Middlesex County Records: Volume 1, 1550-1603. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1886.
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24 January, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Hoxton co. Midd. on the said day, Henry Ashewell alias Ashebye late of London butcher stole seventeen white wethers and two black ewes, worth six pounds, of the goods and chattels of Fulke Oneslowe esq. at Hoxton aforesaid. G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
5 February, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that Daniel Swarthe shoemaker, Francis Westbye yoman, Thomas Lambard cobler, all three of Holborne, and Ralph Redborne of Cowelane in London curriar, on the said day broke into the house of Michael Blewenson in Turmil streete co. Midd., and assaulted Helen the said Michael's wife, so that her life was despaired of. G. S. P. R., Easter, 24 Eliz.
6 February, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill for not going to any church, chapel or other place of Common Prayer from the said day to 18th March then next following, against Edward Yatte gentleman, John Whytehed yoman and William Jeneson gentleman, all three of Westminster. Edward Yate and John Whythead both and each acknowledged the indictment; Wherefore it was adjudged that each of them should have the penalty of the statute.—Similar True Bill, for not going to any church, chapel or usual place of Common Prayer from 18th January last past to 16th March then next following, against John Townley gentleman, James Braybrooke gentleman, Pollidor Morgan gentleman, John Moore gentleman, Humfrey Comberford gentleman, Robert Dubdall yoman, Humfrey Eyton gentleman, Edward Polle yoman, Thomas Edwards gentleman, Ralph Collyer clerk, Laurence Vaus clerk, all of Westminster; and Magdalen Heathe wife of Thomas Heathe of Fulham co. Midd. gentleman; and Jane Thompson spinster, Antony Frogmorton gentleman, John Cormorth clerk, and Richard Rosse clerk, all of Westminster.—On the Bill, a memorandum that John Towneley, James Braybrooke, Pollidor Morgan, John More (sic), Humfrey Cumberford, Robert Dubdall, Humfrey Eiton, Edward Polle, Thomas Edwardes, Ralph Collyer, Laurence Vaus, Jane Thompson, Anthony Frogmorton (sic), John Cormorth, Thomas Cotesmore and Richard Rosse all and each acknowledged the indictment. "Ideo consideratum fuit quod quilibet eorum habeat penam statuti." G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
22 February, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Hoxton co. Midd. on the said day of February, John Smythe late of London yoman stole a linen "Cristeninge sheete" worth twenty shillings, a piece of cloth worth twenty shillings, a piece of linen cloth called "a biggen," "et vnam manicam panni linei ad valenciam xs.," of the goods and chattels of an unknown man. Putting himself 'Guilty,' John Smythe asked for the book, read like a clerk, and was delivered in accordance with the statute. G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
28 February, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at the parish of St. Clement Danes on the said day of February, Henry Roulton of the said parish yoman assaulted—"et ipsam Luciam rapuit, defloravit et carnaliter cognovit"—Lucy Baunardcarkey, an infant of eleven years of age.—Po se cul ca null: Sus. G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
1 March, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at the parish of St. Clement Danes co. Midd. on the said day, Margery Wytton late of London spinster stole two pillowbers worth eight shillings and sixpence, two ells of fyne canvas worth four shillings and eight pence, half an ell of fine hollande worth sixteen pence, "unum mensale ad valenciam viiis., unum mantelium ad valenciam xxd.," with divers other articles, including "tria par' vinculorum vocat' frenche garters coloris russet et blacke ad valenciam vs. . . . . unum par tibial' vocat'silke stockens coloris nigri ad valenciam xlvs., . . . . duas libras et dimid' bissi vocat' fine granado silke colorum diversorum ad valenciam vili. vs., of the goods and chattels &c. of Thomas Slye at St. Clement's Danes.—Putting herself 'Guilty,' Margery Wytton pleaded pregnancy and was remanded before judgment. Afterward she and her accomplice in the felony (John Taylor late of London yoman, who also put himself 'Guilty,') were sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
1 March, 24 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before John Haynes esq. J.P., of Thomas Sleye of the parish of St. Clement Danes co. Midd. gentleman, Henry Townsend of the same parish arrowhead maker, and John Cautly of Islington victualler in, in the sum of forty pounds; For their appearance "att ye next Sessions of inquirye at Finnesburye," to give evidence against Edward Tailor (sic) and Margerrye Whytton. G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
13 March, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Westminster on the said day, Richard Messure late of London yoman stole "a turkie carpett" worth five shillings, two pairs of linen sheets worth twenty shillings, two pillowebeares worth six shillings and eightpence, another pair of linen sheets worth five shillings, four diaper napkins worth six shillings, "quinque vela serici vocat' curtyns of Cornacion taffeta ad valenciam vis.," a black hat worth two shillings, a russet-coloured hat worth three shillings, a rapier and a parcel-gylte dagger worth twenty-six shillings, of the goods and chattels of John Leeke esq. G. D. R., 27 April, 24 Eliz.
16 March, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill against Nicholas Spenser of Westminster butcher, for killing, dressing and selling, without licence or warrant to do so, ten wethers, ten calves and ten lambs in the season of Lent. G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
19 March, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at St. Martin's-in-theFields on the said day, Margaret Cooper late of London spinster stole a woman's woollen gown of "sheepes coler" worth thirty shillings, and divers pieces of linen cloth worth twenty shillings of the goods and chattels of Robert Okleson, and a red woollen petticoat of the goods and chattels of an unknown person, in the said Robert Okleson's keeping. Po se cul de parvo latrocinio: Et jurat' appreciaverunt bona et catalla ad xd.—Ca null deliberetur solvend' feod'. G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
30 March, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Hampsted co. Midd. on the said day, Richard Croftes alias Crosley late of London gentleman, and Richard Bacon alias Gravett late of London yoman, stole and carried off a gold chain worth eighty pounds, of the goods and chattels of Henry, lord Clynton, then being in the custody of Robert Eldred, and eight shillings and sixpence in numbered money, of the goods and chattels of Robert Eldred at Hampsted. G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
2 April, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Pyckthatche in the parish of St. Giles-without-Creplegate co. Midd. Christofer Chappeman of Pyckthatche aforesaid yoman broke into James Hamon's dwellinghouse (domum mansionalem), and with a stick, which he held in his hands, struck and beat Grace Hamon (James Hamon's wife) on her right arm. G. D. R., 9 April, 24 Eliz.
7 April, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill against Thomas Fyssher, James Buckhurste, John Allen, John Dacklege, Richard Shellyber, Ralph Burges and Oliver Wade, all of Chauncerylane co. Midd. unmarried taylors, for exercising the art and faculty of a taylor at Chauncerylane against the form of the statute of 5 Eliz. in that case provided, on the aforesaid day and at divers times before and afterwards. G. S. P. R., Easter, 24 Eliz.
25 April, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Fulham co. Midd. on the said day, Francis Rowse smythe, Edward Brooke yoman, and James Buskyn yoman made a violent entry on a certain garden and orchard, being the freehold of William Sugden gentleman, and expelled a certain Ralph Beadlam therefrom and disseized the said William Sugden of the same, and still keep them out of the said garden and orchard. G. D. R., 27 April, 24 Eliz.
17 July, 24 Elizabeth.—Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Westminster on view of the body of Thomas Williams, then and there lying dead: With Verdict that, on the night of 16 July 24 Eliz. between the hours eleven and twelve, Jenkinns Hewes late of Westminster yoman and Robert Barecloughe late of Westminster yoman were walking in the highway called the Great Sanctuary, when there came to the same place Oliver Dorrington late of the same city yoman, and that they interchanged insulting words, Upon which Oliver Dorrington with a staff called a Coole Staffe, which he held in both his hands, advanced with the intention of wounding the same Jenkinns and Robert; and That Jenkinns Hewes, having in his right hand a sword and in his left hand a buckler, and Robert Barecloughe, having in his right hand a sword and in his left hand a dagger, were fighting and making an affray with Oliver Dorrington, when there came the aforesaid Thomas Williams into the same highway who, having a rapier in his right hand and a buckler in his left, joined in the fray, fighting on the side of Oliver Dorrington against Jenkinns Hewes and Robert Barecloughe, in which affray Jenkinns Hewes with his sword gave Thomas Williams, on the right part of his neck, a mortal blow of which he instantly died. On his arraignment Jenkinns Hewes put himself 'Not Guilty' of the felonious killing of Thomas Williams, but 'Guilty' of killing him in self-defence. G. D. R., 28 Aug., 24 Eliz.
23 July, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Seynt Martyns in the Fyld on the said day, Thomas Holcrofte gentleman, John Gryffyn yoman, Thomas Harrys taylor and John Stocks chaundler, broke into the house of Thomas Poulteney gentleman. G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 24 Eliz.
3 August, 24 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Robert Harrys esq., one of the Masters of Chancery and J.P. for co. Midd., of Thomas Holland of Whitecrosstreat co. Midd. silkwever, and Jonas Blankes in the same street silkwever, in the sum of ten pounds each, and Henry Bettes of the same street plasterer in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Henry Bettes's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace, to answer "for keepinge companie all night with a lightwoman in Turmilstreat." G. D. R., 28 Aug., 24 Eliz."
18 August, 24 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Humfrey Smythe esq. J.P., of John Heale of the Inner Temple gentleman and John Hatch of the same Temple gentleman, in the sum of ten pounds each: For the appearance of Nicholas Mayner of the parish of St. Sepulchre in London at the next General Session of the Peace, and in the mean time for his peaceful bearing towards all people, and more especially towards Thomas Rainsford of the parish of St. Andrew in High Holborn cook. G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 24 Eliz.
19 August, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Westminster on the said day, John Bryce alias Pryce late of Westminster yoman, "felonice rapuit deflorauit et carnaliter cognovit" Katherine Blenkinsoppe, an infant of twelve years of age. Po se cul ca null': Sus. G. D. R., 28 Aug., 24 Eliz.
25 August, 24 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Richard Yonge esq. J.P., of John Harley of Shorditche baker, in the sum of twenty pounds, for his appearance "at the nexte Sessions of Inquirye or of the Peace" to be holden within the com. of Midd., "to geue testimonye and euidence of and concerning certen rebellious and trayterous speaches vttered and pronounced by John Malvill, Scottishman, and doe not then departe without licence of the Courte." G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 24 Eliz.
31 August, 24 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Barnard Randolph esq. J.P., of Margery Androwes of the parish of Clarkenwell co. Midd. widow, in the sum of forty pounds, and of Henry Stokes yoman and George Smythe taylor, both of the said parish, in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the said Margery's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace, "for that shee is suspected to be a wytche and that shee hathe bewytched a man childe of Mychaell Blwinson (sic) of thage of three yeres olde or there aboutes, whoe is by reason of the sam ded as is said." G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 24 Eliz.
25 September, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer from the said day to 1st January then next following, against Anthony Throgmorton gentleman, Humfrey Comberford gentleman, Edward Yate gentleman, John Moore gentleman, Edward Poule gentleman, all of Westminster; Malina wife of . . . . Heathe of Fulham; and Jane Thompson, spinster, Laurence Vauxe clerk, Ralph Collyer clerk, John Cormorthe clerk, Thomas Cottesmore clerk and Richard Rosse clerk, all of Westminster.—At the bill's foot a memorandum that on 22 January 25 Eliz. Humfrey Comberford, Edward Yate, John Moore, Edwarde Poule, John Cormorthe and Richard Rosse all and each acknowledged the indictment before the Justices for delivering the gaol of Newgate, when it was adjudged that each of them should have the penalty of the statute.— Similar True Bill, for not going to church &c. from 25 September 24 Eliz. to 1st January then next following, against Juliana Burde wife of William Burde of Harlingeton co. Midd. gentleman, Anthony Briggam of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields gentleman, Ralph Noble of Haddley co. Midd. yoman, William Hudson of the same parish yoman, Sir John Arrundell of Clarkenwell co. Midd. knt., and his wife the Lady Agnes Sturton, and John Walker of Islingeton co. Midd. gentleman. G. D. R., 18 Jan., 25 Eliz.
1 October, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Hogge Lane co. Midd., Henry Browne of Hogge lane in Whitechappell dug and made "quandam foveam vocat' a sawe-pytt" to the nuisance and injury of the inhabitants of and passers through the said lane. G. S. P. R. Michaelmas, 24 Eliz.
2 October, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill against John Clackwell late of Herefeild co. Midd. yoman, for having on the said day fraudulently put to his own use eight of the twenty pullettes, which, in obedience to a certain writ from the same John Clackwell, one of the Chief Constables within the Hundred of Elthorne co. Midd., John Rodyng and John Hale constables of Ruyslippe co. Midd. took, provided and delivered to the said Chief Constable for the Queen's use. Endorsed with the names of the Jurors who found the bill, George Shelley being one of them. G. D. R., 4 Oct., 25 Eliz.
16 October, 24 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Robert Harris esq. one of the Masters of Chancery and J.P. for co. Midd., of Mathew Shakespeare (sic) of St. Johns Streat co. Midd. vitler and Miles Gelyon of the same street smith, in the sum of five pounds each, and of Hugh Vomer of the same street smyth, in the sum of ten pounds; For the said Hugh Vomer's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace and in the mean time for his peaceful bearing towards all people and especially to Robert Wattes. G. D. R., 4 October, 25 Eliz.
6 November, 24 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Edmonton co. Midd. on the said day, Owin Jones late of Edmonton aforesaid, clerk, assaulted Marcea Askewe, wife of Hugh Askewe, "et ibidem felonice rapuit defloravit et eam contra voluntatem suam carnaliter cognovit." Po se non cul nec rec. G. D. R., 15 April, 25 Eliz.
23 December, 25 Elizabeth.— True Bill that, at Westminster co. Midd. on the said day, John Wallyn alias Sheregrynder and Edward Ralien, both late of London yomen, entered the house of John Walley gentleman and stole therefrom a violet woollen-cloth gown trimmed with velvet worth seven pounds, a sylke chamblett kyrtell worth thirty-five shillings, a white satten dublett worth twenty shillings, a pair of yellow Jerse netherstockyns worth forty shillings, a Scottishe dagger worth ten shillings, and a piece of cloth called 'arris-hangins' worth eight pounds. Acknowledging the indictment, he was sentenced to be hung. Et postea (at G. D., 27 March, 26 Eliz.) po se cul ca null, asked for the book, read like a clerk and was delivered. G. D. R., 15 April, 25 Eliz.
26 December, 25 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, between eleven and twelve p.m. in the night of the said day and at divers times before and afterwards, at the parish of St. Clement Danes co. Midd., Seintlowe Knyston gentleman, George Peters alias Anthony gentleman, and Maurice Shyppewarde gentleman, all three of Clement's Inne, Richard Lighte of Lions Inn gentleman alias Richard Lighte of Newe Inne gentleman alias John Phokas late of London gentleman, John Perryman and Samuel Pynder of Lions Inne gentlemen, Hugh Dutton of London gentleman, Hugh Fownteyne of Lincolnes Inne gentleman, and John Dowle of Newe Ine gentleman, assembled themselves unlawfully and riotously and with swords, daggers, stones and brickbattes broke, assaulted, wounded and prostrated (fregerunt, insultaverunt laceraverunt et prostraverunt) the houses and windows of Humfrey Stowe and John Boode and divers other inhabitants of the said parish: And further that the aforesaid gentlemen have been and are common disturbers of the peace and "nightewakers" in the said parish and elsewhere in the county of Middlesex; and further that on 28 December in the year aforesaid the said Richard Lighte alias John Phokas entered the church of St. Clement Danes at the time of divine prayer and there in loud voice sung out these English words (decantavit hec Anglica verba) "Falantido Dilly" divers time, and by so doing disturbed John Morecrofte clerk then and therr performing the divine prayers. G. D. R., 18 Jan., 25 Eliz.