Quarter Sessions Records


f 34 (29 April)


Et quod Georgius ⸢ExaminatusLewling de Watlas retenuit fistulatorem Anglice a piper et eum harborauit in domo sua mansionali per duas hebdomadas infra acetiam recepit servos et iuventutes in domum suam predictam diuersis temporibus et permisit eos ibidem remanere et commorare tempore noctis ‸⸢scilicet⸣ post nonam horam post meridiem./ ...

  • Marginalia
    • Georgius lewling:
      Contra fformam

      [Footnote: Georgius lewling: in display script]

    • George Lewling:
      Contrary to the form (of the statutes)
  • Footnotes
    • Georgius lewling: in display script
    • Et quod: in display script
  • Record Translation

    f 34 (29 April)


    And that George Lewling of Watlass kept a piper, in English 'a piper,' and harboured him in his dwelling house for two weeks, and also received servants and young people into his aforesaid house at various times, and allowed them to remain there and stay at night time, that is to say, after the ninth hour after midday.


  • Endnote

    This entry has been administratively cancelled. Lewling is presented again on 15 January 1607/8 for permitting servants to play cards at his house 'and thereby doth waist their poor estates' (f 100).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Quarter Sessions Records
    Repository: NYCRO
    Shelfmark: QSM 2/1
    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).

    Because the Record Office has been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the document description has not been checked for accuracy. The transcription was checked against photographs.

    2 October 1589–12 January 1609/10; English and Latin; paper; ii + 171 + i; 300mm x 180mm; contemporary foliation 1–167, 169 + 3 leaves unfoliated; contemporary calfskin binding on marbled paper boards, 2 leather labels on spine, top red, bottom black, with gold lettering, respectively: 'Minutes | and | Orders' and '1605 | to | 1609.'

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