• Clothing given by the Queen to her ladies-in-waiting (1560)

    A warrant describing clothing given out of the Queen's wardrobe to her ladies in waiting.

    The warrant was originally ranscribed by Joseph Ingram, linnen-draper, in Cheapside, in The Gentleman's and London Magazine: Or Monthly Chronologer, 1741-1794 (January, 1754)

    Modern English (post-1500)
    Published in 1560
    Renaissance Clothing and Textile Terms
    1500 AD - 1599 AD


Elizabeth, by the grace of God quene of Englande, France, and Irelande, defendor of the faith, etc. To all and singular to whome theise shall come, greating, knowe ye, that our trustie and welbeloved servants, John Reynor and Ralph Hope, yeomen of our guarderobe of roobes, hath delyverid by our commandemt oute of their custodye and charge, att divers and sundry tymes, all suche pcell of stuff by us gevon to sundry psons whose names ensue as more playnelye hereafter doth appere, that is to saye first--

Item, Gevon to the lady Cobham, oone loose gowne of black sattin rased allong, and with a garde of blak vellat, styched, byas cutt, and ravelid, and edgid, with a frenge, lyned with sarceonett and fustian, and oone round kyrtle of blak wrought vellat, edged with a frenge, and lyned with serceonett, and also one petycoate of crimson vellat with a styched garde, lyned with cotton and fustian.

Given to: Lady Cobham

Item, Gevon to the lady Carrew, one Frenche kyrtle of purple wrought vellat; with a satten grounde, lyned with taphata.

Given to: Lady Carew

Item, Taken by the said John Reynor and Ralf Hoope, oone night gowne past our wearing, of blak vellat, weltid with a midhank welte of vellat, styched with silk, furred with callabar, and edged with luzerne.

Item, Gevon to Katheryn Cary, oone gowne of russet satten, weltid downeright with blak vellat, with ruffs of russett taphata round, all about.

Given to: Katherine Carey

Item, Gevon to Dorothy Brodebelte oone open gowne of russett wrought vellat, the grounde satten, with brode welts whiped over with a satten-wrethe, edgid with a frenge, and lyned with sarceonett, and faced with pynked taphata, and oone petycoate of vellat stryped with golde, the skirts lyned with pyrple sarceonett.

Given to: Dorothy Broadbelt

Item, Gevon to Elizabeth Sands, oone open gowne of prented satten, garded with vellat, and lyned with taphata; and oone Spanish gowne of unshorne vellat, ruffed with taphata, sett with buttons and lowpes, lyned with taphata.

Given to: Elizabeth Sands

Item, Gevon to Elizabeth Sim, oone gowne of black pinked vellat, borderid about with thre swelling welts cutt and ravled, lyned with taphata, and edgid with a frenge.

Given to: Elizabeth Sim

Item, Gevon to a Tartarian woman one loose gowne of blak taphata, weltid byas with blak vellat, on either side of the welt a purled lase of silk, lyned with taphata; oone Frenche kyrtle of russett satten, lyned with russett taphata; oone loose gowne of blak taphata, with a brode garde of vellat, layed on with whiped lase and Brussells work lase, lyned with blak taphata; and one Frenche kyrtle of blak sattin, weltid with vellat, and lyned with taphata.

Given to: Hyppolita the Tartarian

Item, Delyverd to Katheryn Ashteley by her to be employed in panying of cushions, oone French gowne of purple vellat, lyned with purple taphata, with a peire of wide sleves to the same.

Given to: Katherine Ashley

Item, Taken by the said John Raynor and Rauf Hoope, one night gowne past our wearing, of blak satten, with two gards of vellat, with a frenge lase layed upon the edge of the gard, furred with lybards, and faced with luzerne.

All which stuff, and every part and pcell thereof, we do knowledge to have been delyvird since the last of January, anno secondo regni mihi, in manner and fourme abovesaid, by the said John Raynor and Rauf Hoope, and thereof do acquet and discharge the said John and Raef, their heres, executors, and administrators, by theise psents, against us our heires and successors.

Goven under our signett att our mannor at Grenewiche, the 16 May, the thirde yere of our reigne, 1560.