A va­ri­ety of so­cial classes

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In many cases, the in­di­vid­ual is de­scribed as an army of­fi­cer, cler­gy­man, head con­sta­ble, mayor or ex­cise of­fi­cer, for ex­am­ple. In oth­ers, he is ‘la­belled’ as a knight, gen­tle­men or esquire. In about a fifth, though, he is a yeo­man or an or­di­nary trades­man, such as Fran­cis Bo­s­tock, a tan­ner from Withing­ton in Mac­cles­field. It’s not clear why th­ese men needed to cer­tify that they were in com­mu­nion with the Church of Eng­land, but it demon­strates that more or­di­nary peo­ple might be in­volved.

Here’s an ex­am­ple: “Ge­orge Percivall of Over Tab­ley in the County of Ch­ester, Yeo­man, and John Rye of Nei­ther Peover


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