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Serjeant-at-Mace

John Richardson was Abingdon’s serjeant-at-mace from 1628 until his death in 1663. His functions included escorting the mayor on ceremonial occasions and, more importantly, acting as his executive assistant, progress-chaser, receiver, enforcer and even at times jailer. A salary of 52s per year, although no doubt supplemented with perquisites, suggests that the job was not full time, although what else he did is not known. Nothing is known of his birth or family, but his executrix was a widow, Eleanor Moore, perhaps a daughter or granddaughter, who remarried soon after his death.

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