subjects & places
place: Kent - Greenwich
Elizabeth Brown, Marion Lauson c. Laurence Gilis
London Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS090651r-3v, 85r-86v, 89r-93r, 99v-104r, 105v-107r, 110v-111r
Reginald Redemayn (a Redemayn)
, Witness for Plaintiff
Deposing regarding the reputation of Laurence Gilis`s witnesses, testifies that he was present 24 June 1490 at the court at the precinct of the Hospital of St. Katherine when Ralph Bothumley admitted stealing a hat and a hood and around March 1491 when Bothumley was found guilty of bawdry, and that for the past five or six years within the precinct of St. Katherine he has been considered a disreputable man and a bawd. Testifies that John Waldron is a man of good reputation who has been living honestly as a carpenter in the precinct of the Hospital of St. Katherine. Testifies that he was present around 1479-80 when Richard Keys gave false testimony in the court at Lewisham and was recognized by the steward and jury as a perjurer. Testifies that on 25 December 1491 Keys received payment in kind for his testimony in this case. Testifies that William Alston is a man of good reputation within the precinct of St. Katherine who lives honestly as a tailor. Testifies that around 1479-80 Peter James was elected proctor of the guild of St. Anthony in the monastery of Graces; he stole the mass chalice and other ornaments from the fraternity and spent them “overseas,” causing the fraternity`s dissolution.
, Witness for Plaintiff
Deposing regarding the reputation of Laurence Gilis`s witnesses, testifies to William Grene`s poor reputation at Stewside as a bawd and as a man who “greatly delighted in speaking vituperative and joking words,” which he himself often heard directly. Testifies that Ralph Bothumley was arrested and imprisoned for theft. Testifies that previous witnesses John Waldron and William Alston are “men of good fame and honest disposition” and are reputed as such in the precinct of St. Katherine. Testifies that John Colyns owns two tenements in which “common bawds and receivers of prostitutes live.” Testifies that Richard Keys is reputed a perjurer in the precinct of St. Katherine, and that he was present in court at Lewisham both when Keys swore that John Totehyll`s testimony was true and when, during his own suit in the court the same day against William Sawyer, the judge commented that Keys was a perjurer. Testifies that Peter James, as recently elected warden of the fraternity of St. Anthony, stole the fraternity`s chalice along with some other ornaments and, having never returned them, caused the dissolution of the fraternity.