Middlesex County Records: Volume 2, 1603-25. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1887.
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Temp. James I
(2.) 19 January, 5 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—Drugo Lovett goldsmyth, Lionell Baker yoman, William Cropley yoman, Ann Barton widow, all four of St. Andrew's in Holborne co. Midd.; Francis Pryce girdler, his wife Mary Pryce, Thomas Sleepe yoman, his wife Katherine Sleepe, all four late of St. James's in Clerkenwell co. Midd.; and Barbara Wootton spinster, Jane Cave wife of Thomas Cave gardener, Mary Beste spinster, Elizabeth Barrys spinster and Briget Yates spinster, all five late of St. Leonard's in Shoreditch co. Midd.
6 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery held at the Old Bailey CourtHouse on 8 April, 11 May, 20 June, 27 July, 12 September, 7 October, 1 December, 11 January and 16 February,—nine Sessions.— Also, Special Sessions of Oyer and Terminer, held at The Castle in St. John's Street (and adjourned to the Old Bailey Court-House) on 9 April and 20 June,—two Sessions.
(4.) 8 April, 6 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—Robert Hawkins esq., William Sparrye gentleman, George Throgmorton gentleman, John Hunte yoman, John Morrys yoman, James Randoll yoman, Francis Undrill (one of the sons of Edward Undrill late of Nether Eatenton co. Warwick deceased) esq., all seven late of St. Andrew's in Holborn co. Midd.; and William Middlemore esquire, Leonard Smallpeece gentleman, and John Middlemore, gentleman, all three late of St. Clements-Danes' co. Midd.
(6.) 20 June, 6 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—Henry Bristowe gentleman, John Jollett yoman, John Connawaye yoman, Elizabeth Forrest spinster, Mary Forrest spinster, Hellen Jollett wife of Thomas Jollett yoman, all six late of St. Leonard's Shorediche co. Midd.; Susan Graye spinster, Thomas Raye yoman, Anne Barton spinster, Mary Leadesthorpe spinster, Richard Davyson yoman, his wife Anne Davyson, William Hardman yoman, William Thompson gentleman, George Matchett yoman, Margaret Bates spinster, Joan Waynam wife of Thomas Waynam yoman, all eleven late of St. Andrew's in Holborne co. Midd.; Edward Underwood alias Grymes porter, Briget Crathorne widow, Christopher Crosley yoman, Martha Fielde spinster, Elizabeth Rooffoote wife of Edward Rooffoote yoman, all five late of St. James's in Clerkenwell co. Midd.; Agnes Hinde wife of Austin Hinde yoman, John Davies taylor, both late of St. Sepulchre's London co. Midd.; Jane Cawne wife of John Cawne late of St. Leonard's in Shordiche yoman; Richard Mannington esq., John Bullock gentleman, Joan Lutchard widow, Margery Vaghan widow, Charles Vaghan gentleman, and Ralph Hopkin gentleman, all six late of St. Andrew's in Holborne co. Midd.; Peter Maxwell gentleman, George Smythe gentleman, Lucy Brudenell spinster, all three late of St. Margaret's Westminster co. Midd.; Mary Lady Herbert late of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields co. Midd.; William Thompson gentleman, Richard Draycott gentleman, Walter Fowler esq., Sampson Walker gentleman, Walter Henningham esq., Nicholas Henningham gentleman, Francis Holte gentleman, Richard Berington gentleman, Walter Brooke gentleman, Elizabeth Gifford widow, Walter Gifford esq., Thomas Potter gentleman, and John Hodgettes yoman, all thirteen late of St. Andrew's-in-Holborn co. Midd.; and Thomas Harpar gentleman, Thomas Whiston gentleman, Humfrey Gifford esq., and Robert Middlemore gentleman, all four late of St. Clements' Danes co. Midd.—At the foot of the list appears this memorandum, "The above-named Humfrye Gifford and Elizabeth Gifford were estreated into thexchequer in Lent Vacacion Ao. viio. Ja. Regis by Warrant from the Lord Chief Baron."
(7.) 12 September, 6 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—Thomas Kemson gentleman, Daniel Sparrye gentleman, Nicholas Morris gentleman, Elizabeth Alderford widow, Ellinor Talbott spinster, Anne Cawdell widow, Humfrey Smythe yoman, William Acton gentleman, and Francis Palmer gentleman, all nine late of St. Andrew's in Holborn co. Midd.
(8.) 11 January, 6 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—Elizabeth Everidge spinster, Katherine Parker spinster, Robert Tompson junr. gentleman, his wife Margaret Tompson, Francis Hatton shoemaker, John Turbell yoman, Robert Barton yoman, Joan Waynam wife of Thomas Waynam yoman, Frances Dryland widow, Christopher Garnett gentleman, John Addam yoman, William Woodfall yoman, Thomas Reeve yoman, John Sheppard yoman, Thomas Sherratt yoman, John Tanner yoman, Thomas Dam yoman, John Foskewe gentleman, Anne Porter spinster, Henry Johnson yoman, John Smythe yoman, Jane Warren yoman, all twenty-two late of St. Andrew's in Holborn co. Midd.; John Connowaye late of St. Leonard's Shordiche co. Midd. grasier; Alice Care widow, Mary Lunne widow, Mary Lunne spinster, Jane Bennett spinster, Thurstan Fielde shoemaker, Joan Kirbye alias Drurye spinster, all six late of St. Sepulchre's London co. Midd.; Elizabeth Gillibrand wife of Charles Gillibrand late of St. James's-inClerkenwell co. Midd. yoman; Henry Britton gentleman, Thomas Pudsey gentleman, Elizabeth Moreden spinster, Christopher Hatton gentleman, Francis Pore gentleman, Robert Erington gentleman, Robert Jeffryson yoman and Ambrose Mason gentleman, all eight late of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields co. Midd.—Marginal memorandum against the last six, "These six were estreated on 28° Februarii by Warrant from M Recorder."
7 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery held at the Old Bailey Court-House on 29 March, 28 April, 31 May, 10 July, 9 August, 6 September, 6 October, 6 December, 17 January, 16 February and 22 March,— eleven Sessions.—Also Special Sessions of Oyer and Terminer, held at The Castle in St. John's Street (and adjourned to the Old Bailey Court-House) on 5 December and 21 March,—two Sessions.
(4.) 31 May, 7 James I.—Memorandum touching Recusants,— "Recusants in London: Richard Dibdale, William Hill, Cicely Turbervile, Edward Morley gentleman; and Morris Bruckland of Stanliche in co. Wiltss."
(5.) 10 July, 7 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants, —Thomas Jollett yoman, his wife Helen Jollett, John Conawaye yoman, Margery Isam widow, John Shivers tayler, all five of St. Leonard's in Shordiche co. Midd.; Thomas Johnson of St. Andrew'sin-Holborne co. Midd. yoman; Robert Dymmocke gentleman, and his wife Elizabeth Dymmock both late of St. Mary's at Islington co. Midd.; William Darbye tayler, his wife Susan Darbye, Alice Nashe widow, Mary Corbet spinster, all four late of St. Sepulchre's London co. Midd.; and Elizabeth Tayler wife of Edmund Tayler gentleman, William Jubbes gentleman, and Elizabeth Rooffoote wife of Edward Rooffoote yoman, all three late of St. James's at Clerkenwell.—Marginal memorandum against all the names, "Extract t'mino Michais A°. vii°. Jac. Regis" = Estreated in Michaelmas Term 7 James I.
(6.) 6 December, 7 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—Elizabeth Thacher wife of William Thacher gentleman, James Thacher gentleman and William Thacher gentleman, all three of Stepney co. Midd.; and Katherine Brudenell of St. James's in Clerkenwell co. Midd.—Memoranda that James Thacher was discharged by order of the Court on 17 Jan., 7 James I., and that the other three were convicted and certified to the Exchequer in Hillary Term, 7 James I.
(7.) 17 January, 7 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—Sir Ralph Wiseman knt., John Maye gentleman, John Greene gentleman, Thomas Clowley gentleman, Mary Jenninges widow, William Yates gentleman, all six late of St. Botolph's-without-Bishopsgate co. Midd.; Roger Astill esq., and George Thompson gentleman, both late of St. Clement's Danes co. Midd.; John Thrill esq., his wife Anne Thrill, William Thrill gentleman, Thomas Thrill gentleman, John Thrill gentleman, Anne Thrill widow, Elizabeth Thrill the elder spinster, Anne Thrill spinster, Elizabeth Thrill the younger spinster, Anne Vynes widow, and Lady Barbara Hubbart widow, all eleven of St. Botolph's-without-Bishopsgate co. Midd.; Henry Pryce gentleman, William Fennicke gentleman, Richard Sackeld gentleman, George Skelton gentleman, and William Meddlebowe gentleman, all five late of St. James's-in-Clerkenwell co. Midd.; Margery Isham late of St. Giles's-without-Creplegate co. Midd. widow; Roger Smythe gentleman, George Sherley esq., John Nedham yoman, Francis Milford gentleman, John Joyner gentleman, Robert Roper gentleman, Thomas Humble yoman, Lady Boothe widow, all eight late of St. James's Clerkenwell co. Midd.; Thomas Ollyver gentleman, Katherine White spinster, Richard White gentleman, his wife . . . . White, Mary White spinster, Edward White gentleman, his wife Anne White, and Alexander Amcottes, all eight late of Stepney co. Midd.—Memoranda that process against John Thrill, Anne Thrill, and Elizabeth Thrill the elder was "staid by order, and that George Sherley was certified in the King's Bench in Hillary Term, 7 James I."
(8.) 16 February, 7 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—Thomas Fitzhughes late of Kensington co. Midd. esq.; William Middlemore gentleman, and Thomas Lucas gentleman, both late of St. Andrew's in Holborne co. Midd.; William Ilsley gentleman, Edmund Yates esq., John Cole gentleman, Walter Ilsley gentleman, Katherine Ilsley spinster, and Alexander Fettyplace gentleman, all six late of St. James's-in-Clerkenwell co. Midd.; Sir John Yorke knt., William Shipwrey gentleman, Mary Gates spinster, John Husband yoman, John Brudnell gentleman, John Love gentleman, Robert Wrighte gentleman, Edward Broughton gentleman, Isabel Taylor widow, Edward Browne gentleman, Elizabeth Doncastle widow, William Nayleharte gentleman, Edward Tottersall gentleman, Robert Harecourte gentleman, Christofer Bigges gentleman, all fifteen late of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields co. Midd.—Marginal memoranda of stay of process against Thomas Fitzhughes, William Middlemore and Walter Ilsley.—Against all the other names (with the exception of William Ilsley, Edmund Yates, John Cole and Sir John Yorke) appears the memorandum "extract" = estreated.
8 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery held at the Old Bailey Court-House on 20 April, 24 May, 3 July, 7 August, 4 September, 5 October, 5 December, 16 January, 14 February, 14 March,—ten Sessions.— Also, one Special Session of Oyer and Terminer held on 23 May at The Castle in St. John's Street and adjourned to the Old Bailey Court-House.
(4.) 3 July, 8 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants, —Elizabeth Hedgar widow, Elizabeth Norton widow, William Hooper gentleman, Anne Fowkes widow, Henry Shelley gentleman, Mary White wife of Sir Richard White knt., Elizabeth Smalbone wife of Thomas Smalbone gentleman, Henry Barnard gentleman, and Peter Knaresborowe gentleman, all nine late of St. Clement's-Danes co. Midd.; Alice Barner widow and John Barner gentleman, both late of St. Andrew's-in-Holborne co. Midd.; and George Rumney gentleman, John Karster gentleman, and Christofer Garthe, all three late of St. Clement's-Danes aforesaid.—Memorandum against all the names "Et extract in Scc. xo. Julii Ao, viiio. Jac. Regis" = and estreated into the Exchequer on 10 July, 8 James 1.
(5.) 7 August, 8 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants, —John Chamberlaine late of St. Andrew's in Holborne co. Midd. gentleman, and Francis Holte late of Hampsted co. Midd.— Over Francis Holt's name appears Latin memorandum="Certified in King's Bench by writ of Cerciorari in Michaelmas Term, 8 James I."
6.) 5 October, 8 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—Lady Anne Conwaye spinster, Lucy Smythe spinster, William Widdeston yoman, John Castyne yoman, all four of St. Clement's Danes co. Midd.; Nicholas Yateman of St. Sepulchre's London co. Midd. yoman; Sibel Warren widow and George Matchett yoman, both of St. Andrew's in Holborne co. Midd.; Agnes Kinge wife of Robert Kinge late of Heston co. Midd. laborer; John Longe late of Edgware co. Midd. butcher; Thomas Birde late of St. Pancras co. Midd. taylor; and Mary Lytton . . . . late of Chelsey co. Midd.—Also memoranda that John Fortescue and William Acton, both of St. Andrew'sin-Holborne co. Midd. gentlemen, had time till the next Gaol Delivery to plead to indictments for recusancy.
(7.) 5 October, 8 James I.—Memorandum, "Helen the wiefe of Edward Thurbill confesseth herselfe to be a popishe Recusante she being demaunded when she was at churche sayeth she cannot tell, and being tendered the othe of Allegiaunce she refuseth to take it, Ideo Committitur [to] Newgate, and an indictmente of Recusancye to be preferred againste her per ordinem Curie. Fiat in London."
(8.) 5 December, 8 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—William Nayler gentleman and Thomas Walwyn gentleman, both late of St. Margaret's Westminster; Mary Fryar wife of John Fryar late of St. Botolph's-without-Aldersgate London co. Midd. Doctor of Medicine; Isabel Olliver late of Hackney co. Midd. widow; Lady Mary Grislye late of Stepney co. Midd. widow; John Lewes gentleman, John Merredithe gentleman, and James Tomson gentleman, all three late of St. Andrew's-in-Holborne co. Midd.; and Thomas Brudnell late of St. James's-in-Clerkenwell co. Midd. esq.
(9.) 16 January, 8 James I.—Proclamation of the following Recusants,—William Champney yoman, Isabel Moodye wife of George Moodye tayler, William Besseck yoman, Gertrude Twyno spinster, Anthony Skynner gentleman, William Iveson gentleman, his wife Mary Iveson, Edward Gadge esq., all eight of St. Andrew's-in-Holborne co. Midd.; Grace Cooper wife of William Cooper late of St. James's-inClerkenwell yoman; Christian Bankes widow, George Browne yoman and Mary Hilderson wife of Thomas Hilderson yoman, all three late of St. Sepulchre's London co. Midd.—With later memorandum that the indictment against the said Anthony Skynner be certified in the King's Bench in Easter Term in the 12th year of King James, by virtue of the said King's writ.
(4.) 26 July, 9 James I.—At the end of the record of the G. D. of 26 July appear notes of proceedings at Assemblies of the Justices of Midd. held at the Tower on the 6th, and at the Highe Holborne Questhouse on the 7th of August, 9 James I. At the Tower, Elizabeth Reynoldes was committed to Newgate for refusing to take the oath of allegiance, and Jane Knowles was discharged of an indictment for Recusancy in consideration of her age, "for that she is under the age of xvien yeares."—The memoranda of proceedings at the Holborn QuestHouse comprise the following matters:—(a) Note of the discharge of William Everingham of Hendon, Thomas Burde of Kentishtowne, Jane Cole and Agnes Cole both of Heston, Mary Baylie of Clerkenwell; and Richard Davison, James Ditchefielde, John Freake, Henry Hutchenson, James Jefferye and Robert Benson all seven of High Holborne; all of them having taken the oath of allegiance, (b) Memorandum of the committal of Susan Jubbes wife of William Jubbes, Thomas Sleepe, Grace Cooper, Mary Okenton and Mary Gower, for refusing to take the oath of allegiance, (c) Memorandum touching John Pigge of Stanwell committed for refusinge to execute a warrant for the apprehending of papists, (d) Memorandum that Richard Godfrey esq., Sir Henry James, Thomazine Grevill widow, Charells Greville her sonne, Thomas Lodge Doctor of Phisicke, Katherine White widow, John Shelley esq., Edward Gage esq., George Smythe gentleman, Thomas Davies Doctor of Phisicke, Sir Robert Dolman and Hughe Griffen taylor are "not to be indicted of Recusancye untill further order be given."
11 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery held at the Old Bailey Court-House on 26 March, 16 April, 19 May, 30 June, 6 August, 9 September, 1 October, 2 December, 12 January, 18 February,—ten Sessions.
(5.) 2 December, 11 James I.—Memorandum in these words "John Parishe: for persuadinge the Kinges subjects to denye the Kinges authority in Causes Ecclesiasticall: cogn' et per Cur' requisit' est accip'e sacr'm abjuracionis ad istas sed recusavit Et ordinat' est p' Capit'lem Justic' Angl' qd. unus Justic' com' Midd' it'um obtulit (sic) sacr'm prdc'm " = he confessed and was required by the Court to take the oath of abjuration in respect to these matters, but he refused, And it was ordered by the Chief Justice of England that one of the Justices of the county of Middlesex again offered [should again offer] the aforesaid oath.
18 February, 11 James I.—Notes of Record that William Hunt of Hampsteed was acquitted of an indictment "for bewitching a geldinge of Robert James and for bewitching Alice James" and that his wife Joan Hunt was acquitted of bewitching the same gelding and the same Alice, and also of "murderinge Robert Hill by witchcrafte."
(5.) 30 March, 12 James I.—Andrew Pryce as accessary after the felony to Richard Pooley, for bone-lace. Over this entry appears this record touching Andrew Pryce "po' se non cul' nec r' sed r' pr' sine m. vsq' dicat ubi fibula existit"= he puts himself on trial and is found 'Not Guilty' by jurors who do not withdraw from their verdict; but he is re-prisoned without mainpernors until he say where the lace is.
(6.) 6 May, 12 James I.—Record that, on their arraignment "for bewitchinge Ales James lame and for bewitchinge Richard Parrett lame," William and Joan Hunt put themselves 'Not Guilty' on a jury of the country, who acquitted them.
(7.) 18 July, 12 James I.—Record that, on her arraignment "for exercisinge witchcrafte upon Thomas Poole and Thomazine Heathe," Dorothy Magicke put herself 'Not Guilty' on a jury, by whom she was found 'Guilty,' when it was adjudged that she be re-prisoned and made to stand in the four terms of the year on the pillory, and there openly confess her offence, and then be kept in prison till she find good sureties for her good behaviour; the note of the sentence being " r' pr' et stare sup' pillor' quatuor t'minos anni et ib'm palam confiteri offens' et repr' pro m. pro b. g."
(8.) 7 October, 12 James I.—Record that, on his arraignment "for murderinge Dorothy Salter by poyson," John Loder pleaded 'Not Guilty,' and that the Jurors found him 'Not Guilty,' and further found that Dorothy Salter died by divine visitation.
(9.) 5 December, 12 James I.—Record that, on their arraignment "for the murder of Charles Harrys by poiseninge," John Heydon and Sara Harrys put themselves 'Not Guilty' on a jury of the country, by whom they were found 'Guilty,' wherefore the same John and Sara were hung.
13 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery held at the Old Bailey Court-House on 29 March, 21 April, 25 May, 3 July, 2 August, 5 September, 6 October, 1 December, 12 January, 20 February, 15 March,—eleven Sessions.
(4.) 29 March, 13 James I.—Elizabeth Rutter's record,— "Elizabeth Rutter: for murderinge John Feilde by witchcrafte for murderinge Frances Feilde by witchcrafte for murderinge Priscilla Feilde by witchcrafte for bewitchinge John Lyon lame."
(5.) 21 April, 13 James I.—Record that, on her arraignment for killing John Nutting by witchcrafte, Joan Hunt wife of William Hunt put herself Not Guilty on a jury, who found her Guilty, whereupon she was sentenced to be hung.
(6.) 5 September, 13 James J.—Record of Agnes Berrye's trial and
sentence for witchcraft
"po se Cul Ca nul Ss= She puts herself Guilty no chattels behung." "Agnes Berrye for bewitching Grace Halsey lame."
14 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery held at the Old Bailey Court-House on 12 April, 16 May, 26 June, 1 August, 6 September, 4 October, 4 December, 16 January and 20 February,—nine Sessions.—Also, one Special Session of Oyer and Terminer, held at the Justice Hall in the City of London on the 20th of March.
|Johannes Chapman||for trespass in givinge poison to the Lady Willoughby whereof she languished.|
|po se non cul nec r'|
Putting himself 'Not Guilty,' John Chapman was found 'Guilty' by a jury, whereupon he was sentenced to pay a fine of five pounds and be re-prisoned during the pleasure of the Court. Putting herself 'Not Guilty, 'Elizabeth Masterson was found 'Not Guilty' by jurors, who did not withdraw from their verdict.
20 March, 14 James I.—Session of Oyer and Terminer concerning divers treasons misprisons of treasons murder homicides rebellions riots routs and trespasses held for the County of Middlesex at the Justicehall in the City of London on Thursday the twentieth day of March in the year of the reign of Lord James by God's grace King of England France and Ireland Defender of the Faith &c. the fourteenth of Scotland the fiftieth, Before Sir John Leman knt. Mayor of the City of London, Sir Francis Darcy knt., Sir Thomas Fowler knt., Sir Stephen Soame knt., Sir Baptiste Hickes knt., Sir Thomas Bennett knt., Sir Thomas Coventrie knt. the Lord King's Solicitor-General, Anthony Benne esq. Recorder of the City of London, Clemente Edmondes, George Calverte, Thomas Jones, Nicholas Kempe, Edmund Dowbledaye and William Dyos esqs., the Lord King's Justices appointed to hear and determine divers felonies trespasses and other ill deeds in the said country perpetrated;—And further adjorned to the third day of April next to come at the eighth hour a.m. of the said day.
(47.) Next Session of Gaol Delivery.—John Gallante of Westminster blacksmith, delivered in bail to Richard Wylmott of the same city blacksmith and Thomas Gittinges of the same city gentleman, each mainpernor in 20£., that the aforesaid John shall personally appear at the next General Gaol Delivery to be held in the county of Middlesex, and in the mean time for his good conduct.
(48.) Next Session of Gaol Delivery.—Thomas Snowden of Towerstreete taylor, delivered in bail to Richard Foster of the same street taylor and to George Taylor of London marchauntaylor, each mainpernor in 40£., that the aforesaid Thomas shall appear personally at the next General Gaol Delivery to be held in the county of Middlesex, and in the mean time for his good conduct.
(49.) Next Session of Gaol Delivery.—Edward Ledgingham of Towerstreete taylor, delivered in bail to Richard Foster of the same street taylor and to George Taylor of London citizen and marchaunttaylor, each mainpernor in the sum of 40£., that the aforesaid Edward Ledgingham shall appear personally at the next General Gaol Delivery to be held in the County of Middlesex, and in the mean time for his good conduct.
(50.) Next Session of Gaol Delivery.—Edward Taylor of Clerkenwell baker, delivered in bail to Roger Smithe of Clerkenwell yoman and to William Almond of London citizen and pewterer, the said Edward in 40£., and each mainpernor in 20£., that the aforesaid Edward Taylor shall appear personally at the next General Gaol Delivery to be held in the county of Middlesex, and in the mean time shall find if he can Thomas Taylor.
The reader of this record must bear in mind that it is drawn from first to last in Latin, with the exception of the words setting forth the several offences in respect to which the culprits were called to account; and that each memorandum over the name of a rioter is in contracted and unpunctuated Latin. Thus the memorandum over (1) Henry Baldwin's name is, in the record, "po se non Cul nec r'"=he puts himself Not Guilty and did not retract; and that the memorandum over (2) John Grymes's name is "po se Cul repr in ferris pro uno anno fin' vi li. xiiis. iiiid. et inde inven bon' M p' bono gestu"; The exact translation of "po se non Cul nec r'" being "he put himself Not Guilty and did not retract," whilst the English of the same note, after it has been duly extended, amplified and punctuated is "He put himself Not Guilty on a jury of the country, and the jury declared that he is Not Guilty and did not retract." In like manner though the exact and unpunctuated English of the unpunctuated "Po se Cul" over John Grymes's name is "He put himself Guilty," the English of the same memorandum, after it has been extended, amplified and punctuated is "He put himself Not Guilty on a jury of the country, and the jury declared that he is Guilty." G. D. Reg.
15 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery, held at the Old Bailey Court-House on 3 April, 2 May, 4 June, 16 July, 3 September, 3 October, 4 December, 15 January, 25 February and 20 March,—ten Sessions.
That is to say,—convicted of manslaughter Stephen Rogers was sentenced to be hung, but at the instance of Sir Thomas Smith knt., was reprieved in the interest of Virginia, because he was a carpenter and the plantation needed carpenters.
he puts himself Guilty to be re-prisoned for one year without mainpernors and to be flogged on two marketdays at Brainford and to be put on one day in the stocks at Acton and on his knees in the open porch of the church to ask forgiveness of his master and afterwards be re-prisoned until &c.
(6.) 16 July, 15 James I.—Record that, on being convicted by a jury of counterfeiting the Lord Wallingford's hand, Robert Hamilton was sentenced "to stand on the pillory with a paper inscribed for Counterfeyting a privy Councillor's hand."
(7.) 3 September, 15 James I.—Record that, on being convicted by a jury, Mathias Hytchcocke was sentenced "to be set upon a horse with his face to the horses tayle, and ryde to the pillorye and there to stand ii houres in the open markett with a paper upon his head inscripted for uniust compounding upon severall informacions without lycence," and to pay a fine of ten pounds, and be re-prisoned till he find sureties for his good conduct.
16 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery held at the Old Bailey Court-House on 17 April, 20 May, 1 July, 6 August, 3 September, 2 October, 3 December, 14 January, 18 February, and 18 March,—ten Sessions.
(4.) 20 May, 16 James I.—Record of John Couley's conviction by a jury of administering poison to Edward Russell, who languished thereof. John Couley was sentenced to pay a fine of twenty pounds, be re-prisoned during the pleasure of the Court, and then to find sureties for his good conduct during life.
(5.) 20 May, 16 James I.—Memorandum of the recognizance of Robert Griffin of Charterhouselane yoman, in the sum of one hundred marks; For his appearance at the next Session of Gaol Delivery and sooner should there be cause for it, "because Wm. Biddle the prisoner did accuse him that he promised to give him a new cloke at Whitsontide if he wold tell what he knew concerning the poysoning of the La: Rosse."
17 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery held at the Old Bailey Court-House on 9 April, 12 May, 25 June, 28 July, 3 September, 1 October, 8 December, 14 January, 21 January and 18 February,—ten Sessions. Also, one Special Session of Oyer and Terminer, held at the Old Bailey Court-House on 14 January.
(3.) 25 June, 17 James I.—Record of the arraignment, trial and acquittal of Joan Bushe on an indictment of stealing six shillings from William Curtys; the said Joan, notwithstanding her acquittal of the felony, being sentenced to be put in the stocks for three hours, and taken back to the House of Correction.
(4.) 14 January, 17 James I.—Session of Oyer and Terminer held at the Justice Hall in the Old Baylie in the suburbs of the City of London. . . . . Before Sir William Cokayne (?) knt. Mayor of the City of London, Sir Thomas Watson knt., Sir Henry Spyller knt., Sir John Leman knt., Sir George Bolles knt., Robert Heath esq. the Recorder of the City of London, and Thomas Jones, Thomas Saunderson, Edward Dowbleday and William Danyell esquires, Justices &c. &c.
At this S. S. O. T. Thomas Lovett, Abell Withers, Henry Waller and Jasper Lowe were arraigned on charges of "counterfeiting Scottish Riders not current in England" and of "treason." Acquitted of treason, each of the four was found 'Guilty' of counterfeiting "Scottish Riders" and was "r' ad prison' pro termino vite sue"= taken back to prison for the term of his life.
18 James I.
(1.) Sessions of Gaol Delivery held at the Old Bailey CourtHouse on 31 March, 28 April, 31 May, 14 July, 1 September, 6 October, 6 December, 12 January, 16 February, 16 March,—ten Sessions.
(7.) 6 October, 18 James I.—Record that William Miller alias Halstowe, convicted of felonies at a former Session, and reprieved for service in Bohemia, now received judgment in respect to those felonies, he having returned from Bohemia without licence.
N.B. Kept in a slovenly fashion, the register for this year is grossly defective. For instance, it makes no mention whatever of a Session of Gaol Delivery, that was held between the S. G. D. of 29 March and the S. G. D. of 5 June; the five pages, on which the clerk intended to post up the particulars of the missing Session, remaining blank. The clerk was no less remiss in respect to the Session of Gaol Delivery held in July (? on the 17th of the month). The pages on which he should have put, and probably meant to put, the particulars of this Session, when he found time and disposition for the performance of his duties, remain without record of any kind. Of the ten Sessions of Gaol Delivery held for Middlesex in the course of the year, he notices no more than eight; and his notes touching these eight are in several respects careless and insufficient.
(3.) 29 May, 21 James I.—Record that, on their conviction by a jury of some offence (not set forth by the grossly negligent clerk), John Parry, Robert Cooper, Thomas Hamond and John Moreton were each sentenced to remain in prison during the pleasure of the Court, to pay a fine of 200£. to the King, to stand on the pillory with a paper on his head describing his offence, and to make in three places such submission as the Court should appoint. The record of sentence being followed by this note, "Execuc'o istius judicii respr pro duabz septimanis pro Ep'o London conar' conv'sion' et si non prevaleret tunc exequend' &c." = The execution of this judgment is respited for two weeks, for the Bishop of London to attempt conversion, and if he should not prevail it is then to be executed.
(4.) 29 August, 21 James I.—Record of the conviction by a jury of John Webb for keeping a brothel, with this sentence "h'et Judiciu' equitare in caruca p' le Old Baylie, Fleetestreete, Temple Barre, Drury Lane et Holborne tarn p'pe domum suam mansional' ut possibile est, cu' basones et al' . . . . necessar' et sol' fin' xs. et ro p' p' b. g. non h'itare infra 5 millar' London " = he has judgment to ride in a cart by the Old Baylie, Fleete Streete, Temple Barre, Drury Lane and Holborne as near his own dwelling-house as is possible, with basons and other necessary and customary . . . ., and to pay a fine of xs. and be taken back [for sureties] for good conduct, [and] not to live within five miles of London.
(5.) 29 August, 21 James I.—Order against a badger who has broken the conditions of his licence:—"It is ordered by the Courte that Samuell Bonfoy of Eastsmithfeild shall have no further License to badge, for that he hathe comitted divers offences contrary to his former Licence."
(6.) 15 January, 21 James I.—Record of sentence on John Foster for an offence not set forth by the negligent registrar:—Judgment, to stand upon the pillory with a paper describing his offence, and then to be whipt with thirty-nine stripes, and then to be imprisoned in the house of correction during the pleasure of the Court, and there to work for his living and a fine of ten shillings.
N.B. Here again the register, which has lost none of its leaves, affords evidence of the clerk's neglect of duty. The G. D. of 29 Aug. closed with an arrangement for another Session, to be held on the 3rd of October next following. But the register says nothing of the October Session, or of any Session between 29 August and 3 December,—three calendar months and five days; a period in which two or three deliveries of Newgate would be made. Instead of the due accounts of these two or three Gaol Deliveries, we come in the register upon fourteen vacant leaves (twenty-eight blank pages), on which the two or three sets of records should have been entered. The reader may assume confidently that in 21 James I. there were nine or ten Gaol Deliveries for Middlesex.