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Saturday, 3 March 2012

OLD SIR SIMON, Friargate

OLD SIR SIMON
76 Friargate
A reminder of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, the cute old Jacobite chief who
helped on the Rebellion of 1745, and who, in 1747, was tried in London
for treason, found guilty, and beheaded.
                                                                       Comments made by Anthony Hewitson
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The left half of what was Bello's Restaurant (and before that, the Torella Coffee Bar),
is recognisable as the Old Sir Simon.
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MINE HOSTS:
1818                        John Walmsley
1825                        Margaret Carroll
1861                        James Mercer  - d. February 1861
1861 - 77                Alice Mercer  - d. 14.7.1882 aged 68 years.
1881 - 95                James Mercer  -  Wine licence granted to J.M. in 1882.
1896 - 98                Thomas Holden
1899 - 1901            Frederick Yates
1904 - 08                Thomas Turner
     NO REFERENCE FOUND AFTER 1908
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ROBBERY OF MONEY FROM THE PERSON
Jane McNally, a middle-aged woman with
a child in her arms, was charged with stealing
15 shillings in money from the person of an
old man named Patrick Mee.
It appeared that on the morning of the 19th inst.,
the prosecutor took the prisoner into the Old Sir
Simon to treat her with a glass of beer, and whilst
there felt her put her hand in his pocket. He
immediately went out and returned with P.C. Berry,
and gave her into custody. When charged with the 
offence by the constable she stated that he had
given her the money.

The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was ordered to
be committed to the Lancaster Castle for on
calendar month, with hard labour.
Preston Chronicle 22nd Febryuary 1873
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 Lancashire Evening Post   6th February 1908
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CENSUS RETURNS

1851

1861
Alice Mercer                              47 years                      Beerseller                 b. Claughton
Elizabeth Mercer                        26                               Daughter                  b. Preston
John Mercer                               21                               Son                                  do
Silvester Mercer                         18                               Son                                  do
Dorothy Mercer                         16                               Daughter                          do
Alice Mercer                              10                               Daughter                          do

1871
Alice Mercer                             57 years                       Beerseller                b. Claughton
Alice Mercer                             20                                Daughter                 b. Preston

1881
James Mercer                           43 years                       Beerhouse Keeper   b. Preston
Ann Mercer                              44                                Wife                                 do
Dorothy Mercer                        17                                Daughter                          do
James Mercer                           15                                Son                                  do
Mary A. Mercer                       13                                Daughter                          do
Elizabeth Mercer                      11                                 Daughter                         do
Joseph Mercer                           9                                 Son                                 do
Richard W. Mercer                    6                                 Son                                 do
Margaret A. Mercer                  4                                  Daughter                         do

1891
James Mercer                          53 years                        Beerseller                b. Preston
Ann Mercer                             54                                 Wife                                 do
Elizabeth Mercer                      22                                 Daughter                          do
Joseph Mercer                         20                                 Son                                  do
Richard Mercer                       16                                  Son                                  do
Margaret A. Mercer                 14                                 Daughter                          do

1901
Frederick Yates                       33 years                       Wine & Beer Seller  b. Preston
Mary Yates                             37                                 Wife                                do
Mary Yates                             10 months                      Daughter                         do
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