File 27. - Memorandum Book of [?Samuel Owsley] of the town of Brecon, continued after Oct. 1709 in another hand

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Memorandum Book of [?Samuel Owsley] of the town of Brecon, continued after Oct. 1709 in another hand


  • 1679-1768. (Creation)

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Memorandum Book of [?Samuel Owsley] of the town of Brecon, continued after Oct. 1709 in another hand, possibly that of William Owsley. One half of the vol. contains accounts, 1679-1768, mainly of various taxes and rents paid by the writers in the borough of Brecon ('sheepstreet' ward and 'Cantreff' ?ward or parish), the other half contains memoranda, 1683-1768, recording miscellaneous items of interest in the history of co. Brec., such as the election of members of parliament for the borough and county; the election of officers of the borough, such as common councilmen, town clerk, bailiff, and recorder; a list of members and officials of the first common council under the charter granted by James II; marriages and deaths of officers of the borough and of other persons, possibly burgesses of the borough; the visit of a company of actors to the town, Dec. 1699-Jan. 1700 etc. Other items in the vol. include a list of the names of the sheriffs for co. Brec., 1540-1768, of the bailiffs and aldermen for the borough, 1556-1768, and of the mayors of the borough, 1687-1705; an assessment upon the inhabitants of Cantref parish and township towards the payment of an aid for carrying on the war against France, 1692; a survey of 'sheepstreet ward', 1709; and copies of letters from [ ? ] of Abergavenny to a Mr Cogan, 4 June-12 Aug. 1662, relating to the cloth trade. The plays performed by the company of actors [with the names of the authors, and recent auspice and date supplied by Sister Bonaventure Kelleher of Brecon, April 2007], are 'The Spanish Friar, or The Double Discovery', [John Dryden, Duke's, 1680], 'Love for Love (Comedy)', [William Congreve, L.I.F., 1695], 'The Orphan, of The Unhappy Marriage (Tragedy)', [Thomas Otway, Duke's, 1680], 'Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave', [Thomas Southerne, Patent, 1695], 'The Committee (Comedy)', [Robert Howard, King's, 1662], 'The Fatal Marriage, or The Innocent Adultery (Tragedy)', [Thomas Southerne, United, 1694], 'The Country Wake (Comedy)', [Thomas Doggett, L.I.F., 1696], 'Sophonisba, or Hannibal's Overthrow (Tragedy)', [Nathaniel Lee, King's, 1675], 'The Provoked Wife', [John Vanbrugh, L.I.F., 1697], 'The Unhappy Favourite, or The Earl of Essex (Tragedy)', [John Banks, King's, 1681], 'The Soldier's Fortune', [Thomas Otway, Duke's, 1680], 'Aesop 1 or 2?', [John Vanbrugh, Patent, 1696/7], and 'The Mourning Bride (Tragedy)', [William Congreve, L.I.F., 1697].

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Preferred citation: 27.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: 27.