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foft Reprehenfion : which, perhaps, they never would have been,
had feverer Methods been ufed to enforce them.

[ /// ] The Kin-, having, on the l8th of March, written, from

Kenelworth, to the Mayor and Burgeffes of the Town, demanding
their Afliftance, (amongft others) in procuring Shipping, to with-
ftand thofe oCFrance, Scotland, and inch Powers that affifted them ;

I. tter was directed to the Kin;'' Uncle, lh.\i:\ Hi \ii<

Bifhop of Winche/ler, Lord Chancellor, (afterwards Cardinal) da-
ted tin. 28th of the fame Month. In it, they defired Ins Lordfhip
t" inform hi l£ajefty, I hat. liavingdifcoursd the Owners off ever al

gallant



98 Chap. vi. Mayors, &c. in t/ie Reign of K. HENRY VI.



1417 John Fittling, 3.

1 418 Thomas Marshall, 2.



John Bedford
MSS. agree



1419 Robert Holm, 1. John Gregge f v ; w



1420 John Bedford, 3.

1 42 1 Francis Hew it.



iiy Church.

John Fittling

77/o. Marshall



King HENRY VI. August 31.

Robert 1 'Inline



1422 tAmes Spead.

1423 J



Thomas Marsha

1424 John Grimsby, i.

1425 John Tutbury, 4.

1426 Thomas Wells.

1427 Robert Holm, 2.

1428 John Bedford, 4.

1429 Robert Kirton, 1.

1430 Ralph Horn, 1. [n]



11, 3-



Jnlm Bedford
Francis Hewit
James Speed
Tlin. Marshall
JnJin Grimsby
James Speed
Francis Hewit
Tho. Marsliall



1 43 1 J ohn Gri msby , 2. The King crown" d at I *ar i s

1432 JohnTutbury,5. Returns to England in Feb

1 433 Thomas Wal las , Terrible Struggles in France

1434 Robert Holm, 3. Normandy in Rebellion

1 435 [0] John Bedford, 5. The Regent dyd at Paris

gallant Veffels, together with the Town's Inhabitants, they were
unanimously resolved to /apply his Majejiy with what he wanted,
fo that lie took upon him to manage, ami provide Sustenance for his
willing Naval Forces, that should be ready, at Command.

\n] In his Mayoralty, the Town's Charter was confirmed by
A6i of Parliament.

[o] Orders were made either in this Year, or when he was
Mayor before, " That neither Markets, or Traffick, fliould be kept
"or dealt with on a Sunday, (except, according to antient Cu-
" ftom, from Lammas to Michaelmas) on Penalty of 6s. 8d. to the
" Seller, and \ of that sum to the Buyer : No Cooks to drefs Meat,
"except for Strangers ; and that too, before 11 a Clock : No
" Vintners or Ale-Seller- to vend their Liquors, under the aforefaid
" Penalties : One Shilling and Eight Pence being allow'd to the In-
" former; provided he acted out of pure Zeal, and not thro' fel-
" fiih Intereft, or malicious Inclination."' [/] The



Mayors, &c. in King HENRY the Vlth'j Rcigu. 99



1436 Robert Kirton, 2. 1437 Ralph Horn, 2.
1438 Ralph Holmes.

The King (as his Royal Father had done, about the 3d
War of his Reign) confirm'd the Election of a Mayor ; but
chang'd the Affiftance of 4 Bayliffs, to that of 12 Aldermen,
elected from the Burgeffes, ( as mentioned, except Hugh
Clitheroe and John Han/on, in Pag. Si. where the Wards arc
faid to be divided ) and authorized, by their Dignity, as
Jufticcs of the Peace. This was in the 17th Year of his
Rcigu ; when he order'd, that the Aldermen ( out of whom
a Mayor was Yearly to be chofen, and not to rule fo often,
as had been us'd in the Time of Bayliffs ) fhould be adorn'd
in Scarlet, as I mention'd in a Note under the Epitaph of
the Worlhipful William Dob/on. Moreover, he granted them
a Sheriff ; who, much in the like Manner, was to wear a
Scarlet Gown. When the firft of that Dignity, ( a rich Mer-
chant ) was chofen the fame Year, ( entering upon his Office
the Day after Trinity-Sunday, which he held 'till Mich-
aelmas) it was ordain'd, by the Mayor and Aldermen, that
he fhould have 2 Serjeants to attend him : and all. in
thefe Stations, to be annually elected : I shall therefore,
in the next Chapter, add the Names of the Sheriffs t<>
Thofe of the Mayors, as many as could be gather'd, 'till
we * come t<» what Tradition lias exhibited, of other Per
Pons, who ferved as Chamberlains ; tho' fuch had been
for feveral Years, before the Gentlemen to be hereafter men-
tion'd.

wmmwm % m®&®®{m+ 1 +

(MAP. VII.

./ Continuation of the Mayors, and Beginning

of the Sheriffs, 'till the kW^CHRIST, 1561.

. /./>. M AYO R S . Sheriffs.

1 1.39 TOn\ Awnwicke. *fOhn Spenfer, or Spen-
1440 J [/ ] Thomas 1 )ay.*/ cer. Richard Hanfon,

[/>] The King, being charm'd with the Town's Loyalty, con

in m d, on 1 li> 10th of May, their old Char! ml d them .1

perpetual Succcffion ; and capa< itatcd them to implead, in any of



ioo Chap. yii. Mayors in King Henry Vlth'j Reign.

1 44 1 Hugh Clitheroe, 1 [</] Robert Awnfwell

1442 Ralph Horn, 3 yohn Garton

1443 John Bedford, 6 \r\1Vil,Pro6lor oxyn.Pro6ler

1444 Thomas Dickinfon Nicholas lillis

1445 John Handfon yn. Dares, Dacres, or Danes

1446 I Ingii Clitheroe, 2 Thomas Farley^ or Turbey

his Courts, before the Judges : Hut, what was more, he order'cl,
That the Town, with the Precincts thereof, fhould beaCOUNTY
ofitfelf; excluded from (or the Power of any Juftice in) Yorkshire:
That, the Mayor fhould be the King's Efcheator, to fee what For-
feitures, or Lands (thro' w ant of Heirs) fell to his Majefty; the She-
riff to be an Afililant: and both tohavefuch Power, that was ufed
inanyother Part of the Realm: That no Burgefs was to be try'd be-
fore him, or his Succeffors, for Crimes committed within the Town ;
but fhould anfwer before the Mayor and Sheriff: And if the Cafe
could not l^e well terminated, for want of fome Point of Law to be
difcufs'd, then it was to be referr'd to the Judge of Affize. The
King alfo granted, That the Sword fhould be carried erect be-
fore the Mayor : Who. with the Aldermen, ordain'd, That no She-
riff fhould walk abroad, (efpecially to Church, Hall, or Market)
without having his Mace- borne before him, on Pain of forfeiting
Forty Shillings for every fuch Neglect. Mr. Richard 1 '[an/on, and
Mr. William Riplingham, were Chamberlains this Year.

I q ] It was ordain'd, this Year, That no Mayor (during his
Mayoralty) should practise as a Butclier, Vintner, Victualler, or
. \le-Houfe- Keeper : Neither should he go abroad, as to Church, Mar-
keter on any Concern of the Town, without having the Mace borne
before him, under the Tonally 0f4.OS.f0r every Offence, The Ling,
having loft feveral Places in France, Paris in particular, and alfo in
the Dutchy < »f Normandy, fent a letter, from his Manorof Shene, dated
Aug. 24. to the Mayor and Aldermen of Hull, to borrow fuch Sum of
Money, as might contribute to enable him to regain his loft Territo-
ries: Which Requefl was generously comply' d with, by the Corpora-
tion.

[/'] A Charter was granted, June 25. for purchafmg to the
Value of I oolper A nnum, in order to defend the Town againft
the Impetuofity of the Tides. In it, alfo was inferted : How, and
where, the Elections were to be made: That Two Aldermen
fhould be fet up as Lights, for the Burgeffes to chufe a Mayor :
Two Burgeffes put up, that one might be elected Sheriff: Lour,
in like Manner, whole Names fhould be given in. from whom two
Chamberlains fhould be appointed : And in Cafe any Mayor de-
parted this Life, or thro' Sicknefs, e-f. was incapacitated from per-
forming his Office ; the reft of the Aldermen were to nominate Two



Mayors, &c. in King HENRY the Sixth's Reign. 10 1



1447 John Steeton [/] John Northby or Notherby

1448 Hugh Clitheroe, 3 [/] Richard Bell, or Bill

1449 John Scales, i John Tit lot, ox Hi Hat

1450 Richard Hanfon, i Nicholas Stubbs ,or Slubber

1 45 1 Simon Burton Richard Flint on

1452 John Spencer, 2 Thomas Pattringtou

1453 Richard Hanfon, 2 E die. [ox F dm.] Coppindale

1454 Robert Awnfwell y<?//// Green, or Greene

1455 Nicholas Ellis 7^" Swan, or Swanne

1456 John Scales, 2 Thomas Eaton, or Elton

1457 Hugh Clitheroe, 4 Thomas H awl horpe

Burgeffes, whereby One of them was to be elected to that high
Dignity. This Year the Town was divided into Wards.

[/] About two Years before this, there happening fome Riots
in the North, wherein this Town might, thro' fome little Miftake,
feeni culpable ; the Magiftrates extremely unwilling to incur the
King's Difpleafure, humbly befought Pardon, for what Crimes had
been commit ted, thro' Inadvertency, and contrary to their Approba-
tion. The good King readily granted what they ask'd ; except to
a few Perfons, unworthy to be nam'd, who had been guilty of the
cruel Murder of one Mr. Christopher Talbot. And fo well pleafd
was he with this humble Submiffion, that he confirm'd all their
Priviledges, both of the Town, and new-made Count)-; which had
a Coroner to each, with proper Officers ; And granted, that, after
the Deceafe of the Duke of Exeter, and his Son, they might chufe
an Admiral ; whole Authority, without Interposition of any other
Perfon in that Station, was to extend over the County of Kingflon ;
Drypool, with its Precincts ; and all the River Humber : That the
Profits Ihould be apply'd towards fupporting the Town oi Hull i
That the Mayor, Aldermen, &c. mould have Liberty to command

Wells and Springs t< i be dug for, within their Count}', and coin ev
the Water, by Leaden Pipes, asthey thought expedient. The former

Chattel was this Year further explain'd, in a new one,relating to
Pines; Forfeitures of Bread, Wine, and Ale; the Tower of py
niming Delinquents, guilty of Extortion, felony, and other Mai
t( rs, again H the Paws.

1 In September, the King making a Progrefs to the North,
wilted Beverley, and t hi-, Town : Which, being fill'd with univei
lal Joy, and loud Ace lam.it ion ,, at the Sight of their Royal 1 1
factor, ihew'd an equal Demonstration of then- loyal Affection,
by entertaining their gra< iou Mon, u. h. with the gr< .it' il t lieai
fulnefs, Magnificence, and Splendour, [v] fhis



102 CHAP. yd. Mayors, Sheriffs, &c. in Reign of EDW. IV.

1458 Richard Ilanfon, 3 William Eland

[459 Edmund Coppindale, 2 Richard IIi/1

M + +■++.+ + + + + - .+ +}®®®®®®®®®
King EDWARD Wf . March 4.

1460 Diehard Ilanfon, 4 \v\"DObert Saunderfon

1 46 1 Nicholas Stubbes Roger Bit slid

1462 John Barkerfw] yohnHadlefey^oxHaddlefey

[v] This Year, which began the Reign of EDWARD, is rec-
kon'd the laft of King 1 Ii;.\k\ VI. The Differences, between the
Houfes of York and Lancafter, began to be more apparent, fmce
the}' had three terrible Engagements already : And the fourth
was 1))- Sandal Caftle, in Sight of Wakefield, where the Duke of
York, Father to King Edward was slain. The fecond, after this,
was the dreadful Fight at Towton. But all the Battles fought,
between the Adherents of the Two Houfes, are mention'd, in my
Second Volume of Yorkfhire Antiquities, Pag. 140, 141. to which I
refer the Reader. As the Loyalty of King/ton was always con-
fpicuous to their Princes, however unfortunate ; fo this Year did
it more eminently fhine, when the Mayor himfelf headed a
Company for the Caufe of his Royal Mafter, then in Affliction :
And tho' Fortune crown'd his beloved Party with defircd Succefs ;
yet this valiant Magiftrate, (who fpenthis deareft Blood in his So-
vereign's Defence) fought with fuch Courage and Intrepidity, 'till
at length he fell clown amongft feveral diftinguifh'd Heroes, co-
ver'd over with Glory, and Wounds.

HANSON ! Thy Name, shall, like fresh Rofcs, bloom ;

ITcafaut, be heard for Ages, yet to come :

As f FLEMING. Great; 1 oh of e Life, uufaiu'd from Blots,

Was bravely loft, amidfl invading Scots.

Now your bright Souls, ble/l with Eternal Springs,

Enjoy your GOD, by fighting for your Kings.

t Nicholas Fleming, Lord-Mayor of York; who, valiantly
leading his Citizens, in the Year 13 19. againft the then ravaging
Scots, was overpowered by their Numbers, and slain in the Battle
of Myton-upon-Swale. See in the Hiftory of York, Pag. 177.

While Mr. JIaufou was living, it was decreed in the Town's Hall,
That, for the future, the Mayor and Aldermen should nominate
thofe Perfous they thought vwfl fitting to bear the Office of Head
Magiftrate; and then refer the ElecHon of one of thou to the
Burgejffes. Such Regulations were made as to other Officers.
[w] He was buried in the High Church, and had over his

Grave thefe two Words : Orate Spcculati. [x] King



Mayers, Sheriffs, &c. in Edward the IVthV Reign. IO3

1463 John Green [x] yoJiu Day

1464 'Nicholas Ellis [y] Robert Rimington

\x\ King Henry efcaping out of the Tower, to the North,
and, thro' Means of his Queen, obtaining Succours from France,
he entred Xorthumbcr laud, took Bamborough Caftle, and proceeded
to Durham, where he was joined by Numbers. King Edward
hearing this, raifing an Army, fent thofe Forces again ft him, whilft
he, unexpected, came this Year to Barton-upoti-H umber, attended
by his Lords and Commanders: When landing at Hull, he fecur'd
the Town to his Intereft ; tho' the Inhabitants were very much in-
clin'd to K. HENRY : But what could any People do, when two
Kings reign'd in one Kingdom? "When, writes an ingenious Hijlo-
" rian, the White Rofe in every Place was dy'd red with the Blood
" of the Nobility ; and the red Rofe tum'd pale with Horror, to
" view the Calamities occafion'd by this Diffention ? " The King
de Facto march'd to York, where he continu'd a while ; and fent
the Vifcount Montague, with a Party, to fecure the Loyalty of the
Northumbrians ', againft the King de Jure. That Nobleman was
fuddenly attack'd (on a well-known fpacious Plain called the
Levels of Hexham) by the Lords Hungerford, Rofs, and Moll ins ;
Sir Ralph Grey, and Sir Ralph Percy, Knights : But Montague
(landing their Affault, got the Victory. Whilft Sir Ralph Percy
was dying in the Field, from which he would not be drove, he
comforted himfelf with this pretty Expreffion, I have favd the
little Bird in my Bofom : As much as to fay, he had preferv'd his
Oath to King Henry, from which nothing but Death could fe-
perate him. Thus greatly he gave up his Soul ; but the Lords,
before-mention'd, with other Perfons of Note, became miferable
Captives, and were beheaded in cold Blood. As to the unfortu-
nate King I Ii-.XKV, he was fore'd to retire into Scotland 'for Safety :
But the fame Year returning into England, in difguis'd Apparel,
was difcover'd as he fat at Dinner at ll'addiugtou Hall, carry 'd up
to London, with his Legs bound under the Horfe's Belly, and
committed clofe Prifoner to the Tower.

[/] By fome ftrange Caufe, or other, the 1 faven was this Year
almoft ruin'd : The dreadful Confideration of which, oblig'd the
Urates and People to obtain a Granl from the King, empower-
ing them to lay upon the Mailers of every Foreign Ship, of 100
Tuns, when coming in, or going out, the Sum <>f Three Shillings
and Pour Pence, and fo m Proportion the leffer Veffels; By which

Means, they being enabled to gel the Port clear'd, it became re-
Itor'd t<> it, priftine Condition. I h STi was alio remarkable
t«<r King Edward's being crown'dat Vorh, and thai magnificenl ( )a

thedrals taking Fire by Lightning, or thro' fome other Mifchanec.

o



104 Chap. vii. Mayors^ S/ieriffs, &c. in Reign of Edw. IV.

1465 John Swan. 1 yohn Whitfield

1466 John Day, 1 111 Warn Brampton

1467 John Dares, or Danes. William Barton

1468 Roger Bushel 1, 1 Thomas A Icocke

1469 John Day, 2 [.:.] J° n11 Richards

1470 John Hadlefey Robert Marshall

147 1 Robert Bennington Robert A Icocke

1472 John Whitfield [iui] Thomas IFood

1473 William Brompton Ralph Langton

1474 John Swan, 2 Richard Bunion

1475 Roger Bushell, 2 Robert Fisher

1476 John Richards [bb] Robert Scales [tips

1477 Edmund Coppindale,3 Tho.Phelippe^ox Phil-

1478 Thomas Alcock [cc] Robert Chapman

1 479 Thomas Wood Rich. Doughtie or Doughty

1 480 Robert Alcock \dd\Jas. Thudlingtonpx Thom-

1481 Ralph Langton Robert Flinton [lin/on



King EDWARD V. April 9. •
f King RICHARD III. June 22.

1483 npIIoMAs Phillips Bartholomew Gylliot

1484 Richard Burdon Thomas Daltou



[*] This Mayor (with ALICE, his Wife) was buried in the
Chancel of S. Trinity Church, Anno 1470.

[aa] This Worfhipful Mayor died of the Plague, then raging.

[bb] The Peftilence alfo put a Period to his Life.

[cc] The Plague (which had alternately raged, more or lefs,
from 1472, deftroying near 1600 Perfons) ceafed this Year ; but not
before it had proved the Death of this Worfhipful Magiftratc ;
and brought his dear Wife and Children to their Client Graves.

\dd~\ This Mayor was related to William ALCOCK, Merchant of
Hull, whofe Confort was delivered of a Son at Beverley, named
JOHN ; who, in Time, became Bifhop of Ely, and prov'd a great
Benefactor to King/Ion, in founding a School, Chantries, &c.

t Tho' a very wicked King, yet he founded Middleham College.
The fecond time he was crown'd, was in York Minder, accompany'd
by his Queen, where he inverted his Soninthe Principalityof Wales.



Mayors, Sheriffs, &c. in K. Henry the Vllth'j Reign. 105

\ee\ King HENRY VII. Augusf^z.

1485 T> Alph Langton, 1 Lawrence Swat or i eke

1 486 Robert Chapman , 1 y//. Ill If 011 or // 111 if on

1487 John Dalton, 1 Thomas Wickliffe

1488 Thos. Etton,^Eaton TJws. Bridge or Bridges

1489 Thomas Dalton, 1 Robert Hoole ox Howie

1 490 Law (o^ Tho) Swatorickc //<•//. Myndram, or Mindram

1 49 1 Thomas Phillips y<>//// Spicer [ff]

1 492 Robert Chapman, 2 71&0. Andrew ox Andrews

1493 Thomas Will ifon William Goodknappe

1494 Ralph Langton, 2[gg]Edwd. Baron, or Barron

1495 John Dalton, 2 Thomas Cocke or Gw/'

1496 Henry Mindram, 1 Edw .Greenley ,ox Greenby

1497 \! l h\ Wm. Good knap Thomas Goof e man

1498 Root. Hoole <v Howie William Moncketon

1499 Thomas Dalton, 2 ^0//" GV//

1 500 Thomas Goofeman Robert Garner

1 50 1 Ed w. Baron , or Barron , 1 Thomas Wilkinfon

1502 Thomas Cocke Thomas Powis

1503 Robert Garner Alexander Wharton

1 504 John Gill Robert < > r (Roger) Bn shell

1505 Alexander Wharton [//] // 'illiam Taylor

1506 Henry Mindram, 2 ^>/<w Eland

[*r] By this King's Conqueft over RICHARD the Third, in
Bofworth-Field, (where that Ufurper was slain) and l>y marrying
Elizabeth, deleft Daughter to King Edward IV. the Houfes
of York and Lancafler became happily united.

[.//"] This Sheriff lies buried in the South Isle of the Chancel
of Holy Trinity Church.

\.gg\ He died in his Mayoralty ; and \\a- int « 1 r\l in the Mid-
dle of the Chancel, over whom was a Tomb-Stone, which declar'd
the Worfhipful JOHN DALTON was his Succeflbr.

[////] I le was an excellent Merchant; and, designing to return
home, was taken ill at Calais, \w France, where he departed this
Life : Upon which another Perfon (upply'd the Office this Year.

[ ii ] This Gentleman died at Loudon, in Time of his Mayoralty,

I kk 1



106 Chap. vii. Mayors, Sheriffs, &c. in Reign of HEN. VIII.

1507 Thomas Wilkinfon, 1 Robert Harrifon

1508 Rob.(tf/' Rog.)Bushell, I Wil. William/on, oxWillifon



[M] King HENRY VIII. April 22.

1509 pDwu. Barron, 2 J? Dm. Riddale, or Rifdale

1 5 10 John Eland, i Geo. Matt if on, or Mad-

151 1 Robert Harrifon Thos. Huntington , [di/on

1 51 2 Will. Williamfon [//] yo/in La n gt on

1 5 1 3 Edw. Riddale [nuii] Rob. Hapfarn>oxHampfon

[kk] In the Beginning of his Reign, to pleafe the People, who
had been fore oppreffed, in his Father's Time, by thofe two vile In-
formers and Profecutors lEmpson and 2DuBIc$,he order'd Informa-
tions to be taken againft them, in all noted Towns. Hither, for
that Purpofe,came the Earlof Northumberland, withfeveral Lords ;
who (in the Towrts-Hall) received the Complaints of the Sufferers :
Which, with the Grievances of other People, being fent to London.
occafion'd thofe two wicked Inftruments defervedlyto sufferDcath,
who had been the miferable Ruin of many poor Families.

[//] The King, denouncing War againft the Scots, both by Sea
and Land, fent an Inftrument in Writing to this Town, fetting forth
the Affronts which he had received from the Gallick Monarch, who
was an Enemy to the Roman Emperor elect, which he order'd to
be proclaim'd. The French King, being alarm'd at the News, pre-
vail' d with James IV. of Scotland, to break his Truce with the
King of England; which he did, on Complaint of the English Ad-
miral's deftroying Sir Andrew Barton; the valiant Heron's killing
the Scots Warden ; with other pretended Matters of Offence. The
aforefaid Heron was a Gentleman that lived on the Borders ; who,
by knowing the Scottish Wiles, was a great Help to the English, in
obtaining the Victory over them the following Year.

\_mm~\ Six Edward Howard, Lord High-Admiral of England,
came this Year, with a numerous Fleet, failing up the Hinnbcr, to
this Town ; where he took in Numbers of Voluntiers, with Arms,
and Provifions : And, fome time after, landing at Ncwcajlle, made
hafte, with the Forces, to join the Earl of Surrey, Lieutenant of the
North, at the famous Battle of Floddon-Field ; where the Scots were
routed, their King slain, with 12 Earls, 17 Lords, 2 Bifhops, 4 Ab-
bots, and about ten thoufand common Soldiers. This Year one
Mr. Godfrey, the King's Searcher, was thrown into the Haven, near
Hull ; where, as I fuppofe, he perifhed. [an] About



Mayors, Sheriffs, &c. in K. Henry the Vlllth'j Reign. 107

1514 [////] George Mattifon, 1 Edmnd. Mattifon [00]

1515 Thomas Huntington yoJut Harrifon



[;///] About this Time, Sir William SIDNEY, defcended
from thofe, of that Name, who came over with King Henry II.
from Aujou, flourifhed in his Monarch's Favour: For he was one
of his Houfhold 'Squires, in the third Year of his Reign, when he
accompanied the Lord Thomas Darcy; who, with 1500 Archers, was
fent to affift Ferdinand, King of Spain, again ft the Moors of Africa.
That Lord, with him, and moft of thofe Bowmen, returned home,
after having been richly rewarded by the Spanish Monarch. The
next Year the King knighted SIDNEY, and made him Captain of
a Man of War againft the French ; fent him afterwards into the
North, againft the Scots, where lie was a Commander in Floddon-
Field. To reward this great Captain ftill further, the King be-
ftow'd upon him, and his Heirs Male, the Lordship of My ton and
Tupcotes, with the Manor, Lands, Appurtenances, &c. as have been
amply mention'd before, which belong'd to Edmund de la Pole, the
laft Earl of Suffolk, of that Name, before it became forfeited to
the Crown.

[00 ~] A very sharp Scuffle happen'd between Sheriff MATTI-
SON, (or MADD1SON) and the Prior of Haltempri/e. The Matter
was thus : Tho' the Monaftry was within the County of Hull; yet
the Prior afferted, That as the Rights of the Church ought not to
be invaded; fo neither had the Sheriff any Power to enter into his
Liberties, which included Wolferton, a Village alfo in the County
aforefaid. Heretofore Complaints had been made, againft former
Sheriffs, in the Star-Chamber : Which Court, by Agreement on
both Sides, had referr'd the Matter to the Arbitration of the Abbot
of Meaux ; Sir Marmaduke Conjlable ; Sir Bryan Palms, Serjeant
at Law, Knights ; and Ralph Rokesby Efq ; Hut, however, this
Officer, on the 6th of October, going to Wolferton, to keep his Turn,
according to former Cuftom ; the Prior arm'd tin- Monks ; rais'd
th Tenants ; ftopt up the Roads, and Paffages ; abufed the She-
riff, and refilled his Attendants : Who, not able tamely to bear thefe
Provocations, return'd the like infulting Terms, which quickly was
fucceeded by a < ruel Battle. Certainly, it mull have been a <lii
mal Sight to behold, on the one Side, both young ami old, fat ami
macerated Monks, arm'd with temporal Weapons, having broken
Heads, torn downs, intermingl'd with theii itrang< undifciplin'd
Ru sticks ; whilst, onthe other, an Officer of the Civil Government
fe of the Truncheon of his then impelling Autho-
rity) more ttimulati d by ( Opposition, and the Fury of hi Atten

danl



108 CHAP, vit. Mayors, Sheriffs, &c. in Reign of Hen. VIII.

1 5 1 6 Roger {pr Rob.) Bushel 1 , 2 Stephen Clave, or Clare.

1517 John Eland, 2 ycffrey TJiurfcrofs, or TJirif-

1518 Robert Hapfam Robert Par key [croft

1 5 19 Edward Mattifon, 1 T/iotnas Thomfifon

1520 Thomas Wilkinfon, 2 IVilliam Good k nappe

1 52 1 John Langton IVilliam Knowles

1522 George Mattifon, 2 [//] Richard Dean



dants, in their now dreadful Formalities, by fo bloody an Engage-
ment ! For fome Time they fought with alternate Succefs; 'till, at
laft, the Sheriff's Party, obtaining the better, drove the Monks to
their Priory ; and then, as if they had been fo many King Harry's,
threaten'd to pull the Building down about their Ears. Nor is it
to be doubted, but they would at least have rifled it, had not the



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