Middlesex Sessions Rolls
1597

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John Cordy Jeaffreson (editor)

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1886

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235-242

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'Middlesex Sessions Rolls: 1597', Middlesex county records: Volume 1: 1550-1603 (1886), pp. 235-242. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=65966 Date accessed: 17 September 2014.


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1597

1 January, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Pickthatche co. Midd. on the said day and through six months next before the same day, Prudence Crispe alias Drewrye alias Wingfeild kept a common brothel, thereby causing many unlawful assemblies and atrocious riots &c., to the disquiet and scandal of the inhabitants of Pickthatche, and of others the Queen's lieges. Putting herself 'Guilty,' Prudence Crispe was sentenced "to be had to Newgate, and ther to be put into a carte, from thence to be carted to Smithefielde, from thence to her howse, from thence to Cornehill, and from thence to the Standard in Cheepe, so to Bridewell, then to be whipped, then to Newgate and fined at xlli. and to be bounde to her goode behaviour." G. D. R., 20 Jan., 39 Eliz.

7 January, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before Richard Candeler esq. J.P., of Walter Medcalfe constable of Norton-folgate co. Midd., in the sum of ten pounds; For the said Walter's appearance at the next Session of the Peace held in Middlesex, "for that he tooke from one William Jackson iii li. in mony a gold ringe and other thinges, when as the said Jackson was sent to prison for suspicion of felloney, and wold deliver him none of his money to releve him in prison, beinge commaunded to doe the same; for that Jackson made his peticon he was redy to famishe in prison for want of releif." G. D. R., 20 Jan., 39 Eliz.

6 February, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, in the dwelling-house of a certain Thomas Andrewes at Edmonton co. Midd., Joan Gamble late of Edmonton aforesaid secretly gave birth to a male infant, living at the time of birth, and forthwith with the intention of murdering it crushed and broke in the left part of its head, and so murdered it. Putting herself 'Guilty,' Joan Gamble was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 16 Feb., 39 Eliz.

11 February, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, on the said day, Richard Broomeley and Thomas Bowyer, both late of Clarkenwell co. Midd. yomen, gave to Polidore Longe late of London yoman certain counters of copper called "Cowpers," and by asserting to the same Polidore that the same copper counters were pieces of coined gold, re ceived from him ten shillings of lawful money, of which the same Richard and Thomas thus defrauded him. G. D. R., . . . ., 39 Eliz.

13 March, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Pynnor co. Midd. on the said day, Reginald Gurney late of London yoman stole two white sheep worth thirteen shillings, of the goods and chattels of John Edline. Acknowledging the indictment, Reginald Gurney asked for the book, read like a clerk, was marked with the letter T, and was delivered according to the form of the statute. G. D. R., . . . ., 39 Eliz.

26 March, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill against Elizabeth Walter (sic) of Ickenham co. Midd. spinster and her servant Margaret. . . . ., spinster, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer, from 26 March 39 Eliz. to the 26th of June, then next following.—Also, a similar True Bill on the same file against Anne (sic) Pluckett wife of Oliver Pluckett of Highe Holborne co. Midd. yoman alias Anne Pluckett of the said place spinster, William Woodfall of Highe Holborne yoman; and Frances Burton widow, James Puddon yoman, and Salomon Lowe cardemaker, all three of St. Leonard's, Shorediche, for not going to any usual place of Common Prayer, from 25 Dec. 39 Eliz. to 26th of June then next following. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

15 April, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before Ralph Waller esq. J.P., of Henry Carter of Westminster co. Midd. chirurgion, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Henry Carter's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery for Middlesex, then and there to prefer a bill of indictment against John George alias Jones of St. Johnstreet co. Midd. "for breaking open a box of the said Henry and takinge out of the same a peece of unicorne home, whiche he valued at forty powndes." G. D. R., 11 May, 39 Eliz.

28 April, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Twickenham co. Midd. on the said day, Richard Prince late of Istleworth co. Midd. shot and killed pigeons with a handgun charged with powder and hailshott, against the form of a certain statute of 2 Edward VI. G. D. R., 11 May, 39 Eliz.

4 May, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at Islington co. Midd. on view of the body of William Thomas, late of London yoman, there lying dead: With Verdict that, on the night of the 3rd inst. between eleven and twelve p.m. the said William Thomas, in a certain highway at Islington leading towards Highgate, lay in wait for a certain John Cornelis late of London cowper, and with his sword drawn made an assault on him with the intention of murdering him, whereupon the said John Cornelis having in his hand a weapon called "a birding piece," charged with gonpowder and haleshott, in self-defence and for the preservation of his life discharged the said piece in the breast of the said William Thomas, thereby giving the same William a mortal wound of which he died instantly. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

15 May, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Islington co. Midd. on the said day, Thomas Harrison, late of London yoman stole a baye gelding worth forty shillings, of the goods and chattels of William Sandes esq. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

17 May, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before Richard Candeler esq. J.P., of John Godfry of Endfild co. Midd. laborer, in the sum of ten pounds; For the appearance of his wife, Agnes Godfrey, at the next Session of the Peace in Middlesex, to answer &c. "for that she is accused by certaine of the neighbours for suspicion of witchcrafte." G. D. R., 17 June, 39 Eliz.

18 May, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, in a certain close called Bastian's Close in the parish of St. Giles-without-Creplegate on the said day, Edward Harwood late of London gentleman assaulted Adam Crosby gentleman, and then and there with a sword gave him a mortal blow, of which he died instantly. On his arraignment Edward Harwood put himself 'Not Guilty' of murder, but 'Guilty' of manslaughter, and on asking for the book read like a clerk, whereupon he was branded with the letter T, and delivered according to the statute &c. G. D. R., 17 June, 39 Eliz.

7 June, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Sowthmyms co. Midd. on the said day, Thomas Shelley late of London yoman, stole a whitegrey gelding worth three pounds, of the goods and chattels of Francis Normans.—Also, on the same file, a True Bill that, at Sowthmyms co. Midd. on the said day, Thomas Shelley late of London yoman stole a brown mare worth thirty shillings, of the goods and chattels of Thomas Smytheson.—Acknowledging both indictments, Thomas Shelley was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 17 June, 39 Eliz.

9 June, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken within the Gaol of Newgate, on view of the body of William Foorde, late of London ycman: With Verdict, that the said William died within the gaol by Divine Visitation of "a pyninge sicknes," after a day's illness. G. D. R., 17 June, 39 Eliz.

20 June, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken within Newgate Gaol on view of the body of John Preston late of London yeoman: With Verdict that the said John died within the gaol by Divine Visitation of "a pyning sicknes" on the said 20th inst., after a fortnight's illness. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

20 June, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Highe Holborne co. Midd. on the said day, Richard Tompson late of London yoman stole a woollen-clothe cloak of "myngle collour" worth thirty shillings, and a rapiour worth ten shillings, of the goods and chattels of Edward Giles. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

20 June, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Jo. Croke J.P. Recorder of London, of George Scarlett of St. Giles's-withoutCreplegate merchant taylor and John Harrison of St. Sepulchre's co. Midd. taylor, in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the appearance of Elizabeth Jones, wife of Richard Jones of St. Sepulchre's aforesaid clothworker, at the next Gaol Delivery of Newgate. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

22 June, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at High Holborne on the said day, Thomas Goddard, John Cooper, John Younge and Nycholas Symons, all late of London yomen, stole "a payre of satten hose laced over with golde lace, colour flameculler" worth thirty pounds, of the goods and chattels of John Fitzwilliams gentleman. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

14 July, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken within Newgate Gaol on view of the body of Margaret Yardly late of London spinster: With Verdict that she died within the gaol by Divine Visitation of "a pyning sicknes" on the said 14th inst., after three weeks of illness. G. D, R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

19 July, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Jno. Croke J.P. Recorder of London, John Wrighte of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West of London sadler and Laurence Lee of the parish of St. Laurence Poultney cloth-worker, in the sum of fifty pounds each, and of Thomas Tomlinson of St. Clement's Danes co. Midd. sadler, in the sum of one hundred pounds; For the said Thomas's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery of Newgate. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

22 July, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken within Newgate Gaol on view of the body of John Yonge, late of London yeoman, there lying dead: With Verdict that on the said 22nd inst. John Yonge died within the gaol by Divine Visitation of "a pyneinge sicknes," after a month's illness. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

23 July, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken within Newgate Gaol on view of the body of John Carter, late of London yeoman, there lying dead: With Verdict that the said John died within the gaol by Divine Visitation of "a pyning sicknes" on the said 23rd inst. after a week's illness. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

24 July, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken within Newgate Gaol, on view of the body of Thomas Ashmore, late of London yeoman, there lying dead: With Verdict that the said Thomas died within the gaol by Divine Visitation of "a pyning sicknes" on the 23rd inst, after six days of illness. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

28 July, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken within Newgate Gaol, on view of the body of John Oldham late of London yoman, there lying dead: With Verdict that the said John died in the gaol by Divine Visitation of "a pyninge disease" on the 27th inst., after four days of illness. G. D. R., 27 July, 39 Eliz.

3 August, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at St. Giles's-in-the-Fields co. Midd. on the said day, Helen Spokes spinster alias Helen wife of William Spokes of the said parish practised certain impious and detestable arts, called witchcraftes enchauntementes charmes and soceries, against and upon Anne Whitworthe the wife of James Whitworthe of the said parish, from which the said Anne sickened and languished till the 13th day of the same month, when she died of the same arts. Po se non cul nec rec. G. D. R., 7 Oct., 39 Eliz.

10 August, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, in the parish of St. Dunstan-in-le-West of London on the said day, George Knappe, Michael Ballett and Roger Marshall, all late of London yomen, assaulted Richard Holderneyes late of London yoman, being in God's and the Queen's peace, and that Roger Marshall with a sword gave the said Holderneyes on his left breast a mortal wound, of which he languished at St. Andrew's in Holborn from the said 10th of August to the 15th of September then next following, when he died of the said blow; and that George Knappe and Michael Ballett were present at the said murder, and aiding and abetting Roger Marshall to commit it. George Knappe and Roger Marshall were at large: Michael Ballett, putting himself 'Not Guilty' of murder but 'Guilty ' of manslaughter, asked for the book, read like a clerk and was marked with the letter T, but was remanded by the Court for good sureties, for his good behaviour. G. D. R., 7 July, 40 Eliz.

22 August, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken at Salop co. Salop before Sir William Peryam knt. Chief Baron of the Exchequer and Mathew Ewens one of the Barons of the Exchequer (the Queen's Justices for taking the Assize of Gaol Delivery in co. Salop) of Phillip de Smethcott of co. Salop gentleman, Richard Lloyd of Hardewick co. Salop gentleman, and William Wellyns of Wescott co. Salop gentleman, in the sum of one hundred marks each, and of Richard Phillippes of Smethcott co. Salop gentleman, in the sum of two hundred pounds; For the said Richard Phillippes's appearance at the next General Gaol Delivery of Newgate to be held after the 9th of October next coming, then and there to answer to those things that may be objected against him. G. D. R., 1 Dec., 40 Eliz.

24 August, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at St. Clement's Danes co. Midd. on the said day, John Travers late of the said parish vintener stole two hundred and twelve yards of woollen cloth called "Checkers" worth . . . ., ninety yards of black Irishe rugges worth . . . ., certain Irish mantles worth forty shillings, thirty yards of woollen cloth (panni lanei) called "Whyte Cotten" worth . . . ., and forty yards of woollen cloth called "Whyte Celter." G. D. R., 7 Oct., 39 Eliz.

26 August, 39 Elizabeth.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken within Newgate Gaol on view of the body of William Gibbes, late of London yoman, there lying dead: With Verdict that the said William died within the gaol by Divine Visitation of "a pininge sicknes" on the 25th inst., after six days of illness. G. D. R., . . . ., 39 Eliz.

31 August, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Hollowell in St. Leonard's of Shoredich on the said day, Daniel Burney alias Burnewell late of London alien assaulted Rachel Delalander, an infant of seven years in age, "et eandem Rachaelem tunc et ibidem felonice rapuit, defloravit et carnaliter cognovit." Putting himself 'Guilty,' Daniel Burney was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 7 Oct., 39 Eliz.

27 September, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before Henry Thoresby esq. J.P., of John South of Southwark co. Surrey cardmaker; For the said John South's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace in Middlesex,—"for that he the sayd John, having an other wief, was suspiciously taken in a chamber with one Elizabeth Greene." G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 39 Eliz.

30 September, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizance, taken before Henry Thoresby esq. J.P., of John Ellis of London citizen and freemason; For the said John's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace for Middlesex, to answer to what shall be then and there objected against him by Margaret Showard. G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 39 Eliz.

2 October, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Sunberye co. Midd. on the said day, Robert Beckenfeilde late of London yoman stole "a blewe cow" worth forty shillings, of the goods and chattels of Thomas Gosten. G. D. R., 1 Dec, 40 Eliz.

16 October, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Mathew Dale and Richard Blunte esqs., J.P., of Edward Holmes junr. of Dand (? Dane) Inne co. Midd. gentleman, in the sum of two hundred pounds, and of Edward Holmes (father of the said Edward Holmes junr.) of the parish of Christchurche in London freemason and Edward Robartes of Whitechappell co. Midd. freemason, in the sum of one hundred pounds each; For the appearance of the said Edward Holmes junr. at the next Gaol Delivery to be held in Middlesex, then and there to answer to those things that shall be objected against him. G. D. R., 1 Dec, 40 Eliz.

16 October, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Mathew Dale and Richard Blunte esqs. and J.P., of Henry Riche of All Saints'in-Breadstreate merchant, in the sum of two hundred pounds, and of William Riche (brother of the said Henry) haberdasher and William Prastley merchant, both of All Saints'-in-Breadstreate, in the sum of one hundred pounds each; For the said Henry Riche's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery for Middlesex, then and there to answer to such things as shall be objected against him. G. D. R., 1 Dec, 40 Eliz.

26 October, 39 Elizabeth.—Recognizances, taken before Sir John Popham knt. Chief Justice &c, of Thomas Skriven of St. Giles's-inthe-Fields co. Midd. gentleman and Henry Kellawaie of St. Sepulchre's in London, in the sum of ten pounds each; For their appearance at the next Gaol Delivery for the city of London and the county of Middlesex, to give evidence against Richard Webbe, suspected of "stealing from the Earle of Rutlandes certeine parcels of linnen." G. D. R., 1 Dec, 40 Eliz.

28 October, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at St. Martin's-in-theFields co. Midd. on the said day, John Goode late of London yoman stole "vnam peciam auri vocat' a Soueraignead valenciam xs." and ten shillings in numbered money, of the goods, chattels and moneys of Dennis Devorex. G. D. R., 1 Dec, 40 Eliz.

30 October, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill against Evan Fludde of Goldingelane co. Midd. porter, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer, from the said 30th of Oct. 39 Eliz. to 4 October 41 Elizabeth. G. D. R., . . . .,41 Eliz.

12 November, 39 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Grayes Inne of St. Andrew's in Holborn co. Midd. on the night of the said day between nine and ten p.m., Richard Aunger junr. of the said parish gentleman and his wife Agnes Aunger, and Edward Ingram of the same parish laborer, made an assault on Richard Aunger senr. esq. of Grayes Inne father of the said Richard Aunger junr. aforesaid, and, with the intention of killing him by strangulation, with their hands violently broke, twisted and strangled the neck of the same Richard Aunger senr. esq., so that he then and there died. Putting themselves 'Guilty,' Richard Aunger gentleman and his wife Agnes were sentenced to be hung. Of Edward Ingram it is recorded in a clerical note on the bill "Po se non cul nec rec" G. D. R., . . . ., 39 Eliz.

24 November, 40 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Turmylistreete co. Midd. on the said day, Edward Edwardes late of London yoman assaulted Robert Chaundler, being then and there in God's and the Queen's peace, and with a knife gave him a mortal blow, of which he languished from the said 24th of November to the 9th of March then next following at Hendon, on which last-named day he died at Hendon of the said blow. Putting himself 'Guilty,' Edward Edwardes was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 7 July, 40 Eliz.

25 November, 40 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Bednall-grene co. Midd. on the night of the said day, John Geoffrey alias Cowper of London plaisterer broke into the close and house of William Sebright esq. and stole therefrom six hundred pounds weight of sheet lead, worth three pounds six shillings and eight pence. G. D. R., 1 Dec, 40 Eliz.

30 November, 40 Elizabeth.—True Bill against the Lady Katherine Cornewallis wife of Sir . . . . Cornewallis of Highe Holborne co. Midd. knt., the Lady Margaret wife of Sir Henry Constable of Clarkenwell co. Midd. knt., and Richard Carrowe gentleman and William Woodfall taylor, both of Highe Holborne aforesaid; For not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer from the said 30th of Nov. to 31 May then next following.—Also, similar True Bill against Agnes Mylles of Stanmer co. Midd. spinster and Lucy Cole late of Heston co. Midd. spinster, for not going to any usual place of Common Prayer from 26 March 40 Eliz. to 27th of May, then next following. G. D. R., 7 July, 40 Eliz.

1 December, 40 Elizabeth.—True Bill that, at Lincolnes Inne Feildes in the parish of St. Dunstain-in-the-West of London and near the highway there on the said day, Thomas Thoresbye late of London gentleman and Roger Fitzhughes late of London gentleman, and Francis Wakefeilde late of London yoman, assaulted and beat Thomas Sone and robbed him of one hundred pounds of numbered money. Putting himself 'Guilty,' Thomas Thoresbye gentleman was sentenced to be hung; the other two highwaymen were at large. G. D. R., 29 March, 40 Eliz.