Apprenticeship Register of Poor Children

Southampton City Archives: SC9/2/13

f 19 (6 September)


Isaack Breed the sonne of Peter Breed of this towne woollkember beinge a poore childe of the age of xj yeares or thereaboutes is by the Churchwardens and overseers of the poore of the parish of holyroodes with the Consent of the Mayor and Iustices of this towne put Apprentice vnto Edmond hannye of this towne Musitian To learne that trade as allso the making of Instrumentes & such other thinges as the said Edmund now vseth from the date abouewritten for the terme of Tenn yeares Thapprentice to haue xx s. in money or two instrumentes at his termes end, And hee hath now in money with him xxx s./.

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    • woollkember n comp wool comber [OEDO kember n]
  • Document Description

    Record title: Apprenticeship Register of Poor Children
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC9/2/13
    Repository location: Southampton

    Contents are as stated on f 1: 'The names of Poore Children bounde Apprentice by the Maior Aldermen and Assistauntes of the Towne of Southampton for the tyme beine as followeth vizt.' This register was distinct from the general register of apprentices begun at the same time (SC9/2/12), which recorded apprenticeships privately arranged by indenture. The poor apprentices were children of paupers, and often orphans, for whom the parish and town took responsibility, and apprenticing them was seen as a preventative against vagrancy. For further details about the apprenticeship arrangements, see the introduction to Wills and Merson, Southampton Apprenticeship Registers, pp ix–lxvi. It is interesting that the musicians get apprentices only from among the poor children and that is also true of apprenticeships recorded before this register was started.

    24 November 1609–19 March 1706; paper; English with some Latin rubrics; iii + 89 + xii; 297mm x 202mm; modern pencil foliation; good condition; 18th-c. paper cover, title on front of cover: 'Book of Apprentices | 1609 to 1705.|.'

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