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It should be stated that Mr. Heywood's Register is arranged for three columns to a page, for baptisms, marriages, and burials or "ffunerals," as he sometimes heads it ; but he seems to have utilized vacant columns and spac s in the Register by transcribing from 'the little velum book with one clasp' the entries he refers to. This accounts for many of the columns being written in a slightly more modern hand. The whole of the entries to within a few days of his death are, however, in his own hand-writing. It is worthy of remark that two pages are left blank before Mr. Dickenson, his successor, resumes the entries, and not one word as to Mr. Heywood's death and burial occurs. He, who had been so particular in noting the deaths of his friends, and who was succeeded by a minister as particular as himself, has no line in his own book in which his death is recorded. Yet those two blank pages speak volumes. Even the Revs. Dr. Fawcett, Richard Slate, and Joseph Hunter, have not exhausted the lessons to be derived from the life and writings of good Oliver Heywood. Before proceeding to copy from Mr. Dickenson's portion of the Register, we will digress by supplying a large quantity of unpublished notes bearing on the ecclesiastical history of the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1672 to 1700. In 1672 Charles the Second issued his DECLARATION OF INDULGENCES. From the thousands of applications for licenses to preach, or for preaching places, (now preserved at, the Public record Office, London,) the following list for Yorkshire has been compiled by Mr. Marsh. The {Indulgence} lasted only till 1673, but the number of applicants shows that the severe laws from 1662 had not been effectual in securing conformity.
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    Preacher.       Meeting House.  Place.  Denomination.
    The abbreviations used are as follows :-O.H., Own House;
P., Presbyterian; C., Congregational; B., Baptist; A., Ana-
baptist; I., Independent.
       -----      .. John Armitage...... Kirkburton.........P
 Armitage Robert ... Lilibury House      Holbeck            P
   Robert Armitage was ejected from a living at Holbeck, and
    died in 1689; aged 78.
Astley Richard       John Robinson      Kingston-on-Hull . .I.
Bagshaw William  ... William Garlicke    Denting            P.
                  ...John Balme          Bradford           C.
Bentley Eli          O.H                 Halifax            P.
                 ... Timothy Bentley     Halifax            P.
Bayley Sam           OH                  Morley             C.
Benton William . . . O.H                 Thornsco           P.
    William Benton was ejected from the curacy of Thornsco, and
     afterwards became a maltster.  He died in 1688.
Birbweek Thomas  ... O.H                 Sheffield          P.
Bloome Matthew   ... Arthur Powell       Attercliffe        P.
   Matthew Bloome was ejected from a living at Sheffield, and
     afterwards turned maltster, but continued preaching as well.
     He was once imprisoned in York Castle, and died in 1686.
                 ... Mathew Bloome       Arcliffe           P.
                 ... Nat. Bothamley      Cowthorne          P.
                     The Brick House     Briggate, Leeds    P.
        Theophilus   William Wombwell  . York               B.
Burdsall Thomas...      -            . . York               P.
   Thos. Burdsall was ejected from the curacy of Selby, and
     afterwards became chaplain to Mrs. Hutton, of Popleton,
     sister of Lord T. Fairfax.  He died in 1686.
Calvert James        O.H                 York               P.
   James Calvert was ejected from a living at Topcliff.   In 1675
      he became chaplain to Sir W. Strickland, and afterwards
      filled the same office in the house of Sir W. Middleton. He
      died in 1698.
Clayton Luke          -             . . .Rotherham          P.
   Luke Clayton was ejected from the vicarage of Rotherham. He
     was the first minister after the Bartholomew Act to be im-
     prisoned in York Castle.  He died in 1674 ; aged 50.
Clayton Samuel    . .O.H.                Rotherham          P.
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  Preacher.       Meeting House.          Place.       Denomination.
Coates Samuel   O.H                       Wath              P.
Collier Josiah  Sarah Grimshaw            Guiseley          I.
Cooke Robert    Elizabeth Wentworth       Browdsworth       P.
Core  Richard   O.H                       Tonge             An.
   Richard Coope, D.D., was ejected from Tong Chapel, and
     afterwards practised physic.  He died in 1688.
Darnton John    O.H                       West Tanfould     P.
Dawson Joseph   O.H                       Birsteld          P.
   Joseph Dawson was ejected from Thornton Chapel, and he
     died in 1709; aged 73.   Four of his sons entered the
     ministry, and the youngest had seven sons, all of whom be-
     came Dissenting ministers, but left the profession, and four
     became ministers of the Church of England.
        ---     Joseph Dawson             Birstol           P.
Dawson Joseph   O.H                       Halifax           P.
                Sibbe Dawson              Leeds   C.
Denton John     John Steen                Osgoodby Grange,
                                                  N. Riding P.
Denton Nathan   Silvanus Rich             nr. Peniston      C.
   Nathan Denton was ejected from a living at Bolton-upon-
     Dearn. He was living in 1713. A son entered the ministry.
     ----       James Dixon               Wakefield,
                                            Northgate       P.
Donkinson John  --------                . York              P.
Dickinson Robt..O.H                       Fishlake          C.
     ----       Hiram Duffield            Sherborne         C.
Duncanson James.O.H                       Selby             P.
   James Duncanson was ejected from the curacy of Sand-Hutton.
Durant Robert   Fisher                    Sheffield         C.
     ----       Samuel Ellison.      .....Leeds             P.
Forbes Henry    James Brook               Ellingthorpe      P.
Todd Cornelius    ----              . . . Healy Manor       P.
Frankland Richard ----                ... Rusholme          P.
Gargrave Michael O.H                      Bradford          P.
                William Garlick           Dunting           P.
Grant Jonathan .O.H                       Hurnescoe Grange..P.
GunterJohn      O.H                       Helaugh           C.
   John Gunter was ejected from the rectory of Bedal.   For a
     time he was chaplain to the merchant adventurers at Ham-
     burg; then he returned and was appointed chaplain to
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  Preacher.       Meeting House.          Place.       Denomination.
     Oliver Cromwell.  Lord Wharton was a very good friend to
     Gunter.  He died in 1688, aged 63.
                  Thomas Haigh            Haslehead         P.
                  John Hall               Bradford          P.
Hancocke Rowland  O.H.                    Shercliffe        P.
        -         O.H.                    Shercliffe        A.
   Rowland Hancock was ejected from the curacy of Bradfield,
     and was once imprisoned in York Castle.  He died 1685.
Handow William ...O.H.                    Sherborne         P.
        -       . John Hardaker           Guiseley          I.
Hartley James      ----               . ..Guiseley          I.
     ----      ...O.H                     Kildwich Craven  C. & I.
Hawdon William . .White House             Sherborne         P.
        -       ..John Herd            Eckelsell, Bradford  C.
Heywood Oliver    O.H.                    Halifax           P.
                  John Butterworth        Halifax           P.
   Oliver Heywood was ejected from the curacy of Coley.  He
     suffered very much from persecution in the Ecclesiastical
     Courts, and was imprisoned in York Castle.  Yet he never
     ceased his ministerial labours when out of custody.  Two of
     his sons entered the ministry.
        ----      Thomas High             Halsehead House,
                                                 Penistone  C.
Hobson John       Kirksandal Hall, Yorkshire                C.
Hobson Richard ...James Brooke            Ellenthorpe       P.
Holdsworth Josiah O.H.                    Wakefield         P.
   Josiah Holdsworth was ejected from Popleton, near York, and
      he died in 1677, aged 75.
        -     ... William Hookby          Shellore          P.
Joshua Horton     Meeting house           Quarrel-hill, Sowerby,
Holdsworth Josiah..Eliz. Reyner           Sutton            C.
   Josiah Houldsworth was ejected from the curacy of Sutton
     and afterwards became chaplain to Sir Rd. Houghton, of
     Houghton Tower, Lancashire.  He died in 1685. aged 50.
Hall John         O.H                     Thornton, Bradford..C.
        -     . . John Hull               nr. Northallerton P.
        -     .. .Hutton's house          Popleton          P.
        -     . ..Joseph Jackson          Leeds             C.
Sale James        James Moxon             Leeds             P.
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  Preacher.       Meeting House.          Place.       Denomination.
 essot [Issot] John, jun. . . . O.H       Harberry          C.
Johnson Thomas                            Sandall Magna     P.
Thomas Johnson was ejected from the vicarage of Sherburn.
Kirby, M.A., Josiah.O.H                   Wakefield         P.
   Josiah Kirby, M.A., was ejected from a living at Wakefield.
     He was several times imprisoned at Lambeth and York
     Castle. In 1676 he died at Wakefield, aged 59, and, being
     excommunicated, was buried in his own garden.  (Noncon-
     formists' Memorial.)
     ----      . The Kiln House           Flanshaw Lane,
                                            Wakefield       C.
Lamb Nathaniel . . .O.H                   York              P.
        -       - . Mrs. Lassell          Mountgrat's       P.
        -       . . Thomas Ledgard        Calverley         P.
Long John                                 Wakefield         P.
Luck William                              Bridlington       P.
   William Luck was ejected from the curacy of Bridlington.
Tucker William                            Bridlington       P.
      -         . . William Luke          Bridlington       P.
Marshall Christr. . O.H.                  Topcliffe Hall,
                                              Yorkshire     C.
      ---         . Christopher Marshall. West Ardsley      C.
Maulton Richard                           Beverley          P.
                ... A new meeting house.  Blackfriar's gate,
                                          Kingston-on-Hull .P.
        -       . . Meeting house         Idle              C.
Milner Jeremiah... Lady Rhodes            Haughton          C.
   Jeremiah Milner was ejected from Rothwell, near Leeds, and
     afterwards preached in a chapel belonging to Lady Rhodes.
     He died in 1681, aged 41.
        -       ... Robert Morley         Tadcaster         C.
        -       . . Robert' Morewood  . . Selby             P.
Nailor Peter        Boniface Cooper       Pomfret           P.
Nesse Christopher                         Leeds             C.
   Christopher Nesse, M.A., was ejected from a living at Leeds.
     He was excommunicated, and then retired in London.  In
     1705 he died, aged 84, and was buried at Bunhill-fields.
Newton Edward   ... William Harrison  ... Parish of All Saints,
                                                     Leeds  P.
Noble John          Leonard Ward          West Riding       P.
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  Preacher.       Meeting House.          Place.       Denomination.
   John Noble, M.A., was ejected from a living at Smeeton, and
    died in 1679, aged 68.
Oliver Thomas       John Mares            Newland            I.
Packland John       John Newton           Anterly, near Hull I.
                    James Peckring        Parish of St Michael's.
                                          Leeds              P.
Pluxton John        George Taylor           ----             P.
                    John Prior            Shipley            P.
Proctor, M.A.,
  Anthony               ----              Kirkby Massard     P.
Prime Edward        O.H.                  Sheffield          P.
    ----            Robert Britsworth's
                       malthouse          Sheffield          P.
    ----            Sir Henry Quentine. . Beverley           P.
    ----        ... Christopher Richard-
                      son                 Shiplangton        P.
Richardson Chris
        topher      William Cotton        Denby              P.
   Christopher Richardson was ejected from the Rectory of Kirk-
     heaton.  He died 1698, aged 80.
Rogers John         O.H                   Lartington         P.
Rookes John         O.H                   Westhall, Hatfield C.
Root Thomas         Samuel Goodall        Lee                P.
Sale Jas            O.H                   Leeds              P.
   James Sale was ejected from a living at Leeds, and he died in
Sharpe,M.A., Thos  .O.H                   Leeds              P.
   Thos. Sharpe, M.A., was ejected from the curacy of Addle.
     He died in Leeds, 1693, aged 59.
Sharpnell Henry ...     ----              Bradford           B.
Shaw Joseph     . . William Rookby        Arkworth           P.
Snowden John        O.H                   Sherbourne         P.
     ----         . Ralph Spencer         Hurlstey           P.
     ----         . Samuel Stables        Calverley          P.
Stretton Richard  . James Richardson  ... Cawood             P.
     ----           Andrew Taylor         Michaelgate, York  I.
Taylor Richard     .Mr. Fisher            Sheffield          C.
   Richard Taylor was ejected from Long Haughton, and died in
     1681, aged 40.
Taylor Richard      John Wadsworth        Swath              C.
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  Preacher.       Meeting House.          Place.       Denomination.
Thelwell John       O.H                   Whiston            I.
Thorp Richard       O.H                   Hopton             P.
                    John Todd             Tadcaster          P.
Treggatt Mark       Kirksandall Hall      Yorkshire          C.
     ----       . . Room or rooms  in
                          Trinity House   Greasebrooke       P.
        -       . . Josiah Walker         Bingley            P.
Walker Thos         O.H                   Horton, Bradford . A.
Ward, George        O.H                   Bradford           P.
Ward Noah           O.H                   Little Askham      P.
   Noah Ward was a student at the time of the ejectment of the
     Nonconformists.   He became chaplain to Sir John Went-
     worth, and afterwards was an itinerant preacher all his life.
     He died in 1699, aged 59.
Ward Ralph          Brian Dawson           Ousegate          I.
Warham Richard .. .  ---  Milcock          Badsworth         P.
    ----        . . The Lady Watson   . .. Saviour Gate, York.I.
    ----        . . Alice Wentworth        Broadsworth       P.
Whitechurch Rich..- Westhall               Hatfield          C.
   Richard Whitechurch was ejected from Laughton-en-le-Morthen,
     and he died in 1697.
Williams Peter      O.H.                   York              P.
   Peter Williams was ejected from a living at York, and after-
     wards lectured in the house of Lady Watson.  He died
     1680, aged 55
Wilson Joseph                              Newland, near King
                                             ston-on-Hull    P.
   Joseph Wilson was ejected from a living at Beverley, and died
     in 1678.
Wilson Joseph       Richard Barnes         Kingston-on-Hull.. P.
Woolhouse Robert.   O.H.                   Chapwell          C.
        -       ..  Orsula Wrightson       Aulne             P.
                    APPLICATION NOT APPROVED.
    Trinity House, in Greasebrook, Rotherham, York, belonging to
the Earl of Strafford, for a Presbyterian congregation.
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The following notes I gathered some years ago from the West Riding Sessions Rolls. They are so voluminous that I shall content myself by little more than a bare recital.

Thomas Bentley, constable of Southowram, procured an indictment against Thomas Wakefield and others, for not attending the Parish Church at Halifax, and not receiving the Sacrament, 1675. Also against the said Thomas for calling the constable a fforsworne rogue, and saying the King's precept was a ffratching paper. Thomas Wakefield's name will be found frequently in the preceding pages from Heywood's Register.

Sarah Hurd, on Sunday, March 7th (old style), 1674, in a very disorderly and seditious manner, com'd into the Church of Bradford in time of divine service, and did then and there by some indecent and clamorous speeches disturb the minister in his prayer and the whole congregation in their devotion.

Nicholas Shippen, and Elizabeth his wife, of Barnbow, summoned for not attending church: Pontefract Sessions, 1675.

William Taylor and Elinor his wife, of Scoles, for the same, 1675.

At Doncaster Sessions, 1677, six indictments were preferred against David Noble, of Heckmondwike, and his hearers for holding a Conventicle at Batley.

Joshua Smith, of Halifax, was committed, 1679, for refusing the oath of Allegiance tendered to him. Ordered to be brought to Doncaster Sessions. He was a noted Quaker.

Robert Harrison and twenty-two others, of Garforth, Aberford, &c., bound to answer for Recusancies : Wetherby Sessions, January, 1678.

Henry Barrows, Constable, of Skipton, under a warrant for apprehending Popishe Recusants, took John Cotton, of Skipton, a papist, who called the constable "a pittifull rogue and rascall."

Peticon of John Ffox Bayliffe of the Maner of Wakefield haueing a prisnor one Robt Seele a papist, one Thomas Kirshawe of ye same religion came riding to my dore asking if the prisor. was gone. John ffox replyed and tould ye said Kirshawe yt ye said Seele was sett att liberty and yt Mr Thome Watterton came and lent him money to release ye sd Seele alsoe ffoxe tould Kirshawe if there was an honest man in Yorkeshire of a papist he thought yt Mr Watterton was one with that Kirshawe replyed againe yt a papist was as good a man as he and as good a religion, ffox tould him noe, ffor he tooke ye oath of Suprmise and ye oath of allegiance.

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