granted in 1658 were granted by William Ryley, Norroy King of Arms. After the restoration Ryley was discredited and many of the arms he had granted were quietly forgotten [66] . In 1690, when both William and Sylvester were well known and very rich, their brother Henry had died in 1667, they reapplied for a grant of arm which was awarded by Sir Thomas St. George, Garter King of Arms. Some of the information given in support of the application was pure invention to make the brother's pedigree look better than it was. There was no need for this because they were descended from a perfectly respectable Yorkshire family.



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[1] Skipton Parish Registers.

[2] Isabella Pettie was christened on 6 March 1630, as was her twin sister Ellin Pettie. Skipton Parish Registers.

[3] John Petty married Ann.  Her body was interred 23/12/1664 in Skipton, North Yorkshire. John Petty and Ann had five children.  Isabel Pettie was baptized in Embsay, 6/03/1631. Thomas Petty was baptized in Embsay, North Yorkshire, 7/03/1628. William Petty was baptized in Embsay, North Yorkshire, 5/05/1633. Ellin Petty was baptized in Embsay, North Yorkshire, 6/03/1630. She married Samuel Smythe in Skipton, North Yorkshire, 17/10/1654. Robert Petty was baptized in Skipton, North Yorkshire, 2/04/1635. John Petty also had a child Mary, by Elizabeth Howden.  Mary Howden was baptized in Embsay, North Yorkshire, 29/01/1637. Skipton Parish Registers.

[4] See Dawson pp247 for the following.

[5] Dawson Bases his account on Dugdale's seventeenth century visitation. As the Bolton Abbey Parish Registers do not begin until 1689, there is no way to verify this by reference to this source. I have searched Dugdale's visitation of Yorkshire in 1662, and have also looked at the first two volumes of Dugdale's Baronetage of 1667, but have yet to locate volume three which might verify this claim. 

[6] This is based on the Rowley archive. Dawson, History, has another William Petty as the father of Mary, but I have found no evidence to support this.

[7] See below on Mary Petty.

[8] Isabella Petty daughter of William Pettyes was christened 11 August 1633. See Bolton Abbey Parish Records to 1689.

[10] Mary Catterson was christened on 15 April 1655, Skipton. Margaret was christened on 20 October 1657, Skipton. Francys Catterson was christened on 24 November 1667, Skipton. Thomas Catterson was christened on 16 November 1662, Skipton. Stephen Catterson, was christened on 15 November 1667 in Skipton Skipton Parish Registers.

[11] Ann Catterson was christened on 7 April 1659, and buried on 28 April 1661, Skipton. Sylvester was christened on 26 December 1664, and buried on 10 March 1664, Skipton. The unbaptised child was buried on 18 February 1665/6. Skipton Parish Registers.

[12] William Catterson was christened on 23 July 1669, and buried on 26 April 1670. Isabel was christened and buried on 16 May 1671. Skipton Parish registers.

[13] Frances Catterson was christened on 25 June 1673, Skipton. Skipton Parish registers.

[14] Skipton Parish Registers.

[15] He had married mary Holmes in 1626. Pavers marriage Licenses.

[16] See Rowley archive. Margaret Cookson nee Catterson was buried on 31 January 1660. Skipton Parish Registers. Margaret Cookson had a daughter three daughters of whom only one, Mary survived. Katheran was christened on 1 June 1650 and buried on 29 August 1654, Margret was christened on 14 December 1654 and buried on 18 February 1657, Mary was christened on 2 February 1653. Skipton Parish registers. Mary Cookson married William Paley of Settle. Mary Paley is recorded in the will of Sylvester Petyt in 1719. ITEM, I give to Mary Paley Wife of Win. Paley of Settle and Daughter of my sister Cookson £30 if she be living at the time of my death.

[17] A Mary Batorsbe was buried in Bolton Abbey on 30 August 1694, Thomas Battersby was buried on 27 March 1728, and a Mary Battersby was buried on 16 March 1728, Bolton Abbey Parish Registers .Margaret and Thomas Battersby had at least four children. Their daughter Mary Battersby was 'aged 72 years, her mother half-sister of the Testator' in 1725. She was left £30 in Sylvester Petyt's will of 1719 and was given £10 by Sylvester Petyt's charity. Mary Battersby's sister Margaret married William Blakely and was aged 70 in 1725. She was left £30 in Sylvester Petyt's will of 1719 and was also given £10 by his charity in 1725. Mary Blakely's daughter Mary wife of Thomas Gill was also left £20 in Sylvester's will and given £10 by his charity. 17 June 1718. Thomas Gill of Burley in ye parish of Otley, Tanner, & Mary Blakey of Westhall in ye parish of Ilkley married by publication of Banns. Ilkley Parish Registers. Mary and Margaret Battersby's brother Thomas Battersby was aged 65 in 1725. Thomas was released from various debts he owed Sylvester Petyt in 1719 and was given £10 by his charity in 1725. Thomas's daughter Sarah wife of Thomas Croft was left £20 in her great-uncle Sylvester's will in 1719 and given £10 by his charity in 1725. Mary Battersby's second son John battersby had died by 1719, but Sylvester left A 'John Battersby and his Sister Eliz. Battersby the Grandchildren of my late Sister Mary Battersby £20 each to be paid unto them within one year next after my decease. ' These were probably John's children. John Battersby's widow Mary Battersby was given £10 in Sylvester's charity in 1725.

[18] Henry Petyt was born about 1638 in Storiths. He moved to London with his brothers William and Sylvester but does not seem to have studied law. He does appear to have been involved with William and Silvester’s money lending enterprises. Amongst Silvester’s papers was a bond dated 1667 showing that Henry had lent £40 to Ambrose Pudsey on which no interest appears to have been paid. Information form Angela Petyt's website.

[19] Henry had at least one child, a daughter Elizabeth who married Richard Wright on 24 July 1696 in St Nicholas Cole Abbey, London. IGI. It is not known when Henry died. Elizabeth Wright nee Petyt's husband Richard Wright was a joiner of Rotherhythe, Surrey. In 1705 William Petyt had left his 'niece Mrs. Betty Wright the sum of two hundred pounds and a ring.' in his will. In 1717 Sylvester Petyt had loaned Elizabeth and Richard Wright £300 as part of a down payment on a mortgage. In his will of 1719 Sylvester Petyt left his niece £300 and £10 each to her and her husband to buy mourning. He also left £600 to be divided amongst Elizabeth's children. A further £100 was also bequeathed to Elizabeth. In 1725 Elizabeth 'the Testator’s niece and Heir –at- Law' was given £20 by Sylvester's charity ' for her own use being very ill'. Richard Wright, was given 'a years interest of £300 due on his mortgage to the Testator due on the 24th March And also the interest of his additional mortgage of £200 lent by the Trustees since the Testator’s death from the 16th August 1722 to 16th August 1725. ---£65'. Elizabeth and Richard Wright had two children. Their son William Wright was bequeathed all 'my printed books of Law Presidents and Entries wherein are written or entered Declarations or other Pleadings at Law also all Tables and in manuscripts of Declarations and Pleadings.' by Sylvester Petyt in 1719. In 1725 William Wright was given £30 by Sylvester's Charity. His sister Adriana Wright had married John Oakley. Adriana Oakley was given £10 by Sylvester's charity in 1725. A 'John Pettyt, son-in-law to the said Rich. and Eliz.' was also given £10 towards the charge of burying his wife.

[20] Henry Petty alias petit was granted the arms on 13 August 1658. See YAJ Vol.18 p. 350-351.

[21] For the following information I am indebted to Anthony Petyt.

[24] For the following, see National Biographical Dictionary and Dawson’s History of Skipton. Also, see Whitakers History of the deanery of Craven ed. Morant, p. 436. Dawson says he was born in 1637, but the National Biographical Dictionary prefers 1641. See also  The Ancient and Free grammar School of Skipton in Craven, by A.M.Gibbon, Hodder and Stoughton, 1947, pp. 47-57. For date of birth see IGI William was christened on 20 March 1632/3 in Storithes, the son of William Petty of Storithes. There is another William Petty son of William Petty christened 30 September 1635. Bolton Abbey Parish Registers previous to 1689.

[25] At this date, Skipton Grammar was a free school and there would have been no need for anyone to support him. Gibbon p. 53. See also  Dawson.

[26] See YAJ Vol. 18 p.349-150.

[27] Gibbon, p.47.

[28] William Pettye of the parish of St Andrews Holborn and Edmund Jones of Gray’s Inn leased Eshton Hall in the manor of Eshton, the water corn mill, demesne lands and other premises in Eshton. 8 february 1668/9. Raistrick MSS, Skipton Library.

[29] Lister Family, Barons Ribblesdale, Family and Estate Records Title Deeds Gisburn - ref. MD335/1/1/12   Rectory, manor, Lower Hall (later Gisburn Park), closes  FILE - Exemplification of recovery - ref.  MD335/1/1/12/1/116  - date: 17 Feb 1663 [from Scope and Content1. William Petyt, demandant 2. Thomas Bannester, tenant 3. John Lister, vouchee 4. John Assheton and wife Katherine, and John Lister, deforciants Relating to the manors of Gisburn and Newsholme, with appurtenances Seal broken [Former ref: Box 72 G125]

[31] Gibbon, p.48.

[32] Gibbon p. 48 states the salary of 500 pounds. The Lord Treasurer Godolphin’s warrant to William Pettyt awarded an ‘additional’ annuity of two hundred and fifty pounds a year in 1702.

[33] This George Holmes was the son of George Holmes and Margaret Petty and was born in Skipton about 1662. See Dawson’s Loose leaves of Craven History P. 253. George Holmes may have been related to William Petyt through his mother Margaret.

[34] George Holmes also attended Skipton Grammar School. Gibbon p. 50.

[35] Gibbon p.49.

[36] Journal Books of Scientific Meetings, 1660-1800; Council Minutes, 1660-1800; Miscellaneous Manuscripts Catalogue Ref. RS2 [from Administrative History]  On November 28, 1660, following a lecture by Christopher Wren at Gresham College, the group "withdrew to Mr. Rooke's apartments for mutuall converse. Where, amongst other matters that were discoursed of, something was offered about the designe of founding a college for Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experiments of Learning." Those present at that meeting, the first to be recorded in the Society's Journal Books of Scientific Meetings, were Wren, Boyle, Wilkins, Lawrence Rooke, Lord Brouncker, Robert Bruce, Sir Robert Moray, Sir Paul Neile, Jonathan Goddard, William Petty, William Balle, and Abraham Hill. These scholare were thus the Original Founder Fellows of the Royal Society, which was formally constituted in 1660. Two years later King Charles II, himself much interested in scientific developments, granted the Society its first charter. A second royal charter was granted in 1663, when the Society was given its official name and coat of arms. By virtue of the labors of the far-sighted founders of the Royal Society, the future of British science was secured.

[37] See the national Biographical Dictionary for a comprehensive list of his tracts.

[38] See Dawson’s History p. 249.

[39] Gibbon, p.50.

[40] Gibbon, p.50.

[41] Dawson and IGI. Gibbon, p.51 states that he was born about 1640 and was three years younger than his brother William. This is verified by Bolton Abbey parish Registers Previous to 1689.

[42] Gibbon, p.50.

[43] He was granted the coat of arms on 1 September 1658. See YAJ Vol.18 p.3512, n.1.

[44] Dawson pp 247-252. Gibbon p. 51.

[45] Dawson.

[46] Gibbon, p.52

[47] Dawson.

[48] Dawson.

[49] Whittaker

[50] Whitehead miscellaneous  FILE  [no title] - ref.  D239 M/T 1659  - date: 1716 [from Scope and ContentDeed to lead the uses of a fine between William Whitehead of Lincoln's Inn gent. and Silvester Petyt of Barnards Inn gent. whereby Whitehead will levy a fine on a freehold estate in Warsop to bar and extinguish all estates tail and to secure £250 on a mortgage term of 1000 years. Dated 12 June FILE  [no title] - ref.  D239 M/T 1660  - date: 1716 [from Scope and ContentFinal concord between Silvester Petyt plaintiff and William Whitehead deforciant of one messuage, one cottage, 50 acres land, 10 acres meadow, 10 acres pasture, and common of pasture in Warsop. Consideration £100. Dated 25 June  FILE  [no title] - ref.  D239 M/T 1661  - date: 1723 [from Scope and ContentAssignment of mortgage by Peniston Lamb of Lincoln's Inn gent., executor of Richard Vallance to whom Silvester Petyt assigned the term, to Rev. James Bernard of Selling (co. Kent). Dated 17 October Endorsed with reassignment to Lamb (17 October 1731) and surrender to Whitehead (21 October 1732).

[51] Gibbon, p. 54.

[52] See Gibbon pp52 , 55 & 56. Five pounds a year was paid to the librarian, and twelve pounds for the Schoolmaster.

[53] See Gibbon p.52, also Whittaker and Dawson on Skipton Parish.

[54] See Gibbon p.52.

[55] Gibbon, p.52. Mary Ferrand was the daughter of Sylvester's sister Isabella Catterson nee Petyt. Mary Catterson was christened on 15 April 1656 and married Timothy Ferrand on 6 August 1676. Skipton Parish Registers. Mary was aged seventy in 1725. Mary was bequeathed £100 in Sylvester Petyt's will of 1719, and given £20 in 1725 from his charity. Mary and Timothy Ferrand had three children. Their daughter Isabel married Robert Hudson of Settle. Robert Hudson was acquitted of a bond he owed Sylvester . Isabel was left £20 in Sylvester Petyt's will of 1719 and given £10 in 1725. Mary Ferrand's daughter Mary married an Ishmael Bone. Ishmael Bone was also forgiven a debt in Sylvester Petyt's will in 1719 and left £20. His wife Mary Bone nee Ferrand was also left £30 in Sylvester's will and given £20 in 1725. Mary Ferrand's son Thomas Ferrand may have gone to the west Indies. In Sylvester Petyt's will of 1719 'I give to Thomas Farrand, the son of my Niece Farrand, he being now or late was, in Mary Land in the West Indies (if he be now living) £20'.

[56] Dawson.Stepehn Catterson was left £200 half of all Sylvester's plate and rings, all his lands and tenements in Skipton, Stirton, Hetton and elsewhere in the West Riding of Yorkshire and one messuage in the city of York in Sylvester Petyt's will of 1719.

[57] See Gibbon pp. 54-6 for further discussion of the work, or not, of the trustees.

[58] Sylvester bought the messuage on 17 March 1713.

[59] See Whittaker p. 436.

[60] Or at least they were in the early 1900s. See The Guide to the Inns of Court.

[61] See Whittaker p.136. The crest described in Gibbon, is ‘a crane proper, in the dexter claw a stone sable’.

[62] See below

[63] See YAJ Vol.18 p.349.

[64] See p. 198 in Grantees of Arms named in Docquest and patents to the end of the seventeenth century.…. Ed. By W.Harry Rylands, Published London 1915. Harleain Society. William is described as ‘of the inner Temple’, and Sylvester, ‘of Barnard’s Inn, gent.’.

[65] See The Visitations of Kent, ed. By W.Bruce Bannerman,  Vols 1 & 2, Published by the Harleain Society, London 1924. These arms are based on leopards heads, not lions and seem to derive from a completely different source. I have looked at the visitations of 1575, and 1620 and have not been able to find a family with the same arms.

[66] Based on correspondence with Anthony Petyt.

[67] Elizabeth Petyt married Thomas Child on 10 September 1648 in Hartshead, near Dewsbury in Yorkshire. Hartshead Parish Registers.

[68] Elizabeth Petyt and Thomas Child had two children christened in Hartshead Parish William Child christened on 15 May 1653, and Robert Child christened on 29 November. Hartshead Parish Registers. Mary Child is described as ,'Mary Child, aged 60, her mother half-sister to the Testator' and 'Mary, daughter of the said Tho. Child has 5 children'. in the 1725' accounts of the Petyt Charity set up by Sylvester Petyt. Mary Child, senior was given £10 and her daughter Mary, 'now Popplewell' was also given £10 by the charity. Mary Child married Thomas Popplewell on 27 September 1704 in Hartshead. Hartshead Parish Registers.

[69]    Thomas Mitchell was christened on 1 May 1664. Richard Mitchell was christened on 13 April 1662. Alice Mitchell was buried 15 March 1665. Elizabeth Mitchell was christened on 29 July 1666. Sarah Mitchell was christened on 12 December 1668. Hartshead Parish Registers. 'Tho. Mitchel, senior,aged 60, his mother half-sister to the Testator' and his children Thomas, Mary and Martha were recommended to the Trustees of Sylvester Petyt's charity in 1725. Richard Mitchell was also recommended. Thomas and his brother Richard were each given £10 each as were Thomas's son Thomas. Thomas Mitchell's daughters Mary (now Willoughby) and Martha (now Drake) were given £5 each. Thomas Mitchell's children James, Elizabeth and Samuel were put out as apprentices and given £7 each. Richard Mitchell's children Richard and Martha were also put out as apprentices. Thomas and Richard's sister Sarah Mitchell, wife of John Booth, was given £10. Her son James Booth, Blacksmith, was put out as an apprentice with John Moorhouse son of William Moorhouse. Sylvester Petyt's charity in 1725. The Childs and Mitchells were also mentioned in Sylvester Petyt's will. 'ITEM, I do forgive unto Wm. Child, Richard Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell and John Booth all such sum and sums of money which is and are due and owing by them or any of them unto me and which shall be due and owing by them or any of them at the time of my death. I do order and direct that the Bond entered into by the said William Child Richd. Mitchell and Thos. Mitchell unto me, shall be delivered unto them some or one of them to be cancelled.' Will of Sylvester Petyt 1719.

[70] I Give unto my sister Eliz. Mitchell during her life the yearly sum of £6 to be paid unto her on the Quarterly days following (viz.) on Midsummer, Michaelmas, Christmas and Lady day by equall portions'. 'And to each of the Children and Grandchildren of my Sister Eliz. Mitchell, who shall be living on the day of the date hereof £10'. Will of Sylvester Petyt 23 May 1719.

[71] Skipton Parish Registers. Ann Robinson was buried on 13 September 1699 in Bolton Abbey. Bolton Abbey Registers. Ann and George Robinson had five children, Mary, born in 1650, William, who was buried in 1660, Isabel, christened 28 April 1667 in Carleton in Craven, George born in 1651 in Hazlewood, and Ann christened on 14 March 1662 in Carleton in Craven. IGI. Sylvester Petyt left his half sister Anne Robinson's children and grandchildren £10 each in his will of 1719. Anne's son George Robinson married Jane Winterburn on 8 May 1688 in Bolton Abbey. He had at least two children William, christened 4 October 1688, and Mary, christened 25 October 1689. IGI. Anne's grandson George Robinson and her grand-daughter Ann wife of Richard Gibson were both given £10 each by Sylvester's charity in 1725. Agnes Robinson married Richard Gibson on 23 May 1718. Skipton Parish Registers. It is not certain how they are connected, but they could be the children of George Robinson of Hazlewood.

[72] Ann Robinson married Henry Petty on 15 February 1673. Ilkley Parish registers. Henry Petty was a Linen Weaver of Nestfield near Ilkley. Anne and Henry had at least two children George Petty, christened on 11 August 1688, and Ann Petty, christened on 22 August 1686. Ann Petty wife of Henry Petty of Nesfield was buried on 29 August 1699. Her husband Henry Petty was buried on 15 April 1722.Ilkley Parish registers. Ann and Henry's daughter Ann Petty married Henry Spencer on 27 November 1711. Ilkley Parish Registers. Their daughter Mary was christened on 15 February 1712. Henry Spencer of Langbar was buried on 3 November 1712. Ilkley Parish Registers.

[73] This Susanna became the wife of Francis Cashford.Susanna was left £20 in 1725. Petyt trust 1725.

[74] George Petty married Anne Joule 23 January 1721 Arncliffe. John was christened 25 October 1722, Christopher was christened 21 October 1724, Margaret was christened 25 June 1727, Thomas was christened 24 June 1731, William was christened 9 June 1734, George was christened 22 January 1738, Silvester was christened 14 February 1742. Arncliffe IGI.

[75] 1737 George Burton, Butcher, with John son of George Petyt. 1746 Farsley John Child, Clothmaker, with William the son of George. Petyt Trust.

[76] Jane Coates was christened on 25 April 1615, daughter of Anne Coates and William Petty. Kildwick Parish Registers. It is possible that her daughter Elizabeth Coates married William Lund on 25 May 1679 in Addingham. William Laund was buried in Addingham on 5 October 1725. Addingham Parish registers. In 1725 'Anne, wife of Wm. Lund, very old, her mother half-sister to the Testator.' and their children James, William, John, Ellen and Anne, now Pawson, were given monies by Sylvester Petyt's Charity. Ann Laund, widow, was given £10 and her children were given £5 each. Three other children are recorded, Robert, Richard and Mary Lund, to whom no payment was made. William and Elizabeth Laund had the following children. Ann was christened on 24 April 1698, Jno was christened on 5 June 1696, Margret was christened on 12 January 1696, William was christened on 16 January 1692,Elizabeth was christened in 1691,Anne was christened on 24 June 1688,James was christened on 25 July 1687, Agnus was christened on 27 February 1687,Robart & John were christened on 20 September 1683,Richard was christened on 15 Oct 1682, Mary was christened on 26 June 1681. Addingham Parish Registers. Mary, daughter of Mary Laund was apprenticed to James Lund and given £7 in 1725. James Lund had three sons apprenticed by the Petyt Trust. 1731 Richard Braishaw, Mason, with James son of James Laund.1732 John Hammond, Clothmaker, with William son of James Laund a poor relation. 1739 Joseph Kilner, Clothier, with Thomas son of James Laund. James, brothers, William, Richard Robert and John also had their sons apprenticed as part of the Petyt Trust. 1735 James Barnes, Weaver, with Richard son of Richard Lund.1735 Ellen Brayshaw, Shopkeeper, with Mary daughter of William Laund. 1741 Kildwick Robert Spencer, Husbandman, with Robert the son of Robert Lund. 1743 Joseph Farmer, Mason, with William son of Mary Lund. (William was christened on 19 march 1737 son of John Laund. Addingham Parish registers). 1744 Addingham Thomas Forrest, Whitesmith, with John the son of John Laund.



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