I have a Star Chamber Record Elizabeth I (1558-1603) (PRO). It is very
hard to read & very dirty. I had a copy made & consulted a better student
of this writing than myself. Only part can be deciphered by us. It is "an
interigation to be...on behalf of John Breedon of Astley, Warwick against
John Tounsend concerning land called Bole Creste in the occupation of
John Breedon....of King Phillippe and Queen Mary deivded & granted unto
the complaintant John Breedon." There is mention of a Lady Welburrow who
seems to be somehow involved, as well as a John Clark. The mention of
what we read as "Thomas Breedon, Otterman, John Breedon & others (named)
..in unlawful manner..Billed Pikes, fforkes, and longe staffes and foure
of....."This dispute also seems to involve forgery ("Simple ignorant
Clark was fooled by documents Breedon presented"). Most of this dispute
seems to have originated in 1556.
Was there such a thing as an Otterman (tending, hunting, etc. otters?).
In spite of the appearance of O rather than W the likely assumption would
By the "Victorian History" from 1530 Astley was owned by The Duke of
Suffolk, father of Lady Jane Grey. "All estates were forfeited in
rebellion of 1554 when he was executed". (Estate then to Edward
Chamberlain, a name not in this document). I do not know what this
rebellion was, did it occur in Warwickshire, & might it be referred to in
the mention of the weapons?
Were only serious cases, not local disputes, heard by the Star Chamber?
I really miss Barney's contributions, best wishes to him.
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