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William Dugdale Correspondence

Richard Kuerden (1623-1690?)

University educated physician from Kuerden near Preston, who assisted Dugdale with the visitation. He began compiling material for a history of Lancashire with Christopher Towneley.


Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 31 October 1664

'The manifold obligations your last favors and respects have showrd downe upon me, commands me in the first place to an acknowledgement of the same; and though I at this present do dispaire to retalliate your kindnesses yet having now such opportune mesenger as my very good frend, Mr Rigby and Mr Hodgkinson, which had I passd such an opportunity in silence, I should really have acknowledged my no smal error, and likewise have condemned myself of ingratitude. Sir the shortness of your aboad in thes parts together with the remisses of thos that were to give summons for appearance at your appointed stations, and the curious whispers of others of the more ignoble sort' hampered Dugdale's visitation. Various gentlemen, 'now doubly injured by thes mistakes not knowing of the incoveniences they have run into', have asked Kuerden for advice. He says about 20-30 gentlemen are concerned and wants Dugdale to 'proscribe out some expedient' to redress their grievances. He hopes Dugdale has various records relating to Lancashire, that Kuerden will arrange to have transcribed.

'I have sent you a small token by Mr Hodgkinson to be drunk with Mr Fauconbridg to whom I desire my real respects to be presented' and thanks for help with the Domesday, and with Mr Edward Rigby and Mr Hodgkinson, who will attend at a time appointed by Dugdale for the purpose.

College of Arms, Visitation Papers: Cheshire & Lancashire

 

Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 30 January 1665

Apologises that press of work has made him neglectful. Thanks Dugdale for the books he sent. He, Mr Townley and Richard Sale are looking forward to Dugdale's return into the county, especially as 'malignant spirits' didn't realise the visitation wasn't over and jeered at those who appeared as a 'needless formality and charge inforced upon them: that is the best the Language of those Quixoti or theire subordinate Zancho Panzas will afford'. 'My Broth: Howard Mr Sale Mr Townley my self and others well wishers to Antiquity, would gladly see a copy of your Commons before it pass into the Balifs hands; and likewise we desire to be enformed who and how many have passed the test already or otherwise disclaimed, for divers do pretend they have sent up to London to you since your visite'.

John Lawe, the bearer [manager of the office of the undersheriff & therefore involved in the visitation summons] lost his pedigree 'in those miserable times'. Kuerden sends one created from scattered evidence.

College of Arms, Visitation Papers: Cheshire & Lancashire

 

Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 5 May 1665

He received Dugdale's letter & deputisation last week, 'as Mr Sale by his letter from Preston certifyed you' and he discussed with Sale the execution thereof 'considering that most part of those persons that avoyded your first and second assault would likewise endeavour and strive now to evade a third'. Sale has visited Furness, Cartmell and Lonsdale Hundreds, 'but found the men either asleep, dumb or absent'. 'Old Justice Johnston' has entered & paid Mr Sale. Sir Richard Houghton, Mr Osbaldeston & Mr Talbot were sorry Dugdale hadn't visited them on his last journey. Sir Thomas Clifton sends his respects and intends to meet Dugdale when he travels to the W. Riding and in the meantime has asked Kuerden to visit him and look over his evidences. Kerden is shortly to go to Mr Townley's and that side of Blackbrn Hundred and in the following 10 days to visit Leyland and Derby Hundreds. he has found documents relating to his own family in the prothonotary's office in Preston and others at Penworthan last week - 'but of this another time'.

College of Arms, Visitation Papers: Cheshire & Lancashire

 

Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, [1666]

'In another of this day I forgot to acqu[int] you with the desire of a friend of mine Mr Piers Leigh of Birch nere Warrington' concerning some additions to the family's arms gained in Edward II's reign.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 24 July 1666

He has received Dugdale's of 18th July with catalogue of disclaimers to be made at Lancaster next assizes, which Dugdale asked to have returned by this post 'which I cannot well perform' as various men have arranged to come in now - 'I shall waite on you in some part of your northern journey before our Assises if I may but know your stages by the next', then he'll deliver the catalogue and an account of what he's done. If ill health should prevent this, he'll leave it with the undersheriff of Lancaster for Mr Keene at the assizes.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 22 February 1667

He has received Dugdale's letter of 15th February and list of disclaimers. He has the warrants for Mr Keene, but no alternative is named and as a deputy he has no authority to change the name.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 8 March 1667

He received Dugdale's letter about a fortnight before and returned a hasty answer, because he was called to Mr Townley's, who he found not there but gone to Lincolnshire. Consequently he doesn't know whether Tonwley has the fee intended for Dugdale in his hands or not. He has examined the catalogue of those to be disclaimed: some are dead, others desire to pay their fee & be admitted, others are 'Antient Gentlemen .. and Cannot wel be disclaimed but punished for non Appearance'. He hopes the rest will be disclaimed at the Lancaster assizes. He needs a warrant from Dugdale to make entries: 'your warrants to Mr Keene for the last Assises I have by me, for Lancaster, Appleby and Carlile. Even now as I turned over the paper comes in at my back Mr Sale' - they have looked over the catalogue & are calling on various gentlemen in town for their final answer. Asks when to expect Mr Keene (Dugdale's deputy) or anyone else they might assist. 'I likewise desire to know whether you come into our northern parts this somer or in the vacation will remaine any remarkable time at Blithe Hall, where I entend god to meet you [and] give you a full accompt of what I have done and received in your behalf as to persons and monuments in churches within our county'.

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Richard Kuerden to William Dugdale, London, 26 November 1667

He has received Dugdale's of 4th October and another, but he was away from home and intended to wait and give a fuller answer. However, he's had 'more than ordinary diversions' in his calling and hasn't been able to call on people. Mr Archer has sent a token ('a pot of cocks') to Blyth. He hopes Dugdale will send or bring down commissions for the painters.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, London, 6 December [1667]

'Mr Norroy, I receaved yours of the 3d December present for which I give you many thanks'. He proposed the entry of a 'Cavalier' William Worden, who served the late king in most of his wars. Mr Archer has asked for a separate commission to avoid any difficulties.

No year given.

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Richard Kuerden, Wigan to William Dugdale, London, 21 January 1668

Hopes by now Dugdale has met 'our old frend' Townley & learnt from him of 'my late creesy and infirme condition of health'. Despite his illness he traveled this winter to Townley's house, but had a relapse and has been housebound. He apologises for not answering Dugdale's two letters, but he is now at Wigan 'travelling in behalf of the accomplishment of your visitation'. He will transmit the result to Dugdale in London on his return to Preston.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, London, [February 1668]

Hopes Dugdale has received his from Wigan of 21st January. The next day 'both my health and horse failing', he returned home. He's sent Dugdale 50s. by John Roberts, clerk to Edward Rugby of Gray's Inn. Discusses various pedigrees. He wishes painters could be authorized in their commissions to demolish unjustified arms. Suggests Mr Archer would be a suitable deputy for the purpose, supported by him, Townley, Dr Howarth, Mr Sale, Dr Fiffe and Roger Nayler and would ensure against 'abuses'.

Dated 'Shrove Tuesday, 1667'.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, London, 19 February 1668

He would have answered Dugdale's of 8th February sooner, but has been from home. He identifies a number of people who should or shouldn't be disclaimed with his reasons.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 7 April 1668

'Worthy Sir, I am in a longinge payne to heare of your proceeding att Stafford Assises, for being lately on the borders of Cumberland where I heard of your inditing a London paynter for the lyke fault who (as I was informed) not daring to stand tryall submitted, makes me desirous to heare what Mr Holme has done. Sir your old frend Mr Townley hath since his returne from London buried his wife. Your deputised paynter Mr Thomas Roe of Manchester is lately dead, having left as I am informed only a young son', who is not trained - in which case it would be a good idea to recall the commission and book in Roe's custody. Roger Nayler wants Roger deleted and the name of his son James inserted into the deputation for arms painting. Mr Archer has some requests concerning coats. He intends to visit Townley shortly.

Postscript: 'Dr Thurgaton hath promised att the instance of Mr Molinoux to send downe those manuscripts you told us off ere may be over.'

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, London, 16 June 1668

Sending a revised catalogue of disclaimers. 'Sir, if my occasion may possibly permitt Mr Archer and I entend to give you another annuall visit at Coleshill ere Michaelmas Terme, and are endeavouring to perswade Mr Townley over, if that you could bring downe with you a copy or Transcript of the last 2 visitations saving your owne .. both or one of those I know would fixt him a weeke in Warwickshire .. as yet I heare nothing of Dr Thuraton sending those manuscripts to Mr Townley which he promised Mr Molineux should be snet May last'.

Postscript (signed Ja: Archer): he has received 45s. for Dugdale.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, London, 19 June [1668]

'Honoured Frend, according to your direction formerly to me, I went to Warrington to informe myself and you about Mr Pattens pedegree, and to veiw a bedsted with Ancient letters about the Testern thereof, which I have Imitated and sent you with this inclosed, thos marked with small crosses over, I was assured of, and the rest uncertaine to me'. The bedposts were marked with RP and HP and the owner 'a very old woman', told him that her grandfather had told her that one 'Umfrey Patten' was given the bed by his father, that they were the only Pattens left in England, 'stout and gallant men', and that an ancestor had founded an Oxford colege. When he enquired among 'the oldest people in Towne', he found the story was a local tradition. Kuerden has sent Dugdale the line drawn from Richard Patten of Boslow, Derbys. for his approval. Answers a couple of Dugdale's other queries re. pedigrees and asks when he will be at Blythe.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, 2 November 1668

'Mr Townley and myself have both of us been disappointed of our entended visiting you at Colshill, he by building of a new house having removed from the Car hall upon the death of his wife, and I by the feavourish condition of our towne and contry that I had not leasure to go over to Mr Townly since Christmas last.'

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, London, 29 November [1668]

Apologises for haste of previous letter. He intends to visit Mr Warmsley at Xmas and solicit from him what is missing. 'I mentioned some undistinguished coates in the booke sent down to Dr Howard, which were 'unworthily' conferred by Mr Ryley.

Postscript: 'Pray let me know by your next what the bill depending in the house of Commons concerning the establishment of the Heralds Office may purport.'

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Richard Kuerden to William Dugdale, London, 12 February 1669

He has sent a catalogue of Dugdale's formerly intended disclaimers with some observations in the margin. 'If you send to Mr Acrher or myself we shall endeavor the performance of your desire'. He would like to see the record of the visitation perfected, even if some in the catalogue will enter subsequently. Discusses some particular descents. 'Mr Townley and Mr Archer present their service to you and expect shortly your booke of Lancashire coats corrected by you and put downe and all of us subscribing in my name'.

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Richard Kuerden, Preston to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 14 June 1670

Concerning various pedigrees and claims to arms. 'I crave your Answer to thes lines from him that always shall remaine Your faithfull servant'.

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