TOWER of London. Occurrences. 92

TOWER of London. Occurrences.

in 1588. And to do this the more exactly, there proceeded from the Lord Treasurer, a Note of such Remembrances as were then to be examined by the said Commissioners; which was this that followeth.

"Imprimis, To enquire in what Repair are the Queens Majesties Lodgings, and all other Places for the keeping of Prisoners, and the Lieutenants Lodgings. And in what Parts of the Queen's Privy Lodging Prisoners are kept; and who they are."

A Note of Things to be enquired into MSS. de Turr. pen. me.

" Item, To survey all Places, or Houses, or Lodginings, wherein any Persons do inhabit or use to lodge; and how many of them have cause to dewell or lodge there for the Service of her Majesty within the Tower. And how many Persons are in every such Family or Lodging, both of Men, Women, and Children."

" Item, How many Families or Persons be Lodged there, that have no ordinary Cause of Resort to the Tower for the Queen's Majesty's Service; and how long have they there continued; and by whose means came they to those Dwelling Places or Lodgings."

" Item, How many Prisoners are in the Tower, and in what Places are they lodged. And whether any Persons dwell so near to the Prison, as that the Prisoners and they may have secret Conference together."

" Item, To enquire of the Queen's Ordinary, Yeomen Wardens; and how they do their Service by themselves, or by their Deputies."

" Item, To enquire of the Houses lately Erected against the Tower Walls, or near to the Tower Ditchces or Wharfs; and how they are fit to be continued, or not; and who dwells in them; and to whom they pay their Rents."

" Item, What Annoyances are offered to the House and Ditches by the Citizens of London, and the Inhabitants there adjoining, as well within the Liberties, as without."

Whereupon, this List of the Names of the Prisoners in the Tower, delivered to the Custody of Sir Michael Blount from Sir Owen Hopton by Indenture, was given in.

Prisoners in the Tower, An. 1590.

Philip, late Earl of Arundel.
James Fitzgerald.
Edmond Nevyl, Esq;
Thomas Abington.
Florence Macartie.
John Digby.
James Tipping.
John Ardent.
Jerom Paine.
Michael Moody.
James Harrison Priest.
Andro Vannietico.
William Reynolds.
John Hoskins.

Whereof Abington, Tipping, Moody, Harrison, and Hoskins, were delivered to the Marshalsea, by Warrant from the Lords. Reynolds, by the said Warrant, was delivered to the Lord Buckhurst to be banished the Realm. Paine was set at Liberty by the same Warrant, upon a Bond with Surety of 200l. Digby was delivered upon his Brother Everard Digby's Bond of 1000l. for his good Behaviour to her Majesty and the State. Macartie was delivered upon the Earl of Ormond's Bond of 1000l. that he shall not depart the Realm, nor above three Miles out of London, without special License from the Lords of her Majesties Privy Council. Vannietico, alias Martiningo, was delivered to two of the ordinary Yeomen of her Majesty's Guard, Anno 1591. The rest remained Prisoners.

Other Prisoners, committed since Blount had the Charge were these, all committed close Prisoners.

Prisoners committed An. 1590, and 1591.

Robert Humbardston.
Richard Brookman.
George Besseley.
Sir Thomas Fitzherbert, Knt.
Sir John Perrot, Knt.
Sir Tho. Williams, Knt.
The Bishop of Laughlyn in Ireland.
Sir Nich. White, Knt.
Philip Williams.
John Powel.
Sir Brian Orework, Knt.
Francis Barkely.
Tibott Dillane.
Mrs. Katharin Lee.
Mrs. Elizab. Jones.
Sir Fran. Darcie, Knt.

Here let me subjoin a remarkable Passage, concerning a Prisoner in the Tower in Q. Elizabeth's Reign (whose Name I cannot assign) that slept but Ten Hours in Seven Weeks, by the Oath of them that watched him. As I collect out of a Note-book of Sir Michael Hicks, Secretary to the Lord Treasurer Burghley. Who also makes mention there of another named Heywood, (and a Prisoner, I suppose,) that strained himself so much with immoderate Laughing, that he bled Thirty Ounces of Blood.

A Prisoner sleeps but 10 Hours in 7 Weeks.

But among all the memorable Accidents that have happened in the Tower, hardly any History of our Country, can equal that cunning, audacious and villanous Attempt of one Blood in K. Charles the Second's Time, in stealing the Crown, and his Camerade the Globe, out of the safe Place where they with the rest of the Regalia were kept; and carrying them out of the Tower: tho' they were discovered at last and seized. A faithful Relation deserves to stand upon Record. And such a Relation is this that follows, which I had from the Favour of Mr. Edwards himself, the late Keeper of the Regalia.

The Imperial Crown and Globe stolen away, but recovered.

About three Weeks before this Blood made his Attempt upon the Crown, he came to the Tower in the Habit of a Parson, with a long Cloak, Cassock and Canonical Girdle, and brought a Woman with him whom he called Wife. Altho' in truth his Wife was then sick in Lancashire. This pretended Wife desired to see the Crown; and having seen it feigned to have a Qualm come upon her Stomach, and desired Mr. Edwards (who was Keeper of the Regalia) to send for some Spirits, who immediately caused his Wife to fetch some; whereof when she had drunk, she courteously invited her up Stairs to repose her self upon a Bed: Which Invitation she accepted, and soon recovered. At their Departure they seemed very thankful for this Civility.

The Manner, how.

Mr. Edwards.

About three or four Days after, Blood came again to Mrs. Edwards, with a present of Four Pair of White Gloves from his Wife. And having thus begun the Acquaintance; they made frequest Visits to improve it: She professing, that she should never sufficiently acknowledge her Kindness.

Having made some small Respit of his Compliments, he returned again, and said to Mrs. Edwards, that his Wife could discourse of nothing but of the Kindness of those good People in the Tower. That she had long studied, and at length bethought her self of a handsome way of Requital. You have, said he, a pretty Gentlewoman to your Daughter, and I have a young Nephew who hath two or three Hundred a Year Land, and is at my Disposal. If your Daughter be free, and you approve of it, I will bring him hither to see her, and we will endeavour to make it a Match.

This was easily assented to by old Mr. Edwards, who invited the Parson to dine with him that Day, and he as readily accepted of the Invitation; who taking upon him to say Grace, performed it with great Devotion, and casting up of Eyes, and concluded his long winded Grace, with a hearty Prayer for the King, Queen, and Royal Family. After Dinner he went up to see the Rooms, and seeing a handsome Case of Pistols hang there, he exprest a great desire to buy them, to present a young Lord who was his Neighbour. That was his Pretence, but his Purpose probably was to disarm the House against the Time that he intended to put the Design in Execution.