Middlesex County Records: Volume 2, 1603-25. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1887.
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1 January, 13 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer on the said 1st of January, nor at any time during the three months then next ensuing,—against Edward Gibye late of St. Giles's-without-Creplegate yoman, George Jerningham late of St. Clement's Danes gentleman; George Tyndall yoman, William Cooke gentleman, his wife Briget Cooke, Thomas Howell yoman, his wife Mary Howell, John Hallifax yoman, Katherine Knyght wife of Richard Knyght yoman, all seven late of St. Andrew's in Holborn co. Midd.; Thomas Abington gentleman, Mary Russell widow, Margaret wife of Edward Ewere gentleman, Mabel Griffeth spinster, William Vavasor esq., Mary wife of Tristram Woodward gentleman, the Lady Elizabeth Browne widow, Ralph Varney gentleman, Alice wife of Robert Brian girdler, Dorcas Draper wife of John Draper gentleman, John Waldron gentleman, his wife Margaret Waldron, Simon Clarke gentleman, all thirteen late of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields co. Midd.; Sara Smythe spinster, the Lady . . . . Lentle wife of Sir Francis Stonor knt., Mary Wye spinster, Elizabeth Lyll spinster, all four late of St. Andrewe's in Holburn, London; John Robinson taylor, his wife Agnes Robinson, Mary Gower spinster, Elizabeth Reynolds spinster, Jane Beeston wife of Christofer Beeston gentleman, William Allen yoman, Katherine Cashe alias Nurse alias Hutchinson spinster, Margaret Talbott widow, Peter Smythe printer, John Higgins laborer, John Webbe esq., Robert Reynoldes yoman, his wife Jane Reynoldes, John Warley glazier, Grace Cooper wife of William Cooper baker, Edmund Yates esq., Richard Aldreer yoman, Sara Brockett spinster, Elizabeth Boulding spinster, Katherine Copley spinster, and Joachim Ball schoolmaster, all twentyone late of St. James's-in-Clerkenwell co. Midd.—At the foot of the bill, the usual memorandum of proclamation made according to the form of the Statute. G. S. P. R., Easter, 14 James I.
5 January, 13 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Francis Michell esq. J.P., of Henry Scott merchant-taylor and James Randall chaundler, both of Grubstreet co. Midd. in the sum of ten pounds each, and John Wheeler of the same street apothecary, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said John Wheeler's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for Middlesex, "to answere his speaking of diuers ydle and unfitting speeches in his drinke." G. D. R., 12 Jan., 13 James I.
11 January, 13 James I.—Orders for the government of the House of Correction, "taken reformed and sett downe in ye open Quarter Sessions of ye Peace holden for ye Countye of Midd. on Thursday next after ye Feaste of the Epiphany." One of these numerous orders being "That euerie person committed thither shalbe sett to labour, and haue no other nurture, then that he or she shall get with theire labour, except they be sicke." It is ordered that "a bell shalbe tolled euerie morninge at sixe, euerie noone at xi and againe at xii, and euerie eveninge at vii." It is also ordered that the inmates undergoing correction "have fresh strawe euerie monthe, and warme pottage thrise a weeke, vizt., Sondaye, Tuesdaye and Thursdaye, and there lynnen (if any they have) be washed." Also "it is ordered that the Governor shall paye vnto ye Matron xiii li. vis. viii in ye yeare, by even porcions quarterlie before hand out of ye Sallarye of cc li. per annum, and to ye porter the like somme, and to paye to eache of theire servants xls. per annum, and to helpe and assist them in case they shold be sicke or absent." S. P. Reg.
11 January, 13 James I.—Ordered, that the Constables, head boroughs and other officers of Fryarne Barnett co. Midd. shall cause Agnes Miller, the wife of Robert Miller of Fynchley co. Midd. yoman, "to be duckt in some pond of water," she having been indicted at the present Sessions by the inhabitants of the said parishes "for a notorious and common scoulde and disturber of the neighbours and honest inhabitants of Finchley and Fryarn Barnett." S. P. Reg.
21 January, 13 James I.—True Bill that, at Hoxton co. Midd. on the said day, John Collyn late of Hoxton aforesaid yoman stole "decem pecias auri vocatas Kinge James his vnites ad valenciam cujuslibet earum viginti et duorum solidorum," a graye gelding worth twenty pounds, and a sorrell mare worth eighty shillings, of the goods chattels and moneys of Sir George Southcotte knt. On his arraignment John Collyn put himself 'Not Guilty' and was acquitted. G. D. R., 20 Feb., 13 James I.
21 January, 13 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Mary's-le-Strond co. Midd. in the night of the said day, George Dowries, Thomas Garforthe and Mathew Nettleton, all three late of the said parish yomen, broke burglariously into the dwellinghouse of the Most Noble Sir Thomas Parrye knt, with the intention of despoiling the said Sir Thomas of his goods and chattels in the same house. Found 'Guilty,' all three culprits were sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 20 Feb., 13 James I.
10 February, 13 James I.—Recognizance, taken before Francis Michell esq. J.P., of John Hodson of Long Lane yoman, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said John Hodson's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for Middlesex "to prosecute the law against Abraham Reynoldes and Ann (sic) his wife according as the court shall direct for helping certeine Seminary preistes to escape out of Newgate, and for enterteyning and harbouring of Semynary preistes in their house wherewith they are charged vpon the informacion of the said Hodson." G. D. R., 20 Feb., 13 James I.
14 February, 13 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Francis Michell esq. J.P., of Thomas Tailor of Clerkenwell tailor and Thomas Flud of Charterhouselane shoemaker, in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the appearance of Abraham Reynoldes of Clerkenwell aforesaid yoman and his wife Agnes (sic) at the next Session of the Peace, "to answere the accusacion of William Hodson about entertayning of Seminary preistes and other matter as may appeare by the informacion of the said Hodson remaining in the Court." G. D. R., 20 Feb., 13 James I.
17 February, 13 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Leonard's in Shorediche co. Midd. in the night of the said day, Thomas Corbett late of St. Leonard's aforesaid broke burglariously into "shopam anglice the lodge cujusdam Willelmi Stacey," adjoining the dwelling-house of Robert Connawaye, and stole from the said lodge thirty-seven yards of broadeclothe worth seventeen pounds, of the goods and chattels of Sir William Craven knt. Found 'Not Guilty' of the burglary, but 'Guilty' of felony, Thomas Corbett asked for the book, did not read it, and therefore was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 15 March, 13 James I.
20 February, 13 James I.—True Bill that, at Nortonfolgate within the parish of St. Botolph-without-Bishopsgate co. Midd., Robert Jackson late of Nortonfolgate aforesaid assaulted George Gale, and killed the said George Gale with a tobacco-pipe (cum quodam instrumento de terra confecto, vocato a Tobacco-pipe, valoris unius quadrantis), by giving him with said pipe in and upon the left eye a mortal wound, of which he died on the 2nd of March, then next following. Found 'Guilty' Robert Jackson pleaded his clergy and was delivered after being branded. G. D. R., 15 March, 13 James I.
24 February, 13 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Lewes Lewkenor and W. Slingisbye, J.P., of John Robinson white-baker, Thomas Hulme scrivenor, Amis Browne taylor, and Richard Cooper inhoulder, all four of St. Andrew's in Holborne, in the sum of forty pounds each; For their appearance at the next Session of Gaol Delivery, "to make answere vnto such matters as on His Majesties behaulfe shalbe objected against them, concerninge the death of a younge infant borne of the bodye of Dorothy Mowbrow, whoe was removed in a chaire out of their parishe of Andrewes in Holborne, in the tyme of her travell to the parish of St. Gyles in the Fieldes, whereby it is supposed the child miscarryed and dyed." G. D. R., 15 March, 13 James I.
28 February, 13 James I.—True Bill that, at Hanworthe co. Midd. on the said day, William Maddocke and Nicholas Poole, both late of Hanworthe aforesaid yomen, broke into a certain close and pasture called Hanworthe Parke, being the free warren of Sir William Killigrewe knt. and with ferrets and nets hunted and killed seven rabbits in the said park. Confessing the indictment, William Maddocke "h'et iudiciu' r'pr' p' tribz mens' sine m' et inde p' m p' bono gestu et qd. solvat trip' dampn'"=habet judicium retro prehendi (or reprisonari) pro tribus mensibus sine manucaptoribus et inde per manucaptores pro bono gestu et quod solvat triplex dampnum = has judgment, to be taken back for three months without bail, and then by sureties for his good behaviour, and to pay triple damage. Nicholas Poole was at large. G. D. R., 15 March, 13 James I.
5 March, 13 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Ed. Dowbleday J.P., of John Winkfeild of Grayes Inn co. Midd. esq., and Francis Helmeden of Arrundell co. Sussex gentleman, in the sum of twenty pounds each, and Christopher Blunte of London gentleman, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Christopher Blunte's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace for Middlesex, then and there to answer "touchinge the bespeaking of an engine to be made for counterfeytinge of coyne."—Also, in the same file, the Recognizances, taken on the same day before the same Justice of the Peace, of Ralph Cantrell of Grayes Inn co. Midd. gentleman and Isaac Hopkins of St. Dunstan's parish citizen and haberdasher of London, in the sum of twenty pounds each, and George Hopkins of London gentleman, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said George Hopkins's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace for Middlesex, then and there to answer "touchinge the bespeakinge of an engine to be made for counterfeytinge of coyne." G. S. P. R., Easter, 14 James I.
14 March, 13 James I.—Memorandum that Richard Longe of the Stronde, committed "for makeinge scandalous rymes against David Dunn," did "aske Helen Dunn's forgiveness vpon his knees in open courte," and was afterwards bound, for his good behaviour till next Session, by his own Recognizance in the sum of forty pounds, and two sureties in the sum of twenty pounds each. In like manner John Bubbe of the Stronde was bound for his good behaviour till next Session, after he had "asked the said Helen Dunn forgiveness vpon his knees in open Courte." S. P. Reg.
20 March, 13 James I.—True Bill that, at Marybone co. Midd. in the night of the said day, Anthony Hughes late of Marybone aforesaid yoman, broke burglariously into the dwelling-house of Thomas Rookewoodesq., and stole a cloak worth sixteen shillings, "unum par femoralium vocat' breeches" worth five shillings, and a sword worth three shillings and four-pence. Found 'Not Guilty' of the burglary, but 'Guilty' of felony,' Anthony Hughes was sentenced to be whipt. G. D. R. . . . . 14 James I.
30 March, 14 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields co. Midd. on the said day, Francis Chafie and Oswald Medcalfe, and Cuthbert Lockwood, all three late of the aforesaid parish yomen, stole ". . . . golde and silver fringe" worth ten pounds, and four "curtens of blewe damaske layed with silver and gold lace and edged with silver and golde fringe" worth five pounds, of the goods and chattels of Prince Charles.—Also, on the same file, another True Bill against the same three culprits for stealing in the same parish and on the same day "duas libratas et quatuor uncias fibule aureate anglice golde and silver fringe" worth ten pounds, and two leather curtens lyned with velvett worth forty shillings, of the goods and chattels of Sir Thomas Howard knt. Found 'Guilty,' all three culprits pleaded their clergy and were delivered after branding. G. D. R., . . . ., 14 James I.
25 June, 14 James I.—Memorandum.—"Thomas Woodhouse brought to the Court for drawing his sword in the Lord Ambassador's house in the Charterhouse, John Gay servant to the Countesse of Huntington sworne in Court sayth that the sayd Thomas Woodhouse yesterday the xxvth, of June did quarrell with Anthony Fusher servant to the said Ambassador, and followed him into his house and drew his sword and strooke him, therefore is committed to putt in very good suertyes for the good behaviour, for that he called them French Dogges. He confesseth his fault in Court, and is not to be bailed until he make his submission to the Lord Ambassador." S. P. Reg.
26 June, 14 James I.—Order, that the Clerk of Gaol Delivery of the County of Middlesex forbear to enter any conviction on an indictment "for not resortinge to the parishe churche of St. Andrew's in Holborne "for eleven months, preferred at the last Session of the Peace for Middlesex agains Izabell Lady Stafford, wieffe of Edward Lord Stafford, and Edward Stafford eldest son of the said Lord Stafford; The Order being made on evidence "that the said Ladie and her sonne then and by the space of six years before did and doe dwell and reside att Stafforde Castle in the County of Stafforde, neere a C myles from the county of Middlesex, where they cannot take notice of the Indytement preferred there against them, and have never since repaired hither nor beene within this County."—Also, in the entries of the Gaol Delivery, of 4 Dec, 14 James I., a Memorandum that, at the same Gaol Delivery "one Mr. Thomas Foster brother to the Lady Stafford wiefe to the Lord Stafford, broughte in a Warrant, dated the viith. day of November 1616 and signed by Sir Henry Montague knight and one of His Majesties Seargeauntes at Lawe and Recorder of London, to make stey of any further proceedinges upon an Inditement of Recusancy preferred and founde against the said Lady and Edward Stafford eldest sonne to the said Lady att the Sessions helde in May last past. The memorandum being followed in the register by Sir Henry Mountague's warrant. G. D. Reg.
30 June, 14 James I.—Recognizance, taken before Edward Forsett esq. J.P., of Thomas Johnson of Clerkenwell yoman, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Thomas Johnson's appeareace at the next Session of the Peace, to give evidence against Cuthbert Lockwood in a case of burglary, and also against him "for receaving and buying a gold fringe which was stolen from the Prince's coache and Sir Thomas Howard's coache in the Mewes." G. D. R., 1 Aug., 14 James I.
24 July, 14 James I.—True Bill that, at Grey's Inn Lane co. Midd. on the said day, George Wynn late of the said lane yoman assaulted beat and wounded Edward Catesbye gentleman, so that his life was despaired of. George Wynn was fined three shillings and four-pence. G. D. R., 1 Aug., 14 James I.
26 July, 14 James I.—Recognizance, taken before Thomas Saun derson esq. J.P., of Andrew Cauffeild of London fruterer, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Andrew's appearance at the next Session of the Peace, to "give evidence against Margaret Wellam accused vpon suspition to be a witch, and to guie sucke or feede evill spirrittes." G. D. R., 1 Aug., 14 James I.
10 August, 14 James I.—True Bill that, in the highway at Knightsbridge co. Midd. on the said day, Sir George Sandes late of Knightsbridge aforesaid knt, assaulted Anthony Culverwell, and then and there robbed him of a cloak worth forty shillings, and a watch worth forty shillings, of the goods and chattels of the aforesaid Anthony Culverwell.—Also, a True Bill against the same Sir George Sandes knt, for assaulting John Foxe in the same highway of Knightsbridge on the said 10th of August, 14 James I., and then and there robbing him of a cloak worth ten shillings, "unum cinctorium anglice one hattband" worth two shillings, a handkercheife worth two shillinges, a pair of gloves worth six-pence, and a knife worth six-pence, of the goods and chattels of the said John Foxe.—Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the same Sir George Sandes knt., for assaulting John Marston gentleman in the same highway of Knightsbridge on the same aforesaid 10th of August, 14 James I., and robbing him of a blacke roned gelding worth ten pounds, a greene saddle worth ten shillings, a bridle worth sixpence, a silke purse worth two shillings and eight-pence, a handkerchief worth a shilling, a sword worth three shillings, a pair of hangers worth five shillings, a ridinge coate worth twenty shillings, a taffeta hatt worth four shillings, "et duas pecias auri voc' King James vnites" worth forty and four shillings, a piece of gold worth ten shillings and six-pence, and eighteen shillings in numbered moneys, of the good chattels and moneys of the said John Marston.—Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the same Sir George Sandes knt., for assaulting Robert Wright in the same highway of Knightsbridge, and robbing him of a grey gelding worth seven pounds, a chesnutt bay gelding worth eight pounds, three saddles worth forty shillings, a gold ringe worth forty shillings, a cloak worth three pounds, a hatt-band worth three shillings, a pair of garters worth two shillings, a purse worth five shillings, and eighteen . . . . in numbered moneys, of the goods, chattels and moneys of the said Robert Wright.—To each of these four indictments Sir George Sandes put himself 'Not Guilty' and was acquitted. G. D. R., . . . ., 14 James I.
5 September, 14 James I.—Order touching a New Building.— "Whereas this Courte is informed that there is a new buildinge in hand to be sett up and erected in Drury Lane nere Lincolnes Inne Feildes att and adjoyninge to the Cocke-pitt, contrary to the Lawe and His Majesties Proclamacione; It is therefore ordered that the said new building shall presentely be staid and the workemen committed to prison, that shall hereafter presume to goe forward in the said New Buildinge and also such as shall sett them on worke, havinge had warninge alreadye to forbeare, And further it is ordered that all other new buildinges whatsoeuer be likewise stayed." S. P. Reg.
10 October, 14 James I.—True Bill that, at High Holborne co. Midd. on the said day, Con O'Neale late of High Holborne aforesaid stole a paire of cloth breeches laced with gold lace worth forty shillings, a doublett laced with golde lace worth twenty shillings, a sword worth twelve shillings, a scarfe worth five shillings, and a gold hat-band worth ten shillings, of the goods and chattels of Nicholas Fuller gentleman. Found 'Guilty' of stealing to the value of eleven pence, Con O'Neale was sentenced to be whipt. G. D. R., 4 Dec, 14 James I.
1 November, 14 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Martin's-in-theFields co. Midd. on the said day, Thomas Harmonson late of the said parish yoman stole a bed of crimson velvett worth ten pounds, fower damaske curtens edged with golde lace worth a hundred shillings, and three yards of greene cloth worth thirty shillings, of the goods and chattels of Sir Thomas Howard knt. Found 'Guilty,' Thomas Harmonson pleaded his clergy and was delivered after being branded. G. D. R., 4 Dec, 14 James I.
26 November, 14 James I.—True Bill that, at Blackwall alias Popler co. Midd. on the said day, Anselm Gosling mariner and Anthony Gilham husbandman, both late of Blackwall aforesaid stole three barrells and a halfe of pitche and tarre worth thirty shillings, of the goods and chattels of the Society of London Merchants trading to the East Indies ("Societatis Mercatorum Londinensium tradentium versus Indias orientales.") G. D. R., 4 Dec, 14 James I.