This Joh. Ashton, commonly called capt. Ashton, was a gent. of antient extract in Lancashire, was cashier or treasurer to Maria Beatricia, the royal consort of king Jam. II. who for his just dealing and loyalty had a singular respect for him. But he being taken, with the most noble and generous sir Rich. Graham visc. Preston, and Edm. Elliot gent. as they were going in a yacht to France, in order to adhere to the cause of king James II. in the beginning of January 1690, they were all committed to custody. Afterwards being brought to their tryal at the sessions-house in the Old-Bayley, Ashton was condemn'd to dye, and accordingly he suffer'd death at Tyburn on the 28th day of the said month of January 1690.