Diary: 1550

The Diary of Henry Machyn, Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London, 1550-1563. Originally published by Camden Society, London, 1848.

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'Diary: 1550', in The Diary of Henry Machyn, Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London, 1550-1563, (London, 1848) pp. i-iii. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/camden-record-soc/vol42/i-iii [accessed 29 February 2024]


The imperfect paragraph with which the Manuscript now begins relates to the funeral of Sir Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, K.G. who died on the 31st July 1550, and was buried on the 4th of August at St. Andrew's, Holborn, Sir John Hoper, priest, preaching at his funeral.—Strype, Memorials, fol. 1721, ii. (283).

. . . . . . . .and dyd there. . . . . . . . prest, and there was hys standard borne, and the . . . then came ys banurs of armes and the clarkes and pr[estes, and then] the haroldes a v, one carehyng ys elmet, anodur . . . with the garter, and anodur ys sword, and anodur ys crest, then came the cors with iiij baner of armes, then mo[urners] for hym a c powre men havyng gownes of manty[lle fryse] and ther was a grett dolle of monay and after a grett [dinner] and iiij banars rolles of armes borne a-bowt the body.

The xxvij day of August was bered sir Wylliam [Locke knight] and alderman and late shreyff of London, and bered [at St.] Thomas of Acurs, and a-ffor hym whent a lx pore men in mo[urning] gowns and whytt stayffes in ther handes ij and ij to-gether; [after] them the standard, and then mornars, and then came a . . with odur mornars, and then the clarkes and prestes, and then [a herald] with ys cott armor, target, elmet, sword, and then the corse [with] penons of armes borne a-bowt hym, and the stret [was] hangyd with blake and armes a-pone the cloth, and ther [was a] dolle of monay, and a grett denner as I have be hat.

The ffurst day of September was bered the good [lady] the contes of Hamtun, sum tyme the wyff of sir Wylliam [Fitz] Wylliam, lord of the Preve-selle, and ded and bered att Farnham with mony mornars and harolds, and a-bowt the corse iiij banars of armes, and then the cheyff mornars sir Garves Clyfftun knyght and sir Antony Browne, with odur, and a gret dener.

The xviij day of October was bered Juge Hynde in sant Donstones parryche in the whest, with standard, cot, elmet, sword, and penon, target, and a harold, and Juges ij and ij to-gether, and then serjantes of coyffe ij and ij together, and then clarkes syngyng, and my lade Hynde dyd make anodur standard, and a cote armur, and a penon, and a elmet, and target, and sword, to be had at the moynthe myn[d] in the contrey for hym, and a grett dolle of monay and of mett and drynk, and gownes to the pore; for ther was (fn. 1) myche a doo ther for hym.

The next paragraph belongs to another funeral: the beginning of which is lost:

. . . . . . gayffe unto xiij powre men xiij gowns . . . . . . yffe having a bage (fn. 2) of bokeram logent-fassyon (fn. 3) . . . . gold, with prestes and clarkes, with a pennon of ys armes . . . . . tes of armes, and hangyd with blake and schochyons (fn. 4) of the . . with a harold beyryng ys cott in ys armes.

The xvij day of November was bered the old contesse [of Derby], bered at Collam, sir Edward Hastyngs behyng her se—unfinished.

The xviij day of November was bered M. Heys, he . . . . of London, in the parryche of saynt Peter's, in Cornhylle . . . awllter with the feyleshyp of the Clarkes of London.

The xix day of November was bured my lade Jude, ma[yress] of London, and wyff of sir Androw Jude, mayr of London, and bered in the parryche of saynt Ellen in Bysshope-gatt stret, for he gayff mony, gownes, and to the powre men and women ij C. gownes of mantyll . . . and the Clarkes of London had the beryng of my lade, and then came . . . with ij harolds (fn. 5) a-for with iiij baners a-bowt her borne, and after my [lord] mayre and ys bredurne, and alle the stret and the chyrche wher hangyd with blake and with schochyons of ther armes, and a gret dolle and a grett [dinner.]

The xxiiij day of November was bered the nobulle ca[ptayn] ser James Wylfford knyght, sum tyme captayn in Franse and . . . . and ded at the Cruchydffrers, and was cared to beryng from [thence] unto lytyll saynt Bathellmuw besyd sant Antonys, with a standard, a penon, and a harold carehyng the cott armur, and mony m [ourners], and bered in the sam tombe that ys grett unckulle M. James [Wylfford]. Ther was at ys bereyng my lord Gray and the (fn. 6) Wylfford . . . captaynes, and the company of the Clarkes. Mylles Coverdalle dyd [preach].

The xxx day of November was bered Crystoffer Machyn, Marchand-tayllor, in the parryche of saynt James, and brodur [of] Henry (fn. 7) Machyn: the compeny of Marchand-tayllers behyng at ys berehyng, and the compeny of the Clarkes syngyng, and . . . Maydwell dyd pryche for hym,—the iiij yer of K. E. vjt.


  • 1. MS. wache.
  • 2. badge.
  • 3. i. e. lozenge-fashion.
  • 4. MS. shokoyn'.
  • 5. MS. harord.
  • 6. Sic orig.
  • 7. MS. Hnery.