1 January, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at St. Clement's Danes
without the bars of the New Temple on the said day, Henry Gery,
late of the said parish yoman, uttered and sold by retail by little measure, viz. by the. quart, five several quarts of Gascoyne wine to divers
unknown persons, then and there receiving of them four pence in
numbered money for each quart, at the rate of sixteen pence for every
gallon, against the form of the Stat. 7 Edward VI., in that case published and provided. I. R., . . . . May, 3 Eliz.
15 January, 3 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem,
taken within Newgate Goal on view of the body of Henry Dyckenson
late of London yoman, there lying dead: With Verdict that the said
Henry died within the gaol on the said day, by Divine Visitation.
G. D. R., 23 May, 3 Eliz.
20 January, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, (whereas the citizens
and other inhabitants of London have been accustomed from time
beyond the memory of man to shoot with bows in all the open fields
in the parish of Stebbynhith co. Midd. and elsewhere near the said
city, viz. in the common lands called Stebbynhyth feyldes, Ratclyff
feyldes, Mylende feyldes, Blethnall grene, Spyttlefeildes, Morefeldes,
Fynnesbury feyldes, Hoggesdon feyldes, co. Midd. without hindrance
from any person, so that all archers have been able to go out in the
same open fields to shoot with the bow and come out from them at
pleasure, in such manner nevertheless that the said archers do no harm
to growing corn nor to grass reserved for seed) John Draney citizen and
clothier of the city of London has notwithstanding, on the aforesaid
day, trenched in with deep ditches a certain open field called Stebbynhithe close and against custom has planted it with green hedges, in
order that the said archers may no longer be able to enter, pass through
and leave freely and at their pleasure the said field of Stebbynhithe Close.
At the foot of the bill, a Memorandum that, at the Session of the
Peace held at Westminster on 21 May next following, John Draney
was fined twelve-pence. S. P. R., . . . . 3 Elizabeth.
22 January, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Islyngton co. Midd.
on the said day, William Aynesworthe, late of the said parish yoman,
stole "a Buf skynne" worth nineteen shillings, a black woollen-cloth
cloak worth thirty-three shillings and four pence, a felt hatt worth six
shillings and eightpence, "vnam palliothecam vocat' a clokebagge de
blak fustyan ad valenciam xxd." and a buckler worth six shillings and
eight pence, of the goods and chattels of John Rolle gentleman.
Putting himself 'Guilty,' William Aynesworth asked for the book,
read like a clerk, and was delivered to the Ordinary. G. D. R., . . . .
Feb., 3 Eliz.
23 January, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, in the Queen's highway at the Stonebridge in Shordyche co. Midd. on the said day,
George Turke late of London gentleman assaulted Thomas Baker, and
robbed him of twenty-six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence in
numbered money. At the head of the bill a memorandum that George
Turke was sentenced to be hung.—Also, a True Bill that, on the same
day and at the same place (apud le Stonebridge in Shordiche co.
Midd.), George Turke late of London gentleman assaulted Robert
Whitney, and robbed him of twenty-two shillings in numbered money.
At the head of the bill a memorandum that the said George Turke
put himself 'Guilty,' and was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., . . . .
Feb., 3 Eliz.
26 January, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Knightsbridge co.
Midd. in the night of the said day, John Heywarde late of London
yoman broke burglariously into the dwelling-house of Edward Yetton
(the said Edward with his family being then and there at rest, in God's
and the Queen's peace) and stole therefrom divers pieces of linen
cloth worth forty shillings, four pewter disshes worth three shillings, "a
kettell of bras" worth twenty-two pence, and six shillings and a penny
and one halfpenny in numbered money, of the goods chattels and moneys
of the said Edward Yetton. Putting himself 'Guilty,' John Heywarde
was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., . . . . Feb., 3 Eliz.
2 February, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at St. Giles's-in-theFields co. Midd. on the said day, Thomas Wykested late of London
tapster stole a leather purse worth three pence, and seven pounds
fifteen shillings and ten pence in numbered money, of the goods and
moneys of John Wase. At the foot of the bill, this memorandum,
"Et p'd Thomas po se cul ca null petit libru' legit vt cl'icus et traditur
ordinar', &c.' G. D. R., . . . . Feb., 3 Eliz.
16 February, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, in the highway at
Ratclyf co. Midd. on the said day, William Murffett and John Dawson,
both late of London yomen, assaulted Edmund Kaye, when he was in
God's and the Queen's peace, and that William Murffett slew the same
Edmund, by giving him in the belly with a sword a mortal blow, of
which he died on the same day. Putting themselves 'Guilty' on their
arraignment, both prisoners pleaded their benefit of clergy, whereupon
the book was delivered to them. Unable to read like a clerk, William
Murffett was sentenced to be hung; but John Dawson read like a
clerk, and was delivered to the Ordinary. G. D. R., . . . . Feb.,
27 April, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at St. Clement's Danes
co. Midd. on the said day, Thomas Storye, late of London yoman,
stole two parcel-gilt silver goblettes worth six pounds, of the goods and
chattels of William Clarkeson. Putting himself 'Guilty,' Thomas
Storye asked for the book, read like a clerk, and was delivered to the
Ordinary. G. D. R., 23 May, 3 Eliz.
1 May, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Shordiche on the said day,
John Tonge late of London yoman, stole three diaper table clothes
worth twenty shillings, three linen towels worth three shillings and
fourpence, a linen cuppord-clothe worth two shillings, six linen tablenapkyns worth three shillings, eleven linen shirts worth three pounds
thirteen shillings and fourpence, a linen pillowebere worth sixteen pence,
six linen kercheves worth . . . . eight linen neckercheves worth
twenty-six shillings and eightpence, a pair of linen sieves worth six
shillings and eightpence, and five linen coverlets worth twenty-five
shillings, of the goods and chattels of Giles Allen gentleman.—Putting
himself 'Guilty,' John Tonge asked for the book, read like a clerk, and
was delivered to the Ordinary. G. D. R., 23 May, 3 Eliz.
12 May, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day Peter Welthowe clerk, vicar of the parish church of Hillyngdon co. Midd. and
Thomas Pyercye baker, Thomas Flye husbondman, Richard . . . .
laborer, William Pynnar laborer, William Chapman gentleman, John
Goste . . . . . . . . . Gape yoman, John Mannynge
laborer, Robert Parke husbondman, Robert Carleton yoman, John
Norrys yoman, Richard Clackham tailor, John Alaughton smyth,
Thomas Vyncent smyth, Thomas Crosse yoman, Michael Welde alias
Welles yoman, Thomas Bunbur horsecorser, John Annsell yoman, all
late of Hillyngdon aforesaid, with swords and staves broke into a certain
close of John Newdegate esq. at Herefeld co. Midd. called Cowe
More, and trampled on the crop growing there, and dug up the soil,
to the serious loss of the said John Newdegate. I. R., . . . .
May, 3 Eliz.
15 May, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, Thomas Childe husbondman, William Leighton yoman, William Glysson yoman, John Taylor,
yoman, John Robynson . . . ., . . . . Marlowe yoman,
John Markes yoman, George Trowes yoman, John Gost . . . .
yoman, Henry Cooke yoman, and John Wythewell yoman, alllate of
Sunbery co. Midd., armed with swords, staves, hooks and pitchforks,
broke riotously into a certain piece of waste, called Asheforde
Marshe, parcel of the manor of Colkennyngton, and cut down three
loads of wood there growing, and belonging to Francis Newdegate
esq., to his serious loss. I. R., . . . . May, 3 Eliz.
1 August, 3 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken
at Sowthemymes co. Midd. on view of the body of Thomas Mosse of
Sowthemymes aforesaid laborer: With Verdict that John Grysley of
Sowthemymes laborer was together with other honest persons shooting
with bows and arrows at two certain goals or butts of the aforesaid
parish, on the . . . . day of . . . ., Thomas Mosse aforesaid
being then and there present; and that, unaware of Thomas Mosse's
position, the said John Grysley drew his bow and sent from it a shaft
that, by mischance striking the same Thomas Mosse in the neck, gave
him a mortal blow, of which he died on the third day of . . . .
At the foot of the record a Memorandum that, on 10 April 4 Elizabeth,
John Grysley appeared at this Session of Gaol Delivery, and pleaded
the Queen's pardon of the involuntary homicide, granted to him under
the Great Seal by letters patent, dated on the 13th of last February.
G. D. R., 10 April, 4 Eliz.
20 September, 3 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem,
taken at Holborne co. Midd. on view of the body of Lewis Howell, there
lying dead: With Verdict that, at Holborne aforesaid on the 19th inst.,
Thomas Heweys late of same parish assaulted the same Lewis Howell,
and murdered him by giving him with a dagger a mortal blow on his
breast, of which he then and there died instantly. At the foot of the
bill, a memorandum that on his arraignment Thomas Hewys put himself 'Not Guilty,' when the Jury returned a verdict that he had
been furiously assaulted by Lewis Howell, and had endeavoured to
escape the affray so forced upon him, before in self-defence he killed
the same Lewis: wherefore the said Thomas Hewys was committed to
Gaol "ad graciam domine Regine expectandam." G. D. R., 11 Dec.,
12 October, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, for three months following the said day and even till now, Henry Edlin late of Hendon
co. Midd. husbandman has had neither bow nor arrow for shooting,
against the form of the statute in this case provided.
15 October, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the highway at
Marybone on the said day, Robert Durant, John Powell, Thomas
Huntley and Roger Ratclyf, all late of Westminster yomen, assaulted
and beat a certain unknown man, and robbed him of twenty pence in
numbered money. Putting themselves 'Guilty,' Robert Durant was
reprieved without judgment, whilst John Powell and Roger Ratclyf
were sentenced to be hung. No memorandum touching Huntley. At
the foot of the bill, a memorandum that at the Gaol Delivery held on
8 January 5 Elizabeth, the said Robert Durant brought into court the
Queen's special pardon of his felony, dated under the Great Seal on
1 December 5 Elizabeth, and begged humbly that it might be allowed
him. G. D. R., 11 Dec., Eliz.
26 October, 3 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem,
taken at Stebenhuth co. Midd., on view of the body of Edmond
Smythe late of Blackewall co. Midd. fisherman, there lying dead:
With Verdict that the said Edmond died at Stebenhuth aforesaid on
the 24th inst., between five and six p.m., by Divine Visitation.
G. D. R., 26 June, 4 Eliz.
8 November, 3 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Westminster co.
Midd. on the said day, Robert Newman alias Coopey late of London
yoman stole a sword worth thirty shillings and a dagger worth three
shillings, of the goods and chattels of John Fyssher gentleman. At
the head of the bill, this memorandum—" Po se non cul nec se
retraxit Id iudic qd eat inde quiet'." G. D. R., 11 Dec., 4 Eliz.
28 November, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Westminster on the
said day, Katherine Harryson late of London spynster stole a woman's
petiecote worth twenty shillings, a woman's cassock worth twenty shillings,
a silk hat worth twenty shillings, and divers pieces of linen cloth worth
two shillings and sixpence. Putting herself 'Guilty,' she pleaded pregnancy: "Et postea" runs a memorandum at the foot of the bill, "scilt.
ad sessionem hic tent xxmo die Februarii anno quarto supra dicto coram
Willo' Harper milit' Maiore civitatis London' et sociis Justiciariis &c.
compt' fuit per sacrm' matronarum qd p'dicta Katherina tune pregnans
fuit I'o repri' quousq' &c. Et postea scilt. ad Deliberacionem Gaole
hic tent xxvito die Junii anno regni Regine Elizabeth quarto coram p'd'
Willo Harper et sociis suis Justic' p'd comp't' fuit per sacrm matronarum
qd p'd Katherina tune non fuit p'gnans I'o cons' est per Cur' qd sus'
per collum." Found to be pregnant on 20 Feb. 4 Eliz. by a jury of
matrons she was reprieved till the delivery of her child; and subsequently on 26 June 4 Eliz., being found not pregnant by a jury of
matrons, she was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R. 11 Dec., 4 Eliz.
1 December, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, from the said day even
until now, John Hardy, Reginald Melcher, Thomas Cornysshe, Peter
. . . ., Nicholas Carleton, Nicholas Kirston, Edward Nell, and
Richard Hamlen, all of the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields yomen;
and Thomas Collen, William Coker, Reginald Caysey, John Dickenson, Roger Marker, William Moreton, Thomas Waker, of the parish
of St. Clement-Danes yomen; Henry Bocher, John Hollands, Robert
Whyttell, Roger Bosewell, Richard Goodyar, John Reynoldes, Robert
Beanforest, John Whyting, John Patynson, William Goldyng, and John
Pokyns of the city of Westminster yomen; Richard Cyngle, William
Anderson, Robert Parker, Robert Jennyns, Edward Hayne, Thomas
Vyncent, William Hyde, Nicholas Hyde, Ralph Damporte and John
Punchington of the parish of Stronde co. Midd. have without reasonable excuse neglected to provide themselves with bows and arrows,
and neglected to practice archery, in contempt of the statute in this
8 December, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Hackney co. Midd.
in the night of the said day. about eleven p.m., John Doone late of
London yoman broke sacrilegiously into the church of the said parish,
and stole therefrom a horsecloth worth two shillings and a bible worth
thirteen shillings, of the goods and chattels of the wardens of the said
church. Putting himself 'Guilty,' John Doone was sentenced to be
hung. G. D. R., 19 Jan., 4 Eliz.
13 December, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, from the said day,
Thomas Plott late of Edgware co. Midd. carpenter, albeit under no
engagement of service to any-one, has refused to work and will not work
in his vocation of carpenter at the salary and wage of twelve pence
a-day, against the form of divers statutes and ordinances in this case
28 December, 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at St. Clement'sDanes without the barrs of the New Temple co. Midd. in the night of
the said day, viz. about seven p.m., Robert Hammond, late of London
gentleman, broke burglariously into the dwelling-house of Robert
Jenninges, and stole therefrom a red woollen-cloth tunic trimmed with
black velvet worth forty shillings, a woollen-cloth cloak "coloris rattis
colour" worth twenty shillings, a linen cloth worth six shillings, a linen
table-cloth worth three shillings, and a velvett nightcapp worth two
shillings and six-pence. Po se quoad burgularia' non cul nec ret' set
quoad feloniam cul ca null petit librum legit vt cl'icus et traditur
Ordinario. G. D. R, 10 April, 4 Eliz.
— 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, in the highway at Fynessebery in
St. Giles's-without-Criplegate, on a day no longer legible on the record,
Nicholas Yarde late of London gentleman and Ralph . . . .
assaulted Henry Byrkened of Lyncolnes Inne gentleman, and robbed
him of a crymeson sattin purse with a key annexed to it, thirty-eight
shillings being in the purse, a gold ring set with two precious stones
called a Turkeis and a Rubey, another gold ring set with a Rubey, a
woollen cloak, a leather girdle, "a pystolett de ferro et calibe," an ornament of gold called "a broitche of goulde worth iii li.," a hat, a linen
kerchief, a sorrell gelding and a saddle. Putting themselves 'Guilty,'
Nicholas and Ralph were sentenced to be hung.—Also, on the same
file, a True Bill that, on the night of some day (obliterated from the
record) of 4 Elizabeth, Nicholas Yerd gentleman and Robert Fitz
yoman, both late of London, broke burglariously into the house of
Simon Williams in the parish of St. Dunstan-in-the-West and stole
therefrom two stone cups with silver-gilt covers, a playne cloth, six
table-napkins, with other things of the goods and chattels of the said
Simon Williams. Putting himself 'Guilty,' Robert Fitz was also
sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 19 Jan., 4 Eliz.
— 4 Elizabeth.—True Bill that (whereas certain underwoods
called coppices containing thirty-two 'rodas' in Grynford co. Midd.
between fourteen and twenty-four years of age, were on 20 Jan. 2 Eliz.
lopt and cut) William Gerrard late of Harrowe-super-montem co.
Midd. gentleman, who had and has the same underwoods in his
possession from the 20th day of April next following the said lopping
and cutting thereof, has neglected to hedge in or otherwise defend the
"germen vocatum the yonge sprynge eorundem subboscorum a
nocumento et destruccione bestiarum et pecorum," from the aforesaid 20 April even until now.