RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Alt Ref NoMS 3206
TitleTalbot Papers
Date1499-1580
DescriptionFolio 1
Robert Perse to [George Talbot, fourth] Earl of Shrewsbury at Wingfield, from London, 7 March [1498/9], begging a presentation to the benefice of St. Andrew's, London, for his brother, 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 3
Sir John Hercy to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Privy Councillor, from Grove, 30 October, n.a. [temp. Henry VIII], sending a present of fat cygnets. Scarsdale is infested with Egyptians who refuse to serve in the wars and he desires orders concerning them from the Privy Council. 1p. Damaged Ms. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 5
Thomas Silvester to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Sheffield, February, n.a., reporting on the building of the Earl's chapel in the parish church at Sheffield. The masons have taken the walls down and are preparing the ground. He asks for the stone to be carried to Sheffield from Roche. The mason has promised that the chapel will be at roof level by Easter and he asks that the money to pay the mason and the carpenters be sent him for Lady Day. He also requests a local benefice for his brother, also a priest. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. (Joseph Hunter, The History and Topography of the Parish of the Sheffield in the County of York, ed. Rev. A. Gatty (1869), p.74, W. de G. Birch, 'Original Documents Relating to Sheffield, principally in connection with Mary Queen of Scots', Journal of the British Archaeological Association (March, 1874), p.310)
Folio 7
[Oliver Cantwell,] Bishop of Ossory to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Novan, 24 May n.a., giving a long explanation of his conduct respecting the Earl's tenants in the county of Wexford. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 11
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir Richard Sacheverell, no place, no date [1516], declining the offer of [Edward Stafford, third] Duke of Buckingham for marriages between the Earl's son [Francis] and the Duke's daughter and between the Earl's daughter [Lady Mary Talbot] and the Duke's son [Henry]; the dowry requested is too high - he had hoped to marry all his daughters for that sum. 1p. Copy.
Folio 13
Sir Richard Sacheverell to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 16 May [1516], making the offer of the double marriage mentioned in Folio 11. [Henry Percy, fifth] Earl of Northumberland is released from prison [cf. folio 24]. 4pp. Damaged Ms.
Folio 17
Richard Kniveton the elder to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Bradley, 21 July n.a. [before 1516]. The Abbot of Croydon promises a cup worth £7 for the Lady Margaret [Talbot, upon the occasion of her marriage to Henry Clifford, later Earl of Cumberland]. Kniveton is sending twenty marks of his own and £10 received in rents. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 19
John Salter to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 26 March, n.a. He has helped the Abbot of Shrewsbury before the Council of the Marches, as the Earl asked. He apologizes that the courts of the Honour of Tutbury have not been held for six months; he had asked a deputy to do it and promises to attend in person next Easter. His cousin, William Chorleton, will discuss other business with the Earl. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my good lord'.
Folio 24
The Earl of Shrewsbury to [Dr. Cuthbert Tunstall], from Worksop, no date [30 April 1516], apologizing for not writing sooner but his house has been stricken with the plague. He is sorry to hear that the Earl of Northumberland is committed to the Fleet [cf. MS.3192 folio 31]. 1p. Clerk's hand, draft.
Folio 25
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas Alen, from Worksop, no date [30 April 1516]. Alen is to give Robert Kniveton, whom he is sending to collect some hangings specially made for him by Mr. Hart at Tournai, 240 crowns, the promised sum. He has spoken to Thomas Babington and thinks that it would be better if Alen did not mention his coming to London to the Cardinal [Thomas Wolsey] unless it is mentioned to him. The plague has been so bad that he has put his horses to grass. 3pp. Clerk's hand, draft. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.16)
Folio 27
The Earl of Shrewsbury to [Thomas Babington], no place, no date [1516], discussing the marriages mentioned in folio 11. The plague has now left his house and he asks his correspondent to explain to the Earl of Northumberland that he hopes to come to him shortly. 2pp. Clerk's hand, draft.
Folio 29
Thomas Alen to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Coldharbour, 17 July, [1517]. He has received from Robert Kniveton £100 and sundry pieces of plate. He is sending the Earl canvas to line hangings and eight dozen quails. He is unable to sell lead at London and advises the Earl to try at Hull. He cannot get money from Sir Wiston Brown and is being pressed by creditors; he asks for instructions. A post-script indicates that he is sending some lings to the Earl. 2pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.30)
Folio 33
Thomas Alen to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Coldharbour, 24 May [1516]. He is sending satin, shoes, paper, wax, and currants by John Bayly of Sheffield and two black girdles with two black dog-hooks by this bearer, Edward of the stable. John Goldsmith, the Dutchman, has the Earl's work in hand but requests money. Ralph Dodnor has sold twenty fothers of the lead which he bought of Alen before Easter for £4 6s. the fother but would be glad to sell the rest at the price he paid, £4 4s. Alen is sending two tuns of wine to Wingfield; it will cost £5 6s. 8d. a tun, including £1 for the wain-men. Mr. Ursewick has spoken to the Earl of Northumberland, who welcomes the proposed meeting. Sir William Compton, among others, has asked the Earl about the marriage of his son but Northumberland answered that he had concluded with the Earl of Shrewsbury [Henry Percy, sixth Earl of Northumberland married Lady Mary Talbot]. 2 pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.18)
Folio 37
John Moreton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 6 February 28 Henry VIII [1536/7]. [John] Hynde and [Edmund] Molyneux have spoken with the Chancellor of the Court of Augmentations [Sir Richard Rich] for the priory of Flaunsford. The suppression of the house is deferred until 3 March only for the Earl's pleasure. Since the King's sentence has been given and the Bishop of Hereford [Edward Pox] wants it for his brother, there seems nothing to be gained by opposition. 1p. Endorsed. Address.
Enclosing folio 21
The Prior of Wermasley [Wormsley] to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 4 February [1536/7], asking for help to pay the £1,000 demanded of his house by the King. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 39
John Moreton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Coldharbour, 19 May [1538]. The Lord Chancellor [Sir Thomas Audley] has taken recognizances in the suit between Mr. Wortley and Nicholas Talbot over land titles. Moreton has reminded him that no answer has been made to the bill of [Mary Talbot,] Countess of Northumberland. He sends the Earl a copy of a book concerning the tenants of Bampton and the tenants of the Bishop of Winchester [Stephen Gardiner], 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. Address.
Folio 41
[Sir Richard] Wingfield to [Francis Talbot, fifth] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Greenwich, 28 June, n.a. [1544], asking him to excuse Francis Mevetts the mustering of twenty men and accept his servant, William Evre, instead, 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 43
Edward Hatfield to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 4 February, n.a., [1541/2, cf. Lambeth Ms. 695, folio 73] discussing various business matters, including a conference with Masters [C.] Bramley and [Edmund] Molyneux concerning the matter of [John, second Baron] Bray [cf. folio 47]. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 47
Edward Hatfield to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Chelsea, 31 January, [1541/2]. He has shown the Lord Chancellor the Earl's letter in the matter of Lord Bray and he seems contented. He discusses various other business matters and tells the Earl of provisions which he has sent up. 4pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 53
Edward Hatfield to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Wingfield, 10 September, n.a., detailing the order taken for household provision against the Earl's coming. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 55
Edward Hatfield to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Chelsea, 25 January, n.a. [circa 1539, cf. Lambeth Ms. 704, folio 84]. Difficulties are being experienced in finding the ancient deeds relating to the Earl's charter for Archenfield and Wormelow in Herefordshire. Counsel have conferred about lawsuits, including the Countess of Northumberland's matter [cf. folio 39]. 2pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 59
The Treasurer and Fellows of Merchants of the Staple at Calais to Sir Ralph Warren, Mayor of the Staple at Calais, and the Merchants of the Staple at London, from Calais, 21 October 1540, asking for confirmation that Thomas Fowler has authority from the King to make up the accounts of his late brother, Robert. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 63
Sir Richard Rich to Mr. Scudamore and Mr. Burgoyne, officers of the Augmentation lands in Warwickshire and Staffordshire, from London, 25 November 33 Henry VIII [1541], directing them to deliver deeds relating to lands lately parcel of the monasteries of Mirrevale and Roncetor [Merevale and Ronton]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 67
John Moreton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Coldharbour, at 9 p.m., 17 February, n.a. He has talked with Sir Richard Rich, [Thomas Manners, first] Earl of Rutland, and others about monastery lands granted to the Earl of Shrewsbury. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 69
[William Fitzwilliam, first] Earl of Southampton to the keeper of the King's park at Highlings, from London, 13 June 33 Henry VIII [1541], sending a warrant for a fee deer for the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster [himself]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 71
[Charles Brandon, first] Duke of Suffolk to [George,] Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Steward, from Ewelme, 5 January, n.a. He has repaid £100 of a debt of £200 but is short of money and would like to keep the rest of the money for the time being. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 73
Edward [Lee,] Archbishop of York, to [Francis,] Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Lieutenant, from Cawood, 20 August 1544. His servant Elias Markham has asked the Lord Chancellor [Thomas Wriothesley, first Baron Wriothesley] when the Archbishop might be discharged of his three pledges [Thomas, laird of Coif, and his nephews David and Archibald Kennedy, cf. MS.3192 folio 157]; in the year and a half they have been with him, they have not received as much as £20 towards the cost of their apparel from their friends. The Lord Chancellor has advised that the Earl of Shrewsbury be asked to write to [Gilbert Kennedy, third] Earl of Cassillis to remind him of his honour in this matter. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.63)
Folio 75
The Earl of Southampton to the keeper of the King's park at Rowley, from London, 13 June 33 Henry VIII [1541], sending a warrant for a fee deer for the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster [cf. folio 69]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 77
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Southampton, from Sheffield, 6 July [1541], acknowledging the receipt of warrants for twenty bucks to be taken in the King's parks and delivered to Hatfield a day or two before the coming of the King there. His servant, the bearer, Robert Bradshaw, will discuss matters with him but the King is welcome to come to Wingfield when he visits Nottingham and to hunt in Duffield Frith. 2pp. Draft.
Folio 79
John Beaumont to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 19 January 35 Henry VIII [1543/4], asking him to show favour to his friend and neighbour, a Mr. Prest. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 83
John [Dudley, Viscount] Lisle to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 29 March, n.a. [1544], recommending Anthony Harvey to succeed to the command of Thomas Basford, lately slain in Scotland. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 85
The Duke of Suffolk to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General in the North, from the Court at Westminster, 3 April n.a., recommending to his favour Jasper Owen. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 89
Matthew [Stuart, fourth] Earl of Lennox to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, no place, 17 May, n.a., asking him to countenance the suit of Thomas Bishop, pending before the Council in the North. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 93
The Duke of Suffolk to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Steward, from Southwark, 22 June, n.a., asking for further time for the repayment of the £100 [cf. folio 71], as he cannot procure money from France until Michaelmas. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 95
The Lords of the Council to [Francis,] Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General in the North, from Westminster, 19 July 1544, asking him to compose the differences between [Henry Clifford, second] Earl of Cumberland and John Norton of Norton about a right of forest in some lands belonging to Norton. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 99
Sir Philip Draycott to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Painsley, 1 October [1544]. He is sorry not to have seen the Earl when he visited his district and sends professions of friendship and service. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 103
Sir Philip Draycott to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Painsley, St. Lawrence's Day [10 August], [1544], sending a present of young swans and referring to the marriage of his cousin, Sir Edward Aston's son. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 107
Sir Philip Draycott to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Smithfield, 'the next house to the Elephant, that is the New Tavern', 4 September, [1544]. After the marriage of his cousin and heir [cf. folio 103], he intends to spend the winter at Court, as he has been advised to do by Mr. Secretary and the Lord Chancellor. 2pp. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.5)
Folio 109
Sir Philip Draycott to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 3 February, [1544/45], thanking the Earl for sending his servant, Robert Swift the younger, to ensure that Draycott gives no displeasure in his tenancy. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 113
Robert Swift the elder to [George,] Earl of Shrewsbury, from York, Tuesday, no date [circa 1514], reporting on a conversation with the Archbishop of York [Thomas Wolsey]. When the Archbishop read the Earl's letter, he asked Swift to wait until Friday and promised to pay the money by a bill and to give a commission for carriages, but he said that he thought the Earl was hasty in sending for his folks, seeing that it is only 94 miles from Newcastle to Sheffield. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 115
Robert Swift the elder to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, no date, reporting on consultations with Master Bramley about estate business and discussing the fashionable furniture of a great horse. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 119
Robert Swift the younger to [Francis, fifth] Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 30 October [1546]. Mr. Candishe [William Cavendish] demanded payment of the Earl's debt upon Swift's coming to London; he has promised to pay £200 shortly. Mr. More has procured two hundredweight of lings, one at £14 and the other at £9, which he wishes to send up by water to Hull rather than by land. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Enclosing folio 121
An abstract of the debts of the Earl of Shrewsbury, 30 October 38 Henry VIII [1546]. 1p.
Folio 125
Robert Swift the younger to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 28 April 1548. He has spoken with Mr. Beaumont about the true value of the lands lately those of gilds and chantries in Derbyshire and Mr. Beaumont suggests that the Earl sends a trustworthy fellow to Crich to seek information for a correct rental. Sir Anthony Browne is reported dead. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 129
Francis Leake to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Halywell, 2 May 1548, denying that he spoke reproachfully of the Earl at the late sessions at Nottingham. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 133
Sir John Savage to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Whatcrofte, 21 June 1548, asking that his demi-lances may be allowed to serve with the Earl's men. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed and subscribed. Endorsed.
Folio 137
Sir Thomas Gifford and others, Commissioners for the Musters in Staffordshire, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant in the North, from Lichfield, 4 August 1548. 25 light horse from the county will be with the Earl at Berwick by 10 August. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Enclosing folio 139
A list of the names of the men and of the persons furnishing them. 2pp. Clerk's hand.
Folio 145
William [third Baron] Dacre to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Carlisle, 23 October 1549, seeking the Earl's interest to procure the office of Beaucastle for his son George. Mr. Roos has at length been ejected from Upsal, the principal house of the lands formerly belonging to Dacre's cousin Strangeways and now his son Leonard's [cf. folio 149]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 149
Lord Dacre to the Lord President [the Earl of Shrewsbury] and others of the Council in the North, from Carlisle, 12 December 1549, complaining that Richard Roos has refused to pay the rent of the manor of Ingmathley, demised to Dacre by Richard King, and has ambushed Dacre's servant. Roos has now complained to the Council against Dacre's servant and Dacre calls for his punishment or it will be 'to greate example of evill'. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 153
Sir Thomas Cockayne to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from Ashbourne, 15 December 1549, recommending the bearer to be bailiff of the King's Forest of Galtres. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 157
Fragment of articles between [Henry Clifford, second] Earl of Cumberland and Lord Dacre, a settlement on the marriage of Anne Dacre and the Earl of Cumberland. The parties are to exchange sureties for £4,000 and the dowry of 2,150 marks is to be paid at the church of Penrith, [circa 1552]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed by the Earl of Shrewsbury and others. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 161
The King to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Westminster, 2 January 2 Edward VI [1548/9]. 40 light horse are to be raised in Derbyshire and Sir Francis Leake is to have the conducting of them, as well as of his own men. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 163
Lord Dacre to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from Carlisle, 28 January 1549/50. The bearer, Mr. Senhouse, is suing George Ponsonby before the Council of the North but because of the troubles in the North is anxious not to leave the Border and has asked Dacre to settle the matter instead. Dacre has offered Ponsonby a trial of the case before four or six gentlemen or yeomen of the district, but he refuses, 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in fifth Earl's hand.
Folio 167
George Everat to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from London, 16 January 1549/50. He is sending a tun of claret, a butt of sack and eight tuns of other wine to Hull for the Earl and seeks orders for figs and raisins. He will be at Hull about Candlemas to receive the lead according to their bargain. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed 'with speed'. Address.
Folio 171
John Beaumont to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 18 April, [1548, cf. folio 125] Mr. [Robert] Swift has perused his books and will advertise the Earl of the values of what he has requested. He has discussed with Mr. Swift the conduct of Walter Mildmay and Robert Raylway, commissioners for the sale of chantry lands, and refers the Earl to Swift for information on the matter. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 175
Robert Swift the younger to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Gray's Inn, 6 of the present month, n.a. [c. 1543-45, cf. Lambeth Ms. 695, folios 49 and 84]. He has consulted about the discharge of the Earl's debt to Sir Brian Tuke. An exchange is being negotiated with the King and he has had to present particulars of the value of lands [cf. folio 171]. Grounds lately belonging to the priory of Worksop are being added to the Earl's estate there. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 179
Henry Sacheverell to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Hopwell, 1 October n.a. The Earl has sent to him Robert Leyssey [Lacy] of Spondon for the preferment of a tenement there, of the value of 13s. 4d. a year, of which the Earl had one moiety and a Mr. Pole of Radborne the other. Sacheverell has already granted the Earl's moiety to Ralph Brownell, son of John Brownell deceased, lately tenant of this tenement and son-in-law to Robert Lacey. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed 'with speed'.
Folio 181
Thomas [first Baron] Wharton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from Healaugh, 17 May 1550, asking that a complaint made against his son-in-law Pennington by Mr. More may not be referred to Sir John Lowther, John Leigh and John Senhouse, as they are enemies to him as they were to his father, Sir William Pennington. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 185
James Clarke to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 7 June 1550. He had intended to come to the Earl with various accounts and some books which he has purchased for him. While he was imprisoned in the Fleet, however, [John Dudley, first] Earl of Warwick caused his closet to be broken up and several of the books, including the statutes and four parts of the Bible, were badly damaged by water and evil usage. He complains bitterly against the mint-masters 'who at this present albeit they rowe with full sayle, may chaunce herafter to fall into the gulff or ells to perishe on the rocks as a just rewarde for their deserts'. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 189
Frances [Brandon], Marchioness of Dorset, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Loughborough, 15 June, n.a., requesting a stag; she will reciprocate the favour another time. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 193
Sir Thomas Holcroft to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from London, 12 July 1550, seeking a reprieve for James Farr, likely to be convicted at the assizes at York of a robbery at Pierce-bridge. The parties have recovered their goods. 2pp. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 197
Sir John Porte to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Etwall, 20 November, n.a. He has obtained a grant of the manor of Danbury with Leyes, which his father and grandfather before him had wanted. He is sending the Earl a dish of wildfowl. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 201
Sir Gervase Clifton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from Hedissok [Edgiock], 23 June 1550. He has sent him Richard Elystons of Carlton-in-Lindrick with his purse as he was found. His house has been searched but nothing of value was discovered. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 205
Henry [Fitz Alan, twelfth] Earl of Arundel to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 26 February 1550/51, asking him to execute an assignment of the vicarage of Oswestry according to their agreement. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 207
The Earl of Lennox to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from Leconfield, 30 March 1551. There is a dispute over hunting in the Lennox woods at Hammer between the Earl of Lennox and Sir Christopher Danby; the date and place of the trial they leave to Shrewsbury but both sides have appointed arbitrators. [Cf. MS.3192 folio 411]. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 211
Thomas Babington to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from Dethick, 12 April 1551, apologizing for a trespass committed by three of his servants in the Earl's grounds at Wingfield and sending them to him for punishment. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 215
Thomas Bray to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from York, 9 May 1553. He has received £160 of the Earl's fee as the King's receiver which he has paid to Mr. Jobson. There is a rumour in Yorkshire that testons will be raised to the value of groats. He requests for himself the keepership of the park at Worksop, vacant by the death of Mr. Bradshaw. [Cf. folio 77]. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 219
Humfrey Bentley to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Yeldersley, 7 July 1552, discussing some lands lately purchased by the Earl of Shrewsbury from [William Herbert, first] Earl of Pembroke. 1p. Endorsed 'with speed'. Address.
Folio 223
G[race Shakerley,] Countess of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Richmond, 3 September 1553. The Queen has enquired solicitously after the Earl and the Countess has persuaded her to sign his commission as Lord President in the North; she asks him to write to the Queen as soon as he reaches York, to reassure her of the state of the North. The Earl of Arundel has been kind to her. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.227) (John Strype, Ecclesiastical Memorials relating chiefly to religion (1822), iii, 1.47-8)
Folio 227
Patent to the Earl of Shrewsbury for the office of Chief Justice in Eyre, north of the Trent, dated at Wanstead, 24 May 2 Edward VI [1548]. 13pp. Latin. Copy.
Folio 255
Humfrey Bentley to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 16 June 1552. He took the Earl's letters to the Earl and Countess of Pembroke. The Earl of Pembroke told him that he could have the Earl of Shrewsbury's money for lands purchased of him upon request but his officer has not yet paid Bentley the money. [John Dudley, first] Duke of Northumberland will set forth today for the North; the Earl of Pembroke will accompany him as far as Lincoln for sure and there is a rumour that he may go to Sheffield. 2pp. Endorsed 'with speed'.
Folio 259
Charles Morton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General in the North, from Bawtry, 29 April, n.a., representing his inability to raise ten soldiers as commanded. He has only £20 worth of lands, all his tenants are poor cottagers, he has great charge of children and he is in great debt to the King. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 263
Robert Swift the younger to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, Sunday, 20 May 1554. He has been to the Lord Treasurer [William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester] with the Earl's acquittance for £100; Winchester wanted a special warrant from the Privy Council for the payment of the money and is procrastinating about it. He sends Court news, including the release from the Tower of the Princess Elizabeth. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. Address gives year. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.236)
Folio 267
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Robert Swift the younger, no place, 1554 [cf. folio 263], advising him to cease attending the Lord Treasurer and to conduct other business for the Earl. He sends a packet for delivery to Mr. Solicitor [Sir William Cordell]. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 268
John Cryche to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 22 October 1555. The Queen has opened Parliament; she rode to the Parliament House in a horse-litter. He names the new members for Knaresborough, Ripon and Boroughbridge. He hopes to secure the Earl's fees for sundry offices. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 271
The Earl of Cumberland to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from Bingham Castle, 3 March 1555/6, on behalf of the bearer, his servant Birkbeck, in a suit before the Council in the North against Sir Richard Musgrave over a piece of ground held of Cumberland in fee farm. 1p. Clerk's hand, not signed but sealed with a signet. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 275
The Lords of the Council to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General in the North, from Hampton Court, 11 August 1544, sending copies of letters from members of the Council attending the King in France. The East Marches are to be provided with munitions and the castle and bridge at Berwick repaired; Robert Maxwell [cf. MS.3192 folio 85] is to be punished for his breach of the peace. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 279
Robert Swift the younger to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Coldharbour, 22 June 1556. Ann [Talbot,] Lady Bray has been unable to gain an audience of the Queen to plead for her husband [John, second Baron Bray] who has been moved from the Fleet to the Tower. He is in close confinement and his friends are offering him little relief, so that Lady Bray's charges are heavy. Swift asks for instructions. 3pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. Address. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.265, Joseph Hunter, The History and Topography of the Parish of the Sheffield in the County of York, ed. Rev. A. Gatty (1869), p.82)
Folio 283
Sir George Vernon to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General in the North, from Haddon, 11 March 1556/7, sending a certificate of the mustering of forty footmen. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 287
Fragments of accounts for payments to captains of soldiers levied in Staffordshire, no date, temp. Mary. 2pp. Clerk's hand.
Folio 291
The Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General in the North, to the Sheriff [Sir John Chaworth] and Justices of the Peace in Derbyshire, from York, 23 May 1557. A hundred men are to be levied for service on the Borders, to be available at Newcastle on 10 June. 2pp. Draft, clerk's hand.
Folio 293
The Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General in the North, to the Sheriff [Sir John Chaworth] and Justices of the Peace in Nottinghamshire, from York, 23 May 1557. A hundred men are to be levied for service on the Borders, to be available at Newcastle on 10 June. 1p. Draft, clerk's hand. Address.
Folio 295
Intelligence from Scotland, 1557, detailing an agreement between the Queen Regent of Scotland [Mary of Guise] and the Lords of the Congregation. 1p. Clerk's hand. Address gives year. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.362)
Folio 297
The Earl of Cumberland and others, commissioners for the benevolence in Cumberland, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General in the North, from Hesketh Church, 14 April, n.a. [temp. Henry VIII]. They have prepared a book of assessment for the benevolence lately granted to the King, although they had no subsidy books upon which to rely. Cumberland is a poor county and the gentlemen of the county have sent them a supplication which they are forwarding. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 299
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Commissioners for the Benevolence in Cumberland, no place, 17 April, n.a. [cf. folio 297]. He has no authority in the matter of the benevolence and advises them to consult their commission to ascertain where they should report. The valuation contains the names of no gentlemen of substance 'which peradventure if it were retorned to the King wolde be thought at the least a grete negligence in the commissioners'. He returns the supplication and valuation accordingly. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 303
Sir Edward Hastings to [George, fourth] Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Steward, from Ashby, 22 February, [1509] requesting his interest to bestow George [Hastings] in marriage. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 305
John Kniveton to [George, sixth] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Shrewsbury Place, 24 June 1571. The party who was interested in the ship has had no further communication with the broker, so he fears that the deal is off.
It is rumoured that the Queen will go to Tutbury on this progress, despite the expected arrival of [Henry Valois] Duke of Anjou. The late statute makes the moneylenders so cautious that he fears that he will not be able to raise £1,000 as the Earl has requested. 2pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 309
Edmund Molyneux and C. Bramley to [Francis, fifth] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Serjeants' Inn, Chancery Lane, 28 February, n.a. [1541/42, cf. folios 43 and 47]. They have had a conference with Serjeant John Hynde, the King's attorney, about Lord Bray's matter and believe Lord Bray's title to be sound, if all that is reported is true. They will confer again. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 313
William Bennet to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, from London, 1 April 1557. He has no cloth by him fit to make the Earl's liveries but hopes to have ready in three weeks' time sixty of the best at 10s., sixty of the next quality at 8s., and sixty of the third quality at 6s. He will send them to Sheffield Castle. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 315
Sir Edward Hastings to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 24 April 1557, complaining that the Earl's officers in the Peak forest have imprisoned his servants and impounded his cattle. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address refers to Hastings as Master of the Horse.
Folio 319
John Abington to the Marquess of Winchester, Lord High Treasurer of England, from Berwick, 17 October 1557. The ships from Newcastle have arrived and are being unladen. He will have the wheat and malt mingled with new corn and sent out as soon as possible. The stockfish is good and will serve to victual any ships which may come, but the haberdine is 'suche that I marvell that any man wolde send it'. The soldiers and townsmen have grumbled a lot about it. He points out that the best haberdine in England is to be obtained at Berwick. 3pp. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed 'haste'.
Folio 323
Sir Henry Percy to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Norham, 21 May 1558, reporting a raid by his men and others upon Teviotdale and the repulse of the Scots in an attack between Horkeley and Berwick, with the help of [William, second Baron] Eure. 2pp.
Folio 325
The Laird of Ferniehirst [Andrew Ker] to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant in the North, from Ferniehirst, 20 December, [1545, cf. MS.3192 folio 363], thanking him for favour to his son Thomas Ker and asking that he be not sent farther south and that his other son, John, be sent home, as he is aged. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 329
Thomas Parry to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Hatfield, 14 February 1557/8. [Frances Brandon,] Duchess of Suffolk is unwilling to part with her manor of Aspley in Bedfordshire and her farm of Swyncomb, as they are in lease for years to come and convenient for the provisioning of Ewelme. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 333
A check-roll of the household of Francis, Earl of Shrewsbury, no date, listing twelve gentlemen, 13 yeomen and grooms, 10 officers, three horse-keepers, three children of the kitchen, five gentlewomen, ten gentlemen's servants, and eight men and two gentlewomen belonging to [George,] Lord Talbot. 5pp. Clerk's hand. Address.
Folio 341
A list of the debts to the Crown incurred by George and Francis, Earls of Shrewsbury, dating from Christmas, 38 Henry VIII [1546]. 3pp. Clerk's hand. Address.
Folio 345
Sir Edward Waldegrave to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from St. James', 27 May 1558. He is sorry that he cannot help over the lands for the redemption of Robotham's lease, but he will do all he can to help the Earl's servant, Mr. Curzon. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 349
Robert Swift the younger to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 14 May 1558. He has solicited Waldegrave about Robotham's requests and is hopeful [cf. folio 345]; he has done what he could to quieten the tenants at Hartington. There is talk and even preparation for a visit by the King, Philip II. Oswald Wilkinson has armour for the Earl but Swift needs money to buy it. 2pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.366)
Folio 353
Lady Elizabeth Pope to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Tittenhanger, 18 December 1559, declaring that she has made no promise to marry him. She has to execute her late husband's will and desires him not to come to London lest slanderous reports may be spread about their intimacy. [Cf. MS.3205 folios 22 and 24]. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 355
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lady Pope, no place, no date [1559]. He is distressed that she has returned a ring he sent her and asks for confirmation of her brother's statement that she wishes him to desist as her suitor. 2pp. Draft.
Folio 361
Abraham Cave to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Privy Councillor and Lord President in the North, from Duddeston, 20 August 1559. As lieutenant for Warwickshire, he will survey and reform the abuses in the forest of Needwood. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed 'with speed'.
Folio 365
Edward [third Baron] Windsor to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Bentley, 22 March 1561/2. He will keep the lands in the neighbourhood of the Earl's seat at Rufford in his hands until he sees or hears from the Earl [cf. MS.3196 folio 113]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 369
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Bailiff of Scarsdale, a Mr. Newsham, no place, 15 June 1565, ordering him to summon the constables to attend the justices at Derby, the Tuesday after midsummer, concerning the repair of Swarkeston and Mytham bridges. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 371
Sir Thomas Hilton and others, Justices of Durham, to the King and Council in the North, from Tynemouth, 6 April 1551, 6 Edward VI [sic]. They acknowledge the receipt of the commission and the examination of Hugh Erington at York, 14 March 5 Edward VI [1550/1, cf. MS.3192 folio 9]. They enclose the examinations of Christopher Appleby of Penchard and of his daughter-in-law, wife to Robert Appleby, concerning treasonable words said to have been spoken in his house. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed 'haste'. Address.
Enclosing folio 373
The examinations of Christopher Appleby and the wife to Robert Appleby and others. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed by the correspondents in folio 371.
Folio 379
An acquittance to George, [sixth] Earl of Shrewsbury, of £25, part payment of an annuity due at the feast of the Annunciation last past, signed by Ann [Talbot, Lady] Bray, 2 April 3 Elizabeth [1561]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 381
The warrant of the Lord Treasurer [the Marquess of Winchester] for the delivery of forty trees from the forest of Galtres for the repair of the Queen's mills called the Abbey Mills near York, dated 11 May 1560. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed by Winchester and Sir Walter Mildmay. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 385
The Earl of Shrewsbury to [Richard] Blackwall, justice of the peace at Derby, from Coldharbour, 16 June 1561, complaining of the negligence of the constables of Scarsdale in the repair of bridges and informing him that they are to attend on the Tuesday after midsummer [cf. folio 369]. 1p. Clerk's hand, draft. Endorsed.
Folio 387
[Francis, fifth] Earl of Shrewsbury to [Henry Manners, second] Earl of Rutland, from Sheffield, 19 December, n.a. He is sending his servant, Robert Swift [the younger], to collect the money due to him at Lady Day past and to see George, [Lord Talbot] and his wife [Gertrude Manners]. 2pp. Copy. Address.
Folio 389
Copy of a verdict given at Brickley Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838) concerning Needwood Forest, 23 September 1561. 3pp. Latin and English. Clerk's hand. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 393
[George, sixth] Earl of Shrewsbury to the Master of the Rolls [Sir William Cordell], no place 17 November 1561. The Master of the Rolls is acting as arbitrator in the negotiations for a marriage settlement on the occasion of the marriage of Francis, Lord Talbot and Ann Herbert, daughter of the Earl of Pembroke. The Earl of Shrewsbury offers Hardwick in Nottinghamshire or Goodrich in Herefordshire as a residence for the young couple. 2pp. Copy. Address by sixth Earl.
Folio 397
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir George Bowes, from Healaugh, November 1561, directing a survey with a view to the sale of underwood in the Queen's parks or chases within the lordship of Barnard Castle. 1p. Copy. Address by sixth Earl.
Folio 401
The Earl of Shrewsbury, Knight of the Garter, Chief Justice of Forests north of the Trent, to the Master of the Game and all the keepers of the Queen's park at Barnard Castle, from Rufford, 23 November 4 Elizabeth [1561], ordering that no fee deer be taken there until further notice because of the decline of the game. 1p. Copy.
Folio 403
Sir George Gerrard to Sir William Cordell, Master of the Rolls, from Gray's Inn, 6 December 1561. The Earl of Pembroke accepts the offer of marriage and the terms of the settlement [cf. folio 393]. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 407
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Dacre, from Healaugh, 24 November 1561. A marriage is solemnized between Lord Wharton and the Earl's sister [Ann Talbot, Lady Bray]. He hopes that this may lead to a reconcilliation between Lord Wharton and Lord Dacre, and between Lord Wharton and the Earl of Cumberland. He sends a copy of the articles of marriage by his trusted servant, John Longe, to show how reasonable Lord Wharton intends to be. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 409
Sir Robert Dudley to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Court, 27 December 1561. The Queen has restored his family to their honours and created his brother Ambrose Earl of Warwick yesterday. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.424)
Folio 413
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Secretary [Sir William Cecil], from Rufford, 29 March 1562. He has received Cecil's order in the dispute between the Earl and Richard Gascoigne over the lease of the chantry lands of Brampton. He will abide by any decision in the matter but protests that the woods are his by a separate title. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 415
[Edmund Grindal,] Bishop of London to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Fulham, 27 August 1562. He understands that the parson of Much Braxted, Essex, where the Earl is patron, is willing to resign and recommends his chaplain, Mr. Pulleyn, the Archdeacon of Colchester, to succeed Mr. Barker. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand: 'councell is to be axed'.
Folio 419
The opinion of Wilfred Powtrell, Richard Harpur, Christopher Wray and George Bromley, Serjeants' Inn, 24 October 1562, that the Act of 30 ? 32 Henry VIII for fines levied touching lands or tenements in tail, the reversion remaining with the King, does not apply in the grant of the manor of Badgeworth to the Earl of Shrewsbury. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 421
The Earl of Shrewsbury to [Edward Hatfield] from Coldharbour, 20 March 1562/3. He notes from letters that his tenants, the freeholders of Hallamshire, object to paying him an aid upon the occasion of the marriage of his eldest daughter Katherine [to Henry Herbert, later second Earl of Pembroke]. He would have them reminded that he asks only what is his by right and that his tenants in Shropshire have not protested. 1p. Clerk's hand, draft.
Folio 422
The Earl of Shrewsbury to [Edward Hatfield] from Coldharbour, 20 March 1562/3. Another draft of folio 421. He had not intended to demand an aid from the tenants of Hartington, 'only to have made that request to my freeholders, farmers, and copyholders, and not unto such as were tenants unto me as a farmer'. 2pp. Clerk's hand, draft. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.425, Joseph Hunter, The History and Topography of the Parish of the Sheffield in the County of York, ed. Rev. A. Gatty (1869), p.83)
Folio 425
Francis Samwell to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Northampton, 29 March 1563. He asks the Earl to favour James Cockeram, lessee of the herbage and pannage of Morley Park, Duchy of Lancaster property in Derbyshire, who is oppressed by the keeper, Mr. Pole, and the deputy keeper, Thomas Eyton. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 427
Richard Harpur to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Serjeants' Inn, 26 May 1563. The matters referred to him are, to his understanding, within the law [but are not specified]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 431
A brief note of the benevolence received by Edward Hatfield of the Earl of Shrewsbury's officers and tenants in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, upon the occasion of the marriage of his eldest daughter, Lady Katherine, 1563 [cf. folio 421]. 3pp. Clerk's hand, signed by the sixth Earl. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.425, Joseph Hunter, The History and Topography of the Parish of the Sheffield in the County of York, ed. Rev. A. Gatty (1869), p.83)
Folio 435
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Justices of Derbyshire, from Sheffield, 25 June 1563, asking them to meet him at Chesterfield at 10 a.m. the next Tuesday to consider the musters for the county. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 437
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Cecil, Principal Secretary to the Queen, from Sheffield, 24 December 1563. He understands from his uncle, Roger Manners, that Cecil has been kind to his nephew, [Edward Manners, third] Earl of Rutland and he thanks him for it. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 439 recto
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Lord Treasurer [William Cecil, Lord Burghley], no place [Sheffield], no date [1573]. He fears that Mary, Queen of Scots' friends in France have designs for her liberty; a Frenchman came here on the ninth of this month and had a conference with her which she would not suffer the Earl to overhear, she said about accounts. 1p. Draft.
Folio 439 verso
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Secretary [Sir Thomas Smith], no place [Sheffield], no date [1573]. The President of Tours came here on the ninth of this month with the Lord Treasurer's authority to confer with Mary, Queen of Scots about accounts. The Earl has taken special care of her safety. She wishes to go to Buxton; the Earl leaves it to the Privy Council to decide whether it is necessary - this last year her health has been better. 'I pray you remember the Queen's Majesty for a prest of money'. 1p. Second draft of f. 439 recto (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.27)
Folio 441
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Cecil, Principal Secretary to the Queen, from Sheffield Lodge, 12 October 1563, asking him to accept six pasties as a token of his good will. He has arrested a coiner in Sheffield, 'an offender of rare kind in this country'. He has sent the offender to York and his tools to the Council of the North. He sends Cecil two samples of his work. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address. (W. de G. Birch, 'Original Documents Relating to Sheffield, principally in connection with Mary Queen of Scots', Journal of the British Archaeological Association (March, 1874), p.310)
Folio 445
Sir Thomas Gerrard to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Etwall, 22 December 1565. He is unable to discharge the duties of Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire if he cannot have the assistance of the Earl's bailiffs. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 449
Sir Francis Leake to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Sutton, 7 January 1563/4, sending a letter directed to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster [Sir Ambrose Cave] for the commission between the Earl and Mr. Kniveton. If the Earl approves, it is to be sent on to Sir George Vernon for his signature, if not, returned. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 453
Sir Thomas Gargrave to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Kinsley, 10 February 1563/4. He has sent a draft of the bargain with the Fairfax family for the Earl's approval and encloses a rental of the lands they are to occupy. War rather than peace is expected with France. [Cf. Lambeth Ms. 704, folio 15.] 1p. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 457
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Cecil, Principal Secretary to the Queen, from Sheffield Lodge, 14 April 1564, thanking him for kindnesses over his licence and over some articles which the Earl wished to have included in his commission as Justice in Eyre. He has been blooded and hopes to avoid the gout. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 461
Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from 'my house near Charing Cross', 20 April 1564. The suit between the Earl, Gascoigne and Savile is held over until the Trinity term in the hope of mediation [cf. folio 413]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 465
The examinations of Lettice Wensley, wife of Richard Wensley, esquire, of Wensley, and Lucy Smythley of Matlock, October, 1565, and of Lettice Wensley, George Gilbert and Thomas Buxton, the putative father, 17 December 1565, touching the murder of a bastard child born to Anne Gilbert of Youlgrave Hall, taken before Sir Francis Leake and Godfrey Bosvile [Boswell], Justices of Derbyshire. 3pp. Copy, Address.
Folio 469
Sir Thomas Gargrave to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Kinsley, 2 February 1564/5. He has inspected the state of Pontefract Park and is far from satisfied. More pains should be taken to preserve the game; in many places the paling is inadequate, yet the keeper states that he has never known it better. 2pp. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Enclosing folio 471
Testimonies given to Sir Thomas Gargrave on conditions in Pontefract Park, dated from Kinsley, 20 January 1564/5. 2pp. Sir Thomas Gargrave's hand.
Folio 473
Sir George Vernon to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Haddon, 3 February 1564/5. He asks that he be not pressed to provide a double assurance for Baslow because of a doubt about his legal standing in the matter. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 477
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Cecil, Principal Secretary to the Queen, from Sheffield, 29 March 1564, asking that the Queen may approve some articles requested for his commission as Justice in Eyre quickly for the restoration of order in the Queen's woods, especially as the jury of the forest of Galtres will be bringing in a verdict on 27 April [cf. folio 457]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 481
Henry Digby to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Raunston, 9 January 1565/6. He is surveying the Earl's estates and complains of slanders against him, designed to remove him from the area. 'I have made yow such a booke that neyther yow nor your heirs shall have nede of any officers for by yower booke yow may know more then all yower officers can deaclare'. He discusses ways of improving the rents from Bolsover, Sheffield, Longford and Worksop. 3pp. Endorsed.
Folio 485
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Cecil, Principal Secretary to the Queen, from Newstead, 21 January 1565/6. Professions of esteem and gratitude for forbearance regarding his livery money. 1p. Endorsed. Address by Burghley's clerk.
Folio 489
Sir Thomas Gargrave to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, from Kinsley, 23 January 1565/6. He is sorry not to have visited the Earl but he is involved in business which demands much travel. An exchange is being considered between the Queen and the Lord Admiral [Edward, Lord Clinton] in the Isle of Axholme, involving lands with an income of around £400 a year. He is sorry to hear of the death of young [Francis] Dacre. 1p.
Folio 493
Sir William Cordell to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Melford Hall, 2 August 1565. He hears that the Earl is appointed Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. He urges him first 'to make choice of a convenyent nomber of wise & grave men in every of the said Shyres bothe to deliberate with your Lordship what ys convenyent to be doon & to be fytt instruments to execute the same', the second to keep a letter-book with a record of all letters and resolutions. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 497
The Earl of Shrewsbury and [Thomas, fourth Baron] Dacre to an unnamed nobleman, from Healaugh, 12 August 1565. Lord Wharton has acted as mediator in negotiations for a match between Grace Talbot, the Earl's daughter, and Lord Dacre's son and heir, Francis Dacre [cf. folio 489]. 1p. Sir Thomas Gargrave's hand, dated by the sixth Earl. Draft.
Folio 499
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Marquess of Winchester, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 27 October 1565. Before 33 Henry VIII the sale of woods in the royal forests was in the hands of the Justice in Eyre, now it is in the charge of the Master of the Woods. Wood-sales should be recorded every six weeks at the attachment courts where woodwards and keepers are ready to attend and certified to the Exchequer every year at Michaelmas. Otherwise many are troubled for trifling offences. 2pp. Copy. Address.
Folio 505
Sir Thomas Gargrave to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, from Kinsley, 26 November 1565. He hopes that the Earl will not be offended at his failing to send a certificate as promised yesterday; the books were so uncertain he had to work on them until 9 o'clock at night. He encloses a draft of a letter to the Queen for the Earl's comments. 1p. Endorsed 'with speed'.
Folio 509
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Cecil, Principal Secretary to the Queen, from Rufford, 22 March 1565/6, seeking the Queen's permission to be absent from the feast of St. George. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address by Burghley's clerk.
Folio 513
The Marquis of Winchester and Sir Walter Mildmay to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 25 June 1566. The Earl has written that he has ordered that timber for repairs in Sherwood Forest should be certified in the attachment court and a warrant issued to the woodward. They think that the surveyor and woodward of the shire or their deputies should be associated with the attachment court in the certification and in the issue of the warrant for delivery. They are surprised at the report of the poor state of the paling in Boskwood, Clipston and Nottingham woods ; the surveyor reported last year that all was well. They ask for a new view to be made. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 515
Notes on a new view of Boskwood, Clipston and Nottingham woods, 1566, as ordered in folio 513, confirming the Earl of Shrewsbury's report. 1p. Clerk's hand.
Folio 517
John Manners and others, justices in Nottinghamshire, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, from Newark, 3 July 1566. They have called before them Sir Francis Leake and William Leverett ; they cannot find that any breach of the peace was intended but there was trouble between their servants and they have accordingly bound them over. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 521
Thomas Sutton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Over Haddon, 13 July 1566. As requested by the Earl, he has moved the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster [Sir Ambrose Cave] to restrain the sheriffs and uphold the Duchy liberties; the Chancellor has sent the Earl a letter about the matter. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 525
Lord Wharton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from York, 16 February 1561/2. He hears from a servant that Lancelot Rolston intends to keep himself from the Earl until he is of full age and denies that he is the Earl's ward; he offers to be his solicitor in the matter if the Earl cares to take it to the Council of the North. He sends news from Scotland. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 529
The Marquis of Winchester and Sir Walter Mildmay to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Justice in Eyre beyond the Trent, from London, 22 March 1566/7. They have considered the book on reparations needed in Sherwood Forest [cf. folio 513]. They ask him to consider if the allocations of 490 trees to the copyholders for repair of tenaments and of 300 trees for the repair of paling in Boskwood, Clipston and Nottingham woods could not be reduced. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 533
The Marquess of Winchester to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 15 February 1567/8, promising support for the causes of Sir John St. Loe, as requested by the Earl. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 535
Abraham Cave to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Knight of the Garter, from the Savoy, 15 February 1567/8. The tenants of Duffield have complained that there is to be a grant made of a manor there without good cause; he thinks that it is hard on him that they 'exclayme for feare before there be causse'. There is likely to be great charge in the repair of Pontefract Castle and he advises the Earl to appoint someone to overlook it. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 539
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Cecil, Principal Secretary to the Queen, no place, 21 May 1568. He is going on a journey and asks to be told of anything requisite which arises while he is away. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 543
[Robert Dudley, first] Earl of Leicester and Sir William Cecil to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Basing, 29 ? 19 August 1569. The Queen commands them to write to authorize the removal of Mary, Queen of Scots to Sheffield but it is to be done circumspectly. They have assured the Queen that the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury do not permit free access to Mary, Queen of Scots. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.481)
Folio 547
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Cecil, Principal Secretary to the Queen, from Tutbury Castle, 16 April 1569, asking that one Leigh of Shrewsbury be called to the Court of Wards to answer in the matter of the retention of lands from the widow of [Thomas] Young, late Archbishop of York. 1p. Damaged Ms. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address by Burghley's clerk.
Folio 549
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Cecil, Principal Secretary to the Queen, from Coventry, 28 December 1569, sending a New Year's gift, 'a poor token of my good will'. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address by Burghley's clerk.
Folio 553
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Marquess of Winchester, Lord Treasurer, and Sir Walter Mildmay, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Councillor, from Tutbury, 15 January [1569/70], asking that his allowance of wine free of impost be increased to take account of his charges for Mary, Queen of Scots. 'Truly two tuns in a month have not hitherto sufficed ordinarily, besides that that is occupied at times for her bathings'. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address by Burghley's clerk. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.489)
Folio 557
Henry Digby to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Raunston, 9 January 1569/70, asking desperately for a loan of £20. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 561
Sir Gervase Clifton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, from Clifton, 29 March 1570. Fifty men levied in Nottinghamshire according to the Queen's command are sent to [Thomas Radcliffe, third] Earl of Sussex at York under Mr. Flower. 1p. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand. (See 569)
Folio 563
The Queen to the Earl of Shrewsbury, and Sir Thomas Stanhope, from Westminister [Westminster?], 17 May 13 Elizabeth [1571], postponing the payment of monies raised in Derbyshire by privy seals for seven months beyond the time fixed. 1p. Copy. Superscription and Address in sixth Earl's hand (that he received the letter from Stanhope 6 June)
Folio 565
Unknown correspondent to the Countess of Shrewsbury [Elizabeth Hardwick] at Chatsworth or elsewhere, from London, 31 August 1570. He is sending the articles of peace concluded in France in French; English translations are not available as yet. He gives a long account of treason trials in Norfolk and foreign news received at Court. The Turks have landed 100,000 men in Cyprus and sent another army against Venice by land. It is said that the Earl of Leicester is making Kenilworth strong, employing workmen and furnishing it with armour and ammunition. 3pp. Signature torn out. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.511)
Folio 569
Cover page of 561 with note by Earl of Shrewsbury.
Folio 571
Gilbert Talbot to the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury, from Padua, 4 November 1570. He and his brother [Henry Cavendich, cf. MS.3199 folio 17] have arrived at Padua, which promises to serve them well for study, on 9 October. They have written an account of their travels which they will send later. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 575
John Kniveton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Shrewsbury Place, 30 January 1570/1. Mr. Secretary [Sir William Cecil] has gout. He and Mr. [Sir Walter] Mildmay are pressing a suit of the Earl's 'though the Queen likes it not'; there is hope of some years in reversion but not of the fee farm. There is some talk of Mary, Queen of Scots, being released. The merchants who would have had the Earl's ship are procrastinating. 2pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. Address in sixth Earl's hand.

Folio 577
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Secretary [Sir William] Cecil, no place, 11 May 1570. Mary Queen of Scots, has learnt that Hume Castle and sundry other places in Scotland are to be raised by the Earl of Sussex and she is grieved at this. She has begun to exercise her long bow again, last Monday 8 May. She complains at the treatment the Queen gives her subjects 'to spoil their coming under trust'. He asks for £1,000 for Mary, Queen of Scots' diet until Michaelmas ; nearly £500 is owing to him now. He also asks Cecil to help his old servant, Thomas Sutton; there are few who can match his experience and service. 1p. Copy, sixth Earl's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.510)
Folio 579
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, no place [Sheffield], 19 November 1571. He has found certain letters for the French Ambassador from Mary, Queen of Scots. The messenger that he intercepted recently, Bastien, brought letters from him without the Earl's knowledge. He will send Bastien and the letters to the Privy Council if that is desired. 1p. Copy. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 581
The Lords of the Council to the Sheriff of Derbyshire, [Peter Frecheville], from Hampton Court, 26 July 1571, ordering the election of another coroner, if the disputes of the justices of the shire cannot be settled at once. 1p. Paper seal. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 585
The bill [check-list] of the cloth delivered to Brooks' wife and Probin's wife to bleach, 29 May 1572. 1p. Clerk's hand. Address.
Folio 589
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield Castle, 26 August 1572. He had thought of moving Mary, Queen of Scots, to his Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838) but has decided that she is safer in the Castle; he may move her for five or six days, however, to permit the cleaning of her chamber 'being kept very uncleanly'. She is asking to be permitted to hunt on horseback; the Earl trusts that the Queen will not agree to this 'unless she minds to set her at liberty'. 1p. Endorsed. Address (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.538)
Folio 593
Lord Clinton to [Francis,] Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Lieutenant of the King's Army in Scotland, and [William, thirteenth Baron] Grey, Lord Marshal of the same, from the Great Bark, 30 August, n.a. [1548], offering a week's supply of biscuit from the Fleet. 1p. Endorsed 'haste'.
Folio 597
[George,] Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield Castle, 8 p.m., 16 October 1572. It is five weeks since he heard from him and now there is a rumour that the Queen has been ill with smallpox. He asks urgently for assurances of the Queen's health and has presumed to crave a word or two in the Queen's own hand. Mary, Queen of Scots, is safe and all is well in Sheffield. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.550)
Folio 601
A draft of folio 597. 1p. Sixth Earl's hand. Address.
Folio 603
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 4 November 1572. He sends his profuse thanks to the Queen for graciously writing to him in her own hand [cf. folios 597 and MS.3197 folio 41] and to Burghley for being a good friend. He asks Burghley to sue her Majesty for a preferment for [John] Bateman, his honest servant. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.553)
Folio 607
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Privy Council, from Sheffield Castle, 10 November 1572. He forbears to move them further in favour of his former servant, Thomas Morgan, who has asked for help from prison, until the extent of his offences be fully known to himself. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 609
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, no place [Sheffield], 2 December 1572. Mary, Queen of Scots, is more discontented than she was wont and seems to trust in foreign powers to remedy her grievances; she talks of attempts to be made in Ireland by Spain and in Scotland by France. He thinks that some intended practice of hers must have been overthrown lately; for a long time she scarcely seemed to think about these matters. 1p. Draft of the letter printed in Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.554. Address.
Folio 611
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 9 December 1572. He thanks him for removing doubts of his dealings or his wife's with Mary, Queen of Scots, from the mind of the Queen. Whenever he rides abroad for his health, he has a stronger guard of trusted men mounted over Mary. 'No information nor surmise can make me shrink'; nevertheless, in future he will attend continually upon his prisoner. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), i.556)
Folio 615
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Privy Council, from Sheffield Castle, 1 February 1572/3. sending up Avery Keller, servant to Rowland Lacon of Willey, near Bridgenorth, esquire, who has confessed to dealings, with conjurors at the house of John Revell. He has ordered the apprehension of any others involved. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.3)
Folio 619
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield Castle, 28 February 1572/3, desiring that the wardship of Maud Rolsley, heiress to John Rolsley of Derbyshire, may not be granted to Richard Wensley, who plans to marry her to the younger son of Justice [Richard] Harpur. About two years ago he arranged for her to marry the eldest son of his servant, Thomas Kniveton. A post-script states that Mary, Queen of Scots is anxious to hear from her friends in France. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 623
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield Castle, 21 February 1572/3. Draft of MS.3197 folio 57. 4pp. Clerk's hand, draft. Address. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.8)
Folio 627
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, no place [Sheffield], 3 March 1572/3. He has received a letter from [Henry Hastings, third] Earl of Huntingdon advising him of the possibility of an attempt to liberate Mary, Queen of Scots [see Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.14]. He has written to the Queen to assure her of the safekeeping of Mary, Queen of Scots [see Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.12]. 1p. Draft. Address. (W. de G. Birch, 'Original Documents Relating to Sheffield, principally in connection with Mary Queen of Scots', Journal of the British Archaeological Association (March, 1874), p.315)
Folio 629
Thomas Baldwin to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place [London], 12 April 1573. He is sending letters from the Lord Treasurer [Burghley], (who has enquired after the Earl's gout), Mr. [Henry] Middlemore and Dr. Masters. There has been great talk of removing Mary, Queen of Scots, from the Earl's charge but it seems now resolved that she shall remain with him. He sends other news from London; he cannot provide a cleanser, they are asking 12d. a day plus meat and drink; there is no news yet of the loading of the Earl's ship, the 'Talbot'; he is sending lemons by this bearer. 3pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. Address in sixth Earl's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii. 14)
Folio 633
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, no place [Sheffield], 25 April 1573. He has, according to letters indicating that it is the Queen's pleasure, taken into his house a Scots boy, Will Blake, to serve Mary, Queen of Scots. A post-script asks Burghley not to forfeit the bond of his servant, James Linacre, collector of the fifteenths in Derbyshire, who was robbed of £134 last Sunday morning on his way to London. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.16)
Folio 637
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, no place [Sheffield], 22 April 1573. A draft of folio 633. A post-script states that he intends to remove Mary, Queen of Scots, to Sheffield Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838). 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 639
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Leicester, no place [Sheffield], 2 July 1573, acknowledging the great favour done him by the Queen's writing to him in her own hand. 1p. Draft. Address.
Folio 643
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Secretary [Sir Francis Walsingham], no place [Sheffield], 15 July 1573. Mary, Queen of Scots, liked the suggestion, put to her by the Earl at the instance of the Queen, that she should bear her charges out of her dowry of France and wants to know the terms of the liberty which she would be permitted. He has found the cost of keeping her 'greater many ways than some have accounted of', though in the Queen's service he would think his whole patrimony well bestowed. Mary complains that the Earl prevents her from visiting Buxton and has latterly been complaining more than usual of a hardness in her side. 1p. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.28)
Folio 645
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, no place [Sheffield], 8 August 1572. He understands that Burghley is coming to his house, Burghley, and he sends him the present of two nags. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 649
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Chatsworth, 16 October 1573, recounting at length the delays of a suit over the office of under-chamberlain, begun in 12 Elizabeth. It was agreed that Burrows had no right and judgment was given in the Earl's favour as long ago as 14 Elizabeth but nothing has happened. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 653
The Earl of Shrewsbury to William Dickenson, at Sheffield, no place [Chatsworth], 26 October 1573. The pain in his leg forbids his coming to Sheffield as promised but Dickenson is not to tell the workmen that. He asks that inventories be made of his stuff 'considering what young men hath the charge of it'. Dickenson is to have beer brewed from malt from Rotherham. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 657
Robert Freville junior to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshal, from London, 6 November 1573. Gilbert Talbot has promised to solicit his cause with the Earl; he asks for the renewal of his patent for the office of marshal in the Exchequer. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 661
The Barons of the Exchequer to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Exchequer, 6 November 1573, asking that Robert Freville [cf. folio 657] be given the same fees as he had under [Thomas Howard, fourth] Duke of Norfolk. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 665
The Earl of Huntingdon to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Privy Councillor, from York, 18 January 1573/4. He is quite unable to find the papers for which Shrewsbury has sent but hopes that the matter will not trouble him too much. 'I doubt not your provident foresight in looking to your charge, and then let the devil and his instruments do their worst'. 1p. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.34)
Folio 669
John Kniveton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Shrewsbury Place, 19 January 1573/4. He has received the expected £308 from the Earl but there was some light gold included, so that Mr. [Peter] Osborne is still owed £4. The Earl's bedchamber is being enlarged and he asks for instructions as to fretting. The workmen could not have come at a worse time for charges. None will board them under 6s. a week so he means to buy them their meat and have it dressed here. He is planning to make up the house at Chelsea with a brick wall to match the rest, unless he hears to the contrary. He doubts if they will get any money from the Queen before the end of the term. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 673
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 25 February 1573/4. He has had a bad cough and a fever which have weakened him, though his care of his charge has been no less. He has to say that he feels wickedly used by 'ij vyle reprobates that professed God's word with there lyppes but nethare in lyfe nor dedes follows it nott' [Thomas Corker and Haworth]. A post-script asks Burghley to move the Queen to sign the warrant for payment for Mary, Queen of Scots' diet; 'I have bene long unpayd'. 2pp. Damaged Ms. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (W. de G. Birch, 'Original Documents Relating to Sheffield, principally in connection with Mary Queen of Scots', Journal of the British Archaeological Association (March, 1874), p.315)
Folio 679
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield Castle, 31 March 1574, 1573, presumably recte 1574 thanking him for his letter of 27 February assuring him that the Queen is satisfied that he is not too sick for his charge. He did not expect 'any such varlettes' [as Corker and Haworth] to have brought his fidelity in question after such faithful and long service. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 683
Mr. Secretary [Sir Thomas] Smith to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshal, from Greenwich, 31 March 1574, asking that the Earl broach the subject of the enclosed letter with Mary, Queen of Scots. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand indicates that he secured a letter from Mary, Queen of Scots, to 'my lord of Glasgow' [James Boyd, Bishop of Glasgow] on 8 April 1574.
Folio 687
Gilbert Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Charing Cross, 10 April 1574, assuring his father that the Earl of Leicester was not offended, as has been reported, by the sermon preached at York by the bearer, the Dean of Doncaster. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord my father at Sheffield'.
Folio 691
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 16 April 1574. He partly understands the accusation [Thomas] Corker has made against Gilbert Talbot, though he knows it to be false. The Queen has assured him that she has heard no ill of him from Corker but it will redound to his dishonour if Corker be not punished for his wicked speeches against the Earl. 'How can it be imagined I should be disposed to favour this Queen for her claim to succeed the Queen's Majesty? My dealing towards her hath shewn the contrary: I know her to be a stranger, a Papist, and my enemy'. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.36)
Folio 697
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 14 May 1574, complaining that the farmer of the impost at Bordeaux has seized his wines and asking that they be restored to him. A post-script states that he will not adventure to Bordeaux for his wines again, it is too chargeable. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed and subscribed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 701
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Leicester, from Sheffield, 14 May 1574. He has kept his son Gilbert here because he understands that some hold him to be his spy at Court; Gilbert is anxious to go to Court again, though he cannot at the moment because of an outbreak of measles, and the Earl of Shrewsbury asks Leicester for his advice. 1p. Copy. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 703
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 13 June 1574. He is and has been of Burghley's opinion touching his charge [cf. Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.38] 'whyche I wysch with all my hart I hadde never delt withall'. He is obliged to spend £300 a year more on wages than he would otherwise in his household and also keep a number of soldiers to guard her. 2pp. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (W. de G. Birch, 'Original Documents Relating to Sheffield, principally in connection with Mary Queen of Scots', Journal of the British Archaeological Association (March, 1874), p.316)
Folio 707
Gilbert Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place [London], 28 June 1574. There are rumours of the Earl's ill-health in London. He asks to be allowed to go on the progress. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 711
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Secretary [Sir Francis Walsingham], from Sheffield 31 August 1574, Mary, Queen of Scots' secretary, Rollet, died yesterday morning - he searched Rollet's closet but found nothing of any consequence save a few old letters and 280 French crowns which Mary will dispose. 1p. Draft, sixth Earl's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.40)
Folio 713
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Secretary [Sir Francis Walsingham], from Sheffield 27 August 1574. He ... notes Walsingham's desire that Mary, Queen of Scots, should reply to his letters, and encloses two packets of letters from Mary to the French Ambassader. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 715
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Gilbert Talbot, from Sheffield Castle, 1 January 1574/5, thanking him for the perfumed doublet. His New Year's gift shall be the supply of his needful wants as long as he is dutiful. A post-script adds that Rolston's keeper has dismissed his deputy who has come to Shrewsbury ahd confessed that the Earl was not honestly used in the matter. 1p. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand indicates received at Hampton Court. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.35)
Folio 719
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield Castle, 10 February 1574/5, announcing the birth of a son [George] to Gilbert Talbot. The Queen of Scots mourns the death of her uncle, the Cardinal [of Lorraine]. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 723
The accounts of Ralph Barber for a voyage made to Rouen, 1575. He left England on 26 May and returned on 16 June, spending in all £303 18s. 3d. in charges and purchases of wine, cloth, and sundry items. 6pp. Clerk's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.68)
Folio 729
John Kniveton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from London, 16 April 1575. The Earl has asked for 70 yards of tufted mockado to line a coach. Kniveton could obtain only 42 yards in green and black, which he understands will be sufficient. Coaches used for noblewomen in London are lined with silk. [Katherine Talbot,] Countess of Pembroke is at the point of death. 1p. Endorsed. 'lord'.
Folio 733
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Lord Treasurer [Lord Burghley], no place, no date [May 1575]. He holds a lease in reversion of a pasture called the Severalty in the Peak Forest, a great naked, barren ground, which has been enclosed and let out. A complaint has been made to the Queen as 'though I were a great wronge doer'. He asks for a full investigation ; John Kniveton can give full details. 1p. Copy.
Folio 734
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Sussex, from Sheffield, 8 May 1575, setting out the same case as folio 733. 1p. Copy.
Folio 735
The Earl of Shrewsbury to an unnamed nobleman, from Sheffield, 13 May 1575. His daughter the Countess of Pembroke was lately in extremity and he asks that thanks be expressed to the Queen for her gracious visit, to which he ascribes his daughter's recovery. 1p. Copy.
Folio 745
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Queen, no place [Sheffield], 24 September 1575. He has told Mary, Queen of Scots, as commanded through [Robert] Beale, of the Queen's gracious acceptance of her present. Beale has informed him that it is the Queen's intention to reduce his allowance for Mary to £30 a week from Michaelmas. He accepted £52 a week when she came to him, which was less than half the Queen had been paying, when others shrank from such a dangerous service. 1p. Damaged Ms. Draft. Address. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.51)
Folio 747
John Kniveton to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place [London], 23 November 1573. It is claimed that the Earl has no jurisdiction over the forest of Delamere [as Justice in Eyre] but it is in the county palatine. The Queen has come suddenly to Leicester House because of a suspicion of an outbreak of plague among her maids. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 751
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Treasurer [Burghley], from Sheffield, 25 November 1575, asserting his right as Earl Marshal to dispose of the office of Marshal of the King's Bench [cf. folio 657]. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 755
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas Baldwin at Shrewsbury Place in London, no place [Sheffield], St. Stephen's Day [26 December], 1576, sending £100 for the purchase of New Year's gifts for the Queen and officers of the Court. He is glad that Baldwin has closed Shrewsbury Place; he sends other instructions on household matters. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 759
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Leicester, from Sheffield, 18 April 1576. He has been troubled with his 'small friend, the gout' for a month. He is sending by this bearer a tame stag unbaked to present to the Queen. He thanks Leicester for furthering the cause of Dr. [John] May. 1p. Clerk's hand, draft. Address.
Folio 763
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Buxton, 10 July 1576, recommending Francis Powell as Escheator of Yorkshire, 1p. Clerk's hand, signed and subscribed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 767
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Queen, from Sheffield, 5 October 1576. He hears that commissioners have been appointed to survey Melbourne Castle. As her officer, he presumes to inform her of its state. It is a good thing, worth at least £1,000, and could be repaired for £100. He assures her that he will perform his 'charge' [of keeping Mary, Queen of Scots] well. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 779
Roger Manners to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshal, from Uffington, 11 October 1576. He understands that the manor of Abbot Stoke is to be conveyed to Gilbert Talbot and the rest of his book of fee farm to the Earl. He has received £200. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand indicates that Roger Manners has now received £700.
Folio 782
Sir Francis Walsingham to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Hampton Court, 16 October 1576, acknowledging the receipt of letters to the Queen and to himself of 5 October [cf. folio 767]. The Queen has commanded that Melbourne Castle be not granted away from the Crown. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 783
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Leicester, no place [Sheffield], 12 November 1576, answering the complaints of [George] Rolston and others. Rolston has used his timber for his house at Mayfield and his wood at Alton [Alveton] for housefuel [cf. MS.3197 folio 345]. For the Queen's sake he will give Rolston £40 a year for life to satisfy him. 2pp. Copy. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 785
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, no place [Sheffield], 16 February 1576/7, asking that his dispute with Eleanor Revell [cf. folio 793] may be referred to the decision of any two gentlemen of Derbyshire, Sir John Zouch and his follower Ralph Sacheverell excepted. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 789
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 12 March 1576/7, stating his side of the Revell case [cf. folios 785, 793] fully. The Revells had been tenants of leasehold land at Higham and Shirland for nearly a hundred years when nine years ago, upon the expiration of the lease, the Earl repossessed his land. John Revell, the father, lived on for six or seven years without complaining. At the request of friends and to protect him from his sister Eleanor and an uncle, the Earl took John Revell the younger as a servant. He now sends him up to disprove the suggestion of idiocy. John Revell, however, has been brought up rather as a husbandman than as a gentleman and so may be bashful. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed and subscribed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 793
Lord Burghley to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshal and Privy Councillor, from 'my house near the Savoy', 5 February 1576/7, asking the Earl for a statement on the Revell case because of a complaint received from Eleanor, daughter of John Revell late of Cumberford. [Cf. folios 785, 789.] 1p. Clerk's hand, signed and subscribed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 795
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, no place [Sheffield], 16 February 1576/7. Draft of folio 785. 1p. Clerk's hand, draft. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 799
Sir George Chaworth to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Weston, 5 February 1576/7, offering to sell lands lately purchased in Tilney and other places adjoining from his cousin Francis Leake. 1p. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 803
Gilbert Talbot to Thomas Baldwin at Coldharbour, from Goodrich Castle, 24 February 1576/7. He has written to the Metropolitan [the Archbishop of Canterbury, Edmund Grindal] for the institution of the bearer [to a benefice]. The chief opponent is a tenant of his father's, Sebright Taylor, 'who hathe no more honestie in his breste than heares uppon his forescalpe'. He asks Baldwin to do what he can. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 807
Acquittance for £133 6s. 8d., received from Thomas Baldwin, in part payment of the subsidy granted by Parliament 17 February 19 Elizabeth, on behalf of the Earl of Shrewsbury, signed by Thomas Powell, of London, esquire, high collector, 1576. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 811
Sir Thomas Stanhope to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshal, Privy Councillor, from Andiver [Andover], 1577. His old adversary [Sir John Zouch], his wife, William Zouch, R. Wrayngelar and Henry Sacheverell of Barton 'the old reputed thief' appeared before the Privy Council on Sunday fortnight to answer complaints against them by Stanhope. The Queen stayed the proceedings. Sir John Zouch was before the Council again last Sunday, 8th, of this month, to answer a complaint by the Earl of Shrewsbury, represented by Gilbert Talbot, about the retention of arms and money in the time of the late rebellion in Derbyshire [cf. MS.3204 folio 292]; Stanhope's matter is referred to Star Chamber next term. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed and subscribed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 815
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 18 April 1577, recommending a dry bath for the gout. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 819
The Queen to the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury, from Greenwich, 25 June 1577, thanking them for entertaining the Earl of Leicester at Chatsworth and Buxton. She acknowledges also her old debt 'as great as a sovereign can owe to a subject'; the peace of the realm is secured by their execution of their 'charge'. 1p. Clerk's hand, superscribed and signed. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand: 'to be kept as the derest jewell'. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.80)
Folio 823
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas Baldwin at Shrewsbury House, London, from Sheffield, 8 July 1577. Francis, Lord Talbot, has written requesting the loan of £100; Baldwin is to let him have £50 only. He has heard that [Anne Sackville,] Lady Dacre may sell Carlton-in-Lindrick ; he wants Baldwin to secure an answer to a letter he has sent on the matter. Baldwin is to buy four tuns of claret, if he can obtain it for £10 a tun, and have it sent to Hull by sea. If he is able to pay Sir Francis Walsingham £200 which is owing to him, well and good. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 827
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 21 July 1577, offering him the use of his houses at Wingfield and Chatsworth for a journey Burghley is contemplating between his house at Burghley and Buxton. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 831
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 27 July 1577, renewing the invitation in folio 827. He hopes to visit Burghley in Buxton. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 835
Lord Burghley to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshal, Privy Councillor, from Buxton, 13 August 1577, offering his condolences on the death of [the Countess of Pembroke]. 1p. Damaged Ms. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 837
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, no place [Sheffield], 5 August 1577. He is sorry to hear that Burghley is not well and trusts that it is not so much the waters as the troublesomeness of the weather. A post-script seeks his advice on 'a platte of a fronte of a loge that I am now in building' [at Sheffield]. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (W. de G. Birch, 'Original Documents Relating to Sheffield, principally in connection with Mary Queen of Scots', Journal of the British Archaeological Association (March, 1874), p.317)
Folio 841
Sir Thomas Stanhope to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshal, Privy Councillor, from Shelford, 28 August 1577. He has been ill for a week with fever since he came from Court or he would have visited the Earl. He asks the Earl to name a day when he may bring greetings from the Earl's many friends at Court among whom there is none 'more noble, faster, more carefull & faythefull' than the Earl of Leicester. He has heard that the Earl has written a letter of complaint to Sir John Zouch; this could give advantage to his enemies. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed and subscribed. Endorsed.
Folio 845
Lord Burghley to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshal, Privy Councillor, from the Court at the Lord Admiral's house, 7 September 1577. There has been great alarm here at a rumour of Mary, Queen of Scots' escape. The Queen urges extra vigilance. Burghley feels that Chatsworth is a good place to keep Mary, Queen of Scots because of its distance from any town; he understands that the Earl has moved her there recently. The Queen is anxious to settle the quarrel between Sir John Zouch and Sir Thomas Stanhope; Burghley has told her that Zouch is wrong to oppose the Earl and the Queen has commanded him to tell Zouch to reform. The Earl of Leicester and Mr. Secretary [Sir Francis Walsingham] are Shrewsbury's good friends. 3pp. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.89)
Folio 849
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Jaxson, solicitor, and [Thomas] Baldwin, from Sheffield, 16 October 1577, asking for information about the case of Edward Sewcer, referred to the Duchy [of Lancaster] and telling Baldwin to pay Jaxson any money due. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 851
The Earl of Shrewsbury's directions to Thomas Grexon, his grand steward in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire, for the execution of his office. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed by sixth Earl.
Folio 855
Orders set down at Tutbury Castle for the better maintenance of the Queen's game and woods in the forest of Needwood, 3 November 1577. 3pp. Clerk's hand. Address.
Folio 859
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Treasurer [Burghley], from Sheffield, 8 November 1577, asking that the wine which he has received at Rouen in exchange for lead may be landed at Hull free of impost and sending professions of attachment. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand: 'by Gilbert Talbot'.
Folio 863
Sir Nicholas Bacon and Lord Burghley to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place [London], 10 November 1577, asking for the payment of the second instalment of the subsidy granted by Parliament 18 Elizabeth ; the Earl owes £66 13s. 4d., at 16d. per £ of £1,000 of lands. Thomas Powell and William Philip of London are the appointed collectors. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 867
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 8 December 1577. His study window was recently broken by thieves but he has apprehended them and suffered little loss. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (W. de G. Birch, 'Original Documents Relating to Sheffield, principally in connection with Mary Queen of Scots', Journal of the British Archaeological Association (March, 1874), p.319)
Folio 871
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 8 February 1577/8, sending greetings. He has been troubled with the gout. He hopes that they may meet shortly at Buxton. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand: 'by Mr. Gilbert Talbot'.
Folio 875
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas Baldwin, no place [Sheffield], 8 February 1577/8. Instructions for the management of the Earl's affairs at Mr. Gilbert Talbot's coming to London. He asks particularly that Baldwin keep any French crowns which may come into his hands. He hopes to hear from him about a number of matters, including Bolsover. 1p.
Folio 877
Gilbert Talbot to Lord Treasurer [Burghley], from Sir Francis Leake's house in Charing Cross Street, 25 February 1577/8. His father requests that Burghley send a warrant to the customer of Hull excusing twenty tuns of wine from impost [cf. folio 859]. Also, some tenants at Wenlock are being troubled by a person who has recently had a grant of a lease of parcels of lands supposed to have been concealed. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 881
Thomas Baldwin to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place [London], 20 April 1578. He has discussed with [John Piers,] Bishop of Salisbury, the Earl's right to the lands of a felo de se in Scarsdale. Gravelines has been treacherously yielded to Don John. He is sending sundry provisions, including almonds, garden seeds, cinnamon, canary seed, biscuit bread and cassia, to Sheffield. A post-script states that the furniture for the Earl's ship, the 'Talbot', will leave London in the 'Hound' of Hull next Friday. 4pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 885
The Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 14 May 1578, expressing their thanks for the Queen's kindness to [Elizabeth Cavendish,] Countess of Lennox. 1p. Letter in sixth Earl's hand, post-script in Countess's. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 889
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas Baldwin at Shrewsbury House, Thames Street, London, no place [Sheffield], 28 June 1578, asking him to provide more sugar and cinnamon and to buy two dozen talbots at 4s. each to give to his men. He sends his regards to Roger Manners. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 893
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Queen, from Sheffield, 4 July 1578. He thanks her for letters received in her own hand expressing her confidence in his safe keeping of Mary, Queen of Scots, 'doubting nothing but lest her fair speech deceive me' and reassures her on that. They thank her for her message received from Mr. Julio [Borgarucci] and her acknowledgement of their entertainment of the Earl of Leicester [cf. folio 819. The date 1577 ascribed to this letter by Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838) is taken from a note in the hand of Nathaniel Johnston]. 1p. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.81)
Folio 895
Arthur Curzon to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place, 11 August, n.a. He had been given the Earl's warrant dormant for a post but it is now withheld from him. He lent the Earl a total of £120 at cards and requests payment. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 899
Henry Middlemore to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Knight of the Garter and Privy Councillor, from the Court, 12 September 1578. The Queen marvelled that [George] Rolston [cf. Lambeth Ms.697, folios 102-5] did not accept the offers made him but dislikes the idea of the Earl entering upon his park without full compensation, despite the £80 a year for life offered. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 903
Gilbert and Mary Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Goodrich Castle, 14 October 1578. The Countess had asked them to meet her at Court but, in view of the Earl's letter, they will not go. The tenants of Goodrich claim that it is their customary right to feed their swine in the Earl's woods, paying half as much as strangers if it is a mast year and nothing if not. He seeks instructions on the terms to be offered some copyholders who seek to surrender their copies and take new agreements. The Queen has granted a lease for steel making to Sir Henry Sidney and a Mr. Roberts for twenty-one years. Gilbert Talbot must either compound with John Ramesden, the assignee of these monopolists, or abandon the attempt. 3pp. Clerk's hand, signed by both. Endorsed.
Folio 907
George Scargill and Richard Roberts to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Glossop, 4 October 1578. They have reached agreement on improved rents with the Earl's tenants except at Simondlay [Simmondley]. 'Black' Harry Botham was refused terms because of his past conduct and threatened to kill anyone who attempted to evict him from his house, continuing to rail even when set in the stocks at Glossop. Old Harry Botham, his father, however, has agreed to the increased rent. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 911
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 8 November 1578. The Earl is steward of the Queen's liberty of Burton Hundred, Shropshire, to which all the inhabitants of the hundred except the township of Much Wenlock owe suit. Of late Mr. Packington and Mr. Lutley have purchased the manors of Ditton and Eaton. They have withdrawn their tenants from the Queen's court and secured a lease from the Exchequer of all the court's perquisites. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 915
Jo[hn May,] Bishop of Carlisle, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Rose, 3 December 1578. He sends intelligence received from Scotland. He urges the Earl not to forget his request to write on his behalf to the Earl of Leicester. The Lord Admiral [Edward Clinton, first Earl of Lincoln] and Mr. Secretary [Sir Francis] Walsingham have made suit for the remission of his first fruits, for which he needs Leicester's support, since last year his expenses exceeded his revenues by £600; there was a great dearth in the area. If Parliament should hold, he would like to be excused, both because his presence is needed in the district and because of the expense of attending. 2pp. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.137)
Folio 917
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Treasurer [Burghley], from Sheffield, 7 January 1578/9, thanking him for favouring the Countess of Shrewsbury's suits at Court. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hnnd.
Folio 921
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 20 January 1578/9, sending professions of friendship. This is the first letter he has written in a fortnight because of the gout and 'evyll harde wedder'. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 925
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 27 March 1578. The leadmines in these parts are important yet they are in decay. He asks for the lease for twenty-one years of all the custom of lead. He is also seeking the support of the Earl of Leicester. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 928
An endorsement : 'To his loving brother Mr. Thomas Baldwyn at Cold-harbour in London'.
Folio 929
Gilbert Talbot to the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury, from the Court, 28 February 1578/9. He will arrange for the finisher to have a room in Shrewsbury House to make glass and for him to roughcast and 'seel' such rooms as need it. The arms in glass which Clarentius the herald [Robert Cooke, Clarencieux King of Arms, cf. MS.3197 folio 291] has commissioned are likely to be the fairest in England. The Earl of Leicester sends a letter to the Countess. Gilbert's wife is well and Dr. Julio [Borgarucci] takes good care of her. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. 'To my Lord and my Lady'. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.144)
Folio 933
Gilbert Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Earl's 'little house near Charing Cross', 5 March 1578/9, requesting instructions on the sale of woods near Goodrich Castle. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. 'To my lord my father'.
Folio 935
William Dickenson and George Scargill to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Sheffield, 1 April 1579. Tenants of the manor of Symmanley [Simmond-ley] in Glossopdale walk their ground with bills, long pikes and staves and talk of going to London if they do not receive a favourable answer.
The Earl has nothing to fear, for reason is on his side; they would be both Lord and tenants. 1p. Dickenson's hand, signed by both. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 937
The Earl of Leicester to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 18 April [1579]. The Glossopdale tenants have been examined earnestly before the Privy Council; their complaints are rather against Dickenson and Scargill [cf. folio 935] than against the Earl. They claim that they are charged almost £4 for every shilling, which the Council found it hard to believe but the Earl's spokesman had little to say about it. 5pp. Endorsed.
Folio 941
Gilbert Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Earl's house near Charing Cross, 1 May 1579. The Earl's letter to Mr. Secretary [Sir Francis] Walsingham of 24 April arrived on 27 April and Gilbert Talbot and the Glossopdale tenants were called before Mr. Secretary [Thomas] Wilson and the Privy Council the next day. The Earl of Leicester told him that it appeared that the Earl of Shrewsbury had known of the oppressive rates being charged his tenants and that his fitness as guardian of Mary, Queen of Scots, had been called in question over the matter. Gilbert had tried to argue the Earl's case and showed his reply to the Lord Treasurer [Burghley] but he regretted the extremity of the rents and told him that the Queen had been asking about the dispute.
At last, the Council told the six Glossoddale tenants to go home and submit to the Earl's pleasure but told Gilbert that they were writing to the Earl to ask for his charitable dealing with his tenants, as they were worried that beggary might result from the proposed rents. The tenants refused to go home and were imprisoned. 6pp. Endorsed. 'To my lorde my father'.
Folio 951
Gilbert Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Charing Cross, Easter Eve, 1579. He and Mr. [Richard] Topcliffe met the Glossopdale tenants beyond Barnet but could not talk reason with them. Mr. Secretary [Sir Francis] Walsingham commanded them to their lodgings except for four who were summoned to the Privy Council. They blamed Dickenson and Scargill for the increased rents [cf. folios 935, 937] and the Council is writing to the Earl about them. He explained the Earl's case for an hour before the Council. 3pp. Endorsed. 'To my lorde my father'.
Folio 955
The Justices of Derbyshire to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Chesterfield, 14 April 1579, reporting on an enquiry at Chesterfield into the Glossopdale issue and suggesting that the ringleaders should be punished but the rest pitied. 1p. Copy. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 955-6
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Privy Council, no place [Sheffield], no date [1579], justifying his position in the Glossopdale issue. [Cf. folio 941.] 2pp. Draft.
Folio 957
Nicholas Booth to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 9 January, n.a. [1578/9]. Servants of the Countess of Shrewsbury and of William Cavendish are trying to stir the Earl's tenants in Glossopdale to go to London to exclaim against him and others are being induced not to pay their rents. Gradually 'we shall win them... and deal not hardly with any but of her crew'. 2pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 960
a) Conclusion to c) below
b) Draft letter from Earl of Shrewsbury to his bailily [of Sheffield ?] requiring information and a document re an alleged grant [referring to Chatsworth] by himself to the Countess and her children. no date, a.p.
c) Draft letter from Earl of Shrewsbury to the Lord Chancellor and "my L. the , discussing legal claims made by the Countess and asserting that she has acted more like an enemy than a wife in abusing his trust in the matter.
Consequently, the Earl now desires the return of that which he alleges he granted to her. no date, n.p.
Folio 961
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 4 May 1579, thanking him for the help he has given in presenting Shrewsbury's case to the Queen, which Gilbert Talbot has reported [cf. folio 941]. The new valuations in Glossopdale were merely to ascertain the truth of the matter and never intended to fix the new rents. He assures Burghley that he could raise men to serve the Queen who would sell their lives dearly if need be. 2pp. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 965
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Leicester, from Sheffield, 4 May 1579. It was never intended that the new rents should be as high as the new valuations in Glossopdale nor to displace above four tenants whose conduct had offended him. His chaplain [Robert] Holland, who chances to be in London, can testify that the Earl sent him to Glossopdale to preach a sermon that he would be good lord to the people. [Cf. MS.3197 folio 319 Prob. second draft of this, retained as copy.] 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 967
The Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, from Chatsworth, 22 June 1579. Their copyhold tenants of Ashford, encouraged by the example of the Glossopdale men, intend to state certain grievances to the Privy Council. 2pp. Sixth Earl's hand, post-script by Countess. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 969
John Huls to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 31 August 1579. Mr. Holford, the Lord Chamberlain [Earl of Sussex]'s man, has been here to search the Earl's records on his master's behalf. Huls does not have the keys to the records and seeks instructions. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 973
George Scargill to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Sheffield Lodge, 8 May 1579. The household is quiet and Mary, Queen of Scots well pleased. There was a stir in the town last night because of some Glossopdale men, which he investigated but he had a good watch ready. 2pp. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. (Joseph Hunter, The History and Topography of the Parish of the Sheffield in the County of York, ed. Rev. A. Gatty (1869), p.116, W. de G. Birch, 'Original Documents Relating to Sheffield, principally in connection with Mary Queen of Scots', Journal of the British Archaeological Association (March, 1874), p.320)
Folio 977
Thomas Cornish to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Rouen, 9 October 1579. He has executed the Earl's commissions for the sale of lead and purchase of wine and leather hangings. The Earl's bark is safe and will shortly sail for Hull but the ships which have gone to Bordeaux will be held up by the foul weather. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lord'. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 981
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas Baldwin at Shrewsbury Place, London, from Sheffield, 14 November 1579, sending fourteen pasties of hind, six for [Edwin Sandys,] Archbishop of York, six for Roger Manners and two to be disposed of at Baldwin's discretion. There is trouble with Glossopdale tenants again, refusing to pay their rents. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 985
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas Baldwin from Sheffield, 23 November 1579. He has received his letters in the packet of Mr. Secretary [Thomas] Wilson, telling him that the Glossopdale tenants will submit to him. He has answered the letters from the Privy Council. He has agreed he will be better Lord to the Glossopdale men than they deserve, only excepting those whose leases he has transferred to his servants, since... (Though the Earl notes the Council wants him to show these four tenants mercy too.); for twenty years they have been the only source of enmity and hate among the Glossopdale men. Baldwin is to pay the Countess £100 for the Queen's New Year's gift and to buy medicines for his gout, as by Dr. Martin's note enclosed. A post-script states that he has reconciled Sir Francis Leake's son and heir [Sir Francis] and Sir John Zouch's brother William. 2pp.
Folio 987
Gilbert Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Earl's house near Charing Cross, 3 January 1579/80. The bearer has received the Queen's pardon extraordinarily quickly and asks to become the Earl's bondman. He is to be trusted 'as farre as one may see him, but no further'. 1p. Endorsed. 'To my lorde my father'.
Folio 991
Henry Baldwin to the Earl of Shrewsbury's brother, from Seville, 10 February 1579/80. The King of Spain makes great preparations for war. The price of sack is raised from ten to thirteen ducats a butt. 1p.
Folio 993
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas Baldwin at the Earl's house in London, from Sheffield, 11 January 1579/80, asking him to procure the signature of Mr. Secretary [Thomas] Wilson on the warrant for the diet money for Mary, Queen of Scots. He is then to pay the Earl's creditors, including William Cavendish, who is owed £300. He asks Baldwin to send down oranges and lemons. 1p. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 997
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 13 January 1579/80, commending the bearer, a servant of the Archbishop of York, to Burghley. He has had gout but is much better. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 1,001
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas Baldwin at Shrewsbury Place, London, no place [Sheffield], 21 January 1579/80. If his lead at Rouen be not sold by Mr. Pullyson, let it be delivered into the charge of this bearer and of [Thomas] Cornish for transportation to Hull. If Baldwin hears of any fair house of Sir Thomas Gresham's that may be sold 'for reason', let him know. 1p. Seal. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 1,005
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 25 January 1579/80, complaining that the Queen has granted leases to Charles Wharton and others of lands near Sheffield Castle which have been held by himself and his forebears for over two hundred years. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 1,008
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 26 January 1579/80, supporting the suit of Edward Harley for a lease in reversion of certain copyhold land within the honour of Wigmore, in his own occupation and worth 18s. 6d. a year. 1p. Seal.
Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
Folio 1,013
The Earl of Leicester to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Court, 13 February 1579/80. The bearer, John Slyefelde, is surety to Shrewsbury's officers for one Witney and, Witney being dead, is charged with his debts of £120-140. He cannot afford it but is willing to pay £20 a year. He is an honest man. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 1,017
The Countess of Shrewsbury to Thomas Baldwin at Coldharbour, from Sheffield, 17 January 1579/80. Baldwin has blamed one Barnsley for Henry Talbot's not signing the writing as the Earl wished but she left it to Baldwin to deal with; he is to get a dedimus potestatis as soon as possible or Henry Talbot will come to London. A post-script urges him to dispatch the matter and another, by the Earl, to send up a pot of green ginger in syrup. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed; post-scripts by the Earl and Countess. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 1,019
Anthony Wingfield to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from St.John's, 1 March 1579/80. Compliments and professions of duty; the Queen is in good health. 1p. Seal. Endorsed.
Folio 1,023
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, no place, 3 March 1574/5. He had already dispatched Doncaster the Scot to the Privy Council when he received a letter from Mr. Secretary [Sir Thomas] Smith asking him to send him by the Earl's own servants. He thanks the Queen for warning him that she is told that some of his servants convey letters and messages for Mary, Queen of Scots; if so, they are very secret about it. 'The mislike her Majesty t[akes] of my son Gilbert's wife, brought to bed in my house, as cause of women and strangers repair thither, makes me heartily sorry'. But only the midwife came ; he, with two of his children, christened the child. [Cf. folio 719.] There was an earthquake here on 26 February; God grant it may be a warning to Mary. 2pp. Damaged Ms. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.49)
Folio 1,027
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer, from Sheffield, 16 March 1579/80, thanking him for his help in the Glossopdale matter. Those who exclaimed against him are now in the Marshalsea. If they be not bridled, they will commit great outrages. A postscript states that the punishment of these bold fellows in the area where this stir was made would be most effective. 1p. Endorsed. Address in Burghley's clerk's hand.
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GB/109/17401William; Lord; Eure (1529-1594); 2nd Baron Eure1529-1594
GB/109/12795England and Wales; Exchequer; 1536-17071536-1707
GB/109/15204Fitzalan; Henry (1512-1580); 12th Earl of Arundel; magnate1512-1580
GB/109/17409Fitzwilliam; William (c 1490-1542); Earl of Southamptonc 1490-1542
GB/109/17410Flanesford Priory; 1346-1537; Augustinian religious house1346-1537
GB/109/17411Fleet Prison; 1197-18441197-1844
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GB/109/8929Gardiner; Stephen (1495-1555); Bishop of Winchester1495-1555
GB/109/17253Gargrave; Sir; Thomas (c 1494-1579); Speaker of the House of Commons; Vice-President of the Council of the Northc 1494-1579
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GB/109/12643Gray's Inn
GB/109/17425Grey; Frances Brandon (1517-1559); Duchess of Suffolk1517-1559
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GB/109/17437Harpur; Richard (-1577); Judge-1577
GB/109/17260Hastings; Edward (c 1512-1572); Baron Hastings of Loughboroughc 1512-1572
GB/109/17441Hastings; George (-1544); 3rd Baron Hastings of Hastings; Earl of Huntingdon (1529)-1544
DS/UK/6040Hastings; Henry (1536?-1595); 3rd Earl of Huntingdon1536?-1595
DS/UK/3131Henry VIII (1491-1547); King of England and Ireland1491-1547
GB/109/10676Herbert; Henry (?1534-1601); 2nd Earl of Pembroke?1534-1601
GB/109/17447Herbert; Katherine Talbot (-1576); first wife of the 2nd Earl of Pembroke-1576
GB/109/17265Herbert; William (1506-1570); 1st Earl of Pembroke (1551)1506-1570
GB/109/10732Howard; Thomas III (1538-1572); 4th Duke of Norfolk and Earl of Surrey1538-1572
GB/109/17462Kennedy; Gilbert (c 1517-1558); 3rd Earl of Cassillisc 1517-1558
GB/109/12794England and Wales; Court of King's Bench; 1536-17071536-1707
DS/UK/4881Duchy of Lancaster
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GB/109/17281Manners; Thomas (c 1497-1543); 1st Earl of Rutlandc 1497-1543
GB/109/11017Council of the Marches; -1689-1689
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GB/109/16124Mary of Guise (1515-1560); consort of James V and regent of Scotland1515-1560
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DS/UK/6021Mildmay; Sir; Walter (c 1520-1589); Knight; Chancellor of the Exchequerc 1520-1589
GB/109/17229England; Council of the North; 1484-16411484-1641
DS/UK/6296England and Wales; Parliament; 1536-17071536-1707
GB/109/16517Parry; Sir; Thomas (c.1515-1560); administratorc.1515-1560
DS/UK/6020Paulet; William (1485-1572); 1st Marquess of Winchester (1551); Lord Treasurer (1550)1485-1572
GB/109/17492Percy; Henry Algernon (1478-1527); 5th Earl of Northumberland1478-1527
GB/109/17493Percy; Henry Algernon (c 1502-1537); 6th Earl of Northumberlandc 1502-1537
GB/109/17494Percy; Henry (c 1532-1585); 8th Earl of Northumberlandc 1532-1585
GB/109/17294Petre; Sir; William (c 1505-1572); Administratorc 1505-1572
GB/109/11202Philip II (1527-1598); King of Spain and Portugal; husband of Mary I, Queen of England1527-1598
GB/109/8509Piers; John (1522-1594); Archbishop of York.1522-1594
DS/UK/5192England and Wales; Privy Council; 1536-17071536-1707
GB/109/17297Radcliffe; Thomas (c 1526-1583); 3rd Earl of Sussexc 1526-1583
GB/109/17504Rich; Sir; Richard (c 1496-1567); 1st Baron Rich (1547); Chancellor of the Court of Augmentationsc 1496-1567
GB/109/16762Roche Abbey; 30 July 1147-1538; Cistercian Religious House30 July 1147-1538
GB/109/17298Rochester; Sir; Robert (c1500-1557); Controller of the Householdc1500-1557
GB/109/17327Young; Thomas (1507-1568); Archbishop of York1507-1568
NA2718Sandys; Edwin (1516-1588); Archbishop of York1516-1588
GB/109/17307Seymour; Sir; Edward (1539-1621); 1st Earl of Hertford; Duke of Somerset (1547)1539-1621
GB/109/16176Smith; Sir; Thomas (1513-1577); scholar, diplomat, and political theorist1513-1577
GB/109/17519Stafford; Sir; Edward (1478-1521); 3rd Duke of Buckingham1478-1521
GB/109/11598England and Wales; Star Chamber; 1487-16411487-1641
GB/109/17524Talbot; Lady; Anne Herbert (1550-1592)1550-1592
DS/UK/3138Talbot; Elizabeth (1518-1608); née Hardwick; wife of 6th Earl of Shrewsbury1518-1608
GB/109/17309Talbot; Francis (1500-1560); 5th Earl of Shrewsbury1500-1560
GB/109/17526Talbot; Lord; George (1468-1538); 4th Earl of Shrewsbury and 4th Earl of Waterford1468-1538
DS/UK/5958Talbot; George (c.1522-1590); 6th earl of Shrewsburyc.1522-1590
GB/109/17326Talbot; Mary (1556 - 1632); Countess of Shrewsbury; wife of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury1556 - 1632
GB/109/17529Talbot; Lady; Gertrude Manners (-c 1556); Countess of Shrewsbury-c 1556
GB/109/16184Talbot; Gilbert (1553-1616); 7th Earl of Shrewsbury1553-1616
GB/109/17530Talbot; Lady; Grace Shakerley (-1558)-1558
GB/109/17324Talbot; Hon; Henry (fl. 1560-1595)fl. 1560-1595
DS/UK/3216Tunstall; Cuthbert (1474-1559); Bishop of Durham1474-1559
GB/109/17532de Valois; Hercule François (1554-1584); Duc d'Alençon et Anjou1554-1584
DS/UK/5959Walsingham; Sir; Francis (c.1532-1590); Principal secretaryc.1532-1590
GB/109/11926England and Wales; Court of Wards and Liveries; 1540-16601540-1660
GB/109/17331Wharton; Thomas (c 1495-1568); 1st Baron Whartonc 1495-1568
GB/109/17533Wharton; Thomas (1520-1572); 2nd Baron Wharton1520-1572
GB/109/17534Windsor; Edward (-1574); 3rd Baron Windsor-1574
GB/109/17536Wingfield; Anthony (c 1522-1611); Reader in Greek to Elizabeth Ic 1522-1611
GB/109/17537Wingfield; Sir; Richard (c 1469-1525)c 1469-1525
GB/109/8504Wolsey; Thomas (1470-1530); Cardinal; Archbishop of York and royal minister1470-1530
GB/109/17538Wray; Sir; Christopher (c 1522-1592); Lord Chief Justicec 1522-1592
GB/109/17539Wriothesley; Lord; Thomas (1505-1550); Baron (1544); Earl of Southampton (1547); Lord Chancellor (1544)1505-1550
GB/109/19075Mary (1542-1587); Queen of Scots1542-1587
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