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HCA BRB/2 Bench Book Four [Transcribed by Helen Good]
Kingston super Hull
Tempore Magistri Iohn Smyth Maiore ibidem Anno Regni Domine Nostre Elizabeth dei gratia Anglie Francie et Hibirne Regine fidei defensor &c / Vicesimo quinto: et vicesimo sexto / 1583. /
[In the margin ] The eleccion of the Maiour
Inprimis vppon [Blank ] the laste day of September in the xxvth yeare aforesaid beinge the said day of the eleccion of the Maiour Sheriff and Chamberlaines of Kingston vpon Hull aforesaid William Gee Maiour of the same towne & his brethren thaldermen accordinge to the auncient Chartres liberties & costomes of the said towne named & appointed to the Burgesses of the same Towne beinge assembled together in their Common or Guyld Hall for the eleccion of the Maiour Mr Iohn Smyth and Mr Leonerd Willan Aldermen of theme two to elect & chose the one to be the Maiour of the said towne for one hole yeare of which two the said William Gee then Maiour thaldermen & Burgesses did elect and chose the said Iohn Smyth who then and their took vpon him that office and was sworne for the dewe execucion thereof. /
[In the margin ] The eleccion of ye Admyrall
Item the same day and yeare the said Maiour & Aldermen accordinge to the tenour purporte and effect of the said Chartres did with one full assent & consente elect and chose the said Iohn Smith to be the Quenes Maietes Admyrall within the towne and Countie of Kingston von Hull the towne of Dripole and the precincte thereof, and also throughout the water of Humber for and duringe the terme of one hole yeare next followinge who then was sworne for the dew execucion of the same office. /
[In the margin ] The eleccion of ye Sherif.
Item the day and yeare abouesaid the said Iohn Smyth nowe Maiour and thaldermen accordinge to the auncient Chartres liberties and Costomes of this towne named and appointed to the said [f. 232v.] Burgesses for the eleccion of the Sheriff of the Towne and Countie of Kingston vpon Hull Robert Taylor and [Blank] of which two the said Maiour Aldermen and Burgesses did elect & chose the said Robert Taylor who then tooke vpon him that office and was sworne for the dewe execucion thereof. /
Item the said last day of September the said Maiour and Aldermen accordinge to the ancient Chartres liberties & costomes of the said towne did nominate and appoin [Blank] of them to elect two to be Chamberlaines of Kingston vpon Hull of which fower the said Maiour Aldermen & Burgesse did elect and chose the said Anthonie Burnsall [Blank] who were sworne for the dewe execucion of that office. /
Item the same day the said William Gee and [Blank] Aldermen were elected to be Coroners within the Towne & Countie of Kingston vpon Hull who being then present tooke vpon them that office and was sworne for the dewe execucion thereof. /
Nomina Maioris et Aldermanorum hoc Anno
Iohn Smyth Maiour
[In the margin ] NB 1584. / Lead seised released for fine iijli vjs viijd
Agreid that the vjth day of Marche in the xxvjth yere of the Reigne of our Souereigne Ladie Elizabeth the Quenes most excellent Maiestie vpon the submission & confession of [Blank ] Walthall servante to William Walthall of the Cytie of London marchante, It was by the said Maiour and Aldermen concluded ordered and agreid: That tenne fothers of Leade beinge vnder arrest of fforranie bought [f. 233] and forraine solde, shoulde be redelyvered to the said Walthall for a fyne of iijli vjs viijd. /
[In the margin ] NB fishe bought before it was landed. /
Item the Last of Aprill Anno praedicto The said Maiour and Aldermen did determyne conclude & agrie that Walter Peck & others the owners of two hundreth fishe that was by them bought before the same was praised should pay for a fine ijs viiijd
[In the margin ] Herringes.
Item the same day and yeare It was by the same Maiour and Aldermen ordered & agreid That Robert Iackson and others owners of
the herringes brought hither contrarie to the Statute shall pay for euerie last packed vjs viijd / beinge viij lastes .in toto. liijs iiijd. /
[In the margin ] Iames Halsey contempt he imprisoned /
Wheareas Iames Halsey a Burgesse of this towne the xviijth of Iune
did con Anno praedicto did contemptuslie speake and say to the said Maiour and thaldermen his brethren, that their colde no Iustice be had at their handes, and that they had don him wronge in takeinge of him the severall fynes of xls and iijli vjs viijd. / And he chardged the said Maior & Iustices this day that they had released a strainger of xiiij Hoggesheades [of] wyne forfeycted and toke but one of him and delt so hardlye with him as he hath aforesaid: Therefore for his offence hearein the said Maiour and Aldermen did order constitute and agrie That the said Iames Halsey shoulde be imprisoned vntill he shall reforme himselfe & confesse his falte, and be bownde to good abearinge./
[In the margin ] goodes sold without notice to Mr Maiour.
Item the seconde day of Iuly Anno praedicto It is ordered adiudged & agred by the said Maiour & Aldermen That one Rebbe Iacobson of Acarslott for that he did not repaire to Mr Maior at his firste commyinge to the towne to showe what commoditie he hadd but solde them at his pleasure to whome he wolde he shoulde pay to the use of the said Maiour & Burgesses vjs viijd
[In the margin ] fishe forestalled
Item the same day and yeare The said Maiour and Aldermen did order conclude and agrie That whereas one William More of Leith in Scotland bought of one Cornelius Cornellison of Camphire the firste of Iune laste three thousande fishe beinge a Shipp bounde in the Rode steide intendinge from thence to haue sayled to Lynne and their to haue sold the said fishe which is forestallinge: the said William More should be therefore commytted to prison accordinge to the Statute in that caise made and provided. /
[In the margin ] Oke trees bought. /
Agreid That the third day of August Anno praedicto Mr Iohn Gregorie Alderman by the appointment and consent of his brethren the Maiour and Aldermen did for and to the vse of the Maiour & Burgesses of this towne buye of one Edward Wolhowse of West Cottingeworth in the Countie of York taylor servant and deputie to Thomas Saltmarshe the elder of Thorgunbie in the said Countie esquire tenne score of the beste oke trees standinge & beinge in a wood in the parishe of Thorgunbie aforesaid called Coleshey wood or in anie parte parcell or member thereof (the tree called the myle poste onelie excepted) with free egresse and regresse into the said wood & other the premisses at all times convenient and from time to tyme vntill the firste day of Auguste which shalbe in the yeare of our Lorde Gode 1587 to fell cutt downe and frame the said trees and from the said wood with cariadges & otherwise to carie the same to the water of the darwyne by the nyest way accostomied and their to lye the same in convenient place of the Bancke of the said water and from thence to take the same away at the will & pleasure of the said Maiour and Burgesses their Successors or assignes dischardged of & from the payment of any tythe or anie thinge for the lyinge of the said trees of the said banke. / ffor which trees the said Iohn Gregorie did pay. Cli lawfull englishe monie which somme is to him repaide. /
[In the margin ] Trees marked.
Item after the buyinge and payinge for the said trees Anthonie Burnsall then one of the Chamberlaines of Kingston vpon Hull aforesaid marked in the said woode and in the closes adioyninge the same the said tenne Score trees: And although yt was thought that the closes were no parte of the said woode, yet by agrement betwixt the said Iohn Gregorie and the said Edward Wolhowse, the said Maiour and Burgesses their Successors or assignes are to haue all those trees that are for them marked in the same closes as by a note vnder the handes of the said Iohn Gregorie and Edward Wolhowse appeareth. /
[In the margin] Sir ffrancys Walsingham highe Steward of this towne /
Item the xxixth day of Auguste Anno praedicto The said Maiour and Aldermen with the advice and consent of divers of the most discrete and substanciall Burgesses did with one full assente and consent enact order conclude and agrie That Sir ffrancys Walsingham knight her Maiesties principall Secreterie should haue graunted vnto him the office of the Highe Steward of this Towne And that he should have a Patent thereof duringe his life with the yearlie fee of vjli xiijs iiijd which was Sealed with the Common Seale the xxth of September
after then nexte. /
[In the margin ] NB A note to be gyven to Mr Maiour of howses letten. /
[In the margin] Confirmed the 29, of October. 1606 & notice is to be gyven of yt
Item the said Maiour and Aldermen the xvth of September Anno praedicto dyd with one full assent and consent enacte establishe and order That no person or persons within this Corporacion shall at anie tyme heareafter deuise or lett anie howse or tenemente to anye person or persons nowe or at anie tyme heareafter inhabiting without the same, Except he that so letteth the same delyver the name of him that wold take to Mr Maiour and his brethren thaldermen and haue their consentes so to deuise and let the same vpon paine to forfeite for euerie howse or tenemente other wise letten .xls.
[In the margin ] Mr Iohn Logan dett.
Item the xxiiijth of September Anno praedicto day is given by the said Maiour and Aldermen to Mr Iohn Logan at his earneste sute and humble peticion he bringeinge in such sewrte as [f. 234v] shalbe lyked of for the payment of one hundreth .videl. xxvli at Bartholo-mewe tyde. Anno 1585 / xxvli at Candlemas eadem Anno. / xxvli at Bartholemew .1586. / and xxvli at Candlemas eadem Anno. /