Friday, 18 October 2013

Masons Company, 1472/3

To alle Nobles and gentilles theise present Lres heryng or seyng William Hawkeslowe othir Wise called Clarenseux Kyng of Armes of the Sowthe marches of Englond sendeth humble and due Recomendacion as apperteyneth for soo moche as the Hole Crafte and felawship of masons corogeowsly meoved to excercise and vse gentill and comendable guydyng in such laudable maner and fourme as may best sounde vnto gentrice by the Whiche they shal mowe wt goddis grace to atteigne vnto honoure & worship haue desired and praide me the saide Kyng of Armes that I by the powre & auctorite by the Kyngs goode grace to me in that behalue comytted shuld devyse A Conysaunce of Armes for the saide Crafte and felawship which they and theire successours myght boldly & vowably occupie chalenge and enjoie for evermore wt oute eny preiudice or rebuke of eny estate or gentill of this Reame At the instaunce and request of whome I the saide Kyng of Armes takyng respecte and consideracion vnto the goodly entent & disposicion of the saide Crafte and felawship haue devysed for them & theire syccessours thise Armes folowing that is the sey A feld of Sablys A Chevron silver grailed thre Castellis of the same garnysshed wt dores and wyndows of the feld in the Chevron a Cumpas of Blak whiche Armes I of my saide powre and auctorite haue appoynted yevyn and graunten to and for the saide Crafte and felawship and theire successours and by theise my present lres appoynte yeve and graunte vnto them the same To haue chalenge occupie and enjoie wt oute eny preiudice or empechement for euermore In witnesse wherof I the saide Kyng of Armes to theise presents haue sette my seale of Armes with my signe Manuell Gevyn at london the yere of the Reigne of Kyng Edward the fourthe aftir the Conquest the rijth Clarenssevx Kyng of armes

The History and Antiquities of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers by William Henry Black (London: E.J. Francis, 1871)

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