Apprenticeship Register of Poor Children

Southampton City Archives: SC9/2/13

f 6v (22 May)


This daie Nicholas Stockwell late sonne of Thomas Stockwell late of the parishe of All Saintes within the Towne of Southampton deceased was bounde apprentice to Iohn Browne of the Towne of Southampton Musitian and (blank) his wife by the Overseers and Churchwardens of the said parish of All Saintes by and with the Consent of the said Maior and Iustices of peace according to the statute in that case provided vntill the saide Apprentice shall accomplishe his age of xxiiijte yeres In Consideracion whereof the Mr said Browne & his wife are to have with the said Apprentice of the money made of ther goodes of the said Thomas Stockwell & his sa late wife the some of 3 li. And ‸⸢he is⸣ to dischardg the saide Towne of southampton of & from the keeping of the saide childe/


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    Record title: Apprenticeship Register of Poor Children
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC9/2/13
    Repository location: Southampton

    Contents are as stated on f 1: 'The names of Poore Children bounde Apprentice by the Maior Aldermen and Assistauntes of the Towne of Southampton for the tyme beine as followeth vizt.' This register was distinct from the general register of apprentices begun at the same time (SC9/2/12), which recorded apprenticeships privately arranged by indenture. The poor apprentices were children of paupers, and often orphans, for whom the parish and town took responsibility, and apprenticing them was seen as a preventative against vagrancy. For further details about the apprenticeship arrangements, see the introduction to Wills and Merson, Southampton Apprenticeship Registers, pp ix–lxvi. It is interesting that the musicians get apprentices only from among the poor children and that is also true of apprenticeships recorded before this register was started.

    24 November 1609–19 March 1706; paper; English with some Latin rubrics; iii + 89 + xii; 297mm x 202mm; modern pencil foliation; good condition; 18th-c. paper cover, title on front of cover: 'Book of Apprentices | 1609 to 1705.|.'

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