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From: "joan borrowscale" <>
Subject: Re: [CUL-COP] constable
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 10:11:48 -0000
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From: "Roland Edgar" <>
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2006 5:01 PM
Subject: Fw: [CUL-COP] constable
> As a little aside on Constables. Frequently people were "elected" who
> didn't want to do the job, perhaps a tradesman of some sort who would be
> financially better off doing work at his own trade and paying someone
> else to perform the Duties of Parish Constable. That is often what
> happened, the "elected" person doing the "paperwork" and the burly
> labourer locking up the drunks and putting them before the Magistrate.
> I would have preferred the post of "Beer Taster" for the Parish.
Hello Roland =
Re Beer Taster - I think they were called ' Ale Tasters'
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chris Dickinson" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2006 2:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [CUL-COP] constable
>> In addition to the comments already made about parish constables, a full
>> 18th century description of their duties is available in a reprint
>> by the Wiltshire Family History Society - 'The Compleat Parish Officer'
>> [originally published 1734, ISBN 1 898714 21 5]
>> I see, reading through it, that the constable could whip people inflicted
>> with plague - provided they had no sores. Very thoughtful!
>> From a genealogy point of view, it's worth remembering that constables
>> collected fines and taxes - and that 17th century accounting didn't
>> necessarily distinguish between private and public finances.
>> I've just been re-reading this weekend a probate inventory for Janet
>> of Fangs in Loweswater in 1649. This includes:
>> 'To the Constable William Burnyeate in Areare for taxes ......
>> [The £4 is obscured by an ink blot - didn't want to make it easy for the
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