Staplers Through History
[Note: for a list of Mayors and Clerks go to the Court of Assistants page and scroll down]
William Browne d 1489 “of Stamford, Merchant of the Staple at Calais“. [will dated 4 July 1488]. 1446 Appointed as ambassador for the merchants of Holland, Zeeland and Flanders to the Duke of Burgundy. Member of the Calais Staple at least from 1449. As member he engages in moneylending, in particular to successive Kings of England, namely Henry VI, Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III and Henry VII in return for forfeited properties, licenses to export wool free of tax, and at least five royal pardons. Most of his moneylending activities took place during the War of the Roses which took place between 1455 and 1485. He founded Domus Dei (Browne’s Hospital) in Stamford. Twice Sheriff of Rutland in the reigns of Edward IV, Edward V & Henry VII.
“TO RUSSIA AND MUSCOVA. TO SPAYNE SUNNY WITHOUT FABLE TRAVELD HE BY LAND AND SEA. BOTHE MAYRE OF LONDON AND STAPLE THE COMMONWELTHE HE NORISHED SO WORTHELIE IN ALL HIS DATES THAT ECH STATE FULLWELL HIM LOVED TO HIS PERPETUALL PRAYES. THREE WYVES HE HAD. ONE WAS MARY FOWER SUNES ONE MAYDE HAD HE BY HER. ANNYS HAD NONE BY HIM. TRULY BY DAME MARY HAD ONE DOWGHTER. THUS IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER A THOUSANDE FYVE HUNDRED FYFTEY AND EYGHT DIED THIS WORTHIE STAPLAR WORSHIPYNCE HIS POSTERYTE”
John Robinson died1599.
[Monument in St Helens Church, Bishopsgate, London.]
Merchant of the Staple of England, free of the Company of Merchant Taylors and Alderman of London.
1627 15 January Phillip Boughton [poss Boulton] of London, Woolman, elected Beadle of the Company.
1713 The Company sold property in Boston, Lincolnshire and sought all members’ consent. (24th Sep 1713) Membership List:
Sir WIlliam Withers, Kt, Alderman – Mayor
Benjamin Crayker -Lieutenant
John Denton – Constable
Samuel Hawkes – Constable
Humphrey Morse – Treasurer
William Withers Junior
1739 [From Minutes Book] The Company’s property in Westminster bought up by the Commissioners for the building of Westminster Bridge for £1,666-1s-0d. The Company now owned no real estate at all, and lived thereafter on its financial investment.
1793 Beriah Drew, the Clerk, was continued for the year ensuing. As compensation for loss of fees by Woolwinders being now exempted from being sworn before the Mayor, his salary be augmented to Ten Guineas per year.