Middlesex County Records: Volume 1, 1550-1603. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1886.
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28 April, 32 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Shorediche co. Midd. on the said day, Morgan Dollinge late of London yoman stole "a foote-clothe of velvett" worth three pounds, six yards of velvet worth three pounds and ten shillings, four ells of the silk called Grene Taffatye worth thirty shillings, "a payer of pillowbers" worth ten shillings, a pair of sheets worth sixteen shillings, "a payer of pillowbers" worth eight shillings, and "tres pecias panni linei voc' three rotchett sleeves of Holland" worth five shillings, of the goods and chattels of John, by divine permission Archbishop of Canterbury. At the bill's head a Memorandum that Morgan Dollinge put himself 'Guilty,' and was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 7 Oct., 33 Eliz.
11 May, 32 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at . . . . on the said day, William Lawrence of the parish of St. Botulph-withoutAldrechgate of London gentleman and . . . . "did drive a bargain and contract between Thomas Everinge of London gentleman and Nicholas Mylward of . . . ., whereby it was agreed that the said Nicholas should lend the said Thomas ten pounds at a rate of interest exceeding the lawful rate.—A bill so blackened and defaced by damp as to be illegible in material clauses. G. D. R., 3 Dec, 34 Eliz.
30 July, 32 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day in the dwelling-house of William Isloppe at Nortonfolgate co. Midd., Albert Atkynson of Seynt Marye-hill in London victeler, was guilty of adultery with Jane Isloppe, wife of the aforesaid William Isloppe. Putting himself 'Guilty,' Albert Atkynson was sentenced "to be carted." G. D. R., 19 May, 33 Eliz.
1 October, 32 Elizabeth.—True Bill against Thomas Barram of St. Andrew's in Holborne co. Midd. gentleman, John Haywood of the same parish gentleman, and James Crippes of Shorediche co. Midd. gentleman for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer, from the said 1 Oct. 32 Eliz. to the 4th of December then next following. G. D. R., 19 May, 33 Eliz.
6 October, 32 Elizabeth.—True Bill against Margaret Baxfeilde, Elizabeth Tatam, Christofer Rede, Thomas Thompson, Joan Parker, Amie Powell, Jenkin Evans, David Pryce, John Harris, Nicholas Malley, Nicholas Sherley, Rowland Williams, Lewis Stones, Richard Hasted, Henry Bisshoppe, Siderak Ellys, Joan Warde, John Hickes, John Jackeson, William Harrison alias Glasier, Evan Davies, John Phillippes, John Horseley, Robert Cooford, Edward Asheberrie, John Bowman, Edward Carre, Faith Grene, Sara Dobson, Agnes Marten, Joan Monninge, Argenta Robertes, Anne Catesbye, Elizabeth Foster, Joan Andrewes, Alice Parson, for being vagabonds on the said 6th of October at Acton co. Midd., and in divers other parts of the saidcounty, over fourteen years of age, strong in body and fit for labour, but masterless and having no lawful means of livelihood, in contempt of the Lady the Queen, and against the form of the statute in this case provided: With sentence, that each of the said vagabonds should be severely flogged and burnt on the right ear (graviter flagelletur et cremetur in dextra auricula) according to the form of the statute.— Similar True Bill, with conviction and the same sentence, against William Robinson, Adam Smythe, Thomas Bowe, Thomas Cowper, John Dudley, Helen Beeche and Helen Wilson, for being vagabonds &c. on 15 October 32 Eliz. at Fulham co. Midd. and in divers other parts of the said county. At the foot of the bill a memorandum that Richard Grove of Bromeley co. Midd. milner took Adam Smythe into his service for an entire year, and bound himself in a sum of ten pounds, to keep the same Adam as his servant for the year, and at the end of the term to produce him at Session of the Peace, or then and there to produce good proof of his death.—Similar True Bill with the same judgment against Alice Walker, Henry Allen, Thomas Cleveley and Thomas Curtis, for being vagabonds &c. on 23 October 32 Eliz. at Islingeton co. Midd. and at divers other parts of the same county. —Similar True Bill, with the same sentence, against Edward Thompson, William Barrett, Margaret Chapman, Thomas Corser and Timothy Garland, for being vagabonds &c. on 3 Oct. 32 Eliz., at Fulham co. Midd. and in divers other parts of the said county.—Similar True Bill, with the same sentence, against Nicholas Caxson, Mary Conquest, John Symes and Mary Parker, for being vagabonds &c, on 6 November 32 Eliz., at Westminster co. Midd. and in divers other places of the same county.—Similar True Bill, with the same sentence, against Edward Holmes, Cristofer Ellis, Maurice West, Francis Pigott, Gracian Taylor, John Goodeman and Ambrose Byrde, for being vagabonds on 9 November 32 Eliz. at Westminster co. Midd. and in divers other parts of the said county.—Similar True Bill, with conviction and the same sentence, against Henry Clyff, Elizabeth Brownewell, Stephen Morrys, Benedict Edwardes and William Thomas, for being vagabonds &c. on 21 November 33 Eliz. at Seynt Johns Strete co. Midd. and divers other parts of the same county.—Similar True Bill, with the same sentence, against George Bates, Edward Miles and Andrew Hellvishe, for being vagabonds &c. on 14 December 33 Eliz. at Maribone co. Midd., and in divers other parts of the same county.— Preserved on the same file with documents relating to them, and apart from other sessional matters, these eight bills are in a wrapper, endorsed "Di'v's' Session' Pacis tent' apud le Castell in Seint Jonstreete in p'dco Com' Midd pro punic'on' vagabund' . . . . annis regni Regine Elizabeth xxxii & xxxiii."—Hence it appears that in the ten weeks between 6 Oct. 32 Eliz. and 14 Dec. 33 Eliz. 71 persons, male or female, and aged fourteen or upwards, were sentenced to be severely whipt and branded with a hot iron for being masterless vagrants in the county:—viz. rather more than seven a week.
22 November, 33 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before George Assheby esq. J.P., of Jerom Peter of Westminster yeoman and Thomas Roberts of Westminster cooke, in the sum of five pounds each, and Ingram Willis alias Willon of the same city 'singingman'; For the said Ingram's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace, and in the mean time for his peaceful bearing towards all people, and especially towards Simon Benbow of Westminster tailor. G. S. P. R., Easter, 33 Eliz.
20 December, 33 Elizabeth.—True Bill against John Arrundell of Clarkenwell co. Midd. esq. for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer, from the said 20 Dec. 33 Eliz. to 31 Dec. 34 Eliz. G. D. R., . . . ., 34 Eliz.