[Haberdashers.] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT.191

[Haberdashers.] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT.

But was buried at St. John's College in Oxford. Which College he founded.

Sir Thomas Offley, Maior 1557. He dwelt in Lime-street, toward the North end of it, not far from St. Andrew's Undershaft, where he is buried.

Sir William Harper, Maior 1562. He dwelt in Lombard-street. But was buried at Bedford, where he was born.

Sir Thomas Row, Maior 1569. Died the 2d of September 1570. Buried at Hackney. He dwelt in Bishopsgate-street, where his Son Sir Henry Row afterwards lived.

Sir Robert Lee, Maior at the Death of Queen Elizabeth, and at the Coronation of King James, 1603.

Sir Leonard Halliday,} Maior{ 1606.
Sir William Craven,{ 1611.
Sir John Swinnerton,{ 1613.

Sir John Goo, Maior 1625, being Maior the last Year of King James, and the first of King Charles.

Sir Robert Ducy, Maior 1631.

Sir Abraham Reynardson, Maior 1649, that fatal Year wherein King Charles I. had his Head taken from him. This Maior, for Incompliance, was sent to the Tower, and Sir Thomas Andrews served the remainder of the Year.

Sir William Bolton,} Maior{ 1667.
Sir William Turner,{ 1669.
Sir Patience Ward,{ 1681.
Sir William Pritchard,{ 1683.
Sir William Ashurst,{ 1694.

The present Master and Wardens of this Company are,

James Ball,, Master.
Mr. Giles Riddle,} Wardens.
Mr. William Drake,
Mr. Thomas Tickars,
Mr. Adam Mason,


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THE HABERDASHERS, or HURRERS, (of old time so called) were incorporated a Brotherhood of St. Katharine, in the six and twenteith Year of King Henry VI. Anno 1447. [There was also Fraternitas S. Nicolai de Haberdasher.] They were confirmed in the seventeenth Year of King Henry VII. and named Merchant-Haberdashers. The [Arms being ancient, together with the addition of] Crest and Supporters, were granted by Robert Cook, Clarencieux King of Arms, by Patent under his Hand and Seal, dated 8 Novemb. 1570. and 12 Eliz. And confirmed at the Visitation in 1634. Henry Andrews, one of the Aldermen, Master. In the Book of which Visitation, the Crest is without an Helmet.]

Called Milleners, and why.

J. S.


These were also called MILLENERS, so called from the Place of Milain in Italy, whence the Commodities they dealt in chiefly came; such were Owches, Brooches, Agglets, Spurs, Caps, Glasses, &c.So that these Tradesmen were such usually as sold Wares that came from beyond the Seas, from Italy, from Venice, France, or Spain.

What Wares they dealt in.

Brief Conceit of English Poesy.

Among other small Wares sold by them, Pins were some: Which Strangers also brought in formerly to the Value of 60000l. a Year. But about the time that Knives were made so good in England (which was about the latter end of Queen Elizabeth) Pins began to be made. And under King James I. the English excelled all Nations in making all sorts of them.

The Hall.

Their Shops made a very gay Shew, by the various foreign Commodities they were furnished with. And by the purchasing of them, the People of London, and of other Parts of England, began to spend extravagantly; whereof great Complaints were made among the graver sort. There were but a few of these Milleners Shops in the Reign of King Edward VI. not above a Dozen in all London. But within forty Years after, about the Year 1580, from the City Westminster along to London, every Street became full of them. Some of the Wares sold by these Shopkeepers were, Gloves made in France or Spain, Kersies of Flanders-Dye, French Cloth, or Frizado, Owches, Brooches, Agglets made in Venice or Milain, Daggers, Swords, Knives, Girdles of the Spanish Make, Spurs made at Milain, French or Milain Caps, Glasses, Painted Cruses, Dials, Tables, Cards, Balls, Puppets, Penners, Inkhorns, Toothpicks, Silk Bottoms and Silver Bottoms, fine Earthen Pots, Pins and Points, Hawks-Bells, Saltsellers, Spoons, and Dishes of Tin. Which made such a shew in the Passengers Eyes, that they could not but gaze on them, and buy some of these Knicknacks, tho' to no purpose necessary. Of which Trade and Trifles, a Writer in the middle of Queen Elizabeth's Reign makes this Complaint: "I mervail no man taketh heed to it, what number of Trifles cometh hither from beyond the Seas, that we might either clean spare, or else make them within our Realm: For the which we either pay inestimable Treasure every Year, or else exchange substantial Wares and necessary for them. For the which we might receive great Treasure."

Pictures in this Hall.

Maiors of this Company.

The Hall belonging to this Company is siutate in Maiden-lane, being burnt down in the great Fire, and fairly rebuilt.

J. S.

In which Hall are the Pictures of these Persons set up in full proportion, in grateful memory of their great Benefactions; and these Inscriptions underneath: viz.

1591. Visitation Book in the Heralds Office.

A worthy Member of this Company. Founder of the Free Grammar-School and Almeshouses at Newport in the County of Salop. The Government whereof he committed to the Care of this Company.

A worthy Member of this Company, born at Bunbury in Cheshire: Who in the eighteenth Year of Queen Elizabeth, purchased from the Crown the great and small Tithes of that Parish; which, with other Houses and Lands there purchased, he settled on this Company, Anno Dom. 1594. to these Uses: viz.

To the Company3068 per Ann. for ever.
To the Minister of Bunbury,66134
To the Curate,20000
To the Schoolmaster,20000
To the Usher,10000
To the Poor,10000

And made Statutes for the better Government of the Benefaction: Which he committed to the Care of the Company.