1593 - Atkinson, Anthony - To Robert Cecil

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 24 Oct. 1593
Author Atkinson, Anthony
Title Letter from Anthony Atkinson to Sir Robert Cecil
Mentions David Ingleby rides like Robin Hood in the North

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.


Informations about priests in the north. In the bishopric of Durham, Medcalf, a priest, said mass at Claxton's, a recusant [...] Particulars of other harbourers of priests in Yorkshire, Northumberland, Westmoreland, and Cumberland. [...p. 378] On 10 Sept. 1593, took John Boost, the priest, who said mass at the Water house, when Lady Margaret Neville and Adelin Claxton,her maid, and Mrs. Claxton, now in Bransby castle, were present [...] Davie Engleby has married Lady Ann Neville, second daughter to the Earl of Westmoreland, and having many friends in the north., hopes for a day of alteration, and rides in Yorkshire and the north part, like Robin Hood, and so do Joseph Constable and his wife and others.[1]

Source notes

MS ref.: Vol. CCXLV, No. 131. The cited text is a calendar summary or paraphrase of the original. IRHB's brackets.

IRHB comments

David Ingleby's dates are c.1561-ante 1617. He married Lady Anne Neville, daughter of Charles Neville, 6th Earl of Westmorland (18 August 1542 – 16 November 1601), who was one of the leaders of the Rising in the North. Who the letter was meant for is not known with certainty, but the editor queries Cecil, no doubt Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563?-1612) who was Lord High Treasurer May 1598-24 May 1612, Lord Privy Seal 1598-1612, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 8 October 1597-1599, and Secretary of State 5 July 1590-24 May 1612. The writer of the letter, Anthony Atkinson, was a lawyer of the Middle Temple or Inner Temple.[2] The allusion has not been noted in previous lists or studies.



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