Certification of John Baldwen of Old Laund in Pendle to have religious meetings in his house

[From Lancashire Quarter Sessions Petitions, QSP 847-14, Midsummer 1700, on Family History Library film number 1564516.]

This is to Certifie That at a General Quarter Sessions of the Peace held at Preston in & for the County pallatine of Lancaster the house [blank] day of July in the [blank] year of the Reign of King William the 3d The House of John Baldwen of Old Laund in Pendle was Certified into the said Court for a Meeting place for the Exercise of Religious Worshipp in pursuance of an Act of Parliament Entituled and Act for Exempting their Majesties protestant Subjects dessenting from the Church of England from the penalties of certain Laws, and recorded according to the tenore & purport of the said Act Given under my hand the Day & year abovesaid

At the same time, three other Quakers in the area were also certified to have meetings in their house. They were Henry Birtwisle Jr. of Rosendale, Nathan Heyworth of Bentyate in Haslingden, and Henry Veepon of Breercliffe. Similar wording was used in all four of the documents.

[Transcribed by Stewart Baldwin. For an explanation of the editorial conventions used in transcribing this document, click here.]