R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Elizabeth. 1565 circa.
A brief Sum[m]arie of tharticles obiected agaynst the Erle of
Pembrokes attempt for the obteyning of the lib'ties within yor
highnes Lordshipp of Glamorgan and Morgannug.
What honour, royaltie and profytt your ma'tie shall lose
Your highnes shall lose the seignory and honour of your
lordshipp of Glamorgan and Morganug.
* * * *
You lose the tenure and wardsyluer of xxxvj knights fees and a
half now holden of your Seignory of Glamorgan and Morganug with
warde mariage and relief of the same.
You lose a certeyne yerelie rent of a toll otherwise called
Chense paid out of euery house within the Shiere fee, and a certeyne
rent in a place called Glyn Ogwr, and a certeyne custome whiche
was wont to be one thousand markes due upon the deth of euery
You lose there all fynes issues and amercyaments.
You lose all pr'fectures of Recognisaunc's and other bands taken
to your use.
You lose all casualties and eschets.
You lose all felons goodes and Lands.
You lose all tresure trove w[i]th all mynes and other roialties yet
due to your maiestie.
What defaulte may be in the admynistrac'on of Justice
betwene p'tie and p'tie.
In stede of yr Shiref of ye shire there shalbe dyuers baielifs
of lib'ties, who being poore by coruption may mysdemeane them
* * * *
That by the lawes and Statuts of this Realme the said Erle
of Pembrok cannot enioy the Seignories, lib'ties,
royalties or fraunchises of the L: of Glam: and
ffirste he is barred from the same by the statute of 27 h: 8.
and by the statuts of 34 and 35 h: 8.
He also hath not the said seignory of Glamorgan and Morganug
graunted unto hym by the l'res patents in the 4 yere of E: 6 by any
speciall or expresse wordes
Contra Com. Pembrok:
Touching the Lib'ties of the Lordship
of Glamorgan &c.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. III. 1576.
John Davies, Justice of the Peace, writes from Haverfordwest to
Sir John Perrot, defending himself against the charge of neglect in
prosecuting John Callice, a pirate.
"In my Jorney homeward abowt carm'then I hard that he hadd
passed thorowe carm'then towards cardiffe where he and many other
pyrattes (as it is comonly Reported) are furnyshed, vittled, ayded,
Receaved and succored." The goods stolen from Haverfordwest are
"openly sould in cardiffe and other places."
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. 112. 3 April 1577. Pirates.
Fabyan Phillips and Thomas Lewis to the Privy Council, from
Our duties to yor good Ll. humblie remembred. The choyse
by yor honors made of Sr John Perrott knight and vs for thexecuc'on
of service here at cardiff for redresse of the greate disorders that haue
happened in these p'ties vpon the Sea coastes by resorte of Pyratts
was spedely signified both to Sr John Perrott and vs from her Ma[jes]ties
counsaill in the Marches of Wales, And being appointed to begyne
the service the xviijth of March last: We the sayd daye repayred to
cardif, having w[i]th vs for better p'formance of the service the clerk of
that counsaill to sett downe the sayings of such as should be exa'i'ed :
Sythens w[hi]ch tyme we haue contynued in taking exa'i'ac'ons. And
wanting the assystance of Sr John Perrott by reason of infirmities as
yt seemeth by his l'res of excuse (whose defaulte was not suspected)
we at the fyrst conceyved some doubt, for that he was ioinetlie and
spe'ially appoincted, whether our procedings in his absence should
stande w[i]th yor Ll. liking in a matter of such moment . . . . We
haue taken thexa'i'ac'ons of Threescore p'sons at the least, by the
w[hi]ch we fynde a greate nomber of names of Pyratts discou'ed that
have been receyved and lodged in thys Towne, and from whome
many spoyles haue been had, but such is the frowardnes of the
Inhabitants that what so euer is sett downe by the Scedule sent
from yor honors or otherwise obiected by com[m]on reporte, they haue
taken a gen'all rule, that they wooll neyther accuse one another, nor
yet answer to any matter that toucheth them selfes vpon theyr othes,
Althoughe they all confesse that the most p'te of the Inhabytants by
this theyr harboring and receyving of the Pyratts, haue felt such
smart, and susteigne therby such discredit, w[i]th forren nac'ons and
countries, that they that travaill to other plac's to maynteigne theyr
lyving by trade of m'chandize, dare not well be knowen or to avowe
the place of theyr dwelling at cardif. This we fynde p'tlie to growe
by the greate feare they haue of some of note w[hi]ch as is supposed are to
be touched, and for that cause (as yt seemeth chieflie) they dare not
disclose theyr knowledg's. In this or travaill one Will'm chick one
of these Pyratts a greate doer and chief champyon amongest them is
happely fallen into or handes: We fynde but litle saving that he can
yeld no accompte of his last yeres travaill: We doubt not but he can
tell all, howbeit such is his iolitie that he will answer but what he
lustith, And therfore order is taken that he and others shall presentlie
be had to the counsaill where the Manycles may make them speake
. . . . . Some of Brydgwater are to be exa'i'ed that can
discouer greate offendors in this Towne for the receyving of Wynes
and other spoyles of the said Pyratts. . . . . .
The comptroller of cardif named Dauid Roberts one Robert
Adams and one John Colchester, and other chief Offendors in
receyving the Pyratts and theyr spoyles haue and do absent them
selfs from theyr dwelling plac's sythens or comyng to Towne, and
cannot be founde. . . . . . .
ffrom cardif the thyrde of Aprill 1577.
A subsequent letter states that William Herbert, of the highe
streete, and John ap John, of Coggan, "haue vsed the company of
some of the Pyratts and by the Scedule sent from yor honors they
were chardged w[i]th the receyving of Salt and fyshe." Nash and John
Croftes were the informers.
Appended are the names of 35 supposed pirates, gathered out of
Also the examination " of Simon fferdinando a Portingall
borne," taken at Newport in the county of Monmouth; from which
it appeared that the examinant piloted a ship, whereof Callice was
master and one fferdinando ffilding captain:—
They met w[i]th a Portingall vpon the costes of the land of
Portingall, and from him they toke about a C. chestes of Suger being
part of his Loding. And haveing gotten that pryse they aryved w[i]th
the same at the Rode of Pennarth besydes cardief in the countie of
Glamorgan aboutes allhalontide last was two yeres the said callice the
mr and fferdinando the captayne made sale thereof to diu'se p'sons to
whome certenly he knoweth not. . . . . . . And further this
exa'i'a't sayeth that after this Exaiat. lyeing long at cardief bought a
litle barck of Willm Harbert Esquior decessed late Vice Admirall, ffor
the w[hi]ch he paied fortye markes and the same prepared to goe to the
Seas to the canaries. . . . . . . Being asked alsoe who did
helpe to furnish his shipp to the canaries sayeth that one willm
Riccardes, Robert Adams and John Thomas bruer of cardief did
healpe to furnish the shipp. . . . . . . And further sayeth
that after his retorne from that Jorney he was comytted to the
Shrieffs gayoll of the com. of Glamorgan by Thomas Lewis Esquior
a Justice of peace vpon suspic'on of piracie . . . . . . one
John colchester of cardief and lle'n Lewes a gent' of Glamorgan shier
were suerties for this exaiat:
Florence, wife of John Wastell, examined.
[Chick, a supposed pirate] Being asked how he cam from
Bristoll to cardif, when he cam in companye of the pyratts whether
he cam by Sea or Land, saieth that he cam over at the passinge of
Auste and from thens he cam by Lande to this Towne of cardif.
Ib. No. 27. Page 209. 1577.
Our duties humblie rem[m]mbred to yor good LL. By or former l'res
of the thyrde of this instant, we signifyed to yor honors, howe farre
we had then proceded, in this service at Cardif, sending to the same
fyve Obligac'ons by vs taken to her Ma[jes]ties vse, according to yor
direccons, for the p'sonall apparance of Rowland Morgan, Will'm
Morgan, John Thomas Esquires, Will'm Herbert, and John ap John
gentlemen before yor LL. the xxviijth of this Aprill. And wheras
the comptroller of Cardif named Dauid Roberts was one whome
(amongest others) we noted to yor honors, that absented hym self
from vs: fforasmuch as sythens that tyme comyng before vs, and
excusing hymself, that his dwelling being xiiijen myles hence, he
cam hither, assone as he had notice, that he was sought for at his
house, he then being from home; we toke his exa'i'ac'on meanyng
to have deteigned hym, vntill by further serch into his dealings, we
myght have answered yor LL. expectac'on in that p'tie. howe be yt,
as he then shewed to vs some reasonable cause for his present
repayre to London, Even so the same occac'on of travaill happenyng
to John Robert ap Jeuan, they both being servants to or very good
Lorde the Erle of Penbrok, w[i]th consyderac'on of the enformac'on to
yor honors geven against the one as Comptroller and so touched in
yor l'res, w[i]th the matters by vs conceyved against thother as an
Inferior offycer of the Admiraltie; we have taken bandes for theyr
apparance as the rest, w[hi]ch herew[i]th it may pleas yor honors to receyve
by the berer together w[i]th such exa'i'ac'ons, and Instruc'cons as tyme
served to be sett downe against them.
The writer further reports that "Matter of prouf aryseth dayly
against the Shiref" of Glamorganshire, Nicholas Herbert, esquire.
Examination of William Chicke, at Ludlow, before the Council
of the Marches.
Apud Ludlowe xj° Aprilis Anno Regni Regine Elizabethe, etc.,
Will'm Chicke late of Ipswicke in the Countie of Suffolke of the
aige of xxxjth yeres or therabouts exa'i'ed before the Quenes Ma[jes]ties
Counsaill in the Marches of Wales: Where and howe he hath lyved
by all the space of xij monethes nowe last past, Sayeth that he nowe
abouts a yere last past was in the Ilande of Sylly, where he
contynued abouts one moneth And then one called Captayne Court
there arryved w[i]th a Shipp of his owne (as this Exa'i'a't thincketh)
the cause of his comyng this Exaiat. knoweth not And when the
sayd Captayne cam to lande this exaiat. demaunded of hym whether
he was bounde and he answered upp Severn and this exaiat. desyred
he myght haue passaige w[i]th hym, and he graunted yt And so the
sayd Court went to Sea and this Exaiat. as a passinger wente w[i]th
hym. And being at Sea were by tempest tossed for the space of a
fortenyght that they could not seyse the Porte of Cardif where they
did Arryve in thende And vpon theyr arryvall this Exaiat. dep'ted
w[i]th the sayd Court, and his company, and cam to Cardif, leaving
Court and his company at Pennarth being the Roode.
A Brief Collec'con of proufs gathered out of thexaminac'ons of
diu'se p'sons taken before the Comissionrs at Cardif that concerne
only the p'sons vndernamed, whoe are bounde to appere before the
Lordes of her Mats most honorable privy Counsaill the xxviijth of
Apriell 1577 Anno Regni Elizabethe, etc, decimo Nono.
Touching John ap John.
ffirste John ap John of Coggan by spe'iall direccon from their
honors is one that is to be bound to answr a contempte and such
further matter as yet we found to charge him is this.
The piratts Resorted w[i]th their prises and Spoyles to the Rode of
Pennarth, nere to Coggan, where John ap John dwelleth.
The pyratts were receaved at his house, and entertayned. he
keapte them company, as well in his owne house, as alsoe by resortinge to them on Ship burde, at Tavernes and Tipling houses in
Pennarth and Cardif.
His seu'all Examinac'ons taken as well before the Counsaill in
the m'ches as before the Commissionrs at Cardif are herew[i]th sent.
By the Scedule of Names sent to the Comission's from the
Lordes he is charged w[i]th the recepte of v. Tonnes of Salte one
thowsand drie fisshe and twoe thowsand wete fisshe of the pyratts
Will'm Morgan Taylor exami'ed saieth vpon his othe that abouts
a twelvemoneth paste passing from Cardif towards Bridgwater faier
by bote, at Pennarth being the mow[i]th of the haven of Cardif he was
spoyled by Courte and his company of xjli in money, and that vpon
the morow after by the helpe of John ap John before named he had
xls of his money againe.
Mathew White of pennarth, being nere neighbor to the said
John ap John, and being a Boteman, that by bote hath vsed to carye
many of the pyratts spoyles . . . . . . He saw John ap
John of Coggan having v. or vje hoggeshedes before xr[ist]mas laste
from Dauid wytties shipp And also saieth that he saw the said John
ap John at sondrye tymes upon the Shore nere the pyratts Shippes
in company of them.
John Cooke of Cardif deposeth that he sawe Callice bestow a
peice of ordinaunce vpon John ap John, and that he sawe John ap
John verie familyar w[i]th the said Callice and his company at Pennarth
And then sawe Courte w[i]th a hatt vpon his headd w[hi]ch sithens he sawe
John ap John weare in Cardif & other plac's And saieth that John ap
John as it is thought sithence the resorte of pyratts to Pennarth is
Touching Will'm Harbarte.
Item the said Will'm herbt is likewise tanswer the contempte
menc'oned in their honors l'res.
And this moche to charg him further faulleth out by examinac'on.
John Callice (as he saieth) is his kinseman whom he hath favored
and lodged and vsed ofte his company. . . . . .
One Richard Daniell a Carier proveth the Cariag of xxxti
Striks of beanes sithens michellmas laste to the place of hearing
John Nicholas Tiler testifyeth that Willim herbert sometymes
lodged Callice, and that John Colchester lay with Callice in the house
of Willim Herbert his father in Lawe and that Willim Herbert keapte
company w[i]th Callice and that Willim Herbt was one that by reporte
hadd of the pyratts Spoyles. . . . . .
John ap John proveth that the said John Rob't ap Jeuan Srgeant
of the Admiraltye was one Shippe borde w[i]th John Callice and that
the said Callice was lodged in his howse, And that he kept compenye
with the said Callice and w[i]th Chick. . . . . .
John Davies one of the Srgeants of Cardiff witnesseth that
Callice, Courte, Chick, and others theyr compeny were Reputed
pyratts, and that Callice was lodged w[i]th John Rob't ap Jeuan at
Christemas last past. . . . . .
John Smyth one of the baylifs of Cardiff.
John Thomas Esquier one of the Justices of the peace of the
com. of glamorgan wittnesseth that he speciallye vpon the report of
John Rob't ap leuan Sergeant of the Admiraltye who declared that
there was noe matter of piracye to chardg one Collyns (being a
pyratt) but that he passed onlye as a passenger into Yerland,
bayled the said Collyns. . . . . . John Rob't ap Jeuan before
the resorte of the pyratts to the towne of Cardiff was not noted to be
of such welth as he is nowe, & that the neighbors Judged of him so
by reason his wealth grewe vpp so sodayne. [See also post.]
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. 122, No. 2. 1577.
Secundo Januarij 1577.
At Hampton Court
before mr Comptroller
Mr Secretary Willson
and mr Dale.
The confessions of the men
of Cardiff &c, upon their
John ap John Confessith To haue rec'd a Caliuer gyvin to him
by Callice That he kept company wt pirates in the Town of Cardif,
as generally all men there did. [In margin: Tought to be inryched
That he gave a stroke to one mathew White, wt his hand,
because he would not carry a tonne of salt to his house for him, &
so had not the salte. [Ceassed by the Lords at xli the vijth day of
That he bought a Tonne of Wyne of Dauy Witty.
That he had iiijc of fishe, but did satisfie the owner proprietary
And so submittith himselfe to the Lords.
Nicholas Herbert. [Thought worthy to be fynid at ijc.li.]
That he hath recd by his men from the piratts one m. of fish &
a tonne of salte, about mighelmas last was Tweluemonith.
That he hath not otherwise offendid since the p'don. [Ceassed
That since the sayde p'don, he hath not kepte co'pany wt any of
John Robert ap Euan. [Thought worthy to be fynid at ijcli.]
That he hath bene in co'pany of the pirates in the Town, as others
were, And for salte & fishe, he is charged therwt but by reporte, Yet
That he solde & bought salte, as being his trade, And bought of
one henry Vaudor, a m'chant of the Styllyard. [Ceassed at xxli.]
That he was a quarter victueller of the oliphant iij yeres ago.
William Harbert [cessed at xli.] confessith:
That he victeled the Oliphant about iiij yeres paste, clayming
the p'don therfore.
That he bought brasill of one Lyddyard seruant to the Erle of
Lincoln, as pirates goods confiscated.
John Thomas Brewer; cessid at xli.
That he hath talked wt Callice, and rec'd of him ij tonnes of
salte, one m. dry fish, and iiij m. wett for w[hi]ch he delyueryd iiij tonne
of beere. And yet he made restituc'on to the french owners of the
said fish & salte, and hath an acquittance to shew for the same.
That he had a hoggeshead and a kilderkin of Trayn of Callice &
Court, iijli. price.
That he had a park of cloth of Callice w[hi]ch he restored to Brown
Robert Adams. Cessid at xli.
That he hath talked wt Callice as others did.
That he had a hoggeshead & kylderkyn of Trayn w[hi]ch he bought
of the pirates men.
That he had ij tonne of salte, and agreed afterward for the same
wt the owner called Peter Chamberlen a frenchman.
A park of cloth w[hi]ch he delyueryd agayn to Brown the
That he was a p'tener wt Simon ferdinando in a small bark
called the Edward.
fyve c. of dry fish and iiijc of wett rec'd of the Pirates men.
David Roberts, Comptroller of the Town of Cardif did not
appeere, because ther was no proves for him [He is to be sent for.]
John Thomas esquier, hath not allso apperid. [He is to be sent
for.] But is charged wt nothing but wt bayling of Court. And yet
he sayth he was not priuie therunto, for one Edward Kemysh vsed
his name therin wtout his knowledge.
And is charged also wt the bayling of one Collins, w[hi]ch it
appeerith he did vpon the Report of the s'rgeant of thadmiralty
that Collins was no pirate.
There is one John Thomas Bruer one of the vj who is not to be
ceassed although it were but [blank].
The names of those that have been sent for and not appeared [and
these are to be sent for].
Edward kemishe warned by the messenger & the Sheriffe.
Will'm Ricards. His howse warned by the messenger and
sheriffe he being at the councell in the Marches.
Ryce Bagotte not to be founde, but his howse warned by the
messenger & sheriffe.
Confession of the men of cardif.
ijo Januarij 1577.
. & their Sessemts vijo Januarij.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. 123, No. 39.
A Memo: of indictments to be framed against the several
Note of matters wherin ye parsons of Cardif are to be charged
for piracy &c.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Elizabeth. 1577.
Intentions for I'res.
Mr. Edward Kemys of Keven Mably and John Thomas fflemynge
of flemyngs towne to be sent for by I'res and to bringe w[i]th them
suche bandes as they haue taken for apparance of Courte Higgenbert,
fferdinand Portingall, vaughan and collyns com[m]mitted to the gaole by
Thomas Lewes of the Van esquier.
Will'm Herbert of the highe streeate in cardif, John ap John of
Cogan, David Roberts of Penhowe and Will'm Morgan servant to Sr
Will'm Morgan knight to be sent for by like l'res.
[The like to Sr John Perrott at Haverfordwest, with reference to
the escape of certain pirates, especially one Callys, and Ned Herbert.]
The like to Rowland Morgan & Will'm Morgan of llanternam
12 Januarij 1576.
The Judge of thadmiraltye
for the sending for suche
as are accused for the
assisting of Callice and
other Pirats in Wales.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Elizabeth. 1577. No. 15.
My dutifull com[m]mendac'ons to yor worshipp p'mised Whereas you
have sent unto me & other Justic's of peace & officers of this towne
misliking with us and specially with me being mayor here that Callys
so notorious a pirate should be openly lodged & socoured amongest
us wherby it might be gathered yt you should favor hym or his
complic's because that wee who p'fess good will toward you should
lett hym pass unapprehended. It may please the same to be advertized that as I am moste chardged so dyd I leaste knowe of his
leving here and have of all other in this towne as lyttell cause to
favor hym or any of his sorte ffor when my neighbors goodes and
myne (as your worshipp dothe well knowe) to the value of nere a
thousand pounds were by englishe pirates taken from us and p'te
thereof brought to Cardiff (where they saye the said calys dothe
openly & comenly resorte) I sawe there a bale of madder of my owne
prised & sold for xxti nowes w[hi]ch cost me xxli in bristowe and though
I was there my selff & offred the prisment for it I could not have it
nether cann we have any remedy for any of the rest of our sayd
goodes as yett which were openly sold in cornwayle & north wales
which geveth this towne no occasion to favor any of them And
further to satisfye your worshipp yf it please you I wilbe deposed
that I knew not of his leaving here and yett as I have sithence
learned it is true that he the said calys a lyttell before xr[ist]mas last
laye in this towne one night in the house of Roger morcrofft & of
hym bought a horse & the next morowe affter very early dep'ted
toward Cardiff very fewe here knewe hym ffor I never hard that he
was ever in this towne beffore. There is one of his complic's as I
here at St Davids with two shipps laden with Jron frute & Rye they
Ryde out in the sounds So that yff they . . . as they do lett us
not looke nether for any trade of straungers to us nor for any of
oures to pass unto them, nether maye wee as coste hathe tought us
venture saffly to bristowe god redress it This resting I comytt your
worshipp to the gou'nise of god. ffrom haverfordwest the xxix of
Yr worshipps to his power.
The mayor of harford L'res to Sr Jo: Perrot excusing him self,
that he saw not Calice the pyrat.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. 133, No. 8. 1579.
After our right hartie com'endac'ons. These are for answer of
yor l'res for the cause of Cardeif bridge, that we conferred with the
gravest Judgs of this Realme towching the question for makinge of
the same. And their opynions are that the towne is no further
charged by the late acte of p'liamt then accordinge to the valewe of
the yerely rent of the Lands geven to that vse, and by the com[m]mon
lawe the countrey is to be charged therewith as it is thought. But
for avoydinge the dawnger that maye happen to her Mats people
passinge to and fro that waye duringe the hanging of that question,
we thinke that the motion p'tlie agreed on at thawditt of me Henry
Earle of Pembrooke laste holden at cardeif betwene Mr William
Mathewe and the Townesmen there of the one p'te, and Mr Thomas
Lewys and Mr Button for the countrey on the other p'te w'ch was
that the question, whether that the towne or countrey shold make it
wholy or halfe, should reast as it is vndecided. And neverthelesse
collection sholde be made both in the towne and the countrey for the
buyldinge thereof, and for euery hundred pownde that the countrie
sholde be charged withall, the Townesmen sholde likewise be
charged with xxxli beinge the rate I the saide Earle did heretofore
sett downe which course yf it like you to take, there shalbe no
meanes sought by acte of p'liament to charge the countrey for
makinge thereof. Besides we are informed that the sayde bridge
maye be made stronge to endure longe with peeres of stone and
greate peecs of tymber layde close over them, and then plancked and
paved, with muche lesse and easier price and charge then with
arches. The repayringe thereof being carefully looked vnto, and
yerely amended as any defecte shall happen, which maye be borne
with that litle land that is given to that vse, and some other
reasonable small stocke, that may be lefte of that porcion w[hi]ch maye
be gathered of the towne and countrey as aforesayde. So expectinge
your resoluc'on what shalbe don' in the p'misses with reasonable
expedic'on, we wishe you hartely well to fare. Remsbury the xxvjth
Yor lovinge cosin and freinds
To their loving cossyn and freind
Sr Edward Mawnsell knight geve these at Morgan.
21 Decemb. 1580.
The Erle of Pembroke and Sr Henry Sidney l're to Sr Ed.
Towching ye building of ye bridge of Cardif.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. 267, No. 35. 1598.
To the Right honnorable the Lo. Burghley
Lo. highe Treasurer of England.
Moste humbly sheweth vnto yor honnorable L. Edward Jurden
of Cardyffe in the Countie of Glamorgan gent: That whereas John
Millon, haueing the office of Comptroller of her Mats saide Towne of
Cardyffe, was vppon ffridaie the xijth of this Instant, ffor sondrie
fowle and notorious Misdemeanors and offences against him founde
in the Starrchamber, Not onelie fynd in two hundred pound to her
MaMa[jes]tie But also ffurther censured by the ll. to the Pillorie w[i]th other
Imprisonment according to the quallitie of his offences, Besides the
being dispossessed of his said office. The Suppt being an inhabitant
of the saide Towne and a mann trained in learninge, Where the other
coulde neither write nor reade, And able also to put in good suretie
for the dischardge of that place, Most humblie praieth yor honnorable
admittaunce to the saide place, No fee being therevnto belonginge,
But onlie for the reputac'on thereof, And to doe her Ma[jes]tie therin anie
seruice hee Maie And the suppt shall right humblie acknowledge yor
honnorable ffavour therin, And remaine in all at yor L. commaundmt
My good Lo. whereas in my humble petic'on I enformed yor Lo.
That the Judgment in the starrchamber against John Millon was that
hee should lose his office of comptrollership of the port of cardyffe,
And now fynding by Mr Mill his sertificate that there be no such
speciall words in the Judgment, I humbly craue yor good Lo. pardon
therin, ffor that I was soe enformed by one of mr Mill his clarks, But
yf it seeme to yor good Lo. That he hath by those his Misdemeanors
lost his office, And be not thereby worthie to houlde the same, I
humblie besech yor good Lo. vppon the recomendac'on of my Lo. of
Worcester his l're on my behalfe to admitt mee therevnto, Being a
thing of small vallue, and wt out fee, And I shalbe daielie bound to
praie for yor good Lo.
[Also endorsed is a summary of the Petition, and the following]:
The iudgment giuen in ye Court of Starrchamber againste
Millon, to be certified by mr Myll, clerke of the Courte.
May it please yor Lp In the cause wherin Hawkins & others
were plts against Sr Willm Herbte kt John Myllen thelder comptroller
of the port of cardyffe & diu'se others def'ts. The said Myllon
appeared in the said Outrage and Riotts complayned of by the plts
to be a very great and chief offendor ffor the w[hi]ch the said Myllon
was by Sentence of this Courte 12 Maij adjudged to the pryson
of the ffleete. To paie ccli for a ffyne to her MaMa[jes]tie And to be sett
twyce vppon the Pyllory once at the open Sessions or Assizes,
and another tyme vppon a m'kett day at the towne of cardyffe,
and before his enlargemt out of prison to be bounde to the good
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. 283, A, No. 73.
Richmond vto Aprilis 1602.
Ao Regine Elize xlvto
Orders sett downe by her Mats
Privie Councell concernynge the
castinge and Transporting of
* * * *
That all Masters of Iron ffurnaces (that Iron Ordnaunce maie be
caste) maie before some Justices of the Peace in those contries enter
into bonde not to suffer any Ordnaunce to be cast at their ffurnaces.
And that especiall care be had to put downe Edmond Mathewes
esquier for casting any Ordnaunce at his ffurnace neere Cardiff in
Wales because from that place very easilie they may be caried into
Spayne. And if a due accompte maie be taken for ve or vj yeares
laste past, all or the moste parte of Thordnaunce w[hi]ch he hath made
w[i]th in that tyme shall be fownde to haue ben stolne beyonde Seaes,
and the officers of that Porte are very poore men, and such as dare
not displease him. And therefore, for the respects aforesaid, that
place very vnfitt to be permitted for the casting of Ordnaunce.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Jac. I. 1609.
A Note of all such moneys as hath bene disburssed by Edward
Jordan of Cardiffe about the seisure of 398 Barbara hides being
seised the 2 of Januerij 1608.
Imprimis for two locks and staples to putt one the dores where the
hides were ijs.
more to one to watche the same howse viij daies and nights viijs.
ffor the carrying of those hides to my owne howse uppon mens
backs xixs. vjd.
The viijth of January I was comitted to the Towne Prisson for that
I would not deliuer those hides to the Bayliffes of the said
Towne to the use of Mary dowager countis of Pembroke as
an Escheate, w[i]th iiijor or fyve men more w[i]th mee paid for my
charges and theres in the saide prisson xxiijs vijd.
Paide to one to goe to london w[i]th l'res to his highnes ffarmers
being one hundred and xx miles from Cardiffe to london to putt
in an informac'on of the seisure and for the charges of the writt
of praisent. xs ijd and the man for his paines and trauell
xxs —xxxs ijd.
Paide to another man to trauell to london to fetche a habias Corpus
to remoue my bodie into his highnes Courte of Eschequer xxs.
ffor the habias Corpus viijs viijd.
ffor sealing the same vjd.
Paid for a habias Corpus to remoue one hengod out of prisson and
diurs others that were comitted w[i]th mee for doinge the Kings
seruice aboute those hides A writt to the Bailiffs of the libertie
and another to the chief Justice of Assise paid mr Jones for
the same writts & his ffees ijlt xvijs vjd.
more to aman to carry the same downe to Cardiffe being 120
Paid for putting in an affidavith to my lord chief Barron and the rest
of the Barrons for my remoue and entring the same xijs iiijd.
To Barron Altam for entring of Bayle to answere to the c'tifficate of
the Baylyffs of Cardiffe that the seised the hides to the use of
mary dowager Countis of Pembroke as an escheate xixs xd.
The xix daie of maie 1609 I was taken and Arested by one of the
messengers of his mats chamber one mr Rowdon to appeare
before Sr Daniell Dun to answere the hides to c'taine ffrenchmen
pd him for his fee vjs viijd.
more for my charges before I putt in sureties for my appearance
ffridaie the xxvj of maie I appeared before Sr Daniell Dun in
the courte at St margetts hill in Southwarke And was comitted
to prisson paid for my charge the same time iiijs vjd.
The 27 I was enlarged out of mr popes howse paid for my charge
ffor my charg's ent'red Bayle xjs viijd.
Paid to my Councell touching this busines sithence the beginninge
ffor recoueringe the same hides in the Exchequer and drawing
them into the pipe ijli xjs.
ffor my charges in this bussines from the xjth of Januerij 1608 to
the xth of June 1609, being xxiij weeks at xxvs p' weeke my
selfe and my horse xxviijli xvs.
Soma. totalis xlixli ijs ixd.
A Coppie of money laid
out aboute the hides.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. 32, No. 71. 1626.
Letter from the Glamorganshire Justices at Cardiff, to the
Council of State.
Our humble duties vsed. Yor lopps lres of the fowerth of this
Moneth came to or hands the xixth of the same, Whereby wee are
required in his Mats name, to cause to be prepared and made ready,
for the service of his Mats fleete, One Vessell or Barke betwixt xxx
tuns or vpwards, w[i]th in; the chiefe Porte or Harbour of this county, to
be sufficiently manned and victualled for three moneths, to be in
readines at Portsmouth by the end of this moneth of Julie; Vpon
receipt of w[hi]ch hoble Letters, some of vs presently repaired to the
chief Porte of Cardiff, Other of vs sent speciall persons of truste to
the severall Harbours and creeks w[i]th in; this countie, And wee doe
assure yor Lopps vpon or credits, and as wee desire to stand vpright
in yor honourable opinions, That there is not at this time, neither
was there at the time of the receipt of the said honourable lres, w[i]thin
the said Port of cardiff, nor w[i]th in; any the creeks thereto belonging,
w[i]th in; the said county, any one Barke or Vessell of the burthen of
xxx tun[n]s or vpwards, fit for his Mats said service, but onely fewe
passing boats of xx or xxiiij tun[n]s, for cariage of cattell and sheep,
and for trading into England, not fit for the Seas, except onely twoe
Barks belonging to the Harbour of Swansey, w[hi]ch are, and before the
receipt of the said honourable lres were both in Ireland, trading for
cattell, and not likelie to returne this fortnight or three weeks: By
meanes whereof it was impossible for vs to performe the said service
required, by or neer the time limitted; And we doe further assure
yor loPPs, that the speciall occasion of the defect in or poore country
in this behalfe hath ben, in that w[i]thin the space of little more than one
yeare nowe last past, five severall good Barks w[i]th in; the Porte of
cardiff and the creeks thereof in this county, haue ben taken by the
Turkish Pirats of Sallie, to the utter vndoeing of many poore
Marchants heere, and discouragemt of all others. Howe be it our
zeale to his Mats service, and desire to performe his and yor Lopps
directions and com[m]aundements tending thereto, is no lesse than any
ells that are most devoted that way; as wee knowe or duties obligeth
vs to be, And soe wee are most ready (after or poore abilities) to
performe any yor lopps commaundemts in that behalfe, Wherein wee
humbly attend yor honours further pleasure, and ever rest
Yor lopps most humble
Edward lewys. Jo. Stradlynge. Tho. Awbrey.
Edw. Stradlinge. Willi. Bassett. Will. Lewis.
Edm. Thomas. William Mathew. Tho. Mathew.
Dauid Euans. A. Fo'erwyn. Dauid Pritchard.
Cardiff the 29th of
[Seal of arms: Paly; on a
bend, 3 cinquefoils. Crest:
Stag courant. Squire's
helmet and lambrequins.]
To the right honourable the
Lords of his Mats most honorable
From Cardiff the 29th of July 1626.
About the Pinnace ordered for them to find.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. 305. 31 Dec[embe]r 1635.
"A Passe for John Mathews of Landafe Esqr and John Prichard
of Lancare gent. both of the Countie of Glamorgan to trauell into
foraine parts for the Terme of three yeares, and to take w[i]th them
one seruant their truncks of apparrell and other necessaries (not
prohibited) prouided that they repaire not to the Cittie of Rome."
Signed by the Earl of Salisbury &c. (Draft Minute.)
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Car. II., 22. No. 154, A. Nov[embe]r 1660.
Certificate by Sir Richard Lloyd that Herbert Evans stays with
his wife and children, sometimes at Neath, where he has a house,
and sometimes at Cardiff, being Constable of the Castle; but, in his
absence, his service is duly performed by David Evans, his undersheriff. He desires license for his absence at times.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Car. II., 449, No. 1.
Petition of Mansell Stradling to the King, for a grant of the
place of Searcher at the Port of Cardif, which Philip Mansell is
willing to surrender to him.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Vol. 34, No. 27. 7 April 1661.
To the Kings most Excellent Majestie.
The humble petic'on of the Bayliffes
Aldermen and ffreemen of the Towne
of Cardiffe in the County of Glamorgan
That the Towne of Cardiffe is an antient Corpora'con as by
thirteene severall Charters doth appeare, and now theis three or
fower yeares last past there is a ffaire every three weekes kept at
a place called Caerfilly within three myles of the said Towne, being
noe Borough nor having any Charter or Graunt, by which meanes
the aforesaid Towne is reduced to much poverty, and their poverty
doth dayly increase by meanes of the said ffaire.
Therefore your petrs doe humbly pray, That your Gratious Ma[jes]ties
wilbe pleased to graunt them a Letter to the Sheriffe of the County
to require him to hinder the said ffaire, it being contrary to the
And your petrs shall
ever pray &c.
At ye Court at Whitehall ye 7th of Aprill 1661.
His Ma[jes]tie is graciously pleased to refer this Petic'on to Mr
Atturny Generall to consider therof and certifie his Ma[jes]tie what he
conceiues fit for his Ma[jes]tie to do thervpon And then his Ma[jes]tie will
declare his further pleasure.
If the Franchise of keeping a Fair be vsurped (as is alledged)
without warrant, a Quo Warranto may Issue wherein it may be tryed
& Foriudged (If his Ma[jes]tie so direct.) But the Petr doth further pray
that for the prsent A Letter may be directed by his Ma[jes]tie to the
Sherriffe to prohibite the holding of the Faire, If it bee (as suggested)
an vnlawful Assemblie.
11° Apr. 1661.
R.O. State Papers, Domestic. Car. II. Vol. 166. 3 August 1666.
I am orderd by Maior Richard Dutton Comptroler of this port,
to giue you an accompt of eu'y thing of Concernmt that may happen
in these pts. Capt. Robert Morgan belonging to Colonel Sidneys
Regiment is heere beating of Drums for volonteers many haueing
Listed themselues & tis not doubted but in a short tyme will haue
his Company Compleated. Sr I am
yor very humble servt
Cardiffe August ye
These To the honored mr Joseph Williamson secretary
to ye Right Honble ye Ld Arlington at whithall.