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From: judy olsen <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] A Great and Wicked Disturbance?
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 16:37:21 +0100
I have come across a couple of bust-ups at funerals and they were all
driven by the vicar. In one case it was about refusing to bury an
infant (from memory she belonged to a different denomination) and in
another a standoff between the rector and the local landowner over
charges for re-opening the family vault.
The wording makes me think the Vicar was trying to make a point for
posterity, since the parishioners would not have a way of recording
their side of things.
Although this was a prime period for religious dissent I note that
the woman was baptised in the parish and had buried her husband there
just a few months before. So I'm inclined to think this is something
to do with money. Maybe the vicar wanted to charge a fee for re-
opening the grave and the family objected.
Also the disturbance was at the burial itself. If vicars wrote up the
parish register every time there was a riotous behaviour after a
service he had conducted there wouldnt be much room for the BMDs!
On 3 Jul 2009, at 12:21, Gordon Evans wrote:
> Hi list
> According to the CPRdb the Heswall St Peter PR's contain the following
> burial entry :-
> 5 August 1770
> Margaret JACKSON, widow, Heswall
> In the Additinal Information box is stated :-
> 'Whose Burial Was A Great And Wicked Disturbance'.
> Can anyone suggest, please, what might have occurred at the funeral
> to warrant such an observation?
> Margaret is beieved to have been baptised on 5 March 1712 in
> Heswall St
> Peter, daughter of Thomas CORBETT. She's thought to have married
> JACKSON on 2 July 1739 in Bebington St Andrew, he predeceasing her
> by some
> five months and being buried in Heswall St Peter (seemingly without
> incident) on 12 March 1770.
> Gordon Evans
> Wirral UK
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