Memorial XXI: The Mayoralty of Thomas Rowe, 1568

Memorials of the Guild of Merchant Taylors of the Fraternity of St. John the Baptist in the City of London. Originally published by Harrison, London, 1875.

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A vote of money to Mr. Thomas Rowe, Lord Mayor Elect, with the order of attendance, arrangement of the Feast at the Guildhall, and the Verses spoken at the Pageant.

September 25th, 1568.

It is at this daye by the Maister, Wardens and Assistents fully agreed and decreed by these presents that there shalbe geven oute of the Comon Boxe of this Howse unto the Righte Worshipfull and theire lovinge Brother Mr. Thomas Rowe, Alderman, now Lord Mayo' Electe of this Cytie for the yeare ensuinge by waye of benevolens towards the supportac[i]on of the charges of his Mayrealtie xlli. And the same to be payde to him by the f'esaide Maister and Wardens in the name of the whole Company accordingly.

Item. It is agreed and decreed by ye Maister Wardens and Assistants, that these persons undernamed together with the Maister and Wardens shall give theire attendance upon the sayde Lord Mayo' Electe at his house from tyme to tyme as occasion shall require, as well to geve him theire beste advyce and counsell that in them shall laye concernyng the ordering and trimmings of his Howse. As also for the viewing and seeinge of the olde p'sidents for and conserninge such p'vision as shall seme necessary to be had and p'vided for the keepinge of his Ffeaste, viz,—

Mr. Gerarde Gore.

Mr. Richard Hills.

Mr. John God.

Mr. Thomas Brown.

It is also agreed and decreed that these p'sons undernamed shall give theire attendance at the Guildehall iij or iiij dayes before the Mayor's Ffeaste to be in suche roomes and places as to them thereunder is also lymitted and assyned: And they altogether to see that the Hall and Chambers there be decently hanged, and the tables and stooles to be severally sett uppe. And to see that ye p'vision and porc[i]on of victuall p'pared for the sayde Ffeaste and broughte thither be both goode and wholesome else not to be reseyved, (viz.),—

Surveyors of the Kitchen.

Robt. Hawes.

Giles Jacobe.

Wm. Ffellips.

Richard Maye.

Robert Brett.

Olyver Rowe.

Surveyors at the Dresser at ye Stayerhedd entringe into ye Mayor's Courte.

John Myllnar.

Anthony Ratclyffe.

Rycharde Pasmore.

Surveyors at the Dresser in the Hall, viz.,—

Rycharde Ryall.

Robt. Dowe.

John Bragdon.

John Tappe.

Item, that these persons underwritten shall geve theire attendance at the Guildehall the morrow after St. Symonde and Jude, as well to welcome the gests that shall repaire and come to ye said Ffeaste, as also to see that the Worshipfull Companie that shall dyne there that daye and others, may be well served ev'ry of them in theire order, (viz.),—

Mr. Emanuel Lucar.

Mr. Richarde Hills.

Mr. Robt. Rose.

Mr. Thos. Browne.

Nicholas Spencer.

Ffrancis Pope.

Thomas Hale.

Christopher Marter.

Item. That xvj of the Bachelors Company, whose names are here underwritten, shall give theire attendance at the Guildehall upon the morrowe after Symonde and Jude nexte, and to helpe to carry in ye servis of meate to the Ladies and Gentilwomen and other Estate that shalbe sett and be served before the Mayor, shall come from Westminster, (viz.),—

Robert Bye.

John Davenett.

George Nevell.

John Buttle.

Nicholas Smythe.

John Danescombe.

Robert Corse.

Olyver Bedford.

Thomas Aldesworth.

John Apryze.

Laurens Leake.

Roger Bollond.

Nicholas Tetlowe.

Rycharde Nicholls.

George Gynne.

Harry Nicholls.

These persons undernamed shall geve theire attendance upon Symonde and Jude nexte upon my Lord Mayo' Electe when hee shall goe to The Guildehall to take his Othe, viz.,—

Mr. Albany.

Mr. Gore.

Mr. Acworthe.

Mr. Lucar.

Mr. Hills.

Mr. Rose.

Mr. God.

Mr. Browne.

John Teaves.

Nicholas Love.

Edward Jones.

Nicholas Spencer.

William Merrick.

Ffrancis Pope.

William Sylierd.

Robert Hulson.

The p'sons undernamed are appoynted to dyne at the Guildehall at the Table appoynted for the Mayor's Company, viz.,—

Mr. Albany.

Mr. Gore.

Mr. Acworthe.

Mr. God.

John Traves.

Nycholas Love.

Edward Jones.

Wm. Ffleetwood.

Robt. Hulson.

George Sanders.

Thos. Ludwell.

George Sotherton.

John Wylkinson.

Wm. Hodgson.

Thos. Wilforde.

Wm. Heton.

Acto' Dawbeney.

John Goodwyn.

Walter Ffyshe.

Edwarde Sanford.

Raphe Spratte.

John Davenett.

Beignolde Barker.

Humphrey White.

Thomas Pope.

The persons undernamed are appoynted to dyne at the Table appoynted for the Salters, and xvj of this Companye in respecte that the Sheryffs be both of the sayde Companyes, viz.,—

Wm. Merrick.

Wm. Sylierde.

Thos. Shotesham.

Richard Johnson.

Thos. Offley, Junr.

Robte. Dowson.

Richd. Newporte.

John Apesley.

John Arto'.

Richard Whyte.

Thomas Kyrton.

Thos. Offley.

Richd. Borne.

Thomas Collett.

Edward Bowen.


St. John.

I am that Voyce in Wilderness Which ones the Jewes did call And now againe am sent from God To preache unto you all.

Repent and make the Lord's waye streighte, Let works your will bewraye The tyme of your accompte, is come Amende your Lyves I saye.

The Axe alreadie is in hande To hew downe ev'ry tree Which doth not beare so pleasant frute As God woulde it shoulde be


The Firste Boye.

Behold the Roe the swift in chase Yet stayeth still to heare As sone as John began to speak The Roe did yield his Eare.

Tho' wilde in wood, yet mylde to man, And lystening to his sownde And chefely as ye nowe beholde When God thereof is grownde.

The Second Boye.

The Roe is swyfte and yet can staye No Beaste so swyfte so sone. Whose gaull for healthe by speciall note In Acte hath wonne renowne.

Our Roe by will is swyfte to winde And yet wth perche of staye Whose gaull when as offenders move For justice maketh waye.

The Third Boye.

The Roe as he himselfe in sighte All other doth excell So dothe he helpe wth p'sente aide All suche as see not well.

Our Roe by sighte in Government Wee truste shall rule so well That by his doings suche may learne As covet to excell.

The Fourth Boye.

God save o' Quene o' Maiden Prince Whom he hath set in Place That John maye preache, that Roe may learne The gyfte of heavenly grace.

The Courte forbad John ones to speake A Mayden made the meene The Courte nowe bidds John Baptist preache Under our Mayden Quene.

God sende her lyf and honor longe Her Royal Crowne to weare God sende us such as John to preach And such as Roe to heare.

These verses to be written aboute the Pageant if it shalbe thought good:—

If care of wysdomes learned skyll, If feare of God to doo his will, If righte of lawe and true justice, If hate of bribes and avarice, If these you printe in memorie If these you practyse faithfully— Then God dothe guide you certainlye— Then God wyll blesse yo' Mayrealtie.

Hoods and Clothinge of the Livery.

Item. It is agreed and decreed, that there shall not at any tyme hereafter be worne by eny member of this Mystery that shalbe of the Liverye and clothinge of this Mystery, any other colors in their Hoods at eny tyme or tymes hereafter but onely Scarlet and Puke, and those colors to stand bothe for the beste and second Livery. And that eny Hood or Hoods made or to be made of the colors of Crymson and Puke shall not in eny wyse hereafter be worne by eny of the Livery of this Mystery at any tyme hereafter.

An Order for bringing to the Hall the Hoods of the Livery that are Skarlet and Crimson.

Item. It is agreed and decreed, that ev'ry one of the clothinge of this Mystery shalby x of the clock in the fforenoon upon Mondaye nowe nexte ensuynge, bringe in or cause to be broughte into this house before the Master and Wardens, all and ev'ry such Hoods and Hood as they have of the colors of Skarlet and Crymson, to that effecte, that suche of the sayd Hoods as by the forsaide Master and Wardens shalbe judged meet to srve for the beste lyverey to stand for good, and yf eny of the sayde whoods shalbe founde otherwise not mete to srve for the beste Lyverey. Then the Mr and Wardens shall in place thereof p'vide or cause to be p'vided for them newe Hoods of ye colors of Skarlet and Crymson, (fn. 2) and they to paye for ev'ry of the sayde Hoods so to be p'vided for them by the forsaide Maister and Wardens as shalbe judged reasonable. (fn. 3)


  • 1. Upon his death, in 1570, all the Livery were summoned to attend at the Hall, at 6 a.m., to proceed with the Master "to Shacklewell, from whence they shall accompany the corpse of Sir Thomas Rowe to his burial at Hackney Church."— [Entry of 8th September 1570.]
  • 2. Sic in orig. Qy. Puka.
  • 3. As to the mayoralties of Sir Robert Lee and Sir John Gore, and later members of the Court, see Appendices F (2), (3), and (4).