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Morpeth Waits


"William Lamshaw 1712-1798, an innkeeper at Morpeth, and one of the Town Waits, became the Duchess's piper in 1775, was John Peacock's first teacher, and his family is remembered in the tune Lamshaw's Fancy."

These are some musicians found in the Morpeth parish register transcripts, plus the document noted for Shafto.


NAME
FIRST RECORD
LAST RECORD (not death)
DEATH/BURIAL
DESCRIPTION

Jollie / Jolly Edward

1681

musician


Shafto / Shaftoe Aaron

1697

1710

Musician
(Northumberland Record Office, ZMI/B6/III/43,
30 Dec 1710 Receipt)


Shotton Robert

1696

1699

musician fiddler


Story Thomas

1684

wait


Wilson James

1688

dancing master


Young James

1703

musician



Margaret Maddison



A few more choice discoveries. Alan Radford, 4th February 2020.

MORPETH

Journal of the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society, v 17 (1992)

"At 10 o'clock [on Michaelmas Monday] the warning bell rang, fifteen minutes later the notice bell, and shortly after the meeting bell. Those whose duty it was to attend the court had for some time been assembling at the 'Queen's Head', where they prepared for the duties of the day by partaking of biscuits with wine and spirits. They took their places in the order - first, the town's waits, a piper and fiddler in green coats and drab knee breeches, each bearing on his right arm a silver badge of the corporation arms; then four constables bearing staves ....."



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