1553 (Jan - June)
The iiij day of January was bered master Robyn, alderman of
London, dwellyngin Marke lane, and [buried at] Barkyng chyrche,
and the strett hangyd with blake [and the ch]erche and with armes,
and ther was a harold beyryng [his cote] armur and with iij
penons of armes; and ther were the lord mere and the althermen
at ys beryng, and ther [did] pryche doctur Borne, and ther was
the compeny of [the fe]lowshyp of the Clarkes, and ther was gret
compeny of morners, and he gayff a grett meyne of gownes . . .
. . . ley for men to the nombur, and affter they whent to d[ener,
for] thys was a-ffor none.
The sam day a-ffor non landyd at the Towre w[harf] the
Kynges lord of myssrulle, and ther mett with hym the [Shreyffes]
lord of myssrulle with ys men, and every on havyng a reby[nd
of blue] and whytt a-bowt ther nekes, and then ys trumpet,
[druws,] mores dansse, and tabrett, and he toke a swaerd and
bare yt a-fore the kynges lord of myssrulle, for the lord was
gorgyusly a[rrayed in] purprelle welvet furyd with armyn, and ys
robe braded with spangulls of selver full; and a-bowt ym syngers,
and a-for hym on gret horses and in cottes and clokes of . . .
in-brodered with gold and with balderykes a-bowt ther nekes,
whytt and blue sarsenets, and chynes of gold, and the rest of ys
servands in bluw gardyd with whytt, and next a-for ys consell
in bluw taffata and ther capes of whytt . . . ys trumpeters,
taburs, drumes, and flutes and fulles (fn. 1) and ys mores dansse,
gunes, mores-pykes, bagpypes; and ys mass (fn. 2) . . and ys gayllers (fn. 3)
with pelere, stokes, (fn. 4) and ys axe, gyffes, (fn. 5) and boltes, sum fast by
the leges and sum by the nekes, and so rod thrugh Marke lane,
and so thrugh Grasyus strett and Cornhylle; and . . .
. . . . . . .
trompet blohyng, makyng a proclamasyon . . . and so the
kyng('s) lord was cared from the . . . skaffold; and after
the shreyffes lord; and the kynges [lord gave] the shreyffes lord a
gowne with gold and sylver, and a[non] after he knelyd downe
and he toke a sword and gayff [him three?] strokes and mad ym
knyght, and after thay dran[k one to t]hodur a-pon the skaffold,
and ys cofferer castyng gold and sylver in every plase as they
rod, and [after his co]ffrer ys carege with hys cloth-saykes on
horsseback; [and so went] a-bowt Chepe, with ys gayllers and ys
presonars; and [afterwards] the ij lordes toke ther horssys and
rode unto my [lord] mare to dener; and after he came bake thrugh
[Chepe] to the crosse, and so done (fn. 6) Wodstrett unto the shreyffes
[house for] more (than) alff a nore, (fn. 7) and so forthe the Olde Jury
and Lo[ndon wall] unto my lord tresorer('s) plasse, and ther they
had a [great] banket the spasse of alff a nore; and so don to Bysshopgate and to Ledenhall and thrughe Fanchyrche strett, and so
to the Towre warffe; and the shreyff('s) lord gohyng with hym
with torche-lyght, and ther the kynges lord toke ys pynnes (fn. 8) with
a grett shott of gonnes, and so the shreyffes lord toke ys leyff of
ym and cam home merele (fn. 9) with ys mores dansse danssyng and so
The x day of January was the monyth myn (fn. 10) of ser (Thomas (fn. 11) )
Wynsor knyght, in the contey of (Buckingham?), with a harold
and ys standard, ys penon of armes and ys cot armur, ys elmet,
target, and sword, mantylles, and the crest a whyt hartes ede, (fn. 12)
hornes gold; and he was elldest sune unto the lord Wynsor and
here, (fn. 13) and mared my lord Dakurs of the North doythur—the vj
king Edward vj.
The xiij day of January was put apon the pelore a woman for
she wold have poyssoned her husband dwellyng with-in the Powlles
bake-howsse, and the xiiij day she was wyped at a cart harsse,
and nakyd up-ward, and the xviij day folowhyng she was a-gayne
apone the pelere for slanderyng.
. . . . . . .
. . . with the compeny of the . .
The xxj day of the sam monyth rod unto [Tyburn] ij felons, serten was for kyllyng of a gentylman [of] ser Edward North knyght, in
Charturhowsse cheyr[ch yard?]—the vij yere of kyng Edward the vj.
The iij day of January was cared from the Marshalleshe unto
saynt Thomas of Wateryng a talman, and whent thedur with
the rope a-bowt ys neke, and so he hangyd a whylle, and the
rope burst, and a whylle after and then th[ey went f] or a-nodur
rope, and so lyke-wyss he burst yt [and fell] to the grond, and so
he skapyd with ys lyffe.
The vj day of Feybruary cam to London and rod thrughe London my lade Mare('s) grasse, the kynges syster, with a grett nombur of lordes and knyghtes, and her grace a grett [number] of lades
and jentyll women and jentyll men to the [number] of ij honderd
horsse, and thrug Chepe unto Saynt J[ohn's].
The ix day of January (fn. 14) be-tweyn vij and viij of the cloke in the
evenyng felle downe the grett stepull [of] Waltham in Essex, and
the qwyre felle downe, and alle the gr[eat] belles to the grond, and
myche of the chyrche.
The x day of January (fn. 14) rod my lade Mare('s) grasse from Saynt
[John's] and thrugh Flettstrett unto the kyng at Westmynster,
with a grett nombur of lords and knyghtes, and alle the [great]
women lades, the duches of Suffoke and Northumberland, my lade
marqwes of Northamptun, and lade marqwes of Wynchester, and
the contes of Bedfford, and the contes of Shrowsbere, and the
contes of Arundelle, my lade Clynton, my lade Browne and
Browne, (fn. 15) and many mo lades and gentyllwomen; and at the
oter (fn. 16) gatt ther mett her my lord of Suffoke and my lord of
Northumberland, my lord of Wynchester, my lord of Bedfford,
and therle of Shrusbery, the therle of Arundell, my lord Chamburlayn, my lord Admerolle, and a gret nomber of knyghtes and
gentyllmen, and so up unto the chambur of pressens, and ther
the Kynges grace mett her and salutyd her.
. . . . . . . .
. . . owyn a-pon payne of presunmentt and a grett [penalty, as
ye] shalle fynd in the actes in secund yere of kyng . . . the
perlementt tyme of the sayd yere, and nott to be . . . plasse
as taverns, alle-howses, ines, or wher . . . for cummers and
gestes, and has commandyd unto alle shreyffes and baylles, constabulls, justes of pesse, (fn. 17) or any . . thay shall se truthe (and)
justys as thay shalle [inform the] kyng and ys consell, and bryng
them to pressun (fn. 18) of . . . sun or poyssuns as be the offenders
ther off for . . . her of odur.
The sam day was sett on the pelere a man that dyd [set on a]
man for to kylle a honest man that he myghtt have ys [wife,] and
yett dyd he kepe her and spend ys goodes a-ffore, and [could not]
be contentt with that, and so ys ere was nayled to the pelore.
The xvij day of February dyd ryd in a care th[rough London]
Clarkes wyff a goldsmyth, at the syne of the Angell in Chepe, and
. . . . mayd and a-nodur, the ij wher (fn. 19) ray hodes on ther hedes,
for . . .
The xxiiij day of Feybruarii was bered ser Wylliam Sydnay
knyght, in the contey of Kentt, at ys plasse callyd Penthurst, with
ij harolds of armes, with ys standard, and ys baner of armes, and
ys cote armur, and iiij baner-rolles of armes, ys target, and mantyll, and helmett, and the crest a bluw porpyntyn, (fn. 20) and vij dosen
and di.skochyons; and ther wher mony mornars, and ther wher a
grett dolle of mony.
The xvij day of Feybruary th'erle of Penbroke cam rydyng in
to London with iij C. horsse, and a-ffor hym a C. gentyllmen with
chenes of gold, alle in bluw cloth, playne, with a bage on ther
slewe (fn. 21) a dragon, (fn. 22) and so to Benard Castyll, and ther he leyff. (fn. 23)
. . . . . . .
The xxiiij day of the sam monyth . . . bowtt London.
The xxv day of Feybruary rod in a care . . . . ame a
wyswer (fn. 24) and a prest (fn. 25) wyff and a-nodur bowdry; the ij women dyd
wher (fn. 26) ray hods; the [priest's] wyff was persun Whyt here wyff of
The furst day of Marche be-gane the parlement [at] the kynges
plasse within the courte, and the morowe [removed] to Westmynster.
The iij day of Marche rod in a care on (fn. 27) of the bedylls of the
begers, (fn. 27) for bowdry, dwellyn in saynt Bathellmuw lane be-syd my
The xxiiij day of February was bered in saynt Katheryns Colman master Hare (fn. 28) Webe sqwyre, and porter of the Towre, with a
harold, and ys penon of armes, and ys cot armur, and with iiij
dossen of skochyons.
The xxij day of Marche was bered master Syssylle sqwyr, and
gentyllman of the kynges robes, and the father unto sir Hare (fn. 28)
Sysselle knyght, and bered at saynt Margates at Westmynster,
with cote armur and ys penon of armes; and he had a-nodur cote
armur, and a penon, was mad and cared in-to the contrey wher
The sam day, wyche was the xxij day of Marche, was bered
master John Heth, dwellyng in Fanchyrche strett, and ther whent
a-ffor hym a C. chylderyn of Gray-freres boys (fn. 29) and gyrlles, ij and ij
(to-)gether, and he gayff them shurts and smokes, and gyrdulls,
and moketors; and after thay had wy. . and fygs and good alle,
and ther wher a grett dener; and ther wher the cumpene of Panters,
and the Clarkes, and ys cumpony had xxs. to make mere (fn. 30) with-alle
at the tavarne.
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The xvij day of Marche cam thrugh London, [from] Algatt, master
Maynard, the shreyff of London, wyth (fn. 31) a standard and dromes, and
after gyants boyth [great and] smalle, and then hobe-horsses, and
after them the g[ . . . ], and affter grett horsses and men in
cotes of velvet, [with chains] of gold a-bowt ther nekes, and men in
harnes; [and then] the mores dansse, and then mony mynsterels;
and af[ter came] the sergantes and yomen on horsse-bake with rebyns (fn. 32) [of green] and whytt abowtt ther nekes, and then my lo[rd
justice?] late behyng lord of myssrulle, rod gorgyusly [in cloth?]
of gold, and with cheynes of gold abowt ys neke, with hand fulle of
rynges of grett waluw; the w . . . serjants rod in cotes of velvet
with cheynes of [gold;] and then cam the dullo (fn. 33) and a sawden, (fn. 34)
and then [a priest?] shreyffyng (fn. 35) Jake-of-lent on horss-bake, and a
do[ctor] ys fezyssyoun, and then Jake-of-lent('s) wyff brow[ght him]
ys fessyssyons and bad save ys lyff, and he shuld [give him] a
thowsand li. for ys labur; and then cam the carte with the wyrth
hangyd with cloth of gold, and fulle of ban[ners] and mynsterels
plahyng and syngyng; and a-for rod master Coke, in a cot of
velvett with a cheyn off gold, and with flowres.
The iij day of Aprell whent unto saynt Mare spytyll, onto the
sermon, alle the masters and rulars, and skollmasturs and mastores, (fn. 36) and alle the chylderyn, boyth men and vomen chylderyn,
alle in blue (fn. 38) cotes, and wenssys (fn. 39) in blue frokes and with skoychyons in-brodered on ther slevys with the armes of London, and
red capes, (fn. 40) and so ij and ij (to-)geder, and evere man in ys plasse
and offes; (fn. 41) and so at the Spyttylle (a scaffold) was mad of tymbur,
and covered with canves, and setes on a-boyff a-nodur for alle the
chylderyn syttyn on a-boyff a-nodur lyke stepes, and after thrug
London . . .
[The xj day of April the King removed from Westminster by
water to Greenwich; and passed by the] Towre, and ther wher a
[great shot of guns and] chamburs, and all the shypes shott of
gonnes [all the way to] Ratclyff, and ther the iij shypes that was
rygyng (fn. 42) [there, appointed to go] to the Nuw-fouland, (fn. 43) and the ij
pennons (fn. 44) shott gunnes and chamburs a grett nombur.
The xvij day of Aprell cam a commondement [down] unto
London that alle the cherche-wardens of London [should go] unto
Gyldhall a-ffor the commyssyonars, the bysshope of London,
and my lord mare, and master Chamlay the kynges cheyff justes,
[and that] thay shuld bryng a truw sertycatt (fn. 45) of alle the chy[rch
goods,] juelles and monay, and belles, and alle copes and ornaments that [belong] to the chyrche.
The xxv day of Aprell wher hangyd at saynt T[homas] of
Wateryng, of saynt Marke day, vj feylons; iiij [were] hangyd with
ij altars (fn. 46) a-pese, (fn. 47) and the ij wher pore (?) with one.
[Having discontinued his diary during May, and left half a page blank, Machyn
subsequently inserted this memorandum: "The stylle that ys sett forth by owre nuw
kyng Phelype and Mare by the grace of God kyng and quene of England, Franse,
Napuls, Jerusalem, and Ierland, deffenders of the fayth, and prynsses of Spayne and
Ses[ily,] archesdukes of Austherege, dukes of Melayn, Burgundye, and Brabantt,
contes of Haspurge, Flandurs, and Tyrole."
. . . . . . .
The vj day of Junii dyd falle downe a . . . a howsse in
saynt Clement lane be-syde . . . ther the good-man of the
howse was [killed,] and the good-wyff sore hurt, and the mayd.
The man's nam was (blank) Benbryke; a sad [accident!]
The xxx day of Junii whas sett a post hard [by the] Standard in
Chep, and a yonge felowe ted (fn. 48) to the post, [with a collar] of yron
a-bowt ys neke, and a-nodur to the post with [a chain; and] ij men
with ij whypes wypyng (fn. 49) hym a-bowt the post, [for pretended]
vessyones, (fn. 50) and for obbrobyus and sedyssyus wordes—the vij
[king Edw. vj.]