Sessions, 1617: 19 and 20 February

Pages 97-107

County of Middlesex. Calendar To the Sessions Records: New Series, Volume 4, 1616-18. Originally published by Clerk of the Peace, London, 1941.

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Sessions of the Peace and Gaol Delivery, on 19 and 20 February, 14 James I [A.D. 1616–17].


p.380. Came and discharged:—

William Wood of Holywell Street, by the Court at the last for good behaviour.

John Goldsmith of Holloway, by the Justices at Hicks Hall for the peace.

William Peirse of South Mimms respited before Sir Thomas Fowler, knight, Sir James Bacon, knight, and other Justices.

William Edwards of the same, taken as above.

John Dyer of Gray's Inn Lane respited as above "for spoyling the foote way from Islington to Greys Inne".

John Dauson of "Netherdale", co. York, respited as above, " taken vagrant by the watch at Whitechappell".

Henry Bates of the Liberty of the Tower of London, haberdasher, for the peace.

Leonard Duke of St. John Street, shoemaker, to answer.

Margery Branock of St. Bartholomew's-the-Great, spinster, for the peace.

Henry Senden of the Precincts of St. Katherine's-next-the Tower of London, clothier, for living incontinently with Ann Pollard of St. Clement Danes, spinster; and the said Ann for living incontinently with the said Henry.

Emma Hill of St. John Street, spinster, for the peace.

John West of the same, scrivener, for the like.

Margery Johnson of High Holborn, spinster, to answer.

p.381. John Maye of Shoreditch, accused to have assaulted and beaten Agnes Croswell.

Alice, wife of Richard Price of Hampstead, sawyer, for the peace.

Mary, wife of Thomas Reighnolds of Rosemary Lane, to answer.

John Baker and Gilbert West of Edmonton and Joan Harte of the same, widow, discharged upon the promise of the constable that they be conformable to the Justices' order.

Richard Davyes of Turnmill Street, porter, to prosecute Thomas Williams of Clerkenwell at the next for a silver cup stolen from him and taken in the custody of the said Thomas. The said Thomas handed over in bail to Thomas Taylor and David Price, clothworker, both of the same, to appear at the next Gaol Delivery. Came and was discharged (and p.382 and G.D.R. 2/112).

John Lightborne of Edmonton, drover, admitted by the Court.

John Richards of Enfield, badger [admitted likewise].


John Arche of High Holborn for proceeding with a new building in the upper end of Holborn, contrary to the King's proclamation, having been formerly committed for the same.

Came and discharged:—

Robert Walker of Rosemary Lane, victualler, to answer.

Richard Rufford of Ratcliffe, cordwainer, to answer.

John Smyth of St. Katherine's, porter, to answer.

William Baylie of Shoreditch, porter, for the peace.

Robert Baylie of Whitechapel, silkweaver, for the peace. Discharged by the oath of Margaret Foxe that he is ill.

p.382. Came and discharged:—

Margaret, wife of Edward Foxe of Bethnal Green, husbandman.

Andrew Linkletter of Shadwell, tailor, to answer.

Robert Kinge of the same, victualler, for tippling without licence.

Walter Nun of Wapping, victualler, for the like.

Thomas Mason of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, gardener, for the like.

Mary Knight of the same, widow, for the like.

Lionel Elles of the same, smith, for the like.

Robert Lord and George Hiller of the same for the like.

Thomas Miller of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, chandler, for the like.

John Bromffield of "Hogsden" [Hoxton], husbandman, to answer.

William Whitwell of St. Clement Danes, apothecary.

Hugh Ball of Westminster, gentleman, for the peace.

John Tisdall of Houndsditch, broker.

John Fenner of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, esquire.

To the next:—

John Burston of Paddington, in his own bail to appear at the next, and meanwhile to be of good behaviour.

p.383. Came and discharged:—

Francis Morgan of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields.

Edward Beeche of the same for tippling without licence.

Francis Brockhurst of Cow Cross, girdler, for good behaviour.

Geoffrey Hewlett of Tottenham, butcher.

Samuel Scott of St. John Street for the peace.

Robert Bosden of the same, ostler, for the like.

John Tompkins of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West, gunmaker, to answer.

William Hayes of the same.

Elizabeth Gunter of the same, yeoman [sic], to answer.

Christopher Marsom of the same to answer.

Richard Turner of St. Mary-le-Savoy.

Walter Kerbye of the same, milliner, to answer.

Thomas Harning of St. Clement Danes, baker, to answer.

James Farlam of the same, victualler, for good behaviour. Committed to Newgate for selling tobacco on the Sabbath day in time of Divine Service (and p.386).

p.384. Anthony Douber of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, tailor, for tippling without licence.

Francis Niccolls of the same, grocer, for the like.

Henry Hill of St. Clement Danes, haberdasher, for the like.

John Rogers of the same, milliner, for the like.

To the next:—

William Wiggens of Stoke Newington, coiner, handed over in bail to John Wiggens and Robert Anthony, silkweaver, both of the same, for living disorderly with Anne Perkins of the same, widow. The said Anne handed over in bail to Edward Gascoine, weaver, and Edmund Spooner, both of the same (and p.392).

Urian Cotterell of Bethnal Green, gentleman, for wounding Richard Wheatley; discharged because ill.

Thomas Heighfeilde and Henry Clarke of the same, gentlemen, and Ralph Johnson of the same, brewer, all for the like; came and discharged.

John Robinson of Turnmill Street for good behaviour.

Came and discharged:—

Alan Turner of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields for the peace.

Abraham Chapman of the same, cook, to answer.

Ann Rawlins alias Custardchapps of Field Lane, widow, for good behaviour.

p.385. To the next:—

William Weekes of Threadneedle Street, cooper, handed in bail to William Lenche of Sherborne Lane, clothworker, and Richard Chaundlor of Lothbury, scrivener, to appear (and p.390).

William Busse committed for building at Wapping.

Came and discharged:—

William Greene of Chancery Lane, shoemaker, for good behaviour.

Ralph Brenton of Ratcliffe, gentleman, and Magdalen his wife for the like.

Francis Hide of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields for the peace; discharged because the parties are agreed and entered upon recognizance before Edward Forsett (and p.386).

Thomas Prosser of the same to answer.

Robert Pye of Clerkenwell to answer.

To the next:—

Robert Payne of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, clothworker, handed in bail to Roger Upcott, tailor, and Thomas Hill, victualler, both of the same, to answer (and p.390).

p.386. William King of New Windsor, co. Berks [of St. Mary-leSavoy], gentleman, handed in bail to John Baker of St. Martin's-inthe-Fields, innkeeper, and Thomas Negoose of Fleet Street, salter, to prosecute the traverse of his indictment with effect. Handed over further to the said John and Edmund Beringer of Iver, co. Buckingham, gentleman, for the like. Indictment certified in the King's Bench by writ of certiorari in the Easter Term, 1618. Extracted in the Quindenes of Michaelmas because did not appear (and pp.390, 400 and P.R.B. 1/99d).

Richard Newyns of Turnmill Street committed and afterwards handed in bail to William Guy of St. Andrew's, Holborn, and Theodore Massey of St. Sepulchre's, haberdasher, to appear at the next for harbouring rogues and suspected persons (and p.390).

Thomas Willimott of "Hackham" [? Holkham], co. Norfolk, handed in bail to John Jenckes of Turnmill Street (and p.390).


Richard Jones of Westminster committed to "Oldesworth" and afterwards discharged by order of Edward Forsett (and G.D.R. 2/115).

John Wharton of St. Katherine's committed for harbouring rogues and suspected persons, till he find sureties for good behaviour.

Richard Wall of Turnmill Street [Clerkenwell] for the like (and p.392).

John Jenckes and Thomas Monday of the same committed, and it is ordered that they shall not victual any more.

Ann Waters and Elizabeth Metcalfe indicted at this for a riot, acknowledge the indictment and each fined 6d.

p.387. Order for the discharge of William Seaward, apprentice to Richard Parr of St. Peter's Lane in St. John Street, tailor, from the service of the said Parr, notwithstanding his indenture, upon complaint made to the Court of "the ill and hard usage" of the said William by the said Richard.

Licensed tipplers with their sureties:—

Walter Nunn of Wapping: George Nunn of Mile End and Richard Swingleton of East Smithfield.

Edward Hunt alias Stubberfeild of Wapping: Ralph Berkes, citizen and stationer of London, and John Mercer of Whitechapel.

Thomas Oliver of Ratcliffe: John Jones of Puddle Wharf, chandler, and Richard White of St. Andrew's-by-the-Wardrobe, merchanttailor.

Roland Leadall of the Duchy: Edward Dalton of St. Martin's-inthe-Fields, chandler, and Thomas Powell of the same, serivener.

Richard Richardson of St. John Street: Roland Pike, tailor, and Ralph Becke, weaver, both of the same.

James Harrison of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields: Arthur Swaffer, farrier, and Fabian Jones, shoemaker, both of the same.

Robert Walker of St. Clement Danes: Francis Masson of Fleet Street, tailor, and Geoffrey Barfoote of the same, collarmaker.

George Foster of Ratcliffe: Thomas Oliver of the same and James Hill of Blackfriars, shoemaker.

p.388. An order for the repair of High Bridge in the parish of West Drayton, and for stay of process against Lord Paget, made upon a reference from the General Sessions of the Peace held at Michaelmas, 1616:—

Whereas upon a difference in question between the Right Honourable William, Lord Paget, and the inhabitants of West Drayton concerning the repair of a certain bridge there called High Bridge, being a common passage leading over "Colney streame", several indictments (fn. 1) have been preferred as well against the Lord Paget as the said inhabitants, the point in question being whether the said Lord Paget or the said inhabitants ought to repair the same; And whereas at the General Sessions held at Westminster on 3 October last it was showed in Court by Mr. Bramston, of Counsel with the said Lord Paget, that time out of mind the predecessors of the said Lord Paget have been accustomed to find timber and the inhabitants to be at the rest of the charge, which was there offered on behalf of the said Lord Paget, but for that none of the inhabitants were there present and that the decay of the said bridge might not be longer forborne; It was then ordered that we [i.e. the Justices], together with Sir John Bennett, knight, or any three of us, should forthwith call before us such of the most ancient inhabitants of West Drayton aforesaid as could best testify the truth of this doubt, as namely one Mr. Bannester, that taking information from the Lord Paget and hearing the testimony of the said inhabitants, such order might be by us set down as that the said bridge might be forthwith repaired and amended, and our said order to be sent to the Sessions there to remain upon record for preventing the like inconvenience for the time to come, and in the meantime process upon the said indictment against the said Lord Paget to be stayed. We therefore, according to the said order, have examined the cause and find it manifestly to appear, as well by view of ancient court rolls produced by the Lord Paget as by the testimony of the inhabitants themselves (some of them being carpenters and have received hire of the inhabitants for their work done towards the repair of the said bridge, others being present when common rates have been made for such repair and have paid their rates accordingly), that the said inhabitants time out of mind have repaired and now ought to repair the decay of the said bridge, which before us they have undertaken to do, and that the Lord Paget ought to find timber for the doing thereof as his ancestors before him have done, and as his Lordship offered in Court by his Counsel. Therefore we do think meet and do order that the inhabitants of West Drayton aforesaid for the time being shall from time to time henceforth at their own charges repair the said bridge, the Lord Paget his heirs and assigns finding timber as aforesaid; and that the indictment against the said Lord Paget be withdrawn and cancelled, and no further process to go out thereupon. Given under our hands the 22nd day of January, 1616[-17].
"Thus signed Frauncis Darcy
Robert Ashbye
Raffe Hawtrey".

p.389. An agreement made by the under-written Justices on behalf of the county on 15 February, 1616[17], with Edward Dickenson, touching the performance of the composition poultry:—

First the said Edward does promise and undertake the performance of the composition poultry due to his Majesty for this county during the space of five years now next ensuing from the 28th day of September last past, if he shall so long live, upon condition that there be duly paid unto him during the said term of five years, yearly at one entire payment, the sum of three score and six pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence at the General Sessions to be held at Michaelmas; always provided that before payment be made of the said sum he shall bring and deliver unto some of the Justices which shall be then in Commission, one sufficient certificate from the Board of Green Cloth of the service fully performed by him.

Item it is agreed "that itt shalbe in the countryes pleasure to surcease his service upon on monthes warninge given him before the beginning of any of the two yeares next followinge". In witness whereof the said Justices and the said Edward have set their hands.

Sir Thomas Fowler knights.
Sir Baptist Hickes
Sir James Bacon
Sir Ferdinand Heyborne
Ralph Hawtrey
Thomas Saunderson
Francis Michell

An agreement made by the said Justices on 8 April, 1617, with Edward Russell, touching the performance of composition veal, set out in similar terms, the said Russell to receive £103 13s. 4d. on delivery of a certificate from the abovesaid Board of Green Cloth.


f.99. Thomas Wimberley of Tottenham for stealing the goods of a man unknown; outlawed.

f.99d. John Fletcher of East Smithfield for assaulting Helen Dale.

Thomas Stephen alias Cobler of Saffron Hill for the like.

Alice, wife of John Lovett of St. Andrew's, Holborn, for assaulting Helen Edmonds.

Henry Trevis of Hoxton for assaulting Henry Peekes.

Richard Louche, Richard Curtis and Susan his wife, Thomas Odley and [blank] Knolles, spinster, all of St. Clement Danes, for a riot upon Elizabeth Hurst and Katherine Lewis. Pledged for fines on 21 April, 1618.


f.106. James Frithe, Walter Harvie, Eustace Cockin, Agnes Mason, Edward Bland, Adam Tyler, Amia Perpointe, William Kettle, Robert Akers, Thomas Blocke and Ann Bodham delivered by proclamation.

Humphrey Totty and James Waffe indicted in London.

Thomas Smithe respited without bail at the instance of Lord Northe; delivered by proclamation (and f.110).

f.106d. Alexander Buckley, Hugh Jones, Elizabeth Williams and Richard Blades respited without bail to the next. The said Alexander respited further (and f.110d).

Samuel Meredith respited to the House of Correction.

Cuthbert Hulton [Halton] indicted for filing and cutting down the King's money, respited without bail in the Compter of London, witness E. Dowbleday, esquire.

Bartholomew Lawton of Holborn, goldsmith, Thomas Ubancke, vintner, and Thomas Willis, innkeeper, both of the same, and Richard Cocke of Gray's Inn Lane, innkeeper, to appear at the next and prosecute the said Cuthbert for treason and counterfeiting gold; came and were discharged (and ff.109d, 112d).

Not guilty:—

Robert Hudson for divers goods of John Jackson.

Guilty, seeks the book, see later

David Watkins for 21s. of Matthew Bonnis and £12 of George Bonhey. Later found guilty of divers goods and money of John Perkins; has no goods, to be hanged because there appears by evidence to have been a burglary at Greenwich, co. Kent (and f.107, 107d).

Not guilty:—

Margaret Andrewe for 30s. of John Archer.

Guilty, to be hanged:—

John Wilson and Richard Leeche for four oxen of John Johnson. They seek the book, do not have it because they had the book and deny that they had had the book before. And the Attorney of the lord the King says that it appears by record that they had it. Therefore let it be known by twelve etc. whether they had the book before or not. Therefore a jury is called and sworn in the City of London to try the issue aforesaid. And upon this the said John and Richard withdrawing their plea by them above pretended acknowledge that they had benefit of clergy before, therefore they have judgment to be hanged.

Guilty, no goods, seeks the book, reads, to be branded:—

Edward Eley for the same.

Thomas Cheverell and Thomas Goford for a wether sheep of John Johnson.

Acknowledges, to be whipped:—

John Robinson for goods worth 8d. of Sir Nicholas Hayes, knight.

f.107. Acknowledges, fined 10s.:—

John Nixe, servant to Edward Butterfeild of Uxbridge, butcher, indicted for an assault upon Morris Davies (and Sess. Reg. 2/382).

Guilty to the value of 11½d., and also to the value of 11½d.

Robert Higham for two socks and a pair of shoes of John Rayment, and for divers goods of Anthony Hawkes.

Ann Brasier for accessory after to both the same.

Guilty, no goods, reads, to be branded:—

John Braye and Robert Higham for seven geese, one turkey and two sacks of William Parker.

Not guilty:—

Thomas Walton of Gray's Inn Lane, victualler, for accessory after to the same (and f.108d).

Guilty, no goods, to be hanged:—

James Harris for a gelding of Richard Morris, gentleman.

In the gaol of Oxfordshire:—

Peter Jenninges [Geninges] of Stepney for stealing a horse of Edward Milles and a mare of John Harris of Long Compton, co. Warwick, yeoman. The said John and Richard Milles of Brailes, co. Warwick, yeoman, handed over to the next in bail to William Hiett [Hyatt] of Poplar to prosecute the said Peter, and at the next Sessions the said Richard, John and William are discharged from giving evidence because the said Peter was convicted and hanged at Oxford at the last Assizes held there (and ff.109, 112 and P.R.B. 1/99).

At large:—

Margaret Billington of Knockfergus [Stepney], spinster, for stealing nineteen pairs of stockings of Thomas Hedges; outlawed (and f. 108d and P.R.B. 1/99).

Guilty to the value of 11½d., no goods, to be whipped:—

Thomas Childe for two live sheep of Thomas Staples.

Guilty, no goods, seeks the book, reads, to be branded:—

John Jones for a cloak of Richard Powell.

Guilty, fined £5 and respited to the House of Correction:—

John Sandiford for deceiving Richard Burrell of £10 5s. at cards "att a game called decoye"; at the next respited to Bridewell (and ff.106d, 110d).

At large:—

Thomas Kempe and William Somers of St. Clement Danes for the same (and P.R.B. 1/99).

Guilty, no goods, seeks the book, reads, to be branded:—

Thomas Stone for a pair of iron racks" of our Soveraigne Lord the Kinge".

Not guilty:—

Nicholas Gothon for the same.

Guilty, fined £5 and respited during the will of the Court:—

John Chapman for trespass in giving poison to the Lady Willoughby "whereof shee languished ".

Not guilty:—

Elizabeth Masterson for the same.

f.107d. John Chapman for £3 4s. of Sir Eustace Hart, knight.

David Clarke for burglary and divers goods of Thomas Cressey; respited to the House of Correction (and f.106d).

Thomas Williams, Joan Williams and Margaret Williams discharged because the principal not guilty, for accessories after to the same.

John Ripley of Staines, husbandman, for three sheep of Richard Miller, two sheep of Christopher Allen, seven sheep of Joan Adman and one ewe of Robert Bonsey. Discharged at the Gaol Delivery where four times indicted for felony (and Sess. Reg. 2/385).

Not guilty:—

Francis Dixon for a gelding and a mare, two bridles and two saddles of John Atwood; respited to the House of Correction (and f.106d).

Guilty, no goods, to be hanged:—

Thomas Ellis, William Tadde and Thomas Burton of Ratcliffe for robbing John Freeman in the King's highway. The said Tadde and Burton outlawed (and P.R.B. 1/99).

Guilty to the value of 11d., no goods, to be whipped:—

Thomas Wilson of Gray's Inn Lane for a "cutworke falling bande" of Julian Freake (and Sess. Reg. 2/380).

Guilty, no goods, seeks the book, reads, to be branded:—

Anthony Gale for a silver cup of Nicholas Sayres.

At large:—

Thomas Williams of the Savoy [St. Clement Danes] and John Langworth of the same [and Thomas Langworth of Lewes, co. Sussex, esquire], for assaulting and wounding Richard Langford [Lanford, Langworth] (and Sess. Reg. 2/383, 394, and P.R.B. 1/99).

Edward Trappes and Anthony Trappes of Southall for cheating Edward Ruddinge of £9 5s. at false play (and P.R.B. 1/99).

Not guilty of burglary, guilty of felony, no goods, seeks the book, does not read, to be hanged:—

William Pattenson for divers goods of Thomas Garroll and burglary.

Guilty, no goods, seeks the book, does not read, to be hanged:—

William Jackson of St. John Street for eight sheep of Richard Wilkins (and Sess. Reg. 2/381).

f.108. Not guilty:—

Christopher Wall of Bishopsgate Street, pinmaker, Thomas Knyvett [Knevitt] of St. Katherine's, tailor, and Robert Westbrooke for a cloak of George Heyward (and f.108d).

William Gidfeild and Thomas Stephenson for a bar of iron from William Hurbar.

Guilty to the value of 11d., no goods, to be whipped:—

Joyce Warner for three sheets of Henry Clarke.

Not guilty:—

John Cossans for ravishing Penelope Howarde.

Guilty, fined £5 and respited at the will of the Court:—

Theophilus Allen of the Savoy [of Blickling, co. Northampton], gentleman, for assaulting and wounding Robert Richardson. [At the Gaol Delivery held on 3 April the said Allen is noted as dead in gaol, but on 2 May is among those delivered by proclamation] (and ff.105, 110, 116 and P.R.B. 1/94d).

f.108d. Came:—

Henry Hawkins for suspicion of stealing a cow.

John Jacob of Rosemary Lane, silkweaver, for stealing a frock and a piece of pewter.

Came and discharged:—

John Williams of Knockfergus, labourer, for suspicion of felony.

William Wilkins of the same, pewterer, for the like.

Robert Millington of Stratford Bow, vintner, for the like.

James Williams of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields for divers goods of Sir Thomas Somerset.

f.109. Richard Rither of St. Clement Danes, gentleman, for suspicion of buying the King's deer.

Richard Hunt of London, gentleman.

Came and committed because indicted:—

John Cousin of St. Sepulchre's, clockmaker.

David Wager of Old Street, blacksmith. The cause appears in Newton's examination.

Mary Frithe of St. Bride's, spinster. The cause appears in her examination.

John Cummins of Old Street. The cause appears in the examination of the said Mary.

William Younge of East Smithfield, suspected to have stolen plate.

Respited to the next Gaol Delivery after the feast of Easter:—

Theobald Butler of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, gentleman, for cozening one Belton of £15 at decoy.

To the next Gaol Delivery:—

Richard Slowe of St. Saviour's, Southwark, co. Surrey, butcher, for uttering counterfeit money; handed in bail to John Dawson, carpenter, and William Bagley, butcher, both of the same. Came and discharged (and f.112d).

Henry Porter, servant to Richard Walker of Westminster, handed in bail to Anthony Porter of High Holborn and John Mills of Westminster, tailor, to answer for the death of John Kilbreath, slain, as by the coroner's inquest not yet taken. At the next respited in his own bail (and f.112d).

Bridget Goodricke of Cow Cross, widow, for the death of Elizabeth Lidgolde.

Came and discharged:—

Francis Marshe of Islington, brewer, for winning money from an apprentice at Islington by play at dice. At the Sessions held on 3 September, 1617, respited in 100 marks to appear at the next Sessions of Gaol Delivery (and f.130).


  • 1. See Middlesex Sessions Records, New Series, Vol. III, p.214.