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wish those abler gentlem who refuse to contribute or ioyne with us att all for the common good of or countie, may be ordred som to advaunce, others of them to defray” the contribucans: my Cosen Holland will acquaint you with a new businesse like to fall upon vs, & must timously be looke into, & will cost moneys to prevent it; we shalbe held wise men, to take all the burthen vpon o'selves, & suffer such as this noat mentions to slight either or desires or comaunds, & paye nothing: |. gone I hope will give yo' lope the cause of my absense from this meetinge, and my occations, but wher ever I am, or shalbe, in spight of malitious inventions, I am and wilbe as I alwayes have beene, by god's leaue, truly faythfull & observo of yor lope & yo' familie, & Yor humble servt Ult. August O. Wood. 1646.
Denbigh 5° Junii 1654.
In Answere to yor llpp's exposicóns of the 4th day of this instant June we whose names are hereunto subscribed of the counties of Anglesey Carnarvon and Merioneth, haveinge taken into our serious consideracón as well the unhappy condicòn of or neighbors inhabitinge in the counties of flynt and Denbighe, as alsoe of owne poverty by want of trade and of the sale of or catleyett out of the abundance of or affeccön to his māts cause and yo llpp's pson notwithstandinge of great charge and or severall Garrisons withinge of counties as much as in us lyeth; assente that for the moneth of this instant June and July next these 3 counties shall pay the sume of five hundred pounds p moneth Vz 500ii upon the tenth of July, 500; upon the tenth of August, and for the moneth of August the suñe of 600h upon the tenth of September followinge according to former divisions with consideracön of the present condicón of the counties of Denbigh and flynt beinge wasted and most impoverished by the enemies late incursions & spoile thereof, wch we looke shall not be any longer continued nor drawne in after tymes into example.
And for the better enablynge us to pforme the same we desire that
1 This word is supplied by conjecture, the original contraction bein hitherto undecyphered.
yof llpp will assente that wee bee freed from the free quarterings of all soldiers whatever, and to have a free trade by lande: and that yor llpp will endeavoure to pcure the same att Whyttchurch from the enimie by a drume with license for all such as trade with them to pcure their passes if they can and to return without piudice. And that all future requiries except for the mayntenance of our owne garrisons doe cease either in money or men or of armes, except St John Mennes his allowance, more pticularly that the ppocsicón of Prince Maurice his highnes of 500 men armed with of agreement thereupon, and alsoe the pposicón of yo' llpp for men money and pyison be layed aside and not renewed, and that yo llpp doe assigne us all delinquents estates if any such be or happen within the severall counties, and vigorously assist us to get satisfaccón for the spoiles and losse we have received about Michâs last by the takinge of or catle and other goods by his māts forces or comaunders thereof. And the better to enable of owne defence being subject to invasions by sea and lande yor Hpp will be pleased by severall orders under yo' hande, that or armes, issued for the defence of the respective Counties of Denbigh and flynt, and there or elsewhere left seized or taken, may either #. sente speedily to the governor of Denbigh to the pticnlar owners use or delivered to the owners. And that such as fayle may be pceeded agt, and that yor Hpp will be pleased, for the pvencón of takinge away of or cattle or other goods by his māts forces, to sende yo' orders into all Garrisons & Quarters within yo' loops comission, and alsoe to write yo' lies to the severall Governors of Leichfield and Dudley Castle signifyinge That in case they detayne any of or catle or other goods yor Hpp must give us an allowance thereof: That thereby they may looke upon us with a better regard, And that yor Hpp will be pleased to pcure his māts tres or the Prince to those severall Garrisons in that behalfe.
It is agreed that out of the above agreed contribucon that all souldiers passinge thorow any of the fy counties theire quarters bee discharged.
William Owen, vice com". John Owen John Byron
mernt. John Bodwell Robert Jones
THE following information concerning the family of one of the benefactors to Basingwerk Abbey, will be found interesting by those who are fond of tracing the domestic history of Flintshire; and also by those whose enquiries may have led them to study the modes and times of the changes of property, which more particularly mark the annals of such a country as Wales. Details of this kind form part and parcel of county history; and many of the shires into which Wales is divided, are still wanting in accounts of that description. We shall be glad to see similar attempts made towards extending our knowledge of the territorial history of other parts of the Principality; more especially if taken in hand by antiquaries, as able to do justice to the subject as the gentleman, to whose friendship we are indebted for this paper.—[EDD. Arch. Camb.]
NoTICE OF THE FAMILY OF ROBERT BANASTRE, ONE OF THE BENEFACTORs of BASINGWERK ABBEY.
The name of Banastre is latinized Balneator by Camden, (v. Remains, p. 157, Edit. 1674.) It was, probably, a title of office, (which may have been connected with the ceremonies of Knighthood,) and if so might be borne—like the names of Spencer, Marshall, Butler, and others—by parties having no common tie of kindred." Camden's interpretation is supported, by our sometimes finding the water bouget borne in arms, attributed to the name of Banastre.
The name occurs in the roll of Battle Abbey as that of one of the companions of the Conqueror, whom we are enabled to identify with Robert Banastre, a Norman adventurer, who had been rewarded for his services by the grant of the Lordship of Prestatyn, with the appurtenances in Englefield, besides many other lands, as is recited by his
1 In Testa de Nevil we have evidence that about the time of Henry III. parties named Banastre were holding lands in Lancashire, Shropshire, and Berkshire. In the Hundred Rolls of King Edward the First's reign the name occurs in Cambridgeshire, and in the Inquisitio post Mortem, temp. Richard II., ni Somersetshire.