Middlesex Sessions Rolls
1611

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John Cordy Jeaffreson (editor)

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1887

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70-78

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'Middlesex Sessions Rolls: 1611', Middlesex county records: Volume 2: 1603-25 (1887), pp. 70-78. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=65987 Date accessed: 28 August 2014.


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1611

1 January, 8 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Katherm's co. Midd. on the said day, Grace Bill late of London spinster stole two linen smockes worth sixpence, a linen handkercher worth two pence, a pair of linen handcuffes worth a penny, "unam peciam linei vocatam Earestayes" worth a penny, and a pair of olde shoes worth a penny, of the goods and chattels of Alexander Tillier. Grace Bill was at large; the indictment is noted at the foot, "parvum latrocinium." G. D. R., 4 Feb., 8 James I.

6 January, 8 James I.—Ordered "that, if from henceforth anye Justice of Peace of this Countye of Middlesex, Coroner, Constable or other Officer of authoritye within the same countye whatsoever shall committ anye person or persons to any prison whatsoever for anye manner of felonye or suspicion of felonye other then onlye to the Common Gaole of Newgate he shall forfeite and paye, and be fined at x li. for euery such offence, The same fine to be extracted into His Highnes Courte of Exchequer for the due levieing and recovery thereof to his Majestie, his heires and his successors": This Order being made because felons "committed to other exempte prisons within the same countye" often escape from the same and from Justice. G. D. Reg.

16 January, 8 James I.—Order for the discharge of Thomas Brudenell late of Hogsden of St. Leonard's Shordich esq. alias of St. James's Clerkenwell esq., alias of Deene co. Northampton esq., of two several indictments "for not comminge to churche," and for the stay of all proceedings on the same indictments; the Order being made on a certificate under the Bishop of London's hand and seal of the said Thomas Brudenell's religious submission and conformity. G. D. Reg.

26 February, 8 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir Robert Leigh knt. J.P., of John Shawe of Grubstreet butcher and Gilbert Borne of Whitcrosse-street butcher, in the sum of twenty pounds each, and of Ralph Brewyn of St. Clementrs Eastcheap butcher, in the sum of forty pounds; For the appearance of the said Ralph Brewyn at the next Session of the Peace for co. Midd., to answer &c. "for abusinge certen gentlemen at the playhouse called The Fortune." G. D. R., 14 March, 8 James I.

26 February, 8 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir Robert Leigh knt. J.P., of John Shawe of Grubstreete butcher and Gilbert Borne of Whitcrosse Street, in the sum of twenty pounds each, and of John Lynsey of St. Andrew's Undershafte butcher, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said John Lynsey's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for co. Midd., to answer &c. "for abusing certen gentlemen at the Play House called The Fortune." G. D. R., 14 March, 8 James I.

4 March, 8 James I.—Memorandum that John Wilkenson, John Heynes and William Serbye, all three Brownists "convicted and having remayned in prison for the space of three moneths after their con vicion, not conforminge themselves" have now received of the Courte further judgment "that they are to be banished out of the realme," and have been assigned "to take shippinge from the port of London betweene this and one moneth after Easter Daye next comminge for their passage unto Amsterdam." G. D. Reg.

10 March, 8 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer on the said day nor during the three months next following, against John Freake late of St. Andrew's in Holborne glasier, Mary Cobbe wife of William Cobbe late of the same parish gentleman, and Christiana Bankes late of St. Sepulchre London co. Midd., widow.—Memorandum of Proclamation, at the foot of the bill. G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 9 James I.

15 March, 8 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir Robert Leigh knt. J.P., of John Woodshawe yeoman, Thomas Brett gardiner and William Hayne gardiner, all of Clerkenwell co. Midd., in the sum of ten pounds each; For the appearance of Joan Woodshawe, wife of the aforesaid John Woodshawe, at the next Session of the Peace, to answer &c, "for that she is a very noted whoare and selles tobacco, and run at ii seafaring men, first with a spitt and afterwardes with a drawne rapier." G. D. R., . . . . James I.

25 March, 9 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer on the said day nor during the three months next following, against Humfrey Paul yoman, Katherine (sic) Ruffoot wife of Edward Ruffoot àlias Katherine Ruffoot spinster, Edward Underwood alias Grymes yoman, and Thomasina Cannon spinster, all of St. James's in Clerkenwell co. Midd. Memorandum of Proclamation, at the foot of the bill. G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 9 James I.

25 March, 9 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer on the said day nor during the six months next following, against Rachael Vaughan spinster and Thomas Bird yoman, both late of the parish of St. Pancras; Richard Gill late of Little Stanmer yoman, Daniel Knowling late of Hanwell tallowe-chandler, Rachael Hooke wife of John Hooke of Harlington yoman, Elizabeth Etheringham of Hendon yoman (sic), and William Robinson of Hendon yoman.—Memorandum of Proclamation, at the foot of the bill. G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 9 James I.

1 April, 9 James I.—True Bill that, at Edmonton co. Midd. on the said day, Anne Beaver late of Edmonton aforesaid widow practised certain evil and devilish arts, called witchcraftes inchauntmentes charmes and sorceries, upon and against Edward Boulton, so that the said Edward languished of the said evil practice from the said 1st of April until the 20th day of the same month, when he died thereof, being thus murdered by Anne Beaver.—Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the same Anne Beaver for practising witchcraft at Edmonton, on 1 September, 14 James I, upon and against a certain John Baylie, so that he languished thereof from the said 1st of September till the second day of September then next following, when he died of the same practice, being thus murdered by Anne Beaver.—Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the same Anne Beaver, for practising witchcraft at Edmonton on 7 May, 17 James I., upon and against Thomas Coleman, so that he died of her said devilish practice on the 7th of June then next following, being thus murdered by Anne Beaver. —Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the same Anne Beaver for practising witchcraft at Edmonton on 1 May, 17 James I., upon and against Josias Boswell, so as to kill and murder him on the 20th day of the same month.—Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the same Anne Beaver, for practising witchcraft at Edmonton on 1 December, 17 James I., upon and against Richard Frisby, so that he died thereof on the 5th day of January then next following, being thus murdered by Anne Beaver.—Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the same Anne Beaver, for practising witchcraft at Edmonton on 10 July, 18 James I., upon and against Susan Mason, so that the same Susan died thereof on the 21st of the same July, being thus murdered by the said Anne Beaver.—These indictments say nothing of the ages of the persons whom Anne Beaver was charged with murdering. Putting herself 'Not Guilty' to each of these indictments, Anne Beaver was acquitted of all of them. G. D. R., 19 May, 19 James I.

4 April, 9 James I.—True Bill that, at Clarkenwell co. Midd. in the dwelling-house of his master Sir Robert Leigh knt. on the said day, William Smith late of Clarkenwell aforesaid gentleman assaulted beat wounded and maltreated the said Sir Robert Leigh, so that his life was despaired of. William Smith was found 'Guilty'; but there is no record of the sentence passed upon him. G. D, R., 5 April, 9 James I.

4 April, 9 James I.—True Bill that, in the dwelling-house of Sir Robert Leigh knt. at Clarkenwell co. Midd. on the said day, William Smith late of Clarkenwell aforesaid gentleman assaulted and made an affray upon his mistress the Lady Elizabeth Leigh, wife of the said Sir Robert Leigh knt., and beat trod upon wounded and maltreated his said mistress, so that her life was despaired of. William Smith was found 'Guilty'; but there is no record of his punishment. G. D. R., 5 April, 9 James I.

4 April, 9 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Saunderson esq. J.P., of Samuel Osborne of St. Katherine's town sailor, John Smith of St. Mary's Hill near Billingsgate flaxman, and Constantine Smith of St. Katherine's town aforesaid butcher, in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the appearance of Mary Osborne, wife of the said Samuel Osborne, at the next General Session of the Peace for co. Midd., for that " she is accused for playing at Decoy in Henry Jeffery's house in St. Katherine's, and that she and one John Gray in her company knowen for a common cousener did agree together to decoyer, and at that play decoyde a poor man of his money, but made restitution of part." G. D. R., 8 May, 9 James I.

8 April, 9 James I.—True Bill that, at Yorkehouse in St. Martin'sin-the-Fields co. Midd. on the said day, Robert Ellis late of London yoman stole divers pieces of coined gold to the value of thirty-four pounds, and one hundred and twenty pounds in numbered money, of the goods chattels and moneys of John Whitbye gentleman.—At the bill's head, the note "respur." The case was deferred. G. D. R., 8 May, 9 James I.

12 April, 9 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Margaret's Westminster on the said day, Peter Jongler, Anthony Pettye and Jerman Goodyear, all three late of London aliens, stole a hundred and twenty-four pieces of coined gold called "double pistolls" worth one hundred and four pounds, and two hundred fifty-four pounds in numbered moneys, of the goods chattels and moneys of Peter Leecrose of the aforesaid parish merchant and alien. Each of the three culprits acknowledged the indictment, asked for the book, read like a clerk, was branded with the letter T, and delivered according to the statute. G. D. R., 8 May, 9 James I.

1 June, 9 James I.—True Bill that, at Heston co. Midd. on the said day, Richard Beckfford alias Beckford alias Bickford late of London yoman stole seventeen sheep called wethers, worth nine pounds, and two other sheep called ewes worth twelve shillings, of the goods and chattels of William Cole junr. Pleading his clergy, Richard Beckfford asked for the book, read like a clerk, was branded with the letter T, and delivered in accordance with the statute &c. G. D. R., . . ., 9 James I.

2 June, 9 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel or any other usual place of Common Prayer on the said day nor during the six months next following, against Thomas Abington gentleman, Thomas Sleepe yoman, Elizabeth wife of Edward Roffoote gentleman, . . . . Lady Brett widow, . . . . Lady James wife of Sir Henry James knt., Edward Underwood alias Grymes porter, Ann wife of Edmund Taylor gentleman, . . . . Gowen widow, all late of Clerkenwell co. Midd. G. D. R, 3 July, 10 James I.

24 June, 9 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer on the said day during the three months next following, against Edward Gadberrie of St. Giles's-withoutCreplegate gentleman, Elizabeth Gadberrie wife of the said Edward Gadberrie gentleman alias Elizabeth Gadberrie of St. Giles's-withoutCreplegate spinster, Magdalen Titchborne of the said parish spinster, and Katherine Ferbridge of the same parish spinster.—Memorandum of Proclamation, at the foot of the bill. G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 9 James I.

28 June, 9 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Edward Forsett esq. J.P., of Sampson Burton of Fulham co. Midd. yeoman, in the sum of fifty pounds, and Clement Tailor of the same parish yeoman, in the sum of one hundred pounds; For the said Clement Tailor's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for co. Midd., he being charged "with stealing of deere forth of His Majestie's Parke at Marribon."—Also, similar Recognizances, taken on the same day before the same Justice of the Peace, for the appearance of Richard Pleasington of Fulham yeoman at the next Session of the Peace, he also being "charged with stealing deer out at Maribon Parke." G. D. R., . . . ., 9 James I.

9 July, 9 James I.—Order, made at the Courthouse in High Holborne, for the committal to Newgate, there to remain till next Session, of Peter Berde of St. Martin's-Le-Grand and George Kinge of Garlikhith "for behaving themselves in contemptuous manner against the Commissioners of Annoyances," when summoned before the same Commissioners "for meltinge houses at Saffron Hill." G. D. Reg.

20 July, 9 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel or any place of Common Prayer on the said day, nor during the two months next following, against William Bromley comfett-maker, Sir George Cotton knt. and Brian Hamond yeoman, all three of St. Martin's-in-the-Fieldes; Richard Dawes of St. Mary's-le-Savoy at the Strond yeoman; John Castle cook, his wife Frances Castle, John Wiatt taylor, William Widdowson alias Wiilison gentleman, all four of St. Clement's Danes without the Bars of the New Temple; and Richard Knight yeoman, John Hutcheson yeoman, William Rogers yeoman, and Elizabeth Sinckley (?) widow, William Sutton yeoman and his wife Sarah Sutton spinster.—Memorandum of Proclamation, at the foot of the bill. Also, Memorandum of stay of process on the bill against William Rogers because he has taken the oath of allegiance, and produced a certificate that he has gone to church. G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 9 James I.

25 July, 9 James I.—Ordered "that there shalbe made a Cage and a paire of Stockes for St. John's Streete, Cowcrosse and Charterhouse Lane; the Stockes to be perfectly made and sett in the ancient place, and the Cage in some other convenient place, and that the Inhabi tantes of the seuerall places aforesaid to taxe the residew towards theffecting thereof." S. P. Reg.

25 July, 9 James I.—Memorandum touching Henry Crompton of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields bound in the sum of one hundred pounds, and Richard Barnett gentleman and Thomas Garrett goldsmith both of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West bound in the sum of fifty pounds each; For the said Henry Crompton's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for Middlesex, to answer "for speaking these words—viz. That yf the Kinges servanntes shalbe thus used, and if the Kinge take noe order for it, he would have his crowne pulled about his head, and for hurting one Christofer Hunt." After recounting these facts the draughtsman of the curiously inconclusive memorandum adds,—"and forasmuch as he did confesse in open courte that he was drunk when he spake these wordes, he hath pay'd vs. to the poore of St. Giles's-inthe-Feildes which vs. was delivered to Mr. Bright to deliver over to the churchwardens of St. Giles aforesaid." S. P. Reg.

1 August, 9 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer on the said day nor during the six months next following the same day, against Sir George Cotton knt. and Sir Edward Pinchon alias Phippes knt., both late of St. Martin'sin-the-Fields co. Midd.—Memorandum of Proclamation, at the foot of the bill. G. D. R., 19 Feb., 9 James I.

4 August, 9 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Saunderson esq. J.P., of Thomas Slater carman, Richard Reynolds glover and Robert Kinge glover, all three of Ratcliffe, in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the appearance of the said Thomas Slater at the next General Session of the Peace for co. Midd., he being "accused by Edward Benford a waterman to have taken his cloke from him as he lay sleeping in a booth in St. James's fayre." It is further stated in the memorandum to the bill, that Thomas Slater "kept a booth of badd people there." G. D. R., 3 Sept., 9 James I.

2 September, 9 James I.—Ordered "that Robert Marshe, who keepeth an Alehouse in Fynnesburye Fieldes nere the Dog-house shalbe forthwith dismissed from victulinge, and the Redd Lettice painted in the wall to be presently defaced, for divers misdemeanours committed in his house." S. P. Reg.

3 September, 9 James I.—Record that Anne Hall late of London spinster, on being found 'Guilty' of stealing a child, was sentenced to be whipped att a cartes tayle through the streetes to the place from whence she stole the childe, and there to sitt in the stockes with a paper on her head shewinge her offence, and from thence to be broughte backe agayne to Newgate there to remayne until she put in sureties for her good behaviour." G. D. Reg.

3 September, 9 James I.—Recognizances of Sir James Shaundylance of Craghall in the kingdom of Scotland knt. and David Dromond of the Strond co. Midd. esq., in the sum of one hundred pounds each, and Sir George Carewe knt. in the sum of two hundred pounds; For the said Sir George Carewe's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery for Middlesex, to answer "for woundinge of William Brockas in the Strond." G. D. Reg.

7 September, 9 James I.—Recognizance, taken before Sir William Waad knt. J.P., and Lieutenant of the Tower of London, and five other Justices of the Peace, sitting as Commissioners of Annoyaunces, assembled in Session at the Questhouse (apud le Questhouse) in HigheHolborne, of Adrian Mathewes of Greyes-Inn-Lane taylor, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Adrian's appearance at the next General Session of the Peace, to answer "for having inmates in his house, to remove them by the Sessions and to bringe certificate thereof, to reforme his other annoyaunce as the Jury shall thinke fitt, and to discharge the parishe of a childe, for that he hathe the goodes of the parentes."—This entry (like a previous entry, p. 70) is noteworthy for its evidence that, in the days when the Middlesex Justices used to hold Sessions of Inquiry, their place of meeting in High Holborne was styled in their records "The Quest-House." S. P. Reg.

23 September, 9 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Nicholas Bestney esq. J.P., of Walter Easterlinge of Stepney co. Midd. imbroderer and Rice Powell of St. Buttolph's-without-Bushopesgate London yeoman, and Agnes Tedder of Stepney co. Midd. widow, in the sum of twenty pounds each.; For the said Agnes Tedder's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for co. Midd., to answer "for keepinge of Play at peigonholles one the Saboth day and in the devine seruice." G. S. P. R., Michaelmas, 9 James I.

7 October, 9 James I.—Recognizance, taken at the Courthouse in Fynnesburye, before Sir Robert Leigh knt. J.P. and six other Justices of the Peace, sitting as Commissioners of Annoyances, of Abraham Shakemaple of Fynnesburye yoman, in the sum of one hundred pounds, and Humfrey Tymminges of Grub Street glover, in the sum of fifty pounds; For the said Abraham Shakemaple's appearance at the next Session of the Peace, to answer &c, "and in the meane tyme to pull downe his Smythes forge which he hath lately erected in Grubstreet, being a great Annoyaunce to the neighbours by the filthie smoake and the hameringe &c."—This entry is noteworthy for its evidence that, instead of being styled the Manor of Fynnesburye, as it was in the times of Edward VI. and Mary Tudor, the place of assembly in Finsbury for the Middlesex Justices of the Peace in the time of James the First was styled the Court-House of Fynnesburye. S. P. Reg.

18 October, 9 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Saunderson esq. J.P., of Arthur Cadwick of St. Margaret's in Westminster grocer and John Hankin of St. Swythin's Lane letherseller, in the sum of one hundred marks each; For the appearance of Henry Cadwick at the next Gaol Delivery for Middlesex, to answer to a charge of having "stolen a whole peece of cloth of xxxty. yardes from the Tenters at Tower Hill." G. D. R., . . . . 9 James I.

8 November, 9 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Margaret's in Westminster, Elizabeth Ashford late of London spinster stole a purse wrought with gold worth forty shillings, thirty pieces of coined gold called 'twentye shilling peeces' worth thirty pounds, two pieces of coined gold called 'thirtye shillinge peeces' worth three pounds, five pieces of coined gold called 'French crownes' worth thirty shillings, and twenty-five pieces of coined gold called 'Angells' worth thirteen pounds and ten shillings, of the goods chattels and moneys of Sir Oliver Cheney knt.—On her arraignment Elizabeth Ashford put herself 'Not Guilty' and was acquitted. G. D. R., . . . . 9 James I.

3 December, 9 James I.—Ordered "that Thomas Sympson gentleman, Highe-Constable of parte of the Hundred of Spelthorne, shalbe appointed Martiall within his division for the punishing and riddinge awaye of Rogues and other dissolute and loose people; And for his paines and charges herein, he is to be allowed xs. a-weeke viz. of Stanes iis., of Stanwell iis., of Laleham xxd., of Ashford xxd., of Shepperton xxd. and of Littleton xiid., to be weekely paid him vntill further order shalbe taken by the Courte." S. P. Reg.

10 December, 9 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Henry Spyller and Henry Fermor esqs., Justices of the Peace, at the QuestHouse in High Holborne, of Geoffrey Leveritt of Old Street co. Midd. yoman, in the sum of forty pounds, and Thomas Robinson of the same street yoman, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Geoffrey Leveritt's appearance at the next Session of the Peace, to answer "for making a Laystall of Nightworke at Old Streete, and suffering it to overflow in the ditches to the great annoyaunce of the water and conduit-heads there about, to reforme it by the Session, and to bring a certificate from some of the Jurye." S. P. Reg.