Middlesex County Records: Volume 1, 1550-1603. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1886.
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2 January, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day at Blackwall co. Midd., Elizabeth Cholmeley late of London spynster stole a gold ring worth thirteen shillings and four pence, a piece of gold called a pistolate worth five shillings and eight pence, a woman's peticote worth eight shillings, and a waistcoat of flanen worth twenty pence, of the goods and chattels of Peter Hoker of London. Putting herself 'Guilty,' Elizabeth Cholmeley pleaded pregnancy. At the next session, held on 20 February 4 Elizabeth, a jury of matrons having declared her Not Pregnant, Elizabeth Cholmeley was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 19 Jan., 4 Eliz.
19 January, 4 Elizabeth.—Memorandum that Thomas Hewys of Middlesex yoman pleaded the Queen's pardon, granted to him under the Great Seal on the 8th of the instant January, for killing Lewis Howell, which homicide had been declared by a jury at the Gaol Delivery held on 11 Dec. ult. to have been committed by the said Thomas Hewys in self-defence, "et non per feloniam nec ex malicia." G. D. R., 19 Jan., 4 Eliz.
12 February, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Islington co. Midd. on the said day, Roger Fenton of Seynt John's Strete co. Midd. inholder, George Bennell of London yoman, William Bagnall of London hosteler, Stephen Marvell of Seynt John's Strete aforesaid hosteler, Walter Herberd of the same place bocher, and Anthony Gates of the same place tapster, and some ten other disturbers of the peace, broke riotously into certain lands called the Mantells, lying and being in Islington, and there violently assaulted and beat John Cosyn and a certain William Andrewes, servant of the same John Cosyn.—G. S. P. R., Easter, 4 Elizabeth.
30 April, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at the parish of St. Martinin-the-Fields co. Midd. on the said day, Henry Rogers late of Westminster co. Midd. gentleman stole a horse, called "an hobbie" of "sorrelld" color worth twenty pounds, and a sorreld gelding worth thirteen pounds six shillings and eightpence, of the goods and chattels of Henry Shelley at the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields co. Midd. G. D. R., 26 June, 4 Eliz.
25 May, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Shorediche co. Midd. on the said day, Peter Smythe late of London yoman stole a linen shirt worth two shillings, and eighteen pieces of linen cloth worth five shillings, of the goods and chattels of Henry Delatowres at Shorediche aforesaid. At the foot of the bill, a Latin Memorandum running in English thus:—"And the aforesaid Peter puts himself guilty with no chattels, and asks for the book. But it is alleged for the Lady the Queen that he for a certain other felony perpetrated by him elsewhere was convicted, and therefore ought not to have benefit of clergy again. And the said Peter says that he is not the same person &c. And he asks that this may be enquired of by the country &c. And John Lee for the Lady the Queen in this part follows. Therefore let there come jurors on the 7th of September next coming; on which day the jury demanded came, who being chosen and sworn &c. say upon their oath that the aforesaid Peter is the same person who had in former time benefit of clergy, and no other person. Therefore it was adjudged that Peter Smythe should be hung." G. D. R., 26 June, 4 Eliz.
29 May, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Wapping co. Midd. on the said day, Robert Hemynge, John Starky, Thomas Hemynge, and Richard Dalysmythe, all of St. Katerynes co. Midd. yomen, with certain persons unknown, broke riotously and by force in a certain close of marsh, containing three acres of marsh-land, lying in the marsh called Wallemarshe alias Wapping Marshe in the said county, pertaining to Sir Thomas Wentworth knt., Lord Wentworth, and having expelled the said Thomas Lord Wentworth from the said close still keep him out of it. G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 4 Eliz.
31 May, 4 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken within Newgate Gaol, on view of the body of William Wynchelowe late of London yoman: With Verdict that the said William died on the said day within the gaol, by Divine Visitation. G. D. R., 26 June, 4 Eliz.
10 June, 4 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at St. Clement's Danes co. Midd. on view of the body of Griffin Jones late of London yoman: With Verdict that, at the said parish on the 9th inst. about eight p.m., John Hedes alias Ap Rice late of the same parish yoman slew and murdered the said Griffin Jones, by throwing a dagger at him, so that the weapon gave him a mortal blow in the neck, of which he then and there died instantly. Over the name of John Hedes, a memorandum that he put himself 'Guilty,' and was sentenced to behung. G. D. R., 26 June, 4 Eliz.
28 June, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Fulham co. Midd. on the said day about six p.m., John White late of Hammersmyth co. Midd. yoman assaulted William Tomeson, and murdered the same William by giving him with a forrest-bill on his left leg a mortal blow, of which he then and there died instantly. G. D. R., 7 Sept., 4 Eliz.
25 July, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Islyngton co. Midd. on the said day, Joan Miller late of the said parish stole a purse worth twopence, and ten pounds in numbered money being in the same purse, of the goods, chattels and moneys of Henry Millett. Over Joan Miller's name, the memorandum "Po se eul ca null Et p'itauit qd est p'gnans." She put herself 'Guilty,' had no chattels, and pleaded pregnancy. G. D. R., 7 Sept., 4 Eliz.
12 August, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Kensington co. Midd. on the said day, John Home late of London taillour stole a gold necklace worth four pounds and a gold ring worth five shillings, of the goods and chattels of Anthony Parkehurst gentleman. Putting himself 'Guilty,' John Home asked for the book, read like a clerk and was delivered to the Ordinary. G. D. R., 7 Sept., 4 Eliz.
22 August, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, in the highway at Edgeware co. Midd. on the said day, Francis Wyythe gentleman and James Morten yoman, both late of London, assaulted Thomas Wilkinson of London citizen and poulter, and robbed him of a felt hatt worth three shillings and fourpence, a russett-coloured cloak worth twenty shillings, a sword worth six shillings, a handkerchief worth fourpence, a pair of "boote hoosen" worth sixteen pence, a pair of bootes worth six shillings, a pair of spurres worth eight pence, a browne-baye horse worth four pounds, a saddle and bridle worth four shillings, a leather purse worth twelve pence, and four shillings in numbered money, being in the same purse. Over the name of each prisoner, the memorandum "cognou' ind'cament' sus." Confessing the indictment, they were both sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 7 Sept., 4 Eliz.
— 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that the inhabitants of the parish of St. Clement Danes "extra barr' novi templi London co. Midd. infra libertat' dne Regine Ducat sui Lancastr'" have had from 1 December 3 Elizabeth even till now in the said parish neither stockes nor a cage nor buttes, as by the statute touching those matters they ought to have.