John Cooke’s Diary 1781

Saturday Jan.y 6th 1781 – Bought Mrs Cooke a new calico gown, olive striped with white and my son Thomas a new hat and on Monday last bo.t him a pair of black Manchester breeches. Two little girls went to Mr Davies’s today.

Monday Jan.y 8th – Went with my son John to Bath to visit Mr Thicknese at his hermitage at St Catherines. We lay at York house that night and returned to Bristol next morning. Mr Cookshatt called in Somerset Street whilst we were at Bath, on his way to Yorkshire.

Jan.y 18th – Sent our first load of goods by Caerleon boat to P’pool.

Tuesday Jan.y 23rd 1781 – This day my son Thomas went to board at Cap.t Pococks in princes Street. This day my daur Mary went to board with Mrs Calloway up on Kings Down.

Jan.y 29th 1781 Wednesday – This evening we left our house in Somerset Street and went to lye at my cousin Capel next door.

Jan.y 25th – Sent our last loads of goods to P’pool by the Caerleon boat and gave up the house next morning to Mr Jones the school master. We went on Friday 26th to Mr Davies in Somerset Street and returned on Sunday to me cousins house.

Feb.y 2nd Friday – We set out from Bristol with Eliza in a chaise to the passage, had a fine passage. Set out from Haggard’s in a chaise to Usk and got to Kevanhila by 6 o’clock in the evening. This evening Mr Cecil’s barns and oxhouses were burnt down and a great quantity of grain coustand to the value in the whole of above 300£.

Verses written by a Miss A Maud and sent to a young officer (with a gilded gingerbread doll) who railed ab.t marriage Nov.r 1780

Your aversion to marriage to us is well known

But we really believe you will like this Miss Joan

Whose excellent merits induced us to send

This sweetest of creations to you, our good friend

As is plain to seen, she’s a lady of riches

And we give you our word she’s unreceiving breeches

She is silent and always give you your way

She will never direct you, but always obey

And should you be as ‘tis common be tired of your wife

You may put her away without fear of your life

These verses will induce you we think too well treat her

But we beg you won’t love her so much as to beat her

Feb.y 5th 1781 Monday – I went from Kevanhila to Christchurch to meet my moor tenants and returned to P’pool. Next day went to Kevanhila.

Feb.y 7th 1781 Wednesday – We went in a chaise from Kevanhila to P’pool to Mr Hanbury’s. Staid there ‘till Friday the 9th when we went to our house to live which I rent from Mr Hanbury at 10£ year.

This is the house I was born in, built by my grandfather, inhabited by my mother and will I hope long be so by myself.

Feb.y 5th 1781 Monday – This day abt 7 in the morn.g Mrs Roberts, wife of John Roberts Esq., of Abergavenny died and on Thursday the 8th I attended her funeral at Abergavenny she was buried in the Church there. Mr Hanbury Williams, Mr Jones of Llanarth, Mr Chambre, Mr Lee, Capt Lucas, Cap.t Carr, Mr William Morgan of the hill and myself were bearers. We had hatbands and scarfs and the funeral was the handsomest I ever attended.

Feb.y 7th 1781 Wednesday – This morning killed my pig at Goytre, it weighed 12 stone and cost in all £2.

Feb.y 9th Friday – This day Mr Griffiths of Kevanhila and my son John dined at Mr Hanburys. John is to return to Bristol tomorrow.

Feb.y 10th 1781 – Rec.d of Edw.d Parry 1£ 1s 0d with which I received before at different times and by allowances of land tax make 18£ 10s 0d for half years rent due Michaelmas 1779. He also left 12s on acc.t This day I bought a flitch of bacon for my cousin Capel Cooke which weighed 98 pounds at 21/2d per pound and paid twenty shillings and 5d for it.

 Feb.y 17th 1781 Saturday – This morning ab.t six o’clock my cousin Ann Griffiths of Kevanhila died. She was ill ab.t a fortnight of a warm fever which carried her off in the sixth year of her life.

Feb.y 22nd Thursday – I and Mr Wm Griffiths her cousin attended her funeral as two mourners to Usk Church where she was interred.

 Feb.y 19th Monday ( on blotting page)  – Sent my cousin Edw.d Grevile half a sheep to Bristol. Cost 5s 6d – 22lbs at 3d.

Feb.y 17th 1781 – Rec.d of Sam.l Howell 6d on acc.t of rent.

An easy introduction to the knowledge of nature and the reading of Holy scriptures adapted to the capacities of children 8£ 3s Dodsley 1780, the author Mrs trimmer of Brentford.

Monday Feb.y 26th1781 – This evening Ann Leek came to live with us, wages and tea 5£ 5s 0d a year.

Saturday March 3rd 1781 – Planted 12 gooseberry trees and several currant trees in the garden at P’pool, bro.t from Goytre and also a peach tree and many shrubs. Sowed also my carrots, onion, leeks, turnips, parsley and lettuce and small salading.

March 3rd 1781 blotting page – Mrs Griffiths of Usk sent Eliza in a present of a fine cap from London.

Shrove Tuesday Feb.y 27th 1781 – This day we had, at P’pool the greatest of storm wind that ever was known here. Many houses and buildings unroofed and thrown down, sev.l trees destroyed, some torn up by the root, other broke short off in the middle. Mr Hanbury had above 100 trees blown down in and ab.t P’pool. The wind came from the north and west and raged with all its greatest violence from ab.t two o’clock ‘till four in the afternoon. It is remarkable that the storm was not much felt in or ab.t Abergavenny.

March 7th 1781 – This day Mrs Griffiths of Usk and her son Mr Griffiths of Kevanhila came to see us. She staid two nights.

March 9th Friday – Mrs Cooke and I went to Goytre for flower roots and dined there.

March 11th 1781 – David Williams paid me 6s on acc.t of half years rent due at Lady day 1780 remains due 10£ 14s 0d .

March 13th – Had the grout in my left hand which lasted above a week.

March 24th – The feast at Pontevellien Saturday. This day my horse Jolly came from Goytre to be kept at P’pool. Had a cart load of hay bro.t here.

Mr Griffiths left Kevanhila on or ab.t Tuesday the 27th of March 1781 which he has rented out to Mr Tencate for 17 years from Candlemas last.

Saturday April 14th – Mr and Mrs Griffiths of Kevanhila came here and returned to Usk next day.

Monday 16th – We dined at Mount Pleasant.

Saturday evening April 17th – 5 loads of coal, the week after came 6 loads of coal.

Monday April 23rd – Henry Howell paid me 9£ on acc.t of rent.

Tuesday April 24th – Mrs John James paid me 15s for a years rent due at Michaelmas 1780.

April 25th 1781 – William Bardin paid half years rent due May 1st 1780.

April 26th – Set two quarters of the garden at Goytre with white potatoes.

Tuesday April 24th 1781 – This day poor Lacey Maud died of a contusion in his head from a fall from a horse.

Monday April 30th – Dined at Thos Jenking dinner of trustees.

Saturday April 21st – Edw.d Parry sent me in 5 bushells more of oats.

Saturday April 21st – Mrs Cooke and I dined at Mr and Mrs Edw.d Davies with Mr and Mrs Drane of Berkshire and next Sunday they all dined with us at P’pool.

Sunday April 29th – My cousin William Griffith dined with us at P’pool.

To Make Excellent Lavender Water

Half a pint of the highest rectified spirit of wine.

Part ¾ of a drachm of oil of lavender and 3d of the essence of amber grease. Mix all well together:

Mr & Mrs Davies of Somerset Square

Spirit of wine 10 01/2

Oil of lavender 3 0

May 26th 1781 – Rec.d of John James four pounds eleven shillings on acc.t of half a years rent due to me at Michaelmas 1779.

May 28th 1781 – Set potatoes in the garden at P’pool. Mrs Griffiths dined here.

May 29th – Made raisin wine.

May 30th – Dined with Mr Cookshatt at Geo. Kemys at Newport. A practical grammar of the French language priced 2d bound by N Wanostrocht, printed for I Johnson Pontypants church yard.

June 17th 1781 – Rec.d of David Williams 3 guineas of acc.t of rent. Rec.d same day of Edw.d Parry the sum of 5£.

 Monday June 11th 1781 – (on blotting page) – John Leeks came to me upon Trgal. Wages to be 7 guineas May 1st 1782.

Spence of Amber grease 9d

Cost in all to make above quantity 1£ 4s 91/2d

Tuesday May 1st 1781 – This morning Mr and Mrs Hanbury and family set out for London

May 5th 1781 – Edw.d Parry paid me five pounds on acc.t of rent. This day my daur Eliza began to learn to read with Joe Rogers.

May 7th – Began my casks of raisin wine from Bristol.

Saturday May 12th 1781 – This morning ab.t twelve o’clock my son Thomas arrived from Bristol having finished his schooling there. He came by the Caerleon boat which struck upon the sands on Friday where they staid all night.

Saturday May 12th 1781 – (on blotting page) – 6 bushells of oats from Mr Morgan of Mamhilad. Mr and Mrs Watts of Bristol called here this day.


Monday June 18th 1781 – This evening my son Thomas set out to go to Caerleon by the boat to Bristol where he paid Cap.t Pocock 11£ 12s 0d for his board and drawing and Mr Norton 10£ for all rent due to him at Lady Day last and on Friday June 22nd he and his sister Mary with both the Miss Watsons came by Caerleon boat and I met them at Newport and bro.t all to P’pool. Thomas bought a new coat and breeches of the bone de Paris coloured cloths at Bristol.

Friday June 22nd – Set 3 rows of marrowfat peas at P’pool.

Tuesday 26th June – Set potatoes in the slopes towards the river at P’pool.

Saturday June 3rd 1781 – I paid 1 guinea duty to the examination for my man servant John Evans for a year ending the 30th June 1782.

Thursday June 21st 1781 – Bro.t a hogshead of cyder to P’pool. Sold Mr James of the Black Boar 48 gallons of it at 6d a gallon, he had the same quantity of it before at the same price. John Jacob had 3 gallons at the same price. I kept 40 gallons for my own use. Gave Dan.l Jones six gallons of cyder.


Ann Leek came Monday Feb.y 26th 1781


Wages and tea 5 5 0 year

Friday April 20th paid her

On account 10 6

Saturday May 12th paid her

On account 5 0

Thursday July 26th

I paid her in full of all wages due

to her this day July 26th 1781 1 8 6

this will be due to her on the

26th Feb.y 1782 to finish her

Years wages: exactly 3 1 0 to

Make up the 5 5 0 2 4 1

Decm.r 1781 Pd her 1 1 0

 Feb.y 26th 1781 Pd her to finish

Her year due that day 2 0 0

John Cooke’s diary 1775-1776

Memorandum in 1775

Jan.y 2nd – Sent Mr Grevile a hare by Caerleon boat.

Jan.y 4th – Bought a hogshead of Gin of Mr Powell of New Forge cost £1 13s 0d.

Jan.y 5th – Bought a pig of my Tenant Hen: Morgan which cost £2 8s 0d weigh.d a score the two flitch’s weigh.d 121 lbs the cheeks weigh.d 6lbs.

Jan.y 7th – Bought a pair of half patterned ashes cost 2d.

Jan.y 9th – My son Thomas began to learn to write of Mr Summers.



10th – This is my birth day and my wedding day. I am 42 years old being born on Saturday Decem.r 30th 1732 and was married to my pres.t wife

 16th – Went to Lanwern.

 17th – Rec.d my rents at Magor for last year.

18th – Returned to P’pool that night.

19th – Came home to dinner from P’pool found a messenger from Leicester to request me to go to vote for Mr Hungerford Mr Pochin and to oblige Mr Croxall of Thurstock. I sett out directly the messenger ab.t 2 in the afternoon in a chaise, got to Ross that night.

20th – Went from Ross in a chaise without Mr Cox as supervisor who was also a Freeholder of Leicestershire to Birmingham that night.

21st  – Went from Birm.m at 3 o’clock in the morning got to Leicester 138 miles from Abergavenny by two o’clock at noon. Got polled directly for Mr Hungerford, afterwards dined with him. Lay that night at Leicester. Mr Hungerford carried the election by a majority of 120 votes.

22nd – Sett out from Leicester was allowed 3 Guineas and a half for my expenses home, got that night to Mr Croxall at Thurstock.

23rd – Went from Thurstock to Birm.m dined and supped with Mr Carless, drank tea with Mrs Ireland.

 Do 23rd – Bought my son John a Gold shirt Buckle and my son Thomas a pair of Plated Buckles and myself an oil case wood.

24th – Sett out at 5 o’clock in the morning in the Stage Coach from Birm.m for Worc.r called at Bromsgroveon Mrs Bennet got to the Hop Pole at Worc.r by one o’clock at noon, dined, drank tea and supper with Sir Nigel Gresley at his house there.

25th – Settled all account finally with my old tenant Thos Cross of Broomhall near Kempsey to midsummer 1774, at which time the Estate being a leasehold of £18 a year. Requested to the Bishop of Worcs.r who refused to renew it all the lives being dead, but the Bishop dyed without enjoying it by a fall from his horse at Bath. Johnson was his name. He long wishes a poor man to get possession of this little Farm which he lived to do but come to his continuously and in a very few months after tho’ a batchelor and very rich he was exceedingly avaricious and penurious and his death like his life was a miserable one.

25th – Sett out from Worc.r in a chaise to Ledbury and got from hence on Post horses to Ross that evening where I stayed with my friend Mr Meredith till Saturday the 28th instant when I left Ross and got safe home to Aberg.y that evening.

27th – Mrs Hanbury of P’pool was delivered of a son early in the morning.

31st – Bought a pig of Jno Watkin of Tre Binking for the Rev.d Mr Morgan of Chelmsford at 3d ¾ a pound, weighed a score for which I paid him £2 3 9.

31st –  Paid Phil Williams 12 guineas for a years rent for my house in Aberg.y due the 1st of this instant.



2nd – Sent the rent of the field to Mr Rainsey.

8th – Paid Mr John Parry £5 for a year’s rent of the sd fields. A remedy for rot in sheep. Give each sheep a spoonful of dry salt once a week when rotting season is expected. When they have been a little used to it they will lick it up of themselves if laid upon flat stones in the pasture.

My wife Rec.d in my absence from David Williams of Penloyne £17 0 0d.

The Aurora Bonalis is continually succeeded by hand southerly or south west wind, attended by hazy weather and small rain, it may be observed in general that sufficient indications of impending impetus precede them a considerable time, did we but carefully note them.

In the former part of the reign of Henry 8th there did not grow in England either cabbage, carrot, turnip or other edible root ab.t the same time the artichoke, the apricot, the damask rose made their first appearance in England. Turkeys carps and hops first known, there in the year of 1524 the currant shrub brought from the island of Zant 1553.

In the year 1540 cherry trees from Flanders were first planted in England.

Ab.t the year 1580 peaches were first introduced.

14th – Went to Chepstow and dined at the Three Cranes with Mr Van and Mr Lewis St. Pier and the bridge committee of which I am one.

When we agreed with one Brown and Mason of Abbey Tintern to build three new stone pieces to Chepstow Bridge the foundation of the pieces to be repaired and made good by day work and the pieces to be done by the greed of nine shillings and six pence a ton.

Twenty square feet to be allowed a ton of work.

16th – Returned from St Pier thro’ Caerleon with Mr Thos Lewis, dined with Harry Morgan and came to P’pool that night. Settled my business finally with the heirs at law of Mrs Jones Salisberg. I got a discharge from Mr Henry Davies late of Chepstow.

17th – Came home from |P.pool

18th – Rd.d a letter from Mr Thicknose to instruct me that on Wednesday the 16th inst his appeal was held before the Lords and the Chancellors devise him was then fully confirmed.

Lord Chamberlain spoke an hour and a quarter for reversing the devise in his favour but there being but a few Lords, chiefly Scotch the motion was speedily determined him without a division.

This affair gives me more concern than any other mans disappoint it minded or care.

His great knowledge of the world of mankind his uncommon talents and abilities rest and elegance of manners made his company exceedingly pleasing and discernible. He lived in a cottage near P’pool (Zuortea) a little slypinn of his own farming but quitting this county was a loss to me that can never be repaired.

20th – Went with my son John to Mr Hanbury’s to P’pool and returned Sat.y the 25th



4th – John went with Mr W Davies and Mr Jno Morgan to Oxford in a chaise.

7th – Tommy was 9 years old.

15th – Sett a fir tree between each of the horse chestnut trees and walnut trees round the little field adjoining to the hedge and road to the house in Goytre and on the same day planted the fir trees in the little orchard beyond the kitchen garden there.

17th – James Meredith the young.r grafted several American New Town Pippins and three Kipston Pippins and two large Yorkshire Pippins which were given me by Mr Meredith and several other trees at Goytre.

20th – Went to Kevenhila to the premises of my cousin Edw.d Griffiths marriage and at the request of Miss Cox to give her away to him which I did at Llanbaddock Church.

Miss Molly Griffiths the clerk and Mr Griffith’s bailiff were all that were present.

Immediately after the ceremony they set out for London in a chaise and four and I returned to dine with Mrs Griffiths their mother at Kevanhila.

If future happiness may be presaged from fair prospects and amiable qualifications, this young couple seem entitled to much mutual felicity.

The same day I brought from Kevanhila two young pyramidical Flemish Poplar trees of one years growth and planted them in remembrance of the day in the orchard at Goytre, below the garden wall and adjoining the high road.

24th – Planted three quarters in the garden at Aberg.y with potatoes.

25th – Sowed colleyflowers, savoys, brocoli and brocoli seed in do.

27th – Sowed carrots and onions in Goytre and pruned the wall trees.

31st – Went to Monmouth assizes. William Nicholls Esq., was High Sheriff. George Rigg and Thomas Hurlance condem.d for robbing Mr Rowlins of Monmouth. Thomas Hurlance was reprieved.



5th – Planted at Goytre a cherry tree which Will.m Andrew gave me which was budded on a laurel stock.


10th – Sett four potatoes at Aberg.y which Mrs Mathews gave me under the further wall near ye mulberry tree.

Charles of the Scots

The Scots are contemptible peasants, cunning, disparaging egcophant Jacobites in soul and sentiment but devout worshippers of Dagon.

They are everymans slave to gain a purpose and the tyrant of everyman, when the purpose is gained they splurge on the credibility and can of the Guelph’s but are the unutterable followers of Charles Stuart and to erase these principals is almost as difficult as to make them generous ignoramus clearly.

14th – Sett six rows of potatoes from Chepstow behind the hot bed in Abergavenny.

16th – Sett some of the Chepstow potatoes at Goytre in the old cabbage ground and before the halibut trees. Same day sett a double row of Mr Mathew’s potatoes between the upper rows of raspberries.

24th – Made rosein wine tim.d it May 17th.Sett three rows of Hotspur peas and three rows of white blopam beans at Goytre.

25th – My son Thomas began to learn to dance with Mr Morsey at Aberg.y



6th – My daughter Mary is one year old this day.

10th – Acc.t in the Gazette of a skirmish near Boston on the 19th April last between the Kings’s Troopers and the American in which the former were worsted. This is the first blood that has been shed on the melancholy disputes betwixt us and them.



2nd – John came from Oxford

4th – Removed from Aberg.y to Goytre for the summer

5th – Mrs Graham came to my house at Aberg.y which she has taken for two months at one guinea a week

17th Monday – Attended a charity school meeting at Caerleon

18th – Tommy went to board at Mr Morgans


Inscription on a Garden Seat

Altered from Thurstone by a Lady


O ye who bother in costly bliss

Or toil in fortunes giddy sphere

Do not rashly judge amiss

Of one who lives contented here


Nor get disdain the narrow bounds

That skirt this gardens simple pride

Not get, deride the scanty mounds

That fence your waters peaceful tide


The tenant of the shade forgive

For wounding at the close of day

With joy to see the flow’rots live

And hear the linnets temperate lay


And or remember that from strife

From fraud full hate and pantick glee

From every fault of polished life

There rustic scenes are happily free


The Hermits Law

“Let thought and deed from reason glow

Conscience calm is heaven below

Prunce wary wants the heath most true

Is when we make a little do

Call temperance and in full toil

Then soft content will spread its smile

Conduct of youth thro’ happy age

And fit you for the hermitage”


24th  – Attended the first charity meeting for the benefit of clergymen’s widows and children held at the Kings Head in Newport for which I am at the Bishops particular request appointed, together with Mr Addam Williams, Mr Lucas and Mr Cecil a trustee.

31st – My son John is 19 years old this day. This day came ann.t of an action on the 19th June last betwixt the Kings troopers and provincials in north America in which the former had the advantage. Charlestown was burnt down by the Kings forces



23rd – Mr Hanbury’s birth day. My son John and I dined at P.pool only the Coldbrook family there.

24th – Mr Mathews family from Lanfoist dined at Goytre

25th – Sowed some early York and sugar loaf cabbage and some Lapland cabbage seeds and a few of the stone turnip seeds at Abergavenny

31st – Let my farm at Goytre to Henry Howell for a year, reserving some part for myself

10th –( on the blotting page)Lenter.d my chair for a year ending this day next year 1776



21st – Began to farm the green before the parlour windows into a garden again and planted the slopes with strawberry plants the 23rd instant. This ground was laid down with grass for 5 years.

28th – Mr & Mrs Griffiths and Charles dined at Goytre.

30th – We went to P’pool to see Mrs Davies and staid all night.



3rd – We went to P’pool to visit Mrs Hanbury and staid all night.

11th – My wife left Goytre and went to Abergavenny. Martha came this day. Got in the nursery and other apples.

21st – Began to plow the lower Cae Coed for wheat.

26th – Finished sowing wheat in the above field 5 covers. Sowed 6 bushels and half a peck at 7s. Mr Blash.f .

28th – Paid my ten.t H Morgan 10s for plowing and 3/4d for harrowing it. Henry Rinalt 6d and Mr Price three days labour same time. Paid John Morgan four pounds for ten dozen of lime on the same field. Sett a bed of Mazagam Beans. Returned from Goytre to Abergavenny for the winter.

31st – My son John and Mr Thos Williams sett out for Oxford.



2nd – Planted 2 plumb, 2 apple and 3 pear espaliers and from P’pool in the garden at Goytre. Disp.d asparagus beds for the winter.

8th – Made the garden wall at Goytre next to the road 2 feet higher than it was before.

9th – Planted a pomegranate and passion tree the end of the house near the garden.

16th – My wife was safely delivered of a daughter a quarter before six in the morning.

17th – Cow took bull.

23rd – Planted the first quarter of the garden at Goytre with gooseberry and currant trees and espaliers cherry trees.

29th – Began to clear the ruff ground by the hedge in both Cae Coed.

30th – Began to feed my pigs with peas.



1st – Dined with Mr Car for the first time at his new house.

2nd – Planted 3 standard cherry trees and 2 do plumb trees on espalier New Town Pippin and sev’ll other espaliers apples and in the garden at Goytre.

4th – Made my Cyder at Mr Morgan’s 120 gallons.

Mem.d that Nov.r 30th being Jno Andrews day in Cardiff fair and the next market day after at Aberg.y and P’pool is the best day to buy beef for hanging.

Mr Morgan Griffith turnpike work 5 0

Thomas Moses 3 0

7th – Sett 2 rows of a few more Mazagam Beans under the wall at Abergavenny, full.

22nd – Molly Robins came to us and next day Sally Lewis of Usk went home from nursing my wife, for wich I paid her £1 8s 6d.

22nd – My son John returned from Oxford. I had expected him long before and my disappointment was owing to his having taken a journey to London with an Oxford acquaintance without my leave or knowledge, this impudence of his grieved my heart extremely and obligence to leave this remark of it behind me hope that whenever he meets with it, it will renew the idea of his father’s fondness for him, who instantly forgave the disobedience and never mentioned it again to him.

Paid Morgan Griffith 6s

Paid Thomas Evans 6s

William Price 6s

H Renalt 11s

29th – 2 bushell more of pears.

25th – First wore my suit of forrestt cloth.

28th – Rec.d a bill from Mr Croxall for £13 7 0 for half a years rent from Mr Suffolk, due Lady Day 1775.

28th – This ab.t 8 o’clock in the morning died at the Priory in Abergavenny Charles Millborne Esq. as much and as deservedly lamented as any man with my remembrances.

31st  – This night died the Rev.d Mr Evan Eustance above fifty years vicar of Abergavenny where he was greatly respected.

Turnpike Work

December halled

106 loads of stone at 6d 2 13 0

Paid Morgan Griffith

23 days work at 1s 1 3 0

Paid Harry Rinall

18 days work at 1s 18 0

Paid for 2 baskets 1 0

Paid Harry Rinall

For 6 days work 6 0

Paid Jack in all

Different times 1 10 6

Dec 1st paid him more 1 0

Dec paid for shoes 5 0

Mary Plower cam Jan.y 24th 1775

Feb.y 16th paid her 2 2 0

March paid her 5 0

March paid her 2 0

March paid her 2 6

May 10th paid her 1 1 0


Lord Abergavenny’s yearly chief rents

For Skibor Wen in Mamhilad 6 0

Goytre Lease 2 0

Do freehold chief rents 2 2


Jan.y 10th 1775

Paid William Morgan the above in full for 1774


Acc.t of nanny’s wages

Nov.r 7th 1774 paid her all this morning wages due to her the 1st instant being half a year


Jan.y 5th 1775 paid her 5 0

Jan.y 28th paid her 12 6

May 2nd paid her in full

Of all wages ten months

Due to the first May

1775 1 8 0



Mary Watkins came May 6th 1775.

15lbs or more of clover

6 trefoil

4 white clover

11/2 doz ray grass

1776 – January

2nd – Dined at Mr Jordan’s

3rd – Dined at Miss Merediths, Xmas dinner

5th – This day my little girl was privately baptised at Abergavenny by the Rev.d Mr Williams the curate there, by the name of Elizabeth, after my own sisters name

6th Saturday – This evening Mr Millborne was buried in the chancel at Aberg.y Lord Oxford, Mr Thomas Harley, Mr John Harley, Mr Philip Jones of Llanarth, Mr Harcourt and Capt Chamber were bearers.