Assembly Book

Southampton City Archives: SC2/1/6

f 237v (7 August)



This day allso Mr Mayor deliuered vnto Edmond hannye one of the Towne Musitians a Cognizance or badge of silver of the Townes with the Townes Armes on yt viz. three roses the lettre H. and the forme of a tonne which the said hannye hath promised to redeliver to the Townes ‸ ⸢vse⸣ whensoever vppon demand.


Edmondi (signed) E hannye./.


f 238v (9 October)


Towne badge to Edmund hannye./.

Allso this day was deliuered vnto Edmund hannye one of the Towne Musitians one other badge of silver of the Townes, with the Townes Armes on it viz. three roses, the lettre H. and the forme of a Tonne, which the said hannye then promised to redeliver to the Townes vse whensoeuer hee shalbe therevnto required./


Edmundi (signed) E hannye./

f 240 (4 December)



A bill signed to the Towne steward to pay vnto Edmond hannye one of the Townes Musitians thirty shillinges to be employed by him in the making of three Escucheons or badges for some of theire Companie to weare./.


f 240v (18 December)


Edmund hanney.

This day Edmond hanney one of the Musicioners for this Towne for him and his Companie he being the Master & five of them in nomber hath receiued of mr Mayor & the Assistantes five Scutchings or badges ‸⸢of silver⸣ being the towne Armes weying each ⸢all⸣ of them x ounces & a quarter of an ounce and promiseth to deliuer in the Auditehouse vpon demand by mr Mayor then being & the Alder in as good plight as now they are reasonable waring excepted. And in witnes whereof the said Edmond hanney haue herevnto put his hand

the Marke of Edmond (signed) E hanney.


  • Marginalia
  • Footnotes
  • Glossed Terms
    • audict howse n audit house; auditehouse, audithouse
    • cognizaunce n cognizance, a badge or device of recognition [OEDO cognizance | cognisance n III.5.a]; cognizance
    • waring vb n wearing, used here in the sense of use, wear and tear
  • Document Description

    Record title: Assembly Book
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC2/1/6
    Repository location: Southampton

    The assembly book is a minute or act book of the town council, recording its decisions on a variety of matters, including taxes and customs duties, poor relief, enrolling of freemen and burgesses, the election and duties of town officials (including the musicians), and offences such as selling goods or keeping an alehouse without a proper licence. The council met roughly once a week, normally on Friday. The date of the meeting heads each group of minutes or memoranda and the names of the mayor and aldermen present appear in the left margin. Frequently rubrics identifying each action occur just above or to the left of the main entries.

    12 March 1603/4–7 October 1642; English; paper; 331 leaves; 418mm x 281mm; modern pencil foliation followed here (original ink foliation begins on f 7 and leaves out f 9, then begins again with f 2 at the pencil f 18); good condition, first 16 folios damaged and repaired; heavy parchment cover with leather straps, no original title, '1602 to 1642' inked in same hand that has titled so many of the Southampton muniments.

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