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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1882. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... warrants of special privilege, not indeed to rob, although sack the houses they did. The origin of this despicably-managed investigation was the Lancaster plot, which was concocted at Standish Hall for replacing the Stuarts on the throne. It was the ancient seat of the Jacobite and Catholic family of Standish. It is true the accused were not innocent, but Lunt's evidence was in great part trumped up. The Catholics in the neighbourhood of Wigan secretly determined to support James. The plot was concocted at Standish, and preparations to help the exiled king were quietly effected. Soldiers were raised from such Irish labourers in London as were discontented with England, who enlisted because they had failed to find work. Accoutrements and ammunition were stored in many Catholic houses. Lord Delamere, however, counteracted the efforts of these enthusiastic Jacobites by raising 40,000 soldiers. For his timely service to the crown he was elevated to the peerage, with the title of Lord Warrington. The family of Blundell came over with the Conqueror. As a Papist, the accused William was excluded from many of the advantages of education open to other Englishmen of his station, yet he was a distinguished scholar find soldier. He was saved from sharing in the licentious habits of young gentlemen of his time by marrying an amiable lady when he was only fifteen years of age. He was rendered a cripple for life at the attack on Lancaster (1642), under Lord Derby, whose lady, in her celebrated heroic defence of Lalhom House, he assisted. Ho adhered to Prince Charles and lost his estates, which he re purchased, and now, in the reign of William, when he is 75 years old, at the instigation of the unprincipled vagabond, Lunt, the Dutch troops enter his house by force at half-past ...
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