The prominent Browle (Browell, Borrell, Borrele) family appears frequently in the accounts of the 1580s and 1590s. Richard and Thomas Browle were both hatmakers; although Richmond had a Cappers' guild, the Browles may have been working under the auspices of the Mercers, Grocers, and Haberdashers. Thomas Browle hosted the warden's dinner on more than one occasion.
Record title: Mercers, Grocers, and Haberdashers' Minute Book
Shelfmark: ZZH 1/1
Repository location: Northallerton
The officers of the guild include the elected warden and underwarden, who served for a year but were eligible for reelection, and a number of 'searchers' (that is, inspectors). Most of the payments recorded in the guild's minute book concern the twice yearly warden's dinners, though dinners were also held to welcome new guild members. The accounting of disbursements ends in 1619.
Because the Covid-19 pandemic has made the manuscript temporarily inaccessible, the transcription has not yet been checked for accuracy
7 January 1580/1–3 January 1884; English; paper; v + 335 + ii (ii a paste-in, 2 small paste-ins between ff  and ); unnumbered; 300mm x 200mm; 19th-c. leather binding, title in gold letters on a red leather rectangle on front: THE ARCHIVES | OF YE MERCERS| GROCERS AND | HABERDASHERS | COMPANY.