Middlesex County Records: Volume 1, 1550-1603. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1886.
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7 January, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Paddington co. Midd. on the said day, Thomas Johnson and John Bailey, both late of London yomen, stole a black woollen-cloth cloak worth twenty shillings, "vnam sarcinam vocat' a Portmantua" worth twelve pence, three linen-cloth shirts worth six shillings, "quatuor collaria panni linei vocat' fallinge bandes ad valenciam iiis." a pair of worstead stockens worth three shillings, and a pair of shoes worth twelve pence, of the goods and chattels of Richard Fitzames (sic) gentleman. Over the name of each thief in the bill appears the clerical memorandum "Cognovit indictamentum petit librum legit vt clericus signatur cum litera T et deliberatur juxta formam statuti &c."=He acknowledged the indictment, asks for the book, reads like a clerk, is marked with the letter T, and is delivered according to the form of the statute &c." This precise description of the Tyburn brand appears for the first time in the rolls of this year. 16 Feb., 38 Eliz.
21 February, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day at the parish of Maribone, in the highway called "the footepath" in a field called "Broomefielde," John Nelson late of London yoman assaulted Timothy Bowdrye and robbed him of a pillowbeere worth twelve pence, "vnum securim vocat' a handebill" worth twelve pence, and twenty-three pence of numbered money. Po se non cul nec rec. G. D. R., 20 Jan., 39 Eliz.
15 March, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Westminster co. Midd. on the said day, John Tyler late of Westminster yoman feloniously and traitorously coined and counterfeited two pieces of coin of copper and other false and mixed metals, in the image and similitude of the Queen's money called shillinges. At the foot of the bill, a memorandum that John Tyler put himself 'Guilty'; whereupon it was adjudged that he should be led by the Sheriff of Middlesex to Newgate, and thence should be drawn through the middle of the city of London to the gallows at Tyburn, and be hung on the same gallows (et abinde per medium civitat' London direct' vsq' ad furcas de tiborne trahatur, Et super furcas illas ibidem suspendatur per collum quousque &c."— Together with the Precept of "Venire Facias" directed to the Sheriff of Middlesex, for good and loyal men for jurors (showing that the case was taken by itself at the Castell in St. Johnstrete on 27 May 38 Eliz., before Sir Richard Marten knt. and other Justices of the Peace and of Oyer and Terminer), and the list and panel of jurors, this bill is on a separate file. S. S. O. T. 27 May, 38 Eliz.
1 May, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill against Alveria Kellett of the parish of St. Clement's-Danes co. Midd. widow, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer, from 1 May 38 Eliz. to 26th of June then next following. G. D. R., 2 July, 38 Eliz.
7 May, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Oldestreete co. Midd. during the night of the said day, James Curke alias Lee, late of London yoman, broke burglariously into the house of Philipp Awdsley gentleman, and stole therefrom a woman's black-silk gowne worth eight pounds, two ruffe-bandes, a leather purse with twenty shillings of numbered money in it, and a silver pott worth five pounds. Acknowledging the indictment James Curke was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., . . . ., 38 Eliz.
10 May, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Shordiche co. Midd. on the said day, Cristofer Manson and Edward Weste, both late of London yomen, stole six pounds of sugar worth four shillings, eight pounds of cheese worth twenty pence, twenty yards of "cruell gartheringe" worth twenty pence, four pounds of almonds worth twenty pence, and six dozen "poyntes" worth eight pence, of the goods and chattels of Thomas Prentice. Both thieves put themselves 'Guilty,' and pleading their clergy, were marked with the letter T and delivered according to the form of the Statute. G. D. R., . . . ., 38 Eliz.
21 May, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, in the parish of St. Andrew in Highe Holborne co. Midd. on the said day between the hours eight and ten a.m., Samuell Gower late of London gentleman entered the house of Thomas Rooper esq. and stole therefrom a satten dublett worth forty shillings and "vnum par' calligarum velvetti cum serico ornat' vocat' a payre of veluett breches with canyons plucked out with satten valoris quadraginta solidorum." Acknowledging the indictment, Samuell Gower asked for the book, read like a clerk, was marked with the letter T, and was delivered according to the form of the statute. G. D. R., . . . ., 38 Eliz.
29 May, 38 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Flemynge esq. Solicitor-General, of John Holcroft of Kilseth co. Lancaster esq., and of Robert Shawe of Traforde co. Lancaster gentleman, in the sum of one hundred pounds each, and of Gilbert Worsley of London gentleman in the sum of two hundred pounds; For the said Gilbert Worsley's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery of Newgate, then and there to answer to such things as may be objected against him. G. D. R., 2 July, 38 Eliz.
29 May, 38 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before William Hickman J.P., of Richard Slater of Bishoppe Hattfield co. Hertford yoman, in the sum of ten pounds; For the said Richard's appearance at the next Session of the Peace to be held in Middlesex, to give evidence against Silvester Caulton gentleman. G. D. R., 2 July, 38 Eliz.
8 June, 38 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before George Assebye esq. J.P., of John Gregorye of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields barbour and William Wright of the same parish cochemaker, in the sum of ten pounds each, and of George Genefer of the same parish joyner, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said George's appearance at the next Session of Enquiry for Middlesex, to answer "for detayning of lynnen laide to gage, togeather with the principall monys borowed and the Interest all paide, of the goodes of Peter Rowlandson, and yet the said Genefer kepes the pawn." G. D. R., 2 July, 38 Eliz.
10 June, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day, between six and seven p.m., on the highway at Southmymmes co. Midd., Lawrence Williams late of London yeoman with a drawn rapiour assaulted John Crosbye, then being in God's and the Queen's peace, and with malice aforethought slew and murdered the same John Crosbye. G. D. R., 11 May, 39 Eliz.
15 June, 38 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before Thomas Fowler esq. J.P., of John Ryley of Staple Inne gentleman in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said John's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for Midd., to give evidence against Francis More, suspected of felony. G. D. R., 2 July, 38 Eliz.
16 June, 38 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Fowler esq. J.P., of William Goares of Harberowghe co. Lecester gentleman and Christopher Wilkes of Islington co. Midd. vintener, in the sum of ten pounds each, and of William Watton of Islington "inkeeper," in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said William Watton's appearance at the next Session of the Peace in Middlesex, and in the mean time for his peaceful behaviour. At the foot of the bill, this memorandum,—"Wheatley and this Watton did fight, and theare weare fower more with weapons of their companye broughte before me, but whether they weare present wid any thing att their fightinge, it is to be enquired if theye did then make (?) a ryott, and therefore I did binde the six to be of good behaviour."—Also, on the same file, the recognizances referred to in the aforegiven memorandum. Wheteley alias Wheatley was of the parish of Christechurche near Newegate, pewterer. G. D. R., 2 July, 38 Eliz.
16 June, 38 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Robert Wrothe esq. J.P., of Sir Edward Monnynges of Waldisheen (?) co. Kent knt. and his servant John Sanson, in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the said John Sanson's appearance at the next Session of Enquiry at Finsburye. G. D. R., 2 July, 38 Eliz.
27 July, 38 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before Edward Vaghan esq. J.P., of Henry Hunte of St. Leonard's parish in Shordich gardiner, in the sum of ten pounds; For the said Henry's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery for Middlesex, to answer to a charge of "stealinge of artichokes." G. D. R., 1 Sept., 38 Eliz.
4 August, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Kentishetowne co. Midd. on the said day, John Freeman late of London yoman stole a grey trottinge geldinge worth five pounds, an amblinge geldinge worth five pounds, a browne baye geldinge worth three pounds, and another castrated horse called "a black nagge" worth forty shillings, of the goods and chattels of John Cotten esq . . . . . Also, two other indictments (endorsed "Billa Vera") against the same John Freeman for thefts committed at Kentishetowne on the same day. G. D. R., 1 Sept., 38 Eliz.
30 September, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill against William Whitinge of Stepney co. Midd. butcher, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer, from 30 Sept. 38 Eliz. to 1 January, then next following. G. D. R., 16 Feb., 39 Eliz.
6 October, 38 Elizabeth.—True Bill against William Bensheforde late of Westminster co. Midd. yoman, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer, from 6 Oct. 38 Eliz. to 6 October of the next following year. G. D. R., 7 Oct., 39 Eliz.
23 November, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Pickthatche co. Midd. on the said day and for six months next before it, Elizabeth Hollande kept a common brothel. Elizabeth Hollande put herself 'Guilty'; and it was adjudged by the Courte that "she shalbe put into a carte at Newgate and be carted with a paper on her hed shewinge her offence, from thence to Smythfeilde, from thence to her howse, from thence to Cornehill, from thence to the Standerd in Cheepe, from thence to Bridewell, and all the waye basons to be runge before her, at Bridewell to be punished, and from thence to be broughte to Newgate, there to remaine vntill she haue payed a fyne of xl li. and put in sewerties for the same, and to be bounde to her good behaviour." G. D. R., 16 Feb., 39 Eliz.
10 December, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Hollowell Streete in St. Leonard's Shoredich co Midd., on view of the body of James Feake, there lying dead: With Verdict that the aforesaid James Feake and a certain Gabriel Spencer late of London yoman were together in the said parish at the dwelling-house of Richard Easte barber, on the 3rd instant between five and six p.m., when they exchanged insulting words, whereupon James Feake, having a copper-candlestick in his right hand, held it with the intention of throwing it at Gabriel Spencer, who, having his rapier in its scabbard, with the same rapier and scabbard gave the said James between the ball of his right eye and the eyebrow a mortal wound, which penetrated to the brain, of which wound the said James Feake languished from the said 3rd inst. at Hollowell Street to the 6th inst., on which last-named day he died of the said wound. G. D. R., 20 Jan., 39 Eliz.
28 December, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Fowler esq. J.P., of Fulke Rutter of Islington co. Midd. gentleman and Richard Chambers of St. Olive's parish in Sowthwark co. Surrey habberdasher, in the sum of ten pounds each; For the appearance of Margaret Rutter, wife of the said Fulke Rutter, at the next Gaol Delivery, to answer to a suspicion of felony. G. D. R., 20 Jan., 39 Eliz.
30 December, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day in Paddington co. Midd. on a certain bridge called "Stonebridge," John Moore and Francis Palmer, both late of London yomen, assaulted John Apshawe and robbed him of eight shillings in numbered money. —Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the same two highwaymen, for assaulting Thomas Mawborne at the same Stone Bridge on the same day, and robbing him of eleven shillings and sixpence of numbered money. Putting themselves 'Guilty' of both robberies, both robbers were sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 20 Jan., 39 Eliz.