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Justices of Peace for Essex

Justices of Peace for Essex

Author: William Cecil, Lord Burghley

Medium: Ink on parchment

Date: 1595

Shelfmark: Royal MS. 18. D.III

Item number: f.35

Length: 39.8

Width: 26.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This is a page from an atlas that belonged to William Cecil Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State. Burghley used this atlas to illustrate domestic matters. It is a list of Justices of the Peace for Essex, the names of individuals who act as agents of central government for a locality. In addition to these is written 'The title of the lawles Courte in the Honnour of Rayghle' and Latin rhyming verses, begining "Curia de Domino Rege, dicta sine lege" and ending, "Tenta fuit proximo die Mercurii post festum Michaelis Ao dominæ Reginæ 30 [1588]". The names of the 'xi walkes' and walkers of 'the forest' [of Essex]' are also recorded.

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