Quarter Sessions Records


f 47v (8 October)


Et quod Cuthbertus Cowston de Normanby being admitted to kepe an Alehouse there, did vpon two severall Saboath daies in Iune last make drinkinges or garries, whereby above the number of Cth persons were assembled together with pipes and drummes and dancing all the time of divine service in the afternoones of the said sabboath daies Contrary to the Condicion of his Recognizance for Alehousekeping and to the evill example of his Maiestes subiectes.

  • Marginalia
    • Cutherertus Cowston
      °Contra fformam°

      [Footnote: Cuthbertus Cowston: in display script]

    • °estrete his recognizance
      no such recognizance°
  • Footnotes
    • Cuthbertus Cowston: in display script
  • Endnote

    At the sessions held on 8 October 1606 Cowston was again presented for refusing to keep the night watch (Atkinson (ed), Quarter Sessions Records, vol 1, p 50).

  • 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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