Birth: 1725 - Circa

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Baptism: 17 February 1725

Place of Baptism: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Death: 31 May 1797

Place or Registered Place of Death: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Father: John Paget

Mother: Martha Wallington

Spouse(s): Thomas Mackarness

Date of Marriage: Before June 1750

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire


Mary Mackarness (1750-)
John Mackarness (1751-)
Martha Mackarness (1752-1802)
Elizabeth Mackarness (1753-1821)
Anne Mackarness


Chipping Norton
What it said in the Universal British Directory, 1791
In the hundred of Chadlington, is a large, regular, well-built town; has a market on Wednesday for corn, &c. and seven annual fairs, viz. March 7, May 6th, last Friday in May, July 18th, September 4th, November 8th, and the last Friday in November, for horses, cows, sheep, and all sorts of ware. It is a borough town, governed by two baliffs and twelve burgesses. Their charter was granted by James I. in 1606: the bailiffs are chosen annually on the first Monday after St. Michael, and must be sworn into office at their court leet and baron (being lords of the manor) within one month after their being so chosen. They are empowered to hold a court, and to determine actions under 40s. The names of those at present in office are:

Mr. Joseph Malims
Mr. John Ward

Mr. Thomas West
Mr. Charles Heynes
Mr. John Townsend
Mr. Thomas Winter
Rev. Thomas Evans, Vicar
Mr. Thomas Heynes
Mr. Robert Kinglake
Mr. John Ford
Mt. Joseph Freeman
Mr. Thomas Winter, Attorney, Town-clerk.

The free grammar-school, founded by King Edward VI. is at present in high estimation. The master, who is appointed by the Corporation, has a handsome salary.

The church, situated below the town, is a noble structure in the Gothic taste, 98 feet long by 87 feet wide, the middle aisle 46 feet high, is much noticed for its light and curious workmanship in the windows: the church contains a number of brass monuments, erected in the 14th century to the memory of divers merchants, which shews it to have been formerly a place of great trade. The tower is lofty, with a peal of six musical bells. There are marks of a castle by the church, and Roman coins are frequently found there. Chipping Norton sent burgesses to parliament once in the reign of Edward I. and twice in that of Edward III. but never since. In the centre of the town, grows a fine spreading elm, with a numerous rookery in it; the birds are almost as tame as domestic fowls, a circumstance which is taken much notice of by traveller for its rarity. On Chapel-heath, near the town, there are annual horse-races. Not far from this there are Rollrich stones, a little Stonehenge, being a circle of great stones standing upright, some of them from five to seven feet high, and probably the vestigies of an old British temple, as that was.

The town is situated on the turnpike road from London to Worcester; distant from London 74 miles, and from Worcester 37.

There is a considerable manufactory carried on here for making horse-cloathing, tilting, &c. by Mr. Thomas Bliss and Sons, (F.) — and two others for harreteens, the one by Mr. S. Biggerstaff (F.), and the other by Mr. Joseph Freeman.

The post-office is kept by Mrs. Hannah Mackarness, in the New-street, and all letters must be put in the office by six o'clock in the evening: postage of letters to and from London 4d. to and from Worcester 3d.

Hannah Paget