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16 Marsh 1558. Greasley. Henry Gunnystan, county coroner.

Jurors: William Screy of Kimberley; John Galaley, Thomas Clifton, Thomas Daye, Robert Riley, William Sheperd, all of Greasley; Alexander Smalley, William Richardes, William Higgdon, John Meddleton, William Watkynson, all of Watnall Chaworth; Thomas Wright, Henry Hunter , Roger Woolley, Ralph Drewrye, all of Newthorpe.

About 7 a.m. on 14 March Richard Halame, clerk, struck himself in the neck under his right ear in his house at Greasley with ‘a meate knife’ worth 1d., giving himself a wound 4 inches deep, 4 inches long and 2 inches wide, of which he immediately died. Thus he feloniously murdered himself. On the day he had no lands or tenements so far as the jurors can ascertain, but he had goods worth 2s. 5d. which remain in the keeping of John Alcokk, ‘gent’. John Alcokk and John Meddleton, men of good reputation and standing, were Richard’s first finders after his death.

(This inquest was delivered with No. 324. John Alcokk was summoned to King’s Bench to answer for the goods and chattels, but in Trinity term the sheriff returned that he was dead. (K.B.29/191. mm.31d,32).


Peter Shaw of Watnall (K.B.9/964, m. 21).

7 April 1512. Watnall. Richard Byngham, county coroner.

Jurors: Nicholas Barley of Newthorpe; John Hay of Moor Green; William Clyfton, Richard Maister, both of Watnall; John Leves of Kimberley; William Atwell of Watnall; William Baker, Robert Alcok, John Robert, Thomas Tomson, Thomas Leves, William Everyngham, Robert Rigjons of Selston.

On 6 April Peter Harden late of Greasley castle, ‘yoman’, and Thomas Harden of Greasley castle, ‘laborer’, lay in wait in the field of Newthorpe and assaulted and beat Peter Shaw late of Watnall at Moor Green where they found him. Peter Harden gave him mortal wounds in four parts of his head with a knife worth 2d., while Thomas held him in his arms so that he could not move, Peter Harden also struck him in the throat with a dagger worth 12d., giving him a great wound 3 inches long, 2 inches wide and a foot deep, of which he died. Thus Peter and Thomas Harden feloniously murdered him. And immediately afterwards they fled upon horses as felons about 7 p. m. Joan wife of Peter Harden late of Greasley castle, ‘huswif’, on divers occasions feloniously encouraged and abetted her husband in of the murder. Peter Shaw’s first finder was William Clyfton of Watnall, a man of good standing and reputation.

[This inquest was delivered to the gaol delivery justices at Nottingham on 28 July and into King’s Bench in Michaelmas term. Peter and Thomas Harden were outlawed in the county court at Nottingham on 6 June 1513 and Joan was waived in the county court at Nottingham on 9 April 1515. (K.B. 29/144, m.28d)


William Maister (K.B. 9/470, m16).

4 Feb. 1516. Watnall. Richard Bingham, county coroner.

Jurors: Robert Wright, Richard Dey, John Clyfton, John Dawson, John Annesley, Philip Grenesmyth, Ellis Day, John Squier, Robert Alcok, Roger Shawe, William Atwell., Richard Woddes, John Richardes.

On 22 September 1515 William Taylor late of Beauvale, ‘milner’ assaulted William Maister at Beauvale with a staff worth 1/2d, giving him a wound on the left side of his head 2 inches long and ¼ inch deep. William went thus wounded to a surgeon at Nottingham for his wound to be healed and through his own poor treatment (malam gubernacionem) of the wound there he died from the wound at Beauvale on Dec. 6.

[ This inquest, which is said to have been held on William Maister’s death at Beauvale by Watnall, with no mention of a view of the body, was delivered with No. 53. William Taylor was outlawed in the county court at Nottingham 0n 28 June 1518 (K.B.29/148, m.5)