Sir Richard Paulet's Parliamentary Diary

Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO: 44M69/F2/15/1

p 3 (Westminster, 19 February 1609/10)


Mondaye ... A mocion that the daye might be solempnize<...>

the birth of the prince & ther was Running at the tilt at whithall/


p 28 (Westminster, 5 June)

Twesday the 5 daye...


...& Then I came to the Court, walking in the garden to see those that went into the Maske that night...

6 they contynvallye tooke the oaths & in the afternone saw the running at Tilt; whenere The Duke of Lennox Camparisons ⸢& feth<..>s⸣ red & white, Erles; Arundle yellow penbroke & Mungomerye white, Lord walden & his brother sir henry haiward all guilt, Sir Thomas Somerset white yellow greene & red, Erle of Dorset red & white. Lord Northe blue & watchet, Lord Norris orenge, Lord haye Red & white; 2 Alexainders Sir Richard Preston Lord dingle came in a Cloude, with Envye before & his followers blackamors: The Lord Compton came out of a Beacon placed in the Tiltyard: &c.

p 54 (Westminster, 5 November)


Monday Doctor Caesar preached at westminster & docter Abbat Bishop of london in the kinges chaple, there was that afternone Dauncing before the king in the great chamber, & at night a playe in ye b.h.s.


  • Marginalia
  • Footnotes
    • <...>: about 15 characters lost to large tear at outside edge of leaf
    • Doctor Caesar: possibly Philipp Caesar (1580–1642, a German theologian) (Manchot, 'Caesar, Philipp' in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie 3 (1876), 687–8,
    • docter Abbat: George Abbot (1562–1633), bishop of London 1610–11, who contributed to the authorized version of the Bible and negotiated the union of the English and Scottish churches. King James made Abbot archbishop of Canterbury in 1611
    • ye b.h.s.: last 7 or 8 letters squeezed in at right margin; b.h.s. might be an abbreviation for ye banqueting house but other readings are quite possible
  • Glossed Terms
    • camparison n caparison; dress and ornaments, equipment; capharisons pl
  • Endnote

    The Paulet family was resident at Freefolk.

    When Paulet mentions 'the birth of the prince' on p 3, he is referring to the birthday of Prince Henry, who was born 19 February 1594 and thus sixteen on his birthday in 1609/10. His investiture as prince of Wales followed on 4 June of that year.

    The masque on 5 June (p 28) was Tethys' Festival, for which see John Nichols, The Progresses, Processions, and Magnificent Festivities of King James the First, His Royal Consort, Family, and Court, vol 2 (London, 1828), 346–58. Nichols also describes the tilt (p 361): 'Uppon Wednesday in the afternoone, in the Tilt-yeard, there were divers Earles, Barons, and others, being in rich and glorious armoure, and having costly caparisons, wondrous curiously imbroydered with pearls, gould, and silver, the like rich habiliaments for horses were never seene before. They presented their severall ingenious devices and trophies before the King and Prince, and then ran at Tilt, where there was a world of people to behould them.' Participants in the tilt were Ludovick Stuart Stewart (1574–1624), 2nd duke of Lennox; Thomas Howard (1585–1654), 21st earl of Arundel; William Herbert (1580–1630), 22nd earl of Pembroke; Philip Herbert (1584–1650), 1st earl of Montgomery; Theophilus Howard (1584–1640), 2nd Baron Howard of Walden; Walden's younger brother, Sir Henry Howard (c 1592–1616); Sir Thomas Somerset (c 1579–1644/51); Richard Sackville (1589–1624), sixth earl of Dorset; Henry North (1556–1620); Francis Norris (1582–1623), Lord Norris of Rycote; William, Lord Hay (d. 1636); Sir Richard Preston, Lord Dingwall (d. 1628); William, Lord Compton (d. 1630); Sir Henry Carey (b. c 1580–bur. 13 April 1666); Sir Sigismund Alexander, and Mr. Henry Alexander. Inigo Jones' design for the tilt has survived and includes a bower with a brazier on top; the flame from this brazier is presumably what Paulet described as the 'Beacon' out of which Lord Compton appeared (see Stephen Orgel and Roy Strong, Inigo Jones: The Theatre of the Stuart Court. Including the complete designs for productions at court for the most part in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire together with their texts and historical documentation (London and Los Angeles, 1973), vol 1, 178, fig 46, and 181). This tilt will be described in a forthcoming volume of Martin Wiggins' British Drama, in which it will be catalogue number 1619.1. The three-day celebration of Prince Henry's creation ended that evening with an elaborate sea-battle on the water, followed by fireworks, but Paulet does not mention the evening's entertainments and so may not have been present.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Sir Richard Paulet's Parliamentary Diary
    Repository: Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO
    Shelfmark: 44M69/F2/15/1
    Repository location: Winchester

    Sir Richard Paulet (c 1558–1614) was the grandnephew of William Paulet (1474/5?–1572), first marquess of Winchester and longtime lord treasurer under three Tudor monarchs. Richard Paulet inherited estates at Herriard, south of Basingstoke, and Freefolk, near Whitchurch. He served multiple times as sheriff of Hampshire and in parliament for Whitchurch. For further details see the section on Hampshire families in Historical Background.

    During the 1610 parliamentary session, Paulet kept a diary in which he recorded what bills came up and who spoke, but with no commentary or opinion. Sundays he attended sermons and noted where and when, by whom, and the main points of each sermon, also without commentary. Occasionally he remarked on his own activities.

    February–November 1610; English; paper; 61 loose sheets, usually bifolia (in a few cases, several sheets are folded together to make a small book); 200mm x 312mm; modern pencil pagination (Paulet's careful dating of entries has made pagination possible); no binding or cover.

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