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  • See: Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers.[1][1]TXT[2][2]PDF
  • See: Registers of the Company of Stationers of London.[3][3]PDF

  • Will of John Rue, Bookseller. Date: 1492-12-23, Proved: 1492/3-01-15. St. Paul's Churchyard. Succeeded by A. Rue, or Ruwe. Testator described as of Frankfort. To be buried in Pardon churchyard. Andrew Rue his brother. Executors: The Secretary to the German Merchants of the Hanseatic League and magistrum ( ) impressorem librorum de Westr. Witnesses: Gregory, curate of St. Faith's, Master John Petytt, and Master Peter Martin.[4][4]
  • Rue was evidently in business with his brother. The omission of the names of the printer at Westminster may be accounted for by the death of Caxton in 1491, and Rue's ignorance of his successor. Wynkyn de Worde's name is not found in any book before 1493. See the will of Robert Toye where mention is made of Master Petytt's house in the churchyard. Ames inclined to the belief that Thomas Petytt, who flourished between 1536-55, was a relative of Jean Petit, of Paris.

  • Will of Gerard Wanseford, of York. Date: 1510-10-03, Proved: 1510-10-24. To be buried within the church of St. Margaret of Lenum Bishop, before the chapel of the Holy Trinity. Rauf Polan of York, goldsmith. Brother Frederik Wanseford. Richard Watterson of London. Mr. Wynkyn de Word. Residue to executors, brother Frederick Wanseford of York, Rauff Polan of York, and Mr Meyner Weywik of London. Witness: Mr John Whytyng, Master of the college of Lenum (Lynn), Sir Thomas Spicer, prest, and Luttkyn Smyth, supervisor.[5][5]
  • Davies explains this as referring to the Guild of the Holy Trinity at King's Lynn, Norfolk, where the testator died.
  • Will of Andrew Rue (Ruwe).1 St. Paul's Churchyard. Date: 1517-10-10, Proved: 1517-11-24. To be buried in Pardon churchyard. Katherine Ruwe of Frankfort on the Maine, sister, Joanne Ruwe wife, Katherine Ruwe daughter. Item. lego presbitero meo Thomas Wallis prochiali sancte fidis, sermonum librum dormi secure ligatu, similitr domino David Owen eiusd.ecclie, sermones quintini ligatos. Executors: Simon Coston, notary public, John Renys, Judocus Peregrim. Witnesses: Thomas Wallis, David Owen.[6][6]
  • Brother of John Rue.1

  • Will of Richard Pynson (1493-1530), Without Temple Bar, 1493-1501. Date: 1529-11-15, Proved: 1529/30-02-18. Sign of St. George, next to St. Dunstan's Church, 1501-1530. Succeeded by R. Redman. To be buried in the churchyard of St. Clement's without Temple Bar. Owned property in Chancery Lane and Tottenham (Middx.). John Snowe and Richard Withers. Joane Pynson1 daughter of Richard Pynson late deceased. Amye and Joane Campyon daughters of William Campion. Margaret Warde formerly Campion, daughter and executrix. Overseer: Robert Chidley, gentleman. Witnesses: Matthew Saunders, curate of St. Dunstan's, Christopher Chillome, Richard Dawson.[7][7]
  • In the records of the City of London she received permission 1537-04-17. The Richard Pynson 'Late deceased' was doubtless son of the testator.1

  • Will of Wynandus de Worde (1493-1534), (Jan van Wynkyn). Date: 1534-06-05, Proved: 1534/5-01-19. In Caxton's house, 1493-1500. 'Sun' in Fleet Street, 1500-1534. Succeeded by John Byddell and James Gaver. To be buried in the church of St. Bride, Fleet Street, before the altar of St. Katherine. Bequests to Agnes Tidder widow and John Lynen, Robert Darby servant, Robert Maas servant, John Barbanson servant, Hectour servant, Simon servant. John Wislyn servant. To 'Nowell'1 the bokebinder in Shoe Lane. Hercules Diricke pouchmaker's son. John Butler late my servant. James Gaver late my servant. John Bedill Citizen & Stationer of London late my servant. James Gaver and John Bedill my executors. Oversight and execution of my will I make and ordain Henry Pepwell2, John Gowgh3 and Robert Copland4 Stationers. Witnesses: Humphry Town curate, John Studd, Thomas Cooke, John Tourner.[8][8]
  • Jan van Wynkyn must have been of great age at the time of his death. This may account for the absence of any mention of wife, sons, or any relatives, though it is known that a William Wynkyn applied to the Court of Common Council in the very year of De Worde's death, for admission as a freeman into the Company of Stationers.
  • See also the will of Edward Ylle in this volume.1
  • Living at the 'Holy Trinity' in St. Paul's Churchyard.2
  • Living at the 'Mermaid' next Paul's Gate.3
  • Living at the 'Rose Garland' in Fleet Street. This printer did a great deal of editorial work for Jan van Wynkyn, and published at least one book in partnership with him.4
  • Will of John Rastell (1516-36). Date: 1536-04-20, Proved: 1536-10-12. South side of Paul's. Before the South door of Paul's. 'Mermaid' at Paul's Gate next to Cheapside (1510-1536). Wife Elizabeth my house in St. Martins1, with my presse, notes and lres comprised in the same. Son John. Daughter Jone. Son William.2 Maister Crumwell3. My Lord Chancellor4. Thomas Wilson my servant. Katerine my servant. My poor neighbour Rauf Cressey my executors. Rauf Cressey my sole executor & to Elizabeth my poor wife. The said Rauf Cressey. Overseer: Sir Francis Bigot. Witnesses: John Goughe, Johane Smythe, James Spencer, and John Turner. Probate: Ralf Cressey renounced probate, which was thereupon granted to Elizabeth, the widow, on the 1536-10-12.[9][9]
  • The sister of Sir Thomas More.?
  • The 'Mermaid' in Cheapside, next Pauls Gate, was in the parish of St. Martin le Grand. Part of the premises were occupied by John Gough, bookseller.1
  • William Rastell was born about 1508. After practising as a printer for some years he was admitted a student of Lincoln's Inn in 1532, and gradually lose in his profession until, in 1555, he was made a Justice of the Queen's Bench, He died in Louvain on 1565-08-27.2
  • Thomas Cromwell, made Chancellor of the Exchequer 1533, Master of the Rolls 1534, Vicar-General 1535, Earl of Essex 1540, and beheaded the same year.3
  • Sir Thomas Audley.4

  • Will of John Reynes. Date: 1542-04-08, Proved: 1544-02-26. The George, St. Paul's Churchyard (1527?-1544). Succeeded by Lucy Reynes, widow. To be buried in Pardon churchyard. Thomas Holwarde. Jamys my dutchman. Edward Wright. Edward Sutton.1 Robert Holder2. Thomas Holwarde and Edward Sutton. Arnold and John Bryckman.3 Edward Wryght and Robert (sic) Holder. Poor householders of St. Faiths. Executrix Lucy my wife. My brethren the Stationers. Executrix: Luce Raynes. Overseers: Thomas Dockrey,4 John Lewes, both notaries.[10][10]
  • Edward Sutton afterwards carried on business at the Cradle, Lombard Street.1
  • Robert Holder became one of the Assistants of the Company of Stationers upon its incorporation.2
  • Arnold and John Bryckman, the celebrated booksellers of Antwerp, Paris, and London. In a subsidy made in 1550, Arnold Bryckman was assessed in St. Faith's parish at £100, and a John Bryckman is entered as a 'stranger' dwelling with Andrew Hester, and was assessed at £30.3
  • The first Master of the Stationers' Company.4

  • Will of Edward Ylle.1 Date: 1545-03-25, Proved: 1545-04-20. To be buried in Paul's church yard right before the cross. Master Thomas Bartelett. My brother John. My brother Thomas. My mistress Raynes. Robert Holder. Edward Sutton. Company of Stationers. Gyles Lauret binder. Nowell binder2. John Lewes and his wife. Sir Thomas Ebbe, curate of St. Faiths. Richard Richardson. John Cawood3. John Cawood's wife. John Nowseley dwelling in Lombard Street. Overseers: William Bonham and Henry Tabe. Witnesses: Sir Thomas Ebbe curate, and John Cawood.[11][11]
  • No stationer of this name appears to be known. From the bequests left to certain bookbinders, he was perhaps a bookbinder in the employ of Lucy Reynes.1
  • Lived in Shoe Lane: See the will of W. de Worde in this series.2
  • Formerly apprenticed to John Reynes. Warden of the Company of Stationers 1554 and 1555-7- Died 15720-04-01.3

  • Will of Lucy Raynes (Reynes), Widow (1544-48). Date: 1548-04-28, Proved: 1549-10-25. George, St. Paul's Churchyard. To be buried in the little churchyard near Paul's in London near the Chapel door. To Hybbylthwaites cosyn. Laundesdale cosyn. William Lewes cosyn. Lucy Greston goddaughter. John Chambre. Nicholas Dixon my servant. John Cawood's1 child, god-daughter. Robert Holder and Edward Sutton2 late my servants. Robert Knight of Bromley, Oliver Knight godson. Thomas Argall. Robert Johnson, one of the proctors of the Arches. Peter Johnson godson. Arthur Johnson. John Lewes cosyn one of the proctors of the Arches. Joanne Lewes cosyn. Fraunces Lewes god-daughter. Doctor Cooke. Mistress Assheley. Mistress Talkarn. Mistress Kydd. Faith Sutton. Executors: Robert Johnson and John Lewes. Overseer: Thomas Argall. Witnesses: Roger Hunt, Robert Warmington, John Goodman, John Chamber.[12][12]
  • There is a list of minor bequests placed just before the probate. Mention is made of Reyner Woolf's child.
  • John Cawood, the eminent stationer, several times mentioned in this volume, and no will of his has been found, the following brief note of his career may be useful. He came of a Yorkshire family, was born in 1514, and apprenticed to John Reynes. He was Warden of the Company in the years 1554, 1555-7, and was Master in 1561, 1562, and 1566. Cawood was printer to Queen Mary, and in Elizabeth's reign was joined with Richard Jugge in the patent. He died 1572-04-01. By his first wife he had three sons and four daughters. Two of his sons, John and Edmund, died in 1570, and the third, Gabriell, succeeded to the business. His daughter, Mary, married George Bishop, printer.1
  • Isabel married T. Woodcock, stationer, Susannah married Robert Bullock, and Barbara married Mark Norton.2

  • Will of Richard Keale (Kele) (1546?-1552?). Date: 1552-09-10, Proved: 1552-10-19. The Long Shop in the Poultry. To be buried in the parish church of St. Mary Wolchurch, where I now dwell. Children: William, Margaret, Judith. John Kele1 my brother, lease of the Long Shoppe in the Poultry under St. Mildred's Church wall, at the coming out of his Apprenticehip. Richard Kele my uncle. Richard Lant2. Mark Norton grocer. John Hunt, John Aldey3 my apprentice. Richard Adam,4 Thomas Cole, William Richardson, Edmund Hawley, apprentices. Masters of my company (Stationers). Poor of London. Prisoners in the King's Bench, Marshalsea, the Hyte (Fleet), Ludgate, Newgate and the two compters Bread Street and the pultrey. John Astill or Asleli. William Fraunce. Robert Fryer to have the tuition of Judith. John Tull to have the tuition of William. Robert Toye to have the tuition of Margaret. Executors: Children William, Margaret and Judith. Overseer: Robert Toye, stationer, John Tulle, draper, Robert Fryer and John Wetherell, goldsmiths, Witnesses: John Keyll, goldsmith, Thomas Aleyn, pewterer. Codicil: To Symond Ludford his physician. Thomas Bolt, grocer, I will that Mr. Toye shall make free Thomas Myles his years being expired. Witnesses: John Alday his servant, John Wetheryll, goldsmith, Robt. Fryer, goldsmith, J. Tull, draper.[13][13]
  • John Kele's name is found in the Charter granted in 1555.1
  • Richard Lant's name is also found there.2
  • Made free in 1555-01.3
  • Made free between 1558-07-10 - 1559-07-10.4

  • Will of Thomas Barthelett (Berthelet) (1528-55). Date: 1555-09-24, Proved: 1555-11-09. Sign: Lucretia Romana, Fleet Street. Succeeded by his nephew Thomas Powell.1 To be buried in St. Bride's, Fleet Street, in the Lady Chapel. Edward Barthelett my son and heir, manor of Hilhampton alias Ilhampton and lands in Mardon, Hereford; messuages in St. Bride's Fleet Street, Bishopsgate Street, and the parish of St. Margarets in Friday Street. Anthony Barthelett my younger son, messuages in Distaff Lane, Friday Street, Bread Street, St. Sepulchre's and land in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, with reversion to Thomas Powell, nephew. Margaret, wife, messuages in St, Andrews, Holborn and St. Sepulchres, and the house with the ways, walks, etc., which I reserve for my own use in Crokhorne Alley in the said parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, with reversion to sons, Goods to be divided into three parts according to the custom of the City of London, one to his wife, another to his two sons, and the third to pay funeral expenses and the following legacies, Thomas Powell my nephew. Prudence Skynner my goddaughter. Martha Salvoine my goddaughter. Other god children. Christ's Hospital. St. Bride's Church. Alice Cowper wife's sister. Wife Margery executrix, to whom the care of Anthony until his coming of age. Trustees: John Abingtone gentleman. Clerk of the Queens wood yard and John Wekes citizen and goldsmith. Witnesses: Richard Heywood, Edward Ridge, John Hulsone.[14][14]
  • 11th February 2 and 3 Ph. and Mary, Richard Grafton grocer, William Calton painter, stainer, William Dane, iremonger and Richard Payne gent. To the orphans of Thomas Berthelet stationer deceased.
  • A deed by which Richard Payne and Margery his wife formerly the wife of Thomas Berthelet, grant certain property left by Thomas Berthelet, to John Payne and Richard Heyward.
  • The business in Fleet Street passed into the hands of Thomas Powell.1

  • Will of Robert Toye (1542-1556). Date: 1555/6-02-05, Proved: 1555/6-03-04. The Bell, St. Paul's Churchyard. Succeeded by Elizabeth Toye, widow. To be buried in St. Faith's. Elizabeth my wife, all that my messuage wherein I now dwell, and my shop with the sign of the bell next adjoining to Master Petitts house, with reversion to Humphrey Toye1 my son. Rose my daughter houses in paternoster Row and St. Paul's Churchyard. Elizabeth my wife shall have my house with appurtenances wherein Richard Jugge now inhabits. Two shops under one roof now being in the several tenures of John Cawood and John King sett and being in Paul's churchyard to daughter Rose. My sister Cawverley. My mother. Poor of Mortilmas Cliberie (Mortimer Cleobury Salop ?), my brother Sir Edward vicar there. Thomas Hind late servant to the Duches of Richmont. Edmund Scampion my brother. Company of Stationers. John Cawood, Richard Jugge, John Waley and Anthonie Smithe. Executrix: Elizabeth Toye my wife. Overseers: Humphrey Toye my brother, and Thomas Woddall my brother in law. Witnesses: Reinolde Woolf, John Cawood, John Waley, Anthonie Bonde.[15][15]
  • Took up his freedom 1558-03-11.

  • Will of William Bonham (1542-57). Date: 1557-07-04, Proved: 1557-09-27. The King's Arms, St. Paul's Churchyard. The Red Lion, St. Paul's Churchyard. Succeeded by William Norton. To be buried in the parish church of All Saints, Colchester. Margery wife his lands at Cliff, Kent, and after her death to Joane or Johane daughter, wife of William Norton1 of London, stationer. John, son. Alice, daughter, wife of Richard Savage of London, grocer, lands and tenements in the parish of St. Olave's (?) London. John, son. Failing heirs the property left to his two daughters, to go to Benjamin, Brother. All his plate to be equally divided amongst his sons and daughters. His wife's daughter Phillippe Colman, out of the money that William Norton payeth me yearly. His son John. His wife's son Robert Mayatt. Son in law Richard Savage. Wife Marjery. Poor of Colchester. Executrix: Wife Marjery. Witnesses: Edward Freburne of London, haberdasher, Robert Glamvyle of Colchester, surgeon, Thomas Lathbroke and others.[16][16]
  • They had an only son Bonham Norton, who became a wealthy member of the Stationers' Company.1

  • Will of Elizabeth Toye, widow of Robert Toye (1556-65). Date: 1564/5-03-12, Proved: 1565-07-06. The Bell, St. Paul's Churchyard. To be buried in St. Faiths. Elizabeth Toye and Johanne Toye the children of Humphrie Toye my son. Humphrey Toye late husbands eldest brother. Johanne Doolman sister. George Busshope1 my servant. Erasmus Awdeley2 my apprentice. Arthur Pepwell3 son in law. Humfrie Pepwell.4 Robarte the son of Humfrie Toye of Carmarthen. Johanna Taillour my sister Caverly's maid. Helleyne Wyatte. Company and fellowship of the mistery of Stationers in London. Mr. John Lewes, procurator of the Court of Arches. Little Margaret Walker, various household articles in the little chamber over John Cawood's shop, next to Paul's gate. Overseers: Brother Thomas Woodall and John Cawood. Witnesses: Richard Jugge, John Cooke, Thomas Bedford, serjeant, Anthony Bande, scrivenor.[19][19]
  • Admitted freeman 1562-04-16. Was one of the deputies to Christopher Barker. Master of the Company six times, 1590, 1592, 1593, 1600, 1602, 1608. Died in 1610.1
  • Doubtless a relative of John Awdeley stationer. He does not appear to have taken up his freedom.2
  • Was no doubt one of the sons of Harry or Henry Pepwell of the Trinity in St. Paul's Churchyard.3
  • Perhaps one of the sons of Arthur Pepwell.4

  • Will of Arthur Pepwell1 (1566-68). Date: 1568-08-17, Proved: 1568/9-01-15. Sign of the Holy Trinity, St. Paul's Churchyard. Johane my wife. Henry and Humphrie sons, before he accomplish the age of 21 years. Company of Stationers of London. Poor of St. Faiths. Tenements in paternoster row. Maister Bedell the preacher. Julian Stevenson my sister. Leonard Chambers wife's brother, student in Trinity Coll. Cambridge. Mary Robottom2 my cosen. William Chambers3 father in law, my mother in law his wife, aunt Adams, sister Newman, aunt Turner, and aunt Raynes. William Browne my apprentice. Executrix: Wife Johane. Overseers: Reginall Wolfe, Humphrey Toye, William Norton, Gabriell Newman. Witnesses: Gabriell Newman and Richard Collins, servants to Andrew Palmer, scrivenor.[20][20]
  • This stationer took up his freedom on 1556-08-19, and again on 1557-03-08. As Mr. Arber points out, this must be a mistake, as he presented William Taylor as an apprentice on the 1557-05-06. Arthur Pepwell was a very disorderly member of the Company, being repeatedly fined for keeping his shop open on Sundays, and giving the officers 'unsemely wordes'.1
  • Was this a relative of James Rowbotham ?. Under the Fines for 1562-3, Pepwell is found entered for two shillings 'for that he did keep an apprentice which was Robothums'.2
  • Elizabeth Toye in her will mentions Arthur Pepwell as her son in law. The explanation is perhaps that his first wife, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Toye, was dead. This is strengthened by the absence of any mention of a daughter in Elizabeth Toye's will. This would also account for Humphrey Toye being nominated one of the overseers.3

  • Will of Stephen Kevall (1555?-70). Date: 1570-10-28, Proved: 1571-04-20. Succeeded by his widow Jane Kevall. William Kelley citizen and butcher of London. Poor of the parish of St. Mary at Hill, poor of my Company the Stationers of London. Margaret Kevall sister. George Kevall, notary. Executrix: wife Jane. Overseers: George Kevall and Hugh Woodcock. Witnesses: Richard Saunderson vintner and Hubard Sevyon notary.[21][21]
  • Master of the Company of Stationers, 1560,1565. Except in his official capacity, his name never occurs in the registers, and so it happens that though he was a bookseller in London for some years, his name does not appear amongst the 887 names printed by Mr. Arber in his fifth volume. The following entries in the registers refer to his bequest:
  • Abstract from the 'accoumpte' of Richard Watkins and Frauncis Coldock wardens (1580-81): Item paid to Hugh Woodcock, Salter toward his Charges in Law about mistress Kevalles houses in his time.

  • Will of Reyner, Reignald, or Reginald Wolfe (1542-73). Date: ----, Proved: 1573/4-01-09. Brazen Serpent. St. Paul's Churchyard. Succeeded by his widow, Johan Wolfe, Jone my wife the purchase of the kinge, called the Chappell, and the house that Luke Harrison now dwelleth in, and the house Mr. Couldock dwelleth in. My wife all my leases which I hold of Paul's Church as appeareth by the leases. All the rest of my goods to be distributed to my children, according to the custom of the citie of London. Witnesses: George Bishoppe, Raphael Holingshed, and me John Hunn, and me John Shepperd.[22][22]

  • Will of Johanne Woolfe, widow. Date: 1574-07-01, Proved: 1574-07-20. Brazen Serpent, St. Paul's Churchyard. Succeeded by John Sheppard. To be buried in St. Faith's church. Son Robert Woolfe1 and to my son in law John Hun2 citizen and haberdasher of London. I the said Johan Woolfe as administratrix to Reginalde Wolffe or otherwise have or ought to have of and in all that tenement with appurtenances called or known by the sign of the Brazen Serpent now in the tenure and occupation of me Johan Woolfe scituate in Paul's church yard in the parish of St. Faith in London, and other tenements yards and rooms with their appurtenances scituate in Paul's church yard aforesaid which I the said Johan am now lawfully entitled to and am possessed of as administratrix to my late husband Reginalde Woolfe. My dwelling house called the Brazen Serpent. Henry Woolfe son. Robert Wolfe and John Hun to abate. Susan Hun daughter wife of the said John Hun. Elizabeth Nevenson daughter, wife of Steven Nevenson, doctor of the Civil law. Magdalene Rigthome my sister Harpers daughter, which Magdalene is dyseased in her eies. Raphaell Hollingeshed concerning the translating and printing of a certain Crownacle. John Shepparde my servant. Garret Wolf brother of my late husband. Children of my cosen Joseph dwelling in Southwark. My said sister Harper. Mary Harrison daughter, the wife of John Harrison citizen and Stationer of London. Reginald Harrison son of the said John Harrison, Johan Harrison daughter of the said John Harrison. Luke Harrison citizen and Stationer of London. William Chambers citizen and haberdasher. Johan Edwards my cosen and to her daughter Johan Clayton. Johan Hun daughter of the said John Hun. Sara Harrison daughter. Robert Woolfe and John Hun. Robert Wolfe and John Hun which said Robert Wolfe and John Hun I make executors. .... That chappell in Paul's church yard. John Hun all shop in Paul's church yard aforesaide being parcell of the said Chappell and now being in the teanure and occupation of the same John Hun. Luke Harrison and his wife which he now hathe. Frauncis Coldocke Citizen and Stationer of London shall have hold occupy and enjoy all that Tenement and Rowmes adjoining or belonging to the said chappell now being in the occupation of the same Frauncis. The said Robert Woolfe my son all the said Chappell howses etc. with reversion to his brother Henry, and to Reginald Hun the son of John Hun etc. Poor children of the hospital, poore of this parrish of St. Faith. Sister Coale. Mistress Coston, Mistress Upton, Mistress Holder and Mistress Draper. Mother Gyles. Thomas Harrison son in law. Overseers: Stephen Nevenson and John Harrison, sons in law. Witnesses: Richard Henton, Gabriell Cawood, Rico Colins scrivenor.[23][23]
  • No person of this name was anywhere mentioned in the Registers of the Company, but on the 1565-05-17, there is an entry recording the freedom of 'Rnolde Wolfe the younger'. I do not think this refers to the Robert Wolfe mentioned in the will, but to another son who had probably died in the interim.1
  • Shepperd evidently accepted this offer and printed from this address during the years 1576-77, after which he disappears and no more is heard of the Brazen Serpent until 1581, when it is found in the hands of Richard Vemon.
  • Then carrying on business at the White Greyhound in St. Paul's Churchyard.
  • This was the chapel over the Chamel house on the north side of the Cathedral which Reginalde Wolfe had purchased of the King, and from which he removed a thousand cartloads of bones. Stow says: 'The Chappell and Chamel were converted into dwelling houses, warehouses and sheds for stationers, builded before it in place of the tombs'.
  • The sign of the ' Crane'.
  • The sign of the 'Green Dragon'.
  • Among the archives of St. Paul's Cathedral is a document by which William Juxon, Bishop of London in 1638, demised to Elizabeth, relict of Thomas Adams, citizen and stationer of London, two messuages with three shops in the great churchyard of the cathedral church, on the north side of the church, 'adjoyninge to a house there sometimes called the Chamell house on the east part,' one of which messuages is known by the name of the sign of the Parrott and Angell and the other by the name of the sign of 'the King's Heade' 1637/8-01-20.

  • Will of John Awdelie (Awdley)1 (1559?-75?). Date: 1575-06-22, Proved: 1575-09-16. In Little Britain Street, by Great St. Bartholomews without Aldersgate. Elizabeth Awdley, wife, lease of houses in Greene's Alley, Westminster. Sampson Awdley my son. Joan, daughter, Rachel daughter, Mary Simpson daughter, Agnes daughter, Elizabeth daughter. Son Sampson Awdley and John Simson my son in law. Wife Elizabeth my sole executrix. Overseers: Anthony Kitson draper, and Brian Dodmor gent. Witnesses: Thomas Uby, Robert right (sic) Robert Ivie.[24][24]
  • The younger son of Sampson Awdelie, verger of Westminster Abbey, whose will was Proved: 1559-01-12 in the Commissary of London.1

  • Will of Richard Jugge (1547-1577). Date: 1577-08-17, Proved: 1577-10-23. Sign of the Bible in Paul's Churchyard till 1573, when he removed to Newgate Market next unto Christ's Church. Suceeded by Miles Jennings. Johan my wife. Children (not named) married, a third part. Richard Watkins son in law, citizen and Stationer of London. The Mr Fellowes and Scollers of Kings College, Cambridge. Christs Hospital, St. Bartholomews and St. Thomas' hospitals. Poor parsons of the parrish of Christs church where I dwell. My two apprentices William White and Richard Reade.1 Heline my wife's sister. Elizabeth Symons my daughter. Executrix: Johan wife. Overseers: Friends John Wyght, Draper and William Norton stationer. Witnesses: Thomas Gatacre, Edward Layfeld, Richard Collins scrivenor. Codicil: 1577-08-18. My son John Jugge. My daughter Anne. Mr. Gaddaker and Mr. Layfeld preachers. Witnesses: Richo Collins, Scr., Richard Watkins, Nicholas Cowper.[25][25]
  • William White was made free on the 1583-04-10, by Mistress Jugge, and worked as a publisher from 1588 to 1623. Richard Reade was made free on the 1580-01-18, and is found printing and publishing until 1603.1

  • Will of Anthony Kitson (Kytson), Draper (1549-78). Date: 1577-09-05, Proved: 1578-07-12. 'Sun' in St. Paul's Churchyard, Succeeded by his son Abraham Kitson. To be buried in parish church of St. Faith beside his first wife Margaret. Abraham Kytson my eldest son, lands and tenements in St. Pauls Churchyard, Wood Street and Fleet Street. Thomas Kytson my second son. Agnes my daughter. Ann Kytson my daughter. John my youngest son by Mary my last wife. Sara my cosin. Mr, Wight and wife,1 Mr. Mills and wife,2 Mr. Flaskett and wife,3 Mr. Wilson and wife,4 Mr. Veale and wife.5 Roger and Gregory my boys, my apprenlizes. Executor: Son Abraham. Overseers: Leonard Mills and Mr. Flaskelt, citizen and haberdasher. Witnesses: Robert Wheathill, John Wyght, by me Thomas Kytson, by me Abraham Veale, by me Richard Rastall.6 [26][26]
  • Preceding the probate clause is entered a protest by Abraham Kitson, to the effect that the property in Fleet street, etc., was entailed to him, and that his father had no power to saddle them with the legacies, and therefore he refuses to carry out this part of his father's will.
  • John Wyght, one of the witnesses to the will, also a draper and stationer, living at the sign of the 'Rose' in St. Paul's Churchyard.1
  • Leonard Mills, who was appointed one of (he overseers. It is not clear whether he was a stationer. Under 'Rentes belonging to ye howse' is entered 'Recevyd of Leonerd Mylles tor a hole yeres Rent Due at our lady Day. 1571-03-25.2
  • No doubt the same person who is styled 'citizen and haberdasher' a few lines below. He was perhaps father of John Flaskett, stationer.3
  • Several Wilsons occur in the Registers.4
  • No doabt Abraham Veale, one of the witnesses, also a draper and stationer, who carried on business at the Lamb in St. Paul's Churchyard.5
  • Was this a descendant of John and William Rastell ?.6

  • Will of John Waley (Walley) (1546-86). Date: 1585-12-08, Proved: 1586-04-28. The Harts Horn, Foster Lane. Succeeded by his son Robert Walley. To my poor scholar Thomas Hamond in Oxford. Annys (Agnes) my wife residue of estate. Robert Walley my son.1 Henry Walley my son's son. My house in Foster Lane. Francis Nuberry,2 John Thomas my godson,3 and Mary Walley. Henry Hammondes children, Henry, Robert and Lionell. Dorothy Pister 'my daughter Thamesius daughter'. Thomas Gubbins my servant. Executrix: Wife Agnes. Overseers: Ralph Nuberry and John Thomas. Witnesses: Ralph Nuberry and John Thomas.[27][27]
  • This will is peculiar in many ways. The testator did not state the nature of his business, nor in what part of London he lived, nor the name of the Company to which he belonged.
  • Robert Walley had been in business as a stationer since 1576, although he did not become a Freeman of the Company until 15S5. As his place of business is unknown at that time, he was perhaps in partnership with his father.1
  • The son of Ralph Newberry, stationer.2
  • Mr. Arber only mentions one stationer of this name in his list of London publishers and gives his period as 1637, but the John Thomas mentioned in this will was publishing according to the register in 1582. As he was not long out of his time, he may have been alive in 1637.3

  • Will of Thomas Vautrollier (1566-87). Date: 1587-07-10, Proved: 1587-07-22. Black Friars. Succeeded by his widow Jacqueline, who afterwards married Richard Field (Shakespeare's publisher). Born in the town of Troyes in Champain, France. Now resident in London. To the French church in London, three pounds. Peter Dorange my neighbour, Magdalene Basile my servant. Claude Vautrollier brother. Anthonette Vautrollier sister. Phillibert Vaulroller nephew, James Vautrollier brother. Simeon Vautrollier son. Manasse, son, the printinge press which I brought back againe from Scotland. Jacqueline1 my wife and to my four children, Simeon, Manasse, Thomas and James. Executors: Bastien Bonfoy2 and Frauncis Bonier.3 Overseer: James Duthit. Witnesses: Ascanius de Renyalme,4 Peter Bonevall. At the foot is this clause: Ex Gallicam in Anglicam linguam conuersum et inuentu(m) substantialiter concordare per me Notarium subsignatu(m) Londini comorantem Actam Londini hoc die xix mensis Julij Ano Dm 1587. D. Le Blancq nots pubcus, 1587.[28][28]
  • It will be seen from this that Vautrollier had no daughter, and that the 'Jaklin' whom R. Field married was the widow.1
  • A featherdresser living in Blackfriars. d:1594.2
  • See also the will of Astanius de Reinalme in this series.3
  • See his will.4

  • Will of John Judson (1558-90). Date: 1588-05-04, Proved: 1588/9-03-18. Richard Judson my son. Thomas Judson1 my son. Alice Judson my wife. William Jones2 my servant. Thomas Leeke3 my servant, John Shawe4 my servant. Gualter my cosyn. Wife Alice executrix. Overseers: Sons Richard and Thomas, and Mr. Kelsick. Witnesses: William Kelsicke, John Slye.[29][29]
  • Made free of Company, 1581-01-16.1
  • Made free 1587-10-19.2
  • Thomas Leeke, admitted on the 1594-09-30.3
  • Was apprenticed on the 1588-05-01, for nine years. Does not appear to have taken up his freedom.4

  • Will of John Wight, Draper (1551-89). Date: 1589-05-25, Proved: 1589-07-16. The Rose, St. Paul's Churchyard. Succeeded by his son, Thomas Wight. To be buried in St. Faith's. Company of Drapers. Poor of Flamsted, Herts. Poor of Cuddington, Bedds. Poor men of the Company of Stationers, London. William Bolheway cousin. Thomas Preston cousin, house and 'wicke' in Tyme Lane near Market Street, Flamsted. Michael Preston cousin, house in parish of St. Michaels, in the town of St. Albans. Humfry Osmonde cousin, Alice Smith cousin, the millers wife of Redborne. Gostwick's wife. Grace Flaskett daughter of Thomas Flaskett.1 John Wilson son of Henry Wilson, son in law, for his better exhibition and maintenuance at the University. Mistress Strange widow. Mistress Cooke widow who sometime dwelt in St. Nicholas Lane. Samuell Shorte.2 John Bayly.3 Agnes Hinde my servaunte. Sara Draper. William Payne my tenaunt. To my tenaunt which now dwelleth in the house besides Tyme Lane in Market (sic) within the said parish of Flamsted five shillings in money. The poore of St. Faiths where I now dwell. Thomas Flaskett my son in law. John Wouters the dutchman. Katherine my daughter, wife to Thomas Flaskett. Anne Wilson my daughter, three tenements in Southwark, lately bought of Thomas Flaskett. Martha Mylls my daughter wife of Leonard Mylls, and her children.4 Executor: Thomas Wighte5 my son. Overseer: Leonard Mylls son in law. Witnesses: Abraham Veale,6 William Young,7 Robert Androwes, scrivener.[30][30]
  • On the 1609-11-01, a commission was issued to Jocosa Wight, widow of Thomas Wight, to administer this will during the minority of Gabriel, Thomas and Lucy, natural children of Thomas Wight.
  • This was doubtless a relative of John Flaskett, stationer, who was publishing in London between 1594 and 1613.1
  • If this was one of hia appteatices, be never came on the livery or look up the trade of a bookseller.2
  • John Baylie sworn and admitted a freeman of this company by translation from the company of Drapers to this company. 1600-06-25. He was admitted by John Newbery, to whom perhaps he was transferred on the death of John Wight.3
  • Arber's Transcript: 'Recevyd of Leonard Mylles for a hole yeres Rent due at our Lady Day (1571-03-25)'.4
  • There is no entry of his apprenticeship or freedom in the registers of the Stationers' Company. He published from 1590 to 1603.5
  • A member of the Drapers' Company who carried on business as a printer and publisher at the sign of the Lamb in St. Paul's Churchyard from 1548-89.6
  • This was perhaps the publisher found in partnership with Ralph Jackson at ??.7

  • Will of William Norton (1561-93). Date: 1593-08-27, Proved: 1593/4-01-01. King's Arras, St. Paul's Churchyard, afterwards the Queen's Arms. Succeeded by his son, Bonham Norton. To be buried in St. Faith's. Johan1 my wife. Bonham Norton2 my son. William and Thomas sons of my son Bonham Norton. Edward and George Norton my two children. John Norton son of my said brother Edward.3 Richard Norton son of my brother Richard Norton. Alice Hewet sister in law and her children. Poor freemen of the company of Stationers. Livery of the Companye of Stationers whereof I am a member. Parish of Cliffe, Kent, the parishes of Onyburie, Cleoburie Mortimer, and Stotterden als Stolesden in Salop, the towne of Ludlowe in the same county, the parishe of Ludford near the said town of Ludlowe, the parishes of St. Mary Matfellon als Whitechappel and St. Leonards in Bromley, Midd., the parishe of St. Sepulchre without Newgate, London. The children of Laurence Melborne late of London cowper, deceased... which I have in those tenementes and houses heretofore demised and letten vnto me by Richard Colwell scituate behind St. Nicholas Fleshe shambles in London. Laurence Melborne Margery his late wife and Edward Davyes Cowper. Residue to Bonham Norton my son. My Manners, landes and tenementes in the county of Salop in such sort as that after my decease the same is to remain to my son Bonham Norton. Landes in the counties of Midd. and Kent to descend to him. Lands called Grant's Alley, Beare Alley or Godfreys Alley which I late purchased and bought of Oliver Godfrey gent. The Governors of Christ's Hospital. The Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers. Churchwardens of the parish of Onybury, Salop. The Governors of Christ's Hospital. Executor: Bonham Norton. Overseers: Brother George Norton, my friend and neighbour Richard Watkynnes.4 Witnesses: Richarde Wrighte scr., Edmond Wattes, John Hodgetts, Ralph Jackson, William Young.[31][31]
  • The daughter of William Bonham, stationer.1
  • Bonham Norton was made free of the Stationers' Company on 1593/4-02-04, and rapidly became one of the richest and most important men in the city of Indon, but his character as revealed in his dealings with Robert Barker and John Norton, was not a high one. He was in partnership for some time with John Norton, who made a will wholly in bis favour. This will was afterwards disputed by John Norton's nephew, who declared that Bonham Norton enerted undue influence to procure it. Bonham Norton subsequently shared with Robert Barker the olce of King's Printer, which he ultimately got into his own hands. He then took John Bill as partner. A long law suit resulted, the upshot of which was that Robert Barker recovered the office, and Bonham Norton was tried before the Star Chamber court for litielling the Lord Keeper, and condemned to fine and imprisonment. He died in 1635, tmt whether he was then in prison is not known. He left no will, administration of his estate being granted to his widow. Bonham Norton married Jane, the daughter of Thomas Owen of Condover, Shropshire, one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas. He was Master of the Company b 1613, 1626, 1629.2
  • According to the entry in the Registers, the John Norton who became a stationer was the son of Richard Norton, of the parish of Billingstey, in the county of Salop. As John Norton in his will also mentions his brother Richard deceased, it is almost certain that the name John Norton here mentioned was not the stationer of that name, who was one of the sons of Richard Norton mentioned in the next paragraph. This will proves that John Norton the stationer was a nephew and not a cousin of William Norton, as stated by Mr. Arber.3
  • Richard Watkins, stationer, was presented as an Apprentice in October, 1556, and was made free 1557-04-27. He became Master of the Company in 1589 and 1594. He held with James Rotjerts the patent for printing almanacs. He is believed to have lived at the sign of Love and Death in St. Paul's Churchyard.4

  • Will of Richard Tottell1 (Tothill) (1552-93). Hand and Star in Fleet Street. Inquisition held at Buckingham in the County of Buckingham on the 1594-03-21 before Walter Curzon. Ar, Peter Palmer ar, and Robert Spencer, ar. escheator of the county. The jury find that Richard Tottell was seized of the manor of Wedon Hill and divers lands in Wedon Hill, Chessham, Amersham, and Little Missenden, and of the manor or farm of Mantell or Mantells, with its appurtenances in Little Missenden aforesaid, lands in Wendover, farm called Brasiers End in Cholsbury Bucklands, Bucks. As well as in the manor of Lapflod with appurtenances in Brideford (Bideford) Devon. And of a capital messuage called Greenlinch with appurtenances in Silverton, Devon and of divers houses and cellars in the town of Topsham, Devon. One messuage situated in Fleet Street formerly in the occupation of William Tothill, all which property he by virtue of an agreement made 1592-08-29 he made over to William Kindesly of London, and William Tothill for the use of William Tothill and his heirs for ever. Richard Tothill died 1593-09-01 at Wiston, Pembroke. The jury find that the lands in Wedon Hill and Amersham were held by Richard Tothill of Carye. Ar. as of his castle of Berkhampstead, in free socage. The land in little Missenden of Peter Palmer gen., by grant of Edward Earl of Oxford as part of his manor of Whitchurch in the aforesaid county of Bucks but for what service the jury could not say and that the residue of the manors of Wedon Hill, Chesham and Little Missenden were held by Richard Tothill of Milone Sands ar., as of his manor of Chesham Higham, in the said county, but for what service the jury were ignorant. The said manor of Wedon Hill, premises in Wedon Hill, Chesham, Amersham and Little Missenden were of a total value of 13li 6s. 5d. The lands and premises in Wendover were held of William Hawtry ar, as of his manor of Wendover. The farm of Brasiers End. The Manor of Lapflod, Devon was held of Richard Champernowne. The capital messuage of Greenlinch was held of Richard Hales ar, as of his manor of Kenydon, Devon. The houses and cellars in Topsham were held of Anna Countess of Warwick as of her manor of Topsham. Messuages in Fleet Street were held of the Queen for a part of a knights fee. The jurors finally say that William Tothill was son and heir of the said Richard Tothill and at the time of his death was aged thirty three years and upwards.[32][32]
  • As no will of this eminent printer can be traced, the above Inquisition, which show the extent and whereabouts of his piopeitf, is substituted.1

  • Will of Astanius de Reinalme (1580?-1600). Blackfriars. Date: 1599/00-02-29, Proved: 1599/00-03-10. French congregation. Dutch congregation. Jonas de Reinalme my brother. Sister Groll dwellinge nere Wormes in Germanic. James Rime my wife's son. Francis Bonner (Bonier) brother in law and Lucy Bonner his wife. Hester Burie sister in law. Elizabeth Bonner or Bonier, Zeth Locharde, Aron Chevalier, John Bonner or Bonier, James Burie, Peter de Quesie, ___ Vanderbergh, Marie Henson, Hester Bishopp, Sara Clownes, godchildren. To the Company of the Stationers in London, as a token of my goodwill being a brother of the said company a piece of plate. Robert Goodwin, George Bishopp, Bonham Norton, John Norton, John Doliins, Owen Locharde, Edward Lea, Francis Henson, ___ Neale, well-beloved friends and neighbours. Servant Adrian Marvie. Richard Williams and Levin de Munck the house at Blackfriars wherein I now do dwell, and another adjoining it bought of Francis Bonner or Bonier, as well as a house near Newgate Market. Overseers: John Castoll, Richard Williams, John de Quesie, Levin de Muncke. Executrix: Elizabeth de Reinalme wife. Witnesses: Edward Lea, Gedeon de Lanne.[33][33]

  • Will of Francis Coldock (1561-1603). Date: 1602-09-03, Proved: 1602/3-02-01. Lombard Street, over against the Cardinalls Hat. Green Dragon, St. Paul's Churchyard. My son in law William Ponsonby with my daughter Joane now his wife at her marriage. Alice Coldocke1 my wife. Peter Caldock natural brother, Izabell Walton widow, natural sister. John Coldocke my said brother Peter his son. Frauncis Kyd scrivenor. William Leeke stationer, sometime my apprentice one of the overseers of my will. Children of my said daughter Joane Ponsonby and my wife's son Simon Waterson. Symon Waterson and Fraunces his wife. Elizabeth Garretson widow. Agnes Kyd wife of Frauncis Kyd. John Smyth my apprentice. Executrix: Wife Alice. Overseers: Frauncis Kyd, William Leake. Witnesses: William Leake, Thomas Heyes, William Young, Francis Kyd scrivenor.[34][34]
  • The daughter of Simon Burton, of the parish of St. Andrew Undershaft. She married three stationers. Her first husband was Richard Waterson, father of Simon Waterson, and after Coldock's death she married Isaac Binge.1

  • Will of Robert Dexter (1590-1603). Date: 1603-10-24, Proved: 1603-12-26. Brazen Serpent, St. Paul's Churchyard. Wife Elizabeth. Mother Alice Dexter widow, brother Nicholas Dexter. Brother Nicholas daughters Ann and Dorothy. Uncle Myles Goltye. Martha Shurland my wife's sister. Thomas Shurland of Inner Temple, gent., brother to the aforesaid [--|Martha]]. Edward Shurland of Grays Inn, brother in law. Thomas Mason brother in law. Michael Adams brother in law. Peter Scrivenor brother in law. Cosyn Edward Goltie. Cosyn Mary Tye the elder wife of John Tye the elder, and her eleven children. Three children of my cosen Christopher Wright by his first wife Catherine. Wife of John Hill of Ashbocking, Suffolk. Cosyn Mary Morris and her daughter. Cosyn Alice late the wife of Anthony Allwaye and to her child, widow Crosbie and to her son. Mistress Temple widow in the Black Fryers and her two children. Mistress Holland of St. Brides widow wife to Mr. Henry Holland preacher. Dennys Thompson widow in Knight Ryder Street. Widow Blevin wife to Richard Blevin deceased. Mistress Bing1 sometimes my mistress. Peter Colldock and Isabell his sister. Various preachers. Mr. Samuel Crooke. Mr. Thomas Crooke and Helkiah a ring each. The Company of Statyoners. Mr. Bishoppe, Mr. Binge, Mr. Man, and Mr. Pownsabie statyoners. Executors: Miles Goltye my uncle, Nicholas Dexter and Mr. Stephen Egerton preacher. Witnesses: Myles Goltye, Martha Shorlande and Roger Harris notary, Mark of Sarah Crosbie, Mary Morris.[35][35]
  • Previously the wife of Richard Waterson and Francis Coldock.1
  • The middle section of Knightrider Street was known as Old Fish Street, not to be conflated with the Old Fish Street in Bread Street Ward off Cheapside.[36][36]

  • Will of William Ponsonby (1577-1604). Date: 1603-12-31, Proved: 1603/4-01-23. Bishop's Head in Paul's Churchyard. To be buried in the parish church of St. Faith. My wife1 my sole executrix and Mr. Binge2 and Mr. Jonseed my overseers. Witnesses: Mr. Henry Tripp clerk, Isaack Binge and Thomas Overy.3 [37][37]
  • Joane or Johanne, the daughter of Francis Coldock.1
  • No doubt Isaac Bing, stationer, also mentioned lower down.2
  • On the 1604-09-03, Ponsonby's copyrights were transferred to Simon Waterson.3

  • Will of Ralph Newbery (1560-1607). Date: 1602/3-03-08, Proved: 1607-04-24. In Fleet Street a little above the Conduit. Elizabeth, wife, goods in house in St. Bride's parish, Fleet Street, goods in house at Stroud Green, one-third of the manor of Fines alias Feins alias Wollfines alias Wolley fenes, Berks. Francis, son, goods in house at Binnam, Berks. Thomas Newburie, elder brother. Robert Newburie, brother. My cosen John Newbury.1 Mr. Stone. My brothers Robert and Thomas. My brother Griffin. Sister Walley, and to her children (not named). Martha Thomas and Robert Pister my wife's sister's children. Neighbour Scott and neighbour Harvye. Roger Jackson and John Norcott my late servants.2 My shop in Fleet Street in London. Executor: Thomas Farrer. Overseers: Robert Jenkenson, John Scottes, homer. Witnesses: John Nightingale, William Abbott.[38][38]
  • Codicil: 1603-08-14. John Newburie of London, stationer my cousin, to have the shop which now he occupieth and be cleared of debt of fifty pounds on giving security to Robert Newburie, Symon Newburie Marie Stonyver wife of John Stoniver and to Beatrix Newburie, ' children to my brother Robert. Witnesses: Robert Morler clerk, Robert Newburie and Henry Newburie junr.
  • John Newberry, stationer, lived at the Ball in St. Paul's Churchyard, and carried on business from 1594 to 1603 (?).1
  • Roger Jackson apprenticed himself to Newberry for the years from the 1591-06-24. He was in business for himself in 1604. John Norcott is a puzzle. No such name appears in the Registers. It may be a misreading for John Norgate. They do not seem to have availed themselves of this offer.2

  • Will of Cuthbert Burby (1592-1607). Date: 1607-08-24, Proved: 1607-09-16. Poultry by St. Mildred's Church, 1592. Cornhill, next the Royal Exchange, 1601-1607, Swan, St. Paul's Churchyard, 1602-07. Succeeded by widow Elizabeth, and afterwards by N. Bourne. To be buried in the parish church of St. Mildred in the Poultry, in which parish I served my apprentishipp. Elizabeth my wife. Son Edward at such time as he shall accomplish his full age of 21 years. Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers. Poor young men Bookesellers free of the same Company. Master Saracold parson of St. Mildred. Poor of the company of Stationers, Poor of the parish of St. Mildred. Poor of the parish of St. Faiths, where I am a parishioner. Brother and brothers children (not named). William Wright1 which was my master. Joan Burbie deceased, late cozen, bequest to her children (not named). Friend John Warren. Thomas Adams. Edward Bishopp. Edmond Weaver. My servant Nicholas Bourne.2 My Shop at the Exchange. My wife and the other two by the said Nicholas shall value and appraise them. My said Shop scituate in Cornhill at or near the Royal Exchange which lease I then give to Nicholas Bourne. Executrix: Wife Elizabeth. Overseers: Thomas Adams, Edward Bishopp and Edmond Weaver.3 Witnesses: Thomas Middleton, John Bill, Eleazar Edgar, Esq., John Warren, Scr. lre. curiat. London.[39][39]
  • The attestation clause of the witnesses is dated the 14th day of August, or ten days before the will was made. This is evidently an error.
  • William Wright carried on business at the Middle Shop in the Row adjoining St. Mildred's Church in the Poultry.1
  • Nicolas Bourne son of Henry Bourne late citizen and cordwainer of London deceased, hath put himself an apprentice to Cutbert Burby, citizen and Stationer of London for the term of seven years from the feast of the anunciation of our lady next (1601-03-25). Cuthbert Burby's copyrights were made over to him by 'Mystres Burbye' on the 1609-10-16. This was the foundation of Bourne's trade.2
  • All of these were stationers.3

  • Will of George Bishop (1569-1611). Date: 1607-02-20, Proved: 1610/11-01-28. The Bell, Paul's Churchyard. Succeeded by Thomas Adams. To be buried in St. Faiths. Mary1 my wife, lands in Melborne Stoke co Salop. Martha my daughter now the wife of Thomas Detton gentleman. Poor of St. Faiths. Felix Norton1 late servant, John Highlord brother in law and Isabell his now wife. Mark Norton brother in law and his wife. Susan Bullock my wives sister. Mr. Tripp parson of St. Faith's. Thomas Adams3 my kinsman and his wife. Edward Bishop my kinsman and his wife. I give and bequeath unto Threescore poore men (whereof my desier is there should be so many free men of the said Company of Stationers as shall have need). Elizabeth Walker my wife's kinswoman. Henry Walker her son. Gabriell Cawood son of Gabriell Cawood my late brother in law deceased, at age of 21. Elizabeth Norton my wife's sister's daughter. William Apsley4 my late servant. Joseph Browne my servant, William Arundell5 my servant. Residue to Mary wife and executrix. Freehold lands in Melborne Stoke, Salop except two tenements called Newtons bequeathed to wife for life with reversion to daughter Martha and failing heirs to Christs Hospital. Master and Wardens of the Company of Stationers. Christchurch Oxford. John Bishop my late son and heir deceased was of that house and lyeth there buried his own and his wifes kinsmen to have privilege of election.[40][40]
  • Another portion of this money was to be handed over to the company of Stationers to be lent out by them to young men free of the Company without interest The bequest to be void in the event of negligence on the part of the Company to carry it out. The tenements called Newtons already leased to the Company of Stationers. Preachers at Paul's Cross. Witnesses: Edward White scrivenor, William Apsley, William Harsnett, servant unto the said scrivenor.
  • Codicil Date: 1610-11. That in respect his cozen Thomas Adams had with his shop a great deal of wares that came to a great sum of money which would be hard to him unless he should have the said dwelling house of the said George Bishop after the decease of him and his wife. That his will and mind was and he did give the Lease of his said dwelling house unto the said Thomas Adams after the decease of him the said George Bishop and Mary his wife. Overseers: John Highlord, John Norton, Thomas Adams. Witnesses: John Norton, Edward White scr.
  • Daughter of John Cawood.1
  • Son of his brother in law Mark Norton, apprenticed for nine years in 1591.2
  • Thomas Adams was the son of a Shropshire man, and was apprenticed first in 1582 to Oliver Wilkes but, a twelve month afterwards was turned over to George Bishop, and was younger Warden of the Company in 1610-11. The copyrights of George Bishop were transferred to him on the 1611-03-14. Published from 1591-1620.3
  • Apprenticed 1588-02-05, made free 1597-04-11. Publishing from 1598-1640.4
  • The two apprentices were not yet out of their time.5

  • Will of John Norton (1590-1612). Date: 1612-05-21, Proved: 1612/3-01-12. King's Printer in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. In partnership with Bonhum Norton at the Queen's Arms, St. Paul's Church, and at Eton, 1610. Joyce Norton wife.1 Parson and churchwardens of the Parish church of St. Faith under the cathedral Church of St. Pauls in London. Poor of the Company of Stationers and the poor of the said Parish of St. Faith under Pauls. And my will is that one Sermon be preached in St. Faiths Church aforesaid upon Ashewensdaye yearly forever. Company of Stationers of London at Stationers hall. Master Wardens and assistants of the arte or Mistery of Stationers of the City of London. My uncle William Norton deceased. Poor children of Christ's Hospital. Leonard the eldest son of my brother Richard Norton deceased. Thomas Dallowe brother in law. Edward Dallowe brother in law of Kingston. Anne Watmer and Johane Dallowe sisters in law. Jane Norton2 cosyn. John Bill3 sometime my servant. Anne Bill his wife. Sara4 my cosyn Bonham Norton's daughter. Arthur, Roger, John, George and William sons of my said cosyn Bonham Norton. My cosyn Bonham Norton's three youngest daughters. John Hoggetts my Journyman. Residue to cosyn Bonham Norton, also appointed sole executor. The manor of Bottrells Aston, Salop and all other lands in that county he left to his wife Joyce with reversion to cosyn Bonham Norton. Leonard the eldest son of brother Richard. Luce Wighte daughter of Thomas Wighte late citizen and draper of London. Thomas Wighte son of the said Thomas. Wife of Fraunces Rea.5 Overseers: Sir Roger Owen knight and Thomas Man, stationer. Witnesses: Richard Wrighte notary, Ralph Wright, John Edwards and John Hynton servants to the said notary.[41][41]
  • Afterwards in partnership with Richard Whitaker.1
  • The wife of Bonham Norton.2
  • John Bill son of Walter Bill late of Wenlock in the county of Salop husbandman deceased, hath put himself apprentice to John Norton Citizen and Stationer of London for the term of Eight yeres, from the feast of St. James the Apostle last past. 1592-07-25. John Bill obtained a share in the King's Printing Office and was associated with Robert Barker the elder, and Bonham Norton in the management of it.3
  • Married Christopher Barker the eldest son of Robert Barker.4
  • Francis Gea was another Shropshire man who no doubt, through the interest of the Nortons and John Bill, obtained a position in the Company of Stationers.5

  • Will of John Harrison the Eldest1 (1559-1617). Date: 1612/3-01-08, Proved: 1616/7-02-11. White Greyhound, St. Paul's Churchyard. (White ?) Greyhound, Patemoster Row. Testator dwelling in the parish of St. Michaell in the Querne.2 Buried in the parish church of St. Michaell in the Querne where of I am and of long time have been a parishioner and inhabitant. Julian my wife.3 Joseph Harrison4 my son. John Gubbins,5 Mary Tirer, and Elizabeth Edwardes my daughters. Poor children of Christ's Hospital. Poor of Bridewell.6 John Harrison7 my brother. Raphe Tirer son in law and Mary his wife. Roger Edwardes son in law and Elizabeth his wife. Henry Bannister son in law and Anne his wife. Thomas Man8 brother in law and his wife (not named). Mary wife of son Joseph. Richard Harrison of Brembrough, Chester. Elizabeth Batt cousin, late wife of Walter Batt. Company of Stationers in London whereof I am a member. Hester Gubbins daughter of Thomas Gubbins, son in law. John Townley son in law. John Bankes godson. Alice Cooke cousin. Residue divided between the children of my sons in law Raphe Tirer, Thomas Gubbins and Thomas Hunte9 my daughter Elizabeth's late husband. Joseph Harrison son, one shop scituate in Pauls churchyard, premises in the Isle of grayne and Lewisham, Kent, with reversion to his children, in default of such issue to his three daughters and their children, and in default to his brother John and his children. Mary the wife of Ralph Tirer, four houses in the town of Northampton and other property in the satne county, with reversion to son Joseph and his heirs. Elizabeth Edwardes wife of Roger Edwards two houses in Sippenham in the parish of Lewisham co Kent, one in the occupation of Robert Brookehouse and the other in that of George Tint, lately bought of Mr, Henly, with reversion to son Joseph, Johan Gubbins, wife of Thomas Gubbins a sum of twenty shillings annually out of the rents of one of the houses in Northampton and four pounds per annum from one of the houses in Sippenham. John Hunte son of my daughter Elizabeth, copyhold messuage in Hounslow, Midd. Thomas Man, John Harrison and Henry Banister. Executors: Julian Harrison wife, Roger Edwardes son in law. Supervisors and Overseers: John Harrison brother, and Raphe Tirer and Henry Banister sons in law. Witnesses: Thomas Tirer, William Hopkins, Thomas Alcocke.[42][42]
  • This stationer must have reached a great age at the time of his death. He was in business 58 years, and allowing him to have set up for himself at the early age of 20, this would make him 78 when he died, and he was probably older.1
  • Better known as St. Michael ad Bladum, stood at the north east end of Paternoster Row.2
  • See the will Johan Wolfe.3
  • The will of Johan Wolfe, widow, mentions Reginald Harrison son of the said John Harrison, and he also had a son John, who died in 1604.4
  • Probably this is the same with the Johan Harrison daughter of the said John Harrison, also mentioned in the will of Johan Wolfe.5
  • These and the sum of 5 pounds given to the Stationers' Company, were the whole of John Harrison's charitable bequests.6
  • Better known as John Harrison the younger. He died in the following year.7
  • Thomas Man, stationer, published from 1578 to 1624. Lived at the sign of the Talbot, in Paternoster Row. He was Master of the Stationers' Company in 1604, 1610, 1614, 1616.8
  • A Stationer of this name look up his freedom in 1614.9

  • Will of John Harison the Younger (1579-1617). Date: 1616-06-10, Proved: 1618-08-10. The Golden Anchor, Paternoster Row. Succeeded by son John. John, Philip, Josias, Benjamin, sons, a silver spoon each. Johan Fuller widowe my daughter. Residue to wife Agnes, executrix. Overseers: John Lewes of Sundridge, Kent, and John Modye of the Middle Temple gent, cousins. Witnesses: John Modye, Thomas Whitlache, Charles Adin, John Barker.[43][43]

  • Will of Richard Field (1588-1624). Date: 1624-11-24, Proved: 1624-12-14. A fellow Townsman of William Shakespeare and the printer of his first poem, Venus and Adonis. Blackfriars. Splayed Eagle in St. Michael's parish near Wood Street. Succeeded by George Miller. To be buried in parish church of St. Michael near Wood Street in which parish I now dwell. Jane1 my wife. My children such as are or shall be born. Poor of the parish of St. Michael near Woodstreet. Company of Stationers in London whereof I am a member. Ursula one of the daughters of my sister Margaret. Sara daughter of my sister Margaret. Manasses Vautrollier, James Vautrollier.2 George Miller.3 Manasses Vautrollier, Andrewe Harris, and John Ebson their executors. The Splayed Eagle situate in the said parish of St, Michaell near Wood Street. Son Richard Field. Two other messuages adjoining, left to wife Jane in trust for son Samuel. Executrix: Wife Jane. Witnesses: George Miller, Anne Snelling, Hum. Dyson Notary Publiq, Ro. Dickens sgeant unto the said Notary.4 [44][44]
  • Not Jaklin nor Jacqueline, which were ihe names the widow of T. Vautrollier was known by. At the same time Jane may have been a contmclion. But it seems improbable that Vautrollier's widow was alive at this date. How long she had been married lo her first husband there is nothing lo show, but limiting it to ten years, and allowing her to have been married at the early age of fifteen, this date would make her between sixty and seventy years of age at the least.1
  • Two of the sons of Thomas Vautrollier.2
  • George Myllet son of George Myller of Ketteringe in the county of Northampton Schoolmaster, has put himself an apprentice to Richard Field Citizen and Stationer of London for the term of seven years from Michaelmas next 1604-09-29. He was publishing from 1618-40, perhaps later.3
  • This is the only will in this series enrolled on the Hustings Rolls of the City of London.4

  • Will of John Bill. King's Printer (1604-30). Date: 1630-04-24, Proved: 1630-05-12. Northumberland House, St. Martin's Lane. Hunsdon House, Blackfriars. To be buried in the church of St. Ann's Blackfriers. Poor of the parish of Much Wendlock, Salop where I was born. Poor pentioners of the Company of Stationers whereof I am a member. Master and wardens and others the Company of Stationers. William Bill my brother. My brother William's wife. Every of my brother Williams children. Fraunces Bill nephew. My brother Richard son. Meriell Leate niece, Elizabeth Bill niece, Maudlyn Kem niece. Anna Fisher my niece Maudlyn's daughter. Servant James Burrage. Elizabeth Garrett servant. Friend Mr. William Garrett.1 Robert Graves and Grace his wife, for their care at Cane-wood (Caen Wood, near Highgate). Doctor Goulston, Doctor Andrews. Stephen Barkham friend, William Tully friend, Doctor Mountford father in law; Henry Franckline father in law and Cicill his wife. Joane Mountford sister in law. Ann Lambe my sister in law. Cicell Ellys sister in law. Mr. Joseph Fenton my friend. Mr. Abraham Halsey my friend. Richard Leate my cosin. <Norton-4722" Norton-4722">Bonham Norton]],2 Robert Barker3 the elder; Doctor Gouch if he preach at my funeral; Mrs. Elizabeth Wogan; Doctor Mountford brother in law. William Austin, Esq. cosin. Friend Mr. Martin Lucas.4 Jane Bill wife. The house where I now dwell and all my other part of my houses which I purchased with Mr. Bonham Norton of Dame Elizabeth Berkeley scituate and being in the Blackfriers and St. Andrews in the Wardrope. Cuthbert Burbage. Kings printing office and my land at Canewood within the parish of St. Panchras and county of Middlesex. John Bill my son. Charles Bill my second son. Henry Bill my third son. Antia Bill daughter. Child unborn. My son John Bill. Residue to John Mountford Doctor in divinity, William Austin Esq and Martin Lucas Gent, who are nominated executors in trust for son John. Overseers: Richard Leate cosin and William Garrett. Witnesses: Theodor Gulston, Stephen Barkham, William Willson, William Garrat, James Boorrage.[45][45]
  • Codicil: 5th of May leaving reversion of bequest to son John to other sons, etc. 'I give and bequeath more to my loveinge wife Jane Bill, the three hundred and twentie pounds which I have in the English stocke with the company of Stationers. Witnesses: William Gough, William Garret.
  • A stationer of this name was publishing between 1623-29.1
  • Partner with Bill in the King's printing office between 1615 to 1619, and again between 1620 and 1629.2
  • The King's Printer, partner with Bill between 1616-17, and again between 1629-30.3
  • Martin Lucas and Robert Barker were fined £300 in 1632 for printing the Wicked Bible. As a matter of fact Martin Lucas was not a printer, and had nothing to do with the matter except as executor for John Bill.4

1503. Boeidens, John.
1517. Lawnd, William, Comm. of London.
1529. Taverner, John.
1531/2. Sedley, John.
1535. Wilmott, John.
1540. Redman, Robert.
1541. Pepwell, Henry.
1543. Gough, John.
1S45. Gavor, James.
1547. Middleton, William.
1548. Tabb, Henry.
1548. Lawe, Thomas.
1556. Wayland, John.
1557. Hester, Andrew.
1559. Dockwray, or Docqueray, Thomas.
1567. Lobley, Michael.
1587. Middleton, Henry.
1598. Cooke, William.
1598. Cooke, Anne, Widow.
1598. Conway, Henry.
1601. Jackson, Ralph.
1624. Aggas, E.
1625. Snodham, Thomas.
1625. Pavier, Thomas.

1501. Aitols, Sebastian, bookseller.
1501. Coke, Christopher, stationer.
1502. Lesquier, William, bookseller.
1513. Castellam, George (? bookseller).
1514. Jacob, Henry, bookseller.
1537. Hubbert, William, stationer.
1537. Pilgrom, Garret, bookseller.
1579. Clifton, Nicholas, stationer.
1588. Archer, Humphrey, stationer.
1591. Foxon, Robert, stationer.
1609. Harke, alias Gerbrand or Garbrand, Anne, Widow of Richard, bookseller.
1613. Crosselie, John, stationer.
1620. Barnes, Joseph, stationer.
1623. Pearce, Francis, stationer.
1628. Pynnart, Dominic, stationer.


  1. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. (TXT).
  2. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. (PDF).
  3. Registers of the Company of Stationers of London.
  4. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 1.
  5. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 2.
  6. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 2.
  7. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 3.
  8. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 3.
  9. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 5.
  10. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 6.
  11. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 8.
  12. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 8.
  13. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 9.
  14. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 11.
  15. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 12.
  16. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 13.
  17. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 14.
  18. Memorials of Thomas Cranmer. 1812. By John Strype. Pg. 601-2.
  19. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 15.
  20. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 16.
  21. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 18.
  22. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 19.
  23. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 19.
  24. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 23.
  25. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 24.
  26. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 25.
  27. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 26.
  28. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 27.
  29. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 28.
  30. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 29.
  31. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 30.
  32. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 33.
  33. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 35.
  34. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 36.
  35. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 37.
  36. Map of London: Knightrider Street (Old Fish Street), London.
  37. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 39.
  38. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 39.
  39. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 41.
  40. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 43.
  41. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 45.
  42. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 48.
  43. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 50.
  44. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 50.
  45. Abstracts from the Wills of English Printers and Stationers, from 1492-1630, by Henry R. Plumer. Pg. 51.

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