Registers, vol. II (1511-42)
1518, 26 March.—Will of Robert Wymark, bequeathing certain lands
to Robert Turnour, chantry-priest of the chantry of Alexander FitzMartin in the church of St. Laurence, to pray for the soul of Edward
Brown, jeweller. f. 106.
1526.—Will of Harry Byngley, with bequest to "the Resurreccion
Gyld" in the church of St. Martin. f. 107.
—, 20 Aug.—Will of John Huchunsone.
1521, 7 Aug.—Foundation of a chantry in the church of St. Michael
on the Hill by agreement between the abbot and convent of Barlings
and alderman Rob. Dyghton. f. 108b.
—, 1 Sept.—Will of Walter Huggard. f. 109.
1525, 28 June. Will of John Jobson. f. 112.
1554.—Writ of Quo Warranto against the city. f. 128b.
1563, 12 Oct.—"A copye of the prevye seale for the discharge of
the fiftenes." f. 138. See also ff. 152, 157.
Copies of charters of Rich. I. 23 Apr. an. 5 (1194) and of Hen. III.,
21 Nov. an. 11 (1226). f. 150.
In 1578 the curious name of "Oriundus" Hill occurs. 170b.
1610, 20 Jan.—Will of Thomas Grantham, of the Black Monks near
Lincoln, esq. f. 225b.
At the end on ff. 318–320 are entered copies of writs from Charles II.,
and certificates from officers of the Duchy of Lancaster and the liberties
of St. Mary's at York, and from bishops of Ely in 1700 and 1725, for
exemption of certain persons from payment of market-tolls, etc., as
belonging to the ancient demesnes of the Crown, or (in virtue of a
recited grant from Rich. I.) as tenants of the church of Ely.
Vol. II. A volume of 289 leaves of stout paper, bound in oak boards,
covered with leather stamped with the Tudor rose, portcullis, fleur-delis, castle, &c. In good preservation. It contains entries from 1511
to the beginning of 1542, of the acts of the Common Council, the Secret
Council, and the Court Leets. The first entry is an ordinance on
8 Oct. 1511, for the election of 24 discreet and honest persons in addition to the twelve aldermen to keep and order all acts to be made in
the Common Council; and on the same day the privilege is granted to
Robert Dighton, late mayor, of making one person a freeman of the
city in return for his giving ten marks to discharge a debt of the city
to Robert Wymark.
Bond from the city to Sir John Hussey, knt. in 100 marks that they
will not henceforth elect any one of the inhabitants of Branston to serve
the office of mayor, sheriff, or chamberlain; 15 Nov. 1511. f. 5.
(Several cases occur of refusal to serve the office of sheriff.)
Case of the surrender of Paul Brandys, surgeon, a prisoner for debt,
who had escaped into the privileged place of Beamound's Rents. Ibid.
Admissions of freemen and apprentices. ff. 8, 9. &c., continued at
the end of each year.
1514, 4 March.—Order for taking muster of all able persons in the
city that be archers, in obedience to a letter from the King requiring
that 10 able persons, either demilances or else archers on horseback,
shall be ready to go at the King's wage into France. f. 23b. From a
subsequent entry on 24 March it is found that these ten soldiers were
to form part of the retinue of the Earl of Lincoln, who sent word that
he was content that they shall have "harnes of revyttes and jakytes as
that they had affore at the last viage, and white fustiane dublettes with
yelow howse, and horses to ryde uppone."
1514, 12 Apr.—It is agreed that the mayor shall bring in the great
book called "the Blythe," and another "bourded" book and the charter
of Edw. IV., with a canvas bag wherein is the perambulation of the
lands of the commons of the city, with other rolls of paper. f. 27b.
—. Entry of contributions collected for the payment of 16l. to the
chantry called Burgh-chantry in the close of Lincoln. ff. 34, 35.
—. Inventory of effects delivered by the out-going mayor to his
successor; three keys, the seal of the mayoralty made of silver, three
collars of silver for the three waits, of which one has 24 links with an
escocheon, another 28 links with a shield, and the third 26 links and a
shield. f. 35. [These chains and badges are again described in 1538
at f. 270b.]
1515, 19 Jan.—Richard Clerke, the recorder, and Robert Alansone
are re-elected burgesses for Parliament. The rate of contribution for
their payment follows. f. 38b.
—. Estimate of the cost of the renewal of the city charter: viz.
for the writing it, 8 marks; for the examining it, 26s. 8d.; for the
lace, 16d.; for the chaffer of the wax, 8d.; for the seal, 20s. 4d.; for
the enrolment, 4l.; and for the fine to the King, at the least 4l. f. 40b.
—, 27 July.—It is agreed that whereas divers garments and other
"heriorments" are yearly borrowed in the country for the arraying of
the pageants of St. Anne's guild, but now the knights and gentlemen
are afraid with the plague so that the "graceman" cannot borrow such
garments, every alderman shall prepare and set forth in the said array
two good gowns, and every sheriff and every chamberlain a gown, and
the persons with them shall wear the same. And the constables are
ordered to wait upon the array in procession, both to keep the people
from the array, and also to take heed of such as wear garments in the
same. f. 42b.
—, 8 Oct.—Fines imposed upon aldermen, &c. who do not, in
accordance with the laudable and ancient custom of the city, give their
attendance on the mayor in Advent and Lent from his house to the
Minster, and then home to his house again. f. 48.
—, 5 Nov.—Order that the mayor with five or six others shall
have communication with Dr. Ranstone for the profits of St. Anne's
guild. f. 50.
—. Names of twenty "typolers [tipplers] that fynd sewerty for
gud abeyrynge acordyng to the Statute;" in four instances being bound
for their wives. f. 51.
1516, 11 Aug.—A burgess named Wymark is committed to ward for
refusing to pay 3s. 4d. as his contribution for an Exchequer writ, and
with seditious words walking up and down in the guild-hall saying that
the hall was wrongly used, for he had paid for it. f. 53. [Other cases
of "seditious words" occur frequently. At f. 89b an alderman is committed to ward for the like. All such cases were heard privately in a
"Secret Council" composed of the mayor, aldermen and sheriffs, before
which personal matters and some of special importance were brought.]
1516, 10 Jan.—Ordered that three aldermen now sworn shall each
of them have a gown of crimson, according to the laudable and ancient
custom, ready against Pasch-day next. f. 53b.
—, 10 Jan. and 25 March.—Sir Robert Burton, chantry-priest of
the Chapel upon the High-bridge, resigns the chantry, which is given to
Sir William Yates. ff. 54b, 55b.
—, An assessment made for defraying the expense of bringing home
the new charter. f. 56b.
—, 28 Apr.—Six persons committed to ward for departing from
the Mayor's procession on Ascension day. f. 56b.
—. Contribution towards the making a stock for setting up the
cloth trade, the mayor having gotten a clothier to come to the city for
this purpose. f. 57b.
—, 30 Oct.—Entry of the public re-delivery by ald. Robert
Wymark of a silver saltcellar weighing 21½ ounces which had been
pledged to him by John Stanley for 4l. f. 69b.
1517, 19 March.—Ordered that all spinners of wool and other clothmakers who shall come to the city shall have their freedom as long as
they dwell there. and shall be free for three years from summons to
any quest. f. 71.
—, 10 June, 22 Sept.—Sir Robert Denyas appointed St. Anne's
priest, to sing for the brethren and sisters and benefactors of the guild,
for his life "off a gud and lawfull beryng," having yearly 5l., he promising
yearly to help to the bringing forth and preparing of the pageants in
St. Anne's guild. ff. 72b, 75.
—, 26 Oct.—The chantry-lands of St. Thomas-upon-the-Bridge
ordered to be viewed. f. 78.
A meeting to be called to know what each man will give, according
to their valuation, for the purchasing of a school-house for the master
of the grammar-school. Ibid.
1518, 10 June.—A collection begins to be made towards the cleansing
and repairing of the Foss-dyke, for which the King has sent down
his commission. f. 80. [The work was found to involve more cost
than it proved easy to discharge, and on 14 Dec. it is reported that the
Bishop of Lincoln had issued a commission to all curates and others
in his diocese for aid, and granted pardon to all them that helped in
the same, and collectors are appointed in consequence to ride to divers
towns. f. 92b. Collections continued to be made for a long time,
including York and Hull in their range.]
—, —. Lease of the "Chequyre in the Myres" granted to the
—, 16 June.—Master Sammes late graceman of St. Anne's gild
delivered to Master Peresone, now graceman, a hamper with jewels of
the same gild. f. 81.
Ordered that every alderman shall send forth a servant with a torch
to be lighted in the procession with a rochet upon him about the
Sacrament, upon pain of forfeiture of 6s. 8d., and also, under like
penalty, send forth one person with a good gown upon his back to go
in the procession. That every constable shall wait on the procession
on St. Anne's day by 7 of the clock, upon pain of forfeiture of 12d.
Ibid. [In 1521 the "rochet" becomes "an onest gowne," the
aldermen's forfeits are reduced to 3s. 4d., and the constables' encreased
to that sum. f. 131b. In 1525 the aldermen are each to provide
a gown of silk for the kings; the constables' forfeit is reduced to
6d.; every man of the city in his degree is to wait upon the mayor,
under penalty of 4d.; and it is ordered that every occupation shall
prepare and apparel the pageants in all preparation except plate and
cups ["copes"]. f. 179b. List of defaulters in 1526. f. 189. In
1527 the parishioners of St. John Evang. in Wykford refuse to lend
"honorments." f. 198. Form of indenture made with the graceman,
29 July, 1528. f. 206b.]
1518, 16 June.—M. Pereson, now graceman of St. Anne's gild, sheweth
a gown of black damask "abime," indented about with black velvet, of
the gift of John Carre to the use and honour of the said gild. f. 81b.
Will. Fox to have the said gown in keeping, and lend it to no person.
—, 21 Oct. A collection made for repair of the School-house.
The constables to bring all beggars and idle persons before the Mayor,
who shall cause those to fall to work who can, or else to void the city.
—, 14 Dec.—Exchange of land with the priest of the Fitzmartin
chantry. f. 93.
1519, 7 Apr.—Barthol. Willyford to ride to Markby Abbey and speak
with the prior for the sealing of the deed for the house of the schoolmaster, and to bear the money with him that is owing for the same.
f. 95. Further orders about payment, ff. 104b, 129b, 148b.
—, 18 June.—An order formerly made that no mayor should command any of his brethren to ward without the assent of six of his
brethren is annulled. f. 96b.
Leave given to Sir Edw. Burgh to buy and carry forth 10 or 12 load
of stone. f. 97.
—, —. Agreed that every man and woman in the city, being
able, shall be brother and sister in St. Anne's gild, and pay yearly 4d.,
man and wife, at the least. Ibid.
Every occupation belonging to St. Anne's gild to bring forth their
pageants sufficiently, upon pain of forfeiting 10l. f. 97b. [The bellman
has the charge of the things belonging to the gild. Ibid.]
Other orders for the pageants. ff. 115, 123.
—, 22 Sept. The Old George in Eastgate is granted for ever to
master Tailbois and his heirs at an annual rent of 4d. f. 99b.
—, 13 Oct.—Sammer, a justice of the peace for the city, is
censured for offering a bribe of 10l. to Robert Howlet to be favourable
to John Brampston who had killed Robert Coots. f. 103b
1520, 20 March.—Agreement that the customary payment shall be
made of 2s. yearly to the prior and convent of the house of the friar
Dominick for the wax light before the high altar. f. 108b.
—, 23 April.—Ordered that all the common council shall be present
on Sunday next at the burial of John Tailbois, mayor. f. 109.
—, —. Agreement with William Spencer, freemason, and his
fellows for the building of the Gild-hall. f. 109b.
—, 16 May.—Sir Will. Yattes, the chantry-priest of the chapel of
St. Thomas the Martyr upon the High Bridge being deceased, and the
place must be filled up within eight days by the mayor and commons,
it is agreed that a "kalander" [a poll] shall be made of such honest
priests as will labour for it, and they that have the most voices to be
presented to the Dean and Chapter to have the chantry. f. 111. There
were four candidates, Sir John Percyvell, Sir Robert Wodward, al.
Wodworth, Sir John Pykke, and Sir Richard Cateroll; of whom
Percyvell received 4 votes, Wodward 22, and the others none. Wodward
gives security to lay out 4l. within two years on the repairs of the
tenements belonging to the chantry.
1520, 23 May, 27 June.—William Bretylbank, one of the sergeants
of the city, is complained of, deprived of his office, and committed to
ward. ff. 113b, 116.
—, 19 July.—William Benne, chaplain, unanimously elected chaplain of the chantry of Dalderby in St. Bennet's church. f. 116b
—, —. One of the sheriffs fined for not duly executing the
sentence on Robert Bisshopp, who after being made to abjure the city
for petty bribery returned, and was sentenced to be set in the pillory and
to have his ears nailed to it. f. 117b.
—, Oct.—Special allowance of land to the incoming mayor and of
the right of creating three freemen, by reason of scarceness of corn and
other victual and his great charge in keeping of his house to the honour
of the city. ff. 121b, 122.
—, 10 and 25 Oct.—Various sheriffs fined for escapes of prisoners
through their neglect. ff. 123a, b, 128.
The gild of St. Anne let to farm. f. 124b.
Persons appointed to take to the use of the Mayor and Commons,
according to the King's grant by his charter, all such swans as be strays
and of which the owner is not known. Ibid.
—, 26 Nov.—William Dyghton, schoolmaster, is bound over to
keep the peace. f. 125.
A fisherman fined for saying that if any victualler coming to the city
will give the mayor any part or dish of fish, he may sell at his pleasure,
or else he will be "pullyd and gollyd." Ibid.
—, 10 Dec.—Whereas divers books pertaining to the Gildhall, as
well concerning the Common Council as other writings, be embezzled
and withdrawn, and no knowledge can be had where they are nor by
whom they were withdrawn, the mayor shall cause such as have occupied
any books to be spoken with, and if no person will acknowledge the
having them, then a monition shall proceed of cursing against all such
persons as keep any such books, rolls, evidences, muniments or other
writings. f. 125b.
—, 10 Dec.—Will. Dyghton, schoolmaster, and John Welcome,
scrivener, give bail for a "scoler" to keep the peace. f. 126b.
1521, 21 Jan.—The Recorder declares that he will no longer hold
office because of certain misdemeanours and misordering of the best of
the city as well as of the commonalty; but at the urgent request of
the mayor and his brethren and also of my lord dean of Lincoln he
consented still to occupy the room of the recordership upon condition
that the misdemeanours be mended. f. 127.
—, 30 Jan.—Order that certain acts comprised in a bill made by
the Recorder's advice for the common profit of the city be of authority
and be registered in the book of customary of the city. f. 127b.
—, 10 Feb.—The bridge at the Bargate and the "Gawte" bridge
ordered to be paved. f. 128b.
The watch to be surely kept nightly within the precinct and shire of
the city by eight persons in harness to serve the King. Ibid.
—, —. Sir Robert Cowper, vicar of Bolingbroke, arrested by
a servant of the sheriff of the county in Eastgate within the precinct of
the city contrary to its privileges. Ibid.
1521, 10 Feb.—Letter to a member of the Privy Council complaining
that corn had been stopped by the sheriff of the county on its way to
market. f. 129.
—, 20 Apr.—A deputation appointed to go to Mistress Taylboys
about the bringing forth of St. Anne's gild. f. 130.
Agreed that the Mayor shall cause a cursing to be published through
the city against all those that have withdrawn records and books of the
Common Council. Ibid.
—, 16 July.—List of persons who complain of toll being taken
of them by the officers of Nottingham. f. 131b.
A vagabond taken in the city among "vacabunds and valyant beggers" is set in the stocks and then let go. Ibid.
George Browne, alderman, elected in the place of the graceman of
St. Anne's gild, complains that as the plague is reigning in the city
he cannot get such garments and "honourments" as should be in the
pageants of the procession; wherefore it is agreed to borrow a gown
of my lady "Powes" for one of the Maries, and the other Mary to be
arrayed in the crimson gown of velvet that belongeth to the gild; and
the prior of St. Katherine's to be spoken with to have such "honourments" as we have had aforetime. f. 132.
—, —. Letters to and from the Mayor of Nottingham respecting mutual complaints about the exaction of tolls contrary to a composition made between the two places. f. 132b.
—, —. Aldermen Browne and Forman ordered to bring forth
St. Anne's gild on pain of forfeit by each of 40s. without pardon.
—, 20 June.—One John Oltby, or Otley, of Bowden, Cheshire,
examined who had come to Lincoln on his way to go to our Lady of
—, Aug.—7 Sept.—Assessment for ten soldiers. ff. 133b, 135.
—, 7 Sept.—The Mayor brings in a book of the Common Council
that was found in M. Taylboys' house after his decease and saith that
he hath no books and papers that were found in his house. f. 135b.
—, 30 Oct.—The Mayor shows a paper of Mr. Dighton for the
foundation of a priest to sing in the church of St. Michael upon the
hill for him, his father and mother and others, with all the brethren
and sisters of St. Anne's gild, the same to be by the gift of Dighton
during his life, and afterwards of his executors during their lives, and
after their decease of the Mayor and commons of the city, as all other
chantries within the city are and ever have been; with a proviso that
the said chaplain shall yearly be ready to help to the preparing and
bringing forth of the procession of St. Anne's day, and after Dighton's
decease to be called for ever St. Anne's priest. If the Mayor and
Commons make default in giving of the same for 15 days, then Sir
William Tyrwhyt and his heirs to give the same. f. 141b.
—, 21 Nov.—Four men who came from London to the fair, one to
see his grandmother, another to sell ale, the third to seek work, and
the fourth to sell pins and laces, are all commanded to the stocks to be
punished as vagabonds, although it is said of the first that no trespass
can be found in him. Ibid.
—, 31 Dec.—The house for the schoolmaster to be repaired.
ff. 142b [152b, 166b].
A composition with the prior of St. Katherine's to be new made.
Every alderman to make a gown for the kings in the pageant on St.
Anne's day, and the Pater noster play to be played this year. Ibid.
1522, 13 June.—Two honest persons to be appointed in each parish
to gather the money on St. Anne's day. f. 144.
The soldiers who are to go forth are to be seen in their harness that
it may be ready when they are called upon. f. 144b.
—, 12 Aug.—Randall Hamour committed to prison with a pair
of fetters on his legs for coming by night to a house with sword,
buckler and dagger, and keeping it suspiciously until the Mayor sent
one of the sheriffs for him at 11 of the bell at night, and when brought
before the Mayor he with seditious words called him "false knave."
On 22 Aug. he is bailed. f. 148b.
—, —. Nicholas Brught, hatter, being examined as to where
he was born saith he was born in Arras in Burgone lande, and that
three hatters in London will bear him record of the same. Ibid.
Here one leaf, 151, is left blank, and the handwriting afterwards
changes: no doubt in consequence of the death of the Town Clerk by
whom the whole preceding portion of the volume was written.
—, 9 Oct.—Every man to keep convenient silence when the
Mayor commandeth him upon pain of forfeiting one penny. f. 153.
—, 2 Oct.—A man to be sent to London to buy such harness
as is wanted, and as many Almain rivets as may be bought for 6l.
—, 6 Nov.—The mercers, bakers, and tanners to have their
several charters sealed with the common seal on payment of 13s. 4d.
f. 155. [The bakers, f. 159.]
The market for poultry, eggs, and all white meat to be kept in St.
Laurence's parish. Ibid.
1523, 17 Jan.—Whereas the Chanter of the Cathedral has felled the
ashes that grew in the churchyard that was late of the church of the
Trinity at the Gresefoot, which is now not used as a sanctified place,
whereby it is supposed that the King hath "re-interest" into the same,
it is agreed unanimously that seizure shall be made of the same in the
King's behalf to the use of the city, and if the Chanter make any suit
at law, the defence shall be borne of the common money. f. 156b.
No pig to be sold above 4d. (—the same in 1534—) on pain of forfeiture by buyer and seller of 2d. each. Ibid.
—, 9 April.—Thomas Burton appointed lieutenant for the Mayor
John Halton, who is elected to be one of the burgesses in Parliament.
—, 28 May.—The Mayor sheweth that he hath been in Parliament from the Saturday in Pasch week, when he took his journey,
[11 Apr.], to the Monday in Whitson week when he came home
[25 May]; the expenses are 4s. the day for both burgesses; that he
had communication with my lord of Lincoln concerning the ashes that
the Chanter of the church of Lincoln hath felled in divers churchyards,
and a "resonably" answer shall be given when my lord's Chancellor
cometh to Lincoln. f. 158.
—, —. Six shillings to be paid to John Jakson for his
attendance when he was the King's post in this city. f. 158b.
—, — (and 2 June).—Orders for St. Anne's day. f. 159,
—, —. The executors of the will of Edward Browne report
that they have purchased lands for the augmentation of the Fitzmartin
chantry in the church of St. Laurence. Ibid.
1523, 19 Aug.—The mayor, who is come from the Parliament,
sheweth what he and the Recorder have done in the Parliament, and
that there is now owing to them for their expenses 12l. f. 161.
—, —. The tavern under "Stanbow" let to Will. Archbold at
the yearly rent of 8s. Ibid.
—, 3 Feb.—Examination of a saffron seller as a vagabond, who
dwelleth no where and hath no ware to sell, with particulars of all the
places he had been at since 1 Jan. f. 163.
—, 28 May.—Charter of the fraternity and gild of bakers, founded
chiefly in honour of St. Clement. f. 164a. b.
1524, 31 May.—In a Secret Council it is showed that Sir Thomas
Lovell, knt., is deceased, whence it is needful that communication be
had with the Recorder what way and to whom labour should be made
to solicit my Lord Ros for pardon of 100l. due to him, parcel of the
fee-farm of the city, which Sir T. Lovell pardoned for his life, having
yearly twenty marks. f. 166b. [Orders thereupon. ff. 172, 175a, b,
—, —. Communication to be had with the Dean and Chapter
for the enclosing of the commons beyond Bishop-bridge. f. 167.
—, 10 Dec.—In a Secret Council the Mayor, the Recorder and
Thomas Burton show what communication they have had at London
with my lord Roos concerning the 100l., and what answer they have of
him [which is not given]. f. 177. [Further entries occur on 28 Jan.
1525, 3 Apr., 17 May, 21 June; 1526, 12 March, 14 Nov.; 1527,
6 Apr., 26 Sept.; 1528, 2 Apr., 13 June. ff. 177b, 178a, b, 179b, 187,
195b, 196b, 198, 205, 206a, b. A year and a half's payment is made to
Lord Roos's counsel at the same rate as was paid to Sir T. Lovell on
28 Nov. 1525. ff. 185b, 186.]
—, —. Two honest gowns to be provided for the two waits
against Christmas. Ibid.
1525.—Abstract of the revenues of the city. f. 186b.
1527, 4 May.—Mr. Dyghtone, schoolmaster, stands to his taking of
the tenement between St. Rumbold's churchyard without Claskytgate
and the School-house, according as he took it on 4 Jan. last; promises
to get an able learned man to keep the grammar-school, who is to be
admitted by the Chancellor of the Church of Lincoln; and gives bail
for his appearing in the city court to answer to such actions as shall be
brought against him, from day to day, until discharged. f. 197b.
Order for the building or repairing of this house for the schoolmaster,
19 July. f. 198.
—, 26 Sept.—A tun of Gascon wine granted to the mayor for
entertainment of strangers. f. 205.
1528, 2 Apr.—Election of a chaplain of the chantry of Robert de
Dalderby in St. Benedict's Church. Sir Thomas Ingram elected by 31
voices over Sir Thomas Frere with 21 and Sir Will. Smyth with 3.
—, 7 Sept.—"Causes of the decay of the city of Lincoln": a statement submitted to lord Roos with regard to the annual payment to him.
The decay began originally by the removal of the staple to Calais.
Now there are 200 houses clearly decayed, and the sheriffs have not of
certainty where they can gather 30l. towards their charges. f. 207.
—, 29 Oct.—It is agreed that no more than 20 marks be paid to
Lord Roos. f. 208. Further orders about the case, 1529, 17 Jan.;
1534, 12 Sept. (Sir Will. Ascough, knt., requested to mediate), 17 Oct.;
1535, 27 Jan., 8 Apr., 15 May; 1536, 4 May. ff. 210b, 239, 243b, 245b,
247, 248b, 254.
1528. 29 Oct.—Agreed that if any of the Common Council have communing of high and inordinate words, and will not cease when the
knock is struck with the mall, they shall forfeit one halfpenny as often
as they be culpable; provided that it shall it be lawful for any to stand
up and commune alone as long as need shall require. Ibid. [In 1534
the fine is fixed at 1d. for the first offence, 2d. for the second, 3d. for
the third, and 4d for the fourth. f. 232b.]
1529.—The midsummer fair claimed for Bishop Longland, but on the
city charters being shown him, he withdraws the claim. f. 210b.
—, 24 June.—Sir William Smyth elected chaplain of the chantry
of St. Thomas M. on High bridge, called the Wykford Chantry, by 26
voices over Sir John Losemer with six. f. 211.
1530, 21 March.—Agreed that every person shall contribute to the
bringing forth of Corpus Christi gild according as they are assessed;
and that St. George's gild shall be maintained and brought forth yearly.
—, —. Sir Thomas Freire elected chaplain of the Dalderby
antry vacant by the death of Will. Benne. Ibid.
—, —. Notice from Lord Roos of the death of William Clerke,
the Recorder. f. 216b.
1531, 14 March.—Order for the enrolment of the last Charter in the
Exchequer. f. 220 [and f. 223a, b].
—, 26 Sept.—Agreed that St. Anne's priest shall wait upon master
Mayor daily, and the Mayor shall find him his board, and every Mayor
hereafter shall do the same or forfeit the 10l. which they have of the
common chamber. f. 222.
—, —. William Sammes never to be one of the Common
Council, for divers causes. Ibid.
—, 20 Oct.—Walter Marrys (?) of London having offered to labour
with the Lord Chancellor for the relief of the city, it is agreed to ask
his help to appr[opriate] four benefices to the church of Lincoln in
discharge of the 80l. part of the fee-farm of the city. f. 223.
1532, 11 July.—Master Thomas Moyne elected Recorder. f. 224.
1533, 22 Jan.—Vincent Grantham, esq., and William Sammes,
burgesses in Parliament. f. 228.
—, —. All the stone and ramell of All Hallows church sold to
V. Grantham for 26s. 8d. Ibid.
—, 14 June.—Agreed that the chamberlain of the east ward shall
take down the tiles, timber and stone of St. Augustine's church, as all
other churches decayed shall be. f. 228b.
—, 24 Oct. (fn. 1) —Every alderman who has been a mayor to wear
henceforth whenever they attend upon the Mayor a tippet of velvet
about their necks, under penalty of 3s. 4d. f. 232b.
—, 8 Nov.—Agreed that no baker or brewer bear or send any
bread or ale to their customers upon the Sunday or other principal
festival days under penalty of 12d. totiens quotiens, unless by license of
the Mayor. f. 233.
1533, 8 Nov. The common seal to be kept in a chest now made for
the purpose with three locks and three keys. f. 233b.
1534, 20 March.—Order for payment of 3l. 10s. to Vincent Grantham, esq. for a hat of maintenance for this city and a scabbard for the
sword of cloth of "tyschey" [tissue] which he hath brought down
from London. f. 235.
— 12 Sept.—Agreed that as St. Austin's church and the Holy
Trinity church at the Grece foot are ruined and at falling down, the
walls of the said churches shall be taken down, and the stones and all
other utensils and necessaries in them be sold; but certain stones
of St. Austin's be given for reparation of St. Swithin's church. f. 239.
—, —. The bells of the two churches to be sold; one half of
the money to go to the common chamber, and the other half to the
parishioners of St. Swithin for the use of their church. f. 239b. [The
parishioners to pay the price. f. 252b.]
—, —. The Warden of the Grey Friars to have sufficient stone
from the said churches for reparation of his house and church, freely
and of charity. Ibid.
—, 14 Sept.—The parishioners of St. Swithin's to have the walls
of St. Austin's church for 33s. 4d. f. 240b.
—. Oath to be taken in pursuance of the Act of Succession.
—, 6 Oct.—The King's commission of array. f. 244.
1535, 27 Jan.—The church of the Holy Trinity at "Greise" foot,
St. "Bayth" church, (fn. 2) the church of the Holy Trinity at Grey Friars,
and St. Michael's at the "Gottes," to be taken down, and every thing
to be sold to the use of the common chamber, the chancels excepted.
f. 245b, and 8 Apr. f. 247.
—, 12 Feb.—The church of St. Michael at Gottes sold to the
parishioners of St. Peter at Gottes for 10l. f. 246.
—, —. Payment of 5l. 10s. made to Will. Sammes for his
expenses in Parliament. Ibid.
—, —. Proclamation made at Standbow and in the market-place
at Wykford, in obedience to the King's writ, of certain ordinances made
by advice of his Council. Ibid.
—, Apr.—At a Court leet it is agreed that William Dyghtone be
discharged of his aldermanship. f. 246b.
—, 8 Apr.—License to the Warden of the Grey Friars to lay his
conduit in the common ground of the city where he shall think most
convenient, and to have the license under the common seal given to him
of charity. f. 247.
—, —. The 5l. received for the sale of St. Michael's church to
go towards the new "edge" and dyke of the commons on the south
part of the town. Ibid.
—, —. Communication to be had with the Lord Burgh about
the privy seals which he hath brought down against the late Mayor and
the aldermen for swearing the inhabitants of the Baylle to the succession of the Crown; and if any of them be punished for compelling those
inhabitants to come before them to be sworn, then their costs shall be
borne by the common chamber. f. 247.
Further order on 25 May. f. 248.
1535, 24 Apr.—Tiles sold from St. Leonard's church. f. 247b.
The abbot of Bardney buys stones from St. Austin's church. Ibid.
Stones from Trinity church next the Black Friars to be used for
mending the highways in St. Mark's and St. Mary's parishes. Ibid.
—, 15 May.—Trinity church at the Grey Friars to be used for
dyking and setting the commons betwixt the city and Burton. f. 248.
—, 1 July.—Agreed that the Warden of the Grey Friars shall
have the timber roof of St. "Bathe" church to the upholding and
maintaining his house, which shall be given freely for charity; and one
side of the wall of the church to be taken for the pavement in St. Mary's
parish. f. 249. [The walls to be sold. f. 250.]
—, —. Chantry of William Causeknyght mentioned. f. 249b.
—, —. Two buttresses of Trinity church at the Grece foot
and stone from the chancel bought by Robert Dightone. Ibid.
—, 19 Aug.—Vincent Grantham, esq., one of the burgesses in
Parliament, out of his zeal and love to the city, accepts 7l. as full
payment for his expenses at Parliament still due of 11l. 3s. 4d.; the
total sum he received being 41l. 8d., and the total received by the
other burgess, William Sam[m]e[s], being 45l. 4s. ff. 249b, 250.
—, 14 Sept.—Robert Alanson elected mayor; and a grant made
to him of a tun of wine or else 4l. to buy it with, not only in consideration that his wife has been a long time diseased and not able to
stir and have the oversight of his housekeeping, but also that he is of
great age and not provided with either wheat or malt, and that he shall
not only be at greater charges this year than any mayor was by a long
time before, considering all manner of corn and other things is at this
time so dear, but also that he hath many acquaintances, by reason
whereof he is like to have much resort to him this year to put him to
cost. f. 251b.
—, —. Those who have bought the church walls of St. Peter
at the "Goattes" may sell them to any foreigner. Ibid.
—, 24 Nov.—Persons appointed to view the house of Heynynges
abbey [priory, Lincolnshire,] in St. Michael's parish, and to certify
whether it be able to stand or not. f. 253.
—, —. Agreed that the Lord Gray and other gentlemen being
now at the marriage of Mr. Robert Sutton's daughter shall have two
pikerels given them. Ibid.
1536, 4 May.—Thirty shillings paid to the Recorder towards his
costs in riding up to London of and for the obtaining of chantries in
this city at the Parliament. f. 254.
—, 4 June.—Lord Burgh to be informed that certain of the
inhabitants of the Bale refuse to pay any burgess-pence according to
the old custom. f. 254b.
—, —. Agreed that if Vincent Grantham can by any means get
the lands and tenements of the cell of the Black Monks to the use of
the common chamber, to be enacted at the next Parliament, then he
shall have the demesne lands of the cell for 30 years, paying yearly 5l.
—, 26 June. Agreed that as there must be 60l. sent up to be
paid about the obtaining of the Black Monks' and other lands, and
there is very little money in the common stock, Robert Alanson, the
mayor, shall have the plate of the great Gild as a gage and a pawn for
the sum of 28l. to be lent by him, to be sent up to London to the
Recorder and Mr. Grantham, with 12l. of the common stock. f. 255a b.
1536, 9 Oct.—A letter received from Sir Brian Tuke, treasurer of
the King's chamber, dated at London 6 Oct., ordering the mayors and
officers of Waltham Cross, Ware, Royston, Huntingdon, Stilton, Stamford, Sleaford, and Lincoln, instantly, at their utmost peril, to provide
an able man well horsed to carry all such letters as may be sent by the
King or the Privy Council from post to post with all diligence by night
or day. f. 258.
—, 8 Nov.—Agreed that every man that is able to have a horse,
or that hath a horse, shall keep them in a readiness to serve the King
whenever they shall be called upon. f. 258b.
—, —. Agreed that Charles, Duke of Suffolk, shall have the
denomination and putting in of the Recorder, with our service next
under the King's grace. Ibid.
—, 14 Dec.—Antony Myssyndyne "is elected and chosen Recorder." Ibid.
1537, 29 Jan.—William Smyth, chantry priest of the Bridge, is to
cause to be tiled all such houses as he hath taken the tile off. f. 259.
—, —. The mayor and his brethren shall meet the Duke's
grace of Norfolk, and give him a present of two cranes, two swans, and
two pikes. Ibid.
ff. 261b–267 contain an index of matters in the preceding portion of
f. 267b. Memoranda of gifts presented on the occasion of royal visits,
1461, 13 March, to Edw. IV. 12 pike ("dentrices"), 12 tench
and 12 bream.
1445–6, 24 Hen. VI. no day. Ordered that the mayor, aldermen
and sheriffs, with 80 or 100 of the more respectable and better
dressed persons ("de honestioribus et melius araiaratis personis")
shall ride to meet the King on his coming to Lincoln, as many
others of the commons as possible going on foot, to the Cross upon
the hill, and there kneeling shall reverently offer to the King, for
his good relief which he hath before-time afforded us, 100l. in
1486 [April], 1 Hen. VII. 12 great pike; 12 great tench, 12
salmon, and 12 great eels.
1487, 2 Hen. VII. Three dozen green geese, one dozen fat
capons, half-a-dozen fat pike; but because no geese or wild fowl
could be gotten, it was agreed that the present should be two fat
oxen, one score fat muttons, six great fat pike, and twelve fat capons
These entries must have been copied from an earlier Register
1538, 22 Nov.—Agreed that all the plate that belongs to the great
Gild shall from this time be clearly given to the commons of this city,
and so remain until farther direction, and all the brass, with all such
rents as were paid to the Gild. f. 270.
—, 1 March.—A common carrier appointed to carry away every
week all such "vylde" stuff as lieth in the streets, every man giving
him for his labor as they may agree. f. 271b.
1538, 1 March. The clerk of the parish of St. Lawrence to ring at
9 o'cl. at night and 4 o'cl. in the morning, winter and summer, and the
clerk of St. Mary's at 8 and 4; both receiving 3s. 4d. from the chamberlains, but the latter also 20d. from the great Gild; to ring holy-days
as well as other days upon pain of imprisonment. f. 271b.
1539, 18 July.—Agreed that St. Anne's gild shall go up on the
Sunday next after St. Anne's day in manner and form as it hath been
had in time past, and every one in default to forfeit 3s. 4d.; and the perambulation the Tuesday after, after the old custom and manner. f. 273b.
Six fodder of lead to be given to Rob. Alanson and others towards
the payment of 40l. formerly lent by them. Ibid. and 274.
—, 12 Nov.—The stuff belonging to St. Anne's gild to be laid in
the chapel of the bridge, and the house in which it lieth to be let.
—, —. A pillory to be set up in St. Bennet's parish. Ibid.
1540, 28 Jan.—Oysters to be sold only at 4d. the "wasche" [al.
"wesche," i.e., ten bushels], and those who refuse so to sell them to
be discharged from selling either muscles or cockles, which are to be at
the same price. f. 277.
—, 3 March.—No houses to be pulled down without rebuilding.
—, 2 June.—Agreed that six cups which were given by Dr. Lee
and Master Freman to certain churches in Lincoln shall wholly remain
henceforth to St. Anne's gild. f. 278.
—, —. Agreed that St. Anne's gild shall go forward as it
hath done in times past; that every alderman shall have a gown and a
torch, and every sheriff to find a gown, and every occupation to bring
forth their pageants according to the old custom, and every occupation
that hath their pageants broken to make them ready against the day,
on pain of forfeiting 20s. f. 278b.
—, —. Agreed that those three that occupied for St. George's
gild shall occupy still, and everyone of them to occupy one week
after another. Ibid.
—. [Orders in this year about procuring the enrolling of the
1541, 9 July.—Enacted that there shall be given to the King at his
coming to the city [9 Aug.] twenty fat oxen and one hundred fat
muttons, to the value of 50l. f. 285b.
—, —. Every alderman that hath been mayor to provide scarlet
gowns, and every other alderman crimson gowns for the meeting the
King on horseback at the farthest part of the liberties. Ibid.
—, —. William Hudson put out of the Council for his obstinate
words. [Probably in the debate about the King's reception.] Ibid.
[and f. 286.]
—, —. All other inhabitants, being of ability, to make themselves gowns of London russet or other like colour. Ibid.
—, —. The King's arms to be set upon the Bar gate and on
the south side of the Guildhall for the King's coming. Ibid.
—, 11 July.—Every inhabitant to be assessed for the abovementioned gift. f. 286.
—, 30 July.—Monday and Tuesday next appointed for carrying
away all dunghills, gravel, stones, and other like stuff now lying in the
city and liberties, and the bringing of sand to the streets, against the
King's coming, and therefore all husbandmen to give their attendance
on Monday at 6 o'cl. f. 286.