26 January, 19 James I.—Recognizance, taken before Sir Lewes
Lewkenor knt. J.P., of John Lee of St. Andrew's in Holborne scrivener,
in the sum of forty pounds; For the said John Lee's appearance at the
next Session of the Peace for Middlesex, "to answer the complaint of
Allen Mockes or any other complainant against him for the convaying
away of sundrie peeces of Manchester bayes which were stollen from
Mrs. Fretwell widow." G. D. R., 15 Feb., 19 James I.
. . . January, 19 James I.—True Bill that, at St. John's Streete co.
Midd. on some day of the said month, no longer discoverable from the
faded bill, Joseph Clissalls, late of the said street yoman, stole three
score and ten pounds' weight of tobacco (Nicotiani exotici) worth
twenty pounds and four shillings. Putting himself 'Not Guilty,'
Joseph Clissalls was acquitted. G. D. R., 16 Jan., 19 James I.
1 February, 19 James I.—Recognizance, taken before Arthur
Robinson esq. J.P., of James Oley of Tottenham co. Midd. yeoman, in
the sum of twenty pounds; For the said James Oley's appearance at
the next Gaol Delivery for Middlesex, to give evidence against Thomas
Barker "for begging as a souldier and drawing his sword vpon ye constables." G. D. R., 15 Feb., 19 James I.
7 February, 19 James I.—Coroner's Inquistion-post-mortem, taken
at St. Leonard's Shoredich co. Midd. on view of the body of Henry
Jent there lying dead and slain; With verdict of Jurors, that on the 6th
of the said month the said Henry Jent and a certain Robert Barnes late
of Shorditch aforesaid yeoman were together playing "quendam lusum
vocatum bowles" in the said parish when they quarrelled about "quandam vadacionem anglice a bett" made between them, and that in an
affray arising out of this dispute about a bett, Robert Barnes with a
sword gave Henry Jent in the left part of his belly a mortal wound, of
which he then and there died instantly, being thus and in no other way
killed and slain by Robert Barnes. Arraigned at the Old Bailey for the
manslaughter of Henry Jent, Robert Barnes was found 'Guilty,' when
he asked for the book, could not read it, and was therefore sentenced
to be hung. G. D. R., 15 Feb., 19 James I.
8 February, 19 James I.—True Bill that, at Clarkenwell co. Midd.
in the night of the said day, Benjamin Selden late of Clarkenwell aforesaid yoman, broke burglariously into the dwelling-house of the Most
Noble Edward Lord Dudley, putting Edward Dudley esq. servant
(famulum) of the said Lord Dudley in fear and danger of his life, and,
stole therefrom "unum ornamentum vehiculare anglice one coach curtaine" worth ten shillings, of the goods and chattels of the said Edward
Lord Dudley. Found 'Guilty,' Benjamin Selden was sentenced to be
hung. G. D. R., 15 Feb., 19 James I.
10 February, 19 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Buttolfes-withoutAlgate co. Midd. on the said day, Margaret Hodshone late of the
said parish spinster, stole five pounds and ten shillings in numbered
moneys, a stuffe gowne worth ten shillings, "unum vestimentum
muliebre anglice a wastcote" worth two shillings, "unum foramen
anglice a kirtle" worth two shillings, one hatt with a Sipere band worth
two shillings, three pairs of stockinges worth four shillings, and five
wrought coifes worth two shillings, of the goods and chattels of Edward
Cawdewell. Found 'Guilty,' Margaret Hodshone pleaded 'pregnancy,'
but, it being found by a jury of twelve matrons that she was not pregnant, she was forthwith sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 15 Feb.,
19 James I.
19 February, 19 James I.—Recognizance, taken before Roger
Horton esq. J.P., of Henry Turner of Turmill Street blacksmith, in the
sum of twenty pounds; For the said Henry Turner's appearance at the
next Gaol Delivery, to give evidence against Lowia Kinbert "who is
under suspicion of coyninge French money." G. D. R., . . . .,
20 James I.
9 April, 20 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Heneage Finche
esq. Recorder of London, of Nicholas Wilcock, Augustus Jacob and
John Coble, all three of St. Andrew's in Holborn butchers, in the sum
of forty pounds each, and of John Searchefeilde of St. Andrew's aforesaid butcher, in the sum of one hundred pounds; For the said John
Searchefeilde's appearance at the next Gaol Delivery, to answer &c,
"for suspicion of ventinge forknowne counterfeit coyne." G. D. R.,
3 May, 20 James I.
19 April, 20 James I.—Recognizances taken before Sir Thomas
Bennett knt. J.P., of Richard Baxter of St. James's at Clerkenwell
gentleman, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Richard Baxter's
appearance at the next Session of the Peace for Middlesex, to give information against Richard Gill,—Also, on the same parchment, the
Recognizances, taken on the same day before the same Justice of the
Peace, of Thomas Chapman and William Chapman, both of St.
Sepulchre's co. Midd. coopers, in the sum of ten pounds each, and
Richard Gill of the same parish writer of court letters (scriptor Ire'
curial') in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Richard Gill's appearance at the next Session of the Peace for Middlesex, to answer
"for threateninge Mr. Baxter and the other Redbull players to ruyn
theire house and persons." G. S. P. R., Easter, 20 James I.
6 May, 20 James I.—Recognizances, taken before George Goulman
Professor of Sacred Theology and J.P., of William Gay (?) chandler
and Christopher Emerson bandmaker, both of St. Andrew's-in-Holborne,
and Christopher Wilmott of Bloomsbury within St. Giles-in-the-Fields
wyerdrawer, all three in the sum of twenty pounds each, and Thomas
Williams of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields in the sum of forty pounds; For
the appearance of the said Thomas Williams at the next Session of
the Peace for Middlesex, to answer "for counterfeiting himself to be a
sworne Messenger to the High Commission Court, and the Archbishop
of Canterbury his Grace, by pretence whereof he hath forced diverse of
his Majesties leige people to compound with him and cosened them of
their moneys." G. D. R., 5 June, 20 James I.
10 May, 20 James I.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at
Ratcliffe co. Midd. on view of the body of Mathea Woodward a girl
of seven years of age, there lying dead and slain; With Verdict of
Jurors that, on the 10th instant, at Ratcliffe aforesaid, Katherine Woodward, wife of Richard Woodward late of Ratcliffe aforesaid laborer alias
Katherine Woodward of the same place spinster, assaulted the said
Mathea Woodward and kicking her on her breast gave her a mortall
bruse and contusion, of which she died on the following day. Arraigned
on this inquisition, which was used as a blll of indictment, Katherine
Woodward was found 'Guilty,' and sentenced to be hung. G. D. R.,
5 June, 20 James I.
14 May, 20 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Richard Lowther
esq. J.P., of Tobias Markham and Robert Rea, both of St. Giles'swithout-Criplegate co. Midd. gardiners in the sum of ten pounds each,
and Henry Gad of Oldstreete of the same parish brickmaker, in the
sum of twenty pounds; For the said Henry Rea's appearance at the
next Session of the Peace, to answer "for dividing his dwelling howse
into diverse Tenementes vppon the Informacion of the Officers of Old
Strete. G. D. R., 5 June, 20 James I.
25 May, 20 James I.—Recognizance, taken before Richard Lowther
esq. J.P., of Robert Newman of Wades Mill co. Hartford yeoman and
Edward Sybly of the same place yeoman, in the sum of twenty pounds
each; For the said Robert Newman's appearance at the next Session
of the Peace for Middlesex, "to aunsweare for going with seaven horses
in his cart contrary to His Majesties late proclamation."—Also, on the
same file, Recognizance, taken on 18 May, 20 James I., before Sir
John Weld knt., George Huxley esq. and Arthur Robinson esq. Justices
of the Peace, of John Blany of Cambridge co. Cambridge carrier, in
the sum of forty pounds; For the said John Blany's appearance at the
next Session of . . . . for Middlesex, to answer "for travelling
in the high way with a waggon with foure wheeles and six horses
therein, contrary to His Majesty's Proclamation." G. D. R., 5 June,
20 James I.
1 June, 20 James I.—Recognizances, taken before William Duckett
esq. J.P., of John Amye gentleman and Richard Coke blacksmith,
both of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields co. Midd. in the sum of twenty pounds
each, and of Alice Lee of the same parish spinster, in the sum of forty
pounds; For the said Alice Lee's appearance at the next Session of
the Peace for Middlesex, to answer &c. "for saying she hoped to see
the confusion of my Lord of Buckingham's house." G. D. R., 5 June,
20 James I.
5 June, 20 James I.—Order "that . . . . Pinfold bee sent to
the House of Correccion and there whipped and put to hard labour
and not bee delivered untill she putt in good sureties for her good
behaviour" for renewing and again spreading abroad a certain
scandalous untruth against Mr. John Squire and his wife, for uttering
which at a former Gaol Delivery (when she confessed the falseness of
t he malicious statement, and upon her knees asked forgivenes of the
said Mr. Squire and his said wife) she was "adjudged by the Courte
to bee conveied to Bridewell there to bee whipped." From the words
of the entry, it appears that on this second occasion of appearing in
Court against the defamer, Mr. Squire "made a solemne and voluntary
protestacion by laieing his hand upon the Bible protesting that the
accusasion and scandall of the said . . . . Pinfold was in euery
particular thereof false." G. D. Reg.
20 July, 20 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Sir Lewes
Lewkenor knt. and Edward Forsett esq. Justices of the Peace, of John
Tailor of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields crossebowmaker and Philip Jones of
St. Margaret's Westminster yoman, in the sum of twenty pounds each,
and of Charles Jones of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields yoman; For the appearance of the said Charles Jones at the next Gaol Delivery of Middlesex,
to answer &c. At the foot of the bill appears this note touching Charles
Jones,—"He standeth indicted at the Sessions of the Peace holden at
Westminster as accessarie after the fact unto William Morton, who
stole divers parcells of plate forthe of Yorke Howse from the Lord
Viscount St. Albans, and was by us bailed by the speciall licence of
the Lord Chiefe Justice of England, for that after longe ymprisonment
he was not proceeded against, the said principall having escaped forthe
of the Gatehouse." G. D. R., 4 Sept, 20 James I.
26 July, 20 James I.—True Bill that, at London viz. in the parish
of St. Mary Aldermarie (sic) in the ward of Cordwayner London on the
said day, Thomas Sherrey late of London yoman stole (together with
divers articles of clothing set forth in the indictment in familiar descriptions) "unam togam vocatam a Parapus rounde Gowne" worth thirtyeight shillings, of the goods and chattels of Walter Mormay; and that,
at Feild Lane co. Midd. on the 27th of July, 20 James I., knowing him
to have perpetrated the same felony, Henry Samage yoman, his wife
Sara Samage and Mary Newton spinster, all three late of Field Lane
aforesaid, received and harboured the said Thomas Sherrey. The
document tells nothing of the matter after the finding of the bill.
G. D. R., 4 Sept., 20 James I.
5 August, 20 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Richard
Lowther esq. J.P., of Hattle (sic) Lyllinstone of the Strand co. Midd.
tayler and John Norcraffe of St. Sepulchre's London habberdasher, in
the sum of twenty pounds each; For the appearance of William (sic)
Lyllinstone at the next Session of . . . . for Middlesex, "to
aunswear for the assawting and beating of Caesar Etherage of Dovegate clothworker." G. D. R., 4 Sept., 20 James I.
12 August, 20 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Francis
Williamson esq. J.P., of George Wirthinge and Peter Akar, both of
St. Andrewe's in Holborn gentlemen, and John Barbar of New Inne
co. Midd. gentleman, all three in the sum of forty pounds each; For
the said George Wirthinge's appearance at the next Session of
. . . . for Middlesex, "to answere to all such matters as shall bee
objected against him, tuchinge the killinge of one John Bradshawe
this yesterday in Grayes Inne Feildes." G. D. R., 4 Sept., 20 James I.
16 August, 20 James I.—True Bill that Susan Mason wife of John
Mason late of Lymehouse co. Midd. laborer and Katherine Edwards
late of the same place spinster, between nine and ten p.m. of the
night of the same day at Lymehouse aforesaid, broke burglariously into
the dwelling-house of Thomas Yates and stole therefrom forty-six
pounds of tobacco worth ten pounds, of the goods and chattels of the
said Thomas Yates. Katherine Edwards was at large. Found 'Guilty,'
Susan Mason pleaded pregnancy, and being found pregnant by a jury
of twelve matrons was reprieved without judgment. G. D. R., 4 Sept.,
20 James I.
24 August, 20 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Andrew's in Holborne
co Midd. in the night of the said day, Nathaniel Binckes late of High
Holborne co. Midd, labourer broke burglariously into the dwelling
house of Sir Edward Coke knt. and, putting the same Sir Edward's
wife Elizabeth Lady Coke and all his family being within the same
house in fear &c., stole therefrom a crimson velvet vallance for a bed
laid with gold lace worth ten pounds, two greene cushions wrought
with silver worth eight pounds, three tawny velvet cushions laid with
silver lace worth twelve shillings, a cushion of tawney velvet imbroydered with silver worth three pounds, two covers for stooles of tawney
velvett imbroydered with silver worth three pounds, twelve yardes of
fringe of silver worth five pounds, a yellow curtaine of 'say' worth
twenty shillings, and a curtaine of silke worth five pounds, of the goods
and chattels of the said Sir Edward Coke knt. Found 'Guilty,'
Nathaniel Binckes was sentenced to be hung. G. D. R., 4 Sept.,
20 James I.
27 September, 20 James I.—Coroner's Inqusition-post-mortem,
taken at Harrow co. Midd. on view of the body of James Barnett, there
lying dead and slain; With Verdict of Jurors, that on the 19th inst.
William Page late of Harrowe aforesaid yoman, and master of the said
James Barnett, sent him and another man, named Richard Redman,
also a servant of the same William Page, to cart dung from a place
called "the Weild" across the common field to another place called
Sudburrie in Harrowe, and that on going to overlook his said servants
at their labour, he perceaved their cart to stick fast in the mire of the
same common field out of which the horses thereof were unable to draw
the same cart, and also saw the two men to have taken the horses
out of the cart, and to be returning home leaving the loaded cart so
sticking fast in the mire, whereupon he said to the two men "Lubberly
fellows are you that cannot shoote your loade and fill it againe," to
which words they replied by saying, "But you keepe such jades and if
you will have it filled againe you shall doe it yourselfe;" and That thereupon, intending to turne back the horses and putte them into the carte
again, the said William Page took the forehorse by the head, and the
better to lead the horse threwe from him a handbill which he had in
his hand, That the handbill thus thrown away with no malicious purpose by mischance struck James Barnett on the back of his head,
breaking his skull, and giving a mortal wound, of which he died on the
25th inst.; and That so by misfortune and against his will William
Page thus killed the said James Barnett; the Jurors further saying
that, at the time of perpetrating this involuntary homicide William Page
had goods and chattels to the value of ninety-nine pounds, now in the
keeping of the inhabitants of Harrowe.—Also, on the same file, the
True Bill that, at Harrowe co. Midd. on the said 19th day of September, 20 James I., William Page killed and slew James Barnett by
giving him on the back of his head with a handbill a mortal blow, of
which he died on the 25th of the same month. At the bill's head
appears the memorandum that he was found 'Guilty' at the Old Bailey
of homicide by mischance; the note ending with these words, "Ca'
pbt' patet p[er] inquis'io'" = Catallorum probatum patet per Inquisicionem
= Probate of Chattels appears by Inquisition. G. D. R., . . . .,
20 James I.
3 October, 20 James I.—Order touching the highways near the Red
Bull in Clarkenwell.—Whereas Christofer Beeston, Thomas Hayward,
Richard Perkins, Thomas Drew, Richard Harrison and Ellis Worth
have bene heretofore presented at severall Sessions of the Peace for
not repayringe the Highwayes neere the Red Bull in the parishe of
Clarkenwell, and afterwards upon their peticion, at the Sessions of the
Peace holden secundo die Octobris anno Regni Regis Jacobi decimo
quinto (viz. 2 Oct. 15 James I.), the Court taking notice of the great
charge they had bene at in repayringe the said waies, It was ordered
that further proces shold be staied upon those presentmentes, But forasmuch as the footewaies neere the said Red Bull, which ought to be
repaired by the persons aforenamed are nowe very farre out of repayre,
and they doe obstinatelie refuse to amende the same, It is therefore
Ordered that Proces de Novo be awarded against them upon the
former presentments. S. P. Reg.
26 October, 20 James I.—True Bill that, at Goldinglane in St.
Giles's-without-Creplegate co. Midd. on the said day, Alice Connoway late
of the said lane spinster feloniously exposed and uttered a certain piece
of false money, made of tynne and other false metals in the likeness of
the money called Queen Elizabeth Halfe-Shillinges, she knowing the
said piece of bad money to be false and counterfeit, when she uttered
it. Alice Connoway was found 'Guilty.' No mention of sentence.—
Also, on the same file, a True Bill for making and coining on the same
aforesaid 26th of October, at Goldinglane co. Midd., eight pieces of
false and counterfeit money made in the likeness of Queene Elizabethes
shillinges, against Richard Price late of Golding lane aforesaid and
his wife Mary. Putting themselves 'Not Guilty,' Richard and Mary
were acquitted; Richard however being required to find sureties for
his good behaviour. G. D. R., 4 Dec, 20 James I.
4 November, 20 James I.—True Bill that, at St. Margaret's-in-Westminster co. Midd. on the said day, Erasmus Brooke late of Westminster
aforesaid labourer stole one silver trencher plate worthy thirty shillings,
of the goods and chattels of the Reverend Father in Christ John
Bishop of Lincoln, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. Found 'Guilty,'
Erasmus Brooke asked for the book, read like a clerk and was branded.
G. D. R., 4 Dec, 20 James I.
8 November, 20 James I.—True Bill that, in the highway at
Hackney co. Midd. on the said day, Edward Halleley late of the said
parish gentleman assaulted William Clarke, and killed and murdered
him with "a knife," by giving him with the said weapon on the left
breast a mortal wound, of which he then and there died instantly.
Acquitted of murder, but found 'Guilty' of manslaughter, Edward
Halleley asked for the book and read it. No mention is made of
branding. G. D. R., 4 Dec, 20 James I.
24 November, 20 James I.—True Bill that, at Rattcliffe co. Midd.
in the night of the said day, Thomas Slater late of Rattcliffe aforesaid
yoman broke into the dwelling-house of John Dod, and stole therefrom
"duas tunicas anglice mandillians" worth five shillings, a paire of sheeres
worth two shillings, "et unum colobium anglice one jerkin" worth ten
shillings, of the goods and chattels of the aforesaid John Dod. At the
foot of this bill appears a clerical memorandum that at the Gaol
Delivery for Middlesex made on 12 Jan. next to come, the said Thomas
Slater was indicted by the name of Robert Johns. G. D. R., 19 Feb.,
20 James I.
4 December, 20 James I.—Order touching Disorderly Houses in
Saffron Hill.—And Whereas also in the said Peticion (i.e. the petition
against the butchers of the same locality) Complainte is made that the
next Lane adjoininge Fieldlane commonly called Saffronhill hath of longe
time beene and still is much pestered with divers immodest lascivious
and shamles weomen generally reputed for notorious and common
whores, Who are entertained into divers houses for base and filthy
lucre sake akreweing to the private benefett of the Landlords and
Tenauntes of such houses by the meanes of such women, Who doe
usually sitt at the doores of the said houses, And by their wanton and
impudent behaviour doe allure and shamefully call in unto them such
as passe by that way, to the great corruption of youth and others in
their manners and conversacions, and to the intollerable terrour and
disquiett of all the Inhabitauntes dwelling thereaboutes, by reason of
the manifold riottes routes affaires and breaches of the Kinges peace
aswell by night as by day committed and done by such dangerous and
insolent persons as frequent the companies of such women, Itt is
also Ordered by this Courte and so Commaunded,—That the said
officers shall informe themselves of all such Landlordes and Tenauntes
who for the respecte aforesaid do harbour or sufferre to bee abidinge
in their houses such kinde of women, and the Names of such Landlordes and Tenauntes together with their professions and dwellingplaces to present at the next Sessions of the Peace to bee holden for
the Countie of Middlesex soe made, And if it shall happen any Alehousekeepers to bee offendours in this kinde, That the said officers doe
at the same Sessions likewise present their names with the names of the
women they soe entertaine, That aswell the one as the other may in
Lawe bee proceeded withall as to Justice shall appertaine, As they will
answere the contrary at their perill, And for prevencion of Connivance
and partiallity by the said officers in this behalfe, Itt is Further Required
by this Courte that the said Inhabitauntes bee Overseers of the said
officers from tyme to tyme in the Execucion of this service, and not
only stirre them upp to the carefull performance thereof, but also bee
(as occasion shall serve) aideinge councellinge and directing them in
the same, And to informe the Courte at the said Sessions of any the
premises or other necessary circumstances conducing to the same,
which shalbe omitted by the said officers, As also of any neglect, connivence, or corrupcion committed or suffered by them or any of them.
By the Court. G. D. Reg.
4 December, 20 James I.—Order touching butchers trading on the
Lord's Day.—Whereas a peticion hath bene exhibited vnto this Courte
by the most sufficient and substantiall inhabitantes of Feildlane and Saffron hill shewed [? shewing] the great disorder used and committed by the
butchers dwellinge there by keeping open markettes selling and uttering
their flesh upon the Sabaoth, both before and in the time of divine
service to ye high displeasure of Almightie God, the great scandall of
government and the generall and common Annoyaunce aswell of the
Inhabitantes there as of all other his Majesties subjectes to and fro
that way and especially to the church passinge, which annoyaunce doth
arise by reason of the narrownes and streightnes of the place, in which
respect and for divers other inconveniencyes it is held altogether to bee
unfitt for a shambles or markett-place:—For the Reformacion whereof
it is by this Courte ordered and straightly commaunde[d] that the Constables and other officers of that place shall give streight charge, and
particular warninge to euerye butcher there dwellinge that from henceforth none of them within that Lane or place doe open his shoppes
windowes or hang out any flesh att his stall on the Sabboath Day to
bee sould; And if any butcher his wife or servauntes shall after warninge given therein offend against this Order, That the said Constables
or other officers shall apprehend such offendors and bringe them before
some of His Majesties Justices of Peace of this Countye to enter
into recognisance to his Majesties use to appeare at the then next Gaole
Deliuerye to be holden for this Countie of Midd., Then and there
to answere there contemptes and further to bee dealt withall as to
Justice shall apperteine. G. D. Reg.
13 December, 20 James I.—Recognizance, taken before William
Duckett esq. J.P., of Francis Bowles of St. Botolph's Aldersgate London
skinner, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Francis Bowles's
appearance at the next Session of the Peace for Middlesex, to give
evidence against Alexander Whettstone, "suspected to steale from the
Earle of Lincolne one gould cupp and two pound of tobacco." G. D .R.,
. . . ., 20 James I.
18 December, 20 James I.—Recognizances, taken before William
Duckett esq. J.P., of George Foster of St. Andrew's Holborne inholder
and Gregory Hilliard of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields victualler, in the sum
of twenty pounds each, and of Robert Freeman of Alisburie co. Bucks
caryer in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Robert Freeman's
appearance at the next Session of the Peace, to answer "for driving a
waggon with fower wheeles and seven horses."—Also, on the same file,
three similar set of Recognizances, for the appearance of John Caryer
of the city of Oxford caryer, and two other common carriers, for driving
horses or horses and oxen in numbers forbidden by the King's proclamation. G. D. R., . . . .,20 James I.
30 December, 20 James I.—Recognizances, taken before Richard
Lowther esq. J.P., of Ronald Maddox of Salsbery Court in Fleete
Street in the city of London taylor and John Thompsone of Bowlane
in St. Aldermary in London taylor, in the sum of twenty pounds each;
For the appearance of Richard Peagott bodymaker at the next Session
of the Peace, "to aunswer the complaint of Mr. Gunnell the Player."
G. D. R., . . . ., 20 James I.