See also

Ann FIANDER (1742?-1764?)



Name: Ann FIANDER1
Sex: Female
Father: Stephen FIANDER (1711?-1779?)
Mother: Ann COLLENS (aft1716-1810?)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 1742 (est)1,2
Baptism 23 Apr 1742 (age 0) St Mary's Church, Almer, Dorset, England1,2
Death Feb 1764 (est) (age 21-22) Almer, Dorset, England3,4
Burial 11 Feb 1764 St Mary's Church, Almer, Dorset, England3,4
Buried in Woollen

Individual Note (shared)

Buried in Wool

From early times England was noted for her woolen products and home grown wool was a major part of the national wealth.


During the 14th and 15th centuries the protection of this national product was of great importance, and an act was passed in the reign of King Charles II for the express purpose of increasing the consumption of English wool.


Subsequent to the BURIAL IN WOOL ACTS 1667 and 1678 all bodies were to be buried in wool only, unless they have died from the Plague and an affidavit sworn accordingly. The penalty for not doing so was £5. These were repealed in 1814.


It was decreed that:


"No corps should be buried in anything other than what is made of sheep's wool only; or put into any coffin lined or faced with any material but sheep's wool, on pain of forfeiture of £5."


In addition, an affidavit to that effect was required not later than 8 days after the burial.


The following transcripts (although not unique) were found in the Rothbury Parish Register.


"Elizab. Litster, Late of Low Trewitt, deceased, ye 2nd daughter of Edward Litser was buried in nothing but wooling accordyng to ye Act on ye behalf, as does appear by ye affidavit made by Edward Litster and John Vint to Mr. Thom. Collingwood, one of his Majs. Justice of ye Peace, and his certificate under his hand bearing date ye 2nd of 7br., 1678."


"Mary Storrey, of ye Craghead, was wrapt or wound up in nothing but woollen accdng to Stat. on ye behalfe, as appears by Affidavit made by Robt. Storry, ibid, to r. Thom. Hursley, in his certificate under his hand, bearing date ye 5th day 5br., 1678"


1"Baptisms 1731 - 1879, St Mary's Church, Almer - Jane and Mary Fiander".
2"pages 37 - 40 Marriages, Burials and Christenings, Almer, Dorset".
3"Burials 1731 - 1879 Almer".
4"Burials, Almer, Dorset, England pages 61 - 70".