Waits and Musicians: Nottingham



Name
Dates
Biographical information
Hugh Litell
1502-4

William Chomeley
1502-4

Roger Barker
1502-4

Edmond Chaunley
1521
Murdered in 1522
John Downes
1574-5
relieved of office 1577
Richard Swanne
1574-9
relieved of office 1578
Robert Dyxon
1574-9

William French
1577-90
?m. Eliz Hallam at St Nicholas on 12 April 1575
William Wardrop
1586-90

Roger French
1586-1627
presented for failing to perform daytime watch on Tues, Thurs, Sat
Humphrey Cogges
1597-1633
Cogges and Pereson subpoena to witness in Howlett v. Lowthe in 1607; presented for failing to perform daytime watch on Tues, Thurs, Sat; he was bought out in 1632 and finally dismissed in 1634; John Coldewell discussed the controversy of the dismissal in the Reed Newsletter; Humphrey held two tenements from the corporation, which prescribed that if he vacated one of them, he would have the other rent free; he remained in Nottingham, subscribing to the Protestattion Oath on 1 March 1641/2; in May 1642, he petitioned to be reinstated as a wait in the place of Salomon.
Solomon Sebastyan
1597-40, 1654-
presented for failing to perform daytime watch on Tues, Thurs, Sat; he subscribed to the Protestation Oath on 4 June 1641; he married Ursula Roberts at St Nicholas on 5 Feb 1641/2; when the waits were sworn in again in 1654, he was one of the five appointed, but he left the borough in 1656; his will, dated 7 Feb. 1666/7 described him as one of the waits of Nottingham (probate shortly afterwards in March 1666/7); his will was apparently nuncupative (before five witnesses), and in it, he disposed of his only estate, £3 in his chest; .
Richard Pereson
1598-1634
m. 1 Eliz Curson on 2 Dec 1600 at St Peter; m. 2 Anne Pearson on 26 Nov. 1608 at St Peter; Cogges and Pereson subpoena to witness in Howlett v. Lowthe in 1607; in 1613 Pereson, musician, with his wife, Anne, sold a messuage and garden in St Peter's Lane for £25, the abutments suggesting that they also held the adjacent messuage;presented for failing to perform daytime watch on Tues, Thurs, Sat.; on 30 April 1628, he received a lease fo 21 years of a house in the Churchyard from the corporation, which allowed him to assign the lease, waiving the covenants; in 1631, a widow was placed by the corporation in this house ('Piresons howse') rent free; he may have resigned to concentrate on an occupation as a tailor, admitted as a burgess in 1625;  he subscribed to the Protestation Oath on 1 March 1641/2.
Richard Starr/Storr
1628-43
until at least 1643; he was presented in 1629 for keeping an unlicensed alehouse, described in the presentment as one of the waits; he subscribed to the Protestation Oath on 4 June 1641.
William Cogges
1633-4, 1654-
Dismissed as a result of contention between him and his father, Humphrey Cogges; he subscribed to the Protestation Oath in Nottingham on 1 March 1641/2; when the waits were sworn again in 1654, Cogges was one of the five appointed; temporarily unemployed in 1656; sworn in again on 6 Oct 1656;
John Marshall
1634-
until at least 1643; he subscribed to the Protestation Oath on 4 June 1641.
Thomas Stanley
1634
until at least 1643; he subscribed to the Protestation Oath on 4 June 1641.
George Porter
1637-
until at least 1643; he subscribed to the Protestation Oath on 1 March 1641/2.
Thomas Porter
1637-40
he subscribed to the Protestation Oath on 4 June 1641; a Thomas Porter was assessed at 6s8d in Wheeler Gate towards the assessment for the Committee of Parliament in July 1643.
None
1643-4
Left: four dots aligned downwards for the waits' names, but no names; on the right:

lez Waites nulli fuerint iurati quia sunt absenti e villa                                                                                      

None
1644-5
Left: four dots aligned downwards for the waits' names, but no names; on the right: lez Waitz
None
1645-53
No space at all for waits
William Pattchett/Padget
1654-
Sworn 6 March 1653/4; in office to 1655; left the borough in 1656:

CA3429, f30 Thomas Bayly Homfrey Robertes and Wm Cogges the Waites of the Towne beinge lefte by Wm Pattchett and Salomon Sebastian theire fellowe Waites are ordered to Surrender theire Scuttcheons and Cloakes into the townes handes to dispose of them as they shall directe. And this Companie doe allowe the saied Bayly Cogges and Robertes xs a piece oute of theire bounty in lewe of theire Losses and to Receave ytt from Mr Chamberlaynes onely for this quarter in regard of theire poverties

Humphrey Robertes
1654-
Sworn 6 March 1653/4; in office to 1655; temporarily unemployed 1656;
Thomas Bayly
1654-
Sworn 6 March 1653/4; in office to 1655; temporarily unemployed 1656; sworn in again 6 Oct 1656; he was dismissed 8 June 1657:

CA3430, f29 Bayly the Wayte Bayly one of the Waytes for his evell behauier is dischardged of his place and his Cloake to be takinge from him yett in regard of his povertye the Companie are content to allowe him xs in lewe of his Cloake and his Scuttchin to be Deliuered into Mr Maiors hand nowe presently

Thomas Dollinger
1654
Sworn 6 March 1653/4 to 1655
Henry Greenehill
1656-8

                                                                                                                                  

William Knewstub
1657-8

None given

The hall book for 1659-60 has no list of officers sworn

Further information about the waits will follow. A table about other musicians (drummers et al.) will follow too.