The History of Lincoln Waites

William Roberts - 1758

26 Sep 1758

John Smith had only become a Wait 2 years earlier. Why did he die in Office? Was he elderly? Was he sick? Was he killed? We just don't know.

William Roberts remained a wait until at least 1762, as can be seen from the following two entires in the Mayor's Accounts: (i) "To George Crathorne, Wm Wigley & Wm Roberts for one years salary due to them as City Waits at Michas 1760 - £6.6s" (Lincoln City Rolls 15/1759-1760), (ii) "Paid to George Crathorne, William Roberts, George Kerton, George Skelton for One Years Salary due to them as Citty Waits at Michaelmas 1762 - £7.7s" (Lincoln City Rolls 14/1761-1762).