Honourable Acts of Citizens. 259

Honourable Acts of Citizens.

old Maior: Likewise other to Sir Rowland Hill, and to Sir Andrew Judd: And to the Chamberlain; to Mr. Blackwell; to Mr. Common Hunt, and his Man: To the Porter that belonged to the Staple; and to all his Farmers, and his Tenants.

The Church and the Streets were all hung with Black, and Arms great Store. And on the Morrow, Three goodly Masses were sung; One of the Trinity, another of our Lady, and the Third of Requiem. Then a Sermon was preached by Mr. Harpsfield, Archdeacon of Canterbury. And after, all the Company came home to as great a Dinner, as had been seen for a Fish-Day; for all that came. For nothing was lacking.

In the Year 1560, June the 5th, was buried Hussey, Esq; Haberdasher; a great Merchant of Muscovy, and of other Places. An Hundred Mourners, Men and Women, attended his Corps. He had Five Penons of Arms, and a Coat of Armour; and two Heralds accompanying, viz. Mr. Clarencieux, and Mr. Somerset. There attended also the St. Paul's Choir, and Parish Clerks of London, singing. He was buried at St. Martin's Ludgate. All the Church and the Place hung with Black, and Arms: Six Dozen and half of Escotcheons. Mr. Alley, Reader of St. Paul's Bishop of Exon, preached both Days. Sir William Garret, Sir William Chester, Mr. Lodge, Sheriff, Mr. Argal, Mr. Bull, Mr. Hussey, being some of the Mourners. And after the Ceremonies performed, all went back to the Place to Dinner.

Mr. Hussey buried.

In the Year 1562, Goodrick, Esq; a great Lawyer, died at his Place in White Fryars, and was carried to St. Andrew Holborn to be buried.

Mr. Goodrick buried.

First went the Company of Clerks singing. Then came a Mourner, carrying a Penon of Arms. Then Mr. York, bearing his Coat Armour; and after him, Mr. Clarencieux. Then followed the Corps, with a rich Pall of Tinsel, and the Cross Cloth of Silver, with Arms: And then the Mourners. And after, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishops of London and Ely. Next, the Lord Keeper, and the Lord Chief Justice of England, and many worshipful Persons. And after, Two Hundred of the Inns of Court followed: And the Dean of St. Paul's preached.

The same Year, April 2. Mr. Robert Mellys, late Master of the Company of Merchant Taylors, was buried in Alhallows Breadstreet Church. He gave in Gowns and Coats, to the Number of Threescore and Sixteen, of Rats Colour, of Seven Shillings the Yard, to the Poor.

A Funeral with the Hopita Boys.

There were the Children of the Hospital, two and two together, walking before; and all the Masters of the Hospitals, with their green Stayes in their Hands: [Which is the first Time I meet with the Hospital Boys attending a Funeral, with the Governors, without Parish Clerks and Heralds.]

Mr. Nowell, Dean of St. Paul's, preached. Which being ended, all the Company returned to the House of the Deceased, to a great Dinner.

The same Year, December the 15th, was the Funeral of Sir Humphry Brown, Knight, Lord Chief Justice.

Lord Chief Justice Brown's Funeral.

First went the Clerks of London, from his Place in St. Sepulchre's, to St. Martin's Orgars, in Candlewickstreet; where one of his Wives lay buried. Then went Twenty four poor Men, in Mantle Frize Gowns. After, Twenty Clerks, carrying their Surplices on their Arms. Next, the Standard, born by a Mourner. Then came the two Chaplains, and divers Mourners. Then came Herald Somerset, bearing the Helm and Crest: And next, Mr. Clarencieux, bearing the Coat of Arms. Then came the Penon of Arms. Then came the Corps, with a Pall of black Velvet, with Arms on it. Then the chief Mourners, and my Lord Mordaunt, and others. Then came the Judges, and Serjeants of the Coif: And next, all the Inns of Court, in Array, a great Number, through Cheapside. And Mr. Reneger made the Sermon. And after they went home to a great Dinner.

The Church was hung with Black, and Arms; and the Choir hung with the same. A Hearse was made, enclosed with Rails, hung with Black and Arms. After this, the Helmet and Crest were offered [on the Altar]; after that, his Target; after that, his Sword: Then his Coat Armour; then his Standard was offered, and his Penon. And after all, the Mourners, and Judges, and Serjeants of the Law, and Servants offered.

Thomas Percy, Anno 1561, late Skinner to Q. Mary, was attended to his Burial in St. Mary Aldermary Church, with twenty black Gowns and Coats; twenty Clerks singing: Twelve Mantle Frize Gowns, worn by as many poor Men. Rails set up in the Church, where the Corps was to rest, hanged with Black and Arms. Three Dozen of Escotcheons of Arms. The Floor strewed with Rushes, for the Chief Mourners. Mr. Crowley preached. There was present all the Clothing of the Mystery of the Skinners. Afterward was a great Dole of Money; and then all went home to a Dinner: The Company of Skinners, to their Hall, to dine together.

Q. Mary's Skinner buried.

At this Funeral, all the Mourners offered; and so did the said Company.

Let me add one Funeral more, more ancient than all the rest.

Margaret Atkinson, Widow, by her Will, October 18. 1544, orders, That the next Sunday after her Burial, there be provided two Dozen of Bread, a Kilderkin of Ale, two Gammons of Bacon, three Shoulders of Mutton, and two Couple of Rabbits. Desiring all the Parish, as well Rich as Poor, to take their Part thereof: And a Table to be set in the Midst of the Church, with every Thing necessary thereto.

Regist. Lond.

As these were the Customs of solemn Burials in former Times; so I will add an Instance or two of Weddings and Christenings.

In the Year 1560, in the Parish Church of St. Mary Wolnoth, were married three Daughters of one Mr. Atkinson, a Scrivener, together. They were in their Hair, and goodly Apparel, set out with Chains, Pearls and Stones. Thus they went to Church, all Three one after another, with three goodly Caps, garnished with Laces, gilt: And fine Flowers and Rosemary strewed for them coming home: And so to the Father's House; where was a great Dinner prepared for his said three Bride-Daughters, with their Bridegrooms and Company.

A Wedding of Three Sisters together.

In the Year 1562, July 20. A Daughter of Mr. Nicolls (who seems to have been the Bridge Master) was married to one Mr. Coke, in the Church of St. Tooly's, [Olave's.] At the Celebration whereof were present, my Lord Maior and all the Aldermen, with many Ladies, and many other worshipful Men and Women. And Mr. Becon, an eminent Divine in those Times, preached a Wedding Sermon. Then all the Company went home to the Bridge House, to Dinner: Where

A Wedding kept at the Bridge House:

L. Maior and Aldermen at it.