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The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I’s Court Theatre$

W. R. Streitberger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719670.001.0001

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Appendix 2 Officers of the Revels

Appendix 2 Officers of the Revels

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The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I’s Court Theatre
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(p.293) Master of the Revels

  1. 1. Sir Thomas Cawarden (d. 29 August 1559). Patent granted 5 March 1545, retroactive to 16 March 1544. Folger Library MS. Lb 40 (original), TNA C66/753, m. 23 (enrolment), calendared in LP Henry VIII, xx, pt. 1. no. 465 (28), printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 53. By separate patent granted 5 March 1545, retroactive to 16 March 1544, he was Master of the Tents. Surrey History Centre MS. LM 9 (original), TNA C66/752, m. 36 (enrolment), calendared in LP Henry VIII, xx, pt. 1. no. 465 (27). He was also appointed Master of the Toils by the Privy Council in 1551. Surrey History Centre MS. LM 59/1, fol. 1.

  2. 2. Sir Thomas Benger (d. 25 June–6 July? 1572). Patent granted 18 January 1560. TNA C66/952, m. 10, calendared in CPR Elizabeth I, i. 325, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 54.

  3. 3. Sir John Fortescue, Master of the Great Wardrobe, and Henry Seckford, Master of the Tents, were temporarily appointed by the Privy Council to supervisory positions in the Revels Office from June 1572 to October 1573. No patents issued. TNA, A03/906/2, and Warrants for Issue, parcel 118, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 151, 181, 185, 453.

  4. 4. Thomas Blagrave (d. 12 April–10 November 1590), served as ‘acting Master’ between 1573 and 1579 under letters of temporary appointment from Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Chamberlain. He is called by various titles in Exchequer documents: ‘Clericus’, ‘magister sive clericus’, ‘Capitalis officiarius Revellorum’. TNA, AO3/2045, nos. 3, 4, 5, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 191, 115, 298–9, 442–3. No patent issued. He was granted the patent as Surveyor of the Works on 10 November 1586. TNA, C66/1273, m. 5, calendared in Draft of the Patent Rolls, 28–29 Elizabeth I, pt. 1, List and Index Society (Printed for Subscribers, 1991), vol. 242, p. 46. See also under Clerk of the Revels and Tents.

  5. 5. Edmund Tilney (d. 20 August? 1610). Patent granted 24 July 1579 ‘from Christmas last passed’. TNA, C66/1181, m. 8, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 55.

Clerk-Comptroller of the Revels and Tents

  1. 1. Richard Leys (d. before 30 September 1570). Patent granted 17 March 1551 after serving as deputy from 1 September 1550. TNA, C66/836, m. 5, calendared in CPR Edward VI, iv. 49, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 56-7.

  2. 2. Edward Buggyn. Patent granted 30 December 1570 after acting as deputy from as early as 1565. TNA, C66/1076, m. 12, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 58–9. Surrendered 9 October 1584.

  3. (p.294) 3. William Honing (d. by 1623). Patent granted 15 October 1584. TNA, C66/1249, mm. 44–5, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 60–2. Resigned by 25 June 1596. See also under Clerk of the Revels and Tents.

  4. 4. Edmund Packenham (d. by 1606). Patent granted 25 June 1596. TNA, C66/1411, mm. 35–6, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 63–5. MSC, ii, pt. 2. 334–6.

Clerk of the Revels and Tents

  1. 1. Thomas Phillips (d. by 1560). Patent granted 4 May 1546. TNA, C66/787, m. 16, calendared in LP Henry VIII, xxi. no. 970 (15), printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 66–7.

  2. 2. Thomas Blagrave. Patent granted 25 March 1560, after serving in the office as Cawarden’s assistant from as early as 1546 and as deputy to Phillips from as early as 1551. TNA, C66/962, m. 40, calendared in CPR Elizabeth, i. 468, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 68–9. See also under Master of the Revels.

  3. 3. There is no record of a Clerk appointed by patent after Blagrave’s death in 1590. William Honing, who may have performed the Clerk’s duties from as early as 1584, resigned his patent as Clerk-Comptroller in 1596, and returned to the office as Clerk in 1603. MSC, ii, pt. 2. 334–6. MSC, xiii. p. xii.

Yeoman of the Revels

  1. 1. John Holt (d. by 11 December 1571). Patent granted 1 July 1550. TNA, C66/830, m. 32, calendared in CPR Edward VI, iii. 311, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 70-1. By separate patent granted 14 October 1550 he was Yeoman of the Tents. TNA, C66/828, m. 12, calendared in CPR Edward VI, iii. 227–8.

  2. 2. John Arnold (d. before 29 January 1574). Patent granted 11 December 1571. TNA, C66/1090, m. 18, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 72–3.

  3. 3. Walter Fyshe (d. by 28 April 1586). Patent granted 29 January 1574. TNA, C66/1111, m. 22, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 73.

  4. 4. Edward Kirkham (d. by 1616). Patent granted 28 April 1586 after serving as deputy since 1581. TNA, C66/1271, m. 11, printed in Feuillerat, Elizabeth, 74.