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Contributions to the Patriotic Fund, 1854
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The first references to Derbyshire residents subscribing to a Patriotic Fund were at the very beginning of the nineteenth century when, in 1803, Richard Arkwright of Willersley, Esq. subscribed £500 in aid to the patriotic fund[1] which had been set up at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. In late 1805 the Committee of the Patriotic Fund at Lloyds were circulating letters to the Clergy of every denomination throughout the country, suggesting the propriety of making a collection in their churches "towards the relief of those heroes who suffered in the glorious actions under Lord Nelson and Sir Richard Strachan"[2]. Such was the power of the churches at the time and the popularity of Nelson that by February 1806 £100,000 had been collected by this means. The sum was over two thirds of the total raised[3]. It is not known whether other Matlock residents contributed money at the time.

Those who suffered after Waterloo were assisted by other means and it wasn't until the Crimean War that the idea of a Patriotic Fund was resurrected. In October 1854 a meeting of Derbyshire's Nobility, Gentry, Clergy and Freeholders was called in Derby by William Drury Lowe, the High Sheriff, "to determine the best mode of raising a Patriotic Fund for relief of the widows and orphans of soldiers, sailors and marines"[4]. A newspaper article a week earlier had urged people to donate anonymously[5] and many clearly did.

Matlock's inhabitants proved generous and the list below was published in "The Derby Mercury" in January 1855[6].

Money is shown in £-s-d.

SUBSCRIPTIONS to the PATRIOTIC FUND from the Parish of MATLOCK
Collected at the Meeting on Dec 11th, 1854

John Greaves, Esq.
J. C. Newbold, Esq.
Rev. Edw. Synge
Col. Leacroft
Mr. Flower
Mr. Darwin
R. Cunninghame, Esq.
Mr. Allen
Mr. Saxton
Mrs. and Miss Gresley
Mr. Green
Mr. Thos. Walker
5- 0- 0
5- 0- 0
3- 0- 0
3- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
15- 0
10- 0
10- 0
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Mr. J. Skidmore
Mr. Greenhough
Mr. Ramsay
Mr. Rich. Walker
Mr. Lomas
Mr. W. Pearson
Rev. E. Synge's servants
Sums under 10s.

    Total
10- 6
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
15- 0
1-16- 0
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27- 7- 0

By Colonel Leacroft, in STARKHOLMES.
Sums under 10s. - - - - 2- 1- 7
By Rev. W. R. Melville and Mr. Goodwin, in MATLOCK VILLAGE.

John Garton Esq.
Rev. W. R. Melville
Mr. Seddon
Mr. Blackwell
Mr. Cartledge
Mr. W. C. Clarke
Mr. Brookhouse
5- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
10- 0
10- 0
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Mr. Allen (Riber)
Miss Hall
Servants at J. Garton's, Esq
Sums under 10s.

    Total
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
4-15- 6
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16- 5- 6

Messrs. Darwin and Bratby in MATLOCK BANK.

Mr. Geo. Nuttall
Mrs. W. Waller
Mr. Farnsworth
Mr. Bratby
Mr. John Goodwin
Mrs. Ingall
Mr. Peter Moore and family
5- 0- 0
3- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
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Mr Cash
Mr. Job Knowles
Mr. Chas. Stevens
Messrs. L. and F. Wildgoose
Sums under 10s.

    Total
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
5- 9-10
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18-10- 4

By Messrs. Lomas and R. Walker in MATLOCK VALE.

Messrs. T and F. W. Stevens
The Misses Alderson and Clarke
Mrs. Rule
Miss Leacroft
H. Stevens, Esq.
    (2d subscription)
Mr. Thos Walters
2- 0- 0
10- 0
10- 0
1- 0- 0

1- 0- 0
10- 0
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Mr. John Marriott
Mr. Chinery and Hezier
Mr. Chapman
Mr. Robinson
Mr. Ingall
Sums under 10s.

    Total
10- 0
1- 0- 0
1- 0- 0
10- 0
10- 0
3- 7-9½
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13- 7-9½

By Messrs. Newbold and Brown, Messrs. L. G. Lawton,
Allen, and Flower, in the MATLOCK BATH, including SCARTHIN-NICK.

Chas. Clarke, Esq.
Miss Saxton
Mr. Greaves
Mrs. Pearson and family
Miss Lemon
Miss E. Lemon
Mr. Evans
Temple Hotel Servants
Mr. Adam
Mr. Holmes
Servants at the New Bath Hotel
Mr. J. Boden sen.
Miss Gratton
5- 0- 0
10- 0
1- 1- 0
10- 0
1- 0- 0
10- 0
1- 0- 0
10- 0
1- 0- 0
1- 6
13- 0
10- 0
10- 0
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Mr. W. Brooker
Mrs. Hodgkinson
Miss Bown
Miss Hickman
Mr. Moore
Servants at Charles
    Clarke's, Esq.
Matlock Bath
    National School
Mr. W. Pearson, Warmwalls
Rev. W. Tyler
Sums under 10s.

    Total
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0
10- 0

16- 0

12- 0
10- 0
1-0 - 0
9- 3-8½
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27-16-2½

By Rev. E. Synge.
A Sailor's Daughter - - - 1- 0- 0
Grand Total - £106- 8- 5


References:

[1] "The Derby Mercury", Thursday, 8 September, 1803.
[2] ibid., Thursday, 28 November, 1805.
[3] ibid., Thursday, 20 February, 1806.
[4] ibid., 25 October, 1854
[5] ibid., Wednesday, October 18, 1854
[6] ibid., Wednesday, 10 January, 1855



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