Quarter Sessions Records


f 17 (2–3 October)


Whereas complaint hath been made by the said Thomas Pant that he hath not bene imployed in his occupacion according to the Covenantes of his Indenture made betwene him & his said Master but hath bene trayned vp for iij yeres last past in wandring ⸢in⸣ ye Contry & playing of Interludes as a player And for the said Simpson is an obstinate & convicted popishe Recusant hiding himself so as lawe cannot be executed against him thoughe diverse warrantes hav<.><..> bene awarded for his apprehension the premisses considered it is now ordered that the said Pant shalbe free of & from his apprentishipp & at libertie to serve els where notwithstanding the said Indenture (dated the .4. of march .1607) vnles the said Simpson shall appeare at the next quarter Session holden for the Northriding & show good cause to the contrarie, And a copie of this order to be left at his house at Egton to thend he may take notice thereof.


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  • Footnotes
    • Thomas Pant: in display script
    • christopher Simpson: in display script
  • Endnote

    Thomas Pant's complaints concerning his apprenticeship to Christopher Simpson are contained in William Symonds' deposition to Star Chamber.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Quarter Sessions Records
    Repository: NYCRO
    Shelfmark: QSM 2/2
    Repository location: Northallerton

    Itinerant performers in the North Riding ranged from individual pipers, fiddlers, jugglers, and others living close to or below the poverty line, to organized companies of travelling players. Most of these did not play under gentry patronage and so were vulnerable to arrest and punishment under the Elizabethan and Stuart poor laws governing 'rogues, vagabonds, and sturdy beggars' (see the Introduction and 39 Eliz c4; Great Britain, Statutes of the Realm, vol 4, pt 2 (London, 1819; rpt 1963), 899–902). When these companies were apprehended, the court normally recorded not only the names of all the members but also prosecuted those who provided lodging and performance space for them, allowing us to map their touring routes. The Simpson company of Egton (North Riding) appeared before the court on several occasions (see the Quarter Session Records). These appearances give us considerable information on their local organization. Notably, however, Gouthwaite Hall – the site of their best-known performance on 2 February 1608/9 – was in the West Riding until 1974, when the county boundaries were redrawn. That performance brought their host, Sir John Yorke, before the court of Star Chamber; the documentation of that case will appear in the forthcoming Yorkshire West Riding collection. Documents presented here concern the local organization of the company, with special reference to the position of boy players.

    17 April 1610–12 January 1615/16; English and Latin; paper; iv + 254 + iv ; 300mm x 180mm; contemporary foliation 1–221 (ff [4, 6, 12, 19, 22, 27–33] blank, ff 216–21 also blank); contemporary calfskin binding, 2 leather labels on spine, upper red, lower black, with gold lettering, respectively 'Minutes | and | Orders' and '1610 | to | 1615.'

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