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[Town Clerks, Officers.] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT.

Anno 30Car' II.Henry Crispe of the Inner Temple, Esq; in the room of Jeffreys, who surrendered.
Anno 12Will' III.Duncan Dee, Esq; in the room of Crispe, deceased.

The Names of the TOWN CLERKS of London, beginning 13 Edw. I. and continued down to 3 Georg' 1715.


Anno13Edw' I.John of Batequell.
5 Edw' II.Hugo of Waltham.
Anno9Edw' III.Roger of Depham, one of the Judges of the Sheriffs Courts, in the room of Waltham deceased.
9John of Sherborne.
42 Henry of Paddington, Clerk.
49Henry Perot.
Anno4Rich' II.John Marchant.
Anno5Hen' V.John Carpenter.
Anno17Hen' VI.Richard Barnet.
25Roger Spicer, alias Tong.
Anno1Edw' IV.William Dunthorne.
5Hen' VII.Nicolas Packenham.
Anno2Hen' VIII.Walter Stubb, Gent. in the room of Packenham.
6William Paver, Gent. in the room of Stubb deceased.
25Thomas Ryshton.
30William Blackwell.
Anno12Eliz'Anthony Stapleton, in the room of Blackwell deceased.
16William Sebright, in the room of Stapleton deceased.
Anno11Jac' I.John Weld, in the room of Sebright, who surrendered.
Anno18Car' I.Rob. Mitchell, Deputy to Weld, in the room of Weld, discharged by Common Council.
3 July,1649.John Sadler, in the room of Mitchell, removed.
Anno12Car' II.Sir John Weld, admitted anew.
18William Avery, Deputy to Weld, in the room of Weld, deceased.
24William Wagstaffe, in the room of Avery, deceased.
Anno3W. & M.John Goodfellow, in the room of Wagstaff, deceased.
Anno12Will' III.Henry Ashhurst, in the room of Goodfellow, deceased.
Anno4Annæ.James Gibson, one of the four Clerks of the Lord Maior's Court, in the room of Ashhurst, deceased.
Anno3Georgij.Randolph Stracy, Son of Randolph Stracy, Comptroller, in the room of Gibson, deceased.

The Coroner of London, called so à Corona; i.e. a Crown, because he deals principally with the Crown; or in matters appertaining to the Imperial Crown of England. As to the Antiquity of this Office; there were Coroners in the time of King Alfred, as appears by the Book intituled, The Miroir. The Lord Maior for the time being is Coroner, but hath his Deputy for the Management thereof. In ancient time this Office was of such great Esteem, that none could execute it under the Degree of a Knight. As the Sheriff may enquire of all Felonies, so the Coroner is to enquire of all sudden Deaths. And to that end he impannelleth a Jury, taketh Evidence upon Oath, and giveth the Charge to the Jury.

The Coroner.

R. B.

In former Times this Officer was nominated and appointed by the King. In 51 Edw' III. the Citizens prayed, that they might place and displace a Coroner among themselves, Answering unto the King, what belongeth thereunto. It was answered, The King will not deaprt with his ancient Right.

The City petition the King for a Coroner of their own.

J. S.

Two Judges of the Sheriffs Courts.

Four Common Pleaders, Esquires.

Comptroller of the Chamber, Esq;

A Secondary of Woodstreet Compter, and another Secondary of the Compter in the Poultry, Esquires. To each of these Compters belong four Clerks, Sitters; and to each also a Clerk of the Papers, who are above the four Clerks.]

The City Remembrancer. This Officer is to attend the Lord Maior on certain Days: His Business being to put his Lordship in mind of the select Days he is to go abroad with the Aldermen, &c. He is to attend daily at the Parliament-House, during the Sessions, and to report to the Lord Maior their Transactions.

The City Remembrancer.

R. B.

Register of the Orphans Fund.
Eight Attorneys of the Sheriffs Courts.
Two Bridgmasters.
Hall Keeper.

There be also Officers peculiarly belonging to the Lord Maior's House, according as they were first published by Mr. Stowe. Whereof the four first by their Places are Esquires. Viz.

The Sword-bearer. This Officer is to attend my Lord Maior at his going abroad, and to carry the Sword before him, being the Emblem of Justice. He hath his Table at my Lord Maior's. For the Support of which there is 1000l. a year allowed. His Dwelling allowed him by the City is at Justice-Hall in the Old Baily. The Gentleman that bears this Office is Joseph Russel, Esq;

The Sword-bearer.

R. B.

The Sword-bearer's Place is Honourable; in as much as the Sword is needful to be born before Head Officers of Burroughs, or other Corporate Towns, to represent the State and Princely Office of the King's most Excellent Majesty, the Chief Governour. To the right bearing of which Sword, in the Chamber of London, this Observation is to be made, according to an ancient Writer of Armoury: "That the Bearer must carry it upright, the Hilts being holden under his Bulk, and the Blade directly up the midst of his Breast, and so forth between the Sword-bearer's Brows. This in distinction from bearing the Sword in any Town for a Duke, or an Earl, or a Baron. If for a Duke, the Blade thereof must lean from the Head between the Neck and the Right Shoulder, nearer to the Head than the Shoulder. And for an Earl, the Bearer must carry the same between the Point of the Shoulder and the Elbow:" And so there is another different Bearing of the Sword for a Baron.]

How the Sword is to be carried.

J. S.

Ger. Leigh's Accid. of Armoury, fo. 94. b.

The Common Hant. The chief Business of this Officer is to take care of the Pack of Hounds belonging to the Maior and Citizens, and to attend them in Hunting, when they please. This Officer's House allowed him is in Finsbury Fields. Where also the Hounds are kept in a large place fit for the purpose. And for keeping the Hounds called The deep-mouthed Hounds, he hath a good yearly Allowance, besides the Perquisites. He is to attend the Lord Maior on set Days. His name is John Barton, Esquire.]

Common Hunt.

R. B.

The Common Cryer. It belongeth to him and the Serjeant at Arms to summon all Executors and Administrators of Freemen, to appear, and to bring in Inventories of the Personal Estates of Freemen, within two Months after their Decease. And he is to have notice of the Appraisements. He is also to attend the Lord Maior at set Days, and at the Courts held weekly by the Maior and Aldermen. He hath his Dwelling allowed him at Aldersgate. This Office is executed by Isaac Grevil, Esquire.]

Common Cryer.

The Water Bailiff. This Officer is to look after the Preservation of the River of Thames, against

Water Bailiff.


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