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ne othre w'in ye citie of York, suburbs, or precinctes of ye same, from hensfurth name or call the said Alexandre (sic) a Scot, or Scotteshman, under the payne of vj s. viij d., evere man so doing, and also that the said Alex' geve none occasion to any of his said craft to call hyme a Scot under the payne of forfaitour of vj s. viij d. to be equally employed to the chambre and the craft of bakers.
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Henry Erle of Northumberland, lord of thonours of Cokirmouth and Petworth, Warden of the Est and Middel marches of England anenst Scotland, and Justice of all the Kinge's forest3 from Trent north, to all men to whome this writing shalbe shewed, greting. For asmoch as my welbeloved Andrew Lambe, of the citie of York, baxster, by indisposed personnes onely of malice have, as I am enformed, troubled hyme, surmising hyme to be a Scottes man, I for a due prove in this behalve to be had have caused serch to be maid, whereby I am veralie accertayned that the said Andrew is the kyng our soverain lorde's true ligeman and subgiet, borne w'in this his realme of England, in the towne of Brenklowe, of the parissh of Pont Eland in the countie of Northumberland; wherfor, on the king our souverain lorde's behalve, I, the said Warden, charge you, and on myne desire, that noo maner of persone, of what degre or condicion he be, vex, trouble, or annoy the said Androw Lambe in persone ne in goodes, by reason of the said surmise, but quietely and peasably to have and rejose his fre libertie according onto our said souverain lorde's lawes, as ye woll eschewe the punycion than may ensue unto you, or any of you, for the contrary doing and os ye woll that I doo for you if thing require. Yeven undre my signet and my signe manuel, in my castell of Alnewik, the xviijth day of Juyn, in the twenty yere of the reign of our souverain lord King Edward the Fourt. J. Newton.
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eodem Andrea. Unto all good Christen people to whos knowlage thies presentz writing shalcome, Thomas Abbot of the monasterie of our Ladie of Alnewyk, John Herbotill recevour unto my Lord of Northumberland win the same cuntre, John Heron of Bokkenfeld gentilman, William Dokson, Th. Hedle, Thomas Stedeman of Morpath, Robert Dobson of Thriston, Edward Dobson of Felton, John Dobson, Robert Gibson of Acton, Thomas Hall, and John Bradelee of Anewik forsaid yoman sendes greting in our Lord everlasting. For asmoch as it is meritorie and medefull to witnesse and certifie the truthe in evere mater, and, in especiall, ther as it is meritorie and medefull may gender or cause prejudice, hurt, or hinderance unto the innocent, we, therfor, the forsaid Abbot, gentilmen, and yomen testifie, record, and bereth witnesse that Andrew Lambe of York, baxter, wonnyng in Ousegate, is an Inglish man, borne in the parish of Pont Eland in the towne of Brenklaw, where his moder decesed in child bed of the same Andrew, having too oone of his godfaders John of Kalom, to whome his fader was servaunt in the same Brenklaw, and oone othre, William Haton of Shetryn, and to his godmoder Eden of Peyth; wherfor we, as affore, exorte, pray, and require all good lordes, masters, and frendes not for to molest, vex, ne trouble the said Andrew in that behalve, bot to accept and admit, repute, and hold hyme as a good true Inglish man borne, at our record and testificacion. In witnesse wherof we the forsaid Abbot, gentilmen, and yomen have putto our sealles to this present writyng, writtyn the xiiij day of the moneth of Juyn, the xxj yere of the reigne of our souverain lord King Edward the iiij after the conquest of England.
Alia record pro eodem Andrea. Be it knawne to all men that this present writing heres or sees, and in evere mater of truthe is meritorie and medefull to record the truthe, there as conc' Andrew Lambe is noysed in the citie of York by his neghbours, and specially by his adver
saries, to be a Scotteshman borne ; it is not soo, for the truth
To the right honorable Sirs, the Maier, Aldermen, & Comon
Counseil of the Citie of York.
Your awne Sir John Aske.
1486. John Harrington.
Right honorable Sirs, I commaund me unto you and thank you for the tender favour that ye have unto my kynseman, M. John Harington, the clerc of your Couneseil. And where I am informed that he at his late being wt the Kinge’s grace, understode, by his good lordes and maisters y', that he was reputid to be a Scot, which grew on the report of one Thomas Wharf of (your) citie, whome ye have examyned, and ferder entendith to examyne in that behalve, I desire you to have knawledge for truith that the saide M. John was borne in Estryngton besides Houeden, of his moder, a poore gentil(wo)man, whose fader was to my fader, whome God assoile, at the third and third degre of consanguinitie, which I wold have comen and shewid unto you in propre person, if it had semed
to my saide kynseman that I shuld soo have done : and soo I wol at his pleasour hast. If this slaunderous report come to the eers of some yongmen of the blode that he is of, it woll grewe theyme, I doubt not, which I pray you desire the saide Thomas Wharfe to remembre. As for his fader, I trust he woll declare hyme unto you to be an Englishman and a poore gentilman borne, thof he never weir taken heir bot for a yoman, which he haith been right wele at ease before this, and yit may lif to his honestie, blissid be God, the better, if my saide kynseman his sone fare wel, to whome I pray you, for my sake, to be more singler good lord and maisters, if ye can soe be in eny wise. And our Lord God preserve you to His pleasour. From Aughton the xxiij day of Septembre.—[House Book, Civ. Ebor. vi. 41.]
To the right worshipfull Sirs, the Maier, aldermen, and common
counesell of the citie of York. Right worshipfull Sirs, I commaund me unto you. And for so much as I understand that M. John Harington hath been lately inquietid by untrue report maide of hyme above in the court, and emonges you also by one of his neghbours, which haith been called afore you and dar not avowe the same, bot that which he saide he denyed ayene, in the which behalve and oderwise ye have shewid your self luffing and kynd unto the saide M. John, as I am enfourmed, I hertly thank you, latting you wite that the saide M. John is my kynseman, and soo I have taken hyme and yit doith, as he can and woll more largely show unto you by petiegrew. This I pray you to report, if the case require, and for my sake and othre unto whome he is of kyn, and I shalbe glad to doo what I can for you by Gode's grace, Who preserve you. Frome Cartemell, iijd day of Novembre.
And hertly I pray you, and everych of you, to remembre the premissez, as my speciall trust is in you.
And if y' be eny maliciouse person that wrongfully wuld vex or trouble my saide kynseman, I pray you to be his good maisters according to right. And who so ever it be that soo doith I shall put me in
devour to remembre hym in my power wt Gode's grace.-
To my right worshipfull sirs, the maier, aldermen, sheriffes and
common counsell of the citie of York.
Your loveing freynd Jhon Conyers, Knight. Right worshipfull Sirs, I commaund me unto you. And where I am enfourmed that my trusty and right hertly welbeloved M. John Harington haith be put to grete trouble and noted a fals Scott, in the which behalve, as I understand, he haith not onely declared hyme self before you one English man, bot aswele a gentilman borne in the parishing of Estrington, wtin xiiij miles of the citie of York, and also a graduate of the Universitie of Cambridge, wt record under the seal of the same Universitie testifying his demenaunce there; and for somuch as the saide M. John, after his commyng frome the saide Universitie, come into this counetre to my service, I certifie you that he was in my service by divers yeres my clerc and secretarie in the rowme of a gentilman, and soo taken unto the tyme of his commyng to York to offic for demeaning hyme to me that I had hyme in my singler favour, and for his trueth, wisedome, and lernyng accept hyme to be of my fee and counesell as yit he is, which I desire and hertly pray you to recorde as the case shall require. And if y' be thing that I may doo for your pleas', I shalbe more glad for his sake to accomplish the same by Gode's grace, Who preserve you. Frome Horneby, the xxiiij day of Octobr'.—[House Book, Civ. Ebor. vi. 49.]
1496. Robert Elwald.
To all trewe Cristen people to whom yis present writtyng shall come or be shewed, Roland Prior of Hexham, Gilbert Eryngton, John Ridlee, squyers, Robert Eryngton of Whittyngton, Nicholas Eryngton, Symon Armestrang, Charles Eryngton, gentilmen, Sir Robert Whitqwam chaplayn & parysch prest of Saynt John ec, & William Smyth, parysche clerk of the