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Parliamentary Report
(Vardon T. and May T.E. (eds.) Journal of the House of Commons, Vol 1 (1547 - 1628) London 1803 - p.55)
Concerning parliamentary privilege ... 1599

John Smith, returned burgess for Camelford in Cornwall, upon a declaration by Mr. Marshe that he had come to this house being outlawed, and also had deceived divers merchants in London, taking wares of them to the sum of three hundred pounds, minding to defraud them of the same under colour of privilege of this house, the examination whereof, committed to Sir John Mason and others of this house, was found and reported to be true ... Upon which matters consultation was had in the house, the question was asked by Mr. Speaker if he should have privilege of this house or not ... And upon the division of the house, the number that would have him not to have privilege was 107 persons and the number that would he should be privileged was 112 persons; and therefore ordered that he shall still continue a member of this house.

The adjacent image is of a D. M. Smythe (David Murray?) pictured at Clifton College, Bristol in 1924. He was a contemporary of (later Sir) Michael Redgrave, the celebrated actor. They are photographed together in the cast group for "She Stoops To Conquer" the school production for that year. Nothing is currently known about the family background of D. M. Smythe who would have been about eighteen years old at this time and therefore born in about 1906. There is a record of one D.M. Smythe who wrote "Madame de Pompadour, mistress of France" published in New York, 1953. Research is on-going.

Smith / Smyth/e asides ...

"'Twas self-defence m'Lud" ...

Middlesex: - Sessions Records, Indictments, Coroners' Inquests-Post-Mortem and Recognizances, vol. 1
Additional Baptisms. Middlesex Sessions' Rolls:-- Middlesex Alehouses temp. Edward 6th. County: Middlesex Country: England
12 Jan , 27 Elizabeth.-- Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, on view of the body of Richard Awdyence late of Woxbridge co. Midd. yoman, there lying dead: With Verdict that the said Richard Awdyence died immediately of a wound, given him in the fore-part of his body, by the sword of
Thomas Smythe one of the yomen of the Queen's Chamber, in a fray which they fought with one another, on the 11 Jan in the high-way of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, each of them fighting with sword and buckler; and that in this way Thomas Smythe feloniously killed and slew Richard Awdyence. G. D. R., 20 Jan , 27 Eliz.

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There is a Smythe internet site where it is suggested that Prince Albert, the Prince Consort, may have been the father of the Scotland born George Henderson Smyth who was originally a gardener at Balmoral Castle but later achieved some unaccounted-for wealth ... visit that site via the link.

According to a recently published book by A.N. Wilson - Irishman, Sir John Conroy, who was secretary to Queen Victoria's mother, may well have been the natural father of Queen Victoria. Nearly all the crowned heads of Europe, including the Kaiser and the Czarina and the Windsors, were descendants of Queen Victoria ... find out more via the link. This prompted writer and family historian, David Smyth in America to offer this amiable Irish view - his "Conroy Theory of History" - Question - Why were there so many wars in the 19th and 20th centuries? Answer - The Conroys were fighting each other.

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Celebrated Smyth/es and the streets of London ... with an insult or two to boot

Middlesex: - Rolls, Books and Certificates, Indictments, Recognizances, Coroners' Inquisitions-Post-Mortem, Orders, Memoranda and Certificates, 1667-1688, vol. 4
Middlesex Sessions' Files, Rolls, Bundles & Books:--
Further Particulars Taken from Gaol Delivery Books Temp. Charles 2nd. County: Middlesex Country: England
13 Apr , 1 James 2nd.--True Bill that, at Stepney, co. Midd. on the said day, John Maynard late of the said parish yeoman, intending to bring
Sir William Smyth bart. and J.P. for Middlesex into infamy and odium &c. maliciously and scandalously in the presence and hearing of divers of the said King's lieges and subjects spoke these words in a loud voice, to wit, "I wish they was hangd that was the occasion of Paveing" i.e. paving a certain highway within the said parish. John Maynard confessed the indictment: but the bill bears no clerical minute touching his punishment. S. P. R., 02 Jun , 1 James 2nd.

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Middlesex: - Rolls, Books and Certificates, Indictments, Recognizances, Coroners' Inquisitions-Post-Mortem, Orders, Memoranda and Certificates, 1667-1688, vol. 4
Middlesex Sessions' Files, Rolls, Bundles & Books:--
Further Particulars Taken from Gaol Delivery Books Temp. Charles 2nd. County: Middlesex Country: England
01 May , 1 James 2nd.--True Bill that, at Whitechappell co. Midd. on the said day, John Noades late of the said parish yeoman, and then one of the headboroughs of the same parish, designing to disturb the King's peace, and to render
Sir William Smyth bart. and J.P. for Middlesex hateful and infamous not only to the said King's lieges and subjects inhabiting the said parish, but to all the lieges and subjects of the Lord the King, and also to all persons who then knew and in future time should come to know him, in a loud voice and in the presence and hearing of divers of the said king's lieges and subjects maliciously, scandalously, contemptuously and advisedly spoke these words, to wit, "I care not a turd for Sir William Smyth." On 13 Jun 1685 , John Noades confessed the indictment, and was fined 13s. 4d., which he paid to the Sheriff in Court. S. P. R., 02 Jun , 1 James 2nd.

It seems the roads theme continued in the family ...

Middlesex: - Calendar Sessions Books, 1689-1709
Additional Baptisms.   Sessions Books.   Sessions Book 491-- December, 1691. County: Middlesex Country: England
Order on the report of * Andrew Lawrence and
Thomas Smyth, two Justices instructed to view the way from Hockley Hole to Leather Lane. The Court directs that "the street leading from the north end of Hatton Garden to the farrier's shop towards Hockley in the Hole, and from thence upwards towards Leather Lane end, be well repaired and amended with gravel by the surveyor of the highways" of the parish at the cost of the inhabitants; and that "the way from the farrier's shop leading up the hill on the north side to Leather Lane, containing 120 feet in length and 16 feet in breadth, be forthwith paved with stone by the inhabitants and owners of the houses next adjoining the street."

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Middlesex: - Calendar Sessions Books, 1689-1709
Additional Baptisms. Sessions Books. -  Sessions Book 499--August & September, 1692. County: Middlesex Country: England
The petition of the surveyors of the highways of the parish of St. Pancras (names not recorded) for an order to the inhabitants to raise the sum of 70 and upwards, due to them for the repair of the highways, was referred to one of the Justices,
Sir James Smyth, to make the requisite order, or to report to the next Court of Quarter Sessions ...

* Lawrence family of Ashton Hall, Lancashire? If so, it is significant to see this linking in 1692 - qv Medieval Smyth page via the Smythe Index.

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