Visitation Court Book of Archbishop Tobias Matthew

Borthwick Institute: V.1619/CB, vol. 2

f 276 (6 July) (Ryedale deanery)

Contra Robertum Simlay for prophaninge the Scriptuers and the psalmes of David callinge in deriding manner in Alehouses and other places for the 23 psalme to the tune of lengtrd langtie donne dilie⸣

Quo die °Comparuit personaliter dictus Robertus Simlay et negat obiectionem esse veram, et fidem fecit tactis &c de innocentia sua in hac parte vnde dominus eum dimisit cum monicione &c.°


  • Marginalia
    • dimissus
    • dismissed
  • Footnotes
    • Robertum … for: underlined
  • Record Translation

    f 276 (6 July) (Ryedale deanery)

    Against Robert Simlay (English) On which day the said Robert Simlay appeared in person and denied that the charge was true and he swore an oath, (the holy gospels being) touched, etc, regarding his innocence in this matter; wherefore the lord (judge) dismissed him with a warning, etc.


  • Document Description

    Record title: Visitation Court Book of Archbishop Tobias Matthew
    Repository: Borthwick Institute
    Shelfmark: V.1619/CB, vol. 2
    Repository location: York

    The tune to which Simlay sets the twenty-third psalm can be identified by the distinctive refrain 'langtie donne dilie' as the broadside ballad 'Sir Eglamore,' whose 'fa la la' refrain appears in some sources as 'fa la lanky down dilly' (Ross W. Duffin, Shakespeare's Songbook (New York and London, 2004), 132–34). Tobias (Tobie) Matthew (1544?–1628) was translated from Durham in 1606 and held the archbishopric of York until his death, 29 March 1628 (William Joseph Sheils, 'Matthew, Tobie (1544?–1628), ODNB, accessed 27 December 2020).

    1619; English and Latin; paper; ii + 157 + ii; 305mm x 200mm; modern pencil foliation, 221–36, 236A, 237–40, 240A–C (blank), 240D, 241–61, 261A–E (blank), 262–81, 281A–D (blank), 282–305, 305A–C (blank), 306–8 (blank), 309–14, 314A–B (blank), 315–31, 331A–C (blank), 332–44, 344A–C (blank), 345–9, 349A–C (blank), 350–64, 364A (blank), 365–76, 377 (blank); modern white vellum binding, leather plate on front with gold lettering: 'Visitation | Court Book | 1619 | Vol. 2.'

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