|Cookbook by Hannah Woolley, 1672|
Gifts of marchpane given to Queen Elizabeth I at New Years celebrations;
By George Webster, Master Cook, a marchpanne, being a chess boarde.
By Richarde Hickes, Yeomen of the Chamber, a very faire marchepane made like a tower, with men and sundry artillery in it.
By John Revell, Surveiour of the Workes, a marchpane, with the modell of Powle's churches and steeples in past.
By John Smithson, a feyer marchpan.
By John Smythesone, alias Taylor, Master Cooke, a fayre march pane with a cattell in myddes.
By John Smithson, Master Cooke, one faire marchpayne, with St. George in the middest.
|John Smythson, Master Cook, 1568|
In 1562 John leased directly from Queen Elizabeth significant property in Westminster, which had previously been leased to his mother for life, who had died that year. The lease was to be for twenty-one years and included Vyne Garden, which contained a vineyard, as well as a meadow and close called Kechenors and Bergeons, Ostrey Garden and a close called Mylbancke which was situation within the grounds of St Peter's Abbey in Westminster
In 1572 John Smythson received a grant of arms; an indication of his ascension at court, which meant that he was held in high regard by the queen and therefore was able to obtain a number of properties and lands, which he could then pass on to his daughter.
John Smythson continued to acquire property throughout his life; in 1573 he purchased ten acres of wood in Kidbrook in Kent, the lease of the church and it's lands of Worlaby in Lincolnshire, and the manor of Hide in Herefordshire along with lands in Hidehill, Aldon and Wintercote. In 1575 he acquired four acres of land in Eltham and Bexley. In 1582 John bought one third of a cottage and land in Eltham.
John and Elizabeth Smythson had a daughter Elizabeth, who married Hugh Miller and had a son called Smythson and a daughter called Susan. A witness to John's Will in 1588 was Ambrosio Lupo, a prominent court musician - for more on this individual see my blog post on the Lupo musicians. John Smythson was buried in Eltham parish church in July 1590, where his wife joined him three years later.
King Henry VIII - John Brickett, who was pensioned off after King Henry's death in 1547 after serving
him for many years
King Edward VI - Richard Curry, who had been Edward's cook when he was a child, served until his death.
George Webster, employed in Edward's kitchens after the death of his previous
employer the Duke of Richmond in 1536.
Queen Mary I - Thomas Burrage, who had served King Henry since the 1530's and had been in
Mary's service from 1547.
Queen Elizabeth I - Francis Piggott was given the position of Master Cook upon her accession; his
father had been a yeoman cook to Princess Mary in the 1520's and by 1534 was
her Master Cook.