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Company / Occupation: Goldsmith

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1216-17 Senturer, Benedict1
Sheriff Goldsmith 2  
1240-41 Tovi, Michael
Sheriff Goldsmith 3  
1242-43 Ashwye, Ralph
Sheriff Goldsmith 4  
1243-44 Blunt, Hugh
Sheriff Goldsmith 5  
1244-45 Tovi, Michael
Mayor Goldsmith 3  
1245-46 6 of Bentley, Adam
Sheriff Goldsmith 7  
1247-48 8 Tovi, Michael
Mayor Goldsmith 3  
1248-49 Tovi, Michael
Mayor Goldsmith 3  
1252-53 de Wymburne, Thomas
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1257-58 9 Tovi, Michael10
Sheriff (from 1 to 13 Feb. 1258 ) Goldsmith 11  
1263-64 de Rokesle, Gregory
Sheriff Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1270-71 de Rokesle, Gregory
Sheriff Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1274-75 de Rokesle, Gregory
Mayor Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1275-76 de Rokesle, Gregory
Mayor Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1275-76 le Blund, Ralph
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1276-77 de Rokesle, Gregory
Mayor Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1276-77 le Fevre, Ralph
[Faber]
Sheriff 13 Goldsmith  
1277-78 de Rokesle, Gregory
Mayor Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1278-79 de Rokesle, Gregory
Mayor Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1279-80 de Rokesle, Gregory
Mayor Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1280-81 de Farndone, William
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1280-81 de Rokesle, Gregory
Mayor Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1284-85 de Rokesle, Gregory
Mayor (until 29 Jun. 1285 14 ) Goldsmith (possibly) 12  
1287-88 de Hereford, William
Sheriff Goldsmith (possibly), Pepperer (possibly) 15  
1288-89 de Betoyne, William
Sheriff Goldsmith (possibly), Mercer (possibly), Pepperer (possibly) 16  
1291-92 le Blund, Ralph
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1293-94 Amersbury, Martin
Sheriff Goldsmith 17  
1308-09 de Farndone, Nicholas
Mayor Goldsmith  
1313-14 Burdeyn, Robert
Sheriff Goldsmith 18  
1313-14 de Farndone, Nicholas
Mayor Goldsmith  
1320-21 de Farndone, Nicholas
Mayor (until Jan. 1321 19 ) Goldsmith  
1322-23 de Farndone, Nicholas
Mayor (replaced Hamo de Chigwell 20 ) Goldsmith  
1323-24 de Farndone, Nicholas
Mayor (until 7 Dec. 1323 21 ) Goldsmith  
1334-35 de Hyngston, John
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1347-48 de Basyngstoke, Richard
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1351-52 Stayndrop, Gilbert
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith 22  
1359-60 de Chichester, John
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1361-62 de Thame, James
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1363-64 Hiltoft, John
Sheriff Goldsmith 23  
1369-70 de Chichester, John
Mayor Goldsmith  
1376-77 Launde, Robert
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1377-78 Twyford, Nicholas
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1378-79 Cornwaleys, Thomas
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1382-83 Bamme, Adam
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1388-89 Twyford, Nicholas
Mayor Goldsmith  
1390-91 Bamme, Adam
Mayor Goldsmith  
1390-91 Fraunceys, John
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1393-94 Barentyn, Drugo
[Drew]
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1396-97 Bamme, Adam
Mayor (died Jun. 1397 24 ) Goldsmith  
1398-99 Barentyn, Drugo
[Drew]
Mayor Goldsmith  
1400-01 Fraunceys, John
Mayor Goldsmith  
1403-04 Polle, Thomas
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1404-05 Louthe, William
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1408-09 Barentyn, Drugo
[Drew]
Mayor Goldsmith  
1424-25 atte Water, John
[Bithewater]
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1429-30 Russe, William
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1432-33 Paddesle, John
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1440-41 Paddesle, John
Mayor Goldsmith  
1440-41 Sutton, John
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1451-52 Philip, Matthew
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1457-58 Reyner, Thomas
Sheriff Goldsmith 25  
1463-64 Philip, Matthew
Mayor Goldsmith  
1467-68 Hayford, Humphrey
Sheriff 26 Goldsmith  
1471-72 Aleyn, John
Sheriff Goldsmith 27  
1474-75 Shaa, Edmund
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1475-76 Bryce, Hugh
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1477-78 Hayford, Humphrey
Mayor Goldsmith  
1478-79 Hardyng, Robert
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1482-83 Shaa, Edmund
Mayor Goldsmith  
1485-86 Bryce, Hugh
Mayor Goldsmith  
1490-91 Cote, Henry
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1491-92 Wood, Thomas
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1496-97 Shaa, John
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1497-98 Rede, Bartholomew
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1501-02 Shaa, John
Mayor Goldsmith  
1502-03 Rede, Bartholomew
Mayor Goldsmith  
1508-09 Exmue, Thomas
[Exmewe]
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1512-13 Fenrother, Robert
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1514-15 Mundy, John
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1515-16 Worley, Henry
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Goldsmith  
1516-17 Thurston, John
Sheriff Goldsmith 28  
1517-18 Exmue, Thomas
[Exmewe]
Mayor Goldsmith  
1522-23 Mundy, John
Mayor Goldsmith  
1540-41 Bowes, Martin
Sheriff Goldsmith  
1545-46 Bowes, Martin
Mayor Goldsmith  

Notes

(Any abbreviated sources are listed in full below the notes.)

1Only 'Benedict' in Beaven I.366, but 'Benet Senturer' in Stow/K II.152 and in Hughes p. 199 (handprinted annotation), and 'Benedict le Seynter' in Mayors and Sheriffs p. 4.

2Goldsmith: A Chronicle p. 9.

3Beaven I.372 identifies the 1240-41 sheriff Michael Tovi and the 1244-45 and 1247-49 mayor as the same individual; Williams p. 206 calls the mayor of 1244-45 a Goldsmith.

4Goldsmith: Stow/K II.155 n. 10.

5Goldsmith: Mayors and Sheriffs pp. 10, 189.

6Stow/K II.155 n. 16: Michael Tovi was elected mayor (and Beaven I.372 lists him as mayor 1244-46, although only 1244-45 at I.374 n. 3) but the king refused to admit him and John Gisors was sworn in his place on 12 January 1246 [11 January, Mayors and Sheriffs p. 16]; Nicholas Bat was chosen sheriff but rejected [14 December, Mayors and Sheriffs p. 12], and was succeeded first by John Gisors and then by Robert de Cornhill. See Mayors and Sheriffs pp. 12-13.

7Goldsmith: Mayors and Sheriffs p. 12.

8According to Mayors and Sheriffs p. 15, the city was briefly put by the king into the hands of William de Haverille and Edward de Westminster, 23 August to 6 September 1248.

9For the details of removals and replacements, and one death, during 1257-58, see Stow/K II.157 n. 1. An appointed warden served between mayors Ralph Hardel and William fitz-Richard. Beaven II.xxxix, however, gives sheriff Robert de Cateloigne's death as in December 1257, and Mayors and Sheriffs p. 31 gives 14 December, while Stow/K gives 19 October 1257 as the date upon which Matthew Bukerel succeeded Cateloigne. Beaven I.373 lists Thomas fitz-Thomas as sheriff only in 1258. See also Mayors and Sheriffs pp. 33-39.

10'Probably the son of (though possibly identical with) the...Mayor in 1244-5 and in 1249' (Beaven I.374 n. 3; on I.372 he has Tovi as mayor not just in 1249 but in 1247-49, as accepted in this database). Williams p. 220 identifies two individuals named Michael Tovi: the mayor in the 1240s and his son, a Goldsmith, a popular leader at this time.

11Goldsmith: see Williams p. 206 (the mayor 1244-45, 1247-49) and 220 (the mayor's son).

12Goldsmith: Beaven I.374; but Nightingale associates the Rokesle family in general with the trade of Roper, and on Gregory de Rokesle see her p. 89.

13Hughes p. 201 notes that he 'apparently died in office'; but Beaven I.375 lists his death as in 1278.

14See Stow/K II.160 n. 1, citing LBF [LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006, fo. 232r] and Calendar LBF p. 281, where n. 4 explains that the king took the city into his hands in June and Rokesle was removed from office.

15Goldsmith: Beaven I.225, 377; but Nightingale p. 95 identifies him as a Pepperer.

16Pepperer (Beaven I.338), Goldsmith (Beaven I.189); neither in Beaven's chronological listing I.377; Pepperer, Mercer, or Goldsmith: Ekwall p. 147; and see Nightingale pp. 93, 109-10, 121 (William de Bethune, Mercer).

17Goldsmith: LBA (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/001) fo. 102r.

18Goldsmith: LBD (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/004) fo. 3v.

19See Calendar LBE, p. 214 n. 1. The city was taken into the king's hands.

20See LBD (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/004) fo. 6v for Farndone's appointment by the king.

21See LBD (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/004) fo. 6v, and Calendar LBE p. 214 n. 1. Removed by the king.

22Goldsmith: LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 233r. A Gilbert de Steyndrop is also listed as a Goldsmiths' warden in 1342-43 and 1350-51 (Goldsmiths' MS 1518, pp. 6 and 9).

23Goldsmith: LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 233r; and see Beaven I.286 and 267. Company warden in 1345-46, 1349-50, 1353-54, 1359-60 (Goldsmiths' MS 1518, pp. 7, 9, 11, 23).

24LBH (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/008) fo. 314r.

25Goldsmith: Jor. 6 (LMA MS: COL/CC/01/01/006) fo. 177v. A Thomas Reyner the elder was a Goldsmiths' warden in 1455-56, 1460-61, and 1464-65 (Goldsmiths' MS 1520 pp. 67, 83, 97), and in several earlier years as well, and a Thomas Rayner the younger, in 1459-60 (Goldsmiths' MS 1520 p. 79).

26Nicholas Marchall (Ironmonger) is listed as sheriff 1467-68 by Beaven II.12, but is not named as sheriff in any of Stow/K, Hughes, LBL (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/011), or Jor. 7 (LMA MS: COL/CC/01/01/007). In the Ironmongers' mid-15th century accounts (in GL MS 16988/1 [new MS #: CLC/L/IB/D/001/MS16988/001]) he is a prominent company member, and a warden in both 1455-58 and the early 1460s. The accounts contain no reference to him as sheriff and no unusual expenses such as might be incurred for a company sheriff. Beaven II. 12-13 also lists both Humphrey Hayford and Thomas Stalbrook as sheriffs 1467-68.

27Goldsmith: LBL (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/011) fo. 77v and LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 234v. See also Goldsmiths' MS 1520 p. 155 col. b (costs relating to a company member being sheriff at Midsummer 1472) and pp. 177 and 201 (Aleyn as a Goldsmith).

28Formerly a Broderer, Thurston was translated to the Goldsmiths 30 August 1515 (see Beaven II.23).

Note Sources

A Chronicle: A Chronicle of London from 1089 to 1483[, eds. Nicholas Nicolas and Edward Tyrrell]. London: Longman et al., 1827.

Calendar LB: Calendar of Letter-Books Preserved Among the Archives of the Corporation of the City of London at the Guildhall, ed. Reginald R. Sharpe. 11 vols. (A-I, K-L). London: Corporation of London, 1889-1912.

Mayors and Sheriffs: Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London A.D. 1188 to A.D. 1274, ed. and trans. Henry Thomas Riley. London: Trubner, 1863.

Beaven: Alfred B. Beaven, The Aldermen of the City of London, 2 vols. London: Corporation of London, 1908-13.

Ekwall: Two Early London Subsidy Rolls, ed. Eilert Ekwall. Lund: C.W.K. Gleerup, 1951.

GL MS: Manuscript at the Guildhall Library, London.

Goldsmiths' MS: Manuscript at Goldsmiths' Hall, London.

Hughes: A. Hughes, Public Record Office: Lists and Indexes, #9. London: Public Record Office, 1898; rpt. 1963.

Jor.: Journal. Manuscript series at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

LB: Letter Book. Manuscript series (from A onward) at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

LMA MS: Manuscript at the London Metropolitan Archives, London.

Nightingale: Pamela Nightingale, A Medieval Mercantile Community: The Grocers Company and the Politics and Trade of London 1000-1485. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995.

Stow/K: John Stow, A Survey of London, ed. Charles Lethbridge Kingsford. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.

Williams: Gwyn A. Williams, Medieval London: From Commune to Capital. London: University of London, Athlone Press, 1963.

Notes About Company Names

Grocers were originally called Pepperers; the company appears to have emerged as Grocers in 1372; and the Merchant Taylors were until 6 January 1503 the Tailors and Linen Armourers. For both companies the original name is used until the year of the change, and then the new name, regardless of whether the sources consulted use the old or the new designation. The Fishmongers and the Stockfishmongers were originally different companies which, after one union which did not succeed, were finally united on a permanent basis in 1536. The two different names are here reproduced until 1536, from which year only the Fishmonger designation is used, regardless of the readings of the sources. (See Companies / Occupations, on the site menu, for reference sources.)