1569 Musters list.

 

Collated by Mary Mason.

 

During the reign of Elizabeth I, attention was given to `national defence`.

The Constables of each Hundred were supposed to take the most robust men, twice a year for training, in order to defend the realm `in the hour of need`. These men were in addition to the regular soldiers and became known as the `Militia`.

 

Steps were taken to promote the forging of armour at home and supplies were also obtained from abroad. Attention was given to the supply of horses that should be maintained and kept in readiness for muster and enquiries were made as to the number of parks in the county with the capacity for horse breeding and rearing.

 

In 1569 during the 11th year of Elizabeth I, a list of Musters was drawn up. The Somerset Count was taken by Hugh Paulet, Maurice Berkeley, Raffe Hopton and John Horner.

 

The Musters lists contain the names of the Militia men in the parish and the weapons that they carried. They also listed all the parks, and the names of all the gentleman with the armour and horses provided by or due from them.

 

Hundred of Portbury.

 

Tithing of Wraxall.

 

Ablemen.

John Louse.. pikeman

Thos Allen..pikeman

Fernando Nayler.. gunner

William Lett ..archer

John Rede (Reed)..billman

William Bonell..pikeman

Robert Tinte..archer

John Porter..billman

Simon Waterman..archer

Richard Arthur..billman

Richard Weatherley..archer

Edward Mayes..billman

Henry Powell..pikeman

John Herne..pikeman

Thomas Mayes..billman

Thomas Rychard..pikeman

John Coxe..billman

John May.. archer

Richard Cred..pikeman

John Wilmote..billman

John Somers..archer

Richard Dickenson..billman

John Wilmotte..archer

Thomas More..billman

Robert Bryant.. pikeman

John Parsons..archer

Robert Swatte..billman

Henry Paine..archer

Thomas Maundrell..pikeman

Roger Freman..gunner

John Wittinge..archer

John Horssington..billman.

Edmonde Williams..archer

Edmunde Capull..pekeman

William Potterell..billman

Roger Bawll..archer

William Sharpe..billman

Jas Chester..archer

Edmonde Wilmote..pikeman

William Willinge..billman

George Whitinge..archer

Thomas Parsons..billman

Robert Aprice..archer

 

Armour

One tethinge corslet furnished, one pair of almaine rivets, one bow and one sheaf of arrows.

George Percyvall, gent, one corslet furnished, one paire of almaine rivets, one harquebutt, one bow and one sheaf of arrows furnished.

Robert James, a paire of almaine rivets, one bow and one sheaf of arrows.

 

Tithing of Tickenham.

 

Ableman.

William Hedges..pikeman

William Davis..gunner

Thomas Phillips..billman

John Phillips..archer

John Russell..billman

Thomas Nethway..pikeman

John Baillie..archer

Raffe Marrett..billman

John Feyry..pikeman

Roger George..archer

John Saunders..billman

Edward Morgan..archer

John Thoms..billman

Richard Yevans..archer

Edward Pope..billman

 

Armour

One tethinge corslet furnished, one paire of almaine rivets, a bow and a sheaf of arrows.

 

Tithing of Clevedon

 

Ableman

John Preston..pikeman

Thomas Yonge..gunner

John Dorock..archer

Thomas Gillinge..billman

John Sporewik..archer

Richard Hayward..billman

Robert Diggingses..archer

John Villowse..pikeman

Richard Mascall..billman

John Dier..archer

John Younge..billman

Thomas Lyne..archer

John Parson..billman

 

Armour

One tethinge corslet furnished, one paire of almaine rivets, a bow and a sheaf of arrows.

 

Tithing of Easton

 

Ableman

Robert Longe..light horseman

Thomas Spore..archer

John Lullett..gunner

William George..billman

William Stephens..pikeman

Robert Davis..archer

Olyver Potterell..billman

Thomas Meredith..pikeman

Thomas Helye..archer

Edward Aprice..billman

Richard Wade..archer

John Robins..billman

Robert Williams..archer

John Gregory..billman

 

Armour

One tethinge corslet furnished, one paire of almaine rivets furnished.

Francis Stradlinge, gent, a light geldinge furnished, one corslet, and one harquebut furnished.

Richard Morgan, gent, one corslet, one paire of almaine rivets, and one harquebut furnished.

 

Tithing of Portbury.

 

Ablemen

Richard Hardinge..pikeman

William Dymock..gunner

Robert Graiell..archer

Nicholas Simes..billman

Robert Androes..archer

John Walker..gunner

John Bynye..pikeman

Thomas Pascall..billman

Thomas Geynard..archer

Lewes Gainerd..billman

William Symmes..archer

John Welshe..gunner

John Frier..billman

John Ward..pikeman

William Knight..archer

John Robyns..billman

James Williams..archer

Thomas Porter..billman

Henry Mathewe..pikeman

William Parker..archer

Marten Jones..billman

John Saunders..archer

Thomas Hobbes..billman

 

Armour.

One tethinge corslet furnished, one paire of almaine rivets furnished, a bow and sheaf of arrows.

 

Tithing of Porteshead and Weston.

 

Richard Scalpard..pikeman

Thomas Wilkins..archer

Heugh Jones..billman

Thomas Jones..archer

Morgan Hiscoxe..billman

William Porter..archer

Richard Morris..billman

John Chappell..archer

 

Armour

One tethinge corslet furnished, one paire of almaine rivets furnished.

John Percivall, gent, one corslet, one harquebutt, one bow and one sheaf of arrows.

 

Tithing of Clapton

 

Robert Jenkins..pikeman

John Mylles..billman

John Cotterell..gunner

John Hippisley..archer

William Kinge..billman

John Broke..archer

William Atley..billman

 

Armour

One tethinge corslet furnished, one paire of almaine rivets furnished, a bow and sheaf of arrows.

Thomas Arthur, gent, a corslet, and a paire of almaine rivets furnished.

 

Tithing of Walton

 

Ableman

Robert Gillinge..pikeman

Thomas Allen..archer

John Nethway..billman

John Offer..archer

John Geyner..billman

Jenkin Benam..archer

 

Armour.

One tethinge corslet furnished, one paire of almaine rivets furnished.

 

Tithing of Lighe. (Abbots Leigh)

 

Ablemen

Thomas Coxe..light horseman

Robert Longe..light horseman

John Roche..gunner

Nicholas Caffe..gunner

Thomas Saunders..pikeman

Thomas Roche..billman

John Silvester..archer

William Roche..billman

John Phelps..archer

 

Armour

One tethinge corslet furnished, one paire of almaine rivets furnished.

George Newton, knight, one great horse with a demilance, two light geldings furnished, eight corslets, three paire of almaine rivets, two harquebutts, three bows and three sheafs of arrows furnished.

 

Over and besides the armour aforesaid there is in readiness within the said Hundred.  iij corslets and v calivers.

 

Sum total of the ableman within the saide Hundred. cxxxix

 

Whereof

Light horseman….iij

Pikeman…………xxv

Archers………….I

Billman………….I

Gunners…….….xj

 

Sum of the armor within the saide Hundred.

 

Light geldings… iij

Corsletts………..xxv

Almaine rivets….xvj

Calivers…………xj

 

Parks.

Wraxall in the keeping of …..Gorge, esquire, being in compass two myles….ij mares.

 

Hundred of Hartclyffe and Bedminster

 

Tithing of Winford

 

Ablemen

Jeffery Baly..pikeman

John Horte..billman

Thomas Lighte..billman

Richard Rooe..billman

Laverens Hannam..billman

John Hannam..archer

Robert Kinge..archer

Richard Hering..archer

John Kinge..billman

John Allen..billman

William Peres..pikeman

Thomas Crossman..billman

Thomas Whythed..billman

Robert Tovye..billman

John Smethe..billman

 

Armour

One tithing corslet, a pair of almain rivets furnished.

In the same tithing, a coat of plate, iij bills with swords, daggers.

 

Tything of Ayston

Ablemen

Thomas Cable..archer

William Phelpes..archer

Thomas Phelpes..billman

Robert Preston..billman

John Thacher..billman

William Newlan..billman

Richard Large..pikeman

Robert Spore..pikeman

Thomas Astridge..lighthorseman

John Dedmed..gunner

Henry Mede..lighhorseman

Henry Jenynges..gunner

Richard Harrys..billman

John Martin..billman

John Dagge..archer

Thomas Wigott..archer

William Smethe..pikeman

 

Armour

One tithing corslet, ij pair of almain rivets furnished.

Heughe Smethe, esquire, one great horse with demi-lance, ij corslets, ij one paire of almain rivets furnished, ij geldings for light horsemen furnished, ij harquebuts.

Hughe Browke, ij corslets, one gelding for a light horseman furnished, i harquebut.

Tristram Dillington, gent, a corslet.

 

Tithing of Bedminster

 

Ablemen

Henry Grainfelde..pikeman

Thomas Symons..billman

John Prince..billman

Thomas Bryant..billman

John Locke..billman

Edward Bye..billman

Arthur Jones..archer

William Smethe..archer

William Worry..archer

John Norman..archer

William Strange..archer

John Harbard..billman

Samson Parker..pikeman

John Broke..pikeman

 

Armour

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

Henry Sampford, a corslet

Roger Kemis, gent, a paire of almain rivets furnished.

In the same tithing ij bills.

 

Tithing of Barrow

 

Ablemen.

William Hort..pikeman

John Hort..archer

William Stephens..billman

John Consell..billman

Nicholas Browke..billman

Walter Stephens..billman

John Hyndlad..archer

Richard Thomas..archer

William Gevens..archer

John Rewe..archer

Thomas Nicholas..billman

Hugh Mower..billman

 

Armour

One tithing corslet, a paire of almain rivets furnished, a coat of plate furnished.

Thomas Harrys, a bow with arrows.

 

Tithing of Backwell

 

Ablemen.

John Mower..pikeman

Arthur Pekepursse..billman

Roger Miller..pikeman

John Hilssey..pikeman

John Coke..billman

Richard Witcott..billman

Lewse Jones..billman

John Parsons..billman

John Edson..billman

William Smethe..archer

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, a paire of almain rivets furnished.

Richard Dibdon, a corslet.

In the same tithing, one paire of almain rivets.

 

Tithing of Butcombe.

 

Ablemen.

John Vowles..archer

Thomas Thaher..billman

Edmond Villet..billman

Thomas Wallys..billman

John Austyn..archer

John Hypeslye..archer

William Hyperlye..pikeman

Andrew Frye..gunner

 

Armour

One tithing corslet, a paire of almain rivets furnished.

Thomas Baker & Thomas Willyt: ijbows ij sheafs of arrows, with swords.

 

Over and besides the armour aforesaid, there is in readiness in the said Hundred: v calivers & iiij corslets.

 

Sum of the ablemen in the said Hundred and Liberty with the Burgh of Axbridge: xcix.

 

Whereof

Gunners…..viij

Pikeman..…xx

Archers…..xxxj

Billman..…xviij

Light horseman..iij

 

Sum of the armour in the said Hundred.

Calivers…..viij

Corslets…..xx

Almain rivets…..xiij

Geldings for light horsemen…..iij.

 

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