Excerpt from The Oldest Register Book of the Parish of Hawkshead in Lancashire: 1568-1704 N 1891 the Editor first projected the transcription of the earliest Register Book of Hawkshead; but, owing to a variety of reasons, it had to be abandoned for a time. In 1893, however, he was enabled to commence work, and a verbatz'm' and lz'z'eratz'm transcript was proceeded with as quickly as possible, until in October, 1895, the manuscript was placed in the hands of the publishers and circulars sent out. Owing doubt to the rural character of the district, subscribers' names came in but slowly, so that it was t until the commencement of this year that the editor and publishers considered that they were justified in sending the work to press. From those whose names appear in the list of subscribers, the editor feels that he should ask pardon for the delay (unavoidable though it was) in the publication of the present volume. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.