Cecil Papers: 1602

Pages 95-97

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 23, Addenda, 1562-1605. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1973.

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Sir William Bowes to Sir Robert Cecil.
[c. July, 1602]. Lady Mallory was in possession of Aldwark by right of dowry from her late husband, Sir Godfrey Foljambe. She leased it to his son Godfrey who, when he died, conveyed the lease to his wife Isabel. At the request of Francis Foljambe, Isabel gave him permission to reside at Aldwark with an allowance of £20 annually. But he proved so refractory that petitioner, now husband of Isabel Foljambe, had to sue him at York, and obtained restitution of Aldwark. Foljambe ignored the decree and all succeeding legal processes and was therefore declared an outlaw. When he died petitioner renewed his suit against his widow, and would have regained possession but for a letter from Cecil which she produced to stay proceedings. The letter would seem to have been procured by Wortley, the widow's son, who informed Mr Francis Bacon that the eviction of his mother would prejudice his ward. Bacon therefore applied for and obtained the letter from Cecil. Petitioner adduces reasons why this state of affairs is prejudicial to the rights and interests of Lady Mallory as rightful owner of the property, and asks Cecil to discuss the matter with Bacon and to direct the court at York to proceed in it.—Undated.
1 p. (P. 473.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XII, pp. 259–60.]
Giorgio Lunauer to Thomas Wilson.
1602, September 27. He has received his letter of September 26 from Padua, and sends him Birone's writings [la scrittura del Birone]. He will send the account as instructed. He encloses the usual foglio [? receipt] and in future will send it as instructed with the news-sheet from Milan as soon as it comes. He refers to a conversation in an unnamed place where he [Wilson] was very freely spoken of, but he [Wilson] has a clear conscience and need not mind what is said. He will keep the letter for Mr Hugh Lloid until his arrival. He understands that Wilson was in Venice, but left as it was not to his taste. He asks whether he [Wilson] has had the agate—grey pill [bolo griso d'agata] which was in the box.—Venice, 27 of September, 1602.
Italian. 1½ pp. (107. 40.)
[See PRO, S.P. 99 (Venice), Bundle 2, p. 148.]
Herbert Croft versus the Countess of Essex.
[c. November, 1602]. A note that Mr Baskerville of Here fordshire, who died some 14 years ago, (fn. 1) held land of the Crown by knight service, besides other property of the late Earl of Essex. The Queen granted the wardship of his heir to the Earl of Essex. but the feodary of Herefordshire claimed that the tenures were held of the Crown not of the Earl of Essex. The matter was examined in the Court of Wards, and judgment given in favour of the Earl, who was confirmed in the grant of the wardship. Now Mr Crofts has obtained a melius inquirendum, and found the tenures to be of the Crown, and some to be in capite. The matter is to be heard, and the Countess of Essex who holds the tenures for term of life is to contest the claim. The manors held of her are Staunton, Eardisley, Over Letton and Chanston. —Undated.
1 p. (P. 2336.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XII, pp. 498–9, and Vol. VII, p. 532.]
Pembroke College.
[1602]. Two of the statutes of Pembroke College, Cambridge. —Undated.
Latin. ½ p. (136. 140.)
Sir William Strode to —.
[1602]. Sir George Southcott, then resident in London, did not leave for the country until within a fortnight of the execution of the commission, and did not disclose the supersedeas he had obtained to his adversaries until the present time. The undersheriff failed to return a jury until the day before the commission was to sit at Crediton, and claimed that he had been forced to pick most of them from that parish and the rest in the neighbourhood of the house of the Lord Chief Baron, who is father-in-law to the sheriff. (fn. 2) Petitioner asks that no new commission be granted while the present sheriff holds office.—Undated and unsigned
Endorsed: "Sir W. Strowd." ⅓ p. (P. 1951.) See P. 2394 infra p. 115.
Brigstock Park.
1602. Map of the Great and Little Parks of Brigstock, signed by R. Treswell and dated 1602.
Endorsed: "Brigstock 1602." 1 sheet. (CPM supplementary 40.)
[? c. 1602]. Map of the Great and Little Parks at Brigstock, co. Northants. The writing in the two inset tables suggests that it may be the work of Israel Amyes, who prepared a survey of Sir Robert Cecil's lands in Hertfordshire in 1600. Cecil was granted the two parks by Queen Elizabeth in December, 1602. (fn. 3)Undated.
1 sheet. (CPM supplementary 39.)


  • 1. Died on January 8, 1588–89. [See PRO, Inq. P.M. C. 142. 221/107.]
  • 2. Mary, the eldest daughter of Sir William Peryam, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, was married to William Poole, of Colcombe, co. Devon, who was sheriff of that shire from December, 1601, to December, 1602. Peryam had a house called Little Fulford near Crediton, where he died in 1604. See D.N.B., p. 44.
  • 3. See Northants Records Society, Vol. XXIII, p. 172.