Register of Bishop Edmund Boner

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[Bannister included the registers of Fox (pp. 361-382) and Bonner (pp. 383-385) with that of Fox. I have decided to publish these registers separately, but the index covers all three.]


The Canterbury and York Society.
GENERAL EDITOR: REV. F. N. DAVIS, B.Litt., F.S.A.

DIOCESE OF HEREFORD.
BOTHE.
FOXE. BONER.

CANTERBURY AND YORK SERIES.-VOL. XXVIII.

Registrum Caroli Bothe,
EPISCOPI HEREFORDENSIS.
A.D. MDXVI-MDXXXV.

EDITED BY
ARTHUR THOMAS BANNISTER, M.A.,
Canon of Hereford,
and Master of St. Katherine's Hospital, Ledbury.

London:
ISSUED FOR THE CANTERBURY AND YORK SOCIETY,
AT 120, CHANCERY LANE.
MDCCCCXXI.

INTRODUCTION.

[In an attempt to make the registers of Edward Foxe and Edmund Boner stand by themselves, for an introduction I have used the text written by Bannister referring to them from the introduction to Charles Bothe's register.]

THE REGISTERS OF FOXE AND BONER.

The Registers of Edward Foxe and Edmund Boner being so short, their lives so well known, and their connection with the diocese so slight, [1] nothing need be said of them here. But since


[1] Boner was actually translated to London before his consecration.

Introduction.

Foxe was one of the earliest bishops consecrated after the great surrender of the clergy to Henry as "supreme head" of the English Church, [1] I have decided to print the account of his election, as given in the Act Book of the chapter (Liber Primus, fol. 74):-

To our trusty and welbelovyd the dene and chapytor of our cathedral church of Hereford. By ye king.

Trusty and welbelovyd, we gret you well, and for as muche as that your church and diocese is, by the death of the late byshop ther, now destitute of a pastor and hede, we consideryng the lernyng, virtue and manyfold good qualities which by diverse argumentes we have approved to be in our trusty and right welbelovyd counceller, Mr. Edwarde Foxe, our almoner, we have namyd him to be your byshoppe ther. Wherfor we woll and commaund you thet indelaydly upon the receipt of ys our lettres ye conveninge to gether in your chapytor house with one voyse and full assente elect and choyse hym hedde and byshop ther, and of your procedynge therin ye certifie us by your lettres undyr your chapytor seale accordingly. And this our lettres shall be at thys tyme a sufficiente warraunt and discharge unto you in ys behalf, as though you shuld receive herewith our lettres patentes under our grete seale of congie delier for that intent and purpose, which we shall not ffaile to send to you herafter for your discharge herin.

Yeven undyr our signete at our manor of thornbury, the xx day of August, the xxvii yere of our reigne.

To my lovyng frendes the dean and chapytor of the cathedrall churche of Hereford.

In my right harty maner I commende me unto you, an whereas the kyngis highnes of his specyall grace hath appoynted and nominated his trustie and right welbelovyd councellour and almoner, Mr. Doctor ffoxe, to be bishope of the dioc. of Hereford, this shalbe to signifie unto you his highnes pleasure and commaundmente is that ye fforthewith upon the receipte hereof and without any delay, for certayn speciall consideracons movyng his highnesse in that behalf, do proceed to the election of the said Mr. ffoxe to the sayd bishoprik, doing yow further to undyrstand that with convenynce and dew spede ye shal receive all such


[1] In the opening both of the Foxe and of the Boner registers the words in terris ecclesie Anglicane supremum sub Christo caput are added to the king's titles (See pp. 36l, 383).

Introduction.

wryttynges undyr the kyngys seale as shalbe your sufficiente warraunt and discharge in this behalf. Thus ffare ye heartilie well. From the courte the xxii day of August.

Your lovyng freend, Thomas Cromwell.

Quibus litteris receptis et in domo capitulari perlectis coram venerabilibus viris magistris Waltero Mey, capituli presidenti, Thoma Parker, precentore, Nicholao Walwen, thesaurario, Willelmo Hulle, cancellario, capitulum ibidem facientibus, decreverunt ad procedendum ad hujusmodi electionem in die Mercurii proximo, viz., xxv die Augusti proximo futuro. Quo die adveniente unanimo consensu et assensu in dicto domo capitulari dictum venerabilem virum magistrum Edwardum ffoxe in episcopum Herefordensem elegerunt, omnibus solempnitibus [1] juris in ea parte requisitis precedentibus, habitis et factis.

To my lovyng brethren the presidente and chapytor of Hereford.

In my right harty maner I commend me unto you, and understanding as well by the report of the berer as by the letters of my lovynge frynde Mr. Skydmor, the good conformytie and towardnesse you were of in that your late election of me to be your bishope, with the singler rejoyse and gladenesse you had for the same, and consideryng the same to have proceded of your good hertes and affections towardes me, I geve unto you therfor my right hertie thankes, assuryng you that you have bounde me therby to studie to my possible power in tyme cumyng not oonlie to love and favour you, minister to you, and to every of you such gratinitie and pleasure as shall lye in my power, but also to answer to that expectacon and good hope you have conceaved of me. And fare you hertelie well.

At Bromeham the last day of August.
Your lovyng freend,
Edwardus Herefordensis elect.

Episcopi Herefordensis. 381

{Fol. 1} REGISTRUM VENERABILIS VIRI MAGISRI HUGONIS COREN, [1] LEGUM DOCTORIS, CANONICI ECCLESIE CATHEDRALIS HEREFORDENSIS, IN CIVITATE ET DIOCESE HEREFORDIE, SEDE EPISCOPALI IBIDEM PER OBITUM BONE MEMORIE DOMINI EDWARDI FOXE NUPER HEREFORDENSIS EP1SCOPI VACANTE.

A.D. 1538. May 8.- The archbishop, in his manor of Lambeth, constitutes Hugh Coren his vicar general and commissary general, and grants him the custody of the spirituality within the diocese of Hereford.

Commissio vicarii generalis.

June 7.- Hugh Coren, the vicar general, pronounces Robert Farley, Roger Brome and Roger Haye, clerks, now in the archbishop's prison at Hereford, to have made their purgations, and releases them.

{Fol. 3} Dimissio clericorum convictorum a carceribus palacii.

A.D. 1539. Feb. 10.- William Levett, of Newland, a prisoner detained in the bishop's palace for his heretical opinions against the sacrament, [2] is examined by Hugh Coren, the vicar general, abjures his former depravity, and undergoes due penance.

{Fol. 7} Processus contra hereticum.

INSTITUTIONS.

DATE. BENEFICE. PRESENTEE. PATRON. CAUSE OF VACANCY.

1538 May 16 Bitterley. Alexander Brodsneste. [2] George, earl of Shrewsbury. Death of Richd. Blouston.
1538 May 21 Billingsley. John Wall. Thomas Aston, of Aston, armiger, and Bridget, his wife, daughter of Sir John Harwell, of the dioc. of Cov. and Lich. Death of Hugh Peckstones.
1538 July 26 Tugford. Roger Normecotte. The king. Res. of Ralph Blackborne.
1538 July 27 Staunton. Roger Wynter. Walter Yate, arm. [4] Res. of Walter Mey.
1538 Aug. 13 Wollaston. William Peese. William Sanke, gen. Death of John Tonge.


[1] It is worth noting that Hugh Coren had only been ordained deacon (by bishop Smart) in Dec., 1535, ad titulum medietatis ecclesie parochialis de Ferybye, Linc. dioc., cujus rector existit. He was ordained priest at Wigmore in the following April.
[2] "The Sacrament of the altare is but a figure, and thou shalt not make me believe that Godde ys yn the pyxe that hangeth over the altare, but that he is in hevyn".
[3] In the person of Master Charles Parsons, his lawful proctor.
[4] By the gift of the advowson of Thomas Stauntone. The dean of Archenfield to induct.

382 Registrum Edmund Boner.

DATE. BENEFICE. PRESENTEE. PATRON. CAUSE OF VACANCY.

1538 Sept. 27 Chantry of the B.V.M. in Ledbury. John Potar. Parishioners of the church. Death of John Lombarde.
1538 Oct. 2 More. George Baker. Rowland Phipps, of Church Stretton, and Wm Spencer, of Whitton. [1] Death of the last incumbent.
1538 Oct. 9 Coreley. Humphrey Willotte. Margery, relict of William Oteley, of Pytcheley, arm., and Adam Oteley, her son and heir. Death of Wm. Wodyngton.
1538 Oct. 21 Eastham. Edw. Leyghtone, S. Theologie bac. Ralph Leighton, gen. [2] Death of Thos. Parker.
1538 Oct. 25 Ribbesford. Richard Shute. Robert Acton, arm. Res. of David Cowper.
1538 Nov. 4 Donnington. John Baldewyn. Wm. Elton, alias Baker. [3] Death of John Lombort.
1538 Nov. 16 Chantry of S. John Baptist and S. Nicholas, called Greyndours, at Newland. Roger Forde. Sir Christopher Beynham, knt. Res. of Roger Wynter.
1539 Jan. 13 Madeley (vic.). William Buckenall. Arthur Buckenall and Wm. Longley. [4] Death of Wm. Warham
1539 Feb. 28 Kinlet (vic). Alan Clyff. Katherine Blounte (widow) and Richd. Lacon, armiger. [5] Res. of Thomas Mason.
1539 Mar. 6 Oldbury. Rowland Gosnyll. Katherine Blounte (widow) and Wm. Blounte, gen. [6] Death of Wm Bochour.


[1] By the gift of the advowson of Peter Flygens, of Allstreton in le Dale, and Thomas More, of More.
[2] By grant of the advowson of Sir Thomas Cornewall, knt. On Aug. 27 Robert Sparrye, priest, exhibited letters of the advowson of Eastham church given to Roger and William Sparrye, gen., and Thomas Sparrye, yeoman, in county Stafford, by Richard Cornewalle, son and heir of Sir Thomas Cornewalle, knt., lord of Eastham for the first and nearest vacation of the same church.
[3] By the gift for this turn of the advowson of Alexander Whityngton, gen.
[4] By the grant of the advowson for this turn of the prior and convent of wenlock.
[5] By the grant of the advowson of the abbot and convent of W1gmore for this turn.
[6] By the grant of the advowson of the abbot and convent of SS. Peter and Paul, Shrewsbury.

Episcopi Herefordensis. 383

REGISTRUM REVERENDI IN CHRISTO PATRIS AC DOMINI, DOMINI EDMUNDI BONER, PERMISSIONE DIVINA HEREFORDENSIS EPISCOPI, LEGUM DOCTORIS, QUI PRIMO ARCHIDIACONATUS LAYCESTRIE IN ECCLESIA CATHEDRALI LINCOLNIENSI ARCHIDIACONUS, DEINDE ILLUSTRISSIMI IN CHRISTO PRINCIPIS ET DOMINI, HENRICI OCTAVI, DEI GRACIA ANGLIE ET FRANCIE REGIS, FIDEI DEFENSORIS, DOMINI HIBERNIE ET IN TERRIS ECCLESIE ANGLICANE SUPREMI SUB CHRISTO CAPITIS, A SECRETIS CONSILIARIUS ET ORATOR IN PARTIBUS TRANSMARINIS, AD ECCLESIAM ET EPISCOPATUM HEREFORDIE PER OBITUM BONE MEMORIE DOMINI EDWARDI FOXE, EIUSDEM ECCLESIE EPISCOPI, PER MEMORATUM ILLUSTRISSIMUM PRINCIPEM NOMINATUS EXTITERAT, ET POSTEA PER DECANUM ET CAPITULUM DICTE ECCLESIE CATHEDRALIS IN IPSIUS ECCLESIE CATHEDRALIS EPISCOPUM ELECTUS, PER REVERENDISSIMUM IN CHRISTO PATREM ET DOMINUM, THOMAM, CANTUARIENSEM ARCHIEPISCOPUM, CONFIRMATUS EST ET ANTE CONSECRATIONEM AD SEDEM LONDONIENSEM TRANSLATUS.

A.D. 1539. Mar. 12.- From Lambeth the archbishop issues a mandate to Hugh Coren, the vicar general, to deliver to Edmund Boner, the bishop elect and confirmed, the emoluments and muniments of the spirituality of the city and diocese of Hereford.

Mandatum ad liberandum registra episcopatus Herefordensis electo et confirmato.

Mar. 24.- The bishop elect appoints Hugh Coren his vicar general and principal official, and in the absence of his own seal has affixed the seal of Richard Gwent, the official of the court of Canterbury.

Commissio vicarii generalis.

Mar. 27.- The bishop of London issues letters on behalf of the archbishop from the king, and commands the bishop of Hereford elect, with his clergy, to appear in convocation on May 2, in S. Paul's cathedral.

Monitio ad comparendum in convocatione.

Mar. 29.- The vicar general admits Thomas Standley, convicted of theft, to his purgation, and dismisses him from the bishop's gaol.

Dimissio clerici convicti a carceribus palatii.

May 9.- The purgation of Hugh ap Hoell, convicted of theft, and his dismissal from the bishop's prison at Hereford.

Dimissio clerici convicti a carceribus palatii.

384 Registrum Edmundi Boner.

A.D. 1539. June 9.- The bishop, by his vicar general, commences his visitation in the church of Much Cowarne.

Visitationis ordinarie inchoatio.

June 17.- The vicar general's confirmation of certain indentures between John Oliver, the prebendary of Hinton, and his servant, Robert Cottengham.

Indenturarum confirmatio.

July. 17.- The process of the vicar general against Michael Bromstale, third portionary in Pontesbury, who has neglected the visitation and committed other offences.

{Fol. 8b} Processus contra portionarium de Pontysbury.

Sept. 7.- The vicar general grants a faculty to Master Thomas Bowthe, a prebendary of the prebend of Warham, to treat with Master Edward Baskervyle, professor of theology, for an annual pension from the emoluments of the canonry and prebend for life, in case the said Edward be admitted to the canonry.

{Fol. 9} Communicandi licentia.

Oct. 14.- The vicar general admits William Smythe, a clerk convicted of theft, to his purgation, and dismisses him from the bishop's prison.

{Fol. 9b} Dimissio clerici convicti a carceribus palatii.

INSTITUTIONS.

DATE. BENEFICE. PRESENTEE. PATRON. CAUSE OF VACANCY.

1539 Apr 1 Ross. Leonard Heydon.[1] Thomas Cromwell, knt., K.G., by the bishop's grant. Death of Edwd. Fynche.
1539 Apr 1 Canonry and prebend of Pyon Parva. Richard Sparcheford, art. mag. Thomas Cromwell, by the bishop's grant. Death of Robert Bygge.
1539 Apr 15 Canonical house in Broad street, to the west of the cathedral. Master Hugh Coren, vicar general. Thomas Cromwell. Death of Master Robert Bygge.
1539 May 19 Middleton Scriven. Edward Colyns. Geo. Dalomer, adv. granted by Thos. Scriven, armiger. Res. of Christopher Sherde. [2]


[1] In the person of his proctor, John Olyver alias Smythe, to be inducted by the dean of Ross and Robert ap Hoell, priest.
[2] April 2, a grant to Christopher Sherde to treat for a pension with Edw. Colyns, if he should be appointed to the living.

Episcopi Herefordensis. 385

DATE. BENEFICE. PRESENTEE. PATRON. CAUSE OF VACANCY.

1539 Jun 17 Dymock (vic.) Thomas Whytyng, in art. bac. John Sylvester,[1] in leg. bac., rector of Weadon, Linc. Death of Thos. Hankyns.
1539 Aug 4 Canonry and prebend of Church Withington. William Lewson, in leg. bac. Mr. Crumwell. Res. of Master Geo. Mason.
1539 Aug 31 Burghill (vic). Hugh Jones. William Witherston and John Jones, [2] and Edw. Darvall. Death of Thos. Taylour.
1539 Sep 17 Little Wenlock. Matthew Hyll. Richard Moreton, generosus, son and assign of Robert Moreton, armiger. [3] Death of John Powys.
1539 Sep 17 Evesbatch. Robert Farnehyll, by his proctor, John Yayden, cap. Rowland Moreton, armiger. Death of John Dalaman.


[1] By a grant from John Russell, master of the college of Fotheringay. To be inducted by the dean of the Forest and Robert Phelpotts, vicar of Linton.
[2] Assigns of John Scudamore, armiger, and William Scudamore, his son, generosus, who had received a grant of the advowson from the prior and convent of Llanthony by Gloucester, and exhibited the letters of the advowson by Thomas ap Jevan, chaplain to the vicar general.
[3] By a grant of the advowson by the prior and convent of S. Milburgh of Wenlock.

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