Patents and Commissions

Scope and Content

Sir George Booth was created a baronet by letters patent in 1611 (EGR3/3/1/2). Three items below (EGR3/3/1/4-6) relate to the appointment of George Booth to the office of sheriff of Cheshire in 1621, renewed in 1622. Booth served as a justice of the peace for over 60 years (see V.C.H. Cheshire, vol. 2, p. 44), but a single commission issued under letters patent in 1621 survives within the archive (EGR3/3/1/3). There is a commission from the Earl of Essex to Sir George Booth and others to mobilise forces in support of Parliament at the outbreak of the civil wars in 1642 (EGR3/3/1/8). There are also two general pardons granted to Sir George Booth (EGR3/3/1/1 & /7).