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John Shakspere attached to answer Nicholas Lane in an action on money matters, 28 Eliz. On the back of the docket Malone has written,--" Declar, 1 Feb. 29 Eliz., 1586-7 ; cause removed by certiorari."
February 1,
1587

BRU15/1/99

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Date: February 1, 1587
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Call number and opening: BRU15/1/99

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Date: February 1, 1587
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Call number and opening: BRU15/1/99

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1585- 1587
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Date: February 1, 1587
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This is part of a sequence of nine loose papers and entries in the Stratford court of record register, documenting the progress of an action brought by Nicholas Lane, a prosperous Alveston husbandman, against John Shakespeare for the recovery of a debt of £22. John Shakespeare’s brother Henry had allegedly contracted the debt, and John had stood surety for it. The case began on January 18, 1587, when Lane first brought the matter to the attention of the court (BRU 12/1, ii, f. 28v), and ended on March 29 (BRU 12/1, ii, f. 31), when John Shakespeare produced a writ to transfer the case to a superior court, in effect bringing it to an end.

Stratford’s court of record only had jurisdiction within the borough and, because Lane lived in Alveston and Henry Shakespeare in Snitterfield, Lane was only able to bring his case to the court because his alleged deal with John Shakespeare had been made within the town's precincts. The surviving documents do not specify how Henry Shakespeare had become indebted for this very considerable sum, which was £2 more than the schoolmaster’s annual salary. 

The document shown here is the formal declaration made by Lane’s attorney, Thomas Trussell, at the sitting on February 1, that in June 1586, at a meeting held in Stratford, John Shakespeare, had agreed that, if his brother Henry failed to repay to Lane £10 (the first installment of a debt of £22 he owed to Lane) by the following Michaelmas, John would pay the debt instead. As Henry had failed to pay the £10, and John had subsequently failed to pay the debt either, Lane declared that he had suffered losses to the value of £20.

Written by Robert Bearman

Last updated February 21, 2016