Middlesex Sessions Rolls
1584

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John Cordy Jeaffreson (editor)

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1886

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145-155

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'Middlesex Sessions Rolls: 1584', Middlesex county records: Volume 1: 1550-1603 (1886), pp. 145-155. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=65953 Date accessed: 02 August 2014.


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1584

6 January, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Westminster on the night of the said day, Thomas Payne late of London gentleman broke burglariously into the house of Richard Lucas and stole therefrom eighteen pounds in coined cold, forty shillings in numbered money, six gold rings worth four pounds, and a silver ring worth two shillings.—On the bill a memorandum that Thomas Payne was "extra prisonam." G. D. R., . . . ., 26 Eliz.

3 February, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Harnesey co. Midd. on the said day, William Jones late of London yoman stole "unum par braccharum de . . . . vocat' buffe hose ad valenciam xs.," a silk doublet worth forty shillings, "unum par braccharum vocat' a moccadoe hose ad valenciam ijs." and a pair of taylor's sheeres worth twelve pence, of the goods and chattels of Thomas Key. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

6 February, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields co. Midd. on the said day, Elizabeth wife of John Bartell of the said parish yoman, otherwise styled Elizabeth Bartell of the same parish spinster, caused the death of Peter Cowell son of Ralph Cowell of the same parish, by practising upon him the devilish arts of witchcraft, from the said 6th of February to 1 March then next following, on which day the said Peter died of said Elizabeth's diabolical inchauntementes.—Of Elizabeth a note at the head of the bill says "Po se non cul nee rec." G. D. R., 4 May, 26 Eliz.

8 February, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Richard Young esq. J.P., of Robert Packe of Whitechappell whitebaker and John Jeffrey of St. Giles's-without-Creplegate, London, dicemaker, in the sum of ten pounds each, and of John Potter of Whitechappell yoman, in the sum of twenty pounds: For the said John Potter's appearance at the next Session of the Peace. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

— February, 26 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Enfelde co. Midd. on view of the body of George Cooke late of the said parish maltman, there lying dead: With Verdict that, on 19 February 26 Eliz. the said George Cooke and another maltman were unladying of malte at Battelbrydge co. Surrey (sic), when words of quarrel passed between the said George Cooke and a certain John Whytlynge of Southwarke co. Surrey laborer, whereupon John Whytlynge took up a piece of wood, called "a pece of a syngle quarter," and with it gave the said George Cooke a mortal wound, of which he died on the 27th of the same month; and That the said John Whytlynge thus feloniously killed and slew the said George Cooke. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

27 February, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at the Stronde co. Midd. on the said day, John Bluther and John . . . ., both late of London yomen, stole and carried away nine hundred pounds in coined gold, of the goods and chattels of Queen Elizabeth at the Stronde aforesaid. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

1 March, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before George Assheby esq. J.P., of Bonaventure Assheby of Westminster esq. and Roger Dove of Braintforde co. Midd. inholder, in the sum of twenty pounds each, and of Edward Stafforde gentleman, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Edward Stafforde's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

1 March, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill, for being at Newington Greene co. Midd. on the said day and divers times before and afterwards a common disturber of the peace, against William Clarke clk. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

3 March, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Richard Young esq. J.P., of Edward Ayre of the Middle Temple in London gentleman, and John Markham of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields gentleman, in the sum of ten pounds each, and of Walter Markham of St. Giles'sin-the-Fields gentleman, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Walter Markham's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for co. Midd. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

3 March, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before Robert Harrys one of the Masters of Chancery and J. P. for co. Midd., of Edward Brooke of St. Johns Strete co. Midd. vytteler; For the said Edward Brooke's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace, to answer "for lodgeinge suspected and masteries persons." G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

—March, 26 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Twicknam co. Midd. on view of the body of John Davys alias Phillippes ot the said parish yoman, there lying dead: With Verdict of jurors, That, on 4 March 26 Eliz. between six and seven p.m., after exchanging words of quarrel in the house of James Herne of the said parish yoman, the said John Davys and a certain William Cauldwell, also of Twicknam yoman, went forth to the Buttes at Twicknam and made an affray together, John Davys being armed with a beaked staff and William Cauldwell with sword and buckler, in which affray William Cauldwell with his said sword gave John Davys a mortal blow, of which he died in half-an-hour, and That in this way William Cauldwell feloniously killed and slew John Davys. Of the proceedings at William Cauldwell's arraignment, a memorandum at the bill's foot says "Et prefatus Johannes" (sic, instead of William) "Cauldwell po se cul ca null' petit librum Set respectuatur per discrecionem Curie." G. D. R.. 27 March, 26 Eliz.

7 March, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Humfrey Smythe esq. J.P., of John Rowles draper and Oliver Daveis musiteon, both of St. Andrewe's parish in Holborn, in the sum of ten pounds each, and of John Wrighte of the same parish taylor, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said John Wrighte's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

—March, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Bromeley co. Midd. on a certain day (no longer legible on the bill) of March 26 Eliz. Peter Moyses late of the said parish yoman said to Christopher Giffes these scandalous words of Her Majesty the present Queen, viz. 'The Quene is a rascall.' Po se cul: habeat penam statuti. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

10 March, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before Humfrey Smythe esq. J.P. of George Fabyan of St. Michael's parish in Cornewell (? Cornhill) London draper and Robert Statham of the parish of St. Savier's in Sowthworke salter, in the sum of ten pounds each; For the appearance of Alice lies widow at the next General Session of the Peace. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

—March, 26 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Islington co. Midd. on view of the body of William Dawes late of the said parish . . . .: With Verdict that, on 12 March 26 Eliz., the said William Dawes and a certain William Campnet late of London yomen were together in the highway at Islington when they quarrelled; That William Campnet with his right hand struck William Dawes in the face, whereupon William Dawes drew his dagger and rushed upon William Campnet, who forthwith drew his sword, and with it gave William Dawes a mortal blow of which he died within half-an-hour; and That in this way William Campnet feloniously killed and slew William Dawes. On his arraignment William Campnet put himself 'Not Guilty' of slaying feloniously, but ' Guilty' of killing in selfdefence. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

21 March, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before William Fletewood S.L., Recorder of London and J.P. for co. Midd., of Edward Barker of London esq., in the sum of twenty pounds, and Alexander Brett of Whitstanton co. Somerset esq., in the sum of one hundred pounds; For the said Alexander's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery. G. D. R., 4 May, 26 Eliz.

21 March, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Hounslow Heath on the said day, Henry Bodehouse clothworker, Robert Gryme yoman and Thomas Stapleton yoman, all three of Fletestrete in the parish of St. Dunstan-in-the-West, London, lay in ambush to assault and assaulted Richard Cockes, and robbed him of "a woman's gowne of changeable taffeta" worth five pounds, a woman's petycote worth three pounds, and "unum reticulum crinale de auro anglice a golden caull ad valenciam liiu." G. D. R., 4 May, 26 Eliz.

24 March, 26 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, on view of the body of a certain male infant: With Verdict of jurors, That Agnes Hughes late of Stebunheth spinster on 23 March 26 Eliz. gave birth to the same infant in a bedroom of the dwelling-house of Mathew Stafford of the said parish butcher, and forthwith killed and murdered it by suffocating it with both her hands. At her arraignment, Agnes Hughes put herself 'Not Guilty,' and was reprieved before judgment on account of the uncertainty of the evidence. G. D. R., 4 May, 26 Eliz.

26 March, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before William Fletewood S.L. Recorder of London and J.P. for co. Midd., of Christopher Tilliard of Cowley co. Midd. and John Pickeringe of Harlington co. Midd. yoman, in the sum of forty pounds each, and of Ralph Tilliard of Cowley aforesaid yoman, in the sum of one hundred pounds; For the said Ralph's appearance at the next Session of the Peace to be held at Fynesburie. G. D. R., 27 March, 26 Eliz.

27 March, 26 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at the parish of St. Margaret within Westminster, on view of the body of James Gulley late of the said city showemaker: With Verdict that, on the night of the said day between nine and ten p.m., the said James Gulley was in the highway called Tuthill Street in the said city near the house of John Preist brewer, when John Medley of the same city tallowchaundler came upon the said James Gulley with malice aforethought, and with a sword murdered the same James Gulley by giving him on the right side of his breast a mortal wound of which he died then and there instantly; and further That William Peirce alias Peirsey late of the same city painter, and Thomas Hunter late of the same city brewer, knowing that he had perpetrated the said felony, received and comforted him. On his arraignment John Medley put himself 'Not Guilty' of murdering James Gulley with malice aforethought, but 'Guilty' of the felonious slaying of James Gulley called 'Chaunce Medley.' And the said John Medley, putting himself 'Guilty,' asked for the book, read like a clerk, and was delivered according to the form of the Statute. G. D. R., 4 May, 26 Eliz.

30 March, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at the parish of St. Clement Danes co. Midd. on the said day, Stephen Good late of Lon don yoman broke into the chamber of Thomas Hopton gentleman at St. Clement's-Danes Inn, without the bars of the New Temple, and stole therefrom two "silver sawcers" worth fifty-three shillings and four pence, one " silver boole" worth twenty-six shillings and eight pence, and four "hoodes for clokes" worth twenty shillings, of the goods and chattels of the said Thomas Hopton. G. D. R., 4 May, 26 Eliz.

11 April, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill for not going to church, chapel or any other place of Common Prayer from 10 Oct. 25 Eliz. to 11 April then next following, against William Tyrwhytt of Islington co. Midd. esq. G. S. P. R., Easter, 26 Eliz.

13 April, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the highway at Tottenham on the said day, Nicholas Kynge late of London yoman, assaulted Thomas Goltston, and robbed him of three shillings and four pence in numbered money. Putting himself 'Guilty,' Nicholas Kynge was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 4 May, 26 Eliz.

15 April, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Westminster on the said day, Jonas Huggens stole secretly from the person of Anne Watson, wife of William Watson, "a wroughte fallinge band" worth three shillings, "a tagge of golde" worth two shillings and six pence, and three halfpence in numbered money. Po se non cul nec rec. G. D. R., 4 May, 26 Eliz.

21 April, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said 21 April William Sandersone, late of Fynchley co. Midd. clerk, in the parish church of Fynchley aforesaid, assaulted Francis Atton husbandman, and beat and wounded him so that his life was despaired of. G. D. R., 20 Jan., 27 Eliz.

24 April, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Cowcrosse co. Midd. on the said day, Nicholas Grene late of London yoman stole "a blacke frice coate" worth eleven shillings and eight pence, of the goods and chattels of James Fraunces. Nicholas Greene put himself 'Guilty' of petty larciny, and, the jury appraising the coat at eleven pence, he was delivered "solvend. feod." G. D. R., 4 May, 26 Eliz.

26 April, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Westminster on the said day, Hugh Pewe late of London gentleman stole a jewel worth eighty pounds, a hatt bande of pearls worth thirty pounds, and five yards of white silk called damaske worth three pounds, of the goods and chattels of Walter Rawley esq. at Westminster co. Midd. Putting himself 'Guilty,' Hugh Pewe asked for the book, read like a clerk and was remanded by the Court. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

1 May, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, William Smithers alias Smithurse of the parish of St. Bottoles in the liberty of Charterhouse near London, from the said day to 1st July next following, "docuit anglice kepte a common scole in capell' de Charterhowse predict" without the licence of the bishop or ordinary of the diocese. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

1 May, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Jerom Hawley esq. J.P., of Thomas Clynton (one of the servants of the Bishop of Gloucester) in the sum of ten pounds, and William Brookes of the city of Gloucester yoman, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said William's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for Midd.—Also, the Recognizances, taken before the same Justice of the Peace on the same day, of the same William Brookes, in the sum of ten pounds, and the same Thomas Clynton, in twenty pounds, for the said Thomas's appearance at the same next Session of the Peace. They both appeared and were committed to Newgate. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

6 June, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Robert Harrys one of the Masters of Chancery and J.P. for co. Midd., of Martyn Parker of Newgate Market draper and William Crotch of Wellough co. Somersett gentleman, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Thomas Payne's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery for co. Midd. G. D. R., . . . . 26 Eliz.

16 June, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Robert Harrys one of the Masters of Chancery and J.P. for co. Midd., of Nicholas Kelley of Turmyll-Strete co. Midd., . . . . and Henry Bradshawe of Holborn Conduytte 'London ale brewer,' in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the appearance, at the next Gaol Delivery, of Anne Kelley wife of the said Nicholas. G. D. R., . . . . 26 Eliz.

23 June, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer, from the said 23 June 26 Eliz. to 28 September then next following, against Barnard Brockas of Ickenham co. Midd. gentleman, and Juliana wife of William Birde of Harlingeton co. Midd. gentleman, John Reason of Harlingeton yoman, William Lord Vaux of Hackney, George Vaux son of the aforesaid William Lord Vaux of the same parish gentleman, Robert Hughes of Uxbridge gentleman, and William Cooper of the parish of St. Clement Danes tayler.—Similar True Bill for not going to church from 25 March 26 Eliz. to 30 Sept. then next following, against Thomas Walwyn of the parish of St. Giles in the Fields gentleman.—Similar True Bill for not going to church &c, from 26 April 26 Eliz. to 30 Sept. then next following, against John Carrell of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields co. Midd. gentleman.—Similar True Bill for not going to church &c. from 19 July 26 Eliz. to 16 August then next following, against Richard and John Wyteman, both of Westminster yomen.—Similar True Bill for not going to church &c. from 17 May 26 Eliz. to 16 August then next following, against James Braybrooke gentleman, John Moore gentleman, Edward Yatt gentleman, Humfrey Comberford gentleman, John Hewes yoman, Humfrey Eytton gentleman, Thomas Edwardes yoman, and Owin Fletcher yoman, all of Westminster. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

23 June, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Robert Harrys one of the Masters of Chancery and J.P. for co. Midd., of Robert Wilkes of Islington beare-bruer and Adam Middleham of Greys Inne co. Midd. gentleman and Joseph Dixson of Fleetestreate notary, in the sum of forty pounds each, and Leonard Jake servant of the aforesaid Robert Wilkes, in the sum of one hundred pounds; For the said Leonard Jake's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery. G. D. R., . . . . 26 Eliz.

25 June, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before C. Rithe J.P., of John Drewe of Howneslowe co. Midd., in the sum of twenty pounds; whereby the said John Drewe bound himself to appear at the next Gaol Delivery, to give evidence against "Care Sybill concerning the stealing of a silver cup." G. D. R., . . . . 26 Eliz.

12 July, 26 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Shortditche co. Midd. on view of the body of Elizabeth Arnold late of the said parish spynster: With Verdict of Jurors, that she died by Divine Visitation of 'the Tissicke' on 11 July 26 Elizabeth. G. D. R., 20 Jan., 27 Eliz.

14 July, 26 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Thistleworthe co. Midd. on view of the body of John Felles of the said parish yoman: With Verdict of Jurors, that on 7 July 26 Eliz. between five and six a.m. the said John Felles and a certain George Ogden of the same parish yoman were together in God's and the Queen's peace in a certain bedroom within the house of William Davys at Thistleworthe tayler, when the two played together, pretending sportively to make an affray and fight one another, John Felles having in his right hand a staff worth a halfpenny and George Ogden having in his right hand a sword, still in the scabbard as he had no thought to do his playmate harm; and that, whilst they were so playing, John Felles ran in upon George Ogden and received in his left eye the point of the sword still in its scabbard, and so by mischance received a wound, of which he died on the 13th inst.; and that in this manner John Felles came to his death by mischance. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

20 July, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Richard Young esq. J.P., of John Bunnys of Popler co. Midd. fisherman, and . . . . West of the same parish . . . ., in the sum of twenty pounds each, and of John Garrett of Popler yoman, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said John Garrett's appearance at the next Session of the Peace, and in the mean time for his peaceful bearing towards all persons, and especially towards Gilbert Dethicke alias Garter Knight (erga Gilbertum Dethicke alias Garter Militem). G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

21 July, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day of July, and at divers times before and afterwards, William Martin of Twickenham co. Midd. laborer, and Agnes Tanner spinster, daughter of the said William's wife, committed the detestable crime of incest. G. D. R., 31 March, 27 Eliz.

1 August, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Richard Young esq. J.P., of Richard Pett of Deptford co. Kent gentleman and William Daborne of the parish of St. Benedict, Gracechurch, London, letherseller, in the sum of forty pounds each, and of Henry Dudley of London gentleman, in the sum of sixty pounds; For the said Henry Dudley's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace, and in the mean time for his peaceful behaviour to all people and especially to Mary Moseley. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

1 August, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Humfrey Smythe esq. J.P., of Richard Rodes of London wax-chaundler and Christopher Crofte of St. Martin's parish in Lecester gentleman, and Simon Eaton of Gadsbye co. Lecester, in the sum of ten pounds each, and of John Milles of Cambridge joyner, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said John Milles's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for co. Midd. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

22 August, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Richard Young esq. J.P. of Francis Rockley of Staple Inne co. Midd. gentleman, and John Savell of Newe Inne gentleman, in the sum of ten pounds each, and Francis Clapham of London gentlemen, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Francis Clapham's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

25 August, 26 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Robert Harrys, one of the Masters of Chancery and J.P. for co. Midd. and Christopher Rith esq. J.P., of Randolph Bell of Fanchurch Street, London, marchaunt-taylour, in the sum of ten pounds, and Roger Bell of the Ile of Wyte taylour, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Roger's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace. Memorandum at the bill's foot:—"for lewd lyvinge."—Also the Recognizances, taken before the same Justices of the Peace on the same day, of Simon Webbe of the parish of Little Alhallows, London, clothworker, and William Wetherall of the same parish draper, in the sum of ten pounds each, and of Elizabeth Durrant of the same parish spynster, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Elizabeth's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace. At the bill's foot, the same memorandum:—"for lewd lyvinge." G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

28 August, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Hounslowe co. Midd. on the said day, James Berry late of London yoman stole "a dublett of peache collor satten" worth ten shillings, "unum par' braccharum de cloth of gold" worth ten shillings, a woollen-cloth cloak of a lighte coulor worth ten shillings, of the goods and chattels of Henry Talbet esq. at Howneslowe. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

29 August, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at the Tower of London on the said day, George Pulham late of London yoman stole "a bason and an ewer of silver" worth twenty pounds, a cup called "a bolle of silver" worth four pounds, six silver spoons worth forty shillings, a "seawater greene" woollen-cloth cloak worth twenty shillings, and "an arminge swoorde" worth ten shillings, of the goods and chattels of Sir William Gorge knt. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

3 September, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Shorditche on the said day, Henry Edmondes late of Shorditche yoman, stole twenty-six shillings in numbered money, of the moneys of Ralph Clackwell. Reprieved because he was sick, Henry Edmondes was put on trial at the Gaol Delivery of 2 December 27 Eliz., when "po se non cul nec rec." G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

13 September, 26 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Westminster on view of the body of Robert Bisshoppe late of Westminster yoman, there lying dead: With Verdict that, on 12 Sept. 26 Eliz. between five and six p.m., the said Robert Bisshoppe and a certain Walter Chamberlyn late of London yoman were together in the highway called The Broad Sanctuarie at Westminster, when after an interchange of hostile words they then and there drew forth their swords and daggers, and in the same common street made an affray, in which affray Walter Chamberlyn with his sword gave the said Robert Bisshoppe in the left side of his belly a mortal blow, of which he died, and That in this manner Walter Chamberlyn slew and killed Robert Bisshoppe. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

17 September, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Islingeton co. Midd. on the said day, Richard Adams late of London yoman wrote letters to Cuthbert Perrie of the said parish that, unless he should give the sum of three pounds for a certain mark (metam vocat' Creplegate . . . . in Fynnesberrie) on 18 September of the said year, he (Richard) would cause the said Cuthbert's barn to be burnt and consumed with fire. Putting himself 'Guilty,' Richard Adams was sentenced to be whipt through the city of London. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

24 September, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Holborn co. Midd. on the said day, John Corbet and Richard Lucas, both late of London yomen, stole two lawne bandes worth ten shillings and a "cambricke" band worth five shillings, of the goods and chattels of Zacharias Jones. Both thieves acknowledged the indictment; John Corbet was sentenced to be hung, whilst Richard Lucas was reprieved before judgment—Also against the same two felons a True Bill for burglary committed on the house of Martin Smythe of Higheholborne gentleman, on the night of 27 Sept. 26 Eliz.—G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

24 September, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Grayes Inne co. Midd. about eleven p.m. on the night of the said day, William Crosse and John Thorpe, both late of London yomen, feloniously broke into the dwelling-house of Charles Metham gentleman (William Devys the said Charles Metham's servant being then in the said house), with the intention of despoiling the said Charles Metham of his goods and chattels. William Crosse put himself 'Not Guilty' of the felony, but "cul de fraccione et intracione cubiculi," and was remanded for other felonies with which he was charged. John Thorpe, also putting himself 'Not Guilty' of the felony but guilty of the breaking into and entrance, was sentenced to be whipt in Grays Inne Lane. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

25 September, 26 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at the parish of St. Mary Matfellon alias Whitechappell on view of the body of a male infant, there lying dead: With Verdict that, on the 24th instant in a bedchamber, within the house of Cornelius Peterson of the said parish shoemaker, Martha Godfrey of the said parish spynster being in bed gave birth to the same male infant, and forthwith at the instigation of the devil assaulting it with a meat-knife gave it on the fore part of its body a mortal wound of which it instantly died, and that Martha thus slew and murdered the said male infant. G. D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

1 October, 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill against John Noble of Westminster yoman, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer, from 1 October 26 Eliz. to 10 November then next following.—Similar True Bill, in the same roll, against James Braybrooke gentleman, John Moore gentleman, Humfrey Comberford gentleman, John Hewes gentleman, Owyn Fletcher yoman, Humfrey Ettone gentleman, Thomas Edwardes chaundeler, Edward Yatt gentleman, Richard Johnstone yoman, John Wyteman yoman, all of Westminster, for not going to any usual place of Common Prayer, from 20 August 26 Eliz. to 31 October then next following. G. D. R., 20 Jan., 27 Eliz.

. . . . 26 Elizabeth.—True Bill that Walter Hinxman of St. Johns Strete co. Midd. tayler, appointed one of the collectors for the poor of St. Johns Strete for an entire year from 25 April 25 Eliz., at divers times during his year of office and by colour of his said office took unjustly seven pence of William Atkynson and seven pence of John Bostocke and other moneys of many other inhabitants of the same street for the use of the poor and converted them to his own use. G D. R., 5 Oct., 26 Eliz.

5 December, 27 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day of December, at Kentishetowne, Thomas Sherlocke late of Kentishetowne co. Midd. clerk, alias Thomas Towthedrawer of the same place clerk, voluntarily said, used and celebrated a certain private mass, against the form of a certain statute of 1 Elizabeth, and against the said Queen's crown and dignity; and that at the time of the said celebration, Katherine Bellamy late of Kentishtowne was present, and aiding and abetting the said Thomas Sherlock alias Toothdrawer. G. D. R., 31 March, 27 Eliz.

5 December, 27 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day of December, Henry Hudnoll junior of Northchurch co. Hertford yoman, entered the house of Richard Evered at Mosham's Ende in Stanes co. Midd., and stole therefrom a purse imbrodered with gold worth eight shillings and a silver spoon worth seven shillings.—On the bill a memorandum that, at the next Gaol Delivery of 26 April 27 Eliz., the said Henry Hudnoll put himself 'Not Guilty' (po se non cul nec rec). G. D. R., 31 March, 27 Eliz.

15 December, 27 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at the parish of Hackney, on view of the body of Thomas Altam late of London clothier, there lying dead: With Verdict that, on the 11th instant, the said Thomas was riding on a gelding to Waltam Stowe to do business with Robert Hodgkinson of Waltam Stowe scrivener, and was so riding in the high-way in the parish of Hackney, between nine and ten a.m., beside a certain rivulet called 'the Water of Ley,' near the 'lowbridge,' when the gelding stumbled and threw him into the river, so that he then and there died by mischance of drowning. G. D. R., 20 Jan., 27 Eliz.

31 December, 27 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Westminster on view of the body of John Stile late of the said city gentleman, there lying dead: With Verdict that, on the 28th inst. between the hours three and four p.m., the said John Stile and a certain William Glasier, late of the same city yoman, after parleying with one another in a common street called 'Longeditche' of the said city, made an affray with one another, each of them fighting with sword and dagger, in which affray William Glasier with his sword gave John Stile on his left fore-leg a mortal wound of which he died on the last day of the said month; and that, in so causing John Stile's death, William Glasier slew and killed him feloniously. G. D. R., 19 April, 30 Eliz.