Sorry it has been this long since the last post. I guess I just didn’t have too much to report. I’ve been looking into Mabbott’s property a bit more. It would seem he moved up the social scale quite a bit. Frances Henderson thinks he was the son of a cordwainer. I think Williams says he was the son of a cobbler. Either way, he seems to have become definite landed gentry. I don’t have anything I’m ready to report on yet, but I’m finding some interesting material.
I was reading Peter McCullough’s article, “Print, Publication, and Religious Politics in Caroline England” and he makes a really interesting point. We can find some of the patrons of various clerics by finding out who stood surety for their First Fruits. I think I even saw a calendar of First Fruits and Tenths on google books the other day. As McCullough points out, there were a lot of printers.
I was surprised to discover how deep the ties between the Mabbott and Clarke families ran. In a published version of his will, George Clarke (Sir William’s son) left a fair amount of property to Mabbott’s grandson (also Gilbert) as well as to a few other Mabbotts I don’t recognize. Anyway, that’s all for now.