Middlesex County Records: Volume 2, 1603-25. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1887.
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INDICTMENTS, RECOGNIZANCES, CORONERS' INQUISITIONS-POST-MORTEM, ORDERS AND MEMORANDA, temp. JAMES I.
19 May, 1 JAMES I.—True Bill that, at Chanceryelane co. Midd. in the night of the said day, John Reynolds, William Wood, Thomas Morgan, Thomas Knowles and William Marche, all late of London yomen, broke burglariously into the dwellinghouse of Thomas Cesar esq., and stole therefrom "un' parr' ornament' lect' velvett vocat' a payre of vallence of blew velvett imbrothered with gold" worth five pounds, a porynger of silver worth thirty shillings, a silver spoone worth five shillings, two pairs of worsted stockens worth eight shillings, of the goods and chattels of the said Thomas Cesar esq.; and two black hats faced with velvet worth ten shillings, a tawney-coloured woollen-cloth cloak worth twenty shillings, a rapier worth five shillings, and two pairs of leather hangers worth twelve pence, of the goods and chattels of John Bilbye, and divers other articles, of the goods and chattels of John Gaye and Arthur Evans. Found 'Guilty,' John Reynolds was sentenced to be hung. William Wood and Thomas Knowles were at large; the others pleaded 'Not Guilty,' and were acquitted. G. D. R., 8 June, 1 James I.
24 June, 1 James I.—Three several Bills, for not going to church, chapel, or any usual place of Common Prayer, during the three months next following the said day, against Anne Dewell, wife of Thomas Dewell of Heston co. Midd. gentleman, alias Anne Dewell of the said parish spinster, Robert Bellamy of Hackney co. Midd. gentleman, and John Knowles of Stepney co. Midd. gentleman, and Friselea Knowles wife of the same John Knowles, alias Friselea Knowles of Stepney aforesaid spinster. G. D. R., 19 Dec., 1 James I.
5 July, 1 James I.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Willesden co. Midd. on view of the body of Robert Vincent, there lying dead: With Verdict that, on the 3rd inst. in a place called Willsden Marshe, the said Robert Vincent and a certain Edward Carrell late of Willsden aforesaid quarrelled and made an affray, fighting with their fists, when the said Edward struck the said Robert to the ground, and then kneeling on his stomach "did punche him," and so bruised and crushed him that he died at Willsden on the following day. On his arraignment, Edward Carrell confessed the indictment, asked for the book, read like a clerk, was marked with the letter T, and delivered according to the form of the statute. G. D. R., 15 Feb., 1 James I.
18 July, 1 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields co. Midd. on the said day, Cristofer Smythe late of London yoman assaulted John Palmer, and murdered him by striking with a knife and so giving him under the small ribs a mortal wound, of which he died on the 22nd day of the same July. Found 'Guilty' of manslaughter, Cristofer Smythe pleaded his clergy, and was delivered in accordance with the statute. G. D. R., 19 Dec., 1 James I.
27 September, 1 James I.—Memorandum that, on complaint made to Sirs Vincent Skinner, William Bowyer and John Grange knts. and Justices of the Peace &c. by Humfrey Cruse of the city of Westminster gentleman, that Thomas Palmer of the Middle Temple gentleman, Thomas Badger of the Inner Temple gentleman, Anthony Chapman gentleman, John Lynsey "yeoman pacis dicti domini Regis" had made forcible entry into the dwellinghouse in Westminster of him the said Humfrey Cruse, and disseised him of the same house, and by force of arms still kept him out of it, the said Justices of the Peace went personally to the same house, and there found the aforesaid Thomas Palmer, Thomas Badger, Anthony Chapman and John Lynsey holding the same house by force of arms, to wit, by daggers, swords and other weapons, against the form of a certain statute of 15 Richard II. and of divers other statutes, and then and there arrested the same Thomas, Thomas, Anthony and John and committed them to Newgate Gaol, there to remain till they should pay fines for their said transgression to the Lord the King. Dated at Westminster on the aforesaid day, and signed—John Grange. G. D. R., 19 Dec., 1 James I.
21 October, 1 James I.—Recognizance, taken before Sir John Grange knt. J.P., of James Selwyn of St. Leonardes in Shorditch cordwayner, in the sum of forty pounds, under condition "that he shall frame a bill of Inditement of Burglarie against Thomas Tayler at the next Sessions of Gaol Deliverie for Midd." G. D. R., 19 December, 1 James I.
21 October, 1 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir John Grange knt. J.P., of Thomas Palmer of the Middle Temple gentleman, Thomas Badger of the Inner Temple gentleman and Lawrence Houlde of St. Dunstons-le-West London cordewayner, in the sum of five pounds each, under condition that the said "Thomas Palmer pay to oure Soueraigne Lord the Kinge his heires and successors the somme of two poundes of current English money by way of fyne imposed vppon him by Sir Vincent Skinner, Sir William Boyer (sic) and Sir John Grange knts. . . . . by reason of a forcible entrie by him and others made in and vppon the howse & possession of one Humphrey Cruse in the rounde Wolstaple (sic) in Westminster, and detayninge the same with force contrary vnto his Majestes lawes &c." Signed—John Grange.—Also, two sets of Recognizances, taken before Sir John Grange J.P. on the same day, for the payment of fines of ten shillings by Anthony Chapman and John Lynsey, and a fine of five pounds by Thomas Badger, the said Anthony, John and Thomas being adjudged to pay the same fines "by reason of a forcible entry by them and others made in and uppon the howse and possession of one Humfrey Cruse in the round Wolstable (sic) in Westminster." G. D. R., 19 Dec, 1 James I.
9 November, 1 James I.—True Bill that, in the dwelling-house of Susan Birche widow on the said day, Anthony Tompson late of Fincheley co. Midd. yoman with his fists struck Robert Birche, an infant one year old, the son of the said Susan, and in doing so crushed and broke the said Robert's head, so that he died on the 12th of the same month. Anthony Tompson was 'at large.' G. D. R., 16 Feb., 1 James I.
25 November, 1 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir John Grange knt. J.P., of William Burrell shipwright and John Gardener gentleman, both of Ratcliffe co. Midd., in the sum of two hundred pounds each, and of Henry Marrot silkeweaver, in the sum of four hundred pounds; For the said Henry Marrot's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery of Newgate, he being "charged to have conspired the stoninge to death of one Englishe theire Curate." G. D. R., 19 Dec., 1 James I.
25 November, 1 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir John Grange knt. J.P., of Henry Pickes marchaunt-tayler and Thomas Lane chandler, both of Ratcliffe, in the sum of two hundred pounds each, and of Walter Portriff of the same place yoman, in the sum of four hundred pounds; For the said Walter's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery of Newgate, he being "charged to conspire the death of one Englishe their curate." G. D. R., 19 Dec, 1 James I.
. . . . . 1 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Clement's Danes co. Midd. on 30 Nov., 40 Eliz., John Griffin late of London yoman assaulted a certain Gabriel Bennett, and slew him by giving him with a rapior a mortal wound in the belly, under the short ribbes, of which wound the said Gabriel died on the 2nd December next following. G. D. R., 8 June, 1 James I.
1 December, 1 James I.—True Bill that, at Newbraynford co. Midd. on the said day, John Anderton late of London yoman stole "a standing cuppe of silver" worth four pounds, a parcel-gilt "casting bottle of silver" worth eight pounds, a.sword worth ten shillings, a dagger worth six shillings, a woollen "cloke color' tobacco-culler" worth eight pounds, two "cipres skarves" worth twelve shillings, and a "linen cappe wrought with golde and silke" worth twenty shillings, of the goods and chattels of Anne Coulson. Confessing the indictment, John Anderton pleaded his clergy and was branded "in London." G. D. R., 15 Feb., 1 James I.
3 December, 1 James I.—True Bill that, at the parish of St. Gilesin-the-Fields co. Midd., on the said day and at divers times before and afterwards, Richard Reeve of St. Bride's London innholder, William Barber of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields co. Midd. gardener, and Richard Hewings of the last-named parish carter threw filthe and dunge near the highway in a certain close, called "Blumsberrie fieldes." G. D, R., 19 Dec., 1 James I.
6 December, 1 James I.—True Bill that, at the Strand in the parish of the Blessed Mary-le-Savoye, in the night of the said day, Richard Gellett late of London yoman broke burglariously into the dwelling-house of the Lord the King, and stole therefrom a chaine of aggettes pearle and gold worth forty pounds, "unum jocale vocat' an Aggett the pictor of a horse and man cum quatuor gemmis anglice Rubies in eodem jocale existentibus" worth forty pounds, a jewell with divers diamonds and pearles set in it worth sixty pounds, a golde chaine sett with a diamond rubie and pearles worth fifty pounds, two diamond ringes worth a hundred pounds, another ring set with a jewel called "a turkye" worth twenty pounds, a jewell like a starre worth forty pounds, another gem like a pigeon worth thirty pounds, eighteen golde buttons ornamented with divers gems called rubies and diamonds worth sixty pounds, "unum ornamentum vocat' a Carkenett" sett with rubies worth twenty pounds, "the side of a jewell . . . . sett with rubies and diamonds" worth ten pounds, a pair of silke stockens worth four pounds, and a pair of gloves worth twenty shillings, of the goods and chattels of Sir Edmund Carye knt. . . . . Richard Gellett was at large. G. D. R., 19 Dec., 1 James I.
9 December, 1 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir John Grange knt., J.P., of Francis Plum of Fulham gentleman and Lewis Tresham of London gentleman, in the sum of one hundred pounds each, and Richard Taverner of London gentleman, in the sum of two hundred pounds; For the said Richard Taverner's appearance at the next Session of the Peace, to be held at the Castle in St. John's Street. G. D. R., 15 Feb., 1 James I.
10 December, 1 James I.—Memorandum that, on complaint made on 25 Nov. last past to John Brett esq. J.P. by Anne Smithe of Enfeild co. Midd. widow that John Selbie of Enfeilde aforesaid yoman and divers unknown disturbers of the peace made unlawful and forcible entry into her house at Enfeilde and disseised her of the same, the said John Brett went personally to the same house, and there found the said John Selbie and a certain William Mundaie and one Hugh Smithe were in unlawful possession of the said house, whereupon he, the said John Brett arrested the same John Selbie, William Mundaie and Hugh Smithe, and committed them to the Gaol of Newgate, there to remain till they should pay for their transgression a fine of twenty shillings, on receiving which fine he immediately delivered them from prison, and is ready to pay the same twenty shillings to the king's use. —Dated at Edmonton. Signed, John Brett. G. D. R., 19 Dec., 1 James I.