The following was received from The Original Record:
1648 – Well-Affected Men of Kent
After the capture of king Charles I by the forces of Parliament, this petition signed by over 1100 of ‘the well affected in the county of Kent’ was drawn up, calling on the Commons to prosecute his trial vigorously, and not to be satisfied with ‘less than the blood of those persons, who have been the principall Authors’ of the civil war; and also to transfer authority over all the militia in the country to ‘his Excellency the Lord Fairfax’. Thomas Hearne the antiquary published a copy of the petition ‘taken by no very skillfull scribe’ in 1774, observing that such petitions were ‘very diligently drawn up, not by the honest part, but by the very scum, of the Nation, signed generally by persons, in all respects, of an ordinary Reputation.’ In this particular case, he noted, ‘you’ll scarce find one among them of any note or distinction.’
1810 – Naval Widows and Children
‘An Account of Pensions payable on the Ordinary Estimate of the Navy, and of those granted by his Majesty’s Sign Manual, out of the Money arisen by the Sale of Old Naval Stores’. This is the section for pensions to widows and children of naval officers, of marine officers, and to widows of physicians of the fleet and pilots.
1832 – Cambridgeshire Poll Book
The poll on the election of three knights of the shire to serve in Parliament for the county of Cambridge, was taken at Cambridge, Royston, Newmarket, Ely, Wisbech and Whittlesea 18 and 19 December 1832. The candidates were Henry John Adeane esquire, Richard Greaves Townley esquire, Charles Philip Yorke esquire and John Walbanke Childers esquire. This poll book sets out the names of the voters in alphabetical order hundred by hundred and parish by parish. The voters’ full names are stated, surname first. The right hand column records their votes. The new qualification for suffrage in the counties, after the passage of the 1832 Great Reform Bill, was the possession of a freehold estate worth 40s a year or more, a copyhold or long leasehold of £10 a year or more, or a tenancy or short leasehold of £50 a year or more.
1872 – Soldiers’ Balances Unclaimed
The War Office, under ‘The Regimental Debts Act, 1863’ compiled and published lists of names of deceased soldiers whose personal estate was held by the Secretary of State for War for distribution amongst the Next of Kin or others entitled. These lists give full name (surname first), rank, regiment, and the amount of the estate unclaimed. During 1872 new lists XLIV to XLVI relating to recent deaths were issued, as well as republications of lists XXXIV to XXXVI, XXIV to XXVI, XIV to XVI and IV to VI from previous years showing details of balances still remaining unclaimed.
1873 – National Provincial Bank of England Shareholders
Copy of the return by the National Provincial Bank of England to the Inland Revenue listing the ‘persons of whom the Company or partnership consists’, pursuant to 7 & 8 Vic. cap. 32: giving full name (surname first), residence and occupation.
1911 – Naturalizations
The Home Office issued monthly lists of aliens to whom Certificates of Naturalization or Readmission to British Nationality had been granted by the Secretary of State under the provisions of 33 Vic. cap. 14 and been registered in the Home Office pursuant to the act during each previous month. These notices, from January to December 1911, refer to naturalizations from December 1910 to November 1911. The lists give full name, surname first; country of origin; date of taking the oath of allegiance; and place of residence. An asterisk indicates that the person was currently serving in a British ship.
1938 – Imperial Service Medal
The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St James’s Palace announced these awards by king George VI of the Imperial Service Medal to officers of the Home Civil Service. The names are arranged alphabetically by surname (in capitals) and christian names, with office or rank in the service.
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