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God, to the Danger of our own Souls, and evil Example of others; We do here acknowledge that our said Fault, and hearty Sorrow for the Same, desiring Almighty GOD to forgive Us, both this, and all other our Sins and Offences; And you here present to Pray with Us, and for Us, saying:
Our Father, which art in Heaven, &c.
And the performance hereof they are to Certifie under the Hands of the Minister and Church-Wardens, at the Register's Office, in York, upon or before the 31st day of December instant next, coming together, with these presents. Thos. Jubb, Registrarius. This Declaration was made before us the 27th day of December, 1730. WITNESS our hand :Petr. Hickington, Vicar.
6th Jany., 1731. PENANCE Enjoined to be done by Ralph [blank] of the Parish of Weighton within the jurisdiction of the Dean & Chapter of York, Gentleman. The said Ralph [blank] shall be present in the Parish Church of Londesborough, Weighton, aforesaid, upon Sunday being the 16th, 23rd or 30th Day of January instant in the Time of Divine Service, between the hours of IX and XI of the clock in the Forenoon of the same day, in the presence of the whole congregation then assembled, being bare-head, barefoot, and bare-leg'd, having a White Sheet wraped about him from the Shoulders to the Feet, and a White Wand in his hand, where immediately after the Reading the Gospel, he shall stand upon some Form or Seat before the Pulpit, or place where the Minister readeth Prayers, and say after him as followeth :-Whereas, I, good People, forgetting my Duty to Almighty GOD, have committed the Detestable Sin of FORNICATION with Susannah [blank] of the Parish of Londesborough, and thereby have justly provoked the heavy wrath of God against me, to the great danger of my own Soul, and evil example of others; I do earnestly repent, and am heartily sorry for the same, desiring Almighty God for the Merits of Jesus Christ, to forgive me both this, and all other my offences, and also ever hereafter so to assist me with his Holy Spirit that I never fall into the like offence again, and for that end and purpose, I desire you all here Present, to Pray with me, and for me, saying, Our Father, which art in Heaven, &c.
And the due performance hereof he is to Certifie under the Hands of the Minister and Church-Wardens at the Register's Office in York, upon or before the fourth day of February next ensuing, together with these presents. Thos. Jubb, Registrarium.
A DECLARATION Enjoined to be done by ANNE [blank], Widow, of the Parish of St. Michael Belfrey within the jurisdiction of the Dean & Chapter of York. 3rd Sept., 1731. She is to be present in the Vestry of the Parish Church of St. Michael Belfrey aforesaid upon Saturday ye fourth of September, being in her accustomed apparel, where she shall acknowledge and say after the Minister in the presence of the Church-Wardens as followeth :Whereas I, Good Neighbours, forgetting my duty to Almighty GOD have committed the Crime of FORNICATION with Richard [blank] whereby I have offended Almighty GOD to the danger of my own Soul and evil example of others; I do hereby acknowledge that my said fault and hearty sorrow for the same Desiring Almighty GOD to forgive me both this and all other my sins and offences, And you here present to pray with me and for me saying:-Our Father, &c. And of the performance hereof She is to Certifie under the hands of the said Minister and Church-Wardens at the Register's Office upon or before the 24th day of September instant together with these presents. Concordat Thos. Jubb,
Registrarius. 4th September, 1731.
This Declaration was then performed by the above Anne [blank], Widow, in the Vestry of the parish Church of St. Michael Belfrey, in the presence of us.
17th November, 1731.
PENNANCE Enjoined to be done by Elizabeth [blank] ye wife of William [blank] of the parish of Wadworth within the jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of York. The said Elizabeth [blank] shall upon Sunday being the 21st or 28th day of November instant, or ye 5th day of December next, repair unto the Parish Church of Wadworth aforesaid, where in the Church porch she shall stand penitentially Bare-head, Bare-foot, and Bare-legged, having a white Rod in her hand, covered with a White Sheet from the Shoulders to the Feet, from the ringing of the first peal or other warning to Morning Prayer, Asking and Entreating all such people as pass by her into the Church to pray to GOD to forgive her, where she shall stand until the Reading of the Second Lesson for Morning Prayer, at which time the Minister shall fetch her into the Church with the Psalm of Miserere Mei in English, and place her in the middle Alley apart from all other People, which being done, the said Elizabeth [blank] shall say and confess after the Minister as followeth :-Whereas, good people, I, forgetting my Duty to Almighty GOD have committed the detestable
Sin of ADULTERY with John [blank] and have thereby provoked the heavy wrath of GOD against me, to the great danger of my own Soul, and the evil example of others; I do earnestly repent, and am heartily sorry for the same, desiring Almighty GOD for the merits of Jesus Christ, to forgive me this, and all other my offences, and to assist me. with his holy Spirit that I never fall into the like grievous Sin again, desiring you all here present, to take example by this my Punishment and to pray with me and for me saying:-Our Father, which art in Heaven, &c. And of the performance hereof she is to Certifie under the Hands of the Minister and Church-Wardens upon or before the Ninth day of December together with these Presents. Concordat Extracts of C. Clapham,
Wadsworth, Nov. 28th, 1731. Decreto
These are to Certifie that the Pennance above enjoined was performed by Elizabeth, the wife of William [blank], as therein enjoined on Sunday the 21st November, before me.
I do not know how it may present itself to other people, but to me it seems plain that a restoration of the "Discipline" would be most offensive, and by no means to the glory of God or the edification of congregations of Christian people. I suppose the more ancient discipline would be the rack and the faggot, but these comparatively modern performances would appear to have been highly immoral.
BURNESTON HOSPITAL AND FREE SCHOOL.
BY H. B. McCALL.
THERE is in the parish chest of Burneston, in the North Riding, a small manuscript volume of the year 1681, entitled 'Rules and Orders to be observed in the Schoole and Hospital of Burneston,' which, by the kind permission of the vicar, the Rev. Canon Hartley, I propose to print in a somewhat condensed or abbreviated form. Before perusing these rules, however, let us glance for a moment at the hospital itself, and at what is known of the personal history of its founder. The almshouses are located in a long building, two storeys in height, near the church of St. Lambert, of Burneston. The principal front, facing south, has a range of five two-light mullioned windows in each storey. The wall below the lower windows is of rubble stone, on a foundation of large unhewn stones, collected off the land. A chamfered stone plinth is carried just under the sills; above this the walls are of brick. The jambs and lintels of the doorways and the quoins at the angles are in white stone, but the jambs and mullions of the windows are wrought in brick. The windows lighting the lower storey are enriched with moulded brick labels surmounted with pediments, alternately semi-circular and straight, there being three of the former and two of the latter form. The two doorways have deep moulded heads and moulded jambs stopped above the thresholds. Over each doorway is a stone panel in a moulded brick border, one of which tells us by whom the building was founded.
Matthæus Robinson M.A. Vic. de Burniston
extruxit, dotavit, dicavitque Deo A.D. 1680
Gerontocomium Christiani est Gazophylacium Christi
On the other panel the arms of Robinson appear-On a chevron between 3 stags trippant, as many trefoils slipped, a crescent for difference-and the motto, "Video, timeo, fugio." Other inscriptions upon the lintels and on various parts of the building are:
A & Discite ex me. Mat. ri-29-1680.
Tua tibi tribuimus Domine-E Chron. 29: 14
Over these panels and in the upper range of windows are small oval lights. The upper windows have their heads hard under the eaves. There are three chimney stacks. That on the east gable wall projects boldly from the wall face right from the ground, and is flanked by four small round lights similar to those over the doorways, but somewhat differently treated. The gables are finished with a dressed stone water-tabling, which springs from overhanging moulded corbels crowned by short finials with ball terminations. The roof is now of Welsh slate, but was no doubt originally of grey stone slates or red pantiles. The whole building, though simple, is of pleasing proportions and appearance, and is not devoid of some degree of architectural elegance.
The surname of Robinson is of frequent occurrence in the Burneston parish registers ever since the year 1567 and until quite recent times. The founder, however, was a son of Thomas Robinson of Rokeby, near Barnard Castle, and was baptized there 14 December, His father, having engaged with Fairfax, lost his life at a very early period of the Civil War, and was buried at Leeds 29 June, 1643. Matthew was sent to Edinburgh University, where he spent two years, but on the plague breaking out in that city in 1645, he proceeded to complete his academic career at Cambridge, which he reached not without an exciting chase by the Royalist troops at Newark. There is in the Library of St. John's College, Cambridge, a MS. volume containing an autobiography of Matthew Robinson, partly in his own handwriting and partly in that of his great-nephew, Zachary Grey; but as this has been already printed, under the general title of Cambridge in the Seventeenth Century, 1856, we shall here only notice that Mr. Robinson studied law, divinity, anatomy, etc., and qualified in medicine. In the year 1651 he took orders, and was presented to Burneston, although he still continued to practise as a physician. He was now a Fellow of St. John's, and he is quite entitled to be classed as one of the Cambridge worthies. He resigned the benefice of Burneston in 1691, in favour of his nephew, George Grey, and retired to Ripley. Dr. Robinson married, 12 October, 1657, Jane, daughter of Mark Pickering of Ackworth, in the West Riding, whose great-grandfather was Archbishop Toby Matthew,' and dying childless at Ripley, 27 November, 1694, his body was buried three days later at Burneston. His principal works are Cassander Reformatus and A Treatise of Faith, by a Dying Divine. He also gave some church plate to Burneston, where a paten, still in use, bears the inscription
Er dono Mat. Robinson A M vic. de Burneston 1677
1 Thoresby's Ducatus Leodiensis, p. 212.