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Company / Occupation: Merchant Taylor

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1498-99 Jenyns, Stephen
Sheriff Tailor, Merchant Taylor 1  
1506-07 Fitz William, William
Sheriff 2 Merchant Taylor  
1507-08 Kirkby, John
Sheriff Merchant Taylor 3  
1508-09 Jenyns, Stephen
Mayor Tailor, Merchant Taylor 1  
1508-09 Smyth, Richard
Sheriff Merchant Taylor 4  
1509-10 Doget, John
Sheriff Merchant Taylor 5  
1520-21 Skevynton, John
Sheriff Merchant Taylor  
1521-22 Breton, John
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Merchant Taylor 6  
1536-37 Pagett, Robert
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Merchant Taylor  
1541-42 Suckley, Henry
Sheriff Merchant Taylor 7  
1542-43 Huberthorn, Henry
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Merchant Taylor  
1544-45 Wylford, John
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Merchant Taylor  
1546-47 Huberthorn, Henry
Mayor Merchant Taylor  
1547-48 Whyte, Thomas
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Merchant Taylor  
1549-50 Yorke, John
Sheriff Merchant Taylor 8  
1553-54 Offley, Thomas
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Merchant Taylor  
1553-54 Whyte, Thomas
Mayor Merchant Taylor  
1556-57 Harper, William
Sheriff (Chosen by Mayor ) Merchant Taylor  
1556-57 Offley, Thomas
Mayor Merchant Taylor  


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

1Tailor when sheriff in 1498-99, Merchant Taylor when mayor in 1508-09. The Tailors became Merchant Taylors in 1503.

2In this year Robert Johnson, Goldsmith, was elected sheriff, along with William Copynger (the mayor's choice: Jor. 10 [LMA MS: COL/CC/01/01/010] fo. 364v), but the king refused to admit Johnson. See Stow/K II.179 (Thomas Johnson) n. 2. Johnson appears, however, in the Stow/K main listings; and Beaven II.21 lists him as sheriff in 1506. LBM's entry for the election of sheriffs in 1506 (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/012 fo. 124r) is unfinished. The Mercers' MS Acts of Court 1 records (fo. 137v, assembly of 8 October) the dismissal of Johnson and the admitting of William Fitz William, who is listed by Beaven II.21 as sheriff 1506-07.

3Merchant Taylor: LBM (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/012) fo. 133v; also LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 235r. Probably the John Kirkby, Merchant Taylor, mentioned in Stow/K I.145 as a sheriff but without a date given. See also Beaven I.92, 155, and Davies, e.g. p. 295.

4Merchant Taylor: LBM (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/012) fo.146v; also LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 235v; and this Smyth is also presumably the Richard Smyth, Merchant Taylor, listed as an aldermanic nominee in Beaven I.218. See Davies, e.g. p. 301.

5Merchant Taylor: LBM (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/012) fo. 163r; also LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 235v, and Stow/K I.351. See Davies, e.g. pp. 288-89.

6Merchant Taylor: LBN (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/013) fo. 171v, LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 236r.

7Merchant Taylor: LBQ (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/016) fo. 36v; also LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 236v, and Stow/K I.347; see also Mercers' MS Register of Writings 2 fo. 138v.

8Merchant Taylor: LBR (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/017) fo. 24v. A John York is admitted to the Merchant Taylors in 1545-46 (Merchant Taylors' GL MS 34048/4 fo. 3r [new MS #: CLC/L/MD/D/003/MS34048/004]).

Note Sources

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

Davies: The Merchant Taylors Company of London: Court Minutes 1486-1493, ed. Matthew Davies. Stamford: Richard III and Yorkist History Trust in association with Paul Watkins, 2000.

GL MS: Manuscript at the Guildhall Library, London.

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.

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

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

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.)