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quarter sessions

1. (in England and Wales, formerly) a criminal court held four times a year before justices of the peace or a recorder, empowered to try all but the most serious offences and to hear appeals from petty sessions. Replaced in 1972 by crown courts
2. (in Scotland, formerly) a court held by justices of the peace four times a year, empowered to hear appeals from justice of the peace courts and to deal with some licensing matters: abolished in 1975
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In 1610, and perhaps as a consequence of the controversy surrounding the company's St Christopher performance at Gowthwaite Hall, Pant, who was apprenticed to Christopher Simpson, complained at the Topcliffe Quarter Sessions "that he hath not bene imployed in his occupation according to the Covenantes of his Indenture made betwene him & his said Mr", and therefore wished to be freed from his bond to Simpson (NRQSM 2/2 fol.
Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Sept.
To achieve this more limited and short-term goal, it was not necessary to bring a lengthy and expensive suit to the ecclesiastical courts or even to the courts of quarter sessions, as that would involve both time and money.
This suggestion of uncle and nephew both named William and both in trouble with the law is supported by the quarter sessions recognizances dated July 29, 1611, binding William Beach of Tonbridge, butcher, and John Beach of Tonbridge, laborer, to keep the peace toward Walter Thompson of Pembury, yeoman, to appear at the next quarter sessions court, and to answer charges concerning that fray.
Gowing's insightful and significant study draws from church court, quarter sessions, assize, and Bridewell records as well as letters and popular literature in order to examine ordinary people's discourses about women's bodies in seventeenth-century England.
The 650-page Dorset Quarter Sessions of 1625-38 was hand-written in Latin 400 years ago.
In Irish-born Pennsylvanian Ann Dougherty's desperate petition at Chester County's Quarter Sessions in 1760 for the freedom of her son, sold away from her to Virginia to pay his passage to America, we see how harsh economic realities and cruel separations were not only found in Ireland (263).
The author's research is extensively based on municipal archives: including the Mayor's Court Book, minutes of the Municipal Assembly and Quarter Sessions, Charity and Hospital accounts, plus Diocesan and Parish records.
Asked to preach to the House of Lords at the opening of Parliament in 1680, he was delayed by proceedings at the city quarter sessions. He arrived at Westminster five days after the start of the session and voted against the exclusion bill in November, but did not attend the Oxford Parliament in March 1681.
No reason is given for the omission of certain kinds of musician recorded in the Sussex coroner's records, while references in the quarter sessions rolls are omitted on the grounds that they mostly relate to victuallers recognisances (lxxxv).
None the less we might wonder what value there is in such marginal records as a punishment at Glastonbury, where a 1617 Quarter sessions Roll item orders: 'That the said Nicholas Ruddock and Katheren Chauker shalbe both whipped through the Highe Street of Glaston aforesaid vntill their boddies shalbe both bloody and that there shalbe during the time of their whipping two fiddles playeing before them in regard to make knowne their lewdnes in begetting the said base child vppon the sabboth day coming from danceing' (i, 133).