THE Book of Oaths, AND The severall forms thereof, both Antient and Modern. Faithfully Collected out of sundry Authentike Books and Records, not heretofore extant, compiled in one Volume. Very useful for all persons whatsoever, especially those that undertake any Of­fice of Magistracie or publique Imploy­ment in the Common-wealth. Whereunto is added a perfect Table.

Numb. 30.2. If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or sweare an oath to bind his soule with a bond: he shall not breake his word, he shall doe according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
Heb. 6.16. For men verily sweare by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

Printed at London for W. Lee, M. Walbancke, D. Pakeman, and G. Bedle. 1649.

The Table.

A.
  • ATtourney at Law. 29
  • Allegiance. 63
  • Attourney of the Augmentation Court. 85
  • Auditor of the Augmentation. 88
  • Alneger. 240
  • Allegiance of the Duke of York, and other Lords in Parliament. 25
  • Allegiance of the Duke of York in Parliamen to Henry the 6. 258
  • Allegiance of the Lords Spirituall and Tempo­rall.
  • Arch-Bishops Oath. 127
  • Articles Matrimoniall. 271
  • Ahjure the Land for stealing the Kings Venison.
  • Atturney of the Court of Wards. 318
  • Auditor of the Court of Wards. 321
  • Atturney of the first Fruits. 327
  • Auditor of the first Fruits. 329
  • Atturney of the Court of Survey.
  • Approver banished. 208
  • Auditors of the Court of Survey. 354
  • Auditor of the Exchequer. 376
B.
  • BRoker in London. 69
  • Beadle of a Ward in London. 76
  • Bishops Oath. 141
  • Bayliffe to attend a Jurie. 204
  • Bayle upon Suspition of Murther. 207
  • Bishops Renunciation of the Popes Bull. 243
  • Bull of the Pope Renounced. 243
  • Baron of the Exchequer. 214, 381
  • Bayliffe of Shewers. 17, 361
  • Barwick Souldiers. [...]56
  • Bishops Fidelitie. 244
  • Bishops Popish. 275
C.
  • COuncell Privie. 143
  • Councell Clerke. 6
  • Clerke of the Chancery. 9
  • Constable of London. 75, 366
  • Clerke of the Chechue. 52
  • Captaines of a Band. 53
  • Clerke of the Parliament. 61
  • Constable in London. 19
  • Chancellour ef the Augmentation. 80
  • Clerke of the Augmentation. 87
  • Clerke of the Councell to the Prince. 96
  • Councell of Warre. 112
  • Councell of Wales. 12 [...]
  • [Page]Controversie to be compounded in Parliament, betweene the Duke of Gloucester, and the Bishop of Winchester 139
  • Councell Privie. 4
  • Clerke of the Signet. 150
  • Comptroller of Calice. 185
  • Councell of Calice.
  • Captaines in Zealand. 200
  • Chancell [...]ur of England. 211
  • Church-wardens. 393, 394
  • Councell to Princesse Mary. 109
  • Comptroller of the Customes. 230
  • Customer. 223
  • Clerke of the Statutes. 236
  • Chancellour of the Exchequer. 237, 380
  • Clerks six of the Chancery. 249
  • Clerks of the Pettie-Bagg [...], 252
  • Commissioners f [...]r Sewers. 360
  • Controversie to be compounded in Parliament, betweene the Duke of Gloucester, and the Bishop of Winchester. 254
  • Chamberlaine of the Exchequer. 388
  • Comptroller of the Kings Houshold. 280
  • Clerke of the Court of Wards. 323
  • Chancellour of the first Fruits. 324
  • Clerke of the first Fruits. 330
  • Cloths to be valued. 345
  • [Page]Clerke of the Signet. 150
  • Clerke of the Liveries. 347
  • Clerke of the Court of Survey. 355
  • Clerke of the Pleas. 385
  • Comptroller of the Pipe. 387
D.
  • DEputie of Calice. 151
  • Doctor of Divinitie according to the Ʋni­versitie of Basill. 307
  • Decay of Castles and Forts, to be Surveyed and reported. 335
  • Deputie-Chamberlaine of the Exchequer. 392
E
  • EStates of the Subjects to be discovered. 337
  • Esquires for the Body.
  • Evidence against a Prisoner. 204
  • Evidence betweene partie and partie. 205
  • Evidence upon Bills of Indictment. 204
  • Escheator. 228, 389
  • Examiner in the Chancery. 253
  • Estates of the Subjects to be discovered. 338
  • Estate of the Subject to be examined. 340
  • Estate of the Subject to be examined. 341
  • Estate of the Subject to be examined. 344
  • Estate of the Subject to be discovered.
  • Earle in Scotland. 369
F.
  • FReemen of London. 22
  • Freemen of Merch [...]nt Adventurers.
  • Francke Pleadge in London. 67
  • Fealtie. 232
  • Fidelitie of a Bish [...]p. 144
  • Fidelitie of the Pryor of S Johns. 270
  • Forrester of the Forrest. 300
  • Fealtie of the King of Scots. 305
  • Fealtie of John King of England, to the Pope. 306
  • French Kings Oath. 92
  • Forraigne Opposer to the Exchequer. 386
G.
  • GArnet the Jesuit. 365
  • Governour of Barwick.
  • Garter King of Armes. 113
  • Great Seale. 148
H.
  • HEralds of Armes. 119
  • Homage of an Arch Bishop. 127
  • Homage of the King of Scots. 201
  • Homage of a Temporall Lord. 246
I.
  • JƲdge. 9
  • Jurie to try a Prisoner at the Barre. 203
  • Jurie to try a Nisi Prius. 205
  • [Page]Inquest Grand. 206
  • Judge. 216
  • Justice for Works, Weights and Measures. 219
  • Justice to heare and determine. 295
  • Inhabitants rf Forrests. 302
  • Justice of Peace. 313
  • Ingrosser of the great Roll. 377
K.
  • KIng of Scots to King Henry 6. 201
  • Kings Oath. 1
  • Kings Oath. 3
  • King of France to observe the Statutes of the Garter.
  • King James his Servants. 108
  • Knight of the Garter. 93
  • Kings of Armes. 115
  • Knights of the Round Table. 125
  • King of Pol [...]a to the Turke. 126
  • Knights for the Body.
  • Knight of Scotland. 371
  • Keeper of the great Seale.
  • Knight of the Bath. 199, 303
  • Kings Councell and Judges. 363
  • King Edward the seconds Oath. 201
  • King Charles his Oath. 272, 292
  • Knight of the Bath.
  • Keeper of the Kings Papers of State.
  • Knights and Squires. 136
L.
  • LEague and Covenant. 410
  • Lieutenant of Guysnesse. 159
  • Lieutenant of Calice. 170
  • Lieutenant of Ruisbanck. 179
  • Lieutenant of Hannues. 184
  • Lieutenant of Newhaven. 192
  • Lieutenant of the Tower. 266
  • Loardisme renounced. 267
  • Lord of Parliament in Scotland. 370
M.
  • MErchants for the true shipping Cloth to the Mart Towne. 30, 31, 32
  • Marshall of Barwick. 45
  • Master of the Woods of the Court of Augmen­tion. 84
  • Messenger of the Augmentation. 91
  • Marshall of Calice. 164
  • Marshall-Deputie of Calice. 193
  • May [...]r of the Staple. 241, 373
  • Master of the Rolls. 248
  • Mid-wives Oaths. 284
  • Master of the Court of Wards 317
  • Master of the Woods of the Court of Survey. 352
  • Messenger of the Court of Survey. 356
  • Master of Requests.
  • Master of the Ordinance for Barwick. 50
  • [Page]Mary Queene, her Councell. 109
  • Marshall of Calice. 169
N.
  • NƲn entring into the Cloyster. 290
P.
  • POrter of Barwick. 48
  • President of the Councell. 129
  • Privie Seale. 145
  • Porter of Calice. 189
  • Portage of the Chancery. 242
  • Pursevant at Armes. 123
  • President of Wales. 57
  • Prior of S. John Jerusalem. 270
  • Protestation. 405
R.
  • REquests Master. 15
  • Receiver of the Augmentations. 89
  • Ranger of the Forrest. 296
  • Regarder of the Forrest. 299
  • Receiver of the Court of Wards. 320, 332
  • Receiver of the Court of Survey 354
  • Register of the Kings Papers of Estate. 315
  • Remembrancer to the King. 383
S.
  • SErvants to the King.
  • Seavenger of London. 21
  • [Page]Sheriffe of the Counties. 24, 309
  • Servants for the true serving of their Lords. 33
  • Souldiers sworne for their true service. 41
  • Supremacie. 66, 357
  • Scavengers of the Wards in London. 68
  • Serjeants to the Sheriffe of London. 72
  • Surveyor of the Augmentation.
  • Solicitor of the Augmentation.
  • Surveyer of the Woods in the Augmentation. 86
  • Surveyer of the Lands in the Court of Aug­mentation. 81
  • Servants of the Kings Chamber. 132
  • Servants to the King.
  • Secretarie of State. 146
  • Serjeant to attend a Jurie.
  • Sheriffs of the Counties. 221
  • Sheriffs of Oxon, and Berks &c. 229
  • Steward of Gascoigne. 232
  • Serjeant at the Law to the King. 245
  • Searcher in the Customes. 246
  • Serjeant at Law. 245
  • Succession of the Crowne. 250
  • Seminarie Priests. 302
  • Sheriffe of a Countie newly altred.
  • Succession of H. 8. and Queene Anne. 332
  • Sheepe to be numbred and valued. 344
  • Surveyer of the Liveries. 346
  • [Page]Surveyer of the Court of Survey. 348
  • Sub-Treasurer of the Exchequer. 375
T.
  • TReasurer-Clerk. 34
  • Treasurer of Barwick. 47
  • Treasurer of the Augmentation. 83
  • Treasurer of the Warre. 111
  • Treasurer of Calice 173
  • Tenants to the King in a Court Baron.
  • Tenants atturning to their Lords.
  • Treasurer of England.
  • Tronater of London. 231
  • Treasurer of the Kings Houshold. 276
  • Treasurer of the first Fruits. 326
  • Treasurer of the Court of Survey. 350
  • Treasurer of the Exchequer. 212
U
  • USher of the Exchequer. 40
  • Verderer of a Forrest. 297
  • Vow and Covenant. 407
W.
  • WRiter of the Tables. 37
  • Writer of the P [...]ll. 39
  • Wardemote Inquest in London. 79

THE BOOKE OF OATHES BOTH Ancient and Moderne.

The Ancient Oath used and taken by the Kings of England at their Corona­tion.

THat he shall keepe and maintain the liberties of the holy Church, of old time granted by the righteous. Christian Kings of England; and that he [Page 2]shall keepe all the Lands, Ho­nours, and Dignities, righteous and free of the Crowne of Eng­land in all manne [...] holy, with­out any manner of minish­ments; and the rights of the Crowne hurt, decay, or losse, to his power shall call againe in­to the ancient estate; And that he shall keepe the peace of the holy Church, and of the Cler­gy, and of the People with good accord; And that he shall doe in his judgement equity and right Justice, with discre­tion and mercy; And that he shall grant to hold the Lawes and Customes of the Realme, and to his power keepe them, and affirme them, which the Flock and People have chosen; And the evill Lawes and Cu­stomes wholly to put out, and stedfast and stable peace to the people of his Realme keepe, and cause to be kept to his power.

The new Oath used, and ta­ken by the Kings of England at their Coronation.

THe King shall then sweare, King H. 8. corrected the old Oath with his owne hand to the effect of this: the Originall is in the hands of Sir Robert Corton Knight and Ba­roner. 1625 that he shall keepe and maintaine the lawfull Right, and the Liberties of old time granted by the Righteous Christian Kings of England, to the holy Church of England, not prejudiciall to his Jurisdi­ction and Dignity Royall, and that he shall keepe all the Lands, Honours, and Digni­ties Righteous, and Freedomes of the Crowne of England in all manner whole, without any manner of minishment, and the right of the Crowne hurt, decay, or lost, to his power shall call againe into the anci­ent estate; and that he shall en­deavour himselfe to keep unity in his Clergy, and Temporall Subjects; and that he shall ac­cording [Page 4]to his conscience in all his Judgements minister equi­ty, right, and Justice, shewing where is to be shewed mercy; and that he shall grant to hold the Lawes, and approved Cu­stomes of the Realme, and lawfull, and not prejudiciall to his Crowne, or imperiall Ju­risdiction, to his power keepe them, and affirme them which the Nobles and People have made and chosen with his con­sent, and the evill Lawes and Customes wholly to put out, and steadfast and stable peace to the People of his Realme keep, and cause to be kept to his pow­er in those which honour and equity doe require.

The Oath of a Privie Councellor.

YOu shall sweare, To the ut­termost part of your cun­ning, wit, will, and power; you [Page 5]shall be true and faithfull to the Queenes Majesty our most deare and Soveraigne Lady, and to her Highnesse Heires and Suc­cessors, Kings and Queenes of England, according to the limi­tation of the Statute made in the yeare of the Reigne for the establishment of the succession of the Crowne Imperiall of this Realme; You shall not know nor heare any thing that may in any wayes be prejudiciall to her Majesty, or to her Heires and Successors in forme afore­said, or to the Common­wealths peace, and quiet of this her Majesties Realme; but you shall with all diligence reveale, and disclose the same to her Majesty, or to such person or persons of her Highnesse Pri­vie Councell as you shall think may, and will honestly convey and bring it to her Majesties knowledge; you shall serve her Majesty truly and faithfully in [Page 6]the roome and place of her Highnesse Privie Councell; you shall keepe close and secret all such matters as shall be trea­ted, disputed, debated, and re­solved of in Councell, without disclosing the same, or any part thereof to any, but only to such only as be of the Privie Councell; and yet if any mat­ter so propounded, treated, dis­puted, and debated in any such Councell, shall touch any par­ticular person sworne of the same, upon any such matter as shall in any wise concerne his fidelity, and truth to the Queenes Majesty, you shall in no wise open the same to him, but keep it secret, as you would doe from any other person till the Queenes Majesties pleasure be knowne in that behalfe; you shall in all things to be moved, treated, disputed, and debated in any such Councell, faith­fully and truly declare your [Page 7]minde and opinion, according to your heart and conscience, in no wise forbearing so to do for any manner of respect of favour, love, need, dread, dis­pleasure, or corruption. Fi­nally, you shall be vigilant, di­ligent, and circumspect in all your doings and proceedings, touching the Queenes Majesty and her Affaires; all which points before expressed you shall faithfully observe, fulfill, and keepe, to the uttermost of your power, wit, and cunning. So God you helpe, and by the holy Contents of this Booke.

The Oath of the Clerke of the Councell.

YOu shall sweate, To be a true and faithfull Servant unto the Queenes Majesty, as one of the Clerks of her Highnesse Privy Councell; You shall not know or understand of any [Page 8]manner of thing to be attempt­ed, done, or spoken, against her Majesties Person, Honour, Crowne, and Dignity Royall, but you shall let and withstand the same, to the uttermost of your power, and either do, or cause it to be revealed either to her Majesty her selfe, or to her Privy Councell; You shall keep secret all matters committed and revealed unto you, or that shall be treated of secretly in Councell; And if any of the same Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Councellors, you shall not reveale it unto him, but shall keepe the same untill such time, as by the con­sent of her Majesty, or of the Councell Publication shall be made thereof; You shall to your uttermost beare Faith and true Allegiance to her Majesty, her Heires and Successors and shall assist and defend all Juris­dictions, Preeminencies, and [Page 9]Authorities, granted to her Ma­jesty and annexed to her Crown, against all Forraigne Princes, Persons, Prelates, or Poten­tates, &c. by Act of Parliament or otherwise; And generally in all other things you shall do as a faithfull and true Servant and Subject ought to do to her Ma­jesty. So helpe you God, and by, &c.

The Oath of a Judge.

The Kings Iustices shall be sworne, That they well and truly shall serve the King and his People; and that they shall not assent to things that may turne to his damage or dis-in­heritance: nor that they shall take no fee nor Livery of none but of the King, nor that they shall take gift or reward of none that hath a do before them, ex­cept it be meat or drinke of a small value, as long as the Plea [Page 10]is hanging before them, nor af­ter for that cause: Nor that they shall give counsell to none in a matter that may touch the King, upon paine to be at the Kings will, body and goods; And that they shall do right to every person, notwithstanding the Kings Lees, &c. And in like manner the Barons of the Exchequer shall be sworne, and also Justices of Oyer and Ter­miner, and of Assizes, and Goale Delivery, and Justices of Peace, before whom they have their Commissions, in a certaine forme, as shall seeme good to the Chancellor. Anno 2. Edw. 3.

The Oath of the Clerke of the Chancery.

YEE shall sweare, That yee well and truly shall serve our Soveraigne Lord the King, and his People, in the Office of the Chancery, whereto ye are [Page 11]Titled; nor ye shall assent, or procure the dis-herizon or per­petuall hurt of the King, to your power: nor you shall do no fraud nor procure none to be done, to the hurt of any of the people, nor in any thing that toucheth the keeping of the Seale; And truly shall yee counsell the things that touch the King, when you shall be thereto required, and the coun­sell that you know touching him shall yee conceale, and it yee know the Kings dis-heri­tance, or his perpetuall hurt, or fraud to be done in things touching the keeping of the said Seale, you shall put your law­full power to redresse it; and if ye cannot do it, yee shall shew it the Chancellor or other that may amend it after your in­tent. And it shall be added for the Clerke of course; And ye shall not bring, nor suffer to be brought, to your knowledge, [Page 12]Writs, which ye shall make of the Court not sealed, thereof to make execution; nor ye shall record none Atturney, neither by Writ nor without Writs, without speciall Licence, if ye have not Lawfully examined the party, and the Attorney in proper person, or at least he that shall make the Attorney in proper person: nor no Writ which is of Commandment ye shall not deliver to the Exami­nors, nor to the Seale, before the same Writ be commanded to you, by a Commander that hath power, if it be not to the Chan­cellor, or to one of the Masters, which shall command you to make the Writs; and that all the Writs which ye shall make, ye shall deliver them to the Exa­miner by your owne hands, or by a fellow that is sworne to the King, if your selfe be out of the Court because of sicknesse, or cannot do it for some other ne­cessary [Page 13]ca [...]se; And that ye shall deliver to the Examiner no Writs written of any other hand under your name as yours, nor you shall put no name upon your Writs. So help you, and his Saints. Anno xviii. Edw. 3.

The Oath of the Kings Ser­vants Yeomen by the Vice-Chamberlain.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall be true to your Sove­raigne Lord King Hen. 8. and to his Heires Kings of England; and if yee have knowne any thing in times past, or may know in time coming, that might bee prejudiciall to his Royall Person, or to this his Realme, yee shall with diligence do it to be knowne, either to his Person or to such of his Coun­cell as it may soonest come to his knowledge; Yee shall from henceforth use your selfe in the [Page 14]Roome, as one of the Squires for his Body; ye shall be dili­gent in giving your attendance for the same; Yee shall be obe­dient to the Lord Chamberlain, to the Vice-Chamberlain, to all Gentlemen Ushers, and to all Yeomen Ushers, in all things that shall appertaine to your Roome; Yee shall not depart this the Kings Court without the Kings especiall Licence, the Lord Chamberlaines, or the Vice-Chamberlaines in his ab­sence; You shall not from hence forward beare your service, nor be retained to no manner of person, but onely to the Kings Highnesse; Ye shall not from hence forwards retaine no man, otherwise than according to the Kings Lawes, except it be onely for the Kings service. These Articles, with all other, ye shall truly observe and keepe; As help you God, and holy Da­vid, and all Saints, and by this Book, &c.

The Oath of a Master of Re­quests, as it is outered in the Councell Booke, Anno Eliz.

YOu shall sweare, To be true Councellor to the Queenes Majesty, as one of her Masters of Requests; You shall not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempt­ed, done, or spoken against her Majesties Honour, Crowne, and Dignity Royall, but you shall let and withstand the same to the uttermost of your power, and either do, or cause it forth­with to be revealed, either to her Majesties selfe or to the rest of the Privy Councell; And you shall to the uttermost beare faith and true Allegiance to the Queenes Majesty, her Heires, and Lawfull Successors; and shall assist and defend all Juris­dictions, Preeminencies, and Authorities granted to her Ma­jesty, [Page 16]and annexed to the Crown, against all Forraigne Princes, Persons, Prelates, and Poten­tates, &c. by Act of Parliament, or otherwise, and generally in all things yee shall do as true Councellors ought to do to her Majesty. So God you help, &c.

The Tenor of the Oath dire­cted by King Hen. 8. and his Councell, in the fourth yeere of his Reigne, to his Com­missioners for executing the Kings Commissioners and In­structions within the Dyocesse of Yorke, for Mustering and putting the Kings Subjects in a readinesse for the Wars, and to understand the sub­stance of every man through­out England.

YEE shall truly and plainly declare and shew, as neere [Page 17]as ye can, or may possibly call to minde or remembrance, put­ting apart all colour, fraud, or deceit, of what value and sub­stance ye be, as well in Money Plate, Jewels Utensels, Stuffe, and Ornaments of Houshold-stuffe, Merchandizes, of all manner, sorts, and qualities, debts upon specialties, Obliga­tions, Pledges, Promises, or any otherwise, not onely on this side the Seas, but also in any outward parts; not forbea­ring thus expresly to shew and declare, for any lucre, singular profit; or advantage, prejudices, hinderances, losses, and dama­ges that may ensue unto you by the same. So God you helpe, and the holy Evangelists.

The Oath of the Bayliffe for the Sewers.

You shall sweare, That you shall diligently, truly, and [Page 18]circumspectly peruse, view, and search, from time to time, all and singular such damages, pe­rils, defaults, and reparations, that shall not at any time hap­pen or chance to be with in any of the Bankes, Walls, Sewers, Throughs, or Slewces, within the Precinct of the Levell, as farre as the limits of your Of­fice shall extend, and the same with all diligence, to the utter­most of your power, procur [...] to be presented unto her Ma­jesties Commissioners of Sew­ers, and the Jury that are or shall be impannelled for such causes, that the same with all expedition may bee amended and repaired; and to do and exe­cute all and every other thing and things whatsoever that shall appertaine unto your said Of­fice, as nigh as God shall give you grace. So help you God, &c

The Oath of the Constables within the City of London.

YEe shall sweare, That yee shall keepe the Peace of our soveraigne Lord the King well, and lawfully after your power, and yee shall Arrest all them that make Contempt, Ryot, Debate, or Affray by breaking of the said Peace, and leade them to the House or Counter, and if yee be with-stood by strength of mis-doers, ye shall reare on them an Entry, and pursue them from Street to Street, and from Ward to Ward till they be Arrested; and yee shall search at all times when yee be the Scavengers, or Beagles, the common noysom­nesse of your Ward; and the Beadle and Raker yee shall help to reare, and gather their Sal­lary, and Quarterage, if yee be thereunto by them required, [Page 20]and if any thing be done within your Ward against the Ordi­nance of this City, such de­faults as yee shall finde there done yee shall then present unto the Mayor, and Ministers of the City, and if yee be letted by any person, or persons, that yee may not duly doe your daily Office, yee shall certifie the Mayor and Councell of the City of the name, or names of him or them that so let you.

Yee shall also Sweare, that during the time that yee shall stand in the Office, and occupy the roome of a Constable; yee shall once at the least every Moneth certifie and shew to one of the Clerkes of the May­ors Court, as well the names as the fir-names of all Free-men which yee shall know to be de­ceased within the Moneth, in the Parish wherein yee shall be inhabited, as also the names, and fir-names of all the Chil­dren [Page 21]of the said Free-men so deceased, being Orphants of the said City; and thus you shall not faile to doe, as God you helpe, &c.

The Oath of the Scavenger.

YEe shall sweare, That yee shall diligently over [...]ee that Pavements within your Ward be well and sufficiently repai­red, and not made too high in noysance of your Neighbours; and that the Wayes, Streetes, and Lanes be cleansed of Dung, and all manner of Filth for the honesty of this City; and that all the Chimnies, Furnaces, Reredoes be of Stone, suffici­ently and defensible made a­gainst perill of Fire, and if yee finde any of the contrary, yee shall shew it to the Aldermen of the Word, so that the Alder­men may ordaine for the a­mendment thereof; And thus [Page 22]yee shall doe, as God yee helpe &c.

The Oath of every Free-man of this City of London.

YEe shall sweare, That yee shall be good and true to our Soveraigne Lord King James, and to the Heires of our said Soveraigne Lord the King; obeysant and obedient yee shall be to the Mayor and Ministers of this City, the Franchises and Customes thereof yee shall maintaine, and this City keepe harmlesse in that which in you is; yee shall be contributary to all manner of Charges within this City as Summons Watches, Contributions, Taxes, Tilla­ges, Lot and Scot, and to all other Charges bearing your part as a Free man ought to doe; yee shall cullour no For­raigne Goods under or in your name, whereby the King or [Page 23]this City might, or may lose their Customes, or Advantages; yee shall know no Farraigner to buy or sell any Merchandise with any other Forraigner within this City or Franchise thereof, but yee shall warne the Chamberlaine thereof, or some Minister of the Chamberlaines; yee shall impleade or sue no Free-man out of this City, whiles yee may have Right and Law within the same City; yee shall take none Apprentice, but if he be free borne (that is to say) no Bond-mans Sonne, nor the Sonne of any Alien, and for no lesse tearmes then for seven yeares, without fraud or de­ceit, and within the first yeare yee shall cause him to be Enrol­led or else pay such Fine as shall be reasonably imposed up­on you for omitting the same; and after his tearme end, with­in convenient time being re­ [...]nited, yee shall make him Free [Page 24]of this City, if he have well and truly served you; yee shall also keepe the Kings Peace in your owne person; yee shall know no gatherings, Conven­ticles, or Conspiracies made a­gainst the Kings Peace, but yee shall warne the Mayor thereof, or let it to your power; All these Points and Articles yee shall well and truly keepe ac­cording to the Lawes, and Cu­stomes of this City to your po­wer. So helpe you God, &c.

The Oath of a Sheriffe of a County.

YEe shall sweare, That yee shall serve the King well, and truly in the Office of the Sheriffe of A. and do the Kings profit in all that belongeth to you to doe by way of your Of­fice, as farre forch as you can or may; yee shall truly keepe the Kings Rights, and all that [Page 25]belongeth to the Crowne; yee shall not assent to decrease, to lessenings, nor concealement of the Kings Rights, or of his Franchises, and whensoever yee shall have knowledge that the Kings Rights, or the Rights of his Crowne be concealed, or with-drawne, be it in Land, Rent, Franchise, or Suits, or any other things; yee shall doe your true power to make them be restored to the King againe, and it yee may not doe it yee shall certifie the King, or some of his Councell thereof, such as yee hold for certaine will say it to the King; yee shall not re­spite the Kings Debts for any gifts or favour, where ye may raise them without great grie­vance of the Debto [...]s; ye shall truly and righteously treat the People of your Sheriffewicke, and doe right as well to Poore as to Rich in all that belongeth to your Office, yee shall doe no [Page 26]wrong to any man, for any gift or other behest, or promise of Goods, for favour, nor hate; yee shal disturbe no mans right; yee shall truly acquit at the Ex­chequer all those of whom yee shall any thing receive of the Kings Debts; yee shall nothing take whereby the King may lose, or whereby that Right may be disturbed, letted, or the Kings Debts delayed; yee shall truly returne and truly serve all the Kings Writs as far forth as shall be within your cunning; yee shall none have to be your under Sheriffe, or any of the Sheriffes Clearkes of the last yeare past; ye shall take no Bayliffes into your ser­vice, but such as yee will an­swer for; yee shall make each of your Bayliffes to make such Oath as yee make your selfe in that that belongeth to their occupation; yee shall receive no Writ by you or any of yours [Page 27]unsealed, or any sealed, under any [...]eale of any Justice save of Justice in Eyre, or Justice As­signed in the same Shire where ye be Sheriffe in, or other Justice having power, or Au­thority to make any Writs unto you by the said Law of the Land, or any Justice of New­gate; yee shall make your Bay­liffes of the true and sufficient men in the Country; also, yee shall doe all your paine and di­ligence to destroy, and make to cease all manner of Heresies, and Errors, commonly called Lollers, within your Bayliffe­wick, from time to time to all your power, and assist and be helping to all Ordinaries, and Commissaries of holy Church, and favour and maintaine them as oft times as yee shall be required by the said Ordinaries, and Commissaries; yee shall be dwelling in your proper per­son within your Bayliffewick [Page 28]for the time yee shall be in the same Office, except yee be o­therwise licensed of the King; yee shall not let your Sheriffe­wicke, nor any Bayliffewicke thereof to Farme to any man; yee shall truly set, and returne reasonable and due issues of them that be within your Bay­liffewicke after their estate, and their honour; and make your Pannels your selfe of such persons as be most, next most sufficient, and not suspect, or procured, as it is ordained by the Statutes, and over this in Eastchining and restrainder of the Mans slaughters, Robbe­ries, and other manifold grie­vous offences that have been done daily, namely of such as name themselves Souldiers, and by other Vagarants, the which continually increase in num­ber, and multiply so that the Kings true Subjects may not be safe, yea ride, nor goe to doe [Page 29]such things as they have to doe, to their intollerable hurt and hinderance; yee shall truly and effectually with all diligence possible to you, execute the Sta­tute, and the Statutes of Win­chester, and of Vagabonds; these things all yee shall truly keepe, as God you helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of an Attorney at Law.

YOu shall doe no falshood, nor consent to any to be done in the Court, and if you know of any to be done you shall give knowledge thereof un­to my Lord Chiefe Justice, or other his Brethren, that it may be reformed; you shall delay no man for lucre or malice; You shall encrease no Fees, but shall be contented with the old Fees accustomed; you shall plead no Forraigne Plea nor suffer no [Page 30]Forraigne Suits unlawfully to hurt any man, but such as shall stand with order of the Law, and your conscience; you shall seale all such Processe as you shall sue out of the Court with the Seale thereof, and so the Kings Majesty, and my Lord Chiefe Justice discharged for the same; yee shall not wit­tingly nor willingly sue, nor procure to be sued any false Suit, nor give ayde, nor con­sent to the same, in paine to be expulsed from the Court for ever; And furthermore, you shal use your selfe in the Office of an Attorny within the Court according to your Lear­ning and discretion; so helpe you God, &c.

The Oath of a Merchaut Adventurer.

FIrst, yee shall sweare, To be true to our soveraigne Lady [Page 31]the Queene her Heires and Successors, and if any thing may come to your knowledge intended against her Majesties Person, or Dominions, to dis­cover the same to the Gover­nour of this Fellowship, or his Deputy, or some other in place convenient.

Secondly, You shal sweare to be obedient and assistant to the Governour, and his Depu­ty, and Fellowship of Merchant Adventurers; and to keep all Acts and Ordinances by them made, or to be made, without doing or procuring any thing in prejudice thereof, or else of­fending, duly to pay the pe­nalties.

Thirdy yee sweare, To con­ceale the secrets of the Fellow­ship, and to make knowne unto the Governour, or his Deputy, from time to time, any thing which you shal understand to be pretended against the Fel­lowship, [Page 32]or the Priviledges thereof.

Lastly you sweare, That in no case you shal collour or free any mans Goods whomsoever, being either Stranger, or one free of this Fellowship.

The Oath of a Merchant Ad­venturer taken before the Poqueter, for the true Ship­ping of his Clothes.

YOu shall sweare, That all and every such Clothes, and other Commodities, where­of you, or any of you have made entry, are allready bought, and within the Walls of London, being over and above all former Entries, and are not yet Ship­ped, and they are also belong­ing to those men in whose names they be entered, and their Partners, being free Bro­thers of this Company of Mer­chant Adventurers; and that [Page 33]they are entred to be Shipped either for Stiade, or Middlebo­rough. So God you helpe.

The Oath which the Honou­rable George Lord Nevell, Baron of Abergaveny used to sweare his Servants by, at their first comming into his Houshold.

YEe shal beare your faith therewith, and true service next unto our Soveraigne Lord King Henry 8. unto my Lord and Ladie of this place, whom yee intend now to serve; also if yee know any hurt, harme, or hinderance to be done to my said Lord and Ladie to their Bodies, or to their Goods or to his Children by any person or persons, yee shal give him knowledge, or some of his Councel, as soone as God wil give you grace; Also yee shal [Page 34]not consume, nor waste none of his Goods, nor suffer them to be wasted negligently by any other person, if ye be in power to let it, or else give know­ledge to his Officers that have the Rule and Charge of his House; And also at all times yee shall be obedient, requisite, and necessary, unto my Lords Officers that have the Rule and Charge of my said Lords Houshold aforesaid, yee shall well and truly of your behalfe keepe and performe, to the best of your power. So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of Treasurer Clerk in the Ezchequer.

YOu shall sweare, That you shall well and truly serve the King your Lord, in your Office and Roome of Clerk­ship, to the Lord Treasurer of [Page 35] England, within this Court of the Kings Receipt and Treasu­ry; And you shall uprightly be­have your selfe towards all his Subjects and Accomptants, for their speedy expedition, with­out any unjust hinderance or delay, for affection, meed, or dread; And you shall make no untrue Entry into any of the Kings Rolls, or other Books of Receipt and exitus, commonly called the Pelles of Receipt and Exitus, whereby the King our Lord, or any his Subjects, may be hurt or damaged. But if you shall know of any errour in them escaped, speedily to be amended; And you shall from time to time make, or cause to be made to the Lord Treasurer of England, true and perfect De­clarations of all manner of Sums of Money coming in and going out of the Kings Trea­sury, so often as the same Lord Treasurer shall demand; And [Page 36]you shall safely preserve and keep the Kings Records, Leagues, and other Writings lying in his Treasury, not suffering any of them to be harmed, lost, or al­tered by your default, nor yet to be removed abroad to any place out of the said Treasury, but onely by Warrant or Li­cence from the Lord Treasurer of England; And when any such Licence or Command shall be given, yet you shall not rudely adventure the carrying thereof by water, if you may have con­venient passage by Land; And you shall to the best of your power conserve all the ancient and laudable Customes of this Court, without permitting any new errour to arise (if you be able to resist it,) and where you are not able, you shall speedily disclose it to the Lord Treasu­rer of England for reformation. Finally, you shall in all things concerning this your Office, be [Page 37]obedient, faithfull, and true, to the Lord Treasurer for the time being and shall not bewray the secrets of this Court; nor yet any waste make of the Kings goods, for any cause So help you God, and all Saints, and by the Contents of that Booke.

The Oath of the Writer of the Tallyes, and Counter Tal­lyes.

YOu shall sweare, That you shall truly and faithfully write all the Tallyes and Coun­ter-Tallyes, otherwise called the Joyles of the said Tallyes, of all manner of payments in the Court of Receipt to be made, and to give good atten­dance to the same, helping to dispatch all manner of Ac­comptants, according to the an­tient customes of this Court; [Page 38]and to make Declarations for the declaring of all manner of Receipts and Payments, there received and paid from time to time, to the Lord Treasurer of England, or to the under Trea­surer for the time being; and especially to regard and so from time to time, unto the Entries safe keeping, taking out, shew­ing delivery, and laying up all manner of Leagues, and other Writings of any other parties, which remain within the King our Soveraigne Lord his Trea­sury; to whom you shall bee true, secret, and faithfull during the time of your being in the said Office. So help you God, and all Saints.

The new Oath of the Wri­ter of the Pell, made in the sixth yeare of King Edward the sixth.

YOu shall swearee, That you shall truly and faithfully keepe the Kings Majesties Book within this his Court, called the Pell, for the speedy expe­dition of his Accomptants, for their surety; And you shall de­lay none of the Kings Accomp­tants, for favour, meed, affection, or dread; and see all wayes that no untrue entry be made in the said Pell; And if you know of any errour done within the said Court, you shall shew it to the Lord Treasurer, or to the un­der Treasurer, without any de­lay thereof to be made; And the secrets of this Court you shall nor bewray So help you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Ʋsher of the Exchequer.

YEe shall sweare, That ye shall well and truly serve the Treasurer and Chamberlaines of the Exchequer in your roome of Ushership to the Lord Treasurer of England, within this Court of the Kings Re­ceipts, and shall diligently lock and keep the doors of the Kings Treasury in due time for safety of his good; And the same doores ye shall be ready to open againe at all times, when the same Lord Treasury and Cham­berlaines, or other their Clerks, and Deputies, shall have occasi­on to enter, and there shall give your attendance till their de­parture And ye shall demand no unjust allowance for any ne­cessaries or other kinde of thing by you bought for service of the [Page 41] King within this Court: And ye shall, to your power, helpe and further all such the Kings Accomptants as shall have to do in this Court. So help you God, and Holidome, and by the Con­tents of that Book.

The Oath ministred unto the Souldiers serving under the Earle of Leicester in the Low Countries.

WEE do sweare and promise, To do all loyall, true, and faithfull service unto the Queene of England, her most Ex­cellent Majesty, and unto the Provinces and Cities united in these Countries, and their As­sociates, under the charge and obedience of the Right Excel­lent the Earle of Leicester Go­vernour generall of the said Provinces and Cities, and their Associates, and of her Majesties [Page 42]Armie and Forces within the same: and all lawfull and due obedience unto the said Gover­nour, and to any other Superi­our that shall have charge un­der him for Government in this Armie. And further we do pro­mise to endeavour our selves to keep and fulfill all such lawfull Ordinances as his Excellency hath, or shall set forth and esta­blish for the better ordering of this Army, as much as concerns us, so long as we shall serve un­der him. So help us God, by Je­sus Christ.

The Oath of the Governour of Barwick.

YOU shall sweare, To bee faithfull and true to our So­veraigne Ladie Elizabeth, by the grace of God Queene of Eng­land, France, and Ireland, Defen­dor of the Faith, &c. and to [Page 43]keepe and defend, to the use of her Majesty, her Heires and Suc­cessors, this Towne of Barwick, and the Marchesse of the same, to the uttermost of your power, and according to your Office; you shall not be absent at any time from your Office, without her Majesties speciall License, containing in the same the names of such to whom your charge shall be committed in your absence, except it be upon reasonable causes, to go into the Wardencie of the East Mar­ches, for the service thereof, or to some osher part of Nortbune­berland, upon any your needfull causes; at which time neverthe­lesse you shall depute the Mar­shall, or in his absence, the next principall Officer, to take your charge of this Towne: You shall cause all the Officers of this Towne to doe their duties, or else see them punished with­out favour or delay; you shall [Page 44]use the advice of all those which be Councellors of this Towne for any matter concer­ning the Government thereof, except the matter shall touch any of themselves in which the same parties shall be excluded for the time; you shall see that this Towne, and the Garrison be provided of a convenient force of Victuall of all sorts from time to time; And that the Mayor and his Brethren shall doe their duties for the Common-weale of the same Towne according to their Ju­risdiction. You shall admini­ster Justice truly, and indiffe­rently to all manner of persons having any Cause depending before you; You shall not ad­mit, nor suffer to be admitted any manner of person to be of this Garrison that shall be born out of the Realme of England or Ireland nor above the number of fortie that shall be borne [Page 45]within the Realme of Ireland; You shall at sundry times visite the Gates and Posternes of this Towne, the Locks and Shut­tings thereof, the Towne Walls, Bulworkes, Ditches, Ordinance, Artillery, and Mu­nition, and the Houses of the Stoage of the same, and cause to be redressed to the best of your power any thing therein amisse; Finally, you shall quar­terly puruse the Statutes and Ordinances heretofore made, and now remaining in force for the Government of this Towne, and them cause to be duly kept and observed.

The Oath of the Marshall of Barwicke.

YOu shall sweare, That you shall be faithfull and true to our soveraigne Ladie Queene Elizabeth, by the grace of God, [Page 46] Queene of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. You shall be obedient to the Governour of this Towne, for the good governance and defence of the same, and shall give good counsell and assist­ance unto him, and all other Officers of the Towne to the uttermost of your power; You shall set the Watch of the Towne, and visit it from time to time, as to your Office be­longeth; You shall not impri­son, or present any person without reasonable cause and thereof you shall certifie the Governour of their names, and their causes. You shall suffer no person borne out of the Queenes Majesties Allegiance without the Governours spe­ciall Licence, (and that not without good cause) to lodge in this Towne above two nights, or to continue above twenty foure houres at any one [Page 47]time, nor shall suffer any stran­ger to be lodged, but in conve­nient place to keepe the same person from the knowledge of the secrets of this Towne. Fi­nally you shall keepe and cause to be kept, all manner of Sta­tutes, Lawes and Ordinances, heretofore made, and now re­maining in force, for the good governance of this Towne, to the uttermost of your power.

The Oath of the Treasurer of Barwick.

YOu shall sweare, That you shall be faithfull and true to our Soveraigne Ladie Eliza­beth by the grace of God, Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. You shall be obedient to the Governour of this Towne for the good governance and de­fence of the same, and shall [Page 48]give counsell and assistance to him, and all other Officers of the Towne to the uttermost of your power; you shall make no payment to Officer or Souldi­ers untill Muster be had, view­ed, and taken by the Governour and Marshall of the Towne, and the Compt Roller, and of the Checque hereof. Finally, Ye shall observe and keep, or cause to be observed and kept, all manner of Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances, heretofore made, and now remaining in force; for the government of this Towne.

The Oath of the Porter of Barwick.

YOu shall sweare, That you shall be faithfull and true to our overaigne Lady Glizabeth by the grace of God Queene of England, France, and Ireland, De­fendor [Page 49]of the faith, &c. You shall be obedient and attendant to the Governour for the time being in all things appertaining to the good governance and de­fence of the same Towne, and to him and to the Queene Coun­cell and Officers of the same Towne; You shall give faith full and diligent counsell, and th [...]m ayd and assist to the uttermost of your power; You shall safe­ly surely and diligently keepe the keyes of the Gates of this Towne of Barwick, while they shall be in your hands, and shall see the same Gates guarded and shut up at the times accusto­med, and as the Governour of this Towne shall command, for the surety of this Towne; And at all times, as so one as the Gates shall be shut, you shall bring the said. Keyes to the Go­vernour of the Towne, and in his absence, to his Deputy; you shall whensoever any tidings or [Page 50]intelligences shall come to you by Land, or by Water, that is meet to be knowne to the Go­vernour of the Towne, or to the Councell in his absence forthwith let them know the same; You shall reare no new Customes or Taxes, to the vexa­tion of any comers or go­ers, &c.

The Oath of the Master of the Ordinance for the Towne of Barwicke.

YOu shall sweare, That you shall be true and faithfull to our soveraigne Ladie Elizabeth by the Grace of God, Queene of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. You shall be obedient to the Gover­nour of this Towne, for the good governance and defence of the same; And shall give good councell and assistance to him, and all other Officers of [Page 51]the Towne to the uttermnst of your power; You shall se [...] that the Ordinance, Artillery, and Munition be safely and well kept from all danger of the Ene­mies, of Fire, or other misad­ventures to the best of your power, and that the Ordnance and Artillery placed for the defence of this Towne be al­waies kept in good repaire, and he in readinesse for the use where the same is or shall be planted; You shall issue no part thereof at any time but for the service of this Towne, nor shall expend any portion of your Office but by Warrant; Finally, You shall observe and keep, or cause to be observed and kept all manntt Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances of this Towne heretofore made, and now remaining in force for the good governance of the same Towne.

The Oath of the Clerke of the Checque in Barwicke.

YOu shall sweare, That you shall be true and faithfull to our Soveraigne Ladie Eliza­beth by the Grace of God Queene of England, Frane, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. You shall sweare to keep [...] truly the Bookes of Musters of all the persons in the Towne, and you shall keepe true Re­cord, and Report of the time of all manner of persons depar­ting from the Towne, being ei­ther Licenced for more the [...] two dayes, or being Calha [...]er [...] or dilcharged of Service, and of all such as shall depart with­out Licence and shall duly in­forme the Governour of the defaults that you shall finde and the same you shall Cheeque in your Booke, and the same Booke you shall duly keepe, and [Page 53]at the pay see the Party thereof Taxed and default [...]e, and sur­ther punished as the cause shall require.

The Oath of Captaines of Bands in the Towne of Bar­wicke.

You shall sweare, To be true and good to our Soveraigne Lady the Queene, and to the Governour of the Towne, and shall keepe your whole number being in your charge without diminishing, or admitting of the same untill you have cer­tified the Governour of the Towne thereof, and that the Clerke of the Checque by the Governours appointment have enrolled the same in his Booke, and if any of your Band shall escape away, or dye, you shall forthwith notifie the same to the Governour of the Towne, and the said Clerke of the [Page 54]Checque; You shall not refuse to come to common Musters at any time, upon the call of the Governour of the Towne, ei­ther being alone, or else having with him the Treasurer and Clerke of the Checque; nei­ther shall you bring to Muster any person but such as have ser­ved in your Band, during the time for which he shall have pay; neither shall you to your knowledge suffer any one to be in your Band that receiveth any mans pay of our Treasurer in any other roome or place within this Towne, except it be for the Tax worke in our Fortifications, whereof you shall make privie the Treasu­rer, and Clarke of the Checque; You shall see, and cause every your Souldiers to be frequent­ly Trained and taught the use of their Weapons, and other Feates of Warre convenient for them; and at the least you shall [Page 55]cause the same to be done every fourteene daies in Summer once, and every twenty daies in Winter; You shall not per­mit any of your Band to take any more Victuals, or other Wares within that Towne then his Wages will discharge; You shall with your Band Watch and Ward for the defence of this Towne as you shall be ap­pointed by the Marshall and Governour thereof; You shall not depart out of the Towne and Marches further then the Orders of the Towne doe per­mit without leave of the Go­vernour of the Towne, or in his absence by his Deputie, un­der their Writings and Seale, mentioning the time of your leave to be absent, and before your departure (if it shall be longer then for three daies) you shall present your selfe to the Treasurer, or his Deputy, giving notice unto them for the [Page 56]time licenced you for absence, and at your returne you shall also give notice to the said Treasurer and Clerke of the Checque; You shall also be obedient to the Governour, and to the other Counsellors of this Towne, and shall obey all Sta­tutes and Ordinances of the same.

The Oath of every private Sauldier in Barwicke.

YOu shell sweare, To be good and true to our Sovereigne Lady the Queene, and to the Governour of this Towne for Her Ma [...]esties service, and truly (doe as much as in you shall lye, to) keepe this Towne al­waies true English, and in good obedience to the Governour, Marshall, and other Officers thereof; and you shall be go­verned by your Captaine with­in any Debate or Rebellion, [Page 57]and if you shall know any thing hut, full to the state of this Towne, or to any part thereof, you shall forthwith disclose the same either to your Cap­taine, or to the Governour, or to one of the Courncell of the Towne; You shall keepe such Armour and Weap [...]n as you are by your Captaine limited to have without wilfull spoile, or selling thereof except it be to provide better; You shall keepe all other. Ordinances of this Towne that ma [...] any waies pertaine to you to keepe.

The Oath of the Lord Presi­dent of the Councell in the Marehe [...] of Wales.

YOu shall sweare, To the ut­termost of your power, will and [...]unning, that you shall be true and faithfull to the Queenes Highnesse, our Sove­raign [...] Lady, and to her Heires [Page 58]and Successors, and that you doe utterly testifie and declare in your conscience, that the Queenes Highnesse is the only supreame Governour of this Realme, and of all other Her Highnesse Dominions and Coun­tries, as well in all Spirituall and Ecclesiasticall things or Causes as Temporall; and that no Forraigne Prince, Person, Prelate, State, or Potentate hath, or ought to have any Ju­risdiction, Power Superiority, Preeminence, or Authoritie Ecclesiasticall, or Spirituall within this Realme; And that you doe utterly renounce and forsake all Forraigne Jurisdi­ctions, Powers, Superiorities, and Authorities; and doe pro­mise that from hence forth you shall beare faith, and true Allegiance to the Queenes High­nesse, her Heires, and Successors, and to your power shall assist, and defend all Juris [...]ctions, [Page 59]Priviledges, Preeminencies, and Authorities granted or belong­ing to the Queenes Highnesse, her Heires and Successors, or united and annexed to the Im­periall Crowne of this Realme.

2. You shall not know nor hear any thing that may in any wise be prejudiciall to her Highnesse or her Common-wealth, peace and quiet of her Highnesse Realme, but you shall with all diligence reveale and discover the same to her Highnesse, or to such other person or persons of her Graces Privy Councell as you shall think meet, and will soonest convey and bring it to her Highnesse.

3. You shall serve her High­nesse truly and faithfully in the roome and place of one of her Graces Councell.

4. You shall in all things to be moved, treated, and debated, in any Councell, faithfully and truly declare your minde and [Page 60]opinion, according to your heart and conscience, no wise forbearing so to do, for any manner respect of favour, meed, displeasure, or corruption.

5. You shall faithfully and up­rightly, to the best of your po­wer, cause Justice to be duly and indifferently Ministred to the Queenes Majesties Subjects, that shall have cause to sue for the same, according to equity and to the Order of the Law.

F [...]ally, You shall be vigilant and circumspect in all your do­ings and proceedings touching the Queenes Ma [...]esty, and her Highnesse Affaires.

All which points and Articles before expressed, with all other Articles, Signed with the Queens Majesties Hand, and delivered to me the Lord President of her Highnesse Councell established in these parts; you shall faith­fully keepe and fulfill, to the ut­termost of your power, wit, [Page 61]will and cunning. So God you help, and the contents of this Booke.

The Oath of the Clerke of the Parliament.

YOu shall be true, faithfull, and truth you shall beare to our Soveraigne Lord the King, and to his Heires and Succes­sors; You shall nothing know that shall be prejudiciall to his Highnesse, his Crowne, State, and Dignity Royall, but that you shall resist, to your power, and with all speed ye shall adver­tise his Grace thereof, at the least some of his Councell, in such wise as the same may come to his knowledge; Ye shall also well and truly serve his. High­nesse in the Office of Clerke of his Parliament, making true entry and Records of the things done and past in the same; Ye shall keep secret all such matters [Page 62]as shal be treated in his said Par­liament, and not disclose the same before it shall be published, but to such as they ought to be disclosed unto: And generally ye shall well and truly do and execute all things belonging un­to you to be done, appertain­ing to the Office of Clerke of the Parliament; as God you help, &c.

The Oath of Allegiance.

I A. B. Do truly and sincerely acknowledge, professe, testifie, and declare, in my conscience before God and the world, That our Soveraigne Lord King James is lawfull King of this Realme, and of all other his Majesties Dominions and Countries; and that the Pope, neither of him­selfe, nor by any Authority of the Church or Sea of Rome, or by any other meanes with any other, hath any Power or Au­thority [Page 63]to depose the King, or to dispose of any of his Maje­sties Kingdomes or Domini­ons, or to authorize any For­raigne Prince to invade or an­noy him or his Countries, or to discharge any of his Subjects of their Allegiance and obedi­ence to His Majesty; or to give License or leave to any of them to beare Armes, raise Tu­mults, or to offer any violence or hurt to his Majesties Royall Person State, or Government, or to any of His Majesties Sub­jects within His Majesties Do­minions. Also I do [...]weare from my heart, that notwithstanding any Declaration or sentence of Excommunication or Depriva­tion made or granted or to be made or granted, by the Pope of his Successors, or by any Au­thoritie derived or prie [...]ended to be derived from him or his Sea, against the said King his Heires or Successors, or any absolution [Page 64]of the said Subjects from their Obedience. I will beare faith and true! Allegiance to his Ma­jesty his Heires and Successors, and him and them will defend to the uttermost of my power, against all conspiracies and con­tempts whatsoever, which shall be made against his or their Per­sons their Crowne and Digni­tie, by reason or colour of any such Sentence or Declaration or otherwise; and will do my best indearour to disglose and make knowne unto his Majesty his Heires and Successors, all Treasons and treacher o [...] Con­spiracies, which I shall know or heare of [...] to be against him or them, And I do further sweare. That I do from my heart ab­horre detest and al [...]jure, as im­pious and here [...] call, his damno­ [...] Doctrine, and Position, this Princes wa [...] be deprived or Ex­communicated of the Pope, may be deposed or murthered [Page 65]by their Subjects, or any other whatsoever; And I doe be­leeve, and in conscience am re­solved, that neither the Pope, nor any person whatsoever hath power to absolve me of this Oath, or any part thereof, which I acknowledge by good and full Authority to be lawfully ad­ministred unto me; and doe renounce all Pardons, and Dis­pensations to the contrary, and all those things I doe plainly and sincerely acknowledge, and sweare according to these ex­presse words by me spoken, and according to the plaine and common sence and understan­ding of the same words, with­out any equivocation, or men­tall evasion, or secret reserva­tion whatsoever; And I doe make this Recognition and ac­knowledgement heartily, wil­lingly, and truly, upon the true faith of a Christian. So helpe me God &c.

The Oath of Supremacy.

J A. B. Doe utterly testifie and declare in my conscience, that the Kings Highnesse is the only Supreame Governour of this Realme, and all other his Highnesse Dominions & coun­tries, as well in all Spirituall and Ecclesiasticall things or causes as Temporall; And that no Forraigne Prince, Person, Prelate, State, or Potentate hath, or ought to have any Ju­risdiction, Power, Superiority, Preeminence, or Authoritie Ecclesiasticall, or Spirituall within this Realme; And therefore I doe utterly re­noune and forsake all Forraigne Jurisdictions, Powers, Superio­rities, and Authorities, and doe promise that from henceforth I shall beare Faith and true Al­legiance to the Kings High­nesse, his Heires, and lawfull [Page 67]Successors, and to my power shall assist, and defend all Juris­dictions, Priviledges, P [...]eemi­nencies, and Authorities gran­ted, or belonging to the Kings Highnesse, his Heires, and Suc­cessors, or united and annexed to the Imperiall Crowne of the Realme.

The Oath of Franck Pledge within the City of London.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall be good and true to our Soveraigne Lord, the King of England, and to his Heires Kings, and the Kings Peace yee shall keepe, and see that it be kept; And to all the Ministers of the City yee shall be obedi­ent, and at all times yee shall be ready to helpe the Officers of the City in doing of their Of­fices, for resting of Mis-doers in keeping of the Kings Peace, and for to follow them from [Page 68]Street to Street, and Ward to Ward unto the time they be Arrested, and brought to one of the Counters; and if yee know any Congregation, or Conventicles of any mis doers within the Ward, yee shall doe the Aldermen to weete thereof; and all other points within the Wardmoote yee shall well and truly keepe So helpe yee God and by this Booke.

The Oath of the Scavengers of the Ward.

YEe shall sweare. That yee shall well and diligently over-see that the Pavements in every Ward be well and right­fully repaired, and not hausted to the noyance of the Neigh­bours, and that the Waies, Streetes, and Lanes be kept cleane from Dung and other Filth for the honesty of this City and that all the Chimnies, [Page 69]Redosses, and Furnaces be made or Stone for defence of Fire; and if yee know any such yee shall shew it to the Alderman, that he may make due redresse thereof; and this yee shall not seave. So helpe you God, &c.

The Oath for Brokers in London.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall neither buy nor [...]ell, nor other for you, any manner of Merchandize by fraud or collusion to your owne proper use within the Franchises of this City nor without; And that yee neither make, nor doe to be made any manner Bar­gaine betweene Forraigner and Forraigner or Forraigner and Stranger within the Franchises of this City, nor without, up­on paine of forfeiture of one hundred pound to the Cham­ber of London, and losing of [Page 70]your Office for ever; Also that yee buy no manner of Mer­chandize of any person within the Franchises of this City, nor without to no persons use; that yee bring the Seller and the Buyer together, making a right­full Bargaine betweene them if you be required; and, that yee shall neither suffer, nor counsell any other person to use Brokeage within the said City, or the Franchises of the same, but if he be admitted and sworne, and hath found suffi­cient Surety to doe well and truly, and keepe and observe all these Articles and Ordinances; and if yee know any person so doing, yee shall open it to the Mayor, and Aldermen, and else yee shall be deprived of your Office for ever.

Also yee shall be in no Live­rie with any Person nor Host, any manner of Stranger, or Alien, upon paine of losing of [Page]your Office for ever; Also yee shall doe all your Bargaines that yee shall make betweene any manner of persons to be writ­ten in a Booke, and that yee shall have the same Booke rea­dy before the Mayor, and Al­dermen for the time being, at all times when he by them shall be required to testifie the Bar­gaines aforesaid; Also that yee shall not be dwelling harbou­red, nor lodged with any Mer­chant Stranger within the Ci­tie of London, or Liberty thereof.

Also yee shall make no man­ner Bargaine of Usurie, nor ex­change of Usurie, nor any other false Chevisance nor untrue Bargaine, nor Contract, nor meddle, nor consent to the same in any wise, no such Bar­gaine, favour, nor counsell, or hide, but them disclose to the Mayor and Aldermen of the same Citie for the time being, and this you shall not leave. So God you helpe.

The Oath of the Sheriffe of Londons Serjeant.

YEE shall sweare. That yee shall well and truly serve the Sheriffe of London in your Office of Serjeantship, and the Franchises of London; Yee shall sweare and maintaine to your power, and all manner persons that yee shall Arrest by Plaint, Writ, or by Fray, or by any other lawfull cause yee shall bring them unto the Counter if yee be of power; Also yee shall warne no person to agree­with the Creditors of their Debts but that a Plaint of such Debts be lawfully made; Also yee shall w [...]rne no person on whom a Plaint or a Writ is on in the Counter, and yee shall well and truly enter such Plaints as yee shall have of your Clients or any other person; Also all manner of Mercements [Page 73]and Fines that yee shall receive, yee shall well and truly bring them to the Counter, and there to deliver them to the Sheriffe, or to his Deputie; Also yee shall not tarrie, or delay none occasion, nor make none un­true Processe; That yee shall by vertue of your Office, fraud, or hate, or promise for your singular availe; Also yee shall be no Lone day maker, nor maintainer of none occa­sion; Also in all manner of Plaints that yee shall returne good and honest persons, and true, and not suspitious, nor procured by you, nor by your assent; Also you shall counsell nothing whereby the Sheriffes, or any of their Courts or Officers may be hurt in their availes; Also the common of the Citie peaceably and gently yee shall intreat, and also to all other persons that have his Pa­tents of exemptions of any Of­fice, [Page 74]or other Charges within the Citie of the Kings grant ye [...] shall doe, summon them like as yee doe other Free-men of In­quests; Also, yee shall take no Yeoman into your Governance whilest he be Officer with the said Sheriffe, unto the time that yee shew the said Yeoman unto the said Sheriffe, and by him so to be accepted; And al­so yee shall not doe away the said Yeoman in that being with­out a lawfull cause, certifying, and knowing to the Sheriffe; And if that Yeoman be from you so voided, yee shall take away the Liverie of the She­riffe, except, and in all other things your Office you shall well and truly keepe and beare you. So helpe you God, and by this Booke.

The Oath of a Constable in London.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall keepe the peace of our Soveraigne Lord the King well, and lawfully after your power; Also yee shall Arrest all them that made any Riot Debate or Affray in breaking of the said Peace and yee shall bring them to one of the Sheriffes Houses, or to the Counters of the said Sheriffes, and if yee be with­stood by strength of any such mis-doers, yee shall ever reare up Hue and Cry, and yee shall follow them from Street to Street, and from Ward to Ward till yee may Arrest them.

Also yee shall search at all times when yee shall be requi­red by Scavengers, or Beadle, for the common noyance of the Ward.

Also if there be any thing [Page 76]done within the Warde con­trary to the Ordinance to the City.

Also such faults as ye finde yee shall present them to the Mayor and to the Ministers of the City; and if ye be with­stood with person or persons, that ye may not do your Of­fice ye shall present them to the Mayor, and to the Common­Councell of the Citie, with the names of them that so trou­ble you. And this ye shall not leave. So help you God, and holidome, and by this Booke.

The Oath of a Beadle of the Wards in London.

YEe shall sweare, That yee shall well and honestly keep the Ward that ye be Beadle in; And ye shall suffer no manner Ribbawdes, nor none of evill living, nor hunters of Ale, nor women holding Brothels, nor [Page 77]none other Noyons other wo­men slandered of evill name, and of evill life, dwelling with­in the Ward, but you shall cer­tifie the names of them unto the Alderman, to that intent that he shall have them out within fifteen daies; and if the Alderman do it not, ye shall anon after the fifteen daies en­ded, do the Mayor to weete; and if any man make any fray, or draw any weapon against the Kings Peace, ye shall do the Sheriffe to weete, that they may make leavy by the Serje­ants of such mis-doers also; Yee shall returne good and law­full men in the Hustinges afore the Sheriffes, and the Kings Crowner to the Quest, and not men suspitious, and maintain­ers of persons of evill name; And the Returne that ye make, yee shall shew them three or foure daies before the Husting, that ye may see the Returne, [Page 78]whether it be sufficient or no; Also ye shall see, that no Poul­ter, nor no other Victualler, make no sale of Poultery, Corn, or Meale, or any other Victu­all, in no privie place, against the Ordinance of the Mayer, but ye shall warne the Mayor and the Sheriffes thereof; Yee shall be none Officer in Court expedient during your Beadle­ship; Also ye shall brew none Ale, nor none for you, to be no Regrater; ye shall keepe no Bake-house; Also ye shall be no Regrater of Victuall, nor none hunter of Ale, nor part­ner with none of them: And other things to your Office be­longing ye shall well and law­fully keepe. So helpe you God, and Holidome, and by this Booke.

The Oath of the Wardmoote Inquest within London.

YEe shall sweare, That yee shall be true to our Sove­raigne Lord the King that now is, and to his Heires and Suc­cessors Kings of England; and readily ye shall come when yee be summoned, to the Common Councell of this City; but if ye be reasonably excused; and good and true Councell ye shall give in all things touching the Common-wealth of this City, after your wit and cunning; And that for favour of any per­son ye shall maintaine no singu­lar profit against the common profit of this City; And after that ye be come to the Com­mon Councell, you shall not from thence depart untill the Common Councell be ended, without reasonable cause, or else by the Lord Mayors License: [Page 80]And also any secret things that be spoken or said in the Com­mon-Councell, without to be secret, in no wise ye shall dis­close; As God you helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Chancellor of the Court of Augmen­tation.

YEe shall sweare, That yee well and truly shall serve the King in the Office of the Chancellorship of the Court of the Augmen cations and Reve­nues of the Kings Crown; And shall minister equall Justice to rich and poore, to the best of your cunning and power; And that ye shall diligently procure all things which may honestly and justly be to the Kings ad­vantage and profit, and to the Augmentation of the Rights and Prerogatives of his Crown, and truly use the Kings Seale, [Page 81]appointed to the Office; And also endeavour your selfe to see the King truly answered of such Rents, Revenues, Issues, and Profits, which shall or may arise or grow in your Office, and from time to time deliver with speed, such as shall have to do for you; And that you shall not take nor receive of any person any gift or reward in any Cause or matter depending before you, wherein the Kings High­nesse shall be partie, whereby any prejudice, hinderance losse, or dis-herizon shall grow or be to the Kings Highnesse So help you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the generall Surveyor of the Court of Augmentation.

YEe shall sweare, That ye well and truly shall serve the King in the Office of the gene­rall Surveyor of the Court of [Page 82]the Augmentations and Reve­nues of the Kings Crown; And shall minister equall Justice to rich and poore, to the best of your power; And that ye shall diligently procure all things which may honestly and justly be to the Kings advantage and profit, and to the Augmentati­on of the Rights and Preroga­tives of his Crowne; And also endeavour your selfe to the ut­termost of your power, to see the King truly answered of all such Rents and Revenues Issues or Profits, which shall or may arise or grow in your Office; and from time to time deliver with speed, such as shall have to do before you; And that you shall not take or receive of any person any gift or reward in any cause or matter depend­ing before you, wherein the Kings Highnesse shall be partie, whereby any prejudice, hinde­rance, losse, or dis-herizon, shall [Page 83]grow, or be to the Kings High­nesse. So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Treasurer of the Court of Augmenta­tions.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truly serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, and his People in the Office of Treasurer of the Court of the Augmentations according to the Orders hereafter ensuing; and yee shall reasonably and honestly procure the Kings profit, and doe right to all manner of people poore and rich, in those things which touch your Office, and the Kings Treasure; yee shall tru­ly keep and dispend, and true Declaration & Accompt make from time to time without any concealement, according to the Ordinance made for the esta­blishment [Page 84]of this Court: and further shall doe every thing that of right appertaineth to your Office. So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Master of the Woods of the Court of Aug­mentation.

Yee shall sweare, That yee shall well and truly serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, in the Office of the Master of the Woods of this Court of Augmentations, in all things touching your Office, accor­ding to the Authority given unto you by these Letters Pa­tents, for the Kings most advan­tage; And yee shall doe all and every thing and things which you ought to doe by reason of your Office according to the forme and effect of these Let­ter Patents So helpe you God, and all Sainis.

The Oath of the Attorney, and Sollicitor of the Court of Augmentations.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truly serve the King, as his At orney or So­licitor in all Courts, for and concerning any matter or cause that shall cuncerne or touch the Possessions and Hereditaments limited to the Survey and go­vernance of this Court of the Augmentation, and procure the Kings profit thereof; and that ye shall truly counsell the Kings Chancellor, and generall Surveyor of this Court, all things concerning the same, to the best of your cunning, wit, and power, and with all speed and diligence from time to time at the calling of the said Chan­cellor and generall Surveyor or any of them, be diligently at­tendant to assist the said Chan­cellor [Page 86]and Surveyor, or any of them, with good advise and counsell, in the hearing and determination of such matters and causes as shall depend before the said Chancellor and gene­rall Survey or of this Court; And that ye shall not take any gift or reward in any matter or cause depending in the same Court or elsewhere, wherein the King shall be partie, where­by the Kings Majestie shall be hindered, hurted, or dis-heri­ted; And further do all and every thing that shall apper­taine to your Office. So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Surveyor of the VVoods of the Court of Augmentation.

YE shall sweare, That ye shall serve truly the King in your Office of Surveyor of the Woods within the Survey of [Page 87]this Court of the Augmentati­on; and to your cunning and power shall truly do and execute all and every thing and things which ye ought to do, by rea­son of your Office, according to the formes and effect of the Ordinance and Establishment of this Conrt, So help you God, and a [...]l Saints.

The Oath of the Clerke of the Augmentations.

YEe shall soeare, That ye shall well and truly [...]erve the King in your Office of Clerke of this Court of the Augmen­tation, and truly do and exe­cute all and every thing and things which ye ought to do by reason of your Office, accord­ing to the forme and effect of the Ordinance made upon the erection of this Court. So help you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Auditors of the Court of the Augmen­tation.

YEe shall sweare, That yee shall well and truy serve the King in your Office of Au­ditorship; and true Allegiance make to every person which shall bee Accomptant before you; Ye shall not take nor re­ceive of poore or rich any Gift or Reward in any Matter or Cause depending, or to be dis­cussed in Court, but such that shall be your ordinary Fees; and ye shall do all and every thing and things which ye ought to do by reason of your Office, according to the forme and ef­fect of the Ordinance made and established upon the ere­cting of this Court of the Aug­mentation So help you God and all Saints.

The Oath of the Receiver of the Gourt of Augmen­tation.

YE shall sweare, That ye shall truly serve the King in your Office, and nothing conceale, but true Accompt make of all such revenues, Rents, Sume of Money, and other profies wherewith ye shall be lawfully charged, by reason of your Of­fice; Ye shall make no Petition nor aske any allowance, but such as shall be good, just, true, and reasonable; And ye [...]hall doe all and every thing and things which ye ought to do by reason of your Office, accor­ding to the forme and effect of the Ordinance made and esta­blished upon the erection of this Court of Augmentation So help you God and all Saints.

The Oath of Surveyor of Lands of the Court of Aug­mentation.

YE shall truly serve the King in your Office of Survey or of Lands within the Survey of this Court of the Augmentati­on, and to your cunning, wit, and power, shall truly do and execute all and every thing and things which ye ought to do by reason of your Office, accor­ding to the forme and effect of the Ordinance, and establish­ment of this Court. So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Messenger of the Court of the Augmen­tation.

YE shall sweare, That ye shall well and truly serve the King in your Office of Messen­ger of this Court of the Aug­mentation, as well in speedie serving all and singular Pro­cesse to you to bee delivered, without fraud, covine, guile, or deceit, as also making true and speedie certificate to this Court of the same; And that you well and truly do and execute all and every other thing and things which ye ought to do, by reason of your Office. So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of Henry the third French King, for observing of the Statutes of the Order of the Garter.

WEE Henry by the grace of God King of Franoe and Polbgne do sweare, vow, and protest solemnly upon our Ho­nour, and in the word of a King, That we shall observe, keepe, and maintaine, the Statutes and Orders of the right Noble Or­der of St. Geoege, called the Garter, so far forth as they shall not be found contrary to our Religion Catholique, Great­nesse, and Majestie Royall, nor to the Stat [...]tes and Ordinances of our two Orders of the bles­sed Holie Ghost, and of Saint Mich [...]el. In witnesse whereof wee have Signed this present with our owne Hand, and cau­sed the same to be sealed with [Page 93]our Privie Seale at Paris the last day of February, Anno 1585.

Henry
Prilart.

The Oath of a Knight of the Garter, at his first admission, as it was used in the time of King, P. and Queene Mary.

YOu being chosen to be one of the Honourable Com­panions of the most Honoura­ble Order of the Garter, shall promise, and by those holy Evange ifts by you manifestly touched sweare, truly and faith­fully to observe and keepe all the Statutes of the said Order, and every Article in the same contained, for so much as to you pertaines and belongs. And further, That you shall help to defend and maintanine, so much as in you lieth, the Rights and Liberties of the Colledge of our blessed Ladie, and Saint [Page 94] George the Martyr, wherein the Honourable Order of the Ga [...]ter shall be founded.

The Oath ministred to them of the Kings Chamber by the Lord Chamberlaine, in the time of King H. 8.

Ia. B. sweare by the holy Evan­gelist, That I faith and truth shall beare unto our Soveraigne Lord Henry 8 King of England, and of France, and Lord of Ire­land, and unto the Quene our Soveraigne Ladie his wife, and to their issue; and in and upon the Office of C. D. I shall duly and truly await and attend, un­to which at this time I am ad­mitted and received; I shall not know any Treason or thing prejudiciall compassed, attemp­ted, or imagined, against our Soveraigne Lord, or Soveraigne Ladie or their Issue, or any of [Page 95]them, but I shall incontinent upon the said knowledge disco­ver it unto our Lord Chamber­laine, or unto his Deputie, if he have any, or in their absence to one of their Ushers in the said Chamber; I shall not dis­cover any secrets or things that may happen to come to mine eares, that shall touch the Kings Councell, or the honour of his Chamber; And I shall be obe­dient unto my said Lord Cham­berlaine, and unto his said De­putie, if he have any, and unto the said Ushers and their Com­mandments diligently & faith­fully observe and keepe to my power; I shall eschiew all man­ner of Riots, making of Ban­dies, Quarrels or Debate either within the said Chamber, or without, but I shall forbid and let all such inconveniences as far forth as I may; And also let the said Officers, or one of them, have knowledge thereof; [Page 96]Also I shall not depart out of the Kings Court, without Li­cense appointed and had of my said Lord Chamberlaine, or of his Deputie, if he have any: Which Premisses, and every of them, with all other Command­ments to be given on the be­halfe of our said Soveraigne Lord, by my said Lord Cham­berlaine or his said Deputie if he have any, or any of the said Ushers, I shall faithfully ob­serve obey, and keep to the ut­termost of my power. So help me God, and his Saints.

The Oath ministred to the Clerke of the Councell to Prince Henry Sonne to King James.

YOu shall sweare, That well and truly you shall serve the High and Mighty Prince [...]enry Prince of Wales, Duke of [Page 107] Cornwall, and Earle of Chester, in the Office and Clerks of his Councell and matters commit­ted to you, or treated of by his Councell, to be kept secret, you shall faithfully keep; And you shall not know nor under­stand, nor suffer any thing ten­ding to the hurt or dis [...]heriting of his Highnesse, be decreased by any meanes, so far forth as ye may lett it; and if ye may not let it, ye shall make it clearely and expresly known to his High­nesse; And that ye shall do, and procure and purchase his High­nesse profit in all that ye rea­sonably may As God you help. Perused and examined by Mr. Stevens the Princes Attorney.

The Oath to be ministred to any of King James his Servants in ordinary or ex­traordinary.

YOu shall sweare, Faithfully and truly to serve our So­veraigne Lord the King, James of Great Bri [...]taine, France, and Ireland, his Heires and Succes­sore; You shall serve him in the roome and place of N. N. in ordinary; You shall know no­thing that shall be prejudiciall to his Person, his State, his Crowne or Dignitie, but you shall with all diligence make it knowne to the Lord Chamber­laine, Vice-Chamberlaine, or some other of his Majesties mest Honourable Privie Councell; You shall be obedient to the Lord Chamberlaine, Vice-Chamberlaine, and Gentle­men-Ushers, in all matters [Page 109]tending to his Majesties service. So helpe you God, and Jesus Christ.

The Oath ordained to be mi­niflred to Princesse Maries Councell, when her houshold was established in the 17. yeare of King H. 8.

YOu shall be true and faith­full unto the King our So­veraigne Lord King Henry 8 and unto his Heires and Successors Kings of England; And ye shall be faithfull and true unto my Ladie Princesse Grace; And ye shall, according to your wit, dis­cretion, knowledge, and expe­rience, give unto her true and faithfull counsell in all things, as shall be demanded of you by way of good advice and coun­sell; Ye shall also keepe secret and conserve her said counsell, without disclosing of the same [Page 110]to any person, except he be of the same Councell; And if the matter touch any of the said Councell, ye shall not disclose the same unto him; Ye shall not also promote nor further any matter in her said Councell for any Meed, Reward, Favour, Affection, or Displeasure; And in case you shall perceive any thing to be done or attempted contrary to her Honour, Estate, Degree, or Suretie, ye shall to the uttermost of your power, withstand and let the same. And generally, You shal do all manner of things that unto a good, true, and faithfull Coun­cellor shall appertaine. So help you God, and the holy Con­tents of this Book.

The Oath ministred to the Treasurers of Warre, for the Receipt and Issues of the three Subsidies, and three Fifteens, granted by Act of Parliament in the 21. yeare of King James.

YOu shall sweare, That you being appointed one of the Treasurers for the receiving of the three Subsidies, and three Fifteenes and Tenths, granted by the Temporaltie, Shall not issue any part of those Monies which shall be paid unto your hands or unto the hands of any other by your appointment or consent, without the speciall Warrants of those Persons which are by his Majesty ap­pointed to be of his Councell for the Warres, and in this Act nominated, or of five of them at the least, whereof two of [Page 112]them to be such as are of His Majesties Privie Councell, under their Hands.

The Oath ministred to the Councell of Warre, for the true imploying of the three Subsidies, and three Fifteens, granted by Act of Parliament in the 21. yeare of King James.

YOu shall sweare, That you being one of the Councell of Warre chosen by His Majesty, and nominated in this Act, shal make no Warrant for any Mo­nies to be issued, which are gi­ven by this present Act, but for some of those ends which are expressed in this Act; And that all such Warrants as shall be made by you, shal mention in them that those Momies are to bee imployed according to the true meaning of this Act; [Page 113]and to the best of your meanes you shal imploy the same ac­cordingly.

The Oath ministred to Gar­ter King of Armes at his Cre­ation.

FIrst, ye shall sweare, To ho­nour and obey the Kings Highnesse, as first and Sove­raigne of this most noble Or­der and after him other Knights of the same Order, namely in such things as shal belong to your Office, which shall bee found reasonable. And because you be taken as here to be made privie of Counsel, you shall sweare, Alwaies to he a man of silence, true and faith full in all things here to be done, and shall in no wise disclose any part thereof.

Ye shall sweare also, That ye shal be faithfull and diligent to fulfill, performe, and execute [Page 114]all things that shal be commit­ted to your charge and credit; and diligently to enqure of all the Noble Acts of all and every the said Noble Knights of the said Order, and shal certifie the Register thereof, that he may put the same in perpetuall Memorie.

Moreover when any Knight of the said Order shal die, ye shall strait, upon knowledge thereof, first make the Sove­raigne privie thereof, and after him the other Knights of the said Order, to be made privie thereunto

And finally, ye shall sweare, That ye shal trusy and faithful­ly use and exereise this same Office. So God you help, and these blessed Evangelists.

The Oath of a King of Arms at the time of his Coronation.

YE shall sweare by the Oath ye received when ye were made Herauld, and by the faith ye owe to our Soveraigne Lord the King, whose Armes you be [...]re, That you shall truly keepe such, things as bee com­prized, in those Articles fol­lowing:

First, when the King shall command you to do any Mes­sage either to Enwerour or King, Prince, or any other Estate of what condition or degree soe­ver he be of, either within the Realme or without, you shall do it as honourable and truly as your wit reason, and discre­tion shall serve you, and as greatly to the advantage of your said Soveraigne and his Realme, and true report bring againe to your foresaid Soveraigne, of [Page 116]your Message that ye shall do, as neere to the charge to you committed, in word and in sub­stance as your said reason shall attaine, alwaies keeping your selfe secret for any manner of motion, except it be to such persons as you are commanded to utter your Charge unto.

Secondly, you shall do your true endeavour every day to be more cunning than other in the Office of Armes, so that yee may be the better furnished to teach others under you, and execute with more wisdom and eloquence, such charges as your Soveraigne or any Noble man of this Realme shall [...] or give unto you by vertue of the Office which his Highnesse will erect unto you at any time, not discovering in no wise such as ye are commanded to keepe close, unlesse it be prejudiciall unto the King his Soveraigne Lord, and to this Realme.

Thirdly, you shall do your best endeavour to enquire of all the Noblemen and Gentlemen within your Province or Mar­ches, which should beare Coats in the Field, in the Service of our Soveraigne Lord or Com­missioners and them with their Issues truly to Register, toge­ther with their Armes as they may truly beare, with their dif­ference due in Armes to be gi­ven, and whether they hold any service of Knights Fee, where­by they should do the King Service for the defence of his Realme.

Fourthly, yee shall not be strange to teach Heraulds and Pursevants of such doubts as they shall move unto you how­beit you shall ask the Pursevants whether he have moved it, and desired any of the Heraulds to instruct him therein; and if he say nay; ye shall limit him to one of them, or else ease him [Page 118]your selfe; and if you cannot, then you shall shew it to the Constable or Marshall: Also you shall keep from moneth to moneth in your Marches your Chapters to the increase of cun­ning in the Office of Armes, and the doubts which cannot there be resolved and answered, you shall move to the Consta­ble and Marshall.

Fiftly, ye shall observe and keep, to your cunning and po­wer, all such Oathes as ye make when ye were created Herauld, to the honour and worship of Nobles, and great increase of learning and good living, and namely in eschiewing of slan­ders, and dis-honest places and persons reproached; and to be alwaies readier to excuse than to blame any Noble Person un­lesse yee be charged to speake truth by the Kings Highnesse, Constable, or Marshall. or any Peere Judiciall; Also you shall [Page 119]promise to Register all Acts of Honour in manner and forme as they are done, as farre forth as your power and cunning can extend As God shall you help, and by the holy Contents of this Booke.

The Oath of a Herauld at Armes, at the time of his Creation.

FIrst, ye shall sweere, to be true to the most High and Migh­ty Prince our Soveraigne Lord the King that here is; And if ye have knowledge or any imagi­nation of Treason, in Language or word, that moves to the de­rogative or hurt of his Estate or Highnesse, who God defend, you shall in that case, as honest­ly and as soone as shall be pos­sible discover and shew to his Highnesse, or to his Noble and discreet Councell, and it in no wise conceale.

Secondly, ye shall promise and sweare, That yee shall be conversant and serviceable to all Gentlemen, to do their com­mandments, to the worship of Knighthood; and to excuse their Worship by your good Counsell that God hath sent you, ever readie to offer your selfe unto them.

Thirdly, ye shall sweare and promise, To be secret, and to keep the secret of Knights, Es­quires, Ladies, and Gentlewo­men, as a Confessor of Armes, and not to discover them in no wise, except it be Treason, as aforesaid.

Fourthly, yee shall promise and sweare. That if it fortune you in any Land or Countrie to go or ride, and finde any Gentleman of Name and Arms that hath lost his good in Wor­ship of Knighthood in the Kings Service, or in any other place of Worship, and is fallen into [Page 121]Povertie, ye shall aid, support, and succour him, in that you may, if that he ask of you goods to his sustenance, ye shall give him part of that which God hath sent you, to your power, and as ye may beare.

Fiftly, yee shall sweare and promise, If ye be in any place where ye heare of any debate or evill Language betweene partie and partie, that is not worship­full, profitable, nor victuous, that ye report it not forth, but to their worship, and to the best.

Sixthly, if ye be in any place where you heare debate or lan­guage dis-honest between Gen­tleman and Gentleman, where­unto you are called as a Wit­nesse, or required by Princes, Judges, or any other, unlesse the Law do so compell you, ye shall not open without Licence of both Parties; and having li­cense, yee shall for any love, [Page 122]dread, or favour of any partie, report the truth.

Seventhly, ye shall promise and sweare, To be true and se­cret to all Gentlewoman, Wid­dowes, or Maids; and in case be that any man would do them wrong, or inforce them, or dis­herit them of livelihoods, and they having not goods to pur­sue their Rights, if they re­quire you of supportation, you shall helpe them with your goods, wisdome, and counsell, and shew their griefes to the Prince and Judges.

Eightly, ye shall sweare and pronounce, That ye shall for­sake all places dishonest of has­fardie, and daily going to com­mon Tavernes and places of de­bate, and all manner of vice, and take you to vertues to your power. These Articles, and all other Articles abovesaid, you shall truly keep So God you helpe, and by the Crosse of this [Page 123]Sword, that belongeth to Knighthood.

The Oath of a Pursevant of Armes, at his Creation.

FIrst, ye shall sweare, That ye shall be true to the most High, Mightie, and most excel­lent Princesse, the Queens most excellent Highnesse that now is; and if ye have any know­ledge, or heare any imagination of Treason, of Language or word, that should sound to the derogation or hurt of her Estate and Highnesse, which God for­bid, ye shall in that case as hasti­ly and as soone as is to you pos­sible, discover and shew it unto her Highnesse, or to the Ho­nourable and discreet Councell.

Secondly, ye shall also dispose you to be lowly, humbly, and serviceable to all those States Universall, that be Christians, not lying in wait to blame, ne [Page 124]hurt none of the said Estates in any thing that may touch their Honours

Thirdly, ye may dispose to be secret and sober in your Port, and not to abuse in Language, readie to commend, and loath to blame, and diligent in your service, eschiewing vice, and taking you to virtue, and true in your reports; And so to ex­ercise whiles you be in the Of­fice of Pursevant, that your me­rits may cause your more pre­ferment in the Office of Arms in time to come, All such Ar­ticles and things as belong to a Pursevant of Armes to keepe, you shall well and truly keepe and observe. So God you help, and Holidome and by the Con­tents of this Booke.

The Oath of the Knights of the Round Table, in the time of King Arthur.

NOt to put off your Armour from your Bodie, but for requisite rest in the night.

The search for marvellous adventures, whereby to winne renowne.

To defend the poore and sim­ple people in their right.

Not to refuse aid unto them that shall ask it in any just quar­rell.

Not to hurt, offend, or play any lewd part the one with the other.

To fight for the protecti­on, defence and welfare of his friends.

Not to purchase any goods or particular profit, but Ho­nour and the Title of honestie.

Not to breake faith promised or sworne, for any cause or oc­casion whatsoever.

To put forth and spend his life for the honour of God and his Countrie, and to chuse ra­ther to die honestly than to live shamefully.

The Oath which the new King of Pelonia made to the Turke, in Anno 1573.

Promise and sweare by the [...] [...]nighty God mercifull, and [...]ng the maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things that are therein, by these holy Evan­gelists, by holy Baptisme, and by Christian faith, That all those that I know shall be mani­fested to high and mighty Solo­mon, Emperour of the Turks, whose Empire God certefie, I will be friend to his friends and enemie to his enemies: I will be a redeemer of his Captives out of the hands of his Enemies, there sh [...] be no fraud or de­ceipt on my part. If I shall neg­lect [Page 127]thus to doe, I will be an Apostata, a forsaker of the holy Commandments, of the Gos­pell of the Christians; I will say that the Gospell is false and untrue; I will crosse both Al­ter and Priest; I will slay Swine upon the Fount, I will deny the holy Trinity, and will worship them; I will commit whore­dome upon the Altar; and will receive the course of the Saints even as God shall behold me from Heaven.

The Oath of Homage done and performed by an Arch-Bishop.

IF your Homage by reason of my Tenure in the Mannour of A. in the County of B. be­come Leidgman of life and limbe, and of earthly worship and faith and troth, I shall beare unto you, to live and die against all manner of men; as God me [Page 28]help, and all Saints. I shall be faithfull and true, and faith and truth shall beare to you my So­veraigne Lord King H. and to your Heires Kings of England, of life and limbe, and earthly worship, for to live and die a­gainst all people; and diligently I shall intend unto your needs and bussnesse, after my wit and power; and your Counsell I shall keepe and leine, and truly I shall knowledge; And the ser­vice due of the Temporalties of my Arch Bishoprick B. C. the which I claime to hold of you, and the which ye gave and yeeld to me; And to you and your Commandments in that to me appertaineth and belongeth, I shall be obeysant. As God me help, and all Saints.

The Oath Appointed by Queene Elizabeth, in June 1579. to be ministred by the Lord President of Wales un­to the Councell established in those parts, &c.

YOu shall sweare, That to the uttermost of your power, wit, and cunning, you shall true and faithfully to the Queenes Highnesse our Soveraigne La­die, and to her Heires and Suc­cessors; And that you do ut­terly testifie and declare in your conscience, that the Queenes Highnesse is the onely Supreme Governour of this Realme of England, and of all other her Highnesse Dominions and Coun­tries, as well in all Spirituall or Ecclesiasticall things or causes, as Temporall; And that no Prince, Person, Prelate, State, or Potentate, hath, or ought to [Page 130]have any Jurisdiction, Power, Supremacy, Preem nence, or Authority: And do promise, That from henceforth you shal beare faith and true Allegiance to the Queenes Highnesse her lawfull Heires and Successors, and to your power shall assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Priviledges, Preeminencies and Authorities, granted or belon­ging to the Queenes Highnesse, her Heires and Successors, or united and annexed to the Im­periall Crowne of this King­dome and Realme.

You shall not know nor have any thing that may any way be prejudiciall to her Highnesse, or to her Common-wealth, peace and quiet of this her Highnesse Realme, but you shall with all diligence reveale and disclose the same to her Highnesse, or to such other person or persons of her Graces Privie Councell as you shall thinke meet, and will [Page 131]soonest convey it, and bring it to her Highnesse knowledge.

You shall serve her Majestie truly and faithfully in the room and place of her Highnesse Coun­cell; You shall in all things to be moved, treated, and debated in any Councell, faithfully and truly declare your minde and opinion, according to your heart and conscience; in no wise forbearing so to do, for any manner respect of favour, meed, dread, displeasure, or corrup­tion.

You shall faithfully and up­rightly, to the best of your po­wer cause Justice to be duly and indifferently ministred to the Queenes Majesties Subjects, that shall have cause to sue for the same, according to the equitie and the Order of the Law.

Finally, You shall be vigi­lant, diligent, and circumspect in all your doings and proceed­ings, touching the Queenes [Page 132]Majesty and all her Affaires.

All which points and Arti­cles before expressed, with all other Articles signed with the Queenes Majesties owne hand, and delivered to me the Lord President of her Highnesse Coun­cell established in those parts, you shall faithfully observe, keep, and fulfill, to the utter­most of your power, wit, will, and cunning. So help you God, and the Contents of this Book.

The Oath that a G [...]ntleman Ʋsher doth give to any that is sworne the Kings Servant in the time of H. 8.

FIrst, you shall sweare upon the holy Evangelists, That you faith and truth shall beare unto our most gracious and most dread Soveraigne Lord and un­to his Issue Kings of England.

Ye shall be here sworn in and unto the roome of a Gentleman [Page 133]Usher, or &c. whereunto at this present time by the Kings Highnesse Commandment you are admitted and received, you shall from henceforth truly and diligently attend and wait.

Ye shall not know or conceale any thing prejudiciall compas­sed, attempted, or imagined, against our said most gracious and most dread Soveraigne Lord the King or his Issue, or any of them; but you shall inconti­nently upon the said knowledge discover the same unto my Lord great Chamberlaine, or else to Master Vice-Chamberlaine, and in their absence, to one of the Ushers of the Kings Cham­ber.

Ye shall not discover any se­crets or other things that may touch the Kings most Honou­rable Councell, or to the Ho­nour of his Chamber.

Ye shall be obedient unto the Lord Great Chamberlaine Mr. [Page 134]Vice-Chamberlaine, and unto the Ushers of the said Chamber, and to their Commandments fully, and keep to the uttermost of your power.

Ye shall eschew all manner of Ryots, Rowtes, unlawfull Assemblies, and making of Bands, Quarrels, Debates, Strifes, Controversies, either within the Kings Chamber, or without; and ye shall forbid and let the same, to the utter­most of your power; And yee shall let the said Officers or one of them have knowledge there­of without any further delay.

Ye shall not weare neither Li­verie, Cognizance, nor Badge of no mans, be retained of no man, but onely to the Kings Ma­jestie; nor ye shall not retaine contrary to the Statute

Ye shall not depart out of the Kings Court, without License had and obtained of my Lord Great Chamberlaine, or else of [Page 135]Master Vice-Chamberlaine, or his Deputy in his absence.

All the which Premisses, and every of them with all and sin­gular other Commandements whatsoever they are, or shall happen to bee given you in charge, on the behalfe of our most Gracious and most Excel­lent Majestie by my Lord Great Chamberlaine, Master Vice-Chamberlaine, or any of the said Ushers; Ye shall on your behalfe observe, performe, ful­fill and keepe, to the uttermost of your power. So helpe you God, and all his Saints, and by the Holy Contents of this Booke.

The Oath Ministred to the Kings Servants, as well Knights and Esquires for the Body as others, in the time of Henry 8.

YE shall be from henceforth during your life naturall, faithfull and true, and faith shal beare, and faithfully and truly ye shall serve the King our So­veraigne Lord H. 8. by the grace of God King of England and France, and Lord of Ireland, and in earth Supreame Head of the Church of England, and to his Heires of his Bodie begotten, against all men that may live or die, of what Estate. Degree, or Condition soever they be

Yee shall nothing do or at tempt that in any manner of wise may be hurtfull or preju­diciall to our said Soveraigne Lord, or to his Heires; And if [Page 137]it shall happen at any time here­after, any thing to come to your knowledge, that in any manner of waies be hurtfull or prejudiciall to our said Sove­raigne Lord, or to his Heires, or that may touch the surety or honour of their persons, yee shall not onely let it to the best of your power, but also in all hast possible shall shew it to our Soveraigne Lord, or to some of his Councell attending upon his Person, so that the same may come to the knowledge of his Grace.

Also ye shall not be, nor stand confederate, nor Banded, nor Band your selfe, or yet be re­tained in any cause or matter, to, or with, or towards any manner of person, of what e­state, condition, or degree so­ever he be of privily or open­ly; neither by Promise, Signe, Indenture, Fee, nor by any other manner of wise whatso­ever [Page 138]it be, otherwise then the Law will suffer or permit you.

You shall also diligently serve the Kings Grace in the roome of N. N. and not de­part from the Court where his Grace for the time shall be, un­lesse yee be licenced so to doe by his Grace, or by his Lord Chamberlaine, or in his ab­sence by his Vice Chamber­laine, and to be obedient in that they shall command you to doe within the Kings House, or elsewhere, touching the Kings service in that appertaineth to the roome of N. N. well and truly keepe, and observe on your behalfe. So helpe you God, and all his Saints and by this Booke.

The Oath ministred in Par­liament to the Duke of Bed­ford, and other Lords Spiri­tuall and Temporall, for the according of all Controver­sies between the Duke of Glo­cester, and the Bishop of Winchester Chancellor of England, in the fourth yeare of H. 6.

THat my Lord of Bedford, and my said Lords Spiritu­all and Temporall, and each of them shall as farre forth as her cunning and discretion suffici­ently, truly, justly, and indif­ferently counsell, and advise the King, and also proceed and acquit himselfe in all the said matters and quarrels withou­ten, that they or any of them shall privily, or appert make, or shew himselfe, or be party, or parcell therein nought, be­ing, [Page 140]or eschewing so to doe for affection, love, meed, doubt, or dread) of any person or per­sons, and that they shall in all waies keepe secret all that shall be conveyed by way of counsell in the matters and quarrels a­bovesaid in the foresaid Parlia­ment, withouten that they, or any of them shall by word, wri­ting, or in any wise open it, or discover it to any of the said parties, or to any other person that is not of the said Coun­cell; but if he have especiall commandement thereto of the King, or of my said Lord of Bedford, and that each of them shall with all his might and power by him, and by his strength, and assist by way of Councell, or else unto the King to my said Lord of Bed­ford, and to the remnant of my said Lords, to put the said par­ties to reason, and naught suf­fer, that any of the said parties [Page 141]by them, or theirs, proceed or attempt by way of feet a­gainst the Kings Peace; nor helpe, assist, or comfort any of them hereto, but let him with all her might and power, and wi [...]hstand him, and assist unto the King, and my said Lord of Bedford in keeping of the Kings Peace, and redressing of all such manner of procee­dings by way of feet and force.

The Oath of a Bishop.

J A, B, Doctor in Divinity, late Bishop of D. and now elected Bishop of L. do verily testifie and declare in my con­science, that your Majesty is the only supreame Governour of this Realme of England, and of all other your Majesties Domi­ons and Countries, as well in all Spirituall and Ecclesiasticall Causes, as Temporall, and that no Forreigne Prince, Person, [Page 142]Prelate, State, or Potentate hath, or ought to have any Ju­risdictory power, superiority, preeminence, or authority Ecclesiasticall or Temporall within this Realme; and there­fore I doe utterly renounce and forsake all forraigne Jurisdicti­ons, Powers, superiorities, and authorities, and doe promise that from henceforth I shall and will beare true faith and allegiance to your Majesty, your lawfull Heires, and Successors, and to my power shall assist, and defend all Jurisdictions, Priviledges, Preeminents, and Authorities granted and be­longing to your Highnesse, your Heires, and lawfull Suc­cessors, or united or annexed to the Imperiall Crowne of this your Majesties Realmes; and further I acknowledge and con­fesse to have the said Bishop of L. and the Possessions there of your Highnesse; and after the [Page 143]same I doe my homage present­ly unto your Majesty, to whom and to your lawfull Heires and Successors, I shall be faithfull and true. So help me God, and the contents of this book.

The Oath of a Privie Coun­sellor, framed now in the time of King James.

YOu shall sweare, To be a true and faithfull Servant unto the Kings Majestie, and one of his Privie Councell; you shall not know, or understand of any manner thing to be at­tempted, done or spoken against his Majesties Person, Honour, Crowne, or dignity Royall, but you shall let and withstand the same to the uttermost of your power, and either cause it to be revealed unto his Maje­stie himselfe, or to such of his Privie Councell as shall adver­tise his Highnesse of the same; [Page 144]you shall in all things to be mo­ved, treated, and debated in Councell, faithfully and truly declare your minde and opini­on according to your heart and conscience, and shall keepe se­cret all matters committed and revealed unto you, or that shall be treated of secretly in Coun­cell, and if any of the same Treaties or Councells shall touch any of the Councellors, you shall not reveale it unto him, but shall keepe the same untill such time as by the con­sent of his Majestie, or of the Councell, publication shall be made thereof; You shall to your utmost beare faith and allegiance unto the Kings Ma­jestie, his Heires, and lawfull Successors, and shall assist, and defend all Jurisdictions, Pree­minences, and Authorities granted to his Majestie, and an­nexed to his Crowne against all forreigne Princes, Persons, Pre­lates, [Page 145]or Potentates, &c by Act of Parliament or other­wise; and generally in all things you shall doe as a faith­full and true Servant and Sub­ject ought to doe to his Majesty. So helpe you God, and by the holy contents of this book.

The Oath of the Lord Privie Seale.

YEE shall as farre forth as your cunning and discreti­on sufficeth, truly, justly, and evenly execute, and exercise the Office of Keeper of the Kings Privie Seale to you by his Highnesse committed, not leaving or eschewing so to doe for affection love, meede doubt, or dread of any person or per­sons, and yee shall take speciall regard that the said Privie Seale in all places where you shall di­rect unto, may be in such sub­stantiall wise used and safely, [Page 146]that no other person without the Kings spec [...]all command­ment, or your assent or know­ledge, shall more seale, or im­print any thing with the same; and generally yee shall observe, fulfill, and doe all and every thing which to the Of­fice of the Keeper of the Kings Privie Seale duely belongeth and appertaineth. So helpe you God, and by the contents of this book.

The Oath of a Secretary of State.

YOu shall sweare, To be a true and faithfull Servant unto the Kings Majestie, as one of the Secretaries of his Majesties Highnesse Privie Councell; you shall not know or under­stand of any matter or thing to be attempted, done, or spoken against his Majesties Person, Ho­nour, Crown or Dignity Roy­all, [Page 147]but you shall let and with­stand the same to the uttermost of your power, and either doe or cause it to be revealed, either to his Majesty himselfe, or to his Privie Councell; You shall keepe secret all matters revea­led and committed unto you, or that shall be secretly treated of in Councell, and if any of the said Treaties or Councells shall touch any of the said Councellors; you shall not re­veale the same unto him, but shall keepe the same untill such time as by the consent of his Majesty, or of the Councell publication shal be made there­of; you shall to your uttermost beare faith and allegiance unto the Kings Majesty, his Heires, and lawfull Successors and shall assist, and defend all Jurisdicti­ons. Preeminencies, and Au­thorities granted to his Maje­sty, and annexed to his Crown, against all forreigne Princes, [Page 148]Persons, Prelates, Potentates, &c. by Act of Parhament or otherwise; And generally in all things you shall doe as a faithfull and true Servant, and Subject (ought to doe) to his Majesty. So help you God, and by the holy contents of this booke.

This clause above noted thus, C. C. is the same which is set downe more largely in the Oath of Suprema­cie, in the first Act of Par­liament, in the first yeare of Queen Elizabeth, which Oath must be taken at the same time with this, and therefore is not needfull to be here recited.

The Oath of the Lord Kee­per of the Great Seale of England.

YE shall sweare, That well and truly you shall serve [Page 149]our Soveraigne Lord the King, and his people in the Office of the Lord Keeper of the Great Seale of England, and ye shall doe right to all manner of Peo­ple, poore and rich, after the Lawes & Usages of this Realm, and truly yee shall councell the King and his Councell, you shall leave and keepe, and you shall not know, nor suffer the hurt or dis-heriting of the King, or that the rights of the Crowne be decreased by any meane, as farre forth as you may let it, and if you may not let it, you shall make it cleerly and expresly to be knowne unto the King, with your true ad­vice and counsell, a [...]d that you shall doe, and purchase the Kings profit in all that you reasonably may, as God you help and by the contents of this book.

The Oath of the Clerke of the Signet.

YOu shall be true to our So­veraigne Lord the King, and his Heires and Successors, Kings and Queenes of England; and al­so you shall keepe secret his Councell in all things you shall be privie unto concerning the Office of the Signet, without uttering or disclosing the same to any person; and if you shall heare, or know any thing ei­ther in word or deed which shal be in any wi [...]e to the derogati­on or hurt of his Majesties Per­son and Royall Estate, you shall it let to your power as in you lieth; and as honestly as is pos­sible shall discover, and shew the same to his Highnesse, or to some of his discreet Councell. So help you God, and by the holy contents of this book.

The Oath of the Deputy of the Towne of Calice, orde­red by Parliament in Anno XXVII. Hen. 8.

YEe shall sweare, That yee shall be faithfull and true unto our Soveraigne Lord King Henry 8. by the grace of God King of England, and of France, defender of the Faith, Lord of Ireland, and in Earth supreame head of the Church of England; And if yee shall know any thing that shall be prejudiciall or hurtfull unto his Highnesse, or his Heires, or to his Towne of [...]a [...]i [...]e, or Marches of the same; yee shall resist the same to the uttermost of your power, and in case ye cannot, ye shall with­out delay declare the same unto his Highnesse, or to such of his Councell as ye thinke will shew it unto him: and yee shall safely keep to the use of our said [Page 152]Soveraigne Lord, and of his Heires, and defend to the ut­termost of your power this his Towne of Calice, and Marches of the same, as much as to you by reason of your Office be­longeth; And in all things to be done that toucheth the safe­guard, defence, and good Go­vernance of the said Towne, and Marches; Yee shall give as it shall need from time to time your true, faithfull, and diligent Counsell to the other the Kings Officers of the same Towne and Marches, and yee shall at no time be absent from your said Office without the Kings speciall license obtained in that behalfe; Yee shall well and truly oversee the Marshall, and all other Officers his, and their Ministers and Servants, and their Charge, and every one of them in his degree in­treat in his Office as appertain­eth, not suffering any of them [Page 153]to doe in his said Office, or by colour thereof, any excesse, ex­tortion, bribery, or exaction; and if any of them be found, or approved in that case culpable, that without favour or delay ye proceed to the punishment of them, and every of them to the example of other; Ye shall doe your devoyer at your pow­er to the keeping of the Peace among all estates, and other persons of what degree or con­dition soever they be within the said Towne dwelling, or thereunto from time to time repairing, not suffering any Congregations, Assemblies, Commotions, or Conventi­cles to be made within the said Towne, against the said Peace, or against the good, restfull, and Politique Governance of the said Towne; And if any person of what degree or con­dition soever he or they be within the said Towne, that [Page 154]provoketh privily, or appartly any such Congregation, Assem­bly, Commotion, Sedition or Conventicle as be found faulty thereof, either else that taketh upon him any unlawfull main­tenance, to the perturbance or violation of the said Peace, or against right to oppresse by might any person; Yee shall resist and let, with the advice and ayd of the residue of the Kings Councell of the said Towne, and doe such punish­ment thereunto as with reason may serve, without any excep­tion of person, not sparing so to doe for favour, love, dread, or meede of any person; And that as much as in you shall lye, to your power you shall fore­see that the said Towne be suf­ficiently Victualled from time to time, as unto the same ne­cessarily shall appertaine or be­long; And yee shall oversee the Rule and Governance of the [Page 155]Mayor, and Aldermen of the said Towne touching all man­ner of Victuall and other things [...]ppertaining to their charge for the Common Weale, profit, and pollicy of the said Towne, and if any default yee sinde therein yee shall minister and shew it unto them, charging them to amend and redresse it, and if they be therein negligent or froward, yee shall then by the said advice purvey such re­medy by your wisedome and discretion as can be though most expedient with reason; And if you, and the said Coun­sell cannot provide remedy in that behalfe, that then ye shall disclose the some to the Kings Highnesse or to such of the Kings Councell as yee thinke verily will informe the Kings Highnesse thereof with speed; And yee shall administer truly, rightfully, and indifferently, Justice to all manner person [Page 154] [...] [Page 155] [...] [Page 156]and persons that shall have any cause moved or depending be­fore you in the said Towne and Marches, without having any manner of respect to any per­son for love, meede, cread, or favour: And yee shall in time conveniable, after your said discretion, visit, and oversee the Locks and shutting of the Gates and Posternes of the said Towne, and also the gover­nance of the Watch, Tower walls, and Ditches of the same, and generally all other things necessary for the surety, safe­guard, and defence thereof; And yee shall not appoint, nor admit any person or persons in­to any roome within the reti­nue of the said Towne belong­ing to your Admission: but if the same person or persons be borne within the Realme of England, Wales, Ireland, the said Towne of Calice, and the Mar­ches of the same; and that the [Page 157]said person or persons be not Artificers, except he or they be a Bowyer, or Armorour, Fletcher, Crosse-bow-maker, or Smith, and the same person so by you named not to be ad­mitted to any such roome, nor to enjoy nor exercise the same roome to the time he be view­ed, examined, and enabled thereunto, as well by the Trea­surer and Comptroller, as by the residue of the Kings Coun­cell there then being present; And you shall admit, nor suffer any Alien borne out of the Kings obeysance, to take and inhabit any dwelling house within the Towne of Galice and Marches of the same as much as to you appertaineth, except the said person be licenced by the Kings Letters Patents so to doe under his Great Seales any Grant, or Grants heretofore made to the contrary notwith­standing; And yee shall see [Page 158]surely to be kept, and safely and straightly cause to be observed as much as in you lieth all manner of Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances made, or to be made by the King our Soveraign Lord Henry 8 or by his Coun­cell authorised for the same, for the safeguard, tuition, de­fence, and good orders of his Towne of Calice, and the Mar­ches of the same doing due exe­cution upon the transgressors of any of the said Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances, ha­ving no regard to the persons so transgressing for affection, meede, dread, or any other cause whatsoever; As God you helpe, and the holy Evan­gelists.

The Oath of the Lieutenant of Guysnes, ordered by Par­liament Anno 27. H. 8.

YEe shall sweare, That yee shall be faithfull and true to our Soveraigne Lord King Hen. 8. by the Grace of God King of England, and of France, Defender of the Faith Lord of Ireland, and in Earth supreame head of the Church of England, and to his Heires, and if you shall know any thing that shall be prejudiciall or hurtfull unto his Highnesse, or his Heires, or his Towne of Caliee, or Mar­ches of the same, yee shall refist the same to the uttermost of your power, and in case ye can­not, yee shall without delay declare the same unto his Highnesse, or to such of his Councell as yee thinke will shew it unto him; And ye shal safely keepe to the use, and be­hoofe of our said Soveraigne [Page 160]Lord, and of his Heires, and defend to the uttermost of your power the Castle, Towne, and County of Guysnes, by his Highnesse appointed and as­signed to your safe keeping, and in all things to be done that toucheth the defence, and good Governance of the Towne of Calic [...], and Marches of the same; yee shall give from time to time your true, faithfull, and dili­gent counsell and assistance to the Kings Deputy for the time being, and other of the Coun­cell and Officers of the same Towne and Marches, and yee shall be personally remaining, and be resident upon your room and Office there, and atno time to be absent from the same with­out the Kings special licence ob­tained; And you shall well and truly oversee that all the said Officers and Ministers of the said Castle and Towne, and County of Guyjnes, that shall [Page 161]serve the Kings Highnesse there under you shall diligently doe, cause, and suffer to be done all and every thing and things that unto them shall appertaine and belong concerning the sure and safe keeping of the said Castle, Towne, and County, and if any of them be found, and ap­proved to be remisse or negli­gent in doing his, or their duty, that then yee without any fa­vour or delay, proceed to the correction and punition of him or them so offending; and that yee doe your duty to your power to the keeping of the Peace among all and every per­son and persons, of what degree or condition he or they be dwelling within the said Castle, Towne and County of Guysnes, or thereunto from time to time repairing, not suffering any unlawfull Congregations, Con­ventions or Conventicles to be made within the said Castle, [Page 162]Towne, or County of Guysm [...] against good, restfull, and Po­litique Governance of the same, and duly to correct all and eve­ry person or persons so offen­ding; and that as much as in you shall lye, yee shall foresee that the said Castle be furni­shed with Victuals, as with all other things appertaining to the safe custody of the same that to you belongeth of the duty of your said Office; And that you truly, rightfully, and indifferently administer Justice unto all and every person and persons that hereafter shall have any cause or matter mo­ved, or depending before you in the said Castle, Towne, and County of Guysnes, without ha­ving any manner of respect to any person or persons, for love, dread, meede, malice, or affe­ction; And that you from time to time as much as in you is foresee, that the Kings High­nesse [Page 163]be not deceived, or de­frauded in any of his Possessi­ons, Rents, Revenues, and Pro­fits which to his Highnesse should appertaine within the said Castle, Towne, and Coun­ty; And yee shall no appoint, ne admit any person or persons within the retinue of the said Castle; but if the said person or persons be borne within the Realme of England, Wales, Ire­land, the said Towne of Calice, or Marches of the same; and that the said person be sworne to be true Leigeman unto the King our Soveraigne Lord, and unto his Heires; And finally, yee shall observe and keepe, or cause to be observed and kept as much as in you shall be during the time that you shall be Cap­tain there, all manner of statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances made, or to be made by our said Sove­raigne Lord his Heires, or Suc­cessors or by his or their Coun­cell [Page 164]authoris [...]d for the same, for the safeguard, tuition, de­fence, and good orders of the Castle, Towne, and County of Guysnes, doing due execution upon the Transgressors offen­ding any of the same Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances, having no regard to the person so of­fending, for love, favour, meed, dread, or other cause whatsoe­ver. So help you God, Holy­dame, and all Saints, and by this book.

The Oath of the High Mar­shall of Calice, ordained by Parliament in Anno 27. Hen. 8.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall be faithfull and true to our Soveraigne Lord King H. 8. by the Grace of God King of England and France, De­fender of the Faith, Lord of Ireland, and in Earth supreame [Page 165]head of the Church of England, and to his Heires; And if yee shall know any thing that shall be prejudiciall or hurtfull unto his Highnesse, or his Heires, or unto his Towne of Calice, or Marches of the same, yee shall resist the same to the uttermost of your power; And in case ye cannot, yee shall without delay declare the same unto his Highnesse, or unto such of his Councell as yee think will shew it unto him; Yee shall be dili­gent obedient and attendant to the Deputy of the said Towne and Marches for the time be­ing, in those things that to the service of the Kings sure, good politique Government, and de­fence of the said Towne and Marches appertaineth, and in all things to be done that toucheth the defence, safeguard, and good Government of the said Towne of Calice, and Mar­ches of the same, shall give as it [Page 166]shall need from time to time your true, faithfull, and dili­counsell to the Deputy for the time being, and to the Kings Councell, and Officers of the same Towne and Marches, and them aid, and assist to the ut­termost of your power; and yee shall set, or doe to be set the Kings Watch, and that visit from time to time as unto your Office appertaineth, as it is or­dained to be used, searched; And ye can any better order or devize, yee shall shew it unto the Deputy, and Kings Coun­cell of the said Town and Mar­ches, to the intent it may be set in the surest, and stricktest way for the safeguard of the said Towne and Marches; and that yee present not, or doe to be presented nor imprisoned, nor cause to be imprisoned, any manner of person, Watch man, or other without reasonable or just cause, and if any be impri­soned [Page 167]may be delivered with­out Fees, or Costs paying. And that yee shall duly and truly Arrest, and doe to be Arrested, all, and every person and per­sons, according to the Lawes used and accustomed within the said Towne, and also all and every other person or persons that yee shall know to be fugi­tive, taking the Fees thereunto limited and accustomed with­out excesse; and also that you take Surety, or doe to be taken of each Prisoner, as well of the Plaintiffe as of the Defendant, to pursue, and answer as the Law will ordaine, so that eve­ry person that commeth into the Kings Court may have full right; and if any person by chance medsy, drawing Wea­pon, or smiting, that yee lead, or cause to be led to Prison, there to remaine according to the Lawes Customes, and Or­dinances of the Towne; And [Page 168]that yee Present every fault Presentable, and that ought by you to be Presented by vertue of your Office, and if yee see any default, or that yee be re­quired of any person to take any distresse for doing or cleansing of the said Towne that yee doe it duly, and truly, and cause it to be done by the Officers un­der you, so that no man have cause to complaine thereof; And yee shall make good and true Records of all manner of things that ought to be Recor­ded t [...]king no other Fees for the same then of right and re [...] ­son have been used of old time; And yee shall not hold with no Party against the other, nor none sustaine; but yee shall be true Reverentary, and Repor­ter of all that which belongeth unto your Office of Marshall, and if yee heare, or weet of any Mennaces or debate betweene any parties that yee take, or [Page 169]cause to be taken of both said Parties Sureties, to the intent that the Peace may be kept and holden for the said Towne and Marches, and yee shall see sure­ly to be kept, and straitly cause to be observed as much as in you lyeth, all manner of Sta­tutes, Lawes, Ordinances made, or to be made by our Soveraign Lord King Hen. 8. or his Heires, or by his Councell authorised for the same, for the safeguard, tuition, defence, and good or­der of this Towne of Calice and of the Marches of the same, doing due execution upon the Transgressors of any of the same Statutes, Lawes, and Or­dinances, having no regard to the person so Transgressing for affection, meede, dread, or any other cause whatsoever.

The Oath of the Lieutenant of the Castle of Calice, or­dained by Parliament in Anno 27. H. 8.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall be faithfull and true to our Soveraigne Lord King Hen 8. by the Grace of God, King of England, and of France, Defender of the Faith, Lord of Ireland and in Earth supreame head of the Church of England, and to his Heires, and if ye shall know any thing that shall be prejudiciall or hurtfull unto his Highnesse, or his Heires, or un­to his Towne of Calice, or Mar­ches of the fame; Yee shall re­side the same to the uttermost of your power, and in case yee cannot, yee shall without delay declare the same unto his High­nesse or unto such of his Coun­cell as yee thinke will shew it unto him; Yee shall give as it [Page 171]shall need from time to time your true, faithfull, and dili­gent counsell to the Kings Deputy of his Towne, and Marches of Calice for the time being, and to the Kings Coun­cell, and Officers of the same Towne and Marches, and them shall aid and assist to the utter­most of your power, in all things to be done concerning safeguard, defence, and good governance of the said Towne and Marches; Yee shall safely keepe true English to the use and behoofe of our Soveraigne Lord, and of his Heires to the uttermost of your power, his Castle and Fortresse of Calice, by his Highnesse appointed and assigned to your safe keeping; Yee shall personally remaine, and be resident upon your said roome, and Office there, and at no time to be absent from the same without the Kings speciall licence for the same [Page 872]obtained; And you shall well and truly oversee that all Offi­cers, Souldiers and Ministers of the said Castle and Fortresse, that shall serve the Kings High­nesse there under you shall di­ligently doe, cause, and suffer to be done, all and every thing and things that unto them shall appertaine and belong, concer­ning the sure and safe keeping of the said Castle and Fortresse; and if any of them be found and proved to be remisse or negligen in doing his, or their duty, or duties, that then yee without favour or delay pro­ceed to the correction and pu­nition of him or them so of­fending; And that you doe your duty to your power to the keeping of the Peace among all and every person or persons; of what condition he or they be dwelling within the said Castle or Fortresse or thereunto from time to time repairing, not [Page 173]suffering any unlawfull Con­gregations, Conventions, or Conven [...]icles to be made with­in the said Castle or Fortresse, against good, restfull, and Po­litique Government of the same, and duly to correct all and every person and persons offending; And that as much as in you shall lye, you shall see that the Castle and Fortresse be furnished as well with Victuals, and with all other things ap­pertaining to the safe custody of the same that to you belong­eth by duty of your Office, and that you truly, rightfully, and indifferently administer Justice to all and every person and persons, that hereafter shall have any Cause or matter mo­ved, or depending before you in the said Castle or Fortresse, without having any manner of respect to any person or per­sons, for dread, meed, malice, or affection; And yee shall not [Page 174]appoint, ne [...] admit any person or persons within the retinue of the said Castle or Fortresse, but if the said person or persons be borne within the Realme of England, Wales, and Ireland, or being English borne within the said Towne of Calice, or Mar­ches of the same; and that the said person to be true Leige­man unto the King our Sove­raigne Lord, and to his Heires. And finally, yee shall observe and keepe, or cause to be obser­ved and kept as much as in you shall be during the time yee shall be Lieutenant there, all manner Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances made, and to be made by our said Soveraigne Lord, his Heires, or his Suc­cessors, or by their Councell authorized for the same, for the safeguard, tuition, defence, and good Orders of the said Ca­stle and Fortresse, doing due execution upon the Transgres­sors [Page 175]so offending any of the said Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinan­ces, having no regard to any person so offending for affecti­on, meed, dread, or any other cause whatsoever. So God, &c.

The Oath of the Treasurer of Calice, as it was ordai­ned by Parliament in the 27. yeare of Hen. 8.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall be faithfull and true to our Loveraigne Lord H. 8. by the Grace of God, King of England, and of France, Defen­der of the Faith, Lord of Ire­land, and in Earth supreame head of the Church of England, and to his Heires, and if yee shall know any thing that shall be prejudiciall and hurtfull un­to his Highnesse, or his Heires, or unto his Towne of Calice, or Marches of the same; Yee shall resist the same to the uttermost [Page 176]of your power and in case yee cannot, yee shall without delay declare the same unto his High­nesse, or unto such of his Coun­cell as yee thinke will shew it unto him; Yee shall be dili­gent, obedient, and attendant to the Deputy of the [...]aid Towne, and Marches for the time be­ing in those things that to the service of the King, sure and Politique Governance, and de­fence of the said Towne and Marches appertaineth, and in all things to be done that toucheth the safeguard and de­fence, and good governance of the said Towne of Calice, and Marches of the same; Yee shall give as it shal be need from time to time your true, faithfull, and diligent counsell to the Deputy for the time being and to the Councell and Officers of the same Towne and Marches, and them aide, and assist to the ut­termost of your power, and that [Page 177]to your knowledge, wit, and power, for as much as in you is during the time you shall be in your Office, you shall en­deavour your f [...]lfe to see his Highnesse answered, and truly satisfied of all Rents, Revenues, issues, Profits, and Commodi­ties, as well casuall as certaine, whatsoever they be or shall be which his Highnesse of right ought for to have, or hereafter shall have, or be, or shall be to him belonging by any manner of meane within the said Town, County, and Marches; and that he be in no wise defrauded, or deceived thereof by your negligence or default; and that yee make no payment of none Wages to none Officer nor o­ther Souldier, unto such time as due Muster be had, viewed, and taken, and the same comp­trolled by the Comptrollers Booke for the time being; And yee shall from time to time, [Page 178]during the time yee shall be in your Office, see all Artificers which be, or shall be in Wages under your Governance and Rule, diligently, duly, and tru­ly exercise and occupy their Occupations, and Mysteries in the Kings Workes, and that you shall not appoint, or admit any person or persons into the Of­fice or roome of a Speare, or other Souldier within your re­tinue, but if the said person or persons be borne within the Realme of England, Wales, Ire­land, the said Towne of Calice, or Marches of the same; and that the said person be sworne to be true Leige-man unto the King our Soveraigne Lord, and his Heires, and be an able per­son to serve the King, for the defence of the said Towne and Marches; And sinally you shal observe and keep, or cause to be observed and kept as much as in you shall be during the time [Page 179]that you shall be in your Of­fice, all manner Statutes, Laws, and Ordinances made, or to be made by our said Soveraigne Lord, his Heires and Succes­sors, or by his or their Coun­cell authorized for the same, for the safeguard tuition, de­fence, and good Orders of the said Towne and Marches. So help you God, &c.

The Oath of the Lievtenant of Ruisbanke, as it was or­dained by Parliament in Anno 27. of Hen. 8.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall be faithfull and true to our Soveraigne Lord King Henry the eight, by the Grace of God, King of England. and of France, Defender of the Faith, Lord of Ireland, and in Earth supreame head of the Church of England, and to his Heires; and if yee shall know any thing [Page 180]that shall be prejudiciall or hurtfull unto his Highnesse, or his Heires, or unto his Towne of Calice, or Marches of the same, yee shall resist the same to the uttermost of your power, and in case yee cannot, yee shall without delay declare the same unto his Highnesse, or unto such of his Councell as ye think will shew it unto him; Ye shall give from time to time as it shall need your true, faithfull, and diligent Counsell to the Kings Deputy of his Towne and Marches, and them shall aide and assist to the uttermost of your power in in things to be done concerning the safe­guard, defence, and good Go­vernance of the said Towne and Marches; ye shall safely keep true English to the use and be­hoofe of our said Soveraigne Lord, and of his Heires, and defend to the uttermost of your power his Castle and Fortresse [Page 181]of Ruisbanke, by his Highnesse appointed and assigned to your said keeping; Yee shall be per­sonally remaining and refident upon your said Office and Roome there, and at no time to be absent from the same without the Kings speciall li­cense for the same obtained; And you shall well and truly oversee that all Officers, Soul­diers, and Ministers of the said Castle and Fortresse, that shall serve the Kings Highnesse there under you shall diligently doe, cause, and suffer to be done, all and every thing and things that unto them shall appertaine and belong, concerning the sure and safe keeping of the said Ca­stle and Fortresse, and if any of them be found, and proved to be remisse, or negligent in doing his or their duty; That then ye without favour, or delay, proceed to the corre­ction and punition of him, or [Page 182]them so offending, and that you doe your duty to your power to the keeping of the Peace among all and every per­son and persons, of what de­gree or condition ye or they be dwelling within the said Castle or Fortresse, or thereunto from time to time repairing, not suf­fering any unlawfull Congrega­tions, Conventions, or Con­venticles to be made within the said Castle or Fortresse against good, restfull, and Politique Governance of the same, and duly to correct all and every person and persons offending; and that as much as in you shall lye you shall see that the said Castle and Fortresse be furni­shed as well with Victuall as with all other things appertai­ning to the safe custody of the same that to you belongeth by duty of your said Office; and that you truly, rightfully, and indifferently administer Justice [Page 183]to all, and every person and per­sons that hereafter shall have any cause or matter, moved or depending before you in the said Castle or Fortresse, with­out having any manner of re­spect to any person or persons for love, dread, meed, malice, or affection; And ye shall not admit ne appoint any person or persons within the said Ca­stle and Fortresse, but if the said person or persons be borne within the said Realme of Eng­land, Wales, Ireland, or being Eng­lish borne within the said Town of Calice, or Marches of the same; and that the said person be sworne to be true Leige-man unto the King our Soveraigne Lord and unto his Heires; And finally, you shall observe and keep, or cause to be observed and kept as much as in you shall be during the time you shall be Lievtenant there, all manner of Statutes, Laws, and Ordinances [Page 184]made, and to be made by your said Soveraigne Lord, his Heires, or his Successors or by his or their Councell authori­sed for the same, for the safe­guard, tuition, defence, and good orders of the said Castle and Fortresse, doing due exe­cution upon the transgressors offending any of the said Sta­tutes, Lawes, and Ordinances, having no regard to the person so offending for love, favour, meed, dread, or other cause what soever. So help you God, &c.

The Oath of the Lievtenant of Hannues, as it was or­dained by Parliament, in Anno 27. Hen. 8.

THe said Lievtenant shall take the like Oath as is or­dained for the Lievtenant of Ruisbanke.

The Oath of the Comptrollor of Calice, as it was ordained by Parliament in Anno 27. Hen. 8.

YEE shall sweare, That ye shall be faithfull and true to our Soveraigne Lord King Hen. 8. by the Grace of God, King of England, and of France, Defender of the Faith, Lord of Ireland, and in Earth supreame head of the Church of England, and to his Heites, and if you shall know any thing that shall be prejudiciall or hurtfull unto his Highnesse, or his Heires, or unto his Towne of Calice, or Marches of the same, yee shall resist the same to the uttermost of your power; and in case ye cannot, ye shall without delay declare the same unto his High­nesse, or unto such of his Coun­cell as yee thinke will shew it unto him; ye shall be diligent, [Page 186]obedient, and as Tendant to the Deputy of the said Towne and Marches for the time be­ing, in those things that to the service of the Kings. Suer, good Politique Governance, and de­fence of the said Towne and Marches appertaineth; And that you shall not be absent from your said Office without the Kings speciall License ob­tained in that behalfe, and in all things to be done that toucheth the safeguard, defence, and good governance of the said Towne of Cilice and Marches of the same shall give as it shall need from time to time your true, faithfull, and diligent counsell for the time being and to the Kings Councell and Of­ficers of the same Towne and Marches, and them ayd and assist to the uttermost of your power; And you shall so much as in you is that due Musters shall be taken at all the whole [Page 187]retinue, at two severall times in the yeare before the paying of their Wages, and oftner if need shall be thought by the Deputy and the Kings Councell of the said Towne to be needfull; and in as much as in you is, and shall be from time to time, ye shall see that the Deputy, Soul­diers and all other Officers and Ministers whatsoever, be resi­dent, attendant, and furni­shed as to them in every degree appertaineth; and such as yee shall finde defective, or faulty from time to time; ye shall re­forme, and doe therein as to your Office belongeth; ye shall also diligently and particularly oversee the Provisions made, and to be made of all and every thing and things necessary and expedient for the Kings Works, Buildings, and Reparat one within the said Towne and Marches, and diligently see that all Artificers, and Work­men, [Page 188]that from time to time shall be retained in the Kings Wages, shall doe their duties in all such things for the which they are so retained; And that you from time to time, as much as in you is, foresee that the Kings Highnesse be not de­ceived, nor defrauded of any of his Possessions, Rents, Reve­nues, Woods, Waters, Customs, Forfeitures, and other Profits, as well certaine as casuall, what­soever they be which to his Highnesse shall of right apper­taine. And that ye shall not ap­point, nor admit any person or persons into the roome of a Souldier within your retinue, but if the said person or persons be borne within the said Realm of England, Wales, and Ireland, and the said Towne of Calice, and Marches of the same, and the said person to be sworne to be true Leige-man unto, the King our Soveraigne Lord, and [Page 189]to his Heires; and to be an able person to serve the King for de­fence of the [...]aid Towne and Marches. And finally, ye shall observe and keep, or cause to be observed and kept, as much as in you shall be, during the time that you shall be in your Office, all manner of Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances made and to be made, ut supra.

The Oath of the Master Por­ter, as it was ordained by Parliament, in Anno 27. H. 8.

YEe shall sweare, That ye shall be faithfull and true to our Soveraigne Lord King Henry 8. by the grace of God King of England, and of France, Defender of the Faith, Lord of Ireland, and in each Supreme Head of the Church of England, and to his Heires; and if ye shall know any thing that shall be pre [...]udi­ciall [Page 190]or hurtfull unto his High­nesse or his Heires, or unto his Towne of Callic [...], or Marches of the same; ye shall resist the same to the uttermost of your power; And in case ye cannot, ye shall without delay declare the same unto his Highnesse, or unto such of his Councell, as ye think will shew it unto him; Ye shall be diligent obedient, and attendant to the Deputie of the said Towne and Marches, for the time being, in those things that to the service of the King Suer, good politique Go­vernance and defence of the said Towne and Marches appertain­eth, and in all things to be done as toucheth the safeguard, de­fence and good governance of the said Towne of Calice, and Marches of the same, shall give, as it shall need, from time to time, your true, faithfull, and diligent counsell to the Deputy, for the time being; And to the [Page 191] Kings Councell and Officers of the same To [...]ne and Marches, and them aid and assist to the uttermost of your power; Ye shall safely keep duly and truly, the Keyes of the Gates of this Towne of Calice at all times, as to your Office appertaineth; and if that you may heare or esp [...] coming by Water or by Land any [...]idings, you shall do it to be known to the Kings De­puty of the said Town and Mar­ [...]es with diligence; And yee shall not raise nor suffer to be done or raised any new customs which might turne to prejudice or hinderance of any person. And finally, ye shall see surely to be kept, and straightly cause to be observed, as much as in you lieth, all manner of Sta­tutes, Lawes, and Ordinances made or to be made by our said Soveraigne Lord or his Heires and Successors, or by his Coun­cell authorized for the same, [Page 192]for the safeguard, tuition, de­fence, and good Orders of this Towne of Calice, and Marches of the same doing due Execu­tion upon the Transgressors of any of the said Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances, having no re­gard to the person so transgres­sing, for affection, meed, dread, or any other cause whatsoever, So God &c.

The Oath of the Lieutenant of Newenham Bridge, as it was ordained by Parliament, in Anno 27. H. 8.

THe said Lieutenant shall take like Oath as is Ordain­ed before for the Lieutenant of Ruitbanke.

The Oath of the under Mar­shall of Calice, as it was or­dained by Parliament, in Anno 27. Hen. 8.

YE shall sweare, That yee shall be faithfull and true to our Soveraigne Lord King Henry 8. by the grace of God King of England, and of France, Defend or of the Faith, Lord of Ireland, and in Earth Supreme head of the Church of England, and to his Heires; and if you shall know any thing that shall be prejudiciall or hurtfull to his Highnesse or his Heires, or un­to his Towne of Calice, or Mar­ches of the same, ye shall resist the same to the uttermost of your power; and in case ye can­not ye shall without delay de­clare the same to his Highnesse, or to such of his Councell as ye think will shew it unto him; Yee shall bee obedient to the [Page 194] Kings Deputy for the time be­ing, in all things to be done, that toucheth the safeguard, defence, and good governance of the said Towne of Calice, and Marches of the same; ye shall give, as it shall need, from time to time, your true, faithfull, and diligent counsell to the Kings Deputy for the time being, and to the Kings Councell, and Officers of the same Towne and Mar­ches, and them aid and assist to the uttermost of your power; Ye shall truly fet, and do to be set the stand-Watch nightly on the Wals of the said Towne at the Castle hill, and shall suffer no person or persons to keepe and furnish the said stand-watch but such person or persons as shall be by you appointed and sworne according to the Oath for the same devised; and also take sureties for his or their A­bearing in the Watch; And that ye neither present, nor do to be [Page 195]presented, ne imprisoned, nor cause to bee imprisoned, any manner of person or Watch­man, nee other whatsoever, without reasonable and true cause; And if you finde any per­sons in Chance medly, drawing any weapon, or smiting, that ye do leade, or cause to be lead, him or them to prison without any let; And that ye present, or do to be presented, every fault that belongeth to your Of­fice to bee presented duly and truly; and that ye take not, or cause to be taken any other fees of any person or persons then of right and of reason have bin used, and of old time accusto­med, belonging to your Office; And also you shal not hold with no party against other nor none sustaine; but [...]ee shall be true Referender of all that that be­longeth to your Office of un­der Marshall and ye shall night­ly be in the Market-place to [Page 196]take the Report of the Typped­staves of the furnish [...]ng of the Watches in the East and West Houses on the Wals, and shall certifie the same Report unto the Kings Deputy immediately. And all other things do that ap­pertaine to your said Office of under-Marshall, during the time you shall continue in your said Office. So helpe you God, &c.

The Oath of them that be or shall be made of the Kings Councell of the Towne and Marches of Calice, as it was ordained by Parliament in Anno 27. Hen. 8.

YEe shall sweare, That ye shall be good, true, and faithfull unto our Soveraigne Lord King Henry the 8. by the Grace of God, King of England, and of France, Defender of the Faith, Lord of Ireland, and in [Page 197]Earth supreame head of the Church of England, and to his Heires and ye shalbe ready with good attendance to come to the place of Councel holden for the King, where it shall be assigned and appointed by the Deputy of his Towne, and Marches of Calice for the time being, and not absent you there-from without reasonable cause of excusation, and that in all mat­ters, causes, and questions that by the said Councell be, or shall be opened moved, stirred, or asked, you shall say and utter your good advice, and opinion, clearly after your discretion and understanding, shewing, and giving in conclusion your true and faithfull counsell, not let­ting for favour, affection, love, affinity, hatred, wrath had, or borne to any party, or for cor­ruptions of any goods, or other things whatsoever it be; And that all manner Languages, [Page 198]Reasons, Conclusions had, mo­ved, or uttered in the said Councell ye shall effectually keep them secretly, and not dis­cover them in no wise in other forme or manner then by the same Councell shall be ordai­ned, devised, and accorded; and whereas you can devise, thinke, or purpose any thing, forme, or rule that might be evident to turne to the honour, weale, and commodity of the King our Soveraigne Lord or to the good governance of this Towne and Marches, ye shall at all times shew, and move it to the Coun­cell to the intent that it may be ordained and executed. These things abovesaid, & every of them with all their circum­stances and dependances ye shall duly exercise, use keep and doe from time to time during your abiding in the said Councell, with all the spirits of your good minde. So help you God, [Page 199]and the Holy dame, and by this book.

The Oath given to a Knight of the Bath at the time of his creation.

GReat Worship be this noble Order unto you, and Al­mighty God give you Grace well to keep it; you shall be strong in the Faith of Holy Church, you shall releeve as right requireth, Widows Maids, and Orphants; you shall love and dread God above all things, you shall love the King your So­veraigne Lord, and him and his right defend to your power; you shall suffer no Extortion as farre forth as you may nor sit in any place where wrongfull Judgement shall be given to your knowledge; and as great honour be this noble Order un­to you, as it was to any of your Kinne or Progenitors, before you or any others.

The Oath of the Captaines and Souldiers serving the Estates of Zeland.

VVEE sweare and promise, To be faithfull to the Queenes Majesty of England, our Soveraigne, and to the generall united Provinces of the Low Countries, especially to the Estates of this Province of Ze­land, to the end to keepe his Towne of Flushing, with the Forts belonging to the same for the assurance of her Ma­jesty, the profit of the said E­states, and the maintenance of the true Christian Religion, as it is at this present exercised as well in England as in the Towne and Country of Zeland, and to yeeld all due obedience to our Governour chiefe, and Cap­taines. So God us help.

The Oach and Homage made by James the King of Scots, unto King Henry 6. in the second yeare of his Reigne over England.

I Iames Steward King of Scots, shall be true and faithfull un­to you Lord Henry, by the grace of God King of England and France, the noble and Superiour Lord of the King of Scotland, which I hold and claim to hold of you; and I shall beare you my faith and fidelity of life and limbe, and worldly honour, against all men; and faithfully I shall knowledge, and shall do to you service due to the King­dome of Scotland. So God help me, and these holy Evangelists.

The Oath of a Tenant that doth Atturne to the Lord of a Mannour.

YOu shall become true and lawfull Tenant, and true faith beare to the Lord of this Mannour, for such Lands as you hold of the same Lordship, and do such Customes and Services, as of right ye ought to do, sa­ving the faith that you beare to any other Lands So help you God, and by the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath used in a Court Baron, to swedre any to the Queenes Highnesse.

YOu shall be true Liegeman, and true faith beare to our Soveraigne Lady Elizabeth Queen of England, France, and Ireland, and to her Heires and Succes­sors; You shall be no Thiefe, [Page 203]nor Thiefs Feir, but if you know of any, you shall do the Queenes Majesties Justices to weet of them, as soone as you can and you shall live by such good and true occupation as God lent you, uprightly and truly, so farre as God will give you grace. So helpe you God, and by the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath that is to he given to any Jury, before Evidence given in against a prisoner at the Barre.

YOu shall true Deliverance make betweene our Sove­raigne Lord the King, and the Prisoner at the Barre as you shal have in charge, according to your Evidence as neere as God shall give you grace. So helpe you God, and by the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath given to a Baylisse or Serjeant, that attendeth on any Jury or Inquest at an As­size.

YOu shall well and truly keep this Inquest from meat and drinke, fire and candle; you shall not suffer any man to speake with them, neither shall you your selfe speak with them, more than to aske them, If they be agreed, untill such time as they be agreed. So helpe you God, and by the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath for Evidence up­on the Arraignement of the Prisoner at the Barre.

THe Evidence that you shall give to this Inquest against the Prisoner at the Barre, shall be the truth, and the whole truth, and nothing but the truth [Page 205]as neere as God shall give you grace So help you God, and by the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath to be given by any jury, by whom a Nisi prius is to be tried.

YOu shall truly try this Suit of Nisi prius betweene party and party, according to the Evi­dence as shall be given you in Court, as neere as God shall give you grace. So help you God and by the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath to be given to such as are to give Evidence be­tweene a party and party, at an Nisi prius.

THe Evidence that you shall give to this Inquest concer­ning the matter in variance, shall be the truth and the whole truth, and nothing but the [Page 206]truth, so neere as God shall give you grace. So helpe you God, and by the Contents of this Booke.

The same Oath that your foreman hath sworne, you of your part shall well and truly keepe. So help you God, and by the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath of the great In­quest.

YE shall truly enquire, and due presentment make of all such things as you are char­ged withall on the Queenes be­halfe, the Queenes Councell, your owne, and your fellowes, you shall well and truly keepe; And in al other things the truth present. So help you God, and by the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath of those that give Evidence upon Bils of indi­ctment.

THe Evidence that you shall give to the Inquest, upon this Bill shall be the truth, and the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; And you shall not let so to do for malice, ha­tred, or evill will, nor for meed, dread, favour, or affection. So helpe you God, and the holy Contents of this Booke.

The Oath of such as are to be bayled upon suspition for Felony or Murder.

J A. B. shall from henceforth during all my life, be true Liegeman, and true faith beare unto our Soveraigne Ladie Eli­zabeth, and to her Heires and Successors Kings and Queenes of this Realme; and shall commit [Page 208]no Murder, Treason, or Mis­prision of Treason, nor consent or agree to any such Offence, nor shall know any perill or da­mage to his Grace, or to the Realme, or other Dominions aforesaid, but shall reveale and disclose it with all speed unto such as have the Lawes in Go­vernment; nor shall commit any Felony or Murder, or be accessary to any such Offence or Offences; but shall live a good and an obedient Subject during my life. So helpe me God, and the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath of the Approver banished.

HOc Audis due Coronator quod Ego, A A. sum Latronius equi vel Alterius Rei, vel Homicidia, uni­us per homines vel Plurimorum & fel. Dom. Regis H. & quia multa Mula, & Latricinia, Perpetram in hac Terra [Page 209]abjura Regnum H. Regis Anglia, & deheo me festinare versus portum de &c. quem dedisse mihi, & quod non debeo devertere ab altu via, et si fa­ciam volo quod sivi captus sicut la­tro & fel. Dom. Regis, ut quod a­pud &c. queram diligentur Transitum meum, & non expectabo ibi, visi flux­um, et refluxum maris unum si tran­situs haberi poterit, & visi Tanto Spatio abire potero, iho quolibet die in mare us (que) ad genua tentane transire, & visi hoc potero infra, 40. dios con­tinues, mittum me iterum in ecelesium sicut latero & fel. Dom. Regis, sic me Deus adjuvet, secundum judicium.

The Oath which Philip Duke of Burgoyne tooke, acknowledging, and promi­sing to obey King H. 5. as the right Inheritor of the King­dom of France, After Charles the first Kings Death.

I Philip, Duke of Eurgoyne, For me and my Heires, sweare, [Page 210]and make Oath upon these holy Evangelists, to Henry of England, and Heire Apparant and Regent of France, by the Soveraigne Lord King Charles, that meekly and faithfully shall obey the same King Henry, in all things that appertaine to the King of France, as to the Commonweale of the same Realme; & immedi­ately after the death of the said King Charles, our Soveraigne Lord, we shall be true and faith­full Leiges to the said King Hen­ry, his Heires, and Successors; and furthermore, we shall not be of Councell, nor give our consent to no things that may be to the prejudice of the same King H. his Heires, and Suc­cessors, wherein they may suf­fer any derogation or detriment of their bodies, of their Mem­bers, Possessions, or Honours; And if we know of any conspi­racie against him, his Heires, or Successors in all the hast to us [Page 211]possible, either by our Letters, or else by our. Trustie Messen­gers, to declare, That they may the better provide to eschew the perills thereof.

When the Dukes Oath was thus finished, as many as were pre­sent there, both of the Kings Councell, and also of the Par­liaments, Bishops, Lords, Knights, and Commons, made the same Oath to the King. and 23 and 24. dayes of the same moneth of May 14. the Chancellor of France, and many other Lords, Bishops, Prelats, and Noblemen of the Realme gave the like Oath to King H,

The Oath of the Chancellor of England.

YEE shall swear [...], That well, All the Oathes marked with this mark, were Copied out of an old Roll in Parch­ment, re­maining in the Office of the Pet­ty Bagg in January, 1625. and truly, yee shall serve our Soveraigne Lord the King, and his People, in the Office of [Page 212]Chancellor, & ye shall do Right to all manner of People, Poore and Rich, after the Lawes and usuages of this Realme, and tru­ly yee shall counsell the King, and his counsaile yee shall-laine and keepe and ye shall not know nor suffer the hurt nor dis-heri­ting of the King, nor that the Rights of the Crowne, be di­stressed, by any meane [...], as farre forth as you may let; And if yee may not let it, yee shall make it clearely and expresly knowne to the King, with your true advice and counfaile; And that yee shall doe, and purchase the kings profit, in all that yee may, as God helpe you and the holy Evangelists.

The Oath of the Treasurer of the Exchequer

YEE shall sweare, That well, and truly, yee shall serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, and [Page 213]his People in the Office of Trea­surer, And ye shall doe Right to all manner of People, Poore and Rich, of such things as toucheth your Office; And the Kings Treasure truly, yee shall keepe and dispend; And truly yee shall counsaile the King, and his counsaile ye shall layne, and keepe; and that yee shall neither know nor suffer the Kings hurt, nor his dis-heriting nor that the Rights of his Crowne be di­stresled by any meanes, as farre forth as yee may let; And if yee may not let it, yee shall make knowledge thereof clearely and expresly, to the King, with your true advice, and counsaile: And yee shall doe, and purchase the Kings profit in all that yee may reasonably doe, as God you helpe, and the holy Evangelists.

The Oath of the Barones of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly yee shall serve the the King, in the Office of Bar­on of his Exchequer; And that truly yee shall charge, and dis­charge all people that have Accompt before you; and that yee shall do Right to all manner of People, as well to Poore as to Rich And that for Highnesse, nor for Riches, nor for hatred, nor for the estate of no manner of person, nor for any good deed, gift, [...]e promise of any person, the which is made to you or may be made to you nor by crafts. nor by Engines, the Kings Right, nor none other persons yee shall disturbe, let, nor respite against the Lawes of the Land, nor the Kings Debts, yee shall put in respite where that they may goodly be leavi­ed; [Page 215]And that the Kings Needes yee shall speede before all other, And that neither for gift, wages, nor good deed, yee shall laine, disturbe, nor let the pro­fit, and the advantage of the King, in advantage of any other person, nor of your selfe; And that no things yee shall take of any person, for to doe wrong, or Right to delay of, for to deli­ver, or delay the people, the which that have to doe before you; But as hastily as yee may them goodly to deliver without hurt to the King; And having no reward to any profit that might thereof to you be made, then yee shall make to be deli­vered; And that whereas yee may know any wrong or preju­dice to be done to the King, yee shall put, and doe all your po­wer and diligence, that to re­dresse and if ye may not doe it, yee shall tell it, to the King, or to them of his Councell, the [Page 216]which may make relation to the King, if ye may not come to him; And the Kings Councell yee shall keepe, and layne in all things: As God you helpe, and all his Saints.

The Oath of a Iudge, endor­so claus de Anno 20. Edw. 3. Part. prima.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly yee shall serve our Soveraigne Lord, the King and his People in the Office of Ju­stice; And tfiat yee shall coun­sell, our Soveraigne Lord the King in his needes; And that yee shall not give any connsaile, or assent to any thing the which might turne to hurt or dis-heriting of the King by any way or colour and that ye shall not know any hurt or dis-her­ting of the King; but that ye shall make it to him known by you or by some other person. And that [Page 217]yee shall doe equall Law and Execution of Right, to all the Kings Subjects Rich and Poore, without having regard to any person; And that ye shall not take by you, or by any other privily, ne appart any gift, or reward of Gold or of Silver, nor of any other thing, the which might turne you to pro­fit, But if it be meat or drinke; and that of little value, of any man, that shall have any Plea or Processe hanging before you, as long as before your selfe two Pleas and Processes shall be han­ging nor after for that cause; And that ye shall take no fees, as long as ye be Justice, nor Roab of any person, great or small in any case. But of the King himselfe; And that yee shall not give any counsaile or advice to any person great or small in any case, where the King is party; And in case that any persons in what estate that [Page 218]they be of, come before you in Sessions with force and Armes, or otherwise, against the Peace, or against the forme of the Sta­tute hereof made, for to disturbe the Execution of the Common Law, or for to Mennasse the people, that may not doe the Law; That yee shall doe, Ar­rest their Bodies, and put them in prison; and in case they be such as yee may not Arrest, that ye shall certifie the King of their names, and of their mis­doing hastily, to that end that ye may thereof Ordaine reme­dy; And that ye shall not main­taine by your selfe, nor by none other privily nor openly, any Plea, or Quarrell, hanging in the Kings Cours, or else where in the Country; And that ye shall not delay any per­son of Common Right, for the Letters of the King, or of any other person, nor for any other cause; And in case that any [Page 219]Letters come to you contrary to the Law, that ye shall no­thing doe for such Letters, but ye thereof shall certifie the King; And yee shall proceede to doe the Law, the same Letters not­withstanding; and that ye shall do and procure the profit of the King and his Crowne, in all things where ye them reason­able may doe; And in case that ye be found in default hereaf­ter, in any of the points afore­said, ye shall be at the Kings will, of Bodies, Lands, and of honour, to doe thereof that that shall please the King.

The Oath of a Iustice for Workes, Weights, and Mea­sure.

YEE shall sweare, That in your Office of Justice, of Labors, and of Weights, and Measures, yee shall doe equall Right to the Poore as to the [Page 220]Rich, after our cunning, wit and power, and after the forme of Statutes thereof made, and the Issues, Fines, and Amercia­ments, the which shall be made and to be made before you yee shall doe truly enter without any consealement or embeaz­ling, and truly send into the Ex­chequer; And that yee shall not leave for gift, nor for other cause, but that well and truly ye shall doe, your office of Ju­stice in that behalfe; And also ye shall sweare, that in your of­fice of Justice of Peace, and La­bours, and of all other Articles contained in the Kings Com­mission to you directed; Yee shall doe equall Right to the Poore, and to the Rich, after your cunning and power, and after the Lawes, and Customes of the Realme, and the Statutes thereof made, and the Issues, Fines, and Amerciaments, the which shall be made, or happen [Page 221]to be made, and all forfeitures the which shall fall afore you, yee shall make truly to be en­tred, without any concealment, imbezling; and truly them to send into the Exchequer; And ye shall not let for gift, nor for other cause, But that well and truly, yee shall doe your Office of Justice on your behalfe; And that ye take nothing for your Office of Justice of Peace to do, but of the King, and Fees ac­customed; And that yee shall not make, or deliver any War­rants to the Parties, but yee shall them deliver to the Bay­liffes of the County or to o­ther of the Kings Officers or Ministers of the same to doe Execution. As God you helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of a Sheriffe.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve, the [Page 222] King in the Office of the Sheriff of Bedford and Berks, and do the Kings profit in all things that belongeth to you to do by way of your Office, as far forth as yee can or may; yee shall truly keepe the Kings Rights, and all that belongeth to the Crowne; yee shall not assent to Decrees, or passing, or to concealement of the Kings Rights, or of his Franchises; And wherever yee shall have knowledge that the Kings Rights, or the Rights of the Crowne been concealed or withdrawne, be it in Lands, Rents, Franchizes, or Suits, or any other things, ye shall do pour true power to make them be restored to the King againe; And if ye may not do it, yee shall certifie the King or some of his Councell thereof, such as ye hold for certaine will say it to the King; ye shall not re­spite the Kings Debts for any gift or favour, where ye may [Page 223]raise them without great grie­vance of the Debtors; Ye shall truly and righteously treat the People of your Sheriffewick, and do right as well to poore as rich in all that longeth to your Office; ye shall do no wrong to any man, for any gift or good behest, or promise of good, nor favour, nor hate; ye shall di­sturbe no mans right; ye shall truly acquit at the Exchequer all those of whom ye shall any thing receive of the Kings Debts; yee shall nothing take whereby the King may leese, or whereby that Right may be di­sturbed, letted, or the Kings Debts delayed; Ye shall truly returne, and truly serve all the Kings Writs, as far forth as it shall be in your cunning; Yee shall none have to be your un­der-Sheriffe, or any your She­riffs Clerks, of the l [...]st yeare passed; Yee shall take no Bay­liffe into your Service, but such [Page 224]as ye will answer for; Yee shall make each of your Bayliffes to make such Oath as yee make your selfe, in that that belon­geth to their Occupation. Yee shall receive no W [...]it by you or any of yours unsealed, or any sealed, under the Seale of any Justice save of Justice of Eyre, or Justice assigned in the same Shire where yee be Sheriffe in, or other Justices having power and Authority to make any Writ unto you by the Law of the Land, or of Justice Neudi­gate; You shall make your Bay­liffes of the true and sufficient men in the Country: Also ye shall do all your paine and dili­gence to destroy and make to cease all manner of Heresie and Errors, commonly called Lol­lardries, within your Bayly­wick, from time to time, to all your power; and assist and be helping to all the Ordinaries and Commissaries of Holy [Page 225]Church, and favour and main­taine them as oft times as yee shall be required by the said Or­dinaries and Commissaries; ye shall be dwelling in your proper person within your Bayliwick, for the time ye shall be in the same Office; ye shall not let your Sheriffewick, or any Bay­liwick thereof, to farme to any man; Ye shall truly set and re­turne reasonable and due Issues of them that be within your Bayliffewick, after their Estares and Honour, and make your Pannels your selfe; And over this, in eschewing and restraint of the Manslaughters, Robbe­res, and other manifold grie­vous Offences that been done daily, namely, by such as name themselves Souldiers, and be other Vagarants, the which con­tinually increase in number, and multiply, so that the Kings true Subjects may neither ride nor go to do such things as they [Page 229]have to do, to their intollerable hurt and hindering; yee shall truly and effectually with all diligence possible to you, exe­cute the Statutes, the whith ye shall have knowledge of These things all ye shall truly keepe, as God you helpe, you and his Saints.

The Oath of the Sheriffe of Oxon and Berks, Cambridge and Huntington.

YE shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve the King in the Office of Sheriffe of Oxon and Berks, and the Kings profit &c, ut supra us (que) ibi. So God helpe you and his Saints, Et [...]unc sic: And also yee shall sweare, That the Masters and the Schollers of the University of Oxon, and their servants, from injuries and violences yee shall keepe and defend by all your strength and power; [Page 227]and the Peace in the said Uni­versity, as much as in you is, yee shall doe keepe; And that ye shall give your counsell, and helpe to the Chancellor, and Schollers of the same Univer­sity, for to punish the disturbers and Breakers of the Peace there, after the priviledges and Sta­tutes of the said University at all times when it shall be need­full; And also yee shall put your help with all your strength to defend the priviledges, liber­ties, and customes of the said University; And that yee shall receive all such Oathes of your Under-Sheriffes, and other your said Ministers of your said County of Oxon, assoone and a­non as ye shall be at the Castle, or at the Town of Oxon, in pre­sence of any that shall be there­to deputed by the said Univer­sitie; to the which things, the King will that your said Mini­sters, be by you Arted and com­pelled, [Page 228]As God you helpe and all his Saints: Consimile sacrum fac. Vio. Cant. & Hunt.

The Oath of a Escheator.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall serve the King well and truly in the Office of Eschea­tor, in the Counties of Bed. and Bucks, and doe the Kings profit, in all things that belon­geth to you to doe, by way of your Office, after your wit and power, his Rights and all that longeth to the Crowne yee shall truly keepe: Yee shall not assent to decrees, ne to con­cealement of the Kings Rights, ne of the Franchizes; And wheresoever ye have knowledge of the Kings Rights or his Crowne be it in Lands, Rents, Franchizes, or Suites be in any wise concealed or withdrawne, ye shall doe your paine and di­ligence to withstand it, and to [Page 229]make it be restored, and repai­red; And if ye may not, ye shall say it unto the King, or such of his Councell, the which yee shall know for certaine will say it unto the King; Ye shall truly, and righteously Treat the peo­ple of your Bailiffe-wick, and doe Right to every man, as well to Poore as to Rich in that that belongeth to you to doe; Ye shall doe no wrong to any man neither for promise, love, nor hate, nor no mans Right di­sturbe; Yee shall nothing doe, whereby the King may lose, or whereby that Right may be di­sturbed le [...]ted or delayed; Yee shall truly and right wisely returne, and serve the Kings Writs; Yee shall in your pro­per person make, or doe to be made the exstents of Lands and other Revenues, after their ve­ry value, and duly charge the Questes that be returned be­fore you, and receive the ver­dicts, [Page 230]and returne them as often as they beene taken by you, and that within a moneth; Yee shall take no Bailiffe into your service, but such as ye will an­swer for; Ye shall make your Bayliffe to make such Oath, as it belongeth to you to give him; Yee shall truly, and right wisely yeeld Accompts at the Kings Exchequer, of all the Issues of your said Bailiffewick; Yee shall take your Enquests in open places, and not privie, and that by Indenture, after the effect of the Statute made thereof. As God helpe you, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Comptroller of the Customes.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve the King in the Office of Comptrol­ler of the Kings Customes and Subfidies, in the place of Custo­mer, and truly ye shall enter all [Page 231]the goods, and things custom­able the which shall come to the said Port, or shall passe from the same; And that ye shall no gift take for to doe your Of­fice, nor for any thing that may fall in disadvantage of the King, nor any Merchantize, nor any other thing customable yee shall not suffer to passe out of the said Port, without custome due be paid; And yee shall doe the Office your selfe, and dwell thereupon in your proper per­son, without making any Sub­stitute, or Deputy under you; And ye shall write the Rolls with your owne hands, and the Kings profit ye shall await, and doe, in as much as ye may after your knowledge and po­wer. As God you helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of a Tronator.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly yee shall serve the [Page 232] King in the Office of Tronator, in the City of London, and truly ye shall weigh and poyse the Wooll that shall come thither, and ye shal not suffer any Wooll to passe but by certaine weight and poyse, ordained so that nei­ther more nor lesse be put in the weight, and poyse, but all onely the certainty; And that all the Wooll the which shall come, yee shall doe to be weighed, and poysed out, that for gift nor fa­vour of any person, ye shall not suffer any Wooll to passe be­fore that be enterly weighed and poysed, and ye shall dwell and abide, upon your Office in your proper person, without making of any Substitute or Deputy under you, And ye shall wait and doe the Kings profit, and Advantage all that ye may. As God you helpe & his Saints.

The Oath of Custome.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall make continuall abi­ding in the Port of London, and shall oversee the charge of Wooll Leather and Woolfell, and all other Merchandizes and things Customable, and the number of Sacks in the said Port, and in as much as in you is yee shall not suffer that the King have hurt or losse there; and that true Accompt thereof ye shall yeeld; and of the Issues of the said Customes, truly yee shall answer, without Fauxim or Fraud, to be done in any point, As God you helpe and his Saints.

The Oath of a Justice to heare and determine.

YE shall sweare, That ye well and truly shall serve the [Page 234]King as Justice, to heare and de­termine the wrongs and grie­vances done to the King and his People, after the forme of the Commission to you and to o­ther your fellows thereof made; And shall keepe and leane the Kings Councell and Right to your power; Ye shall do to all People, as well to the poore as to the rich; And that ye shall take no gift of any person to do wrong nor right to delay, and that for Highnesse, nor for Ri­ches, nor for hatred, nor for the Estate of any person, nor for any good deed gift or promise, the which is made to you of any person, or may be made to you, nor by craft or maligning Right ye shall not disturbe, nor respite against Reason, and a­gainst the Lawes of the Land; but without regard of any E­state or Person, truly ye shall do right to all People, after the Lawes aforesaid So God ye help and his Saints.

The Oath of a Justice in Eyre.

YE Iustice in Eyre shall sweare, That well and truly yee shall serve the King in the Of­fice of Justice, and shall do Right to your power, to all People, as well to poore as to rich; and that for Highnesse, nor for Riches, nor for hatred, nor for the Estate of any per­son, nor for good deed, gift, nor promise of any person that is made to you, or may be made to you, neither by craft, nor by maligny, the right of any per­son ye shall not disturbe nor re­spite, against reason, nor against the Lawes of the Land; but without having of regard of any Estate or Person, truly ye shall do Right to every person after the Lawes and Customes of the Land; and that ye shall nothing take of any person for to do [Page 236]wrong, or right to delay. So God ye helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Clerke of the Statutes.

YE shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve the King in the Office of Clerke of the Statutes, in the Towne of B. and that ye shall be dwelling and abiding upon the same Of­fice in proper person, without making any Substitute or De­puty; And truly ye shall enter the Recognizances the which shall be made afore you, and them that keepe the greater par­ty of the Seale, ordained for such Recognezances to be taken in the said Towne; And that ye shall not receive, nor take any Recognezance without the presence aforesaid, that for to doe, be deputed and ordained, and that no manner of Recog­nezances, the which be not ta­ken [Page 237]by you, and them, together as it is aforesaid; And ye shall not enter them, nor make them to be entered, and that all man­ner of Recognezances so be­fore yon, and them made, yee shall write and enroll with your owne Hand, As God helpe you, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve the King, in the Office of Chancel­lor of the Exchequer, and well and truly ye shal do al that per­taineth and belongeth to the same Office; and the Kings Bu­sines and needes yee shall speed afore all others; and that no writ of Judgement of any o­ther Place, but of the Exche­quer it selfe, ye shall not en­seale with the Stale of the Ex­chequer, as long as the Chan­cery [Page 238]shall be 20 miles where the Exchequer doth abide.

The Oath of Fealty.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall be faithfull and true, and faith and truth beare unto the King our Soveraigne Lord, and to his Heires Kings of Eng­land, and truly yee shall doe, and truly knowledge the services due of the Lands, the which ye claime to hold of him, as in the Right of your Wife, and in the which the King to you doth yeeld. As God helpe you, and all his Saints.

The Oath of the Steward of Gascoygne.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall with all your wit, and withall your po­wer, ye shall keepe the Office of the Stewardship, of the Dutchie [Page 239]of Guyan; And ye shall doe right to all People, in that that to you appertaineth and belongeth, And the Townes Castles, Fort­lots, and the Lands, and Tene­ments, of the King our Sove­raigne Lord in that Dutchie ye shall keepe to the use of him and his Heires; And ye shall not deliver them to any person, but to him or to his Heires, or to the which shall bring you his Letters Patents, and his Ho­nour his Estate, his Rights, and his Seignory ye shall keepe, and maintaine to all your power; and if any thing of his Rights, in what things soever it be, be withdrawne or concealed, ye shall put to your true paine and deavour, that to repeale and re­taine in due and right estate; and if ye may not that doe; ye shall doe it to be knowne to the King. So God ye helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Alneger.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly yee shall serve the King and his People, in the Of­fice of Substitute Lann your of the King; And that for favour nor for hatred, ye shall not let; But that yee shall meet the Clothes, the which attaine and belong to your Office to meet truly, and them enseale with the Seale of your Office; and that truly ye shall answer to the King of the forfeitures of the Clothes, after the forme con­tained in the Statute there of late made; And that ye shall not tarry nor delay the people; in that that appertaineth and be­longeth to your Office; And that ye shall use your said Of­fice without Fraud, Extortion, or Out-age, to be done to the people. As God you helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Maior of the Staple, and Constable of the same Staple.

YOu shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve the King and his people in the Of­fice of Maior, of the Staple of Westminster, to the which ye be chosen, and truly ye shall Treat the Merchants of the same Sta­ple, and equall Right ye shall doe to all people, as well to strangers as others after the Or­dinances thereof made, and the law Merchant. As God you helpe, and his Saints.

Like Oath shall make the Con­stable of the same Staple, of that that appertaineth to their Office.

The Oath of the Portage of the Chancery.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve the King in the Office of Portage of the Chan [...]ry, and that yee shall be continually abiding upon the said Office, and no time ye shall absent you, without especiall leave of the Chancellor, or of the keeper of the Rolls, and that for good and just cause, and that ye shall not carry nor beare, nor suffer the Rolls to be carried or borne to any place, but unto the place, to the same Ordai­ned and Deputed; and that yee shall not shew them to any per­son, but by the Commandment of the said keeper of the Rolls, privily or openly and that yee shall not assent that any fraud or deceit the which may be done to the said Rolls, as by ta­king of Coppie, or by the sight, [Page 243]to have of the said Rolls privily, nor in none other manner; and of Fraud, or untruth that ye may know to be done in the said Rolls, or any thing that apper­taineth to your keeping of the said Rolls, yee shall tell to the said keeper of the Rolls, without any concealment to doe so. As God ye helpe, and all Saints.

The Oath of a Bishops re­nuntiations of a Popes Bull.

I Renounce all the words com­prized in the Popes Bull, made unto me of the Bishop­prick of B the which be con­trary and prejudiciall to the King our Soveraigne Lord, and to his Crowne; and of that I put my humblement in his grace, praying to have restitution of my Temporalties of my Church of B.

The Oath of a Bishops Fi­delity.

ALso I shall be faithfull, and true, and faith and truth shall beare to the King our Sove­raigne Lord, and to his Heires Kings of England, of Life and Limbe, and of Earthly wor­ship, for to Live and Dye against all the people; And diligently, I shall be entendant unto the Kings Needs and Businesse af­ter my with and power, and the Kings counsaile I shall keepe and laine, and truly I shall know­ledge and doe the services due of the Temporalties of my Bishopprick of B. The which I claime to hold of my said Sove­raigne Lord the King; And the which he giveth and yeeldeth me, and to him & to his Com­mandments, in that that to me attaineth and belongeth for my Temporalties, I shall be obey­sant. [Page 245]As God me helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Kings Ser­jeant at Law.

YE shall sweare, That ye shall well and truly serve the King and his people, as one of his Serjeants of the Law, and truly councell the King in his matters, when he shall be cal­led, and duly and truly Admini­ster the Kings matters, after the course of the Law, after your cunning; ye shall take no wages, nor Fee of any man, for any matter where the King is partie; against the King ye shall as du­ly and hastily speed such mat­ters, as any man shall have to do against the King in the Law, as ye may lawfully doe, without delay or tarrying the partie of his lawfull Procesle, in that that to you belongeth; yee shall be attendant to the Kings matters [Page 246]when ye shall be called thereun­to, As God helpe you and his Saints.

The Homage of a Tempo­rall Lord.

J Become your Leigman of Life and Limbe, and of carthly worship and faith and troth, I shall beare unto you, for to live and dye, against all man­ner of folke, So God me helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of a Searcher in the Custome House.

YEe shall sweare, That ye shall serve the King well and truly in the Office of the Searcher-ship in the Port of N. and doe the Kings profits in all things that longeth to you, to doe by way of your Office, and well and truly ye shall make due search of all the Ships and [Page 247]Vessells, coming in or passing out of the said Port, and truly answer the King of all that shall belong unto him, in your said Office, without Fraud or Ma­ligne, after your wit and po­wer, As God helpe you and his Saints.

The Oath of a Serjeant at Law.

YEe shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve the Kings people, as one of his Ser­jeants at Law, And ye shall truly counsaile them, that ye shall be retained with after your cunning and ye shall not de­ferre, tract, nor delay their causes willingly forcovetousnes of money or other thing that may turne you to profit, and ye shall give due attendance ac­cording. As God you helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Master of the Rolls.

YOu shall sweare, That well and lawfully ye shall serve the King our Soveraigne Lord and his People, in the Office of Clerke or Master of the Rolls, to the which ye be called; Yee shall not assent, ne procure the dis-inheritance, ne perpetuall damage of the King, to your power; ne fraud ye shall do, nor cause to be made wrongfully, to any of his People, ne in any thing that toucheth the Seale; and lawfully yee conceale the things that toucheth the King, when ye shall be thereto requi­red; And the counsell that ye shall give touching him, ye shall not disclose; And if ye know any thing of the dis-inheritance or damage of the King, or fraud to be made upon any thing that toucheth the keeping of the [Page 249]Seale, ye shall put your lawfull power that to redresse and a­mend; And if that ye cannot, ye shall advise the Chancellor or other which may that amend to your power. As God you helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of the six Clerks in the Chancery.

YE shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve the King and his People in the Of­fice of one of the six Clerkes of Chancery whereunto ye be ad­mitted, and well and justly or­der your selfe in the same, ac­cording to your learning, and truly counsell them that ye shall be retained with. And ye shall be diligent to further the Kings businesse from time to time, as need shall require: And ye shall not assent to any fraud or deceit to be had or done by you, or any by your consent, in any of [Page 250]the Kings Records, whereunto ye shall have reeourse; but well and truly ye shall entreat the same; And ye shall not absent your selfe willingly, whereby the Kings businesses or any o­ther shal be undone or hindered, without speciall License of the Master of the Rolls, or his De­putie for the time being. As God you helpe, and his Saint.

The Oath to maintaine the Succession of the Crowne of England.

YE shall sweare, To beare faith, truth, and obedience all only to the Kings Majestie, and to his Heires of his body of his most deere and entirely beloved lawfull wife Queene Anne begot­ten. And farther to the Heires of our said Soveraigne Lord ac­cording to the limitation in the Statute made for suretie of his Succession in the Crowne of [Page 251]this Realm mentioned and con­tained, and not to any other within this Realme, nor For­raigne Authority or Potentate. And in case any Oath be made or hath been made by you to any person or persons, that then you to repute the same as vaine, and annihilated; And that your cunning, wits, and uttermost of your power, without guile, fraud, or other undue meane; yee shall observe, keepe, main­taine, and defend the said Act of Succession; and all the whole effects and Contents thereof, and all other Acts and Statutes made in confirmation, or for due execution of the same, or of any thing therein contained; And this ye shall do against all manner of persons of what E­state Dignity, Degree, or Con­dition soever they be; And in no wise do or attempt, nor to your power suffer to be done or attempted, directly or indirectly, [Page 252]any thing or things privily or apartly, to be let, hinderance, damage, or derogation thereof, or of any part of the same, by any manner of meanes, or for any manner of pretence. So help you God, all Saints, and the holy Evangelists.

The Oath of a Clerke of the Petty Bagg.

YE shall sweare, That well and truly ye shall serve the King and his People, as one of his Ministers and Clerks in the Office of the Petty-bag, where­unto ye be admitted; and well and truly order your selfe in the same, according to your learn­ing, And ye shall be diligent to further the Kings businesse from time to time, as need shall require; And ye shall not assent to any fraud or deceipt to be had or done by you, or any by your consent, in any of the [Page 253]Kings Records, whereunto ye shall have recourse; but well and truly ye shall entreat the same. As God you helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Examiner in the Court of Chancery.

YE shall sweare, Well and tru­ly, after your cunning and learning, to excuse and occupie the Office of one of the Exa­miners in the Kings Court of Chancerie, whereunto you are admitted; And dulie, justlie, and equallie, yee shall examine their Causes that shall be com­mitted unto you, without any favour or corruption of any person or persons to be had, otherwise than shall of right appertain concerning the same; And ye shall be attendant as wel to further the Kings businesse as the same Causes from time to time, as need shall require; And [Page 254]ye shall not publish, ne shew the same Depositions to any person afore publication in the Court, without the Warrant of the same Court. As God you helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath which the Duke of Bedford and the Lords Spiritual and Temporal tooke in Parliament in Anno 4. H. 6. Nov. 10. for their sincere arbitrating of the variances betweene the Duke of Glo­cester and the Bishop of Win­chester Lord Chancellor of England,

THat my said Lord of Bedford and my said Lords Spiritu­all and Temporall, and each of them, shall, as far forth as his cunning and discretions suffi­cent, truly justly, and indiffe­rently, counsell and advise the King, and also proceed and ac­quit [Page 255]himself in all the said mat­ters and Quarrels, withouten that they or any of them shall privilie, or apart, make or shew himselfe, or be partie or parcell therein, nought be leaving or schewing so to do, for affecti­on, love, meed, or dread of any person or persons; And that ye shall in all wise keepe secret all that shall be communed by way of Councell in the Mat­ters and Quarrels abovesaid in the foresaid Parliament, with­outen that they or any of them shall by word, writing, or in any wise open it, or discover it to any of the said parties, or to any other person that is nought of the said Councell, but if he have especiall Commandment thereto of the King, or of my said Lord of Bedford; And that each of them shall with al might and power, by him and by his strength, aid and assist by way of Counsell, and tell unto the [Page 256]King, or to my Lord of Bed­ford, and to the remnant of my said Lords, to put the said par­ties to reason; and naught suf­fer that any of the said par­ties, by them or theirs, pro­ceed or attempt by way of Feet, against the Kings Peace; nor helpe, assist, or comfort any of them thereto; but let them with all her might and power, and withstand them, and assist unto the King and my said Lord of Bedford, in keeping of the Kings Peace, and redressing of all such matter of proceeding by way of Feet and Force.

The Oath Which the Duke of York, and Buckingham the two Arch-Bishops, 11. Bishops 6. Earles, two Vis­counts, 18. Abbots, 2. Pri­ours, 17. Barons, tooke in Parliament, unto H. 6. in Anno 33. Nov. 25. for their Alleagiance unto the said King.

I Promise unto your Highnesse, by the Faith and truth that I owe to God and you, that I shall true and faithfully keepe the Leigeman that I owe unto you most Soveraigne Lord, and to put me in my devoire to doe all that may be to the welfare, ho­nour and safeguard of your most noble Person and Royall Estate, Preeminence and Prerogative, and I shall at no time, will, or consent to that, that might in any wise sound to the hurt, [Page 258]or prejudice of your said most noble person, Dignity, Crown, or Estate; And over that I shall with all my power resist and withstand all them, that will in any wise presume to attempt the contrarie. So God me helpe, and his Saints.

The Oath which the Duke of York tooke for his. Alleagi­ance to King Hen. the 6. At the High Alter in St. Pauls Church London, in presence of the said King, which is en­tered in the Parliament Roll. Anno 38. H. 6. Nov. 9.

I Richard Duke of Yorke, con­fesse and know, That I am, and ought to be humble Sub­ject and Leigeman, unto you my Soveraigne Lord the King, H. 6. And ought therefore to beare you faith and truth, as to my Soveraigne and Leige Lord; [Page 259]and so shall doe all the daies un­to my lives end; and shall not at any time will, nor at any thing be attempted or done a­gainst your most Royall Person; But whensoever, I shall have knowledge of any such things imagined; or purposed, I shall with all the speed and dili­gence possible to me, to make that your Highnesse shall have knowledge thereof, and ever do all that shall be possible to come to the withstanding thereof, to the uttermost of my life; I shall not in no wise any thing take upon me, against your Roy­all obeysance, that is due there­to, nor suffer any other man to doe, as farre forth as it shall lye in my power to let it; And al­so I shall come at your Com­mandment, whensoever I shall be called by the same, in all humble and obedient wise; But if I be letted by sicknesse, or im­potency of my person, or by [Page 260]such other causes as shall be thought reasonable to you my Soveraigne Lord; I shall never hereafter take upon me to ga­ther any Routs, or make any Assembly of your people, with­out your Commandment or Licence, or my lawfull defence; In the interpretation of which my lawfull defence and declara­tion thereof; I shall report me at all time unto your High­nesse, and if the case require, un­to my Peeres, nor any thing attempt by way of faith against any of your Subjects, of what Estate, Degree, or Condition they be; but whensoever I shall be, or when I shall feele my selfe wronged or grieved, I shall sue humbly for remedy unto your Highnesse, as an humble and true Subject ought to have him to his Soveraigne Lord; All these things abovesaid I per­mit truly to observe, and keepe [Page 261]by the holy Evangelists con­tained in this Booke that I lay my hand upon, and by the ho­ly Crosse that I here touch, and by the blessed Sacrament of our Lords body; that I shall now with his mercy receive, and o­ver this I agree me, and will, that if I at any time hereafter, as with the grace of our Lord, I never shall any thing attempt by way of fact or otherwise a­gainst your Royall Estate, or obeysance that ought thereto, or any thing I take upon me, other­wise then is above expressed, I from that time forth be unable to all manner of worship, Estate or dignity be it such as I now occupie, or any other that might grow unto me in any wise; And this that I have pro­mitted and sworne proceedeth of my owne desire and free vo­lunt and by no constraint or co­hertion; In witnesse of all the which things above written, I [Page 262] Richard Duke of Yorke above written, Subscribe me with my owne Hand and Seale, this with my owne Seale, &c.

The Oath which was taken in the Parliament at Coven­try unto King Henry 6. An­no 38. Nov. 26. by the two Arch-Bishops, sixteen Bishops, five Earles, two Viscounts, three Dukes, (in the absence of the Duke of Yorke) four­teene Abbots, two Pryors, and seven Barons.

J A. B. knowledge you most High and Mighty, and most Christian Prince, King Henry 6. to be my most redoubted So­veraigne Lord, and right-wise by Succession borne to Reigne upon me, and all your Liege People; Whereupon I volunta­rily, without cohertion, pro­mit and oblige me, by the faith [Page 263]and truth that I owe unto God, and by the faith, truth, and Lei­giance, that I owe unto you my most redoubted Soveraign Lord, That I shall be without any va­riance, true, faithfull, humble, and obeysant Subject and Liege­man unto you my most redou­bted Soveraigne Lord and that I shall be unto my lives end, at all times and places, readie and attending at your calling in my most heartie wise and manner, as any true Liegeman oweth to be unto his Soveraigne Lord, putting me in my true undelay­ed endeavour, to do all that that may be unto the weale and sure­tie of your most Royall Per­son, of your most Noble Estate, and the verie conservation, and assurance, and continuance of Your most High Authoritie, Preeminence, and Prerogative, To the weale, suretie, and pre­serving of the Person of the most Noble and Benigne Prin­cesse [Page 264] Margaret the Queene, my Soveraigne Ladie, and of her most High and Noble Estate, she being your Wife; And also to the weale, suretie, and Ho­nour of the Person of the right High and Mightie Prince Ed­ward, my right redoubted Lord the Prince, your first begotten Sonne, and of the Right High and Noble Estate of the same, and faithfully, truly, and obey­santly, in my most humble wise and manner, honour, serve o­bey, and beare mine Allegiance unto you my most redoubted Soveraigne Lord during your life, which God the Father of mercy for my most singular re­comfort, preserve long in pro­speritie to endure; and if God of his infinite Power take you from this Transitorie life, me bearing life in this world, That then I shall take and accept my said redoubted Lord the Prince, Edward, your said first borne [Page 165]Sonne, for my Soveraigne Lord, and beare my true Faith and Leigiance unto him as my na­turall borne Soveraigne Lord, and after him, unto his Succes­sion of his bodie lawfully be­gotten; and in default of his Succession, which God defend, unto any other Succession of your Bodie lawfully comming; And that I shall never at any time for any manner of occa­sion, colour, affinitie, or cause, consent, give aide, assistance, or favour, or agree to any thing, that I may understand, or know by any meanes that may be pre­judiciall or contrary to the pre­misses, or any of them: But that I shall, as soone as I may have knowledge, put me in my undelayed devovre, in most heartie and effectuous wise and manner, without colour or faint­nesse, with my bodie, goods, might, power, counsell, and ad­vertisements, to resist, with­stand, [Page 266]and subdue all them that would in any wise presume to do contrary to the premisses, or any of them. So God me help, and those holie Evangelists. In witnesse whereof, I set to these Presents my Seale, and my Signe Manuell.

The Oath of the Lieutenant of the Tower of London.

YOu shall sweare, That you shall well and truly serve the Kings Majestie in the Lieu­tenancie of the Tower of Lon­don, and the same Tower yee shall faithfully and safely keepe to the behalfe of his Majestie, his Heires and lawfull Succes­sors; And the profit of the Kings Majestie ye shall do and advance in all things that you, as Lieutenant of the Tower be­longeth; And the Rights and Priviledges of the Towre, that to the same lawfully appertaine, [Page 267]you shall keepe and preserve; You shall heare nothing that may be hurtfull to the Tower, or prejudiciall to his Majestie, but that with all convenient speed you shall disclose it to some of his Majesties Privie Councell: In these, and all o­ther things that to a Lieutenant of the Tower belongeth to do, well and faithfully you shall, ac­cording to your best power and knowledge, performe, fulfill, and keepe So help you God &c.

The Oath ministred to cer­taine persons for the renoun­cing of their profession of Lollardisme, in Rich. 2. his time, vide Claus, Anno Rich. 2. Nov. 18. Dorso.

MEmorandum quod primo die Decembris, Anno Regni Regis Rich. 2. Post. Conquestum 19 Wil­lus Divet, Nichus Taylor, Nichus [Page 268]Poncher, & Will. Staynor, de Not­tingham, in Canc. prim. Regis Per­sonaliter Constit. Sacram. divisim prestiteriut, sub eo qui sequitur Tenore.

I William Deonet, before you worshipful Fader Lord Arch-Bishop of Yorke and your Cler­gie, with my free will, and full advised sweare to God, and all his Saints, upon the holy Go­spell, That for this day forth­ward I shall worship Images with praying and offering unto them, in the worship of Saints, that they be made offer; And also I shall never despise Pilgri­mage, ne States of holy Church in no degree, And also I shall be Buxim to the Lawes of holie Church, and to yhorne as my Arch-Bishop, and to my other Ordinaries and Curates, and keepe your Lawes upon my po­wer, and maintaine them; And also I shall never more main­taine, ne teachen, ne defend a [Page 269]Errour, Conclusions ne teach­ings of the Lollards, ne swich Conclusions and Teachings that men clepite Lollards Doctrine, ne shall her Bookes, ne swich Bookes, ne hem, or any suspect or defamed of Lollardie, receive or company withall wittingly, or defend in your matters; And if I know any swich, and also I shall excite and stirre all tho to good Doctrine that I have hindered with my Doctrine, up my power; And also I shall stand to your Declaration which is Heresie or Errour, and do thereafter; and also with Pennance, yhe wooke for, that I have done for maintaining of this false Doctrine inmyns me, I shall fulfill it, and I submit me thereto up my power; And also I shall make no other glosse of this mine Oath but as the words stand; And if it be so, that I come againe, or do againe this or any part thereof, I yeeld [Page 270]me here comptable as an Here­tick, and to be punished by the Law as an Heretick, and to for­feit all my Goods to the Kings will, withouten any other pro­cesse of Law; And thereto I re­quire the Notarie to make of all this the which is my will, and instrument against me.

The Oath of Fidelity, by the Priour of St. Johns of Ierusa­lem, in Dorso Claus, Anno 14. Edw. 4. Nov. 5.

I shall be faithfull, and true and faith, and truth shall beare to the King our Sove­raigne, and to his Heires Kings of England, of Life and Limbe, and of Earthly worship for to Live and Die against all people, and diligently I shall be atten­dant unto the Kings needes and businesses after my wit and po­wer, and to him and to his Commandments, in that that [Page 271]to me attaineth and belongeth I shall be obeysant. As God me helpe and his Saints.

A Copie of Oath of the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, and the rest of the Kings Councell sworne for performance of the Articles Matrimonial, trea­ted and had betweene the High and mighty Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and the highnesse of the In­fanta of Spaine and their commissaries on both Parties, the 20 Iuly, 1625.

I George Archbishop of Can­terbury, doe sweare that I will Justifie and faithfully observe, so much as in me lyeth, all and each of the Articles which are contained in the Treaty of Matrimony betweene the most Excellent Prince Charles, Prince [Page 272]of Wales, and the most Excellent Lady, the Lady Mary Infanta of Spaine; And I doe also sweare, That I will neither Execute, nor cause to be Executed any Law made against any Romane Cotholique, or exact any paine imposed thereby neither by my selse, nor any inferior Mini­sters serving under me; but in all things appertaining unto me, I will faithfully observe the or­ders of the Kings Majestie in this behalfe made and provided.

The Oath which King Chaarles tooke at the time of his Coronaion.

AFter the Sermon was done the Archbishop of Cauteebu­ry came to the King and with a low voyce inquires of his Majesty, saying:

SIR, will you grant and keepe, and by your Oath [Page 273]confirme to the people of Eng­land their Lawes and Customes, to them granted by the Kings of England, your lawfull, and re­ligious predecessors; and nam­ly the lawes, Customes and Franchizes granted to the Clergie, and to the People, by the King Saint, Edward, your predecessor, according and comformable to the Lawes of God and profession of the Gos­pell established in this King­dome, and agreeing to the pre­rogatives of the Kings thereof, and to the ancient Customes of this Realme.

Respons, I grant, and promise to keepe.

Sir, will you keepe peace and agreement entierly according to your power both to God, the holy Church, the Clergie, and the People?

Respons, I will keepe it.

Sir will you to your power cause Law, Justice, and mercie [Page 274]in discretion and truth, to be executed in all your Judge­ments?

Respons, I will.

Sir, will you grant to hold and keepe the Lawes, and right­full Customes which the Com­munalty of your Kingdome have, and to defend and uphold them to the Honour of God, so much as in you lyeth?

Respons I grant, and promise so to doe.

Legatur Admonitio, sequens ab uno Episcopo coram omnibus, Clars voce sic dicendo.

Domine Rex, a vohis perdonaci petimus vnicui (que) de nobis & Ecclesiis omnis, commssis Canonicum, Privilegi­um & debitam legem atque justitiam conservetis & defentiones exhibiatis, sicut Rex in suo Regno debet, vnicui (que) Episcopo & Ecclesiis sibi Commissis.

Respondet Rer. Animo Liberti, & devoto, promit­vobis, [Page 275]& pardn [...] quia vnicui (que) de vobis, & Ecclesiis vobis Comissis. Canovicum Privelegium, & debitam legem, at (que) justitiam servabo, & de­fensionem (quantum potuero adiuvante Domino) exhibeo sicut Rex insuo Reg­no vnicui (que) Episcopo, & Ecclesiis, sibi Comissis per rectum defendere debet.

This being done the King cometh to the Altar, and laying his right hand on the Bible, saith these words:

These things which I have be­fore promised, I shall observe and keepe So God me helpe, and by the contnts of this Booke.

The Oath which all Piopsh Bishops sweare unto the Pope, unde decretalls; Lib. 1. Tit. 14. Ca. 4.

I. D. Bishop, will be faithfull, from this day forward, unto St. Peter, and to the holy Church of Roome, and to my Lord Bom­face [Page 276]the Pope, and to his Succes­sors ellected Cannonically; and I will be an helpe to keepe and defend against all people, the Popedome, or Papall Sove­raignty, and the rules of the holy Fathers. So God me helpe and the holy Gospell.

The Oath of the Treasurer of the Kings Houshould, in the time of H. 8. as it is ente­red in the Blacke Booke of the Houshold.

YEE will sweare, By that Booke to be after your po­wer and cunning, and good worshipfull and true Officer to the King our Soveraigne Lord, whose high estate is here pre­sent and diligent service to doe him; as Treasurer of his hono­rable Houshold, and be know­ing and consenting to any thing that might be against him in his bodie naturall, or of his [Page 277]goods Temporall, but that you let it after your power, or else to give hastie knowledge thereof to himselfe, or to such about him that will doe him wit, or to let it or amend it; And also such good as ye shall receive of the King, by the Treasurer of Eng­land, or other Offices for the Estate, and conservation of his Royall Houshold, and for the expences of it, you shall truly charge your selfe therewith, and true Accompt yeeld into the Exchequer: full and whole, by every two yeares end at the furthest and no concealement make; also to behave you truly and honestie, in making of all your payments with favorable demeaning, cherishing love be­tweene the King and people, and that such payments be made and used continually as the greene Cloth in the Counting­house of Houshold; also that yee take oftentimes views and [Page 278]such over sight of all manner of victuall, and stuff, compri­sed within your charge and par­cell, in every Office, so that the utterance of it be guided to the Kings most worship and profit; and that in all your Sessions and Judgements in the Counting house, upon any matter, cause or thing to say and give your doome truly, after good consci­ence, right, reason, and all the rules of this Court will require betweene the King and party, or any other party or parties, che­rishing the good Officers, & pu­nishing the evill doer, not by af­fect on or love only, nor in anger or evill will but returne truth to every partie as nigh as you can.

Item, ye shall neither aske, nor consent to any allowance but as shall be rightfull and due to be done, and that you demeane you in charging, or discharging of the expences of Houshold, alwaies to the Kings Houshold [Page 279]worship and profit, and in your owne person, to be example to other in the Court; All such parcell of purveyance as shall be brought into the Counting­house of your time, be truly purveyed and parcelled by In­dentures, betwixt such Of­ficers, and you by good exami­nations and searches in the Countries, as truly ye can charge all the purveyors, and that it be duly opposed in the Counting­house monthly for the King; And also that he search, the good old rule worshipfull, and profitable of this Court used be­fore time and them to keepe, uphold, and better if you can. As God helpe you, and by that Booke

The Oath of the Comptroller of the Kings Houshold, as it is recorded in the Blacke Booke of the Houshold.

YEE will sweare, By that Booke, to doe unto the King our Soveraigne Lord, good and true service, and diligent after your power and cunning, as Comptroller of his honour­able Houshold, and not to know or consent to any thing, that may be hurting to his High­nesse Estate, or to his bodie, or goods, but that ye shall that af­ter your power, or else warne them in hastie time that may let it, also to comptroll the re­ceipts and all issues, of the Trea­surers Office of Houshold, and that to record in paine Accompt into the Kings Exchequer, of the old forme of the Compting house; Also truly and justly, to helpe to make the prizes of all manner of Stuffe, Victuall, and [Page 281]other purveyance for this Houshold, and that you see and know it to be good and whole­some Victualls in every thing for the King, and his Houshold, and for the Kings worship; Also that it be like worth to the Silver, that the King must pay therefore, or better by your wisedome and discretion; and also such Victualls of meat and drinke be dampned and annul­led, so that it be not expended within the houshold, and to shew comin such matters as the greene Cloth, before the Ste­ward, and Treasurer, that it may be understood, not done for malice, and then to coun­sell upon whom to cast the los­ses of such mispurveying; Also ye to be consciently assenting in, and to all due allowance to be made, or giving in the Coun­ting house, betwixt the King and his people, to apply your businesses, upon the good gui­ding [Page 282]and overfight of all such manner of charges, and expen­ces within this Court and with­out also belonging to this hous­hold, also in our parties to make due search and enquire, of and upon the conditions of purvey­ance, and of thier purveyance inward and outward and of all the demeaning of the Officers of the Court, that there rise no slander by their deedes, unto this famous Court and that you see that the Officers under you for the King, put them in their diligence to take often the views of the Offices, that the allow­ance of the Expences, passe not their charges of receipts; ye also to make Accompt of all the Treasurer of Houshold charge, and discharge for all receipts, purveyances and expences, and no concealements make thereof but truly to ingrosse it, and to put into the Kings Exchequer; and in your Office to attend, [Page 283]and preserve the Kings Worship and profit, as nigh as you can devise; and ye to search, keep, and uphold the good said Wor­shipfull and profitable Rules and Statutes used before time in this Court, and them to in­crease, and that this demean­ing be example to all other un­der you in this Court of good governance; And also that ye or your under Clearke, or both, be at the Cowperage of Flesh, and at the departing of Fish, at the service of the Kings Cham­ber and Hall, and to know the very duties of Liveries daily in Houshold, and to see with the Almner that the Messes thereof be smitten in a sufficient and according manner, after the old Customes, and so to see it to the Kings Table, and to other Officers due: Also ye and your Clerke truly, as oft as it is re­quisite, shall take the Remanents and viewes in Offices, and surely [Page 284]make the Booke of Wine, and all present into the counting House, as oft as you be desired by the Steward, Cofferer, and Clerke of the Greene Cloth, which must needs ingrosse the great Accompt of the Houshold by your Record. To all which things ye will conforme, after your power and understanding, So helpe you God, and by this Booke.

The Oath that is to be mi­nistred to a Mid-wife by the Bishop or his Chancellor of the Diocesse, when she is licensed to exercise that Office of a Midwife.

YOu shall sweare, First, That you shall be diligent and faithfull, and readie to helpe every Woman labouring of Childe, as well the poore as the rich; and that in time of [Page 285]nessitie, you shall not forsake, or leave the poore woman, to go to the Rich.

2. Item, Yee shall neither cause nor suffer any woman to name, or put any other Father to the Childe, but onely him which is the very true Father thereof indeed.

3. Item, You shall not suffer any woman to pretend faine, or surmize her selfe to be delive­red of a Childe, who is not in­deed; neither to claime any other womans Childe for her owne

4. Item, You shall not suf­fer any Womans Childe to be murthered, maymed, or o­therwise hurt, as much as you may; and so often as you shall perceive any perill or jeopardie, either in the Woman, or in the Childe, in any such wise, as you shall bee in doubt what shall chance thereof, you shal thence­forth in due time send for other [Page 286]Midwises, and expert women in that facultie, and use their advice and counsell in that be­halfe.

5. Item, That you shall not in any wise use or exercise any manner of Witchcraft, Charme; or Sorcery, Invocation, or o­ther Prayers than may stand with Gods Laws and the Kings.

6. Item, You shall not give any counsell, or minister any Herbe, Medicine, or Potion, or any other thing, to any Wo­man being with childe where­by she should destroy or cast out that she goeth withal before her time.

7, Item, You shall not en­force any Woman being with­childe by any paine, or by any ungodly wayes or meanes, to give you any more for your paines or labour in bringing her a bed, then they would other­wise do.

8. Item, You shall not con­sent, [Page 287]agree, give, or keepe coun­sell, that any woman be delive­red secretly of that which she goeth with, but in the presence of two or three lights readie.

9 Item, You shall be secret, and not open any matter apper­taining to your Office in the presence of any man, unlesse necessity or great urgent cause do constraine you so to do.

10. Item, If any childe bee dead borne, you your selfe shall see it buried in such secret place as neither Hogg nor Dogg, nor any other Beast may come un­to it, and in such sort done, as it be not found nor perceived, as much as you may; And that you shall not suffer any such childe to be cast into the Jaques or any other inconvenient place.

11. Item, If you shall know any Midwife using or doing any thing contrary to any of the premisses, or in any other [Page 288]wise than shall be seemely or convenient, you shall forthwith detect open to shew the same to me, or my Chancellor for the time being.

12. Item, You shall use your selfe in honest behaviour unto the woman being lawfully ad­mitted to the [...]oome and Of­fice of a Midwife in all things accordingly.

13. Item, That you shall tru­ly present to my selfe, or my Chancellor, all such women as you shall know from time to time to occupie and exercise the roome of a Midwife within my foresaid Diocesse and Jurisdicti­on of A. without my License and admission

14. Item, You shall not make or assigne any Deputie or De­puties to exercise or occupie un­der you in your absence the Of­fice or roome of a Midwife, but such as you shall perfectly know to be of right honest and [Page 189]discreet behaviour, as also apt, able, & having sufficient know­ledge and experience to exercise the said roome and Office.

15. Item, You shall not bee Privie, or consent, that any Priest, or other partie, shall in your absence, or in your com­panie, or of your knowledge or sufferance, Baptise any child, by any Masse, Latine-Service, or Prayers then such as are ap­pointed by the Lawes of the Church of England; neither shall you consent, that any child, borne by any woman, who shall be delivered by you, shall be carried away without being Baptised in the Parish by the Ordinarie Minister, where the said child is borne, unlesse it be in case of necessitie. Bapti­sed privately, according to the Booke of Common Prayer: But you shall forthwith upon understanding thereof, either give knowledge to me the said [Page 290]Bishop, or my Chancell our for the time being All which Arti­cles and Charge you shall faith­fully observe and keepe, so help you God and by the contents of this Booke.

The Oath of a Nun, taking upon her a Monasticall life.

igitur Primo Jurabis quod in castitate corporis te conserva­bis: Item tu Jurabis, quod eis Obe­diens Abati Sci. Augustini comtu­ari, qui uunc est, & Successoribus suis, qui & Tempore fuerint, in Om­nibus, quae Pertiuent, ad jurisdictio­nem quam eadem Abbas Habet, super­te, vel habefurum sunt Successores ejus.

Item, Tu Jurabis, quod eris O­bediens & intendens Magistro, & Priorisse, hujus Loci, qui pro Tempo­re fuerint in his, quam tibi ex parte dicti Abbatis Injungent-saluberituevel imponent haec omnia permittis Obser­vaturam, [Page 291]quam diu in hac domo, so­ror volueris commorari, & Beneficio bujus domus gaudere, sic Deus te Ad­juvet, & haec sancta Dei Evangelia.

The Oath taken by Edw. 2. King of England, at his Coronation, Anno 1. vide claus Novemb. 10.

SIre volez vous grauntere garder, & par vostre sorment, confermer an People d'engleterre les leyes, & les custumes, a eux grauntees pur les Aun­cien Rois d'engleterre voz Predesce­sours, duotenus & deotz a dieu & ne­ment les leys custumes, & les Fran­chisez guntez, an clerge & an People, Parle gloriens Rol Seint Edw. vostre Predecessour.

Respens, Jeo lees grantee, & permitte.

Sire, garderez vous a dieu, & Seint Eglise, & an clerge, & an Peo­ple Paes & acore, en dieu entiremt. selunt, vere Poer.

Respons, Jeo les garderai.

Sire, freez vous feare en touz v [...]s Ingementz, mele, & droit Justice, & discretion, en Misericorde, & verite a vere Poer.

Respons, Jeo lefrai.

Sire, graunt vous, a tenir, & gar­der, les leys, & les custumes, droit les quieles, la comunante, de vere Royalme, Aura est in, & les defen­dres, & afforcerez ad honor, de dieu a vostre Poer.

[...] Respons, Jeo les graunte, & pro­mitte.

The Oath taken by Charles the first, King of great Bri­taine, at his Coronation.

AFter the Sermon done, the Metropolitan commeth to the King, and doth w [...]th a low voyce, enquire of his Majestie, saying:

Sir, Will you grant, and keep, and by your Oath confirme to [Page 293]the People of England, the Laws and Customes to them granted by the Kings of England, your Lawfull and Religious Prede­cessors; And namely, The Lawes, Customes, and Fran­chizes granted to the Clergie, and to the People, (by the) glo­rious King Saint Edward your Predecessor, according, and conformable to the Lawes of God, and Profession of the Gospell Established in this Kingdome, and Agreeing to the Prerogatives of the Kings thereof, and to the Antient Customes of this Relame.

Respons, I grant, and Pro­mise to keepe them.

Sir, Will you keepe Peace, and Agreement, entirely, ac­cording to your Power, both to God, the Holy Church, the Clergie, and the People?

Respons, I will keepe it.

Sir, Will you to your Pow­er, cause Law, Justice, and [Page 294]Mercie, in discretion, and Truth to bee Executed in all your Judgements?

Respons, I will.

Sir, Will you grant to hold and keep, the Laws and Right­full Customes, which the Com­monaltie of the Kingdome have; And to defend and up­hold them, to the honour of God, so much as in you lyeth?

Respons, I grant, and pro­mise so to doe.

Legatur, Admonitio sequens, ab uno Episcopo, Coram Omnibus, Clara voce sic dicendo.

Domine, Rex a vobis Pardonari Petimus unicui (que) de nobis & Eccliis, nobis commissis Cannonicum Privi­legium, & debitam Legem, at (que) Ju­stitiam conservetis, & defensionem exhibiatis, sicut Rex in suo Regno d [...]bet unicui (que) Episcopo, & Eccliis, sibi commissis.

Responder Kex.

Anime L [...]benti & devoto promitto [Page 195]vobis, & Pardono, Quia unacuique de uobis & Ecclesiis, vobis Commis­sis Canonicum Privilegium & debi­tam Legem, at (que) justitiam servabo, & defensionem (quantum potuero ad­juvante Domino) exhibeo sicut Rex in suo Regno unicui (que) Episcopo, & Ecclesiis sibi Comissis, per rectum de­fendere debet.

This being done, the King co­meth to the Altar, and lay­ing his right hand on the Bi­ble, saith:

These things which I have be­fore promised, I shall observe and keepe So God me help and by the Contents of this Booke.

The Oath taken by such as are convicted for stealing the Kings Venison, and there­fore ordered to abjure the Land.

MAster Crowner heare you this, That I have offended our Soveraigne Lord the King in his Venison, for which cause I ab­jure the Realme of England, and hereafter I shall never return in­to it againe, without the leave of our Soveraigne Lord the King So God me helpe, and those holy Saints.

The Oath of a Ranger of the Forrest.

YOu shall truly execute the Office of a Ranger in the Panralles of W. upon the Bor­ders of the Kings Forrest of Waltham, you shall rechuse, and [Page 297]with your hand drive back a­gaine the wilde Beasts of the Forrest, as often as they shall range out of the said Forrest in­to your Panralles; you shall truly present all unlawfull hun­ting and hunters of wilde Beasts of Venire and Chase, as well within the Pancallees as within the Forrest. And those and all other Offences you shall pre­sent at the Kings next Court of Attachments or Swanmothe, which shall first happen So God you helpe

The Oath of a Verderor of the Forrest.

YOu shall truly serve our So­veraigne Lord the King in the Office of a Verderor in the Forrest of W. you shall, to the uttermost of your power and knowledge, do for the profit of the King, so far as it doth ap­pertaine unto you to do; You [Page 298]shall preserve and maintaine the ancient Right and Franchizes of the Crowne; you shall not conceale from his Majestie any Right of Priviledges, nor any Offence, either in Vert or Ve­nison, nor any other thing; You shall not withdraw nor abridge any defaults but shall endeavour your selfe, you shall give knowledge thereof unto the King, or unto his Justice of the Forrest; Ye shall deale indiffe­rently with all the Kings Liege People; You shall execute the Lawes of the Forrest, and do equall Right and Justice, as well unto the poore, as unto the rich, that appertaineth unto your Office; You shall not op­presse any person by colour thereof, for any Reward, Fa­vour, or Malice. All these things you shall to the utter­most of your power, observe and keep. So help you God.

The Oath of the Regarder of the Forrest.

YOu shall truly serve our So­veraigne Lord the King, in the Office of a Regarder of the Forrest of Waltham; you shall make the Regard of the same Forrest, in such manner as the same hath been accustomed to be made; You shall range throughout the whole Forrest, and through every Bayliwick of the same, as the Forresters there shall leade you to view the same Forrest; and if the For­resters will not, or do not know how to leade you to make the regard, or range of the Forrest, or that they will conceale from you any thing that is forfeited to the King, you your selves shall not let for any thing; but you shal see the same forfeiture, and cause the same to be enrol­led in your Roll; You shall en­quire [Page 300]of all wasts, purprostures, and asserts of the Forrest, and also of concealemente of any offence or trespasse in the For­rest, either in Vert or Venison, by any Officers of the same Forrest. And all these things you shall to the uttermost of your power do. So helpe you God.

The Oath of a Forrester of the Forrest.

YOu shall truly execute the Office of a Forrester or Keeper of the Kings wilde Beasts, in the Walke called P. within this Forrest of W. You shall be of good behaviour your selfe towards his Majesties wilde Beasts, and the vert of the same Forrest; You shall not conceale the offence of any o­ther person, either in Vert or Venison that shal be done with­in your Charge; but as well [Page 302]the same offence, as also all At­tachments and Swanmothe, other you shall present at the Kings next Court of Attach­ments or Swanmothe, which shall first happen to be holden for the [...] Forrest; And you shall, to the uttermost of your power, maintaine and keep the Assizes of the Forrest, and in all things the Kings Right de­fend, concerning the same, so long as you shall bee Keeper there. So help you God, &c.

The Oath of the Inhabitants of the Forrest, being of the age of twelve yeares, as the same hath been accustomed and used in antient time.

YOu shall true Liegeman be unto the Kings Majestie; You shall no hurt do unto his Beasts of his Forrest, nor unto any thing that doth belong [Page 302]thereto, the offences of other you shall not conceale; but to the uttermost of your power, you shall them reveale unto the Officers of the Forrest, or to them that may see the same re­drest. All these things you shall see done. So help you God, and Holidome,

The Oath of the English Se­minaries of the Romish insti­tution use to take.

I John Copley Collegiall of the English Seminary, duly con­sidering the great benefits which Almighty God hath bestowed upon me, and that especially whereby he hath drawne me out of the Country infected with Heresie, and made me a Member of his true Catholike Church; and desiring not to shew my selfe altogether in­grate unto Gods so great mer­cy, I have freely decreed to [Page 303]consecrate, and offer up my selfe wholly unto his divine ser­vice, for attaining as much as in me lyeth to the end of the said Colledge; And I doe pro­mise & confirme, by this mine Oath unto Almightie God, that I am, and shall be ever most rea­die in mind, by the assistance of his holy grace, to receive in due time Holy Orders, and to returne into England, there to gaine Soules, whensoever the Superiour of this Colledge shal thinke good by vertue of his Office, to command me there­to.

The Oath of a Knight of the Bathe, as it was Ministred at the Coronation of King Charles, Anno, 162.

RIght deare Brother, great Worship be this Order un­to you, And the Almightie [Page 304]God give you the praise of all Knight-hood; You shall love God above all things, yee shall bee stedfast in the Faith of Christ, and the same maintain and defend to your power; You shall love your Soveraigne a­bove all earthly creatures, and for your Soveraigne, and your Soveraignes Right and Digni­tie live and dye; You shall de­fend Maidens, Widowes, and Orphans, in their Rights; You shall suffer no Extortion so far forth as you may, nor fit in place to heare any wrongfull Judgments given to your know­ledge, And as great Honour be this Noble Order unto you, as ever it was to your Proge­nitors.

The Oath of Fealtie taken by John Balioll King of Scots, to the King of England.

THis heare you my Lord Ed­ward King of England, So­veraigne Lord of the Realm of Scotland, that I John de Balioll King of Scotland, which I hold and claime to hold of you, that I shall be faithfull and loyall, and owe faith and loyaltie to you, I shall beare of life and member, and of earthly ho­nour against all people; And lawfully I shall acknowledge, and doe the services which I owe to you, for the Realme of Scotland aforesaid; So God me helpe, and his Holy Evange­lists.

The Oath and Fealtie, made by King John. to Pope Inno­centius, Anno Dom. 1213. Anno R. Joh. 14

John by the grace of God, King of England, France, and Ireland, from this houre for­ward shall be faithfull to God, and to Saint Peter, and to the Church of Rome, and to my L. Pope Innocentius, and to his Suc­cessors lawfully entring; I shall not be in word nor deed in con­sent, or counsell, that they should lofe life, or member, or bee apprehended in evill manner: Their losse, if I may know it, I shall Impeach and stay, so farre as I shall be able, or else so shortly as I can, I shall signifie unto them, and declare to such persons the which I shall believe, will declare the same unto you; The counsell [Page 307]which they shall commit unto me, by themselves, their mes­sengers, or their Letters, I shall keepe secretly, and not utter to any man, to their hurt, to my knowledge. The Patrimony of Saint Peter, and especially the Kingdome of England, and Ire­land, I shall endeavour my selfe to defend, against all men to my power; So helpe me God, and these Holy Evangelists, Amen.

This Fealtie was done on the Eve of the Ascention of our Lord, in the yeare Anno, 1213.

The Oath of a Doctor of Di­vinitie, according to the practice of the Ʋniversitie of Basill.

Ornatissime, Vir, Sacrarum Li­terarum, canditate, D. Doctis­sime, Hodie coram Amplissimo hoc concessu pormittis at (que) fidem das in conspectu Sacrosancti Adorandae Tri­nitatis, [Page 308]cui te Hactenus Totum Ad­dixisti, Consecrati studiis, labori­bus, Vigilliis tuis, quod velis doctri­nam Puram, a Prophetis Apostelis ae Patribus, Melioris Notae Acceptam in corrupte in Scolis Ecclesiis (que) docere; Dogmata Pugnantia cum dei verbo: (quantum vis [...] habe­ant) nulla vel Seminare, vel tueri per totam vitam eruditioni, ac gra­dui sermone, & Actionibus morum gravitatem conjungere eam, que Theologie docet, et sit avera [...], comoda nostrae Reipublicae Symnasii; utilitatem, ac in Primis Ordinis Theologici salutem (quantum in te fuerit) Perpetuo promonere Indignes, Ambitioses, contentioses à dignitatis titula (quem docturatam Appella­mus longe Abarcere, deni (que) cum uni­versis Fratribus sinceram, Religio­nem profitentibus, [...]) insigne conjunctionis vinculum Colore, Alere, aeternum, Amen.

The Oath of a Sheriffe of a Count [...]e, according as it was reformed by direction of the Kings Councell, the 4. of De­cemb. Anno, 1625.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truely yee shall serve the King, in the Office of the Sheriffe of the Countie of B. and doe the Kings Profits in all that belongeth to you to doe, by way of your Office, as farre forth as you may or can; Yee shall truely keepe the Kings, and all that be ongeth to the Crowne; Yee shall not assent to decrease, to lesson, ne to con­cealement of any of the Kings Rights, or of his Franchizes; And whensoever yee shall have knowledge, that the Kings Rights, or the Rights of the Crowne bee concealed or with­drawne, be it in Lands, Rents, [Page 310]Franchizes, or Suits, or any o­ther thing; Ye [...] shall doe your true power to make them be re­stored to the King againe: And if he may not doe it, yee shall certifie the King, or some of his Councell thereof, such as you know for certaine will say it unto the King; Yee shall not respite the Kings debts for any gift or favour, where yee may rayse them without great grie­vance of the debtor; Yee shall truely and righteously treat the people of your Sheriffe wick, and doe right as well to poore as to rich, in all that belongeth to your Office; Yee shall doe no wrong to any man, for any gift or other behest, or promise of goods, for favour nor hate; Yee shall disturbe no mans right, yee shall acquit at the Ex­chequer all those of whom yee shall any thing receive of the Kings debts; Yee shall nothing take whereby the King may [Page 311]lose, or that right may be let­ten, or disturbed, or the Kings debt delayed; Yee shall truely returne, and truely serve the Kings Writs, as farre forth as it shall be in your cunning; Yee shall not have to be your Unde-Sheriffe, any of the Sheriffes Clerks of the last yeare passed; Yee shall take no Bayliffe into your service, but such as you will answer for; Yee shall make each of your Bayliffs make such Oath as you make your selfe, in that that belongeth to their Occupation; Yee shall receive no Writs, by you, nor any of yours unsealed, nor any Sealed under the Seale of any Justice, save of Justice in Eyre, or Ju­stice assigned in the same Shire where you be Sheriffe in, or o­ther Justices having power or authoritie to make any Writs unto you, by the Law of the Land, or Justice of Newgate; You shall make your Bayliffe of [Page 312]the true and sufficient men in the Countrey; Yee shall bee dwelling in your owne proper person within your Bayliffe­wicke, for the time you shall be in the same Office, except yee be otherwise Licensed by the King; You shall not let your Sheriffe-wicke, nor any Bay­liffe-wicke thereof, to Farme to any man; Yee shall truely set, and returne reasonable and due Iusses of them, that be within your Bayliffe wicke, after their Estate and their Haviour, and make your Pannell your selfe of such persons as be most meet, most sufficient, and not suspect, nor procured, as it is ordained by the Statute; And over this in eschewing and restraining of the Robberies, Man-slaughters, and other manifold grievous offences that bee done dayly, namely by such as name them­selves Souldiers, and by other Vagarants, the which increase [Page 313]in multitude and number; So that the Kings true Subjects may not safelie ride nor goe to doe such things as they have to doe, to their intollerable hurt and hinderance; Yee shall truly & effectually, with all diligence possible to your power, execute the Statutes of Winchester, and of Vagabonds; All these things yee shall well and truely observe and keepe, So help you God, &c.

The Oath with is usually ministred to a Justice of the Peace, in the severall Coun­ties of England.

YEE shall sweare, That as Ju­stice of Peace in the Coun­tie of S. in all Articles in the Kings Commission to you di­rected, yee shall doe equall right, to the poore as to the rich, after your cunning, wit and power, and after the Lawes and [Page 314]Customes of this Realme, and Statutes thereof made; And yee shall not bee of counsell with any person, in any quar­rell hanging before you, Yee shall truely cause to be entred, without any concealment, or imbezelling, and truely send them to the Kings Exchequer; Yee shall not let for gift, or o­ther cause, but well and truely yee shall do your Office of Ju­stice of the Peace to be done, but of the King, and Fees ac­customed, and costs limited by the Statute; And yee shall not direct, or cause to be directed any Warrant by you to bee made to the parties, but yee shall direct them to the Bay­liffes of the said Countie, or o­ther the Kings Officers and Ministers, or other indifferent persons, to do Execution there­of: So helpe yee God, and by the contents of this Booke.

The Oath of the Register, and Keeper of the Kings Pa­pers and Records of State in his Pallace of White-hall at Westminster.

YOu shall sweare, To beare faith and true Allegiance unto the Kings Majestie, and him from henceforth truely and faithfully to serve in the place of Clerke, Keeper, and Register of his Majesties Pa­pers and Records for matters of State, established at his Ma­jesties Pallace of White-hall; You shall doe your uttermost endeavour to keepe and con­serve the said Papers and Re­cords, which either now or hereafter shall be committed to your charge, from all harme and dammage; You shall not willingly suffer any of the same to be purloyned, embezled, or [Page 316]defaced; You shall carefully and faithfully keepe secret and conceale, from the knowledge of others, either by writing or relation, all such things therein contained as shall be fit, either for reason of State, or other­wise for his Majesties service, to be concealed and kept secret, except it be to the Lords, and others of his Majesties Privie Councell, or such as his Maje­stie shall be content to have them communicated unto; if you shall know of private per­son, or persons, that have em­bezled, or doe detaine any such Papers or Records which be­long unto his Majestie, you shall doe the best to recover the same, and bring them to the said Office, and doe all things else that belong to the dutie of the Clerke, Keeper, and Regi­ster of the said Papers and Records; All these you shall well and truely performe and doe, So help you God.

The Oath to be ministrrd to the Master of the Court of Wards and Liveries.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truely yee shall serve the King in the Office of the Master of the Kings Wards, and shall minister equall Justice un­to rich and poore, to the best of your cunning, wit, and power; And that yee shall diligently procure all things which may honestly and justly be to the Kings Advantage and Profit, and to the Augmentation of the Rights and Prerogatives of his Crowne, and truely use the Kings Seale appointed to your Office, and also endeavour your selfe to the uttermost of your power, to see the King justly and truely answered yearely of all such Rents, Revenues, Is­sues, and Profits, which shall, [Page 318]or may arise, grow, or be due to the King in your Office, and from time to time deliver with speed such as shall have to doe before you, And that yee shall not take, nor receive of any person any Gift or Reward, in any case or matter depending before you, or wherein the Kings Highnesse shall be Par­tie, whereby any prejudice, losse, hindrance, or disherison shall grow, or be to the Kings Highnesse; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath to be ministred to the Atturney of the Court of Wards and Liveries, as it is in the Statute 32. H. 8. Ca. 16.

YEE shall sweare, That yee well and truely shall serve the King as his Atturney in all Courts, for, or concerning any [Page 319]matter, or cause, that shall con­cerne the Possessions and Here­ditaments limited to the Sur­veigh and Governance of this Court, and procure the Kings Profit thereof; And that yee shall truely counsell the King, and the Master of this Court, in all things concerning the same to the best of your wit and cunning, and with all speed and diligence from time to time, at the calling of the said Master ye shall endeavour your selfe, for the hearing and deter­mination indifferently of such matters and causes as shall de­pend before the said Master; & that yee shall not take any Gift or Reward in any matter or cause depending in the same Court, or elsewhere, wherein the King shall be Partie, where­by the Kings Majestie shall be hurted or hindred, or dis-heri­ted; And further, yee shall doe to your power, wit, and cun­ning, [Page 320]all and everie thing that shall appertaine to your Office; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Receiver­generall of the Court of Wards and Liveries, as in Statute, Anno, 32. H. 8. Ca. 46.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truely serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, and his People, in the Office of the generall Receiver of this Court; And yee shall reasona­bly and honestly procure the Kings Profit, and doe right to all manner of People, poore, and rich, in those things which touch your Office; And the Kings Receipt of his Money, you shall truely keepe, dispend, pay, and deliver, and true de­claration and Accompt make [Page 321]thereof from time to time without any concealment, ac­cording to the Act made for the establishment of this Court; And further, shall doe every thing that of right appertaineth to your Office; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Auditors of the Court of Wards and Li­veries, as in the Statute, Anno, 32. H. 8. Ca. 46.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall truely serve the King in your Office, and true Allow­ance make to everie person which shall be accomptant be­fore you; And you shall not take, or receive of poore or rich any Gift or Reward, in a­ny matter or cause depending, or to be discussed in the same Court, but such as shall be or­dinarie appertaining to your [Page 322]Office, whereby the King shall be hurted, hindred, or dis-he­rited; And yee shall doe all and every thing, which shall be appertaining to your Office; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

And all Particular Auditors, that shall belong to, and be ap­pointed to the said Court, shall take the same Oath aforesaid, before the Master of the said Court of Wards.

The Oath of the particular Receivers of the Court of Wards and Liveries, as in the Statute, Anno, 32. H. 8. Ca. 46.

YEE shall sweare, That yee trutly shall serve the King in your Office, and nothing conceale, but true Accompt make of all such Revenues, Rents, summes of Money, and [Page 323]other Profits, wherewith yee shall be lawfully charged by rea­son of your Office; Yee shall make no Petition, or aske Al­lowance, but such as shal be good, just, true, and reasonable; And also truely content and pay to the King, all such summes of Money as shall come to your hands, and yee shall doe all, and everie thing and things which yee ought to doe, by reason of your Office, according to the forme and effect of this Act; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Clerks of the Councell of the Court of Wards, as in the Statute, 32. H 8. Ca. 46.

YEE will sweare, That yee shall well and truely serve the King in your Offices of Clerks of the Councell of this [Page 324]Court, and truely doe, and Exe­cute all, and everie thing and things which yee ought to doe, by reason of your Office, ac­cording to the forme and effect of this Act; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

All Surveyors, and Feoda­ries, that shall be appoynted by the said Master, Atturney, Re­ceiver generall, and Auditor of the said Court, or three, or two of them, whereof the Master to be one, shall take a corporall Oath before the said Master, according to the forme above­said.

The Oath of the Chancellour of the first Fruits and Tenths, as in the Statute, Anno, 32. H. 8. Ca. 46.

YOu shall sweare, That yee well and truely serve the King in the Office of the Chan­cellour-ship [Page 325]of the first Fruits, and Tenths, and shall minister equall Justice to rich and poor, to the best of your cunning, wit, and power; And that yee shall diligently procure all things which may honestly and justly be to the Kings best Ad­vantage and Profit, and to the Augmentations of the Rights and Prerogatives of his Crown, and truely use the Kings Seale appoynted to your Office, and also endeavour your selfe, to the uttermost of your power, to see the King justly and truly answered yearely, of all such Rents, Revenues, and Profits, which shall or may arise, grow, or be due to the King in your Office, and from time to time, deliver with speed, such as shall have to do afore you; And that yee shall not take nor receive of any person any Gift or Reward in any case or matter depending before you, or wherein the [Page 326]Kings Highnesse shall be Partie, whereby any prejudice, hin­drance, losse, or dis-herison shall grow, or be to the Kings Highnesse; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Treasurer of the Court, of first Fruits and Tenths, as in the Statute, Anno, 32. H. 8. Ca. 45.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truely serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, and his People in the Office of the Treasurer of this Court; And yee shall reasonably and honestly procure the Kings Profits, and doe right to all manner of people, poore and rich, in those things which touch your Office, and the Kings Receipt of his Mony, yee shall truely keepe, dispend, pay, and deliver a true declara­tion [Page 327]and Accompt thereof shall make, from time to time with­out any concealement, accord­ing to this Act made for the stablishment of this Court; And further, shall doe every thing that of right appertaineth to your Office; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Atturney of the Court of first Fruits and Tenths, as in the Statute, Anno, 32. H. 8. Ca. 45.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truely serve the King as his Atturney in all Courts, for, and concerning a­ny matter or cause that shall concerne or touch the Rents, Revenues, Profits, or Heredita­ments, limited to the Survey and Governance of this Court, and procure the King Profit thereof; And that yee shall [Page 328]truely counsell the King, and Chancellour of this Court, in all things concerning the same, to the best of your cunning, wit, and power, and with all speed and diligence, from time to time, at the calling of the said Chancellour, you shall endeavour your selfe, for the hearing and determination in­differently of such matters and causes as shall depend before the said Chancellour; And that yee shall not receive any Gift, or reward, in any matter or cause depending in the Court, or elsewhere, wherein the King shall be Partie, whereby the Kings Majestie shall be hurted, hindred, or dis-inherited; And further, yee shall doe to your power, wit and cunning, all and everie thing that of right ap­pertaineth to your Office; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Auditor of the Court of first Fruits and and Tenths, as in the Statute, Anno, 32. H. 8. Ca. 45.

YEE shall sweare, That yee truly shal serve the King in your Office, and true Allow­ance make to everie person which shall be accomptant be­fore you; And you shall not take nor receive of poore nor rich, any Gift or Reward in a­ny matter or cause depending; or to be discussed in the same Court, but such as shall be or­dinarie appertaining to your Office, whereby the King shall be hurted, hindred, dis-herited; And yee shall doe everie thing appertaining to your Office, So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Clerk of the Court of first Fruits and Tenths, as in the Statute, Anno, 32. H. 8. Ca. 45.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truely serve the King in your Office of Clerke of the Councell of this Court, and truely doe, and exe­cute all and everie thing and things which yee ought to doe, by reason of your Office, ac­cording to the forme and effect of this Act; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath taken for the sure­tie of the Succession of the Kings Highnesse, by Queene Anne, Anno, 26. H. 8. Ca. 2.

YEE shall sweare, To beare Faith, Truth, and Obedi­ence, all only to the Kings Ma­jestie, [Page 331]and to his Heires of his bodie of his most deare and en­tirely beloved lawfull Wife Queene Anne, begotten, and to be begotten; And further, to the Heires of our said Soveraigne Lord, according to the limita­tion in the Statute made for suretie of his Succession in the Crowne of this Realme, men­tioned and contained, not to a­ny other within this Realme, nor for any Authoritie or Po­tentate; And in case any Oath be made, or hath been made by you to any person or persons, that then yee repute the same as vaine and Adnihillate; And that to your cunning, wit, and uttermost of you power, with­out guile, fraud, or other undue meane, yee shall observe, keepe, maintaine, and defend the said Succession, & all the whole ef­fects and contents thereof, and all other Acts and Statutes made in confirmation, or for [Page]execution of the same, or of any thing therin contained; and this yee shall doe against all manner of persons, of what Estate, Dignitie, Degree, or Condition soever they be, and in no wise doe, or attempt, nor to your power suffer to be done or at­tempted, directly or indirectly, any thing or things privately or appartly, to the let, hindrance, dammage, or derogation there­of, or of any part of the same, by any manner of means, or for any manner of pretence; So helpe you God, all Saints, and the holy Evangelists.

The Oath taken for the esta­blishment of the Succession of the Crown of this Realme, in the Kings Highnesse by Queen Jane, An. 28. H. 8. Ca. 7.

YEE shall sweare, To beare Faith, Truth, and Obedi­ence, all only to the Kings Ma­jestie, [Page 333]Supreame Head in earth under God of the Church of England during his life, and to his Heires of his bodie, and of his most deare and entirely be­loved lawfull Wife Queen Jane, begotten, and to be begotten and Procreated; And further, to the Heires of our said Sove­raigne Lord, according to the limitation in the Statute made for suretie of his Succession in the Crowne of this Realme, As the Parliament begun, and holden at Westminster the 8 day of June, in the 28. yeare of the Kings most gracious Raigne; And also for lack of such heires to such person or persons as the Kings Highnesse shall limit and appoint to succeed to the Crowne, by vertue and autho­ritie of the same Act, and not to any other within this Realm, nor for any authoritie, power, or Potentate; And in case any other. Oath be made, or hath [Page 334]been made by you to any per­son or persons, that then yee to repute the same as vaine & Ad­ninillate, and that to your cun­ning, wit, and uttermost of your power, without guile, fraud, or other undue manner; Yee shall observe keep, defend and main­taine the said Act of Successi­on, made in the said Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, in the said 8 day of June, in the said 28. yeare of the Kings most Royall Raign, and all the whole effects and contents thereof, and all things that shall be done by the Kings Highnesse by autho­ritie of the same and all other Acts and Statutes, made in con­firmation or execution of the same, or any thing therein con­tained; And this yee shall doe against all manner of persons, of what Estate, Dignitie, De­gree, or condition soever they be, and in no wise doe or attempt, nor to your power suffer to be [Page 335]done or attempted, directly or indirectly, any thing or things, privately or appartly, to the let, hindrance, dammage, or dero­gation thereof, or any part of the same, or of any thing or things that shall be done by the Kings Highnesse, by vertue and authoritie of the said Act, by a­ny manner of meanes, or for a­ny manner of pretence; So help you God all Saints, and the ho­ly Evangelists.

The Oath of the Commissio­ners appointed for inquiry of the decay of Castles, Forts, and other places neare Scot­land, and for Reparation of the same. Anno, 2. & 3. P. 4. & M. Ca. 1.

YEE shall sweare, That to your cunning wit & pow­er, yee shall truely and indiffe­rently execute the Authority to [Page 336]you given by this Commission, without any favour, affection, corruption, dread, or malice to be borne, to any manner of per­son or persons; and as the case shall remaine, you shall con­sent, and endeavour your selfe, for your part, to the best of your knowledge and power, to the making of such wholesome, just, equall, and indifferent Lawes and Ordinances, as shall be made and devised by the most discreet and indifferent number of your selves, being in Commission with you, for the making errection and preserva­tion of all & everie such things as are contained and specified in the said Commission, and the same Lawes and Ordinances to your cunning, wit, and power, cause to be put in due executi­on, without favour, meed, ma­lice, or affection. As God you helpe, and all Saints.

The Oath of such as were Sworne to declare the true value of their Estates, to­wards the payment of the 15. Dismes and Subsidies, An. 2. & 3. P. & M. Ca. 23.

I Shall faithfully, truely, and plainely, according to my knowledge, shew unto you the King and Queenes Commissio­ners, and to others by you as­figned, the best and greatest va­lue of all my goods and chat­tells, and summes of money to me owing, according to the grant of this Act of Subsidie, and truely answer to that I shall be examined of, touching the premisses, without coven or de­ceipt; So help me God, and the holy contents of this Book.

The Oath of such as were to make inquirie of the value of Goods and Lands of such per­sons as were lyable to the pay­ment of Fifteenes, Dismes, and Subsidies, Anno, 4. &. 5. P. & M. Ca. 6.

I Shall truly enquire, with my fellowes that shall be charged with me of the Hundred, Wa­pentake, Ward, Towne, and o­ther places of the best and most value of the substance of every person dwelling and abiding within the limits of the places, that I and my fellowes shall be charged with, and of other which shall have his or their most resort unto any of the said places, and chargeable with any sum of money by this Act of the said Subsidie, and of all o­ther Articles that I shall be charged with touching the said [Page 339]Act and according to the intent of the same, and thereupon as neare as it may be, or shall come to my knowledge, truely to pre­sent and certifie before you the names, fir-names, and the best and uttermost substance and va­lues, of every of them, as well of Lands, Tenaments, and o­ther Hereditaments, Possessi­ons, and Profits, as of Goods, Chattells, Debts, and other things chargeable by the said Act, without any concealment, favour, love, affection, dread, feare, or malice, as neare as God will give me grace; So help me God, and the holy contents of this Booke.

The Oath of such as were to make enquirie of the value of the Goods and Lands of such persons as were lyable to the payment of Fifteenes, Dis­mes, and Subsidies, Anno, 6. Edw. 6. Ca. 7.

I Shall truly enquire, with my fellowes that shall be charged with me, of the Hundred, Wa­pentake, Ward, Town, or other place of the best and most va­lue of the substance of every person dwelling and abiding within the limits of the places that I and my fellowes shall be charged with & of other which shall have his or their most re­sort unto any of the said places, and chargeable with any sum of money by this Act of the said Subsidie, and of all other Articles that I shall be charged with touching the said Act, and [Page 341]according to the intent of the same, and thereupon as neare as it may, or shall come to my knowledge, truely to present and certifie before you, the names, fir-names, and the best and uttermost substance and va­lue of everie of them, as well of Lands, Tenements, and other Hereditaments, Possessions, and Profits, as of Goods, Chattells, Debts, and other things charge­able by the said Act, without a­ny concealment, favour, love af­fection, dread, feare, or malice; So helpe me God, and the holy contents of this Booke.

The Oath of such as were to present names and best values of the substance of such per­sons as were to pay reliefe to to the King, Anno, 2. & 3. Edw. 6. Ca. 36.

I Shall truely enquire, with my fellowes that shall be charged [Page 342]with me, of the Hundred, Wa­pentake, Ward, Towne, or other place of the best and most va­lue of the substance of every person dwelling and abiding within the limits of the places that I and my fellowes shall be charged with, and of other which shall have his or their most resort unto any of the said places, and chargeable with any summe of money by this Act, of this said reliefe, and of all o­ther Articles that I shal be char­ged with touching the said Act, and according to the intent of the same, and thereupon as near as it may, or shall come to my knowledge, not onely truely to present and certifie before you, the names, fir-names, additions, and the best and uttermost sub­stance and values of every of them, of their Goods, Chattels, Debts, and other things charge­able by the said Act, and how many Strangers, Denizons, or [Page 343]not Denizons, being above the age of 7. yeares, be refiant and dwelling within the limits of my charge, of what value in Goods and other things charge­able to the payment of this re­liefe they have beene, and whe­ther they be housholders, or ser­vants, or otherwise, under the rule and government of their parents, without any conceal­ment, favour, love, affection, dread, feare, or malice; So help me God, and the holy contents of this Booke.

The Oath taken by those that were to pay Reliefe to the King, Anno, 2 & 3. Edw. 6. Ca. 36.

I Shall faithfully, truely, and plainely, according to my knowledge, shew unto you the Kings Commissioners, and to others by you assigned the best [Page 344]and greatest value, or above of all my Goods and Chattells, and summes of money to me ow­ing, according to the grant of this Act of Reliefe, and truely answer to that I shall be exami­ned of touching the premisses, without coven or deceipt; So help me God, and the holy con­tents of this Booke.

The Oath to be taken by Par­sons, Vicars, or Curats, and o­thers, to declare what number of Sheepe were in their seve­rall Parishes, to the end, that the King might be payd his Reliefe by the Poll, Anno, 2. & 3. Edw. 6. Ca. 36.

YEE shall diligently enquire, and justly and truely pre­sent and certifie us, the Kings Commissioners, what number of Ewes? Wethers, and other Sheare sheepe there be within [Page 345]the limits of your charge whose they be, in what Towne or Pa­rish the Owner dwelleth, of what condition or degree he is, and whether for the most part of the yeare they be kept in se­verall Pastures or Marshes or in Commons, or Grounds, com­monly used to be Tilled, As yee trust to be saved by the merits of Christs Passion.

The Oath of such as were to value Cloths, to the end, that the K. might receive payment of Reliefe for everie Cloth, Anno, 2. & 3. Edw. 6. Ca. 36.

YEE shall faithfully and tru­ly esteeme, set the just price and value of all such Cloths as shall brought to you to be viewed and praised, as yee shall in your conscience thinke the same worth in your consci­ence to be sold when they shall [Page 346]be wrought, and the same shall not suffer to be delivered out of your custody till you have made of the Colour, Kind, and Price thereof an enterie, both in the Book of the Clothier, and also of the Alnager, or his Deputie, and set your hands, or marks, declaring who was the Owner of the Cloth and the Kind and Price thereof So help you God, and by this Booke.

The Oath of the Surveyor of the Kings Liveries, Anno, 33. H. 8. Ca. 22.

YEE shall sweare, That yee well and truely serve the King our Soveraign in the Of­fice of Surveyor of his Graces Liveries, and shall minister e­quall Justice to rich and poore to the best of your power, wit, and knowledge, and that you shall diligently proceed in all [Page 347]things which may honestly and justly be to the Kings advan­tage and profit, and to the Aug­mentation of the right and pre­rogative of his graces Crowne, and from time to time deliver with speed such as shall have to doe before you [...]; And that you shall not take, nor receive of a­ny person or persons any gift or reward, in any case or matter, depending or to depend in the said Court of the Kings Wards, wherein the Kings Highnesse shall be Partie, by reason where­of, any prejudice, losse, hin­drance, or dis-herison, shall or may grow to the Kings High­nesse his Heires or Successors; So help you God and all Saints.

The Oath of the Clerk of the Liveries, as in Anno, 33. H. 8. Ca. 22.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well & truly serve the [Page 348]King our Soveraigne Lord in your Office of Clerk of the Li­veries, and truly do and execute, without delay, fraud, or covin, all and everie thing and thing which you ought to doe, by rea­son of your said Office, accor­ding to the forme and effect of this present Act; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the general Sur­veyer of the Kings Court, called the Court of generall Surveyer of the Kings Lands, Anno, 23. H. 8. Ca. 39.

YEE shall sweare, That yee well & truly shall serve the King in the said Office of the generall Surveyer of the Reve­nues of this Court, called the Court of the generall Surveyer of his graces Lands, and shall minister equall Justice to rich and poore, to the best of your cunning, wit, and power; A [...] [Page 349]that yee shall diligently procure all things which may honestly and justly be to the Kings ad­vantage and profit, and to the Augmentation of the rights & prerogatives of his Crown, and truly use the Kings Seal appoin­ted for your Office; And also endeavour your selfe, to the ut­termost of your power, to see the King truly answered of all such Rents, Revenues, Issue, and Profits, which shall or [...]ay arise or grow in your office and from time to time deliver with speed, such as shall have to doe before you; And that yee shall not take, or receive of any per­son, any Gift or Reward, in any cause or matter depending be­fore you, or wherein the Kings Highnesse shal be Partie where­by any prejudice, hindrance, losse, or dis-herison shall grow, or be to the Kings Highnesse; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Treasurer of Office or Court of the Kings generall Surveyer, Anno, 33. H. 8. Ca. 39.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well & truly serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, and his people in the Office of Treasurer of his Highnesse Court of generall Surveyer; And yee shall reasonably, and honestly procure the Kings Profit, and doe right to all man­ner of people poore and rich in those things which touch your Office and the Kings Treasure; Yee shall truly keep and dispend, and true declaration & accompt thereof shall make from time to time, without any concealment, to and before such per on and persons, as shall be named and appointed by the Kings High­nesse, his Heires and Successors for the same; And further, shall [Page 351]doe everie thing that of right appertaineth to your Office: So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Kings At­tourney of the Court of gene­rall Surveyer, Anno, 33. H. 8. Ca. 39.

YEE shall sweare, That yee well & truly shall serve the King in all places, for, or con­cerning any matter or cause that shall concern or touch the pos­sessions and Hereditaments, li­mited to the survey and govern­nance of this Court, and pro­cure the Kings Profit thereof; And yee shall truly counsell the King and the Surveyer & Trea­surer of this Court, in all things concerning the same, to the best of your cunning wit, & power, and with all speed and diligence from time to time at the cal­ling of the said Surveyer and [Page 352]Treasurer, you shall endea­vour your selfe, for the hearing and determination indifferent­ly, of such matters and causes as shall depend before the said Surveyer and Treasurer; And that yee shall not take any gift or reward in any matter or cause depending in the same Court, or elsewhere wherein the King shall be Partie, where­by the Kings Majestie shall be hurted, hindred, or dis-inheri­ted; And further, doe all and e­verie thing that shall appertain to your Office: So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Master of the Woods of the Court of ge­nerall Surveyer, Anno, 33. H. 8. Ca. 39.

YEE shall sweare, That yee well & truly shall serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, in the Office of Master of the [Page 353]Woods in this Court; And that yee shall shake true sale and sales of all Wood, and under-woods belonging to your Office, ac­cording to the authoritie given unto you by this Act of generall Surveyer, or any other Act or Acts to be made concerning the said generall Surveyers for the Kings most advantage, and no­thing conceal, but true accompt make of all such sums of money received for the same, and other Profits wherewith yee shall be lawfully charged by reason of your said Office; Yee shall make no Petition, nor aske any Allowance, but such as shall be good, just true, and reasonable; And yee shall doe all and every thing and things which yee ought to doe, by reason of your Office, according to the forme and effect of this Act; So helpe you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Auditors of the Court of the generall Sur­veyor, Anno, 33. H. 8. Ca. 39.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well & truly serve the King in your Office, and shall not take or receive of poore or rich, any gift or reward, in any matter or cause depending, or to be discussed in the same Court but such as shall be your ordi­narie Fees; And yee shall do all and everie other thing which shall appertaine to your Office; So help you God and all Saints.

The Oath of the Receivor of the Court of the generall Sur­veyance, An. 33. H. 8. Ca. 39.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall truly serve the King in your Office, and nothing con­ceale, but true accompt make of all such Revenues, Rents, sums [Page 355]of money, and other profits wherewith you shall be lawful­ly charged, by reason of your said Office; You shall make no Petition, nor aske Allowance, but such as shall be good, just, and true, and reasonable; and ye shall doe all, and everie thing and things which yee ought to doe, by reason of your Office, according to the forme and ef­fect of this Act; So helpe you God, and by the contents of this Booke.

The Oath of the Clerke of the Court of the generall Survey­or, Anno, 33. H. 8. Ca 39.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well & truly serve the King in your Office of Clerke of the said Court, and truly doe and execute, all, and every thing and things which yee ought to doe by reason of your Office, according to the forme and ef­fect [Page 356]of the Act; And yee shall also be attendant unto the said generall Survey or from time to time, as they shall require you; So help you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Messenger of the Court of the generall Sur­veyor, Anno, 33. H. 8. Ca. 39.

YOu shall sweare, That ye shall well and truely serve the King in your Office of Messen­ger of this Court, as well in speedie serving all and singular Processes to you, to be delive­red without fraud, covin, guile, or deceipt; As also making true and speedie Certificate to this Court of the same; And that you well and truly doe, and exe­cute all, and every other thing and things which yee ought to doe by reason of your said Of­fice; So helpe you God, and all Saints

The Oath of Supreamacie, Anno, 28. H. 8. Ca. 10.

IT is Ordained and Enacted by Authoritie aforesaid, That all, and everie Ecclesiasticall Judge, Ordinarie, Chancellour, Commissarie, Officiall, Vicar-Generall, Mayor, Bayliffe, Sheriffe, Under Sheriff, Eschea­tor, Alderman, Jurate, Consta­ble, Headborough, Thirdborow, Bursholder, and every other Lay-Officer and Minister to be made created elected, or admit­ted within this Realme, or any othe [...] the Kings Dominions, of what estate, order, degree, or condition soever he shall be, from, and after the said last day of July, shall before he take up­on him such Office, make, take, and receive a corporall Oath upon the Evangelists, before such person and persons as have, or shall have authoritie to ad­mit [Page 358]him; That he from hence­forth shall utterly renounce, re­fuse, relinquish and forsake the Bishop of Rome, and his authori­tie, power, and jurisdiction. And that yee shall never consent or agree, that the Bishop of Rome shall practise, exercise, or have a­ny manner of authoritie, juris­diction or power within this Realme, or any other the Kings Dominions, but that he shall resist the same at all times to the uttermost of his power; And that from henceforth he shall accept, repute & take the Kings Majestie to be the onely Su­preame Head in earth of the Church of England, and that to his cunning, wit, and uttermost of his power, without guile, fraud, or other undue meane; He shall observe, keep, maintain, and defend the whole effect and contents of all and singular Acts and Statutes, made, and to be made within this Realme, in [Page 359]derogation, execution, and ex­tinguishment of the Bishop of Rome and his authoritie, and all other Acts and Statutes, made, and to be made in Reformation and coroboration of the Kings Power of Supreame Head in earth of the Church of England; And this he shall doe against all manner of persons, of what e­state, dignitie, degree, or conditi­on they be, and in no wise doe or attempt, nor to his power suffer to be done or attempted, directly or indirectly, any thing or things privily or appartly, to the let, hindrance, dammage, or derogation thereof, or of any part thereof, by any manner of meanes, or of any manner of pretence; And in case any Oath be made, or hath been made to him, by any manner of person or persons, in maintenance, de­fence, or favour of the Bishop of Rome, or his authoritie, jurisdi­ction, or power, yea, repute the [Page 360]same as vaine and adnihillate; So help him God and all Saints, and the holy Evangelists.

The Oath of a Commissioner for Sewers, as in the Statute, Anno, 23. H. 8

YEE shall sweare, That you to your cunning, wit, and power shall truly & indifferent­ly execute the Authoritie given by this Commission of Sewers, without any favour, affection, corruption, dread or malice, to be borne to any manner of per­son or persons, and as the case shall require, yee shall consent and endeavour your selfe, for your part, to the best of your knowledge and power, to the making of such wholesome just, equall, and didifferent Lawes, and Ordinances, as shall be made and devised by the most discreet and indifferent number of your fellowes, being in Commission [Page 361]with you, for the due redresse, reformation, and amendment, of all, and everie such things as are contained & specified in the said Commission; And the same Lawes and Ordinances, to your cunning, wit, and power, cause to be put in due execution without favour, meed, dread, malice, or affection; So God you helpe and all Saints.

The Oath of an Ʋnder-Sheriff, Bayliffe of Franchies, Deputies, and Clerke of every Sheriffe, and Ʋnder-Sheriff, Statute, Anno, 27. of Queene Eliz. Ca. 12.

I. A. B. Shall not use or exer­cise the Office of Under-Sheriffe corruptly, during the time that I shall remaine there, neither shall, or will accept, re­joyce, or take by any colour, meanes, or device whatsoever, [Page 362]or consent to the taking of any manner of fee or reward of any manner of person or persons for the inpannelling or returning of any Inquest, Jurie, or Tales, in any Court of Record for the Queene, or betweene partie, and partie, above two shillings, or the value thereof, or such Fees as are allowed and appointed for the same by the Lawes and Sta­tutes of this Realme, but will, according to my power, truly and indifferently with conveni­ent speed, impannell all Jurours, and returne all such Writ or Writs touching the same, as shall appartain to be done by my du­tie or Office, during the time that I shall remaine in the said Office; So helpe me God, and by the contents of this Book.

It is Ordained, That every Under-Sheriff, Bayliffe of Fran­chizes, Deputie, and Clerke of every Sheriffe & Under-Sheriff, and every other person and per­sons [Page 363]which shall have Authori­tie, or take upon him to impan­nell or returne any Inquest, Ju­rie or Tales, or entermedle with execution of Processe in any Court of Record, untill he or they have taken the Oath of Supreamacie, as it is Ordained in the first yeare of Queene Eli­zabeth; Together with the Oath abovesaid.

The Oath given to the Kings Councell and Judges of his Court of Requests, as it is entred in an old Book of Pre­sidents remaining among the Records of that Court, Anno, 27. H. 6. Fo. 56.

YOu shall be faithfull & true Councellour to our Sove­raigne Lord, Henry by the grace of God, King of England, and of France, and Lord of Ireland, the 7, and to his Councell be di­ligently [Page 364]attendant, and due, and diligent attendance he shall give to the same, and in every matter touching our said Soveraigne Lord, his honourable suretie or profit that shall come to your knowledge, or that shall be communed or treated in his Councell; Yee shall to the best of your wisedome, give plaine and true Councell, not letting so to do for meed, dread, favour, or affection of any person, of what degree or condition soe­ver he be; the Kings Councell, as long as it is Ordained to be Councell, yee shall conceale and keepe secret, without disclosing it to any person, though he be of the same Councell, if it touch him, and that he may not be made privie there: And if there shall come any thing to your knowledge, that may be hurt­full prejudiciall, or dishonoura­ble to our said Soveraign Lord; Yee shall let it to the best of [Page 365]your power, and as soone as yee goodly may, shew it to our said Soveraigne Lord, or such of his Councell as yee shall think will shew it to him; All which pre­misses, and every of them, yee shall well and truly keep and ob­serve; So help you God, and all Saints, and by his holy Evange­lists, by you bodily touched.

The Oath which was given by Henry Garnet the Jesuit, to Catesby, Piercy, Christo­pher Wright, and Thomas Winter, and the rest of the Conspirators in the Powder Treason, Anno, 1605. for se­cresie, as perseverance and constancie in the execution of their Plots.

YOu shall sweare, By the bles­sed Trinitie, and by the Sa­crament you now purpose to [Page 366]receive, never to disclose, direct­ly nor indirectly, by word or circumstance, the matter that shall be proposed to you to keep Secret, nor desist from executi­on thereof, untill the rest shall give you leave

The Oath concerning the Of­fice of a Constable in the Countrey, Vide Dalton, Title Warrants.

YOu shall sweare, That you shall well & truly serve our Soveraigne Lord the King, in the Office of a Constable; You shall see, and cause his Ma­jesties Peace to be well & truly kept and preserved according to your power; You shall Arrest all such persons as in your sight or presence shall ride or go Ar­med offensively, or shall com­mit, or make any Riot, Affray, or other breach of his Majesties Peace; You shall doe your best [Page 367]endeavour (upon complaint to you made) to apprehend all Fel­lons, Baretors, and Rioters, or persons Riotous assembled; and if any such Offenders shal make resistance (with force) you shall leave hue and cry and shall pur­sue them untill they be taken; You shall doe your best endea­vour, that the Watch in your Towne be duly kept, and that hue and cryes be duly pursued, according to the Statute of Win­chester; And that the Statutes made for the Punishment of Rogues and Vagabonds, and Night walkers, and such idle persons comming within your Bounds and Limits be duly put in Execution; You shall have a watchfull eye to such persons as shall maintaine or keepe any common house or place where any unlawfull Games is, or shall be used; As also, to such as shall frequent or use such pla­ces, or shall use or exercise any [Page 368]unlawfull Games there, or else­where, contrarie to the Statutes at your Assizes, Sessions, or Leet; You shall present all, and everie the offences done, con­trarie to the Statutes made, 1. Jacob. 4. Jacob. & 21. Jacob. Regis, to restraine the inordinate hun­ting and tipling in Innes, Ale­houses, and other Victualling­houses, and for repressing of drunkennesse; You shall true re­presentment make of all Blood­shedding. Affraies, Out-cryes, Rescuous, and other Offences committed or done against the Kings Majesties Peace within your Limits; And you shall have a care for the maintenance of Archerie, according to the Statute; You shall well duly ex­ecute all Receipts and Wa rants to you directed, from the Justi­ces of this Countie; And yee shall well and dulie, according to your knowledge, power, and abilitie, doe, and execute all o­ther [Page 369]things belonging to the Office of a Constable, so long as you shall continue in this Of­fice; So help you God.

The Oath of a Duke and Earle in Scotland, to their King.

YOu shall fortifie and defend the true and Christian Re­ligion, and Christs holy Evan­gell presently preached in this Realme and shall be loyall and true to our Soveraigne Lord the Kings Majestie, and shall defend his Highnesse Realme and Lie­ges from all Aliens and Stran­gers, at the uttermost of your power; So helpe you God and by the Oath that yee have else made.

The Oath of a Lord of Par­liament in Scotland.

YEE shall give due andfaith­full Councell to our Sove­raign Lord the Kings Majesties, Weale publiquely in Parlia­ment, as in all other places needfull, and secretly accord­ing to you knowledge, for the preservation of his Highnesse most noble Person, his Royall Estate, Lieges, and Realme and Common weale thereof; And shall never Heile nor conceyle any point of Treason or Crime Leismajestie, that shall appeare to be conspired against his said Royall Person but shall incon­tinent, with all possible dili­gence reveale the same; So help you God, and by the Oath that yee have else made.

The Oath of a Knight of Scotland.

1. I Shall fortifie and defend the Christian Religion, and Christs holy Evangell present­ly preached in this Realme, to the uttermost of my power.

2. I shall be Loile and true to my Soveragine Lord the Kings Majestie, to all Orders of Chi­valrie, and to the Noble Office of Armes.

3. I shall fortifie and defend Justice at my power, and that with favour or feed.

4. I shall never flye from my Soveraigne Lord the Kings Ma­jestie, nor from his Highnesse Lieutenants, in time of Mellay and Battaile.

5. I shall defend my Native Realme from all Alieners and Strangers.

6. I shall defend the just oc­casion and quarrell of all Ladies [Page 372]of Honour, of all true and friendlesse Widowes, of Or­phans, and of Maidens of good same.

7. I shal do diligence where­soever I hear there is any Mur­therers, Traytors, or masterfull Reavers, that Oppresseth the Kings Laeges, and poore people, to bring them to the Law at my power.

8. I shall maintaine and up­hold the Noble estate of Chi­valrie, with Horse, Harnesse, and other Knightly Habille­ments, and shall helpe and suc­cour them of the same Order, if they have need.

9. I shall enquire, and seeke to have the knowledge and un­derstanding, of all the Articles and Points contained in the Booke of Chivalrie.

All these premisses to observe, keep, and faithfull, I oblige me; So helpe me God, by my owne hand, so help me God, &c.

The Oath of the Mayor of London and Oxford, as it is entred in the Red Book of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall serve well and truely our Soveraigne Lord the King, in the Office of Mayoraltie in the Citie of London, or (Oxen­ford) and the same Citie; Yee shall surely, and safely, unto the use of our said Soveraigne Lord the King of England, and of his Heires, Kings of England, and the Profit of the King, yee shall doe in all things that to you longeth, and the Right of the King, and that that longeth to the Crowne yee shall truely keepe; Yee shall not assent unto decrees nor concealment of the Rights, nor of the Franchize of the King or of the Crown, be it in Lands, Rents, or [...]n [Page 374]Franchizes, or in Suits concea­led or withdrawn, you shall put your power to call it againe; And if yee may not doe it, yee shall tell unto the King, or to those of his Councell, of whom yee shall understand for to be certaine, that they shall enform the King thereof; And yee shall truly and right-wisely treat the people of your Baylie, and right yee shall doe to every person, as well to Stranger as to privie, to poore as to rich, in that that be­longeth to you for to doe; And that for highnesse, nor for ri­ches, for gift, promise, favour, nor hate, yee shall no wrong doe to any person, nor to any man yee shall the right let; Yee shal not take whereby the King may leese, or by which the right may be letted; And also, that ye may set good keeping upon the [...]ssize of Bread, Wine, Fish, Flesh, Corne, and all other Vi­ctuals, and also of Weights and [Page 375]Measures in the said Citie, do­ing sad and due execution upon the defaults that there shall be found, according to all the Sta­tutes thereof made not repealed, and that in all things to the May or of the said Citie long­ing for to doe, well and truely you shall have you, and doe; So helpe you God, and holydome.

The Oath of the Sub-Treasu­rer, as it is entred in the Red Booke of the Exchequer.

YEE Shall well and truely serve the King our Sove­raine Lord, in the roome of Un­der-Treasurer of this his Exche­quer, and in the Receipt of the same; and well and truly survey and order as wel the Receipts of all sums of money, payd and to be payd to the Kings use in the said Receipt, as the issue of the same; And well and truly be­have [Page 376]have your selfe in the same roome; So helpe you God, and all Saints, and the holy E­vangelists.

The Oath of the Auditor of the Exchequer, as it is entred in the Red Booke of the Ex­chequer.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall truely serve the King our Soveraign Lord, in the Of­fice of one of the Auditors of this Exchequer, during the time yee shall have the same; And well and truly yee shall intreat, and with all goodly speed yee shall rid such persons as shall be by this Court Assigned to Ac­compt before you; Yee shall not take of any person, where­by the Kings Majestie may lose, nor consent to any un­truth; And right yee shall doe to every Accomptant that shall have to doe before you, accord­ing [Page 377]to your wit and discretion, and safely and surely keepe such Records, Writs, and other My­numents of this Court as shall be committed for any time to your custodie, without raysing or imbezling of the same; So God you helpe, &c.

The Oath of the Ingrosser of the great Roll, as it is entred in the Red Booke of the Ex­chequer.

YEE shall sweare, Clerke of the Pipe. That yee shall well and truely serve the Kings Majestie our Sove­raigne Lord, in the Office of Ingrosser of the great Roll, o­therwise called the Clerk of the Pipe of this Exchequer, and the Office, with all the Rolls, Re­cords, Accompts, and other Mynuments, being and remai­ning in the same, and that here­after shall be committed to your custodie, and pertaining to the [Page 378]same Office; Yee shall safely and surely keepe, or doe to be kept, to the use of our said So­veraigne Lord the King; And yee shall draw, or caufe to be drawn out of the Two Remem­brancers Offices, with all con­venient speed, all manner of Femes, or other Debts and du­ties to be engrossed; And all the said Femes, Debts and Du­ties, yee shall set forth to be summoned at the next Liberate; And yee shall true entry make of all Awards made by the Court upon any Opposall of any Sheriffs, or other Accomptants, for and concerning any Femes, Debts or other the Kings Du­ties; And the same Awards yee shall set out in the Scrowles of the Pipes; And also, yee shall well and truely make and dis­charge, or cause to be made and discharged, all Allowances and discharges the same Terme, or the next Vacati [...]n, before the [Page 379]first day of the next Terme, without any further delay; And yee shall not take of any person or persons, by promise, gift, re­ward, or otherwise, whereby the King may lose, or be hin­dred, or his said Femes, Debts, or other duties may be prolon­ged or detained by any time; or else by the which, the right let to any manner of person and persons; And well and truely, and with all convenient speed, yee shall discharge, or cause to be discharged, all persons of all such things as the Court shall award, belonging to your said Office; And all this yee shall doe, during such time as yee shall be Officer in the said Of­fice, without fraud or guile; So helpe you God, &c.

The Oath of the Chancellour of the Exchequer, as it is entred in the Red Book of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall serve well and truly the King our Soveraigne Lord, in the Office of Chancellor of this Exchequer, and well and tru­ly yee shall doe all things that appartaineth to that Office; And yee shall speed the Kings Businesse before all other; And yee shall not enseale any Writ of Judgement of any other Place then of the Exchequer, with the Seale of this Place, whiles the Chancerie shall be 20. miles about the place where this Exchequer is abiding; And also, yee shall sweare, That if it fortune, that if hereafter, by reason of your Office, to make any Clerks or Ministers, to exe­cute any Office or Place within [Page 381]this Court, yee shall make such Clerks or Ministers, as yee will answer for at your perill, and such as shall be sufficient, true, and intendant unto that to them shall appertaine, in speed, as well of the Kings Businesses, as of his people, after the forme of the Statute in that behalfe, made in the Parliament holden at Westminster the second yeare of the Raigne of King Henry the fixt; So help you God, &c.

The Oath of a Baron of the Exchequer, as it is entred in the Red Booke of the Ex­chequer.

YEE shall sweare, That well and truly yee shallserve the King our Soveraigne Lord, in the Office of Baron of this Ex­chequer, and lawfully yee shall charge and dischar [...]e the peo­ple that have to accompt before you, and right yee shall doe to [Page 382]all people, as well to poore as to rich, and that for highnesse for riches, neither for hate, nor for the estate of any person, for be­nefit, gift, nor promise of any person that may be made to you, or shall be made to you, ne by Art nor Engine, the Right of the King, nor none other you shall disturbe, ne respite, contrarie to the Lawes of the Land, and the Kings Debts yee shall not put in respite there where they may goodly be Le­vyed, and the Kings Bufinesse yee shall speed before all other, and that for gift, wages, or bene­fit, yee shall not conceale the Kings Profit or Advantage in advantage to other, nor for your selfe; And that yee shall not take Fee, neither Robe of any person, but of the King onely; And yee shall have no­thing of any person for to doe wrong, or delay the right, or to delude, or delay the people [Page 383]that have to doe afore you, but in all that ye may ye shall deli­ver them; And there where yee may understand wrong, or prejudice, to be done to the King, yee shall put all your power and diligence to redresse it; And if yee may not yee shall tell it to the King, or to those of his Councell which may shew it to the King, if yee may not come unto him; And the Kings Councell yee shall keepe in all things; So help you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Kings' Re­membrancer in the Exche­quer, as it is entred in the Red Book of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That you well and truely serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, in the Office of Remembrancer of his Majestie of this his Ex­chequer; [Page 384]And the same Office, with all the Rolls, Records, and other Mynuments, now lying and remaining in t [...]e same, and that hereafter shall be commit­ted to your custodie, and apper­taining to the same Office yee shall safely and surely keepe, or doe to be kept, to the use of our said Soveraigne Lord the King, and of his Heires Kings of Eng­land; You shall true Entry make of all Awards, and other things to be entred in the said Office, and that with all convenient speed; You shall not take of a­ny person or persons, by pro­mise gift reward, or otherwise, whereby the Kings Majestie may leese or be hindred, or by which the right may be let, to any manner of person or per­sons and all other things belon­ging to the Master of the said Office to doe, yee shall well and truly do, without fraud or guile; So help you God, &c.

The Oath of the Clerke of the Pleas in the Exchequer, as it is entred in the Rea Book of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truly intend, that which shall appertaine un­to your Office in speed, as well of the Kings Businesse, as of his people, and all such rewards as doe, or shall concerne your Of­fice, you shall safely keepe, or cause to be kept; And you shall true Entrie make of all Orders, Awards, and other things to be entred into your said Office, and that with all convenient speed; And all other things be­longing to the Master of the said Office to doe you shall well and truly do; So help you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Forraigne Opposer of the Exchequer, as it is entred in the Red Booke of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truly serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, his Heires and Successors, in the Office of Forraigne Opposer of this Exchequer, and the Kings Businesse in the same yee shall speed and dispatch before all o­ther; And you shall faithfully and truly charge and discharge all Accompts and people that have to doe before you, and doe all other things appertaining to the said Office, and shall well and truly behave your selfe in the same Office, without undue practise, fraud, or concealment, so long as you shall continue in the same Office; So help you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Comptroller of the Pipe in the Exche­quer, as it is entred in the Red Book of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truly execute the place of the Comptroller of the Pipe in his Majesties Court of Exchequer, and shall comptroll the great Roll of the Pipe, and the Pipes thereunto belonging; And shall twice in the yeare (that is to say) in the Terme of Saint Hiliarie, and the Holy Trinitie, yearly write into the Summons of the Pipe, all Femes and Debts contained in the said great Roll, and well and truly behave your selfe in the said Office of Comptroller of the Pipe, as long as you shall continue in the same Office; So help you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of the Chamber­laines of the Exchequer, as it is entred in the Red Book of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall truly serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, in the Office of one of the Chamber­laines of this Exchequer, and tru­ly enter and ingrosse, as well all manner of Receipts of Money received, and to be received to the Kings use, at the Receipt of this Exchequer, as the payment of the same; And also, you shal safely and truly keep, as well all Records, being in the Kings Treasury, as all other things, Leagues, Truces Evidences, and Jewels, and all other things be­ing to the Kings Treasurie, and all that hereafter shall be com­mitted to your keeping; And yee shall not assent unto delive­rance of any of the Kings Mo­ney, [Page 389]nor any other thing being in his Treasurie, without suf­ficient Warrant in that behalfe; And yee shall not depute, or put any Clerke or Minister to oc­cupie any place or roome under you in this Office, but such as shall be sufficient, true, and in­tendant unto that to them shall appertaine in speed, as well of the Kings Businesse, as of his people, after the forme of the Statute in that behalfe made, in the Parliament holden at West­minster, the second yeare of the Reigne of King Henry the fixt; And in these, and all other things concerning your Office, yee shall well and truly have you, and doe; So help you God, and all Saints.

The Oath of an Escheator, as it is entred in the Red Booke of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall serve the King well [Page 390]and truly in the Office of the Escheator, in the Towne of N. and doe the Kings Profit in all that belongeth unto you to doe, by way of your Office, after your wit and your powre, & his Rights, and all that belongeth to his Crowne yee shall truly keep; Yee shall not assent to de­crease, neither conceal the Kings Right, nor his Franchizes; And wheresoever that ye have know­ledge of the Kings Rights, or of his Crowne, be it in Lands, Rents, Franchizes, or Suits, that be concealed or withdrawn yee shall doe your true paine and di­ligence to withstand it; And if yee may not doe it, you shall say it to the King, or some of h [...]s Councell such as you know for certaine will say it to the King; Yee shall truly, and right-wise­ly, treat the people of your Bayly-wick, and doe right to e­verie man, as well to poor as to rich, in that that belongeth to [Page 391]you to doe, by way of your Of­fice; Yee shall doe no wrong to any man, neither for gift, pro­mise, nor hate, neither no mans right yee shall disturbe; ye shall take nothing, whereby that right may be disturbed, letted, or delayed; Yee shall truly and right-wisely return and serve all the Kings Writs; Yee shall in your proper person make the extent of Lands, after their ve­rie value and enquests, to return them as oft as they be taken a­fore you, and that within a moneth after they be taken, yee shall take no Bayley into your service, but such as yee will an­swer for, and yee shall doe your Bayliffs to make such Oath as it belongeth to them; Yee shall truly and right wisely yeeld ac­compt at the Kings Exchequer, of all Issues of your said Bay­liffe-wick; Yee shall take your enquests in open places, and that by Indenture, after the effect of [Page 392]the Statute thereof made; As God helpe you, and his Saints.

The Oath of the Deputie-Chamberlaine of the Exche­quer, as it is entred in the Red Booke of the Exchequer.

YEE shall sweare, That yee shall well and truly serve the King our Soveraigne Lord, as Deputie unto A.D. one of the Chamberlaines of the Exche­quer, in the Office of the said Chamberlaine of this Court, and shall surely joyne all such Tables as any Accomptant or Debtor shall bring unto you to be joyned with the Foyles of the same, being in your charge and custodie; And the same Tables so joyned, yee shall deli­ver over unto the Clerks of the Pipe, or the ingrosser of the great Roll in this Court, and do all other things appertaining to the said Office, so long as yee [Page 393]shall be Officer there; So God you helpe and his Saints.

The Oath to be ministred to all Church-wardens, & Side­men, within the Dioces of Sa­lisburie, to present according to Articles published in An. 1616.

YOu shall sweare, That all af­fection, favour, hatred, hope of reward and gaine, or feare of displeasure, or malice set aside; You shall upon due confiderati­on of the Article given you in charge, Present all and every such person within your Parish, as hath committed any offence or fault, or made any default mentioned in these or any of those Articles or which are ve­hemently suspected or defamed, of any such offence, fault, or de­fault, wherein you shall deale uprightly, and according to [Page 394]truth, neither of malice, pre­senting any contrarie to truth, nor of corrupt affection, spa­ring to Present any and so con­ceale the truth, having in this action God before you eyes, with an earnest zeale to main­taine truth, and to suppresse vice; So help you God, and the contents of this Booke.

The Oath to be ministred to all Church-wardens within the Dioces of Bristol, in the Visitation to Present accord­ing to Articles published in Anno, 1595.

YEE shall sweare, Calling Almighty God to witnesse, who seeth into your hearts, and knoweth your verie thoughts, That you, and everie of you, shall diligently and faithfully performe and execute the Of­fice whereunto he is appointed, [Page 405]and setting apart all malice, ha­tred love, feare, or affection, to any person or persons, shall di­ligently enquire, and truly pre­sent and discover, all, and every such person or persons within your Parish, either knowne, commonly reported, or vehe­mently suspected to have com­mitted any Misdemeanour, Fault, Default, Crime, Sinne, or Offence, mentioned or spe­cified within any the Articles in this Booke comprised, or in the same omitted, which com­ming to your knowledge, are by Ecclesiasticall Authoritie to be reformed; So helpe you God, in Christ Jesus.

The Protestation.

I [...] B. Doe in the presence of Almightie God, Promise, Vow, and Protest, to maintain and defend as farre as lawfully I may, with my life, power, and [Page 406]estate, the true Reform'd Pro­testant Religion, expressed in the Doctrine of the Church of England, against all Popery and Popish Innovations within this Realme, contrary to the same Doctrine, and according to the dutie of my Allegiance, his Ma­jesties Royall Person, Honour, and Estate; as also the Power and Ptiviledges of Parliament, the lawful Rights and Liberties of the Sub [...]ect and every person that maketh this Protestation, in whatsoever he shall do in the lawfull pursuance of the same. And to my power, and a far as lawfully I may, I will oppose, and by all good wayes & means endea [...]our to bring to condigne punishment, all such as shall ei­ther by Force. Practice, Coun­cells, Plots, Conspiracies, or o­therwise, doe any thing to the contrary of any thing in this present Protestation contained. And further, That I shall in all [Page 407]just and honourable wayes en­deavour to preserve the Union and Peace betweene the three Kingdomes of England, Sco [...]land, and Ireland; and neither for hope, feare, nor other respect shall relinquish this Promise, Vow and Protestation.

The Vow and Covenant appoint­ted by the Lords and Com­mons Assembled in Parlia­ment, to be taken by every man, in the Cities of Lon­don, Westminster, the Sub­urbs and Liberties thereof, and throughout the whole Kingdome.

IA. B. In humilitie and reve­rence of the Divine Ma [...]esty, declare my heartie sorrow for my own sins and the sins of this Nation, which have deserved the calamities & judgments that now lye upon it; And my true [Page 408]intention is, by Gods grace to endeavour the amendment of my owne wayes; And that I do abhor and detest the said wick­ed and treacherous Design late­ly discovered, And that I never gave, nor will give my assent to the execution therof, but wil ac­cording to my power & Vocati­on oppose & resist the same, and all other of the like nature: And in case any other like Designe shall hereafter come to my knowledge, I will make such timely discoverie as I shall con­ceive may best conduce to the preventing thereof. And where­as I do in my conscience believe, That the Forces raysed by the Two Houses of Parliament are raysed and continued for their just Defence, and for the De­fence of the true Protestant Re­ligion and Liberties of the Sub­ject against the Forces raised by the King: I doe here in the pre­sence of Almightie God, De­clare, [Page 409]Vow and Covenant, That I will, according to my power and Vocation, assist the Forces raysed and continued by both Houses of Parliament, against the Forces raysed by the King without their consent; and will likewise assist all other persons that shall take this Oath, in what they shall doe in pursu­ance thereof, and will not di­rectly or indirectly adhere unto, nor shal willingly assist the For­ces raysed by the King without the consent of both Houses of Parliament. And this Vow and Covenant I make in the pre­sence of Almightie God, the Search of all hearts with a true intention to perform the same, as I shall answer at the great Day, when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed.

1. T That we shall sincerely, really and constantly, through the grace of God, en­deavour in our severall places and callings the prefervation of the Reformed Religion in the Church of S [...]o [...]und, in Doctrine, Worship, Discipline & Govern­ment, against our common Ene­mies, the Reformation of Reli­gion in the Kingdomes of Eng­l [...]nd and Ireland, in Doctrine, Worship, Discipline & Govern­ment according to the Word of God, & the Example of the best Reformed Churches; And shall endeavour to bring the Chur­ches of God in the Three King­doms, to the nearest Con [...]uncti­on and Uniformity in Religion, Confession of Faith Forme of Church-government, D [...]rectory for Worship and Catechizing: That we and our Posterity after us may as Brethren live in faith and love, and the Lord may de­light to dwel in the midst of us.

2. That we shall in like man­ner, without respect of persons, endeavor the extirpation of Po­perie Prelacie, (that is, Church-Government by Arch-Bishops, Bishops, their Chancellors and Commissaries Deans, Deans & Chapters Archdeacons, and all other Ecclesiastical Officers de­pending on that Hierachy) Su­perstition Heresie Schism, Pro­phanesse, and what soever shalbe found to be contrarie to sound Doctrine, and the power of god­linesse, lest we partake in other mens sins, & thereby be in dan­ger to receive of their plagues, and that the Lord may be one, and his Name one in the Three Kingdoms.

3. We shall with the same sin­ceritie realitie and constancy, in our several Vocations endeav [...]r with our Estates and Lives, mu­tually to preserve the Rights and Priviledges of the Parlia­ment, and the Liberties of the Kingdoms, and to preserve and [Page 412]defend the Kings Majesties Per­son and [...]uthoritie, in the pre­servation & defence of the true Religion and Liberties of the Kingdoms, that the world may beare witnesse with our consci­ences of our loyaltie, and that we have no thoughts or intenti­ons to diminish his Majesties just power and greatnesse.

4. We shall also with all faith­fulnesse endeavor the discovery of all such as have bin or shalbe Incendiaries. Malignants or e­vill Instruments, by hindring the Reformation of Religion, dividing the King from his peo­ple, or one of the Kingdoms from another, or making any Faction or P [...]rties amongst the people contrarie to this League and Covenant that they maybe brought to publike Tryall, and re [...]eive condign punishment, as the degree of their Offences shall require or deserve, o [...] the Supreme Judicatories of both [Page 413]Kingdoms respectively, or o­thers, having power from them for that effect, shall judge con­venient.

V. And whereas the happi­nesse of a blessed Peace between these Kingdoms, denied in for­mer times to our Progenitors, is by the good providence of God granted unto us, and hath beene lately concluded and setled by both Parliaments, we shall each one of us, according to our place and interest, endeavor that they may remain conjoyed in a firm Peace and Union to all Posteri­tie; And that Justice may be done upon the wifull Opposers thereof, in manner expressed in the present Articles.

6. We shall also, according to our places and callings, in this Common Cause of Religion, Libertie and Peace of the King­doms, assist and defend all those that enter into this League and Covenant, in the maintaining [Page 414]and pursuing thereof, and shall not suffer our selves directly or indirectly, by whatsoever com­bination, perswasion or terror, to be divided and withdrawne from this blessed Union & Con­junction, whether to make defe­ction to the contrary part, or give our selves to a detestable in­differency or neutrality in this Cause, which so much concern­eth the glory of God, the good of the Kingdoms and Honor of the King; but shall all the dayes of our lives zealously and con­stantly continue therein against all opposition, and promote the same according to our power a­gainst all Lets and Impediments whatsoever; & what we are not able our selves to suppresse or o­vercome, we shall reveal & make known, that it may be timely prevented or removed all which we shal do as in the fight of God.

And because these Kingdoms are guiltie of many sins & pro­vocations [Page 415]against God, and his Son Jesus Christ, as is too mani­fest by our present distresses and dangers, the fruits thereof: We professe and declare before God and the world, our unfeigned de­sire to be humbled for our own sins, and for the sins of these Kingdoms, especially that we have not as we ought, valued the inestimable benefit of the Gos­pel, that we have not laboured for the puritie and power there­of, and that we have not endea­voured to receive Christ in our hearts, nor to walke worthy of him in our lives, which are the causes of other sins and trans­gressions, so much abounding amongst us And our true & un­feigned purpose desire & indea­vor for our selves and all others under our power & charge, both in publike and in private, in all duties we owe to God and man, to amend our lives and each one to go before another in the ex­ample [Page 416]of a reall Reformation, that the Lord may turn away his wrath and heavie indignati­on, & establish these Churches and Kingdoms in truth & peace. And this Covenant we make in the presence of Almighty God, the serarcher of all hearts, with a true intention to performe the same, as we shall answer at that great day, when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, most humbly beseeching the Lord to strengthen us by his holy Spirit for this end, & to blesse our de­sires & proceedings with success, as may be deliverance & safetie to his people, & encouragement to other Christian Churches, groningunder, or in danger of the yoke of Antichristian tyranny, to joyn in the same, or like Asso­ciation & Covenant to the glo­rie of God, the enlargement of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, and the Peace and Tranquility of Christian Kingdoms & Com­mon wealths.

FINIS.

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