26 March, 6 Elizabeth—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken
at the Ambery in the city of Westminster, on view of the body there
lying dead of Cecilia, late the wife of William Erle of the same city
yoman: With Verdict that, on the 24th inst. between seven and eight
p.m., the said William Erle and his wife Cecilia went together to drink
at the house of a certain William Maddoges in Westminster, and after
drinking there for an hour and half went to the house of one
Richard Wyse for more drinking, where they stayed drinking for an
hour, when they returned to their own house; That, after returning
with him to their own house, Cecilia spoke so abusively to her husband as to make him give her a slap and go off to bed, leaving her in
the hall of the house, where she remained all night, till on rising from
his bed William Erle found her in a prostrate condition, and carried her
to the bed in which he placed her and left her for a time; And that,
on returning to her three hours later, William Erle found her dead,—
she having, in the opinion of the jurors, died on the 25 inst. about nine
p.m. of a certain malady called The Mother (de quodam morbo anglice
vocato the Mother).
16 May, 6 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken
at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields co. Midd. on view of the body of Agnes
Peter widow, there lying dead: With Verdict that, on the 14th inst.
between four and five p.m., the same Agnes Peter was in an upper room
of the dwelling-house of her mistress Catherine Coffin, in order
that she might prepare supper for her mistress, when she heard someone knocking at the door, and that in going downstairs to the door she
fell down the same stairs; from the effects of which fall she died on
the following day. G. D. R., 6 Oct., 6 Eliz.
20 June, 6 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day Richard
Smallman of Finnesbury co. Midd. wyndemyller gave his servant
Richard Hayward, who then served the said Richard Smallman in the
art of a windmiller, two shillings a-week for his stipend, amounting in
the whole year to one hundred and four shillings, against the form of
a certain Statute of 5 Eliz., and against the tenor and effect of the
same Queen's proclamation, recently made in Middlesex, for and concerning the wages of artificers, laborers and servants in the said
county. G. D. R., 26 Sept., 7 Eliz.
4 August, 6 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken
at Endfylde co. Midd., on view of the body of Alice Emerye late of the
said parish spinster, there lying dead: With Verdict that, on the 2nd
inst. between two and three p.m., the said Alice Emerye in the said
parish and at the instigation of the devil put an end to her life by
hanging herself with a halter, worth one halfpenny. G. D. R., 6 Oct.,
12 August, 6 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day in the
highway at Hamersmyth co. Midd., Elen Pride late of London spinster
assaulted Elen Abraham, wife of Gilbert Abraham, and robbed her of
a silver-gilt ring worth two shillings, nine linen handkerchers worth
twelve shillings, two linen "rayles" worth twenty pence, three linen
kerchers worth four shillings, a linen coverlet worth three shillings and
four pence, and two shillings and fourpence in numbered money, of
the goods chattels and moneys of the same Gilbert Abraham. Putting
herself 'Guilty,' Elen Pride pleaded her pregnancy. On being found
'Not Pregnant,' by a jury of matrons, she was sentenced to be hung.
G. D., . . . ., Eliz.
15 August, 6 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem,
taken at Westminster on view of the body of Anne Chambers alias
Gunstone late of the Great Sanctuarye in the said city spinster: With
Verdict that, on the 13th inst. about 1 p.m., Elizabeth Neale being in her
usual habitation within the Great Sanctuary struck, trod on and bit the
said Anne, and again on the same day between eight and nine p.m. of
the same day struck the said Anne, and with her right foot gave the
said Anne a blow in the body, of which she died on the following day;
and that by the said blow Elizabeth Neale murdered the said Anne.
G. D. R., 6 Oct., 6 Eliz.
21 August, 6 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem,
taken at Hendon co. Midd. on view of the body of Hugh Lewys,
there lying dead: With Verdict that, at Hendon on the 15th inst.
Ralph Houghton, late of Hendon yoman, assaulted the same Hugh
Lewys and then and there murdered him by giving him with a dagger
a mortal wound in the left side, of which wound he died on the present
21st of August. At the foot of the bill, this memorandum—"Et
p'dcus Rad'us Houghton po se sed Jur' dic' qd. non est Culpabil' de
murdro sed dic' qd. est Culpabil' de homicidio et felonica interfeccio'e
p'd'ci Hugonis Lewys, Et p'd' Hugo (sic) pet' libru' non legit vt clericus
I'o sus." And the aforesaid Ralph Houghton puts himself, but the
jurors say that he is not Guilty of murder, but say that he is Guilty of
homicide and the felonious slaying of the aforesaid Hugh Lewys;
And the aforesaid Hugh [it should be Ralph] asks for the book, does
not read like a clerk:—Therefore, Let him be hung. G. D. R., 6 Oct.
8 September, 6 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem,
taken at Golding lane in St. Giles's-without-Creplegate co. Midd., on
view of the body of Margaret Carter late of the same place, there lying
dead: With Verdict that, on the 6th inst. between three and four p.m.
at Golding Lane aforesaid, the same Margaret uttered insulting words
to Prudence Langhan, wife of John Langhan of Golding Lane laborer,
on account of which insulting speech Alice Huggens, late of the same
lane, spinster and servant of the same John and Prudence Langhan,
lead the same Margaret out of the said John Langhan's house by
the arm; and That half-an-hour later, on coming to a certain paling
near her own house and at the back part of John Langhan's house,
the said Margaret saw Alice drawing water from a well close at hand,
and taking up a stone threw it at the same Alice, so that it hit her
on the hand, whereupon the same Alice taking up a vessel full
of water threw it at Margaret; and That in drawing back quickly,
so as to avoid the vessel and water thus thrown at her, Margaret
Carter fell backwards into the well, and so by mischance was
drowned in the same well. G. D. R., 6 Oct., 6 Eliz.
30 November, 7 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Highholburne co.
Midd. on the said day, Thomas Culby alias Thomas Fulverstone late
of London yoman stole a grey gelding, worth six pounds fourteen
shillings and fourpence, of the goods and chattels of Bartholomew
Skerne gentleman. G. D. R., 16 Feb., 7 Eliz.
19 January, 7 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Westminster on the
said day, David Ellis late of London yoman stole and carried off
"vnum lavarium vocatum a barbors basen de quodam metallo vocato
latton ad valenciam iis. vid., vnum poculum vocatum a latten pott ad
valenciam iis. vid., tres tonsorias vocatas rasors ad valenciam iiis.,
un' forfex voc' a pare of sheres ad valenciam iis. vid., dua pectina
vocata combes ad valenciam viiid., et vnum instrumentum music,
vocatum a pare of Clavicordes ad valenciam iiijs., et vnum instrumentum musicu' vocatum a Griterne ad valenciam iijs." of the good
and chattels of William Swayne at Westminster aforesaid. Putting
himself 'Guilty,' David Ellis was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 16
Feb., 7 Eliz.