John Booker died in April of dysentery, and was buried in the Church of St. James, Duke's Place, London. He was born in Manchester, April 23, 1601, and apprenticed to a mercer in London; but turned his attention to astronomy and astrology, in which he became so efficient as to be appointed licenser of all such books as related to mathematics or the celestial sciences. It is said by Lilly that "he had a curious fancy in judging of thefts, and was quite as successful in resolving love questions," He wrote The Bloody Irish Almanac, 1643; The Dutch Fortune-teller brought to England, 1667, and various other almanacs.(7)

30th. April Tuesday
The Rev. Oliver Heywood notes in his Diary that he stayed at Mr. Hulton's, at Manchester. "They have a foolish custom after twelve o'clock to rise and ramble abroad, make garlands, strew flowers, &c., which they call Bringing in May. I could sleep little that night by reason of the tumult; the day after being May the 1st. I went to Denton."(7)

6th. May Monday
Nicholas Stratford, M.A., Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, at the age of 34, appointed warden. In conjunction with the fellows, he framed a new statute for the college, which permitted the two chaplains to be absent forty days in the year; the four singing men, twenty days each; and the four singing boys, tweleve days each. May 6.(7)

6th. August Tuesday
Richard Heyrick, B.D., Warden of the Collegiate Church, died August 6, aged 67 years, and was buried near to the altar of the Collegiate Church, over which he had presided during the greater part of the most turbulent periods of English history. He was descended from the ancient family of the Herricks, at Beaumanor, in Leicestershire, and educated at Oxford. He was appointed Warden of Manchester in 1636, obtained for him in reversion by his father, in lieu of a debt owing to his family by the Crown. He was a Presbyterian, and continued to hold his post during the Commonwealth, but was greatly in favour of the Restoration, which proved so disastrous to his party. The King granted the wardenship to Dr. John Woolley, but Heyrick's resistance was so effectual that no attempt was made at dispossession, and he remained warden until his death. He wrote Queen Esther's Resolve, 1646, and other sermons. Fuller details of his career are given in Hibbert-Ware's Foundations and Halley's Lancashire.(7)