Name: Francis Rawdon
Note: 86 at death
Death: 25 APR 1668
Residence: Rawdon, Guiseley, nr Leeds, Yorks
Burial: Guiseley, Yorks
MEM: Guiseley, Yorks: MI 1
Change Date: 6 MAY 2011
18th in descent from Paulyn or Paulinus de Rawdon, commander of a band of archers in Norman invasion, to whom Wm the Conq granted considerable estates (inc Rawdon).
The children of this marriage were: George, Anne, Elizabeth, Mary, Mercy, baptised Guiseley 23.5.1619, and Priscilla.
Francis remained at Rawdon Hall where he was to see the less pleasant aspects of the Restoration. In 1661 the Cavalier Parliament passed the so-called Clarendon code including the Five Mile Act, the Conventicle Act etc. which made life difficult and indeed dangerous for dissenting ministers and their flocks. (Though to be fair life had been equally difficult for Laudian priests during the Commonwealth.) Between 1660 and 1689 Francis, and his daughter Priscilla, made Rawdon Hall a centre of dissenting activity. This was the period of the still-remembered services held under the shelter of Buckstone Rock, (on the present Golf Course but then perhaps common land).
The leading dissenting minister in West Yorkshire was the Rev. Oliver Heywood of Northowram, near Halifax (1630-1702) and Francis was supportive of him. The tradition is that when services were to be held at the rock, white sheets were displayed as drying washing as a signal to supporters a distance away.
Heywood records visiting Rawdon Hall in 1667 and again in 1668 when he wrote in his journal ?Though the old man had died, wee were most sweetly entertained. He was nearly 86 years of age?.
Dorothy, his wife, had died in 1660 but the unmarried daughters lived on in the Hall, or part of it, until 1707. From then onward the hall seems to have been tenanted by strangers with the exception of a few years after the last war. Indeed by 1814 the Rawdon family only retained about 64 acres of land in Rawdon with a rental of about £84 p.a. (£105 p.a. in 1873) together with five acres of wood.
(A History of Rawdon. D C Willcock.)
Father: George Rawdon b: ABT 1556 in Leeds, Yorks
Mother: Anne Beckwith b: ABT 1556 in The Shaws, Yorks
Dorothy Aldeburgh b: ABT 1584 in Aldeborough, Yorks
- George Rawdon b: 1604
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Life of Marmaduke Rawdon of York
Author: Robert Davies
Publication: Camden Soc
- Text: Thoresby:
Pedigree of Rawdon family in 1702
as related to him by Priscilla, sister of Sir George Rawdon (d 1684).