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Pax. Item II Standerdes of Laten.
On the back of the inventory:
" Item IX Plates in the Kychyn. Item IIII Potengers. Item IIII Sawcers."
The Will of Ralph Shawe, a friend of Mr. John Shakspeare, and the father of Julius Shawe, our poet's friend, which was proved before the Rev. Mr. Bramhall, Oct. 15, 1592, (the Vicar there having a peculiar jurisdiction, as the Warden of the College of Stratford had before its dissolution), begins thus :
"In the name of God, Amen, the xviiith daye of March in the yeare of our Lord God 1591,-I, Ralph Shawe of Stratford upon Avon in the county of Warwick, Wool-driver, being weake in body," &c. His stock of wool, as appears from his inventory, was twenty-one tods, which were estimated at 207.—In a distringas issued by Mr. Thomas Greene, town-clerk of Stratford, to the serjeants at mace, to summon a jury for the approaching Quarter Sessions, 25 May, 1608, the name of George Shackleton, wool-driver, occurs. To drive feathers, is a term still in use.
Several branches of the woollen manufacture appear to have flourished at Stratford in the reign of Queen Elizabeth: Thus, I find frequent mention of dyers, wool-winders (see Stat. 23 Henry VIII. c. 17), cardmakers, broad-weavers, fullers, and shearmen or clothworkers: but towards the end of her reign it seems to have somewhat declined; for in A Supplication from the Bailif and Burgesses to the Lord Treasurer Burghley, dated Nov. 9, 1590, and preserved in the Chamber of Stratford, is the following paragraph:
"And whereas the said towne is now fallen much into decay, for want of such trade as heretofore they had by clothinge and makinge of yarne, ymploying and mayntayninge a number of poore people by the same, which now live in great penury and miserie, by reason they are not set at worke as before they have ben."
That they had a hall for the sale of wool appears from the following order:
Stratford. Ad aulam ibm. tent. xv.° die Julii, a° regni Burgus. dña Elizabethe, &c. vicesimo primo : "At this hall it was agreed that Mr. Petoo's should be aunswered in maner and forme followinge.
"The West-hall to be proclaimed."
Registr. Burg. Stratf. A. I am not, however, sure, that these two paragraphs are connected with each other. Mr. Peto was a gentleman of a very ancient family who lived at Chesterton, a few miles from Warwick. What the subject of his letter was, I have not been able to discover.
In February, 3 & 4 Ph. & Mar.  an action on the case was brought by William Whatley, clothier, against Thomas Gilbert, dyer, relative to 442 yards of broad-cloth and thirty pounds of wool and yarn, which the latter undertook to dye for 107. 13s. 4d. And a similar action was brought in July, 1589, by George Pyrrye against Frances Wheeler, dyer, relative to a charge made by the defendant for dying a certain quantity of woollen cloth, which the plaintiff alleged was exorbitant.
In the inventory of William Holmes, weaver, taken at Stratford the 22d of May, 1590, I find "one piece of medley;" in that of Michael Shackleton, weaver, 1595, "20 ells of Hurden cloth;" and in the inventory of Hugh Aynge, 1606, twelve pounds of woollen yarn.
At a subsequent period, however, in a petition of the mercers and drapers of Stratford to Sir Edward Coke about the latter end of the year 1615, praying to be relieved from certain exactions made by Lodowick Duke of Lenox, or persons employed by him, under colour of a royal patent, it is stated that there were then "no clothes or stuffs made at Stratford, but bought at London or elsewhere" but as I find that several of the trades above-mentioned subsisted there at that time, I suspect 1 this statement not to be rigidly correct. The exactions of the Duke of Lenox were made a subject of parlia
mentary complaint some years before. See "A Record of some worthie Proceedings in the parliament holden in the yeare 1611 [1610, it should have been] 4to. 1641, p. 35."
Among Camden's funeral certificates is the following: "The 7 of August, 1600.
[After mentioning the lady whom he married,] “Sir Thomas Lucy departed this transitory life the 7th of July, 1600, whose funerall was worshipfully solemnized according to his degree, at the parish of Charlecott, the 7th of August then next following; the preacher Mr Hill, parson of Hampton. The standart borne by Mr Edward Newport, gent.; the penner borne by Mr William Walter; the helm and crest by Thomas Lant, alias Windsor, for Chester herald; the sword and targe borne by Nicholas Paddie, alias Lancaster herald; the cote of armes borne by William Camden Esqre alias Clarentcieux; the body borne by vi of his servants. The chief mourner Thomas Lucy Knight, sonne and heir to the defunct. The assistaunts Sir Richard Fynes, Mr Jerome Farmer, and Mr Tymothie Lucy, Esquiers. In witness of the truth the executor hath hereunto subscribed his name the daye and yeare above-mentioned. THO. Lucy."
There is no will of Sir Thomas Lucy the elder in the Prerogative Office; but that he made one, appears from the concluding words of this certificate. It was probably proved at Stratford.
Sir Thomas Lucy had a sister, Joan, married to George Verney, Esq. and a daughter, Anne, married to Sir Edward Aston, of Tickshall, in the county of Stafford. Neither of these are mentioned by Dugdale in the pedigree of the Lucy family.
His son, Sir Thomas, who, according to the inquisition above quoted, was born in 1557 or 1558, was knighted in 1592. His first wife, who is not noticed by Dugdale, was Dorothy, the daughter of Rowland Arnold of Glou
cestershire, Esq. His second, Constantia, the daughter of Richard Kingsmill, surveyor of the Court of Wards, whom he appears to have married in 1594 [Esc. 4 Jac. p. 2, n. 75]. From his will, which is in the Prerogative Office (Heyes, qu. 77), and was made shortly after his father's death (Aug. 13, 1600), it is probable that he had travelled into foreign parts, for he bequeaths to his eldest son (beside "all his household stuff at Sutton, the gilt bason and ewer graven which was his father's together with two girdles engraved, livery pots, a nest of gilded boles with a cover, a gilded saulte and a dozen of gilded spoones"), all his " French and Italian Books." To each of his unmarried daughters he gives one hundred marks" to be made eyther in a chayne, carkanett, or jewell, as they or their nearest friends shall think meete." And he recites that he had made leases to certain good friends for the payment of his debts, and for the preferment of his natural daughters. He died July 16, 1605, and was buried at Charlecote (as appears from the registers), on the 20th of the same month. At his death, his eldest son, Sir Thomas Lucy (for he also was then a knight), was " nineteen years and fifty weeks old." Esc. ut supra.
Pat. 11 Hen. 8, p. 1, m. 9. Pro Wilielmo Compton, milite. Rex omnibus ad quos, &c. salutem. Cum dilectus. et. fidelis serviens noster Willielmus Compton miles, quandam parcellam terre, bosci et pasture in Overcompton et Nethercompton, alias Compton Vyneyatys in comitatu Warr. ad presens fossis sepibus et palis inclusit, ea intencione ad inde parcum cum licencia nostra regia faciendum, Nos de gratia nostra speciali ac ex certa scientia et mero motu nostris concessimus ac per presentes concedimus dicto Willielmo Compton quod idem Willielmus Compton gaudeat et teneat sibi et heredibus et assignatis suis predictam parcellam terre pasture et bosci sic ut premittitur inclusam, ut unum parcum, ac cum