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sister, Margarett Sykes, one hundred pounds for a legacie. Item I give vnto the towne of Leeds, the sume of one hundred pounds to be imployed to such publique and pious vse for the good of the said towne of Leeds, and in such manner as my executors shall thinke fitt. Item I constitute and appointe the executours of this my last will and testament, Mr William Lowther, my brother, Richard Lodge, both of Leeds, and Joseph Watkinson of Ilkeley, to call in my debts and to dispose of my estate for the good of my children and to be equally devided amongst them, and to them I committ the tuition of my children. Witnesses hereof, Margarett Sykes and Elizabeth Lodge.

[Proved at London, July 30, 1650, by Richard Lodge and Joseph Watkinson, power being reserved to William Lowther.]



Richard Lodge of Leeds in the countie of Yorke, Merchant. As touchinge the disposicion of my lands & tenements, Sarah, my lovinge wife, shall have one third part thereof during her naturall life. To John Lodge, my sonne and heire apparent, and his heires for ever, all those two messuages in Buslingthorpe within the mannor of Leeds, now in the several occupations of Peter Smalpage and Thomas Smalpage; also that land I lately purchased of Matthew Hyam, called Windemore head, where I have now built one new house and several outbuildings; also two Ings within the Towneship of Shadwell, called Earle Ings. To Richard Lodge, my second sonne, and his heires for ever, that messuage where I now dwell in Caull-lane in Leeds, and one close of land called Rillings hey, in Hunslett, now in tenure of William Whitley, lately purchased of Thomas Clowdesley. To Thomas Lodge, my youngest sonne, and his heires for ever, all that messuage or tenement in Brogatte in Leeds, now in tenure or occupation of John Walker, merchant; also one close of land called Halfeacre, being in Leeds and Leeds Woodhouse, now in tenure of Richard Midgsby (sic) or his assigns. To Sarah Lodge, my eldest daughter, and her heirs, two closes of land called the Brome and Highthorne, and one parcel of land in a certain place in the fields of Leeds Woodhouse, called Helicliffe, containing 136 yards in length and 9 yards and a half in breadth, now in tenure or occupation of George Banister and John Simpson or their assigns, as also the benefit of my house at Caull-stoole during my lease, now in tenure of Grace Pinkney. To younger daughter" and her heirs two closes, called the Marsh closes alias Shipsker closes, within the mannor of Leeds, now in tenure of uxor Batsons; also one close of land, lying in Newell, which I purchased of John Dixon of Skipton. For my personal estate-Sarah, my wife, (after my debts paid and funeral expenses discharged), shall have one

23 Brother of William Lodge. Baptized at Leeds, Jan. 22, 1611-12. Married Sept. 1, 1641, Sarah Moxon. Died Nov. 7, 1656, and was buried in Leeds Parish Church. M.I. From him descended a family which flourished at

Leeds for many years (Thoresby's
Ducatus Leodensis). He was a Royalist.
and had to pay a fine of 110li. 16s. 6d.,
on compounding for his estate in 1646.
(Royalist Composition Papers, I. 203.)
24 Called Alice below.

third part thereof according to custom of the place where I now live, to my sister Margaret Sickey25 20li; to each of my nephews & niece 20s., to buy them a ringe; to my cousin, Thomas Dixon26 to wear in remembrance of me; to Christopher Skeyse 20s.; to William Corke 20s. All the rest of my goods, chattles, &c. to John Lodge, Richard Lodge, Thomas Lodge, Sarah Lodge and Alice Lodge, equally to be divided. To cousin Mr Joseph Watkinson 20s., to buy him a ring to wear; brother, William Moxan, 5li. I give the tuition of all my children to Joseph Watkinson, Christopher Watkinson, Joseph Norton and my sister Mary Sickey. And I doe make Joseph Watkinson, Christopher Watkinson and Joseph Norton, executors.



presence of Elizabeth Aldburgh, Elizabeth Watkinson. [Proved at London 13 Feb. 1656-[7], by the oaths of Joseph Watkinson, Christopher Watkinson and Joseph Norton, the executors named.]

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11 Dec., 1706. Ordered-with the Consent of the Commons-that the thirty-first Day of this instant December, being appointed a Day of General Thanksgiving for the great and wonderful Successes of the last Campaine, be celebrated in such sort, and the like Collation and Banquett to be prepar'd, as was on the twenty-seventh Day of June last; And that Mr. Foreman and the eldest Commoner of every Ward be the Managers of the same-Ordered-that 50s., in all, be paid to Richard Woodhouse for his Journey and Expenses when he went to give Notice to Mr. Scourfield that he was chosen Sheriff, besides what he charges for warning carriages in the Aynsty for the soldjers.

31 Jan., 1706-7. Ordered that the Chamberlains pay unto Mr. Durden six pounds for a Gratuity, and towards paying the workmen for setting upp the Illumination in the Pavement on the last Thanksgiving Day.

9 July, 1707. Ordered--that a new Green Coat, to be lined with green, and a new Hatt with a silver Lace, shall be bought for the Common Cryer or Bellman of this City, att the Expence thereof.


5 Sept., 1707. Ordered that Letters shall be sent to Mr. Escrick,3 of Howden, and Mr. Alderson, of Selby (they being adjudged fitly qualifyed Persons to bear the office of Sheriff).

1 Nov., 1708. It being proposed att this House that the making a yearly Horse Race in Clifton and Rocliffe Ings nigh this Citty may be of Advantage and Profitt to the same City, And S William Robinson,

1 These extracts were made in Aug. 1864, by the kind permission of Joseph Wilkinson, Esq., Town Clerk.

2 James Scourfield, apothecary, free in 1698; Chamberlain in 1702; was elected Sheriff, 21st Sept. 1706, and sworn Sept. 25th. He died in Oct. 1725.

3 The father, I believe, of George Escrick, haberdasher and hatter, Chamberlain in 1720; Sheriff in 1733-4; Lord Mayor in 1739 and 1747, who died (pater urbis), 21st July, 1770, aged 76.

John Alderson was apprenticed, 5th April, 1678, to John Whitaker, apothecary. In 1685, he was admitted a freeman, and married Miss Catherine Dennis. He was Sheriff in 1709-10; but the date of his death has not


occurred to me. His widow died at Tadcaster in 1732.

5 Sir Wm. Robinson, of Newby, eldest son of Thos. Robinson, Esq. (brother of Sir Metcalfe Robinson, Bart., Alderman of York), by Elizabeth, daughter of Christopher Tancred, Esq., of Arden, co. York. He married, at Wheldrake, 8th Sept. 1679, Mary (born 25th Aug. 1664), daughter of Geo. Aislabie, Esq., of York and Studley (by his 2nd wife Mary, eldest daughter and co-heiress of Sir John Mallory, of that place). In April, 1689, he was appointed High Sheriff, vice Sir Richd. Graham, Bart., displaced, and was created a Baronet 13th Feb. 1689-90. On 4th June, 1698, he was returned to Parliament as member for the city,

Barronett, and alderman of this City, having generously be pleased to give Liberty that the sd Race shall be rann in the said Grounds, and also will build a convenient Bridge, att his own Charges, for the purpose aforesaid, between the said Ings: It is therefore Ordered (with Consent of the Commons), that the Sum of fifteen pounds shall be yearly paid by the City, out of the City's Stock, towards a Plate, to Incourage and bring about A Horse Race, to be runn in the same Ings, and to invite the Gentry to run their Horses for the same, and make such further addition to the said Plate as they please, and to be Runn for att such Time of the year as shall be adjudged most convenient and proper; And that Publick Notice shall be hereof given.

3 Feb., 1709-10. Ordered-that a Reward shall be given to those who shall discover the persons that pull down the City's wall or take away the stones thereof.

6 Dec., 1711. Ordered--that one Large Engin for Extinguishing of Fires, one smaller, or less, Engin, to be both of the best and most usefull Sort and newest and latest Invention and Make; as also one Hand Engin and one Leather Pipe, with all necessary Materialls proper to and belonging the said Fire Engins, shall, with all Convenient Speed, be wrote for; which said Engins and Materialls are to be bought in London by such Person or Persons as the Rt Hon ble the Lord Mayor shall Direct and Appoint.

3 Feb., 1712-3. Ordered-that this Committee shall dispose of ye old Silver Mace and other useless Plate, and convert the same for repairing and buying such other usefull Plate, or other Necessarys as are now a wanting for the Lord Mayor's use for the time being.

27 April, 1713. Ordered that a Letter be wrote to Mr. Alderman Jenkyns, to acquaint him that this House and the body of the City

which he continued to represent until 1722. He was Lord Mayor in 1700; resigned his gown, 4th Oct. 1718, and presented the city with 1007.


William died at Newby, 22nd Dec. 1736, aged 80, and was buried at Topcliffe. He was succeeded by his son Metcalfe, who died, unmarried, a few days afterwards, when the baronetcy devolved upon his brother Tancred, who was Sheriff in 1715-6, elected Alderman, 3rd July, 1717, vice Emanuel Justice deceased, and Lord Mayor in 1718. As Sir Tancred Robinson, Bart., he was elected to the same office, 7th April, 1738, on the death of Alderman George Benson. His wife (by whom he had nine children) was Mary, daughter and heiress of Rowland Norton, Esq., of Dishforth. She was buried in the church of St. Crux, 26th July, 1748. Sir Tancred, who was a Rear-Admiral of the Blue, died 3rd Sept. 1754, aged 68, and was interred in the same vault. He was succeeded by his son William, who died without issue in 1770. Thomas Robinson, Esq., brother of Sir Tancred, was an

eminent diplomatist, and employed, between 1723 and 1749, on several important missions to various Courts of Europe. On 29th March, 1750, being then Deputy-Master of the Great Wardrobe, he was sworn of the Privy Council, and made a Knight. On 15th April, 1754, he was appointed Secretary of State, vice Thos. Holles, Duke of Newcastle, and held the office until 25th Nov. 1755, when he resumed the post of Deputy-Master of the Wardrobe. On 7th April, 1761, Sir Thomas Robinson was created Baron Grantham, of Grantham, co. Lincoln, and appointed Postmaster General, 19th July, 1765. He was succeeded, in 1770, by his son Thomas, whose grandson is the present (1897) Geo. Fred. Sam. Robinson, K.G., Marquis of Ripon.

6 Tobias, third son of Col. Tobias Jenkins, of Grimston, par. Dunnington (by Anthoniua, daughter of Henry Wickham, D.D., Archdeacon of York), baptized at Dunnington, 16th June, 1660; admitted a Freeman (by patrimony), 2nd Oct. 1695; elected member

doth not take well his long Absence from his Duty as Alderman; And that by the Charter he is fineable for the same.

31 May, 1716. Memorandum.-Mr. George Gibson, Innkeeper, appeared, and promis'd either to take his freedom att the next House, or else to quitt keeping an Inn.

15 Aug., 1716. Ordered that the Lycence to sell ale, etc., granted to George Gibson, of St. Wilfrey's Parish, be taken away for contemptuously neglecting to take his freedom of this City, his said Lycence being granted him upon that Condition, and upon his own promise, either to take his freedom or to decline selling ale.

30 Nov., 1716. Ordered-that Mr. George Prickett have Liberty to Erect five Pillars or Collums to the front of his House, called the George Inn, in Conney-street, not extending them farther into the said street than the lower outshot of his said House and the Posts of his door-stead there, being for the support of the said house, and ornamental to the street, without any prejudice to any of the Neighbours' Dwelling Houses.

25 March, 1718. Consideration of Mr. Boldero's insult to Mr. Alderman Baynes, for which he refused to apologize.

3 Sept., 1718. This House having this, day heard and received the

for the city, 12th Nov. seq.; re-elected 20th June, 1698, and 1701, 1702 and 1715. On 21st July, 1698, he was chosen Alderman, vice Sir Gilbert Metcalfe deceased, and was Lord Mayor in 1701 and 1720.

Alderman Jenkins was twice married. By his first wife, the Hon. Lady Mary Paulet, daughter of Charles, 6th Marquis of Winchester, and afterwards Duke of Bolton (by Mary, eldest natural daughter of Emanuel Scrope, Earl of Sunderland), he had two daughters, Elizabeth, who died young, and Mary, who became heiress to her father, and married, at York Minster, 26th April, 1707, Sir Henry Goo ricke, Bart, of Ribston, High Sheriff in 1718, by whom she had (with other issue) a son John, who succeeded his father as 5th Paronet in 1738, and died in 1789. Lady Mary Jenkins was buried in the Minster, 16th March, 1690-1. By his second wife, Alderman Jenkins had two children, William, baptized at Dunnington, 3rd Oct. 1708, and Anthonina, baptized there 18th June, 1710. He died intestate. and, on 4th Jan. 1736-7, administration was granted to his grandson, John Goodricke, Esq.

7 Mr. George Gibson did eventually "take his freedom." In 1732, he filled the office of Chamberlain, and that of Sheriff in 1741-2. His death occurred in 1746. He was the son of George Gibson, of Mint Yard, who died in 1722. Gibson's Inn was afterwards occupied

by Alderman William Bluitt (Lord Mayor in 1788), who retired from business in March, 1785, in favour of Mr. John Ringrose, who had been his waiter for twelve years.

"Bluitt's Inn' was next occupied by Thomas Etridge, who was Sheriff in 1832-3, and died in December, 1855, aged 85. "Etridge's Hotel" was pulled down some years ago, and the site is now occupied by the York Club and the offices and boardroom of the York Poor Law Union

8 In 1614, Thomas Kay, merchant, then Sheriff, purchased of Margaret Stephenson and her son John a capital messuage in Coney Street, and established there an hotel which he called the George Inu, the site of which is now occupied by the establishment of Messrs. Leak and Thorpe. This capital messuage' had been the residence of Ralph Rokeby, Esq., secretary of the Council of the North, and was at one time distinguished by the sign of the Bear, and afterwards the Golden Lion.


Henry Baynes, toyman, son of Adam Baynes, Esq., M.P. for Leeds (by Martha, daughter of Richard Dawson, Esq., of Heworth). He was Chamberlain in 1698, and Sheriff in 1702-3. On 10th Feb. 1715-6, he was elected Alderman, vice Elias Pawson deceased, and was Lord Mayor in 1717 and 1732. He died intestate, and was buried at St. Martin's, Coney Street, 31st March, 1735. His widow Emma (daughter of Fras. Hall, gent., of Dunnington) died about 1743.

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