6 January, 9 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel
or any other place of Common Prayer on the said day nor for the six
months then next following, against Joan Davyson wife of Richard
Davyson taylor, Fardinand Emerson cutler, Joan Emerson his wife,
Joan Hutchenson widow, Isabel Moodye wife of George Moodye
taylor, John Dam alias Adam cutler, William Champney yoman,
William Mathewes cutler, Margaret wife of William Woodfall taylor,
Susanna Saule wife of Edward Saule gentleman, William Cooke gentle
man, his wife Mary Cooke, Elizabeth Everidge spinster, Catherine
Parker spinster, Ann Hippon widow, Ann Douce widow, Francis Hut
ton shoomaker, Ambrose Beswicke yoman, Joan Strang wife of Thomas
Strang taylor, John Coe stacioner, his wife Hellen Coe, Thomas
Knighte scrivener, his wife Joan Knighte, George Matchet yoman,
John Freake glasier, Thomas Hayward cobler, his wife Mary Hayward,
William Sutton yoman, his wife Sara Sutton, Thurstan Field shoemaker, his wife Margaret Field, Joan Gressam wife of Richard Gressam
carpinter, Nicholas Bosgrave gentleman, Thomas Bateman ymbrotherer,
his wife Mary Bateman and Mary Dickenson spinster, all late of St.
Andrew's in Holborn co. Midd. G. D. R.., 3 July, 10 James I.
4 March, 9 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir Francis
Darcy, Sir Richard Wiggmore, Sir Gedeon Awnsham knts., and Valentine Saunders, Edward Vaghan and Henry Spyller esqs., Justices of
the Peace, assembled at 'The Three Doves' in Newbraineford co.
Midd., of Henry Tunstall of Newbraineford aforesaid yoman, in the
sum of forty pounds, and Richard Hawford of the same place shoemaker in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Henry Tunstall's
appearance at the next General Session of the Peace, to answer "for
not punishing of Rogues accordinge to the lawe, beinge delivered vnto
him by the Highe Constable." S. P. Reg.
25 March, 10 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 three months next following, against Mary Lunne widow, Mary
Hildesham spinster, William Darby taylor, his wife Susannah Darby,
the Lady Elizabeth Bowles, the Lady Ann Hinde widow, Alice Nashe
widow, and Margaret Goodrich, wife of Robert Goodrich gentleman,
all late of St. Sepulchre's parish without Newgate co. Midd. G. D. R.,
3 July, 10 James I.
26 March, 10 James I.—True Bill that, at Islington co. Midd. on
the said day, William Miller late of London yoman stole a black cow,
worth three pounds thirteen shillings and fourpence, of the goods and
chattels of William Tipping. Found 'Guilty,' William Miller asked
for the book, read it and was burnt. G. D. R., 13 Aug., 10 James I.
7 April, 10 James I.—True Bill against Agnes Godfrey, late of
Endfeild co. Midd. spinster (sic), for practising certain devilish arts,
called witchcraftes &c, at Endfield aforesaid on the said day upon and
against William Durant, so that from the said 7th of April till the 20th
day of the same month he languished and wasted away and was greatly
injured in his body.—Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the
same Agnes Godfrey, wife of John Godfrey late of Endfeild yoman, for
practising witchcraft at Endfield aforesaid on the 7th of April, 10
James I., upon and against William Coxe, so that he languished thereof
till the 7th of April, 11 James I., on which day he died of the said
practice, being thus murdered by the same Agnes Godfrey.—Also,
on the same file, a True Bill against the same Agnes Godfrey, for
practising witchcraft on the 2nd of July, 10 James I., at Endfield
against Robert Coxe, so that he languished thereof till the 3rd day of
July then next following, when he died, being thus murdered by the said
Agnes Godfrey.—Also, on the same file, a True Bill against the same
Agnes Godfrey, for practising witchcraft on the 7th of February,
16 James I., at Endfeild upon and against Henry Butterfield, so that
he died thereof on the 7th of March, then next following, being thus
murdered by the same Agnes Godfrey.—Described in one of these indictments as spinster, Agnes is in all the other bills described as the
wife of John Godfrey yoman. Nothing is said in the indictments of
the age of any one of the alleged sufferers from Agnes Godfrey's witchcraft. Putting herself 'Not Guilty' to each of these indictments Agnes
Godfrey was acquitted of all of them. G. D. R., 16 May, 19 James I.
28 May, 10 James I.—Record of sentence passed, at the Gaol
Delivery of Newgate of that date, upon William Scotte alias Craiforde
alias Waintworthe "for treason beinge a seminary preiste and retorninge and abidinge within this kingdome"; the Sentence being the usual
order for the traitor to be drawn to and hanged at Tyburne dismembered, disbowelled, beheaded quartered &c. drawing to and hanging at
Tyburne, dismembering, embowelling, quartering &c. &c. G. D. Reg.
1 June, 10 James I.—True Bill against Anne Windsor spinster,
Grace Finche spinster, Rowland Mather yoman, his wife Margaret
Mather, Mary Stone spinster, Susan Stone spinster, Jane Skeynidge
spinster, Nicholas Bosgrave yoman, all of St. Andrew's in Holborne co.
Midd.; and Frances James spinster, Elizabeth Mallard widow, Charity
Hilliard spinster, Anne Tanner spinster, and Thomas Sleepe yoman,
all five of St. James's Clerkenwell co. Midd.,—for not going to church,
chapel or any usual place of Common Prayer on the said 1st of
June, nor at any time during the twelve months then next following.
G. D. R., 30 June, 11 James I.
1 June, 10 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Clement's Danes co.
Midd. on the said day, Francis Hill and John Newporte, both late of
the said parish yomen, stole one hundred and twenty gems called
pearles worth two shillings and sixpence each, two hundred and threescore pearles worth sixpence each, and one hundred and fifty gems
called pearles worth threepence each, and "a gold ringe enameled"
worth seven shillings, of the goods and chattels of Henry Batten. John
Neweporte was at large. Found 'Guilty,' Francis Hill asked for the
book, read it and was burnt. G. D. R., . . . . 10 James I.
20 June, 10 James I.—True Bill that, at St. James's in Clerken
well co. Midd. on the said day, Robert Finche late of the said parish
gentleman assaulted Elianore Warde and "adtunc et ibidem eandem
Elianoram contra voluntatem et sine consensu ejusdem Elianore felonice
rapuit et carnaliter cognovit." Robert Finche was at large. G. D. R.,
13 Aug., 10 James I.
3 July, 10 James I.—Ordered, that the Clerk of the Peace for
Middlesex "shall not record or certifye any conviction" of recusancy
against Peter Grevyll and Charles Grevyll, on account of their neglect
to yield their bodies &c. on certain indictments "for forbearinge to
come to churche" during a certain three months, preferred against
them at the last Session of the Peace; the Order being made on
evidence that the said Peter and Charles were never in Middlesex
during those months, and "did not make any abode at St. Clementes
Danes." G. D. Reg.
5 July, 10 James I.—True Rill that, at St. Andrew's in Holborn co.
Midd. on the said Sabboth Day, James Wilson late of the said parish
gentleman gathered to himself very many unknown persons in a certain
place called Eely Feild, and did play with them a certain unlawful
game called footeball. G. D. R., 13 Aug., 10 James I.
7 July, 10 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir John Brett
knt. J.P., of Thomas Slow of Endfeild co. Midd. victualler, in the sum
of twenty pounds, and of Thomas Guddison gentleman and William
Hawlsey tayler, both of Endfeild aforesaid, in the sum of ten pounds
each; under condition "That the said Thomas Slow shall appear at
the next Sessions, to be holden for the Countye at the Signe of the
Castle in St. John's Street, and then and there answer for his misdemeanor, for that he victualleth without lycence and harboreth
vagrants and idle people in his howse which lyeth in the hye way all
the daye longe, and shall abide such order as his Majestes Justices in
that case shall thinke meete."—This bill of recognizances should have
the reader's attention, as it is one of the last of such bills, lying
amongst the Middlesex MSS., to make mention of The Castle in St.
John's Street, and one of the very few of such bills in which 'The
Castle' is spoken of as "a Sign." After the Middlesex Justices took
possession of the new hall, built for them in St. John's Street by Sir
Baptist Hickes, and called "Hickes Hall" in the Middlesex records
after its builder, it is not often that the searcher of those records
comes upon a reference to the tavern, under the sign of the Castle,
in which justice was dispensed for so many years to the people of
Middlesex. G. D. R., 13 Aug., 10 James I.
8 July, 10 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields
co. Midd. in the night of the said day, Edward Strickeland gentleman,
William Hickes laborer, and Christopher Myles bowyer, all three late
of the said parish, broke burglariously into the dwelling-house of Sir
Thomas Lake knt., with the intention of despoiling the same Sir
Thomas, and then and there put both him and his servant Thomas
Sayre in fear and danger of life. Found 'Guilty,' all three culprits were
sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., . . . ., 10 James I.
9 July, 10 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir Francis
Carew alias Davey knt. at Isleworth co. Midd., of Ninus Layne of St.
Olive's in the city of London and . . . . in the sum of ten
pounds each, and of Edward Flooud of New Braynford co. Midd. in
the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Edward Flooud's appearance
at the next Session of the Peace for the said county, to answer &c.
"conserning a Curtayne Clooke which was found in his custody, the
which not longe before was feloniouslye taken out of the howse of the
Lady Keligway without Algate." G. D. R., 13 Aug., 10 James I.
25 July, 10 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Nicholas
Bestney esq. J.P., of Lawrence Jenninges taylor, William Greene taylor
and Edward Robertes gardiner, all three of the parish of Whitechappell
co. Midd., in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the said Lawrence
Jenninge's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery for co. Midd., to
answer &c., he being suspected "for stealinge vi li. of Tobacco."
G. D. R., 13 Aug., 10 James I.
18 August, 10 James I.—Memorandum that Magdalen, wife of
William Smythe of Endfield husbandman is delivered in bail to mainpernors "for that shee being a schoolemistress intyced the childe of
Thomas Warde to steale from hir father."—This memorandum appears
amongst the minutes of proceedings at the Session of Peace, held on
the said day at the Castle in St. John's Streete co. Midd. before Sir
William Waad knt. and Lieutenant of the Tower of London, Sir
Gedeon Awnsham knt., Sir William Smythe knt., and Valentine
Saunders, Edward Vaughan, Henry Spyller, Nicholas Kempe, Edward
Dobledaye, Nicholas Collyn, Thomas Saunderson and Nicholas
Bestney, esquires, Justices of the Peace:—the last Session of the Peace
held at The Castle. S. P. Reg.
27 September, 10 James I.—Recognizances, taken before John
Hare esq. J.P., of John Spilsbery (?), Arthur Felder and John
. . . ., all three of the parish of St. . . . . near Aldersgate
London whitbakers, and Richard Wentford of Whitefriers London,
John Brekett of Fryern co. Midd. laborer, and Thomas Lucy of
Totteridge co. Hert. laborer in the sum of . . . . each; For the
appearance of each of the said persons, bound by the bill, "at the next
Sessions to be holden for the County of Midd. and there give evidence
agaynst Henry Conyngsby, Phillipp Conyngsby and William Wiggett
and everye of them concerninge the death of Walter Lucy lately slayne
at Whetstone in the Countye of Midd."—Also, the Recognizances,
taken on the same day before the same Justice of the Peace, of Henr
Conyngsby and Phillip Conyngsby both of Twigmore co. Lincolne
gentlemen, and of Phillip Briscoe and Ralph Briscoe both of Chippinge
Barnett co. Hertford gentleman in the sum of forty pounds each; For
the appearance of the said Henry Conyngesby and Phillipp Conynsgby
at the next Sessions to be holden for the co. of Midd., to answer &c.
"concerning the death of Walter Lucy lately slayne at Whetstone co.
Midd." G. D. R, . . . ., 10 James I.
1 October, 10 James I.—Remarkable Order touching the Fortune
Play-House, made at the General Session of the Peace, held on the
said day at Westminster before Sir Thomas Fowler, William Bowyer,
Gedeon Awnsham, Robert Ashebye, Ralph Conyngsbye, Baptiste
Hickes and William Smyth knts. and Valentine Saunders, Richard
Brownlowe, Edward Dobledaye, Henry Spyller, Nicholas Collyn, Ralph
Hawtrey, Francis Roberts, Thomas Saunderson, George Gouldman
Doctor of Sacred Theology, Nicholas Bestney and Mathew Smale
esqs., Justices of the Peace.—"An Order for suppressinge of Jigges att
the ende of Playes.—Whereas Complaynte have (sic) beene made at
this last Generall Sessions that by reason of certayne lewde Jigges
songes and daunces vsed and accustomed at the play-house called the
Fortune in Gouldinglane divers cutt-purses and other lewde and ill
disposed persons in greate multitudes doe resorte thither at th'end of
euerye playe many tymes causinge tumultes and outrages wherebye
His Majesties peace is often broke and much mischiefe like to ensue
thereby, Itt was hereuppon expresselye commaunded and ordered by
the Justices of the said benche That all Actors of euerye playehouse
within this cittye and liberties thereof and in the Countye of Middlesex
that they and euerie of them utterlye abolishe all Jigges Rymes and
Daunces after their playes And not to tollerate permitt or suffer anye
of them to be used vpon payne of ymprisonment and puttinge downe
and suppressinge of theire playes, And such further punishment to be
inflicted upon them as their offences shall deserve And that if any outrage tumult or like disorder as aforesaid should be committed or done
that then the partyes so offending should forthwith be apprehended
and punished accordinge to theire demeritt For the better suppressinge
of which abuses and outrages These are to will and require you and in
His Majesties name streightelye to charge and commaunde you that
you diligently and stryctlye looke vnto the performaunce of the same
order And that if either the players do persiste and contynewe their
sayd Jiggs daunces or songes as aforesayd or any disordered persons
doe committ or attempt any violence or outrage in or about the sayd
playe-houses That then you apprehend all and euerie such person of
either kind so offendinge and forthwith bringe them before me or
some other of His Majesties Justices of Peace to answeare theire contemptes and further to be dealt [with] as to Justice shall appertayne.—
By the Court. S. P. Reg.
1 October, 10 James I.—True Bill, for not going to church, chapel
or any usual place of Common Prayer, on the said day nor during the
four next following months, against Thomas Warde of St. Clement's
Danes co. Midd. gentleman. G. D. R., . . . ., 10 James I.
15 October, 10 James I.—True Bill against Daniel Knowlinge late
of New Brainford co. Midd. chaundelor, Drugo Lovett late of Highe
Holborne goldsmith, Mary Gower late of St. James's Clerkenwell
widow; and William Sutton dyer and his wife Mary Sutton, both late
of Saffron Hill,—for not going to church, chapel or any usual place of
Common Prayer on the said 15th of October, nor at any time during
the six months then next following. G. D. R., 19 May, 11 James I.