Henry VIII: March 1541, 11-20

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 16, 1540-1541. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1898.

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March 1541, 11–20

11 March. 608. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Westm., 11 March. Present: Abp. of Cant., Chancellor, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Durham, Treasurer, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm. No business recorded.
11 March. 609. James V. to François Olivier, Chancellier d'Allançon.
Royal MS.,
18 B. vi.
B. M.
Directs him to give the first office worth 30 cr. a year which shall be vacant in the county of Gien to Jehan de Beausse, sommelier de panneterie to the Queen. Edinburgh, 11 March 1540.
French. Copy, p. 1. Add. as having the charge of James's affairs in his county of Gien sur Loire.
11 March. 610. Montmorency to Marillac.
R. O.
Kaulek, 277.
His letters of the 3rd inst., to Montmorency and the King, have been received and have given the King great pleasure. Leaves to-morrow for Brittany, but prays Marillac, nevertheless, to continue to advertise the King of all that happens in England, and will make diligence to return in 15 or 20 days. The King and all this company are well.
French. Modern transcript, p. 1. Headed: 11 Mars 1541.
12 March. 611. The Privy Council.
P. C. P., vii.
Meeting at Westm., 12 March. Present: Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Durham, Mr. of Horse, Wriothesley, Sadler. Business:—Warrants directed to Tuke to pay 53l. 10s.d. to Sir Ric. Sowthwel for expenses in dissolving Wyatt's household in Alington castle as shown by a book annexed, and 37l. 6s. 8d. to Francis the courier for his journey to the bp. of Winchester at Ratisbon and home again. Wm. Emlar, of London, goldsmith, committed to ward for buying certain images and plate stolen from Eton college. John Hoorde, late scholar of Eton, confessed a robbery done at Eton by him and others, and was committed to the clerk of the check of the Guard.
12 March. 612. James V. to Henry VIII.
Add. MS.
32,646, f. 152.
B. M.
No. 65.
On 6 March, received his writings by Lancaster Herald, at St. Andrews, dated Hampton Court, 4 Feb., signifying that Henry rejoiced to learn from Sir John Campbell, who has passed towards the Emperor, James' desire to have all rebels, traitors and malefactors apprehended and justified, and that the said orator had pressed for delivery of certain Scotch rebels supposed to be recepted in England. Where Henry writes that certain his rebels and traitors named in a schedule attached are in Scotland at places named in the same; has ordered his officers to apprehend, not only them, but other rebels and murderers, named in a ticket sent from the duke of Norfolk, Henry's lieutenant lately arrived at the Borders, and deliver them. As to friars, priests and other Kirkmen that are fled into Scotland and whom the bp. of Llandaff and others of Henry's Council, then at York, desired to have delivered; when such persons commit any fault whatever he leaves the handling of their persons to their ordinaries, archbishops and other prelates that are their judges by the laws of Halikirk. Asks him to be content though he satisfies not his desires touching friars, religious and Kirkmen. Edinburgh, 12 March 28 James V. Signed.
Broad sheet, p.
1. Add. Endd.
Royal MS.,
13 B. vi. 112.
B. M.
2. Contemporary copy of the preceding.
Pp. 2.
12 March. 613. James V. to Norfolk.
R. O.
St. P., v. 186.
Has received his of 20 Feb., from Berwick, explaining the cause of his coming to the Borders, and intention to correct any lack of justice in the English officers there. Thanks him, and has given orders for him to be informed of any complaints, and for redress of negligence in his own officers. He desires certain rebels and murderers named in a schedule contained in his letters, with others in a schedule in the King's letters, to be delivered; showing his diligence in taking James Douglas, convicted in Parliament of conspiring James's death, Robin Rutherford, and Andrew Bell. Thanks him “gretumlie heirof,” and has ordered such Englishmen as are “lawit men” to be taken and delivered, and, as for religious men, has written to his dearest Uncle thereupon “quharwith we understand he salbe be contenttit.” Is unaware that English rebels have been in Edinburgh, because, through the friendship between the realms, merchants and others travel freely, so that “quha be trew or rebellis is misknawin.” Has now given strait commandment for their apprehension and delivery according to the treaty. Desires to be informed of any negligence of his wardens or officers of the Borders. Halirudhous beside Edinburgh, 12 March. Signed.
Broadsheet, p.
1. Add. Endd.: 12 Marcii 1540.
Royal MS.,
18 B. vi., 111.
B. M.
2. Contemporary copy of the preceding.
Pp. 2.
12 March. 614. The Sieur de Brion.
R. O. Pardon given by Francis I. to Philip Chabot, Chevalier of the Order of St. Michael, of all fines and penalties inflicted upon him by the sentence of 8 Feb. last. Bloys, 12 March 27 Fras. I.
ii. Letter of thanks from Chabot to the King for the above, of which he has heard from his nephew M. de Jernac.
Copies. French, pp. 3.
13 March. 615. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Westm., 13 March. Present: Abp. of Cant., Chancellor, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Durham, Mr. of Horse. Business:—Letter sent to the Deputy of Calais to suffer Edw. Waters and Ric. Lloyd, two of the retinue under Sir Thos. Palmer, late porter of Calais, “to enjoy their rooms, with their fellows,” until further order. Thos. Cheny, late scholar of Eton, confessed a robbery by him and others at Eton college and was committed to John Piers, clerk of the check of the Guard.
14 March. 616. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Westm., 14 March. Present: Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler. Business:—Nic. Uvedale, schoolmaster of Eton (suspected to be of counsel of a robbery lately committed there by Thos. Cheney and John Hoorde, scholars, and — (blank) Gregory, his servant) confessed to having committed buggery with the said Cheney sundry times, and of late on the 6th inst.; and was committed to the Marshalsea. Letter written to Sir Wm. Essex to send up John Ward, prisoner in Oxford castle for treason. Letter sent to Wm. Popeley to bring all writings in his keeping concerning the matter of a Breton who complained that his ship was spoiled near St. David's in Wales. A letter in the form of a certificate sent from Calais, signed by lord Maltravers, Wootton, and Sympson, for licence to ship 300 qr. of malt for Calais, was signed by Suffolk, the lord Privy [Seal], Gt. Chamberlain, Vice-Chamberlain, and Wriothesley, and sent to the lord Chancellor to accomplish.
14 March. 617. Augmentations.
R. O. Indenture made 14 March 32 Hen. VIII. between Edw. North, treasurer of the Augmentations, and [John] Scudamore, particular receiver of suppressed lands in cos. Staff., Worc., Salop, and Hereford, and Robt. Burgoyn, auditor of the same, witnessing that North has received by consent of Sir Ric. Riche, chancellor of Augmentations, sundry obligations whereby the baillies, coll[ectors and] receivers of the said lands are bound to pay their receipts to the King's use, i.e.:—
i. Staffordshire. The late monastery of Dieuleucres, surrendered:—an obligation dated 25 Sept. 31 Hen. VIII. wherein Sir Edw. Fytton of Gawnesworth, Chesh., Ralph Rydyard of Rydyard, Staff., and John Aeshenhurst of Bradnopp, Staff., are bound with and for Wm. Davenport, baillie of Abbots Fryth and other possessions, in 200l. Another, 25 Sept. ao 31°; Thos. Alsoppe of Alsoppe, Derb., Jas. Sutton of Russheton, Staff., John Gybson and Thos. Hordurne; for Humph. Whytney of Middlewich, Chesh., baillie of Wycch, &c.; 120l.
Tutbury priory, surrendered:
—11 Oct. ao 30°; Ant. Rowsley of Hosbaston, Derb., Wm. Wetton and Thos. Dawntre, of Tutbury, Staff., and John Bate of Hylton, Derb.; for Roland Heth of Tutbury, baillie of Wetton, &c.; 100 mks.
Crokysden, surr.:—12 Oct. ao 31°; Wm. Chorleton of Wombruge, Salop, Ric. Chorleton of Tyerne, Salop, and Robt. Maynwaryng of Wore, Salop; for Geoff. Legh of Berreston, Salop, baillie of Grete Yate, &c.; 120l.
Stone, suppressed:
—22 Dec. ao 29°; John Penson of Hereford, Ric. ap Thomas of Dyndor, Heref., and Hugh Rawlyns of Hereford; for Walt. Notte; 100 mks. Another 22 Dec. ao 29°; Ric. Warmecombe and Hugh Gybons of Hereford; for Ric. Stede of Hereford, baillie; 100 mks.
Routon, supp.:—27 Aug. ao 29°; Sampson Erdewyck of Sondon, Staff., and Thos. Harecourt of Churcheton, Staff.; for Robt. Harecourte of the same, baillie; 200 mks.
Trentham, supp.:—23 Aug. ao 29°; Thos. Raworth and John Gold of Scropton, Derb.; for Rol. Heth of Tutbury, baillie of Elkeston, &c.; 40 mks.
ii. Worcestershire. Great Malvern, surr.:—14 Jan. ao 32°; John Tovye of Bradweys, Worc., and Hugh Colles of Lulsey, Worc.; for John Grene of Great Malvern, baillie of Dowles, &c.; 40 mks. Another, 20 Jan. ao 32°; Thos. Barston of Dymmock, Glouc., and John Badger of Baldnall, Worc.; for John Pope of Baldnall, baillie of Much Malvern and Baldnall; 100l. Another 18° Jan. ao 32°; Thos. Romney of Braunford, Worc., and John Ree of Poywyck, Worc.; for Rog. Holward of Poywyck, baillie there; 100 mks. Another 13 Jan. ao 32°; John Knottysford of Hanley, Worc., and Wm. More of Pyxham, Worc.; for Thos. Knottysford of Tewkesbury, Glouc., baillie of Longney; 200 mks.
Parshore, surr.:—14 Jan. ao 32°; Sir John Russell of Streynesham, Worc., Wm. Cokesey of Little Wolverton, Worc., and Thos. Sheldon of Worcester; for Conan Richardson of Parshore, receiver; 1,000l.
Kokehill, surr.
—12 Jan. ao 32°; Eustace Kytteley of Brome, Warw., and Ric. Parsons of Somborne, Warw.; for Thos. Langhour of Feckenham, Worc., baillie; 100 mks.
Little Malvern, supp.:—14 Ap. ao 28°; Thos. a Brygge of Markyll, Heref., John Shere of Hopewolnythe, Heref., and Thos. Wheler; for Wm. Prior of Hopewolnyth, baillie; 140l.
Whyston, supp.:
—4 Oct. ao 28°; Wm. Lenche of Doverdall, Worc., and John Freman of Inkebarowe, Worc.; for Ric. Cockes of Salwarpe, Worc., baillie; 73l. 6s. 8d.
Clyfford, supp.
(in co. Heref.):—9 Ap. ao 28°; Wm. Pryor of Hopewellenth, Heref., Wm. Yorunth of Home, and Ric. Arundell, of Castell Frome, Heref.; for Those. Bruge of Great Markehill, baillie; 100l.
iii. Salop. Wenlock, surr.:—(1) 21 Dec. ao 32°; Ric. Lee of Abbots Eyton, Salop, and Ric. Dawley of Great Wenlock; for John Smalman of Hopton, baillie of Dytton, &c.; 40l. (2) 21 Dec.; Roger Haughton of Beckbur, Salop, and Fouke Crompton of Counde, Salop; for Matth. Lee of Longley, Salop, bailly of Caloton, &c.; 40l. (3) 20 Dec.; Thos. Lee of Longley, and Ric. Lawley of Great Wenlock; for Ric. Baille of Yernestre, Salop, baillie of Mylburgh Stoke, &c.; 50l. (4) 21 Dec.; Edw. More of Larden, Salop, and Thos. Poyner of Wrocksetur, Salop; for Thos. More of Larden, baillie of Shipton, &c.; 100l. (5) 21 Dec.; Thos. Lee of Longley and John Stevynton of Dotehyll, Salop; for Ric. Lee of Abbott's Eyton, receiver, 1,000l. (6) 19 Dec.; Thos. Lee of Longley and Wm. Acton of Aldenham, Salop; for Ric. Chorleton of Great Wenlock, baillie of Masche, &c.; 100l. (7) 21 Dec.; Ric. Lawley of Great Wenlock, Hugh Leyghton of Rodenhurst, Salop, and John Leighton of Roddyngton, Salop; for John Wylcokes of Madeley, Salop, baillie of Madeley, &c.; 100l. (8) 22 Dec.; Edw. More of Larden, Salop, and Thos. Loker of Bristol; for Thos. Hyll of Great Wenlock, baillie of Burton; 40l. (9) 18 Dec.; Geo. Kenaston of Wotley, Salop, and William Adams of Longnor, Salop; for Nich. Webbe of Shrewsbury, baillie of Eyton; 50l.
“Salop,” surr.:
—(1) 20 Dec. ao 32°; Thos. Poyner of Roxetur, Wm. Whytcom of Barwyck, Salop, and Robt. Poyner of Shrewsbury; for John Poyner of Abbaye Foryatt, Salop, baillie of Hernes, &c.; 200 mks. (2) 21 Dec.; Ric. Lee of Abbots Eyton; for John Steverton of Dottell, Salop; 40l. (3) 20 Dec.; Ric. Mytton and Ric. Capper of Shrewsbury; for Thos. Kenaston of Shetton, Salop, baillie of Bassechurche, &c.; 100l. (4) 6 Ap. ao 31°; Humph. Golteston of Brugenorth, Salop, and Hugh Prene; for Wm. Chese of Abbotts Asteley, Salop, baillie there; 100 mks. (5) 20 Jan. ao 32°; Adam Oteley of Pytcheford, Salop, Thos. Corbet of Longnour, Salop, and Thos. Poyner of Wroxetur; for Wm. Poyner of Acham, Salop, baillie of Monke Foryatt; 200l. (6) 20 Dec. ao 32°; Wm. Chorleton of Wombrugge, Salop, and John Stevyn of Dotehyll, Salop; for Thos. Chorleton of Shrewsbury, baillie of Tugford; 40 mks.
Haughmond, surr.:—(1) 20 Dec. ao 32°; Thos. Lee of Longley. Wm. Acton of Aldenham, Salop, and Wm. Lyngam of Wytton, Salop; for Wm. Sankye of Lyebotwood, Salop, baillie there; 40l. (2) 20 Dec.; Hugh Leyghton of Radenhurst, and Rog. Russell of Sansowe; for Ric. Tyler of Hardewyck, Salop, baillie there; 40l. (3) 6 Oct. ao 31°; Wm. Beeste of Acham and Wm. Newhall of Shrewsbury; for Wm. Adams of Longdon, Salop, baillie of Codercott, &c.; 40l. (4) 15 Oct. ao 31°; Humph. Onselowe of Onselowe, Salop, and Ric. Atkys of Shrewsbury; for Thos. Kennaston of Wollascott, Salop, baillie of Fyttes, &c.; 50l. (5) 15 Oct. ao 31°; Edw. Hosyer of Shrewsbury and Thos. Hosyer; for Edw. Williams of Westfelton, Salop, baillie of Abbotts Aston, &c.; 20l.
Lylleshyll, surr.:
—10 Oct. ao 31°; Ric. Banester of Hadnall, Salop, John Stynton of Dotehyll, and Wm. Harryes of Shrewsbury; for John Meston of Longdon, baillie there; 100l.
Wombryge, supp.:
—14 March ao 28°; Thos. Poyner, jun., of Bosselowe, Salop, and Thos. Prowde of Sutton, near Salop; for Wm. Chorleton of Apeley, Salop, baillie; 100l.
Brewood, supp.:
—18 March ao 28°; Sir John Gyfford of Chylington, Staff.; for Humph. Swynnerton of Hylton, Staff., baillie, 50l.
Chyrbury, supp.:
—10 March ao 28°; Oliver Lloid of Chyrbury, Salop, John Reyge. Ric. Gethyn, and Dd. ap Owen ap Hugh of the same; for Hugh Dd. (David), of Chyrbury, baillie; 100l.
iv. Herefordshire. Wygmore, surr.:—6 Nov. ao 31°; Wm. Wygmore of Shobdon, Heref., and Hugh ap Lewes of Radnor in the Marches of Wales; for John Perpoynt of Buyton, Heref., baillie of Buknell; 100l. Signed: John Scudamore.
Large paper, pp. 4. Written only on one side. Persons named are described as “gent.,” “yeomen,” “draper,” or the like.
14 March. 618. Parliament of Scotland.
Acts of the
P. of Sc., ii.
Holden at Edinburgh 14 March 1540, in presence of the King himself, by commissioners (named) for clergy, barons, and boroughs (67 in all).
Forfeiture of Jas. Colvile. Case of the widow and children of Robt. Lesly deferred. Acts passed:—
1. For honour of the Haly Sacramentis.
2. For worschip to be had to the Virgin Mary.
3. That na man argun the Papis auctorite.
4. For reforming of kirkis and kirkmen.
5. That na private conventionis be maid to desput on the Scriptour.
6. Of personis abjurit of heresy.
7. Of fugitivis suspect and summond for heresy.
8. Reward of thame that revelis conventionis and accusis heretikis.
9. That nane dishonour imagis of sanctis.
10. Ratificatioun of the institutioun of the College of Justice.
11. Hagbutis and uthir small artelyerie to be furnist within the realme.
12. For hamebringing of hagbutis, culveringis, pulder, and harness.
13. For inbringing of the King's Grace propirtie and casualiteis.
14. Anentis committaris of slauchter, mutilatioun and ressetting of the Kingis rebellis.
15. For stanching of thift, stouth, and reiff.
16. For eschewing of derth of wittalis, flesche, and fische.
17. Tuiching the croun of wecht.
18. For stanching of derth and prices of wyne, salt and tymmer.
19. Tuiching the hospitalis.
20. For policy of Edinburgh.
21. Anent the mele merket in Edinburgh.
22. The panis imput to wrangous jugis.
23. Provisioun and panis of thame committand fraud in alienatioun or utherwyis.
24. Remeid aganis thame that lyis out and will not entir to thair landis in fraud of thare creditouris.
25. Anentis privilege of burrowis.
26. Off pakking and peling (of wool, hides, or skins).
27. Anentis furth having of money of the realme.
28. Off mesouris.
29. Off the pane of thame that tynis the pley.
30. Anentis conductioun of craftismen.
31. Anentis drawaris of claith.
32. Anentis forstallaris.
33. Anentis wechtis.
34. Annexatioun.
35. Dissolucion of the unioun for setting of fewis.
36. Grant to Thomas Erskin of Brechin, knycht, secretar, of the lands of Brechin and Nevair.
Also acts made in divers parliaments during the King's “less age” and now ratified, viz.:—
37. That na faith be gevin to evidentis selit without subscripcion be the principale or notare.
38. Anentis birning of cornis, rasing of fyre and revesing of women.
39. Anentis thame that brekis or passis contrar the Kingis grace privilegis grantit to him be the Sete of Rome.
40. The nerrest of the kyn to have the gudis of thaim that deis untestit without prejudice of the coat.
41. That na legat be ressavit in this realm (except by the King's advice).
42, 43. Thre mercat dais for selling of breid and flesche.
44. Off talloun.
45. Off thaim that counterfetis the Kingis money.
46. Anentis thame that takis placis of bischoppis or abbotis eftir thare deceis.
47. For prenting of the actis of Parliament.
Ratification of a charter to John Wischart of that ilk.
Ratification of an act of 1522 restoring to George, now lord Hume, the forfeited estates of his brother Alex. lord Home.
Revocation of letters of regress to Ric. Maitland of Lethingtoun.
Prorogued to 7 July next.
Partly in Latin.
14 March. 619. James V. to Paul III.
Royal MS.
18 B. vi. 109.
B. M.
Thanks for giving the monastery of Dryburgh, at his nomination, to Thos. Erskin, of which he has heard from George Hay, his proctor at Rome. Has good hope his other requests will also be granted, especially that on behalf of the Cardinal of St. Andrews, of whose merits he has already written. Urges the necessity of making him legate, to repress the contagion of Lutheranism which threatens the realm. Credence for the bearer. Edinburgh, 14 March 1540.
Lat. Copy, pp. 2.
14 March. 620. James V. to Card. Ghinucci.
Ib., 109b. Thanks for his diligence in the matter of Driburgh, of which he has heard from George Hay. Is writing to the Pope about conferring the legation upon the Cardinal of St. Andrews. Begs him to further that matter. Edinburgh, 14 March 1540.
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
14 March. 621. James V. to Card. Carpi.
Ib., 110. To the same effect. Edinburgh, 14 March 1540.
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
14 March. 622. Francis I. to Marillac.
R. O.
Kaulek, 277.
Has received Marillac's last letter, and, perceiving that the king of England has been indisposed, has despatched the Sieur de Thays, gentleman of his Chamber, to visit him. Desires to be informed by De Thays of events there. Countersigned: Bochetel.
French. Modern transcript, p. I. Headed: 14 March 1541.
14 March 623. Anthoinette de Bourbon to the Queen of Scotland.
Balcarres MS.
Adv. Lib.
Edin., ii. 5.
I am assured that these letters will go safe by the merchants of Antwerp. Your sister (fn. 1) is to be the messenger. I wrote of the conclusion of her marriage and sent the articles. I have now brought her au menage in a fine house, well furnished, named Beaumoult. Her father-in-law (fn. 2) has received her very honourably with as large a company as one could wish. The queen of Hungary and the duchess of Milan were present; also the princess of Orange “que lon tyent grose,” though it is by no means certain. Your sister has received fine presents “et de belles basques.” Her husband (fn. 3) is young, but of the best disposition. It did not look like Lent, for arms and drums never ceased. Splendid encounters (combats) took place. At the last the parting took place, not without tears. I have got back to Guyse, where I rest but for the night, “et demain a la Fere. Mons. le Cardinal mon frere, mon frere et ma seur de Saint Pol il seront (qu. y seront?) mecredy; pour lamour deus gy (j'y) sejournere jeudy, et vendredy recommensere me mestre a chemyn pour gaigner Joinville le pleus tost que poure”; where I expect still to find your father and our children, “asavoir les peti[ts] et les prestres (fn. 4); Claude est quant et moy, layne a la cour.” I have not had news of them since I left. I am everywhere told you have continued “vostre grois (?),” and that the King and you and your little Prince are well. Guyse, 14 March.
Hol., Fr., p. 1. Add.
14 March. 624. Card. Contarini to Card. Pole.
Poli Epp.,
iii. 16.
Arrived at Ratisbon three days ago (nudius quartus) and lodged that night at the Charterhouse without the city with the Master of the Sacred Palace. Was, next day, honorably received into the city; and yesterday went to the Emperor, who came out to the stairs to receive him. When he declared his mission, the Emperor answered so lovingly and piously that he has great hope, especially as the news from Venice and elsewhere is that the Turkish expedition is cooling and the Turk will do little this year. Is grieved, for the sake of the Marchioness, his sister, that Ascanio Colonna has acted so rashly against the Pope. Pole must beg the Marchioness to move her brother that this disturbance may at once cease. Begs commendations to the Marchioness, Priolus, and all Pole's household, and also salutations to Bembo and Fregosio, to whom he has no leisure to write; indeed, he means this letter, not so much for Pole as for Bembo, Carpensis, Fregosio, and Redolpho, all whom the spirit of Christ has united and his letters will not divide. Ratisbon, 14 March 1541.
15 March. 625. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Westm., 15 March. Present: Chancellor, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler. Business:—Letter written to the abp. of York of receipt of his confirmation of the grant to the King of the archdeaconry of Richmond, and that he shall exercise spiritual jurisdiction there meanwhile. Recognisance (cited) of Robt. Cheney, of Chessamboys, Bucks, for the appearance of his son Thos. Cheney. Wm. Calawey, of London, goldsmith, examined about buying plate stolen from the new college in Oxford, and committed to the custody of the sheriffs of London. Warrant addressed to Tuke to pay Richmond herald 14l., which he laid out in his journey to the bp. of Winchester and back. Wm. Brice, of Southwark, tailor, servant to Thos. Culpeper, of the Privy Chamber, examined of an affray in Southwark by servants of Culpeper and Thos. Paston, of the Privy Chamber. Upon suit of Wynchecombe, of Newbury, and other clothiers, for the repeal of the statute of 27 Hen. VIII. [c. 12] for clothmaking, it was declared that the execution of the statute should be deferred, and that four or six of the said clothiers should come before the Council in Easter term to state their reasons, and meanwhile Pol Withipol, Sir Ric. Gresham, and others who were setters forth of the statute should have warning to prepare their defence of it.
15 March. 626. Walter Cowley to the Lord Deputy.
R. O. The letter placed under this date in the Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, referring to Cahir McArte's submission and the matter of the Rians, must be of the year 1549, and the Deputy addressed must be Sir Edward Bellingham.
16 March. 627. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Westm., 16 March. Present: Chancellor, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Durham, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler, Chanc. of Augm. No business recorded.
17 March. 628. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Westm., 17 March. Present: Chancellor, Suffolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Sadler. Business:—Recognisances (cited) by Wm. Emlar, goldsmith, and by Ric. Stanfield, skinner, and others, for the appearance of the said Emlar in Easter term. Letter sent to mayor and bailiffs of Oxford to send up to Newgate Thos. Crooke and John Berc “prisoners in locando (? Bocardo) in Oxford aforesaid.”
17 March 629. Woollen Cloths.
Harl. MS.
442, f., 166.
B. M.
Proclamation suspending the action of the statute of 27 Hen. VIII. and other statutes concerning the length and breadth of woollen cloths called kerseys until the Nativity of St John Baptist next. Westm., 17 March 32 Hen. VIII.
Later copy, pp. 2.
17 March. 630. A Spanish Priest.
R. O. Letters of capacity granted by the administrators of the united diocese of Calahorra and Calzada (Caltraten.), during the voidance of the see by the death of Alfonzo de [Castilla] (fn. 5), to John abbot of Sant Roman, clerk, priest. Dated: 1541, 17 March. Countersigned by the writer and signed by the two administrators and a notary.
Lat., p.
1. Seal gone.
18 March. 631. Ireland.
Commission to summon a Parliament.
See Grants in March, No. 32.
18 March. 632. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Meeting at Westm., 18 March. Present: Abp. of Cant., Chancellor, Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Durham, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley. Business:—Recognisances (cited) of Alan Hoorde, of London, for the appearance of John, son and heir of Ric. Hoorde, of co. Salop; also of Morgan Welles and John Blacknell, for their own appearance. The earl of Shrewsbury having certified that the accusation of Robt. Moore, parson of Brodley, and a certain woman, made by Thos. Dawes, of Ildersley, is false; a letter was sent to the Earl to discharge them, and cause Dawes openly in the parish church to ask the priest's forgiveness, or, if he refuse, set him on the pillory.
John Hurley, John Cousyns and John Hubbard, servants to Culpeper and Paston of the Privy Chamber, sent to the Fleet for an affray in Southwark. Letter written to the lord Warden that, whereas the inhabitants of Rye had imprisoned a man of Deape as though they had a letter of marque, as shown by a letter from the French ambassador to the Council, he should see speedy redress made. Thos. Barnabe, the King's servant, who had returned to declare his doings in parts beyond sea, had a supersedeas to exempt him from arrest upon private suits while attending on the Council. A commandment directed to the mayor of Northampton and all other officers to assist Ralph Holfer and John Belson, of the Guard, to take Gregory Mayllet, a felon.
18 March. 633. Lord William Howard to Henry VIII.
R. O.
St. P., viii.
Wrote in his last of the — (blank) inst., by Nicholas the courier, that the Council deferred their answer until the coming of Mons. de Saveuze. He arrived two days after, and immediately Howard solicited the Constable and Chancellor for an audience with the Council, which was not obtained until Friday last. Then, after long debate, they said they would send Henry the letters their commissioners had written, and would give answer next day. Next day they said the whole Council must see it, and then they would send it to their ambassador in England; thus clean swerving from their promise. Sent again to the Chancellor, who said the King must first see the answer. As the Constable departed into Brittany (fn. 6) the day after Howard was before the Council, and he was the chief promoter of Henry's affairs, there is little hope of an answer.
Rancon, who was ambassador to the Turk, arrived two days after my last despatch. Dined next day with the Constable and went, as usual, to the King's chamber, where Francis, after dinner, talked with Rancon and the Card. of Lorraine apart nigh an hour. They say the King charged him to open matters to none but the cardinals of Lorraine and Tournon, and that he has played a good part, for the King has made him one of his maîtres d'hotel. The ambassadors of Venice and Ferrara now say the Turk has retired to Constantinople and will make no army this year.
The Admiral has been sent for to come to Court. Asks whether to deliver Henry's letters to him. The date is far past “and the words therein contained serves not.” The Duke of Cleves is expected hourly. The bruit was that he should marry the King of Navarre's daughter; but now it is the French King's daughter. On Monday last, went hunting the hart with the King, who told him Henry had been sick of a fever and that he was sending M. de Tayz in post for news of his health. He is a gentleman in good estimation here. Begs the King to say to him that Howard has written of the goodness to him of Francis and of the Dauphin and Mons. d'Orleans. Bleys, Thursday night, 18 (sic) March. Signed.
4. Add. Endd.
19 March. 634. The Privy Council.
P.C.P., vii.
Note that the Council did not sit because the King and Queen removed from Westminster to Greenwich.
19 March. 635. Francis I. to Marillac.
R. O.
Kaulek, 277.
He would learn by De Thays, sent to visit the King of England, the state of Francis's affairs, which are, thank God, very well. Has received his letters of the 10th. As to the bruit there about Rincon's return from Constantinople, besides the assurance sent by De Thays, assures him that never ambassador left in better favour or with greater success, having brought with him a personage of the Grand Seigneur's, whom Francis has already expedited, intending soon to send Rincon back after him. The instruction carried by De Thays will have shown other particulars here. Hearing that Norfolk goes from place to place viewing how many men he will be able to raise; desires to know why he would make levies and what is the state of affairs there.
French. Modern transcript, pp. 2. Headed: 19 March 1541.
19 March. 636. Francis I. to Marillac.
R. O.
Kaulek, 277.
Marillac understands the difference about the bridge of the Cauchoire, and that the deputies commissioned to conclude it, after many altercations separated, referring it to the two Kings. As the English ambassador has shown a paper (cahier) of what the English deputies did in this matter, pretending a right to break the bridge and prevent its being restored; Francis caused his Council to consider that paper and the report of Maître Ymbert de Saveuzes, councillor and master of requests ordinary, who was deputy with Du Biez in the matter, and has made a procès verbal of the deputies proceedings, by which it appears clearly that the English did wrong to demolish the bridge. Sends a copy, in order that, thereupon, he may show the King of England that the bridge ought to be restored. To confirm it sends copies of the treaties made by king John at Bretigny, and by the late king of England at Estaples; with extracts from accounts of the county of Guisnes rendered in the chamber of Accounts at Paris, of which others will be sent when required, of the year 1499, when the treaty of Estaples was confirmed, since which time the bridge has stood until the last demolition.
French. Modern transcript, pp. 3, Headed: Blois, 19 March 1541.
637. The Cowswade at Calais.
R. O. [Report of the French Commissioners; apparently a translation of the procès verbal referred to in the preceding.]
“The year mlvcxl, the thirde day of February, the Kinges [letters] pa[tents] … were sent to the towne of Boloyn uppon the See, addres[sed unto the sr du Bies,] knight of th' ordre of the said Sr and his seneschall [of the county of Boulognois] and Ymbert of Savewses conseillr of [the said Sr and one of the masters of] requestis of his housholde …
“By vertue … of the said … and of th … whiche were the Er[l]e [of Hertford and Sir Edward Kerne] … xxx horses on every side … the villaige of Canpaigne which … Englishe grounde. And we lighted at t … called Palmer, and there we dyned togither. A[nd after] dyn[ner w]ee … aparte the said deputies of the Sr king of Englande and wee. And aft[er] that on bothe sides we had declared the causes of our meating, we did participate our powers each to other; and on our behalf we gave them the copy of ours, and afterwards they sent us the copy of theirs, whereof the tenor followeth.”
We showed them that our King had time out of memory a bridge called Cowebrige, or in French Pont aux Vaches, over which the kine of Arde go into the “said Cowchewade,” in which are many commons. The King has right of travers, that is ferry and passage, which is farmed to the officers of Arde from six years to six years.
“And although he was in good … by thac * * * (three lines lost) without any cause or occasion, by reason whereof the said deputies [o]ught to permit that the said bridge should be reduced again to suche [sta]te as it was afore the breaking of it.
“[Whereupon the said depu]ties saied unto us that the brige wherof the … partely and on th'one shore uppon the … whiche they mayneteignid to be Englishe … on [thero]f they alleged unto us certain … and king Edward the … extracte in papier without … es that whansoever nede shuld be they … By the saide extracte mention was made … of Hammes, Guynes, Sandgate, Oye, Collignes … Walles were releasid unto them; and according unto the boundes and lymytes designed in the saide extracte they saied that they had caused a figure to be made whiche they shewid unto us.” In it they placed all the Couchewade as English ground.
We replied that the limits were not as shown in their figure, but as in a figure which we had made and showed, “by the which it appeared that the river which they said went beyond the Poill is joined to the river of Hellier, and from thence, through an old dike which is called Olde Ryver, went to the lake of Guynes,” which Old River separates the ground of Marke and the Cowchewade. In proof, alleged that the inhabitants of Marke “doo [ca]ll the groundes of the saide Couchewades Frankesburgh, which … the Frenshe Marshes; in token wherof when the beestis … Merke doo passe over the said Olde Ryver … they be in Frenshe men's … so that in the tyme that … therledome of Guynes under the King there was a man put to execution of deat[h] … of Calais and quartered, th'one of the whiche q[uarters was sent] unto a potence or gibet whiche was plan[ted] … saide Cowewade at thissi[de] … caused to be taken dow[n] … the place where the … Quynoes … w … and th … thereaboutes … Couchewade. And w … passeth under the brige whereof con … which is to say Nouveau Fosse, a newe d[ike] … well that the ryver was not wont to passe there of olde.” Upon this New Dike the King has always had a bridge maintained by him or his farmers of it, who provided a ferry boat when the bridge was ruinous, but no Englishman had a boat there. Further, there were many houses in the Couchewade which “yelded and pai[ed rent to the King] as it appeareth by th'accomptis of th … chamber o[f a]coun[ts] … He … Im … shewing by thies reasons and meanes that the King was in good possession of the saide Cowchewade, and that the same whiche … [a]lleged was uppon the proprietye of the sam, the whiche they … season and put the same in altercation. For … manny assembles without decision of any … [notwith]standing the Kinge had ever the sam … the p[assin]g and repassing of the same … that there was ever any … ereto. And that they ought … saide brige to be reduced to suche state as it … longe season. The whiche they wolde not graunte [for] the causes by them heretofore alleged. And that day there was nothing arrested nor concluded,” but only that we should meet again on Wednesday, the 9th of the “said month,” at the place of the bridge.
Accordingly on the Wednesday we met, but could not agree upon the limits, especially those we desired to make the separation of Marke and the Couchewade, viz., the Old Ryver, “whereby was wont to take her course” the Newe Ryver whereupon the bridge is set. At this side the Old Ryver and beyond the Newe Ryver “be two houses set whiche … unto them, th'inhabitantes wherof be of the parrishe … to the jurisdiction of the saide towne of old … deputies said nothing els … ther course, but the sam … of King John maketh the separacion of the territorie of Ardre and o[f th'English] grounde; and as to the situation of the twoo houses … solucion. And forasmuche as it had ben t … and vewe all the lymyttes of … overflowed. It w … of the same monneth … Cowch[ew]ade … parte … paynter for … reporte thereof unto the … ensueing which was made by the said … the said Mr. Hall.”
“And the saide Fryday the xjth of that moneth, after dyner, we mett again togethers, (fn. 7) the saide deputies of the king of England and we, at the saide place of Canpaign in the house of the said Palmer; where the saide seigneur de Fowkesolles and Mr. Hall were also, which made their reporte what they had seen and what the paynter on eche parte had doon and drawen into his figure. And although the figure of the saide deputies was reformable in some place, yet, nevertheles their paynter had left it in suche astate as it was first shewid unto us, persisting alwaies the saide deputies in their saying of the lymittes, and we to the contrary saying that the lymytes of the countries of Marke and of the tyrritory of Ardre was suche as we had said and designed unto them by our figure by the reasons afore alleged. And for the verification and … of that whiche we alleged that the saide … territory of Ardre we sh[ewid] … perchemy[n] … * * signature is writen Sic est in fine status originalis compoti in Camera Compotorum Parisius retenti. This it is in th'ende of the state originall of the reconyng retayned in the Chamber of Accomptes [at Pari]s. [In] all the whiche accomptes there is an expresse … whereunto the ferme of the travers … nte, the whiche is letten from six [years to six years to him who] moste offreth and last enhawnceth it … c is in the said accomptis an … the dutie due by the … grounde as they holde on the saide … [Al]so we shewed unto them in an olde lettre in [Lati]n, dated the yere mlc, sealed in wax wt a greate seale [o]n the whiche is prented a man armed on horsback, conteyning the foundation made by Eustace erle of Boloyne, of the abbey of the Chapell of Saunt Mary, whiche was in the saide countre of Marke, for to shewe that the countrey of Marke belonged to th'erle of Boloyne and not to th'erle of Guynes. Likewise we shewed unto them a booke in paper covered wt perchemyn, founde in the possession of th'abbot of Licques, having the papers and lettres of the saide abbay of the Chapell of Saunt Mary; in the whiche booke were the copies of sundry lettres, and amongest other of a lettre geven by the bishop of Theroen, whiche was dated the yere mlccxxxvj in the moneth of August, by the whiche it aperith that the cure or vicarage of Cowchewade had ben then newlye constituted, divided and separed from the parrishe of Ardre. And in the same boke there were the copies of other lettres, th'one dated the yere mlcclij in the moneth of Aprill, and th'other of [the same y]ere mlcclij in the moneth of August, by the whiche … [Ar]nald erle of Guynes gave unto the saide … tenthis novalles whiche … of Ardre and … [ce]rtaine portion of th'old tenthe whiche he hild in his hande in ferme of Ardre … [by] whiche lettres it appearithe that the said Cow[chewade] … countie of Guynes specially of the lo[rdship] … of the countrey of Merke … deputies aunswer w … travers they had … for to com. Within … said e … Cowchewa[de] … passing over the same …”
As to the article mentioning “the … for suche groundes as they held in the saide Co[wch]ewade,” they denied that the tenants named were in the Cowchewade, although the contrary appeared by inspection and by the article.
As to the copies of the letters mentioning that the Couchewade had been divided from the parish of Ardre, they said that made for them, for in Marke were seven parishes, of which the Cowchewade was one. They would have proved this “by a little cayer of paper whiche was a mere private writing, without date,” which we said was not to be believed, and that in Marke “there might be some ground belonging to that parrishe of Cowchewad[e] … said countrey of Merk ther … * * * being in the saide Cowchewade made by th'erle of Guynes whiche then was, with reservation of anolde tenthe whiche the said erle [rese]rved unto him, being in his hande in fourme of Ardre. They [alleged] unto us that the same was no sufficient probacion for … [Cowc]hewade to be of the territory of Arde … adminicles precedent made full prove … as of the territorie of Arde … that it might be that the saide … de in the said countrey of … yelded to th'Englishemen at the request … [d]eceasid according to his lettres whiche he … unto the lor[d]es having landes in the said territories of [M]erke and Oye, whereof they exhibited some copies of lettres which they alleged to be of the decessid king John,” but in which was no mention of the Couchewade. They again showed the extract from the treaty of king John; which has not been observed, for the lands mentioned in it were never delivered. I, De Savewses, have since seen both it and the treaty made at Estaples, and ratified by the late king of England by letters patent dated Westm., 7 April 1499, “by the whiche treatie of Estaples wee [must] be ruled. And by the same the towne of Arde and other [neighbouring town]es named in the saide treatie owe to be … suche estate as they wer … r comyng downe … is in the said treaty … s suche as foloweth:—Item, quod termini ac limites terre seu marchiarum Calisie d[e obedientia] Regis Anglie in confinio comitatus Bolonie et [G]uy[ennarum (fn. 8) ponentur et] reducentur ac manutenebuntur [ut hactenus fuerunt et erant ante] descensum ipsius Regis [in Calesia]. (fn. 9) Item, that the bu[ndes and limits of the land or marches of Calais] of th'obeiss[ance of the king of England in the frontier of the county] of Boloyn [and Guisnes shall be reduced and maintained as they] have been hitherto, and [were before the descent of the same] king of England into C[alais] … tyme of the descent of the said sr king of E[ngland] … greate bastard of Burgoyn usufructuary o[f th]e said count[ie] of Guynes undre the King did enjoye the said Cowchewade [with] taking rentis and dueties upon some perticuler having houses and landes in the said Cowchewade.” Also he took the right of travers over the bridge, as shown by the accounts exhibited, and by others in the Chamber of Accounts, especially one of the year 1499, when the treaty of Estaples was ratified, from which time the bridge stood until the late pulling down. “And althoug[h] by the reasons heretofore alleged the saide … [the] sr king of England ought to have… reduced … * * * … we have departed th'one from th'others, remitting the discention of the saide brige for our parte to the good pleasure of the King [our m]aistre, and they for their parte also to the good plaisir [of the said king of] England their maistre, for to be by … [a]fter reporte shal have ben made respectively … and th'other of the reasons, disputacions … [to]gither,”
Mutilated. Pp. 10. Endd: “The translacion * * of French touching * *
20 March. 638. The Privy Council.
P. C. P., vii.
Meeting at Greenwich, 20 March. Present: Abp. of Cant., Chancellor, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Hertford, Gt. Admiral, Durham, Mr. of Horse, Vice-Chamb., Wriothesley, Chanc. of Augm., Chanc. of Tenths. Business:—Letter written to the bailiffs of St. Albans to examine a woman who confessed before Sir Fras. Brian to speaking unfitting words of the King and Council.


  • 1. Louise de Lorraine, now Princess of Chimay.
  • 2. Philip, duke of Arschot.
  • 3. The Prince of Chimay.
  • 4. The priests in question were her own sons Charles and Louis who both became Cardinals. The former was made archbishop of Rheims in 1538, but was not consecrated till 1545. The little ones referred to would include Francis duke of Longueville.
  • 5. Who died on the 8th Feb. 1541, according to Gams.
  • 6. See No. 610.
  • 7. The English commissioners' account of this conference is given in No. 538, but lays stress upon other points than those mentioned here, and is little aid to supplying lost portions of this.
  • 8. Such is Rymer's reading, although of course the place is Guysnes.
  • 9. Supplied from Rymer, xii. 501.