Apprenticeship Register of Poor Children

Southampton City Archives: SC9/2/13

f 24v (19 April)


Susan Nash the daughter of Nicholas Nash late of the parish of Holyrood within this Towne Ioyner deceased, being a poore child is this day by the Churchwardens and ouerseers of the poore of the said parish with the consent of Mr Mayour and the rest of the Iustices putt Apprentice to Edmund Hanny of this Towne Musitian and Christabell his wife for the terme of Eight yeares from the day of the date abouewritten. To haue double apparrell meete & decent at the termes end. They haue receiued three pounds of Mr Thomas Cornelius one of the Churchwardens of the said parish. And they promiss that if the child shall dye within a yeare next ensueing; to pay backe vnto the Ch Towne Twenty shillinges for the vse of the other children of the said Nash.


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  • Document Description

    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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