Cecil Papers
May 1572

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1888

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'Cecil Papers: May 1572', Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 2: 1572-1582. (1888), pp. 16-19. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=109812 Date accessed: 30 August 2014.


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May 1572

48. The Bishop of Ross.
1572, May 4.Interrogatories (24 in number) for the Bishop of Ross. Endorsed :—The examination of the Bishop of Ross, by Sir Ralph Sadler, Sir Walter Mildmay, Mr. Attorney General [G. Gerrard], Mr. Solicitor [Thomas Bromley], Mr. Attorney of the Court of Wards [Thomas Wilbraham].
Dated by Burghley :—4 May, 1572.
5 pp. [Murdin, pp. 62, 63. In extenso.]
49. Examination of the Bishop of Ross (taken at the Tower, the 4th of May 1572, before the above Commissioners).
1572, May 4.Deponent understood by the servants of the Queen of Scots, that Leviston and the Lord of Endermarchyn, the summer before the rebellion, travailed between her and the Earls of Northumberland and Westmorland. The cause was, as he supposeth, for the conveying of her away. Did not understand why Thomas Bishop and others went to the Earls (at the time the Earl of Huntingdon was appointed to attend on her). But he saith, that after he was examined by the Council at Hampton Court, what letters the Queen his mistress had written to the Earl, he spoke with her on that point privately, when she said, “What have you to do therewith, stand you to that you have said.” He taketh it, that the means were made to the Spanish Ambassador for foreign aid by the Earl of Northumberland, who was a secret dealer with the Spanish Ambassador ever since the coming of the Earl of Murray. Also, that the Spanish Ambassador thought necessary that one should go from the Earls, and another from the Queen of Scots, to the Duke of Alva, which the examinate advertised to his mistress. When the Queen was in the custody of the Earl of Huntingdon, she wrote that examinate should travail by all means to procure her liberty, which moved him to deal with the Spanish ambassador touching Wilkinson's message, and according to his general commission from the Scots' Queen, he gave advertisement of the message and of the dealings with the ambassador to the Duke of Norfolk. Hall said that the gentlemen of Lancashire, meaning Sir Thomas Stanley, Sir Edward Stanley, Sir Thomas Gerrard, and Lord Dudley, were of mind, after they had set the Queen at liberty, to have kept her still in England; for that she was not able in Scotland to recompence their losses in England. He saith that neither the Scots' Queen nor he had any knowledge of the Bull before it came into England; but heard by report that the Spanish ambassador's priest was privy to the setting up thereof. He knoweth not of any letter of reconciliation to the Church of Rome from the Pope to the Scots' Queen. The matter of the disturbance of Parliament arose upon speech between Rudolfi, examinate, and Barker, but no advertisement thereof were given to his mistress.
Each page signed: “Jo. Rossen.”
4 pp. [Murdin, pp. 63–65. In extenso.]
50. Writs of Summons.
1572, May 4.Draft warrant directed to Sir Nicolas Bacon, Lord Keeper, to cause “Writs of Parliament” to be directed to William Paulet, of St. John, Chlr., Henry Cheyny, of Toddington, Chlr., Henry, Compton, of Compton, Chlr., Henry Norress, of [Lovell, struck out] Chlr., returnable the 8th of May.—4 May 1572.
Corrected by Burghley and the name of Henry Norress added by him.
1 sheet.
51. Thomas Bishop.
1572, May 5.Interrogatories (twenty in number) to be administered to Thomas Bishop, in connexion with the rebellion in the North.
2 pp. [Murdin, pp. 214, 215. In extenso.]
52. Examination of Thomas Bishop (taken at the Tower, 5 May 1572, before Sir Ralf Sadler, Knt., Gilbert Gerard, Thomas Bromley, and Thomas Wilbraham).
1572, May 5.He first understood of the rebellion intended in the North by Seres, the Scot, and by Taylor, servant to the Earl of Northumberland. Leviston, the summer before the rebellion, was a great travailer therein with the Nortons. The Duke of Alva promised one thousand pikes, two thousand shott, and one thousand horsemen, by solicitation of the Scots' Queen. Letters of the Scots' Queen were sent by Thomas Bishop, son of the examinate, to the Earls of Northumberland and Westmoreland, for the stay of the rebellion. There was sent with these letters a piece of silver, which was shewed to the Earls; which token the Earls knew well enough. The Earl and Countess of Northumberland declared to the examinate that Havers, the Duke of Norfolk's man, came to the Earl of Westmoreland to require him not to rise; and they further affirmed that the coming in of the Duke of Norfolk from Kenninghall was the only overthrow of the said enterprise.
Signed.
3 pp. [Murdin, pp. 215–217. In extenso.]
53. Stephen White.
1572, May 6.Interrogatories (18 in number) to be administered to Stephen White.
pp.
54. Examination of Stephen White (taken the 6th of May 1572 before Gilbert Gerard and Thomas Bromley).
1572, May 6.Examinate saith that the Bishop of Ross was lodged in his house [without Bishopsgate] about the last plague, and was bestowed there by order of the Council. Knows of no Englishmen that repaired to him but one Barnaby, servant to the Earl of Leicester. He never saw Chamberlain, the Earl of Southampton's man, with the bishop, nor was he a mean to bring him there. He never knew of any message which Chamberlain brought to the bishop from the Earl. There were none present but servants when the Earl met the Bishop in Lambeth Marsh, and knows not whereof they conferred. He never conveyed any of the Bishop's or Queen of Scots' letters to parties beyond the seas, or brought any such letters into the country. As to the agreement of the said Earl and Bishop [when the watch took them] the examinate saith he knew not of any such.
Signed.
pp.
55. Ireland.
1572, May 24.Receipt given by Thomas Smith, son of Sir Thomas Smith, knight, to Lord Burghley, for the sum of £333 6s. 8d. for the maintaining of soldiers to the winning of his 20 plough-lands allotted to him in the north of Ireland, and for defence of the rest of the inhabitants in the Ardes taken in hand to be won and peopled with the English nation by agreement with the said Thomas Smith.—24 May, 14 Eliz. 1572.
½ p.
56. Sir Thomas Gresham to Lord Burghley.
1572, May 28.Has 2,000 marks in readiness for Lord Oxford. Sends the particular note of the money that Mr. Spinola hath allowed the Queen. Asks that Lady Mary Grey may be removed out of hand, seeing that the Queen has wholly referred the matter to Burghley and Leicester, wherein his lordship shall do him and his wife a very singular good turn.—London, 28 May 1572.
1 p. [Murdin, p. 217. In extenso.]
57. Gunpowder.
1572, May.A certificate of how the last supply of corn and serpentine powder brought into the North parts was spent, and by whose warrants, since the 28th of November 1568. Corn powder, 11 lasts, 620 lbs.; serpentine powder, 11 lasts, 1,620 lbs.
Signed :—Thomas Sutton.
Endorsed :—May 1572.
3 pp.
58. Debts due in Antwerp.
1572, May.Statement of the sums due to Christopher Wallsor, Garlacus Rademacker, Davye and Alberto Schade, Caspar Engelbert, and Elias Wisse, between the dates 20 Feb. 1571 and 20 May 1572, amounting to a total of £38,618 16s. 8d.—Undated.
¼ p.
59. The Queen's Debts.
1572 [May].The prolongation of the Queen's debts, due and owing in Antwerp, amounting to £20,449 10s.
Signed :—Thomas Gresham.
1 p. [Murdin, p. 241. In extenso.]