Quaker Studies

Research Note: To What Extent Were Quakers Being Persecuted after 1670?

Quaker Studies (2018), 23, (1), 109–120.

Abstract

Through the compilation of churchwardens’ accounts and the minutes of York and Thirsk monthly meetings, the life of Isaac Lindley, a leading minister based in a rural village in North Yorkshire, will be explored. Through Lindley, this article will re-examine the extent to which the persecution of Friends continued after 1670. Unique insight will be offered on the turbulent interactions between parish office-holders and dissenters, and the article will shed light on the differing experiences of rural Friends and their urban counterparts. Friends such as Isaac Lindley were crucial to the survival of the Quaker movement and ensured meetings continued even in the most rural of dwellings, where opposition was often fierce.

Research Note: To What Extent Were Quakers Being Persecuted after 1670?

Abstract

Through the compilation of churchwardens’ accounts and the minutes of York and Thirsk monthly meetings, the life of Isaac Lindley, a leading minister based in a rural village in North Yorkshire, will be explored. Through Lindley, this article will re-examine the extent to which the persecution of Friends continued after 1670. Unique insight will be offered on the turbulent interactions between parish office-holders and dissenters, and the article will shed light on the differing experiences of rural Friends and their urban counterparts. Friends such as Isaac Lindley were crucial to the survival of the Quaker movement and ensured meetings continued even in the most rural of dwellings, where opposition was often fierce.


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Reeve, Hannah