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The Black Assizes in the West

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol. 16 (1884) pp. 595-604.


Frederick Willcocks

Prepared by Michael Steer

Dr Willcock's paper, presented at the Association's July 1884 Newton Abbot meeting focuses on reports of several fatal epidemics of typhus (or gaol fever), that occurred at the County Assizes during the 16th and 18th centuries. The horrific events that occurred in the Western Circuit (Exeter, Taunton and Launceston) were recorded by John Hooker, Chamberlain of Exeter, and Dr John Huxham FRS, a Plymouth physician. An outbreak at Exeter in 1586 was recorded in Holinshed's Chronicle (1587). Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.

Anderson, Sir Edmund 597
Bacon, Lord 600
Baker 596
Bassett, Sir Arthur Knt 599, 601, 603
Bell, Sir Robert, Knt 597
Braund, John 601
Carew, Thomas 599-600
Carie, Robert Esq 599, 603
Chanter, Mr J R 600
Chichester, Sir John 599, 601
Chichester, Sir Philip 603
Cogan, Thomas 596, 600
Drake, Barnard Esq 598
Drake, Sir Barnard Knt 599-601, 603-4
Dymond, Mr Robert FSA 597
Elizabeth I 597, 600
Ellis & Spedding 600
Floredaie, Serjeant 597, 599
Flowerdby, Assizes Serjeant (Flowerday) 600-1, 603
Fortescue, John Esq 599-600
Gutch 601
Hall 596
Holinshed 596-7, 604
Hooker, John alias Vowell 596-7, 599-601, 603-4
Howard, John 595-6, 602-3
Howe 596
Huxham, John MD, FRS 596-7, 601-3
Izacke, Richard 600-2
Kingsley, Canon 601
Lysons 600
Pengelly, Lord Chief Baron 596, 602
Pigot, John 602
Pole, Sir William 600
Polwhele 600
Popham, Mr 596
Prince, John 597, 600, 602
Pringel, Sir John MD, PRS 596
Risdone, Thomas Esq 599, 603
Sheppard, Sir James Knt 602
Stow 596, 600
Waldron, John 599
Waldron, Thomas 600
Ward 596
Westcote 600
Wood, Anthony ā 596, 601
Wyot, Philip 600

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