The corporation of Rye: 1568-70

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The Manuscripts of Rye and Hereford Corporations, Etc. Thirteenth Report, Appendix: Part IV. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1892.

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1568, October 3.—Will of Thomas Fletcher of Rye, directing that his body be buried in the church of Rye. He appoints his wife Bridget, his executrix, and leaves legacies to the children of Robert Browne and Joan his wife, to Robert Carpenter and Joan his wife, to "Marye Wallis of Romnye, my nevey;" to Ursula Marden and to Clement Marden's child. Copy.

1568[–9], March 19.—Order by the Mayor and Jurats of Rye that a door be made into the churchyard out of the south chancel, for making and laying the ordnance there.

1569, March 28.—Indenture between Ambrose, Earl of Warwick, master of the ordnance, and the Mayor and Jurats of Rye; witnessing the receipt by the latter of certain ordnance and stores. Printed in Holloway's History of Rye, p. 309.

1569, April 15.—John Pilfort, Frenchman, ordered to be punished by standing in the pillory and to have one of his ears nailed thereto, because he presumed to come into the town since his banishment.

1569, April 29.—Francis Macquery fined 3li. 6s. 8d. for that contrary to the order given to him he did lie at his mother-in-law's house. His mother Mercy Poskyns also fined for keeping Frenchmen, drinking and banquetting, in her house.

1569, August 6.—Nicholas Demoye of Morles [Morlaix] in Brittany, merchant, and Nowell de Bloath of Rascoo fined for bringing into the town certain "idoletorius idoleces."

James Fryes of Harlenden [Harlingen] in West Friesland, glasier, John Johnson alias Huson of Flushing, mariner, and—Cowper warned to depart the town with their wives and children "for theyr mysbeleyves contrarie to christian relegian."

1570, May 8.—Obligation by Pierre Bois, Frenchman, merchant, dwelling at Rye, to pay a certain sum of money to Jehan le Balleur, burgess and merchant of Dieppe now at Rye. Witnesses, Nicolas Parque and Allain Henry, merchants of Rye.

1570, June 16.—[The Mayor and Jurats of Rye to the Lord Warden.]

"It may please your good Lordshippe that Comissary hath taken a shippe of Deape [Dieppe] with oyles, which he hath sold unto the merchante for 300li., and this morninge hath brought in his shippe of warre in suche sort as that doinge will cause greate troble towards the Inglishmen that are at Deape and Rone [Rouen]; which doeinge of Comissary we utterly dislyke that he shuld so bowldly presume to come into our towne, after he had committed a piracy as beforesaid, without your honor's leave, to the greate slaunder of our towne, as those have brought us in by that fact. We have therefore accordinge to our dewties thought good to certefy your honor thereof, as we may from your good Lordship receave order what wee shall do heerein as may best answer your content and our safegard." Draft.