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HCA BRB/2 Bench Book Four [Transcribed by Helen Good]
Kingeston super Hull
Tempore magistri Walteri flenton maioris anno Regni domine nostre Elizabethe nunc regine Septimo.
[In the margin] The eleccion of the Maiour
ffyrste vpon Sonday the last day of September in ye yere afforesaid and the daie of the eleccion of ye maior shiriffe and chamberlains & cetera Robert gayton maiour and thaldermen his Brethren accordinge to thauncient customes of this towne named and appointed to ye burgesses for ye eleccion of the maiour above named Walter flenton and xpistofer stockedaile to elect and choise one of them maiour. whereof the said Robert gayton then maiour thaldermen and burgesses with one assent and consent named and elected the said Walter flenton maiour whiche there presentlie tooke vpon him the same office and was then sworne for ye iust and dewe execucion of the same /
[In the margin] The eleccion of thadmyrall.
Item the same day and yere the said maiour and aldermen accordinge to the tenour purport and effect of the chartre graunted to the maiour and burgesses of the said towne of Kingeston vpon hull. dyd with one full assent and consent noiat electe and chose
emo of them selfes the said Walter flenton maiour to be the Quenes Maiestes admirall within ye
countie of Kingeston vpon Hull. The towne of drypoole and ye precinct of the saime and thorowghe the water of humber. for and duringe the time yat he shalbe maioiur of the said towne. who likewise was sworne for the dewe execucion of the same /
[In the margin] The eleccion of the shiriffe. /
Item the same day and yere the said Walter flenton maiour & thaldermen accordinge to thauncient custome & liberties afforesaid named and appointed to ye burgesses for ye eleccion of the Shiriffe Robert nailor and george Hewitte alias clerke of whiche two the said maiour aldermen & burgesses did elect and chose Robert nailor shiriffe who then beinge present tooke his othe & cetera /
[f. 60v.] Anno 1565 Tempore Magistri Walter flenton maioris
[In the margin] The eleccion of the chambelaines /
Item the same daie and yere the said Walter flenton maiour and
thaldermen accordinge to thauncient custome and liberties afforesaid
named to the Burgesses Thomas hogge, William skarthe, Iohn
hodgeson and thomas arnetson to elect and chose of these fower two to be chaimberlaines of whiche the said maiour aldermen and burgesses elected ye said thomas hogge and william skarthe who were sworne for the dewe execucion of the same office The same Thomas hogge beinge thelder chaimberlain in office /
[In the margin] ...
Item the saime daie thafforenamed Robert gaiton Laite maiour and xpistofer stockdaille were elected to be coroners within this towne and countie, who beinge present tooke vpon them the same office and were sworne for ye dewe execucion of the same /
Nomina maioris et aldermanorum hoc anno
Walter flenton maiour
[A first attempt at a transcription]
[In the margin] Thomas Thwinge . . . . . . . xli p Ann
Die martis xx
post ante feste Sancti Andreei apostoli vz xxvijo die mentis novembris anno Regni elizabeth dei gratia anglie ffrance et hiberni regine fidei defensor et c octavo in Loc qod vocat the counsell howse infra ecclesiam sive capella sancte et individne trinitate infra villa de kingeston sup hull constitut personaliter venerabilis viz Mr Walter flenton Maior euise ville de kingeston super hull ac dno domine regine infra com de kingeston super hull ac infra tot villa de dripoole et totu precinctu eiuse ac per tota aqua de humber admirall ltinne nixta tenore et forma lettras paten & c sigillo magno anglie sigillac elect in pntia me Iohis Lewes generosus vi... act & scriben curie dce domine nostre Elizabeth & c sue admiralitate infra dca villa de kingeston super Hull p dcm ad.. assumpt in pntiis Mris thome Dalton Iohis Thorneton Robert Dalton, Iacobi clerkeson, Lawrencii Warton, Willmo gee
Iohis Smithe Robt gaiton et christoferi
stockedaile aldermannorum de ce ville de Kingeston super hull ac de consensu [eorum?] et cninslibt [?eorum] assumpsit et assignavit sibi in assessere pro facilion et magis pmpta rectaque expedic et terminare causarum et negociarum civilin et maritimorum in dca curia dce domino regine sue admirilitate infra dcam villa et c nixta iuns exigen et debita indicioru observacione. Thoman thwinge in legibus baccalarum debite invat & c et de consensu dcorum aldemanorum assignavt et pmisit eidem thome Thwinge in salariu annuatim.decem libras legalis monete anglie /
[In the margin] A note of certein evidence browght in by Mr thorneton.
Md that the seventh day of November in ye Seventhe yere of the Reigne of our said Sovereigne Ladie Elizabethe the Quenes moste excellent Maiestie Iohn Thorneton of Kingeston upon hull alderman did bringe in before ye said Mr Maiour and his said brethren thalderman [sic] assembled in there counsell chaimber within the gwilde hawle of the said towne there parcelles of evidences hereafter particularlye recited whiche doe concerne one messuage or tenament in Kingeston vpon hull afforesaid in a streate there called the highe streate and were maide sealed and delyvered by william chewe of hedon in holdernes in the countie of yorke marchante and Agnes his wife vnto William hodgeson of Kingeston vpon hull afforesaid weaver viz A dede dated the xth of september in ye xxtie yere of the reigne of the Laite Kinge of famows memorie henrie theight A release dated the ixth of Iulye in ye same twentie yere A lettre of attorney maide by the said chewe and his said wife to Robert Iackeson and Iohn clerke for to deliver possession of the said tenement to the said hodgeson and also three quittancis maide to the said hodgeson And required that all & euery the said evidences may be putt in ye greate chiste within the
tow chaimber of Kingeston vpon Hull there to be savelye kept to thvse of ye right heires of ye ho said William hodgeson At whose request the same parcelles of evidences was by the said maiour and his said brethren received and putt in in [sic] the said chiste there to remayne to thvse afforesaid /
[f. 61v.] Tempore Magistri Walter flenton Maioris Ano 1565
[In the margin ] Thomas Arnold fyned for byinge of calfe Skynnes tanned contrary the Statute 5o Eliz.
Md That the Last day of february in theight yere of the Reigne of our sovereigne Ladie Elizabeth the quenes moste excellent Maiestie It was condescended concluded and agreed / by the said Mr Maiour and his brethren thaldermen assembled in there counsell chaimber within the gwilde hawle of the said towne. That Thomas arnetson of Kingeston vpon hull glover shall pay iijli for bynge of xx dowsen of calfe Skynnes tanned contrary to the tenour and effect of ye statute maide quinto Elizabeth vidilicet the valewe of ye said skinnes as they were prased That is to say xxs to William Mawgham and george anderson who sealed ye said skynnes and mayd presentment thereof to ye said Mr maiour xxs to be distributed emongest the poore people of this towne and xxs ye reste thereof to the vse of this townes chaimber. whiche said somme dewe to the vse of ye said towne was vpon good consideracons by ye said maior and aldermen forgyven hym. And also for yat yt was evidently proved yat he wolde not obey the saide Seasors and presentors but wilfully resisted them it was agreed ordered and concluded by the said Mr Maiour and aldermen yat he shall pay for a fine of yat offence vjs viijd to be Levied to the vse of the said townes chaimber /
The copie of ye last will and testament of xpistofer Skales laite of Kingeston vpon Hull marchante deceased.
[In the margin ] NB The coppy of xpistoffer skales wyll
In the name of god Amen The firste day of Ianuary in the yere of our Lorde god M.D.lvj: I xpistofer Skales of Kyngeston vpon Hull marchant hole of mynde and of good and parfitt remembraunce thankes be given to god doe make and ordeine this my last will and testament in this manner and forme folowinge. ffirste I bequithe and comende my sowle to god almightie throwghe the merites of Iesus christe to be ccompanied with all
the his Saints in heaven and my bodie to be buried in the churche of St Marye in the towne afforesaid. Also I give to Agnes skailes my wife the howse wherein I doe dwell duringe her life naturall with thappurtenances And after her decease I will it remayne to the townes chaimber of Hull condicionally that the clere rente or
rentes of the said howse with thappurtenances (the reparacions allowed) be distributed by the maiour and chaimberlains of the said towne for ye time beinge to the poore people of the said towne whiche then shall have the moste nede. And this distribucion alwaies to be maide from time to time vpon the even of ye nativitie of our Lorde Iesus christe commonly called christinmas even. And the mayour to have for his pains xxd. and either of the chaimberlains for there like paynes xijd a peace, And alwaies xijd to remayne yerely to the said townes chaimber of the Rent of the said howse. And in default of the fulfilling of the premisses by the said Maiour or chaimberlaines. I will the same howse with thappurtenances shall returne from them not so doinge there deweties to my next heires and they to see this distribucion mayde accordinge to this my will. And all other my goodes and cattalls aswell in this side the sea as vpon ye Sea or beyonde the Sea I give to agnes Skales my wife whom I make my full and sole executrix and that she owt of the same pay or cawse to be paied to all those my creditors suche somme or sommes of money as may appeare by specialties of my owne hande / And also I will yat she shall paye to Richerd Skailes my ffather .x.li And to Thomas Skales my brother and Edward Skaile his Sonne either of them vli / And this xxli to be payd to thaffore said my father and Brother and his Sonne Edwarde within one moneth after ye home cominge of the good shippe called ye Valentyne of Hull in savetye with my whole aventure whiche god save and in whiche Robert Lusbye at this tyme ys Maister vnder god. And I bequeathe to my brother Thomas Skailes my best gowne my best Iackett and my best dooblet. And to my father Richerd Skayles a gowne and a doblet, and also I doe bequeathe .xl.s in money to be paied to the children of my laite father in Lawe Thomas Shepperd to be devided emongest them at the discrecion of agnes my wife there Sister. Also I Bequiethe to Elizabeth my
wife sister xls to be paied to her by my said wife also Agnes to my moother in
[f. 62v.] Tempore Walter flenton maioris Ano 1566
lawe my fathers wife a gowne to make her a garment of And I constitute and ordeine Mr Walter Iobson alderman of Hull and Thomas Skailes my brother supervisors of this my last will to see it fulfilled accordinglie to the comforthe and ease of my foresaid wife. Provided alwaies That if all suche goodes and cattalls of mine as shall come to my said wifes handes will not suffice for ye payment of my debtes. Then I will that thafforesaid howse shalbe solde to the payinge of my said debtes any thinge before said to the contrarie notwithstaning so yt Walter Iobson and Thomas Skayles be maide privie in all my bookes and Reckoninges. These beinge witnesses of this my last will and testament william Sawden clerke Robert Skott with others.
[Et sept die mensis Maii Anno dni millince quingemo lvijo decanorum de Hertill et Hull certificavt se approbasse dcm testm virtute commissionis et c p eies testes noiates inravs et c Comissaq fuit admi=
nistracon bono eiuse Agaet relce dci defuncti execut in eodem testo noiat et c Salvo Iure cainstn
Collocoe facta concordat cu registro remanente in Sario Ebor Ex p Michael Brownerige Noterin pucu ]
[In the margin] discharge of a fine
Md That the twentie day of May in theight yere of the Reigne of our said Sovereigne Ladie Elizabeth ye quenes moste excellent matie personally appeared before the said Mr maiour and his said Brethren thaldermen henrie Moodie nowe resident in Kingeston vpon Hull and desyred to be discharged and acquyted of ye Somme of xxs whiche he by Mr Robert gayton Layte Maiour and his Brethren then aldermen of this towne was adiudged to pay for a fine for weinge and Selling his peaceable goods by his owne Beame and otherwise occupyinge as a Burgesse of yis towne not beinge admytted nor sworne contrary the olde and
auncient orders liberties priviliges and customes of this towne and for his dischardge thereof shewed forthe to ye same Maiour and aldermen certein articles conteined in ye lettres patentes
of by ye progenitors of ye said sovereigne Ladie the Quenes Maiestie graunted to ye cytizens of the cytie of London whereof he ys one / The tenor whereof folowithe in these woordes.
[In the margin] A note of certein articles conteined in ye chartre granted to ye Cytie of London
To all christian people whiche shall see or here the contents of these presents. Iohn White Lorde Maiour and thaldermen of the cytie of London. sendethe greatinge in our Lorde god euerlasting Be yt knowen to your [?vniuersities] That amonges other liberties free customes and pryviliges by the lettres patentes by the progenitors of our sovereigne Ladie the Quene yat nowe ys grawnted to the cytizens of thafforesaid cytie and by thactoritie of diuers parlimentes ratefied and approved. The articles herevnder wryten arre conteaned. That ys to say that all cytizens of London and all there goodes thoroughe the Quenes domynions of Englande shalbe quyte and free as well on this side ye Sea as beyonde and by the portes of ye Sea aswell on yis side ye sea as beyonde of all tolle of passage, lastage, pyttage, pondage, pannage and wallage, prises of wyne and all other customes And yf any man in any parte of the Quenes domynions either on this side or beyonde The Sea doe take any tolle or other customes as is afforesaid of the cytizyns of London after that he haithe declyned from right the shiriffes of London shall take the shippes of yat plaice at London. And also that the same cytizens thorowghe all our Lande and domynion frely
frely and withowt any lett of vs or any of owrs as well by Sea as by lande may traffique with there goods and marchandizes as they thinke good free of all customes toole and pittaigs and soiorne and abide for there busynes wheresoever they will within the same Realme as in olde time they have been accustomed vntill suche time as we have fourther provided and ordered by our counsell of the staite of the same citie. wherefore we require and exhorte your [?vniuersities] in ye moste frendliest wise yat we can yat you doe not in any wise trowble our cytizens of thafforesaid cytie nor suffer them to incurre or susteine any damage for thre goods
[f. 63v.] Tempore Magistri Walteri flenton Maioris Anno /1566./
or marchandizes against the tenure of ye liberties customes and priviliges afforesaid And yf you have taken any thinge of any of the said cytizens against the tenure of the liberties privileges and customes afforesaid we beseche yowe cawse the same to be redelivered as right wolde lest yat we (whiche god forbid) for defawlt of iustice on your behalfe showlde be hereafter constreyned iustlie to execute vpon you or any of you the penalties in ye foresaid lettres patentes conteaned In witnes whereof the Seale of our office of Maraltie of the citye aforesaid we have caused to be putt to these patentes written at London & cetera / All whiche the premisses being redde to ye said Maiour and aldermen of this towne of Kingeston vpon Hull and by them diligently and circumspectly weied and considered and the contentes thereof by them thowght not to be any sufficient matter or cawse to dischairdge ye said henrye Moodye of this said fyne for his said offence. It was therefore the said twenty day of May by the same Mr Maiour and aldermen fully concluded condescended orderid and agreed yat the said henry Moodie (ye premisses notwithstandinge) showlde fourwith pay the said somme of xxs to thomas foxley commen officer of the said towne to thvse of the said townes chaimber accordinge to the tenour and effect of the said order taken by ye said Laite
Mr Maiour Mr gaiton and his Brethren then aldermen and the said henry by the said Mr fflenton nowe maiour was then commawnded so to doe whiche commawndement the said henry willingly obeied and paied the said Somme of xxs to the said thomas foxley accordingly
[In the margin] A note of certein cloithe delivered by Iaimes smithe to diuers men in holdernes
Md That the xiiijth day of Iune in ye yeare afforesaid Iaimes Smithe of Kingeston vpon Hull marchaunt caim before Mr walter flenton maiour of Kingeston vpon Hull and then and there delyvered vnto one Thomas Adam of Pawle husbondman one peace of huswife cloithe color russitt conteaninge in length xj yerdes. And one peace of huswife cloithe color white conteaninge in Length xj yardes And vnto William Bolton of hedon yoman one peace of huswife cloithe color Russitt
conteaning ix yerdes and halfe. And also vnto Richerd sowthewicke of preston husbondman one peace of huswife cloithe color Russitt of the Length of vij yerds and a halfe. And vnto Richerd Lowcocke of preston husbondman one peace of huswife cloithe color Russitt and gray conteining in Length ix yerdes. All whiche said severall peaces of cloithe were by the said thomas Adam, William Bolton, Richerd sowthwicke and Richerd Lowcock to putt to walkinge to xpistofer Barker of beverley walker who Laide all the same severall peaces of cloithe vnto ye said Iaimes Smithe for a certein somme of money by hym then owedinge to ye same Iaimes and therevpon fledde yis countrey. Vpon the Resceite of whiche cloithe the parties abovesaid did pay vnto the same Iaimes Smithe for walkinge of ye same viijs jd videlicet for every yerde ijd accordinge to there covenant maide with the said xpistofer Barker.
[In the margin] Henricke Beier of ye citie of Dansike fined for plaicinge his bodie & goods in one house / finis: ijs vjd.
Whereas Henrike Beier of ye citie of Dansicke marchaunt resident here in Kingeston vpon hull contrarie to ye auncient ordenances customes and privilidges of this towne haithe taken vppe and plaiced in Sellers of ye mansion howse of Robert Puckeringe where ye same Henryke ys at hooste and Lodged suche goodes marchandizes and waires as haithe commen to hym ffrom ye said citie of dansyke ffor whiche said offence the said henricke was brought before ye said Mr Maiour and his said brethren thaldermen of ye said towne to pay suche somes of money as he haithe forfeited for his said offence who vpon his apparaunce humbly submitted hym selfe desyringe ye same Maiour and aldermen frendly to vse him for ye said offence for yat it was doen by hym only for lacke of knowledge of ye said ordinances
pl priviliges & customes And he then premyssed to ye same Mr Maiour & aldermen yat all times hereafter he wolde willingly submitt hym selfe to ye said & all other ordinances and priviliges of this towne and yat his goodes marchaundizes and waires shuldebe plaiced in suche plaices as ye Mr Maior for ye time beinge shall appoint and thinke convenient. Wherefore ye xxtie day of Iune in ye yere afforsaid yt was agreed by the said Mr Maiour & aldermen yat ye said henricke in consideracion of his gentle submission and of his said premisses showlde pay for a fine for his said offence but ijs vjd to ye vse of ye said townes chaimber whiche he willingly did
[In the margin] finis vjs viijd
Whereas Iaimes Chapman of kingeston vpon hull bearebrewer the firste of this instant moneth did bie twentie quarters of Malt comminge towardes the haven of this towne by water before the same was commen into the said haven contrarye the tenour forme and effect of the statute in ye caise provided. It ys therefore by the said Mr Maiour Iaimes Clerkeson lawrence warton and william gee his Brethren thaldermen of Kingeston vpon Hull (and the Quenes Maiestes iustices of peace within the same towne & ye countie of ye same towne.the iiijth day of Iuly Anno predicto condescended concluded and agreed That the said Iaimes Chapman shall pay
to ye vs for a fine for his said offence vjs viijd whereof shalbe distributed to ye poorer xxd and five shillinges ye residewe thereof to ye vse of the said townes chaimber.
[In the margin] finis xxd /
Item it was presented to ye said maiour and aldermen assembled in there counsell chaimber within the guilde hawle of the said towne the said fourthe day of Iuly in the yere afforesaid by ye company of ye berebrewers inhabitinge this towne. That william Browne haithe Retayled bere being none of there company contrary the forme and effect of the composicion graunted to ye same company of bearebrewers It ys therefore agreed and concluded by the same maioir and aldermen That he the said William Browne shall pay for ye said offence iijs iiijd vidilicet to ye vse of the townes chaimber xxd and to ye said corporacion xxd
[In the margin] finis xiiijd /
Item it was the same day and yere by the said Mr Maiour and aldermen in ye said plaice concluded & agreed That Richerd watkingeson who then and there before them for ye like offence convicted pay for a fine ijs xd vz to ye said corporacion xxd and to the vse of the said
townes chaimber xiiijd
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