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Extracted from the Isham of Lamport Collection by Kay Collins 2003
Owners of Arms 1660

Originally, lists were made of men aged between 16 and 60 so that in times of need they
could be called upon to serve in a military capacity. They would supply their own weapons.

A Militia Act in 1662 charged owners of property to supply men, horses and arms.

Later lists in the 1700s are titled Muster Rolls or Militia Lists and by
the 1770s the age qualification was 18 to 45.

October 24th 1660
Ringstead A List of what armes are in the said parish
Mr Samuell EKINS two birdeing peeces
Mr RAYMOND on birden peece
Mr Alex. EKINS two birden peeces & a case of pistolls & raper
Mr William MORTON on musket but
    the said Mr MORTON is Charged with a musket.

A birding piece  
A hanger  
A raper      

a long barrelled sporting gun
a short sword
a rapier

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NRO ref: IL3980H
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