Folios cclxxxvi - ccxci
Convictions for immorality, 1400-1439

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Reginald R. Sharpe (editor)

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1909

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'Folios cclxxxvi - ccxci: Convictions for immorality, 1400-1439', Calendar of letter-books of the city of London: I: 1400-1422 (1909), pp. 273-287. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33701 Date accessed: 22 September 2014.


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Folio cclxxxvi-ccxc.

Here follows a schedule of the names of those convicted of immorality, &c. (the greater number being chantry priests), between January, 1400-1, and July, 1439. (Editor.)

Willm's Brode Capellanus.

6 Jan., 2 Henry IV. [A.D. 1400-1], William Brode, chaplain, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, taken [in adultery] with Agnes, wife of Thomas Steel.

Rad'us Sawceton de com' Cantebreg' capt' cum uno disc' arg'.

28 Feb., the same year, Ralph Sawcetone, of co. Camb., taken with a silver dish broken into small pieces belonging to the lord the Prince.

Joh'es Kyng Capellanus.

10 May, 2 Henry IV. [A.D. 1401], John Kyng, chaplain, of Haukhurst, co. Kent, taken in adultery with Margaret Pountfreyt in the Ward of Bisshopesgate.

Thomas Duresme Capellanus..

18 May, the same year, Thomas Duresme, chaplain in the church of St. Laurence Pulteney, taken with Dionisia Pounsounby, unmarried, in the Ward of Candelwykstrete.

Willm's Clerk Somnour.

27 June, 3 Henry IV. [A.D. 1402], William Clerk, "somnour," (fn. 1) married, taken in adultery with Alice, wife of John Budde, brewer, in the Ward of Billyngesgate.

Rad'us She ford Capell'us.

10 Nov., 4 Henry IV. [A.D. 1402], Ralph Sheford, of co. Beds, chaplain, taken with Alice Spicer, unmarried, in Tower Ward, &c.

Bernardus Figeyr Gascoyn.

14 May, 4 Henry IV. [A.D. 1403], Bernard Figeyr, "Gascoyn," taken in adultery with Cristina, wife of John "Filtz"Piers, &c.

Will'musLyn tone persona.

19 May, the same year, William Lyntone, parson of the church of Buxtede, co. Sussex, taken with Johanna, wife of John Cobham, in the Ward of Candelwykstrete, &c.

Joh'es Cook Smyth.

16 Jan., 5 Henry IV. [A.D. 1403-4], John Cook, "Smyth," taken with Margaret, wife of John Clerk, in the Ward of Billyngesgate, &c.

Rog'us Cokke Cordewaner.

28 Jan., the same year, Roger Cokke, "cordewaner," taken in adultery with Isabella, wife of John Blosme, in the Ward of Bradstrete, &c.

Johannes Broun Skry vener mari tatus.

13 (fn. 2) June, 5 Henry IV. [A.D. 1404], John Broun, "skryvener," married, taken in adultery with Johanna Benyngtone,unmarried, in the Ward of Bradestrete, &c.

Joh'es Forster Taillour.

3 June., the same year, John Forster, "taillour," taken in adultery with Margaret, wife of Richard Paynell, in the Ward of Bassyngeshawe, &c.

13 June., the same year, John Broun, "skryvener," married, taken in adultery with Johanna Benyngtone, unmarried, in the Ward of Bradestrete, &c. (fn. 3) .

Laurencius Caldecote Capell'us.

23 May, 6 Henry IV. [A.D. 1404], Laurence Caldecote, chaplain, taken in adultery with Idonea Salle, married, in the Ward of Billyngesgate, &c.

Ricardus Mountgombry Capell'.

16 Nov., 7 Henry IV. [A.D. 1405], Richard Mountgombry, chaplain, taken in adultery with Dionisia, wife of Peter Peper, in Tower Ward, &c.

Thomas Poule Capell'.

Friday, 8 Jan., 7 Henry IV. [A.D. 1405-6], Thomas Poule, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Dunstan "Est," taken in adultery with Johanna Hukster, in the Ward of Bysshopesgate, &c.

D'us Joh'es atte lake Capell'.

Thursday, 11 March, the same year [A.D. 1405-6], in the presence of John Wodecok, the Mayor, Thomas Knolles, John Shadworth, Geoffrey Brooke, Henry Pountfreyt, Aldermen, William Crowmer and Henry Bartone, the Sheriffs, Sir John atte Lake, [chaplain], taken in adultery with Isabella Tyler, in the Ward of Bisshopesgate Without.

Folio cclxxxvi b.

D us Will'mus Retham Capell'.

The same day, in the presence of the said Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs, Sir William Retham, chaplain, taken in adultery with Johanna Kempster, in Sekollane, (fn. 4) in the Ward of Farndon Without.

Joh nes de Louthe Tynker.

Monday, 9 May, 7 Henry IV. [A.D. 1406], in the presence of John Wodecok, the Mayor, the Recorder, John Hadlee, Thomas Knolles, William Waldern, William Venour, William Louthe [Aldermen], [and] Henry Bartone, [Sheriff], John de Louthe, "tynker," taken in adultery with Johanna Waterlyd, in the Ward of Aldgate, &c.

Joh'es Newman.

Tuesday, 15 May [sic], the same year, in the presence of John Wodecok, the Mayor, the Recorder, [John] Hadlee, [Thomas] Knolles, [Richard] Whityngtone, [Richard] Merlawe, and [Thomas] Fauconer, [Aldermen], John Newman, taken in adultery with Cecilia Brinkhill, in the Ward of Billyngesgate, &c.

Joh'es Rede Webbe maritat'.

8 June in the same year, in the presence of the Mayor, the Recorder, [Richard] Whityngtone, William Askham, Geoffrey Brooke, Henry Pountfreyt, [Aldermen], and Henry Bartone, one of the Sheriffs, John Rede, "webbe," (fn. 5) a married man, taken in adultery with Johanna Stylerd, in the Ward of Bisshopesgate.

Galfridus Briggewater Foundour non maritatus.

15 June., the same year, in the presence of the Mayor, the Recorder, Richard Whityngton, William Louthe, Henry Pountfreyt, [Aldermen], and William Crowmer, one of the Sheriffs, Geoffrey Briggewater, unmarried, "foundour," taken with Agnes Wyche in the Ward of Aldersgate, between whom a certain Agnes Tikell acted as procuress (fuit bauda).

Rad us Dede Capellanus.

20 July., the same year, in the presence of the aforesaid Mayor and Recorder, John Hende, Thomas Knolles, William Venour, and Thomas Polle, Aldermen, Henry Bartone and William Crowmer, the Sheriffs, Ralph Dede, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Mary Bothawe, taken with Johanna Rowlond in the Ward of Bisshopesgate, &c.

Joh'es Andrewe Capell'.

25 Aug, the same year, Sir John Andrewe, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Mary le Bow, taken in adultery with Margaret Notle in the same parish on the eve of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug], &c.

[Note- The last ten cases of the arrest of chantry priests for immorality took place during the Mayoralty of John Wodecok, and it is significant of the character of this Mayor that to him is due the initiation of the custom of holding a religious service previous to the election of every Mayor, as practised down to the present day.—Editor].

Joh'es Marchall ho[mo] solutus.

3 Nov., 8 Henry IV. [A.D. 1406], John Marchall, unmarried, taken in adultery with Alice, wife of John Gyboun, "tyler," in the Ward of Billyngesgate, by John Hyndon, beadle (preconem) of the Ward.

Joh'es Jolyf Porter con jugatus.

7 Sept, 8 Henry IV. [A.D. 1407], in the presence of Richard Whityngtone, the Mayor, the Recorder, Thomas Knolles, John Wodecok, William Askham, William Venour, Robert Chichele, William Crowmer, John Warner, and Thomas Polle, Aldermen, John Jolyf, "porter," a married man, taken in adultery with Johanna Fithyan in the Ward of Billyngesgate, by John Hyndon, beadle (bedellum).

D'us Will' Langeford Capell'.

14 Dec., the same year, in the presence of the aforesaid Mayor, the Recorder, John Hadle, John Hende, Geoffrey Brook, John Warner, Henry Pountfreyt, William Venour, Richard Merlawe, and Thomas Fauconer, Aldermen, Sir William Langford, chaplain, taken in adultery with Margaret, wife of Richard Dod, tailor, in the Ward of Bisshopesgate Without, by the beadle, &c., and the said Richard Dod, the husband of the said Margaret, acted as bawd (pronuba) between them, and received 40 pence for so doing from the said chaplain, &c. Thereupon it was adjudged by the Court that the said Richard Dod should stand on the pillory three hours, &c.

Joh'es Benyngton Capell'.

23 Jan., 9 Henry IV. [A.D. 1407-8], in the presence of William Staundone, the Mayor, Robert Chichele, Geoffrey Brook, and Stephen Spelman, Aldermen, and Henry Haltone, one of the Sheriffs, Sir John Benyngton, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Botolph without Bisshopesgate, taken in adultery with "Elienora" Bynam, widow, in the Ward of Lymstret, by the beadle of Lymstret and the beadle of Cornhill, &c.

Folio cclxxxvii.

Nich'us Nangill Capell'.

11 Oct., 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1409], in the presence of Drew Barantyn, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Thomas Knolles, John Shaddeworth, William Askham, Robert Chichile, Richard Merlawe, Thomas Fauconer, and William Louthe, Aldermen, William Chichile and John Lane, the Sheriffs, Sir Nicholas Nangyll, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St Nicholas Hacon, taken in adultery with Katherine Bislee.

Thomas Canell' Capell'.

17 June., 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410], in the presence of Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Robert Chichele, Thomas Fauconer, Henry Bartone, Thomas Pyke, Aldermen, and William Chichele, one of the Sheriffs, there was brought hither Sir Thomas Canell, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Andrew, "Baynardcastell," who was taken in adultery with Johanna Gland in the Ward of Castelbaynard, &c.

Willm's Cosyn Capell'us.

16 July., 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], in the presence of Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, John Shadworth, William Walderne, John Penne, Henry Haltone, and John Lane, Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir William Cosyn, chaplain, who was taken in adultery with Alice, wife of John Forest, "mason," in the Ward of Vintry.

Willm's Derham Capell'.

30 Dec., 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], in the presence of Robert Chichele, the Mayor, Richard Whityngtone, Richard Merlawe, William Walderne, Henry Bartone, John Penne, Walter Cottone, Aldermen, and John Reynewelle, one of the Sheriffs, there was brought hither Sir William Derham, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Olave near Martlane, who was taken in adultery with Margaret Bokenham in Tower Ward.

Thomas Maior maritat'.

20 May, 14 Henry IV. [sic], (fn. 6) [A.D. 1413], in the presence of William Walderne, the Mayor, Richard Whityngtone, Drew Barantyn, William Askham, Richard Merlawe, William Crowmer, Henry Bartone, William Louthe, and Stephen Speleman, Aldermen, William Sevenok and Ralph Lobenham, Sheriffs, there was brought hither Thomas Maior, a married man, who was taken with Alice Muskham, a married woman, in the Ward of Baynardescastell by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward.

Adam Kirkeby Capell'us.

5 Feb., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413-14], in the presence of William Crowmer, the Mayor, Richard Whityngtone, Thomas Knolles, Richard Merlawe, Robert Chichele, William Walderne, and Nicholas Wottone, Aldermen, John Michell and John Suttone, the Sheriffs, there was brought hither Sir Adam Kirkeby, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Antony, who was taken in adultery with Alice Fray in the Ward of Vintry.

Walt'us Enstone Capell'.

7 March, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414-15], in the presence of William Crowmer, the Mayor, (fn. 7) Drew Barantyn, William Askham, Richard Merlawe, Thomas Fauconer, Henry Bartone, Stephen Speleman, Henry Haltone, John Lane, William Norton, Thomas Pyke, and William Chichele, Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir Walter Enstone, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Martin Oteswich, who was taken with Johanna Dutton in the Ward of Crepylgate Within by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward, &c.

Will's Nechtone Capell'.

The eve of St. Michael [29 Sept], 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], in the presence of William Crowmer, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Thomas Knolles, Thomas Fauconer, Henry Bartone, Henry Haltone, Stephen Speleman, William Louthe, Thomas Pyke, and John Penne, Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir William Nechtone, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Bride, who was taken in adultery with Matilda de la Mare. And proclamation having been made according to the custom of the City, &c., that no one should thenceforth hire him, &c., under penalty of paying to the Chamber twice the amount paid for his salary, &c., and he is sent to the Ordinary, &c., to purge himself, &c. (fn. 8) .

Folio cclxxxvii b.

Joh'es Sele Capell's.

The same day, in the presence of the said Mayor, the Recorder, and Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir John Sele, chaplain, who was taken in adultery with Alice Savage, a married woman, by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Farndone Without. And proclamation having been made according to the custom of the City [&c., ut supra].

Joh'es Prynce Capell's.

17 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17], in the presence of Henry Bartone, the Mayor, John Bartone, the Recorder, William Cauntbrigge, John Reinwelle, John Perneys, Thomas Pyke, and Ralph Bartone, [Aldermen], there was brought hither Sir John Prynce, chaplain, who was taken in adultery with Petronilla Albright by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Bridge. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Henricus West Capell's.

The eve of St. Michael [29 Sept], 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], in the presence of William Crowmer, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Thomas Knolles, Thomas Fauconer, Henry Bartone, Henry Haltone, Stephen Speleman, William Louthe, Thomas Pyke, and John Penne, Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir Henry West, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Laurence Jewry, who was taken in adultery with Alice, wife of John Curteys, by the Constable and Beadle of Vintry Ward. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Miles Tiler Capell's.

Monday after the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], in the presence of William Crowmer, the Mayor, (fn. 9) John Prestone, the Recorder, Richard Whityngtone, Drew Barantyn, Thomas Knolles, Richard Merlawe, William Crowmer [sic], Henry Bartone, Walter Cotton, Henry Haltone, [William] Nortone, Thomas Pyke, John Penne, and John Gedney, Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir Miles Tiler of "Brekenhok," chaplain, celebrating in St. Paul's churchyard, who was taken in adultery with Margaret, wife of Richard Buntyng, "laborer," in the Ward of [blank] by the Constable and Beadle of the said Ward And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Rogerus Wattes Capell's.

Friday, 31 Jan., 8 Henry V. [A.D. 1420-1], in the presence of the Mayor, Recorder, and Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir Roger Wattes, chaplain, celebrating for the Fraternity of Fishmongers in the church of St. Magnus the Martyr, who was taken in adultery (in luxeria) with Alice Soureby by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Joh'es Stafford Rector eccl'ie S'ci Andree in Estchele London'.

Friday, 23 May, 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421], in the presence of the Mayor, Recorder, and Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir John Stafford, Rector of the church of St. Andrew in Estchepe, who was taken with Ann Avery, late wife of John Avery, parish clerk of the said church, by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Billyngesgate. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra]. (fn. 10)

Johannes Stokwode Capell's.

Wednesday, 10 [month omitted], 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421 ?], in the presence of the Mayor, Recorder, and Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir John Stokwode, chaplain, who was taken in adultery with Juliana, wife of John Padiam, "bocher," by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Bassyngeshawe. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Folio cclxxxviii.

Thomas Pope Capell'.

10 Dec., 1 Henry VI. [A.D. 1422], Sir Thomas Pope, celebrating in the church of St. Margaret Lothbury, [and] William Millengy, celebrating in the church of St. Laurence Jewry, taken about midnight in secular clothes, short and stained, hoods cut andtorn (gaggatis), with a "polax" and a "pikedstaf" in their hands, &c., which clothes were borrowed by the said Thomas of one called John Wolf, "brouderer," &c.

Willm's Pychefork Capell'.

27 july, 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], Sir William Pychefork, celebrating in the College of St. Michael, (fn. 12) Crokedlane, taken in adultery with Alice Wyke, otherwise called "Melyour," a married woman, as is said, in the parish of St. Michael de Quenhithe, by the Constable and Beadle of the same Ward.

Joh'es Leche Felmongere.

The last day of February, 2 Henry VI. [A.D. 1423-4], John Leche, "felmongere," was brought hither by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Bredstreet for that he allowed one David Holand, taillour, late residing in the Wardrobe of the Lady Oxford, to lie naked in bed alone with Johanna his wife, in which plight (in tali plita) the said Constable and Beadle found them respectively and took them to the Compter, &c. And the said John Leche and his wife as well as the said David, being convicted thereof, were committed to the pillory on Cornhill there to remain for one hour, and thence they were to be taken before the Ordinary.

Ric'us Henney Capell'.

6 Nov., 3 Henry VI. [A.D. 1424], Richard Henney, chaplain, Vicar of the Collegiate Church of St. Martin le Grand, taken naked with Johanna, wife of Pascow Meneux, "taillour,' who was also naked, in the parish of St. Stephen Colmanstrete, between the hours of 11 and 12, by the Constable and Beadle, &c. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Ric'us "Elward" Capell'us.

19 Nov., the same year, in the presence of the Mayor, the Recorder, William Estfeld, John Bithewater, Simon Seman, John Welles, and Ralph Bartone, [Aldermen], there was brought hither Sir Richard "Eldward," chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Edmund, Lombard Street, who had hitherto oftentimes frequented and lain at night in a house with Agnes Forster in the parish of St. Mary Fancherche (fn. 13) And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Nich'us Troote Capell'.

14 June, 3 Henry VI. [A.D. 1425], in the presence of the Mayor, the Recorder, and Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir Nicholas Troote, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St Mary de Aldermarichurch, who was taken in adultery with Johanna, wife of Thomas Whityngham, by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Walbrooke, between 11 and 12 at night. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Willm's Grace Rector eccl'ie Trinitat'.

18 Sept., 5 Henry VI. [A.D. 1426], Sir William Grace, Rector of the church of Holy Trinity the Less, taken in adultery with Johanna, wife of John Baron, by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Quenhithe, in the morning (in aurora). And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra]. (fn. 14)

Joh'es Stephenton Capell'us.

2 Oct., the same year, in the presence of the Mayor, the Recorder, and Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir John Stephenton, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. George de Puddynglane, (fn. 15) who was taken in adultery with Johanna Hebden, a widow, about 11 o'clock at night, by John Rowe, the Beadle of Baynardescastell. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Folio cclxxxviii b.

Willm's Myllyngy Capell'us.

8 Nov., the same year, Sir William Millyngy, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Andrew near Cornhull, (fn. 16) was taken in adultery with Katherine, wife of John Wynge, about 7 o'clock in the morning, by Robert Elkyn, Constable of the Ward of Langbourne. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Joh'es Warham Capell'us.

10 Jan., 5 Henry VI. [A.D. 1426-7], in the presence of John Reynwelle, the Mayor, John Simond, the Recorder, Nicholas Wottone, Henry Bartone, William Cauntbrigge, John Michell, John Coventre, Robert Tatersale, Ralph Bartone, John Gosselyn, (fn. 17) Nicholas James, William Estfeld, Robert Whityngham, Simon Seman, John Bithewater, Henry Frowyk, John Brokle, and Robert Ottele, Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir John Warham, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Michael de Quenhithe, who was taken in adultery with Margaret Ryver, widow, otherwise called "shepster," (fn. 18) about 3 o'clock in the morning, by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Quenhithe And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Walterus Martyn.

21 Jan., the same year, in the presence of John Reynwelle, the Mayor, John Simond, the Recorder, Thomas Knolles, William Crowmer, Nicholas Wottone, Henry Bartone, John Coventre, John Gedney, Ralph Bartone, Robert Tatersale, John Perneys, John Welles, Nicholas James, John (fn. 19) Gosselyn, William Estfeld, Simon Seman, John Bithewater, Henry Frowyk, and Robert Ottele, Aldermen, John Higham, one of the Sheriffs, John Bederenden, the Chamberlain, [and] Alexander Anne, Common Serjeant, there was brought hither Walter Martyn, a married man, servant to John Traynell, a serjeant to Robert Arnold, the other Sheriff, who was taken in adultery with Johanna Kynot by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Lymstret, &c. And because the cognizance of such cases appertains to the Ordinary, he is sent to the Ordinary to be by him punished canonically, &c.

Joh'es River Capell us.

25 Jan., 7 Henry VI. [A.D. 1428-9], in the presence of Henry Bartone, the Mayor, John Coventre, John Gedney, John Welles, Ralph Bartone, Simon Seman, and John Perneys, Aldermen, John Abbot and Thomas Dufhous, Sheriffs, there was brought hither Sir John River, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Swithin in Candelwykstrete, who was taken in adultery with Elizabeth Clerk, of Coventre, between 9 and 10 o'clock at night. by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Billynges gate. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Folio cclxxxix.

Joh es Rede.

15 Feb., the same year, in the presence of Henry Bartone, the Mayor, John Simond, the Recorder, Thomas Fauconer, Nicholas Wottone, John Coventre, John Gedney, Ralph Bartone, Robert Whityngham, Robert Otteley, John Welles, William Estfeld, John Brokle, Simon Seman, John Perneys, Nicholas James, Thomas Wandesford, Robert Tatersale, and Henry Frowyk [Aldermen], there was brought hither John Rede, who was taken in adultery with Alice, wife of Nicholas Clerk, by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Billyngesgate, &c. And because the cognizance of such cases appertains to the Ordinary, he is sent to the Ordinary to be by him punished canonically, &c.

Robertus Whittok' al' Stanbrigge.

14 April, 7 Henry VI. [A.D. 1429], in the presence of Henry Barton, the Mayor, John Simond, the Recorder, John Welles, Robert Tatersale, Ralph Bartone, Henry Frowyk, and Ralph Skynnard, Aldermen, and Thomas Dufhous, one of the Sheriffs, there was brought hither Sir Robert Stanbrigge, otherwise called Sir Robert Whittok, chaplain, celebrating in the church of All Hallows de Honylane in the Ward of Chepe, who was taken in adultery with Johanna Walter de Chelmesford, widow, about 11 o'clock, in the chamber of the said Sir Robert in the parish of St. Mary Somerset in the Ward of Quenhithe, by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

Gilb'tus Taverner.

10 Aug., the same year, in the presence of Henry Bartone, the Mayor, Thomas Fauconer and Ralph Bartone, Aldermen, and Thomas Dufhous, one of the Sheriffs, there were brought hither Gilbert Taverner, "taillour," and Cecilia Heggerley, wife of Hugh Heggerley, who were taken in adultery in the parish of St. Sepulchre in the Ward of Farndon Without, about 9 o'clock at night, by William Bury, Constable of the Ward, &c. And because cognizance of the cause appertains to the Ordinary, he is sent to the Ordinary to be by him punished canonically.

Joh'es Couper.

26 Aug., the same year, in the presence of Henry Bartone, the Mayor, William Crowmere, Thomas Fauconer, Ralph Bartone, John Perneys, John Welles, Simon Seman, Henry Frowyk, Robert Large, Aldermen, John Abbot and Thomas Dufhous, the Sheriffs, there was brought hither John Couper, "chapman," a married man, of Newerk, who was taken in adultery with Katherine, wife of Richard Frensshe, about midnight, by the Constable and Beadle of the Ward of Crepulgate, &c. And because the cognizance of such cases appertains to the Ordinary [&c., ut supra].

Dn's Joh'es Scales Capell'us.

15 Sept., 8 Henry VI. [A.D. 1429], in the presence of Henry Bartone, the Mayor, Ralph Bartone and John "Pattesle," (fn. 20) Aldermen, John Abbot and Thomas Duffehous, the Sheriffs, there was brought hither Sir John Scales, chaplain, celebrating in the church of St. Dunstan "Est," who, together with Sir Richard Hegge, chaplain, celebrating in the said church, who escaped, and with no other assistance, carried away by night a certain Johanna, late servant of — (fn. 21) Cantelowe, towards Mile Ende. The said Sir John was taken with the said Johanna in the Ward of Portsoken by the Constable of the Ward, &c. And because the cognizance of such cases appertains to the Ordinary, he is committed to the Ordinary for purgation.

Folio cclxxxix b.

14 Oct., the same year, in the presence of Henry Bartone, the Mayor, John Simond, the Recorder, Thomas Fauconer, Ralph Bartone, John Brokle, John Paddesle, Simon Seman, Robert Ottele, and Stephen Broun, Aldermen, William Russe and Ralph Holand, Sheriffs, there was brought hither Sir John Ardyngworth, of co. Northampton, chaplain, residing with the Duke of Gloucester, who was taken in adultery with Margaret Skydmore, otherwise called Parker, by the Constable of the Ward of Billingesgate, about 8 o'clock at night. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

31 Oct., the same year, in the presence of William Estfeld, the Mayor, Thomas Knolles, William Crowmere, Thomas Fauconer, John Gedney, Ralph Bartone, John Wellys, Stephen Broun, Robert Large, John Brokle, Henry Frowyk, Simon Seman, Thomas Wandesford, and John Paddesle, Aldermen, there was brought hither Sir Ralph Wengrave, chaplain of the College of St. Michael in Crokedlane, who was taken in adultery with Mariona Grene of co. York on Saturday last, between 4 and 5 o'clock in the morning, between whom (inter quos) Agnes, wife of John Hebell de Sowthwerk, by the Constable of the Ward of Candelwykstrete. And proclamation having been made [&c., ut supra].

"The mayr comaundith on the Kynges bi[half] that no man from this day froward wtin the fraunchise of this Cite of London holde in servyse ne geve no maner salery to N. B. that here is, in peyn of paying the doble sume to the Chamber of the seid salerie to the Chambre of London [sic] for he is foundyn in suspect place in wey of synne for he is founde in doyng fornicacion (avowtri (fn. 23) ) wt J. N. that here is present" [No date].

6 Feb., 17 Henry VI. [A.D. 1438-9], in the presence of Stephen Brown, the Mayor, the Recorder, and Aldermen, John Spaldyng, chaplain, taken with Johanna Wikys, a married woman, on suspicion of adultery, by John Mader and John Halman, Constables of the Ward of Langeborne. And the customary proclamation having been made, he is sent to the Ordinary to be punished.

4 May, 17 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439], in the presence of Stephen Brown, the Mayor, the Recorder, and Aldermen, Ralph Lawrence, chaplain, was taken with Johanna Chances, a married woman, on suspicion of adultery, by the Constable of the Ward of Algate. And the customary proclamation having been made, the said chaplain is sent to the Ordinary to be punished. And his judgment is that he make no stay within the City except as a stranger, under pain of imprisonment, &c.

Inasmuch as Thomas Chapell of London, "brewer," was indicted before Stephen Broun, the Mayor, and Aldermen of divers acts provoking to public immorality, and was thereof convicted, it is adjudged by the Mayor and Aldermen that he be put on the pillory, to remain there an hour, and that proclamation be made of the reason thereof. [No date].

Inasmuch as Johanna, wife of Hugh Carpenter, was indicted before Stephen Broun, the Mayor, and Aldermen of divers acts provoking to public immorality, and was thereof convicted, it is adjudged by the Mayor and Aldermen that she be put on the pillory two days for an hour, and that proclamation be made of the reason thereof. [No date].

Folio ccxc.

Inasmuch as Hugh Carpenter was similarly indicted and convicted, it is adjudged that he be put on the pillory for an hour, proclamation ut supra. [No date].

13 July, 17 Henry VI. [A.D. 1439], in the presence of Stephen Broun, the Mayor, the Recorder, and Aldermen, Herman de Verona, chaplain, was taken in adultery with Agnes Bramptone, a married woman, by John Whitfeld, Constable of the Ward of Bradstret; and proclamation having been made according to the custom of the City, he is sent to the Ordinary to be punished.

Inasmuch as Johanna Wakelyn, Margaret Hathewyke, and Margery Bradlee were indicted before Stephen Broun, the Mayor, and the Aldermen of divers acts provoking to public immorality, and were afterwards, viz., on the 21st April, convicted thereof; it is adjudged by the said Mayor and Aldermen that they be put on the pillory two days for an hour a day, and that proclamation be made of the reason thereof.

[Fos. ccxc b, ccxci blank].

Masters of Misteries sworn.

Footnotes

1 One who summoned delinquentsto appear in (ecclesiastical) courts. Chaucer, it will be remembered, giveshis "sompnour" of 'The Canterbury Tales' a character for lechery.
2 Decimo inserted after tercio. The entry is repeated infra.
3 The entry already recorded supra.
4 Sea coal Lane.
5 Weaver.
6 A clerical error for 1 Henry V.
7 There appears to be a similar error here, as Crowmer ceased to be Mayor in Oct., 1414, being succeeded by Thomas Fauconer.
8 The fact of proclamation being made to the above effect, and of the criminous clerk having been handed over to the Ordinary for purgation, is frequently repeated infra.
9 An error. See note supra, p. 278.
10 John Stafford (or "Trafford," as his name appears in Newcourt's 'Repertorium') does not appear to have succeeded in purging himself before the Ordinary, for he was superseded as Rector of St. Andrew Hubbard in the following October.
11 Riley, 'Memorials,' Introd., p. xlvii. For Millengy cf. infra, p. 282.
12 Founded by William Walworth Stow's 'Survey' (ed Kingsford), i. 220.
13 Otherwise St. Gabriel Fenchurch.
14 This City rector either succeeded in proving his innocence or the Ordinary must have dealt lightly with him, for he appears to have continued to hold his benefice until his death in 1453. See Hennessy's ed. of Newcourt's 'Repertorium,' p. 250.
15 Otherwise known as St. George, Botolph Lane, or St. George, Eastcheap.
16 St Andrew Undershaft.
17 John Gosselyn does not appear among the 'Aldermen of the City ofLondon,' recently compiled by the Rev. A. B. Beaven. There was aRichard Gosselyn, an Alderman, about this time. It is, no doubt, a clerical error which is repeated on the next page.
18 A female cutter out of garments, being the feminine of shaper (Skeat). See Notes and Queries, 30 Jan., 1886. Cf. Katherine "la Shepistere," Hust. Roll 44 (183).
19 See note supra, p. 282.
20 Or "Paddesle'.
21 Blank.
22 The meaning probably is that Agnes had acted as procuress.
23 A gloss.