24 April. After the death of the Queen and the conspiracy to
assasinate William III, it became more than ever necessary to require
from the recusants the oaths of Allegiance and Abjuration, as set out
in the Act of 1 Will. and Mary, and further a declaration against
Transubstantiation and the invocation of saints according to the
Act of 30 Charles II. The oaths were as follows:—
Allegiance. I, A. B. do sincerely promise and swear, that I will
be faithful and bear true allegiance to their Majesties King William
and Queen Mary.
Abjuration. I, A. B. do swear, that I do from my heart abhor,
detest and abjure as impious and heretical, that damnable doctrine and
position, that Princes excommunicated or deprived by the Pope, or
any authority of the See of Rome, may be deposed or murdered by
their subjects, or any other whomsoever. And I do declare, that
no foreign Prince, person, prelate, state or potentate hath, or ought
to have, any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminence or
authority, ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm.
Declaration. I, A. B. do solemnly and sincerely in the presence
of God, profess, testify and declare, that I do believe that in the
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, there is not any Transubstantiation
of the Elements of Bread and Wine into the Body and Blood of Christ,
at or after the Consecration thereof by any person whatsoever; and
that the Invocation or Adoration of the Virgin Mary, or any other
saint, and the Sacrament of the Mass, as they are now used in the
Church of Rome, are superstitious and idolatrous. That I do make
this Declaration without any evasion, equivocation or mental
reservation whatsoever; and without any Dispensation by the Pope
or any authority or person whatsoever, or without thinking that I am
or can be acquitted before God or man or absolved of this Declaration,
or any part thereof, although the Pope or any other person or power
whatsoever should dispense with or annull the same, or declare that
it was null and void from the beginning.
Throughout the townships the names of those recusants who
neglected or refused to make these oaths and declaration will be given.
Here in Docker there is only the one name—Anthony Duckett—
who thus rendered himself liable to incur all the penalties, forfeitures
and disabilities which by the laws in force might be inflicted on a
Popish Recusant Convict. K. Indict. Book, 1692-1724.
2 May. Estimate by the high constables of the charge for repairing
Docker Bridge, 15s. (Ibid). Order to have it repaired. K. Order
Book, 1696-1724; Browne MSS., vol. 1, n. 221.
Thomas Pearson, a Nonjuror, owned a house called "Myers"
in Docker. English Catholic Nonjurors of 1715.
7 April. Order that the two high constables do forthwith repair
Docker Bridge (K. Order Book, 1760-70). On 12 January, 1767, it
was again presented as in great decay and an order was made to the
high constables to forthwith view the bridge and report the condition
at the next Sessions (K. Indict. Book, 1760-70). On 27 April, 1767,
the constables were ordered to contract for the repair, and on
9 January, 1769, it was certified as being in good and sufficient
repair. K. Order Book, 1760-70.
Arthur Shepherd purchased the estate commonly called Little
Docker from George Liddle. The title deeds go back to 17 June,
1578, when for a consideration of £80 an Indenture was made between
Edward Beck, shearman, and Richard Newby, chapman. In 1609
Randal Newby in consideration of £104 conveyed the estate to
Nicholas Storey, it being the yearly rent of 8s. and parcel of the lands
of Sir Francis Duckett In 1698 Thomas Moore, mercer of Kendal,
was seised of the estate in tenant right and under payment of 8s. and
of fines, heriots and dues, and being desirous to purchase the messuage
and tenements into a fee simple estate, the Right Hon. John Lord
Viscount Lonsdale, entered into an agreement with him for the
enfranchisement of the estate. By 1788 Joseph Moore had become
possessed and by his will he bequeathed it to his granddaughter
Dorothy Moore so soon as she should be able to give a discharge to the
Trustees. Subsequently (c. 1802) this Dorothy married the abovesaid George Liddel, banker of Kingston upon Hull. Shaw End
20 November. Recommended that Docker Bridge be grouted with
cement. C. C. Minutes, 1908-9.