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17th Century Tokens : Liskeard in Cornwall

W Numbers refer to Williamson's  Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century in England, Wales and Ireland, (1891)

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W26: Cornwall, Liskeard (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
BENIAMIN CHAPMAN
R  B C
IN LISCARD B C
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W27: Cornwall, Liskeard (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A rose
BENIAMIN CHAPMAN
R  B C
IN LISCARD B C
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W28: Cornwall, Liskeard (Farthing): (1666)
O  The Mercers' Arms
BENIAMIN CHAPMAN
R  B C
OF LISKARD 1666 B C
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W29: Cornwall, Liskeard (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  I C
IOHN CHAPMAN I C
R  I C
IN LISCARD I C
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The Chapmans were of great weight in Liskeard. Benjamin Chapman (the only Cornish issuer to whom three varieties are assigned), son of Edward Chapman, Mayor of Liskeard in 1620, was a Puritan. He became mayor in 1654, and in 1660 was presented by the Grand Jury, with his younger brother, "Jonathan Chapman, merchant, deceased" (mayor in 1649, 1653, 1657), and others, for taking "upon themselves to be Mayors and Magistrates of the borough, not being thereunto lawfully elected." John Chapman was another brother, and was commited to Launceston Gaol in 1663 for attending a Quakers' meeting at Liskeard. A Mrs. Chapman (widow of Jonathan?) sold powder in the same year to the Corporation.
W30: Cornwall, Liskeard (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOSEPH CLOAKE
R  I M C
OF LISCARD I M C
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W31: Cornwall, Liskeard (Farthing): (1664)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOSEPH CLOAKE
R  I M C
OF LISCARD 1664 I M C
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Cloake, probably represented in part also by Clogg, is a well-known name in the county, and is still to be found in the neighbourhood. Henry Cloake was a free burgess of the adjacent town of East Looe in 1620. Hugh Cloake, buried at Marazion in 1680, published, in 1685, "A Call from Sin to Holiness of Life."
W32: Cornwall, Liskeard (Farthing): (1660)
O  Three fleurs-de-lys
RICHARD KEMP 60
R  R K
IN LISSCARD R K
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Kemp is a name of very old standing in Liskeard; a charity was founded by one John Kempe there. William Kempe was a superior burgess in 1588. Peter Kempe was town sergeant for several years prior to 1662. The Kempes were settled at Lavethan, Blisland, in the seventeenth century. Mrs. Bray, the well-known authoress, recently deceased, was a descendant of the Cornish Kempes.

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