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THE HABELL-BODIED MEN OF NORTHLEIGH  IN 1569

 

If the King required their services, these men had to drop everything and muster immediately under the leadership of the leading nobleman of the area. They had to provide their own weapon to fight with, as listed,  out of their own pockets - a form of taxation.   The Presenters were responsible to the King for getting the Muster right.   Northleigh's Presenters were John Webber, Richard Farwood and John Wishlade  - you can tell at once that this was a poor community with a very small population .

 

ARCHERS

John Bucknoll John Mitchell - - - -

 

HARQUEBUSIERS

(A single-shot early form of the musket)

Richard Collier - - - - - - - -

 

BILLMEN

(A sharp billhook as used to cut hay or corn in the fields.  These men were to hack away at any oncomers and disable them if possible)

John Caley Robert Clapp - - - -

 

PIKEMEN

( A long wooden stick with a heavy, ponted metal tip welded on.

Their task was to defend the musketeers while they reloaded)

John Whitemor jun. Robert Caley - - - -

 

 
 
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