Picture of a Pardon

. We hold in our collection a universal pardon dating to January 15, 1559, the date of Queen Elizabeth I’s coronation. This pardon was purchased by Sir Robert Langley of Agecroft, Lancashire, Eccles Parish, for 26 shillings, 8 pence, quite a significant amount of money for 1558 or 1559. The document, which is special because it relates directly to our house, was lost for a few centuries but, thankfully, came back into our possession in the 1990s. Because it is a universal pardon, this document does not pardon one particular act or event. While very specific pardons like that do exist, a universal pardon could be considered an “insurance policy” against many crimes, real or accused. Langley’s

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