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 Winterstoke.

 

Tithing of Yatton.

Ablemen.

 

John Rome..pikeman

William Milkes..pikeman

John Lette..billman

John Bekes..gunner

William Harris..gunner

Francis Jordan..archer

Henry Dale..light horseman

Thomas Marshe..archer

John Meke..archer

William Hannam..archer

John Symes..archer

John Davy..archer

Edmond Grove..billman

John Tucker..billman

John Audley.. billman

John Horte..archer

John Lakes..pikeman

Walter Harrys..pikeman

William Orle..billman

Thomas Niher..billman

William Coke..archer

Henry Atwill..archer

Hugh Miller..archer

John Burd..archer

Richard Brace..archer

Armour.

One tithing coslet.

Christopher Kenne, esquire, iij corslets, ij paire of almain rivets furnished, ij geldings for a light horseman furnished, one harquebut, one murrion.

 

John Hannan with others, one corslet.

John Erishe, one corslet.

Richard Williams with others, one corslet.

William Smethes, John Horte, one corslet.

Thomas Wornall, John Pery with others, vj paire of almain rivets furnished.

In the same tithing are vj bows with arrows.

 

Tithing of Blagdon.

Ablemen.

 

John Shepard..gunner

Richard Bele..billman

William Willit..billman

George Bathe.. billman

William Wattes..billman

John More..archer

John Derrick..archer

Thomas Walton..archer

John Dorting..archer

George Dulting..archer

William Plenty..archer

John Plenty..billman

John Bowcher..billman

 

Armour.

 

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

Maurice Freeman with others, one corslet.

In the same tithing, ij bows with arrows, ij bills.

 

Tithing of Cheddar.

 

Ablemen.

 

Richard Brace..gunner

John Brace..billman

John Burde..billman

Thomas Towne..billman

Ralphe Broke..archer

Richard Hambridge..archer

William Pitte..billman

John Pylton..pikeman

John Bingham..pikeman

John Clenche..pikeman

Ed. Chamberlane..billman

Nicholas Crocker..billman

Thomas Spering..billman

Ralph Bewsam..archer

John Bole..archer

John Croker..archer

Edmond Roo.. billman

William Bole..pikeman

William Tucker..pikeman

John Famell..pikeman

Anthony Neight..billman

Willia Peirse..billman

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

Edmond Roo, gent, one corslet.

John Shepard with others, ij paire of almain rivets furnished.

 

Tithing of Compton.

 

Ablemen.

William Hardly..billman

William Atwill..billman

John Stebbes..billman

John Wilkins..archer

John Boole..archer

John Preston..archer

Hugh Smeth..archer.

 

Armour

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

William Watson, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

Thomas Shepard, a bow with arrows.

In the same tithing remains iij bills, with swords.

 

Tithing of Congresbury.

 

Ablemen.

William Bewy..pikeman

Robert Coxxe..billman

John Swayne..billman

Edmond Harte..pikeman

John Lobille..billman

Thomas Sardnell..archer

Edward Turner..archer

John Harris..archer

George Clarke..pikeman

William Chesman..pikeman

John More..billman

John Henston..billman

William Swayne..billman

Erasmus Symes..billman

John Rendoll..archer

John Wattes..archer

John Hunte..archer

John Otrye..archer

Thomas Tucker..archer

John Younge..pikeman

John Haldon..pikeman

Robert Battell..billman

John Stillman..billman

Richard Pycher..billman

Robert Knight..billman

Robert Wilmate..billman

William Kinge..archer

William Body..archer

John Perche..archer

John Willy..archer

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

Thomas Kenne, gent, one corslet.

Robert May, gent, i corslet, one gelding for light horseman.

Elizabeth Cade, widow, one paire of almain rivets.

In the same tithing there remains iij bows, iij sheafs of arrows, and ten bills with swords daggers.

 

Tithing of Bleadon

 

Ableman.

William Rodway.. billman

John Hicks..billman

Thomas Sims..billman

John Shepard..billman

Edmond Deane..billman

John Keser..billman

John Smethe..billman

Robert Stile..billman

Thomas Howper..billman

Thomas Wilshire..archer

Robert Rasher..archer

William Rusher..gunner

Henry Miles..pikeman

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet furnished, one paire of almain rivets furnished, iij bills, ij swords.

 

Tithing of Loxton and Uphill.

 

Ablemen.

Leonard Charles..archer

Robert Daye..billman

Richard Howsse..billman

John Smethe..billman

William Wattrum..billman

Thomas Watkins..archer

John Newcort..archer

William Wilton..archer

Henry Rendoke..billman

Thomas Harryson..billman

Thomas Mower..billman

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

William Rowsewell, gent, one corslet, one gelding for a light horseman furnished, one harquebut, one murrion, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

John Hurdaker, one corslet.

 

Tithing of Worle.

 

Ablemen.

William Morse..billman

John Warren..billman

John Jonson..billman

John Thomas..billman

David Warren..gunner

Richard Goodman..pikeman

Richard Clarke..billman

Hughe Tailor..billman

William More..billman

William Davy..billman

John Torkey..billman

John Stevye..billman

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

In the same tithing 4 bills.

Anthony Selwode, gent, one corslet, one cote of plate furnished.

 

Tithing of Churchill.

 

Ablemen.

Richard Androes..pikeman

William Hiskotte..pikeman

John Squire..light horseman

Phelip Made..gunner

Laverens Cowke..billman

Larerens Parsons..billman

Thomas Crosse..archer

Henry Smalwode..archer

Hughe Thomas..archer

John Becher..archer

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, ij paire of almain rivets furnished.

Ct. Jenynges, esquire, ij corslets, ij paire of almain rivets furnished, one gelding for a light horseman furnished, one harquebut, one murren.

John Payne esquire, one gelding for a light horseman, one corslet, etc.

 

Tithing of Winscombe.

 

Ablemen.

John Pytman..billman

John Urch..billman

Thomas Bennett..billman

Jas. Clarke..billman

Thomas Baylye..billman

William Marshe..billman

William Harves..billman

William Millard..archer

John Bowcher..archer

Anthony Gregory..pikeman

John Coxe..billman

John Lave..billman

William Geve..billman

Nicholas Androes..billman

Richard Kenne..billman

John Clarke..billman

Hughe Mower..archer

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

Alice Cowper, widow, ij corslets, one harquebut, one murrion, one paire fo almain rivets furnished.

William Andres, one bow with arrows.

 

Tithing of Banwell.

 

Ablemen.

Thomas Purdye..billman

John Hawkens..billman

Thomas Shepard..archer

John Sawer..archer

John Hawkins..archer

William Sware..billman

John Scottman..billman

William Crowke..pikeman

William Knight..gunner

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

John Quarr with others, ij bows with arrows.

 

Tithing of Locking.

 

Ablemen.

Thomas Lukins..pikeman

Robert Allen..archer

George Harrys..billman

Hughe More..billman

 

Armour.

One Tithing corslet furnished.

 

Tithing of Badgworth.

 

Ablemen.

John Daye..pikeman

John Lye..billman

William Smethe..billman

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

 

Tything of Hutton.

 

Ablemen.

Thomas Burnam..pikeman

Robert Younge..pikeman

John Porter..pikeman

Peter Pryer..gunner

Thomas Daye..light horseman.

Walter Harris..pikeman

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

Thomas Payne, esquire, iij corslets furnished, ij geldings for a light horseman furnished, one harquebut, i morion.

 

Tithing of Weston.

 

Ablemen.

John Collins..light horseman

Thomas Busbell..pikeman

George Mower..billman

Thomas Stokes..billman

Stephen Rogers..billman

Thomas Jenkens..billman

William Smethe..archer

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished, ij bills.

 

Tithing of Rowberrow and Shipham.

 

Ablemen.

Thomas Vylly..pikeman

William Michell..billman

John Masters..billman

William Mylles..billman

 

Armour.

Two tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

 

Tithing of East Harptree.

 

Ablemen.

John Clarke..billman

John Bowcher..billman

William Jones..archer

John Mary..archer

Richard Taler..archer

Robert Stephens..archer

William Dymocke..pikeman

James Harrys..archer

John Tyller..archer

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished, one bow, one sheaf of arrows, with sword dagger.

 

Tithing of Stoke Gifford.

 

Ablemen.

Edward Morgan..pikeman

Thomas Willing..pikeman

John Keines..pikeman

John Druye..gunner

John Hille..gunner

William Townsend..billman

James Lane..billman

Robert Stone..light horseman

Andrew Hoskens..pikeman

John Williams..light horseman

Hughe More..billman

 

Armour.

One tithing corslet, one paire of almain rivets furnished.

Maurice Rodney, esquire, one great horse with a demi-lance, iiij corslets, iij paire of almain rivets furnished, ij geldings for light horsemen furnished, ij murrens.

Over and besides: ij corslets in readiness furnished.

Over and besides the armour aforesaid there is in readiness in the said Hundred, of benevolens, xvj corslets, vj calivers.

 

Sum of the Ablemen in the said Hundred, ccxiij.

Whereof

Light horsemen….vij

Gunners…………..xj

Pikeman………….lix

Archers…………..ixx

Billman………….ixvj

 

Sum of the Armour within the said Hundred:

Geldings, light horsemen..viij

Harquebuts, murrions……---

Corslets……………….….ix

Almain rivets……….xxxviij

Calivers………………....xiij

 

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