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The Sequestration Papers of Edward Farnham of Quorndon

The Civil Wars between 1642 and 1651, saw armies loyal to King Charles I and Parliament faced off in three wars over longstanding disputes about religious freedom and how the “three kingdoms” of England, Scotland and Ireland should be governed. Notable outcomes of the wars included the execution of King Charles I in 1649, eleven years of republican rule in England and the establishment of Britain’s first standing national army.

Few records were kept during this period, but it is thought that the outward sympathies of most people in the area were for Parliament. Edward Farnham however, supported the Royalist cause and left Quorn with his family to move to Ashby de la Zouch a Royalist stronghold. His friend Henry Hastings, the 6th Earl, occupied Ashby as a Royalist base, and Ashby formed a crucial link between Royalist operations in the north and south. Hastings fortified the town and castle on an impressive scale, and Charles I twice visited the castle.

In 1646, after capture and imprisonment, Edward Farnham was fined £480 by Parliament and had his land sequestered ‘as a delinquent for adhering to the Royalist cause’. He had lived at the Over Hall (Quorn House), was baptised in Quorn in 1594 and died in 1669. The Sequestration Papers were assembled and published by the Rev. W.G.D. Fletcher MA FSA in 1907.

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 Submitted on: 2021-11-12
 Submitted by: Dennis Marchant
 Artefact ID: 2471

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