SHROPSHIRE PARISH REGISTERS.

HEREFORD DIOCESE.
VOL. XII.

ISSUED BY
The Shropshire Parish Register Society.

SHROPSHIRE PARISH REGISTERS.

Diocese of Hereford.
VOL. XII.

HONORARY SECRETARY:
W.G.D. FLETCHER, M.A., F.S.A.

PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE
SHROPSHIRE PARISH REGISTER SOCIETY.
1909.

Note for the Reader.

The twelfth volume of the Registers of the Diocese of Hereford, now completed, contains the Registers of Pontesbury and Westbury. Both are of great interest, because of the extent of these parishes, and the many important hamlets and townships contained in them, and the numerous families of position that occur in these Registers. Pontesbury also is one of six remaining Shropshire Registers which began in pre-Reformation times.

In the present volume, as has been the rule adopted by the Council throughout, the Registers are not printed in full, but in an abbreviated form which can readily be understood, though every salient fact has been recorded, and all occurrences, remarkable events, etc., have been given in full.

The following abbreviations have been adopted :-

a.-aged. gent.-gentleman.
aff.-affidavit. inf.-infant.
b.-bachelor. lic.-license.
b.-born. mar.-married.
bap.-baptised. s.-son.
C.-Claverley. sp.-spinster.
co.-county. w.-wife.
d.-daughter. wid.-widow.
dioc.-diocese. widr.-widower.
esq.-esquire. wit.-witnesses.

A capital letter after "of" or "p." denotes the parish whose particular Register is dealt with; thus "of P." = "of Pontesbury," and "p. W." = "parish of Westbury."

For the transcription of these Registers, the Society is indjebted to the Rev. W. F. Lightfoot Harrison and Mr. G. Wm. S. Sparrow, and for collating to Miss Auden and Mr. Sparrow.

The word "pauper" affixed to many names does not necessarily imply poverty, but that the duty imposed by Act of Parliamient on the registration of baptisms, marriages, and burials was not paid.

It might be well to point out that these printed volumes are not legal evidence of any baptism, marriage, or burial; but for entering up a pedigree in the College of Arms, or for any legal purpose, certified extracts must be obtained from the incumbents. The statutory cost of each certified entry is 3s. 7d.

December, 1909.
W.G.D.F.

Contents.   PAGES.
PONTESBURY:
Introductioni - x
Registers, 1538 to 1812.1 - 518
 
WESTBURY:
Introductioni - v
Registers, 1637 to 1812.1 - 394
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