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The Seventeenth Century:
Recusant Fines : Ephiphany Sessions for Derbyshire, 1681-2*

Held August 1682
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A recusant was someone who did not conform to the Anglican church which was, in this instance, Matlock Church. Cox*, who published this information in 1890, wrote that there were 'over 450 adult Roman recusants ... fined in Derbyshire at a single session'. The majority of the Matlock people who were fined for their religious beliefs in these sessions were Roman Catholic recusants, though one was a Protestant Dissenter (P.D). No-one from Matlock was fined for being a Quaker, according to this information.

Total number of Matlock names : 33
(Also see: About Matlock Church)

For speed of genealogical research the list of Matlock people below is arranged alphabetically.
The number [ ] indicates the order the name appeared in the actual list. It has been inserted to assist those researching family groups but is not in the original text.

BASWELL, Blanche [14]
BILL, Robert - lab. [22]
BUNTING, Anthony [01]
BUNBURY, Samuel [02]
COPE, Anne [11]
COPE, Anne - wid. [23]
COPE, Thomas, yeo. [10]
DAYKIN, Felicia - wid. [31]
DAYKIN, Jane [32]
GREENSMYTH, Anthony - lab. [29]
GREENSMYTH, Ignatius, - lab. [08]
HARRISON, Anne - wid. [04]
HARRISON, Blanche - wid. [12]
HARRISON, Jane - wid. [06]
HARRISON, Nicholas [07]
HARRISON, Thomas - turner [13]
MORRISE, Jane, wid. [15]
MORRISE, William - webster [16]
MOULDE, Anne [33]
OLDACRE, Anne [19]
OLDACRE, John - yeo. [18]
PALMER, Anne [21]
PALMER, Anne [24]
PALMER, Dorothy [25]
PALMER, Mary [26]
PALMER, William - lab. [20]
RAST, Jane - wid. [17]
SLATER, Alice [28]
SLATER, Anthony - tailor [27]
WAREINGE, Anne [04]
WOODWARD, Anthony (P.D) [03]

Nevertheless, despite what was recorded, amongst the names here is one Quaker so perhaps they were not asked quite the right question - in Matlock at least. Anthony Bunting was a practising Quaker at this time. A few years before, in 1678, his daughter Silence had married at a public [Quaker] meeting in her father's house at Matlock. Besse also recorded an Anthony Bunting being committed to prison in 1665 for six months as he had attended a meeting. He was fined £11 in 1870, for attending another meeting and then a further 14s for the same. His son William was also fined.

The additional information (above) about the Buntings has been found in:
1. Chesterfield, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Marriages. See Strays, Surnames B
2. Besse, Joseph (1753) London: Printed and Sold by Luke Hinde, at the Bible in George-Yard, Lombard-Street. "A Collection of the Sufferings of the People Called Quakers": For the Testimony of a Good Conscience from the Time of Their Being First Distinguished by that Name in the Year 1650 to the Time of the Act Commonly Called the Act of Toleration Granted to Protestant Dissenters in the First Year of the Reign of King William the Third and Queen Mary in the Year 1689, Volume 1.

*Extracted from:
"Three Centuries of Derbyshire Annals, an Illustrated by the Records of the Quarter Sessions of the County of Derby from Queen Elizabeth to Queen Victoria" (p.302)
by the Rev. Charles J. Cox, LL.D., F.S.A Vol I. pub. London: Bemrose and Sons, 23 Old Bailey; and Derby (1890).
Information researched and transcribed by Ann Andrews Jan 2000.