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HCA BRB/2 Bench Book Four [Transcribed by Helen Good]
Kingston super Hull
1584.1585 / Tempore Magistri Willemi Wilson Maiores ibidem Anno Regni Domine Nostre Elizabeth dei gratia Anglie ffrancie et Hibirne Regine fidei defensor &c. / Vicessimo sexto et vicesimo septimo /
[In the margin ] The eleccion of ye Maiour. /
Inprimis upon [Blank] the last day of September in the xxvjth yeare aforesaid beinge the daie of the eleccion of the Maiour Sheriff and Chamberlaines of Kingston vpon Hull aforesaid Iohn [Smyth] Maiour of the same towne and his brethren the Aldermen accordinge to the auncient Chartres liberties and Costomes of the said towne named and appointed to the Burgesses of the same towne beinge assembled together in their Common or Guylde Hall for the eleccion of the Maiour William Wilson and [Blank] Aldermen of them two to elect & chose the one to be the Maiour of the said towne for one hole yeare of which two the said
William G Iohn Smyth then Maiour and thaldermen and Burgesses did elect and chose the said William Wilson to be who then and their toke vpon him that office: and was sworne for the dewe execucion thereof. /
Item the same daie and yeare the said Maiour & Aldermen accordinge to the tenour purporte and effect of the said Chartre did with one full assent & consent elect & chose the said William Wilson to be the Quenes Maieties Admyrall within the towne & Countie of Kingston vpon Hull the towne of dripoule & the precinctes thereof, and all throughout the Water of Humber for and duringe the tearme of one hole yeare next followeinge, who then was sworne for the execucion of the same office. /
Item the daie and yeare abovesaid the said William Wilson nowe Maiour and thaldermen accordinge to the auncient Chartres liberties and costomes of this towne named & appointed to the said Burgesses for the eleccion of the Sheriff of the towne and Countie of Kingston vpon Hull Roberte Dalton and [Blank] of which two the said Maiour Aldermen and Burgesses [f. 235v.] did elect & chose the said Robert Dalton who then tooke vpon him that office & was sworne for the dewe execucion thereof. /
Item the said laste day of September the said Maiour and Aldermen accordinge to the auncient Chartres liberties & costomes of the said towne did nominate and appointe [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 [Blank ]
Nomina Maioris et Aldermanorum hoc Anno
William Wilson Maiour
[In the margin] NB Mr Iohn Alred burges howe. /
Agreid that the seconde day of October Anno Praedicto The said Maiour and Aldermen did admytt to be a Burgesse of this towne Mr Iohn Alrede: Allwais provided that the same Mr Alred shall not (by vertewe thereof) be chardged with anie office within this said Towne, except he wolde willinglie thereto yelde. /
[In the margin] Rowland Wilkinson xls yerely
Item the vjth of November Anno praedicto It was ordered and agreid by the said Maiour & Aldermen That Rowlande Wilkingson in respect of his aidge povertie & good service hearetofore don to and for the towne shall haue so longe as he shall lyve xls yearelie paide him by the Chamberlaines of this Towne. /
[In the margin] George Nedam free /
Item the same day and yeare George Nedam late servante to Mr Robert Dalton, not with standeinge his departure forth of his Mrs service before the tearme of his Apprentiseshippe were expired shall for the fyne of xxs be admitted to be a Burgesse of this Towne. /
[In the margin] Mr Iohn Logan dett.
Item the xjth of November the said Maiour and Aldermen at the humble Sute of Iohn Logan and in respect of his povertie and losses sustayned, and of the good service he is able to doe to the towne [( ] which he promiseth willingelie to doe when he shalbe called of) did order condiscend and agrie That he shall haue vpon good bondes with sufficient sewerties day to pay the Cli by him oweinge as followeth. Videlt xxvli at Bartholomewe day .1585 / xxvli at Bartholomew day 1586. / xxvli at Bartholomewe day 1587 / and xxvli at Bartholomewe day. 1588./
[In the margin] Orders for Ailehowses
Item the xxvjth day of November In the Seaven and twentie yeare of the Reigne of our Souereigne Ladie Elizabeth by the grace of God of England ffrance & Ireland Quene .&c/ It is ordered enacted established & confirmed by the said Maiour and Aldermen That all and euerie the Orders made for aylehowses in the tyme of Mr Gayton his Maioraltie Anno Elizab. Rne xvijo et xviijo, shalbe put in dew execucion, (the order for the Assise onelie eccepted) And for the assice It is by the said Maiour and Aldermen ordered established & confirmed That all Aile brewers & tiplers within this towne shall sell and retaile a wyne quarte and a gill forthe of the dores and a London quarte within the howse for a penie, and the said assise not to be augmented vntill malte be at xiijs iiijd the quarter. And that they shall sell a gallon and a dishe of small Aile for a pennie. /
[In the margin] NB Peter Copley disfranchised for colouring straingers goodes.
Wheareas by the Examinacion of Thomas Hall clothier and by the confession of peter Copley a Burgesse of this Towne it is fownde that he same peter contrarie to his othe hath coloured Straingers goodes and bartered the same as his owne And contrarie to an order made in the tyme of the Maioraltie of Thomas Thompson in the xxiijth yere of Henrie theight. It was therefore the xvijth of September Anno praedicto ordered established and confirmed by the full assent & consent of the said Maiour & Aldermen That the said Peter shalbe disfranchesed & dischardged of his Burgeshipp. / Yet in respect of his sicknes, that it should not then be declared vnto him vntill he recover the same /
[In the margin] NB Hewgh Graves disfranchesed
Itm the same day and yeare the said Maiour and Aldermen did order conclude and agrie that Heughe Graves (for sellinge three tonnes & one hogeshead of wyne of his brother Iohn Graves beinge no Burgesses heare contrarie the Order in that behalfe made the xvijth yeare of Edward the iiijth as appeareth by his owne confession and the deposicion of Mathewe Brownall of this towne inholder) shalbe disfranchised and pay xls. /
[In the margin] Mr ffawether & his children to be Burgesses.
Item the xvijth [or xviijth] of Januarie Anno domini praedicto In the xxvijth yeare of the Reigne of our Souereigne Ladie Elizabeth the Quenes most excellent Maiestie The said Maiour and Aldermen did order consent and agrie That Mr Iohn ffawether an Alderman of this towne gyvinge over his Aldermanshipp by his own consent shall remaine and be a Burgesse And his children heare borne to enioye their fredomes within this Coperacion./
[In the margin] Mr William Bray elected Alderman /
Item the xvjth of Ianuarie Anno praedicto the said Maiour and Aldermen in the place of Mr Iames Clarkeson late Alderman deceased did nominate and appointe to the Burgesses of this towne beinge assembled together in their Common or guylde hall Mr Robert Legarde & Mr William Bray of them two to chose one to be an Alderman, of whome the said Maiour Aldermen & Burgesses did elect & chose the said Mr William Bray who was sworne accordingelie.
[In the margin] The fishe to be vewed by the Markett keper and brought to the markett.
same day and yeare xxjth of Ianuarie Anno praedicto It is was ordered and agreid by the said Maiour and Aldermen That William Roper the Market keper sholde vewe all freshe fishe brought in by the flemmynges to see if the same be good & holsom for manes bodie: And that the same be brought to the market that thinhabitantes may their be served
[In the margin] An order for not makinge Burgesses revoaked
Item the daie and yeare abouesaid the said Maiour & Aldermen did with one full assente and consente enact order establishe and agrie That the Order maide in the time of Mr William Smythes Maioraltie (for restrainte of admyttinge anie Burgesses by fine.) shalbe revoaked and from hensforth voide, And that yt shalbe lawfull heareafter to receive such as shalbe thought conveniente & mete to be Burgesses the said Acte or order to the Contrarie notwithstandinge
[In the margin] Hewghe Graves be admitted Burgess for a fyne
Item the same daie and yeare, at the humble sute and submission of Hewgh Graves he is readmitted to be a Burgesse of this towne payinge for a fine therefo xls. / Of which somme he paide xxxviijs iiijd and the reste is forgiven him. /
[In the margin] NB ground for the scollers:
Item the xxviijth of Ianuarie Anno praedicto It is ordered and agreid by the said Maiour and Aldermen that the peace of grownde belongeinge to the vicaredge in the tenour of Dixon shalbe vewed and appointed for the Scollers to haue to vse for their easemente & to play in / and their to be kept together. /
[In the margin] A messuage bought of William Nailor
Agreid That the xixth of ffebruarie Anno praedicto The said Maiour and Burgesses bought of one William Nailor sonne vnto Edward Naylor late of the Citie of London yoman All that messuage or tenemente in Kingston vpon Hull aforesaid in a Street their called Myton gayte laite in the tennancy of Alyce Burde widowe deceassed as by the Indentur thereof made appeareth. /
[In the margin] Thomas Dobson burges.
Item the xxvth of ffebruarie Anno praedicto Thomas Dobson maryner is admytted to be a Burgesse of this towne for the fyne of Liijs iiijd to be paid at mydsomer next /
[In the margin] Mudd Wall at the North yate
Item the xiijth of May Anno praedicto the said Maiour & Aldermen did order confirme & agrie that their should be a Mudde Walle on the East syde of the north yates to the haven for the better defence & strength of this Towne: which was presentlie after made and sett upp / .
[In the margin] Buckettes & s...s to be made.
Item the same daie and yeare yt was ordered and agreid by the said Maiour and Aldermen that their should be made two dozen of leather bucketts, and great yron hookes for pulling downe of howses, and fower S...s for avoydinge the dainger of fyer when it shall happen, and the same to be honge and placed in severall saife places of the towne, and locked with Iron Chaines. /
[In the margin] Dickson and Chapman porters.
Item the same daie and yeare Henrie Dickson and Raife Chapman were admitted to be Common porters
in the Wollhowse in the place of Chewe and Iohnson deceassed who were sworne for the dewe execucion thereof. the said Raife Chapman beinge the younger porter. /
[In the margin] NB admission of porters /
Item the daie and yeare aforesaid the said Maiour and Aldermen did order eneact and establishe That from thensforth euerie Porter at his admission shall pay to euerie one of the other porters ijs and shall amongst them all defray ijs to make them merie and no more in anie respect: And the dynner supper and breakefaste which was excessive chardges & therefore from hencefforth to be lefte of and not vsed. /
Orders devised enacted ordered and agreid vpon the xvijth day of May Anno praedicto by the said Maiour and Aldermen his brethren, to be observed as followeth
[In the margin] no kettle to be heated on shipboard . /
Imprimis that no aliene, strainger, or inhabitante within this towne shall at anie tyme after the ffeast daie of penticost next heate anie pytche, or anie tarre kettle vpon boarde of anie Shipp, keile, hoy, bote or other vessell in the Haven, but on the shoare onelie: Nor breame anie Shippe, keile, hoye, bote, or other vessells in the haven vpon paine that euerie one that shall offende contrarie to any branche of this Article or procure the same shalbe commytted to prison for xiiij daies: And also the owner of the Shippe keile hoie or other vessell to forfeit for the first offence .xxs. And for the seconde doble as muche: And for euerie offence after that to doble the same. / to be levied of the Shippe keile hoy bote or other vessell / or of anie other the goodes or Chattles of the owner or owners to the vse of the Maiour and Burgesses of Kingston vpon Hull.
Item that euerie owner or owners of anie Shipp, craer, hoye, or other vessell aryvinge in the haven belongeinge to this towne at anie tyme heareafter. Shall at all times and from time to tyme heareafter within fower and twentie howres next after their aryvall in the same haven from anie voyadge. carie or cause to be caried all their gonne powder from aboarde on their Shipp Craer or other vessell, unto such place on the Shore as to them shalbe thought convenient, upon paine that everie one offendinge hearein shall forfeite for euerie offence. iijs iiijd to the vse of the said Maiour & Burgesses to be levied as aforesaid /
Item forasmuch as great harme hearetofore hath comen vnto Shipps by the negligence of boyes through fyer & candlelight tyme: That yt shall not be lawfull at anie tyme heareafter for anie to suffer anie fier or candlelighte to be in their Shipps keiles, craers, hoies, botes or other vessells so longe as they be in the haven from the myddest of September vntill the middest of March from and after sixe of the Clocke in the evenynge vntill seaven of the clocke in the mornynge: And from and after the middest of March vntill the Myddest of September from eight of the clock in the evenynge vntill five of the clock in the mornynge, vpon paine that euerie owner & other person by whome or by whose Commaundemente anie fyer or Candlelight shalbe kepte in anie Shipp, keile Craer hoy or other vessell contrarie to this order shall forfeite for euerie offence xxs / and anie boy that without commaundment shall kepe anie fyer or candlelight in anie Shipp keile craer hoy or other vessell contrarie to this same order shall for everie offence be grevouslie whipped about the towne on some Markett daie. /
Item that no person or persons shall at anie tyme after Whitsonday next suffer anie barrell or barrells of pytche or tarre to lye in the Strete before his howse after vj of the clock in the afternowne (emptie barrells onelie excepted) vpon paine to forfeite to the vse aforesaid for euerie offence xijd . /
Item that no person or persons that brewe or bake shall putt or make anie fyer in their oven or vnder their leade before two of the clocke in the mornynge, and so to begyn their brewinge and bakeinge as they shall finishe and make an ende thereof that daie before .x. of the clock in the evenynge vpon paine to forfeite for euerie offence to the vse aforesaid iijs iiijd . /
[In the margin] a lease to wydow Empson
Md that the said Maiour and Aldermen the xxiijtie day of September Anno praedicto did condiscende order and agrie that wydowe Empson should have a lease for xxitie yeares of the howse wherein she inhabiteth from Martynmas next. At the yearlie rente of xxiijs payable at Whitsondaie & Martinmas And for non payment within a moneth A reentrie: The Lesse to stande to all manner of Reparacions ( the maine walle towardes the haven onelie excepted) and in tyme of anie troble the Towne to vse yt at pleasure / The lessee to pay for a fyne xli viz vli in hande: and vli at may daie nexte. /
[In the margin] NB None to buye fishe or marchandize to be brought in straingers bottom tree before the somme be commen hither /
Forasmoche as their be certaine evill disposed persons more myndinge their owne pryvate lucre and gaine then regardeinge their othe or dewtie to this bodie Polytick or the Common wealth of the same doe within this towne make former bargaines with Alien straingers for great quantytie of salte fishe and other commodities to be transported from forreine places vnto this porte in strainger bottom trees which in tyme is lykelie not onelie to be a great decay of the navie of this porte: but also the overthrough of fishinge voiages to the impoverishinge of the Burgesses & inhabitantes of this towne and the vtter overthrowe of a greate sorte of pore men their wifes and children which by the [f. 239v.] same voyadges are relieved and maintained. / ffor reformacion whereof, and to the ende that the same their inordinate dealinges may be restrained: The said Maiour Aldermen and Burgesses beinge assembled together in the Counsell chamber within the Common Hall the last day of September in the said xxvijth yeare of her Maiestes Reigne did with one full assent and consente enact order condiscende and agrie That no Burgesse or other inhabitante within this Towne shall at anie tyme heareafter by himselfe his factor deputie or servante directlie or indirectlie make or cause or procure to be made anie bargaine contracte or agrement with anie Aliene Strainger or Straingers their factors Deputies or servantes for the buynge haveinge or bringeinge to this porte of Kingston vpon Hull, or to anie Creake Haven Ryver or member of the same porte from anie the partis beyond the Seas of anie Salted fishe or salted hearinge in anie Straingers bottom or bottoms before the same fishe or herringes shalbe brought to the same porte Creeke haven or Ryver to be solde. / Vpon the penalties & forfeitures provided against such offendors by the lawes & Statutes of this Realme to be levied vpon the offenders without anie favor / And yt is further by the said Maiour & Burgesses by the lyke assent and consent inacted ordered & agreid That no Burgesse or other inhabitante of this towne shall at anie tyme or times heareafter directlie or indirectlie by himselfe his factor deputie or servante make or cause or procure to be made anie bargaine contract or agrement with anie aliene strainger or straingers their deputies servantes or factors for the buynge haveinge or bringeinge into this porte or anie other the Havens Creeks or Ryvers afforesaid: from anie the partes beyonde the Seas anie forrein commoditie or marchandize whatsoever in a strainger bottom tree before the same commodities or marchandizes shalbe in the said [f. 240] Porte Haven Creeke or ryver to be solde. / Vpon paine to forfeit to the vse of the Maiour & Burgesses of Kingston vpon Hull vs of euerie pownde that such commodities or marchandises so bought or brought in contrarie the order aforesaid shalbe valewed: the same to be levied by the Common officer to the said Maiour and Burgesses by distresse of the goodes and Chattles of the offenders: /