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Cum Grano Salis  •  Link

Why named by Peeps is of Interest. The Common Cryer was an elected Official that gave announcements on behalf of the Man in Charge, was a low totem pole position that was in the lime light when it came to making announcements of Common purpose, then acting as mouth piece or Spokes person without mike.
1660 one position:
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and Wm. Jessop, Esquire, Clerk of the Commons House of Parliament, with the Rolls of such Names of the Commons, as were returned to serve in this present Parliament; his Lordship gave the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance to several Members of the House, (now called by a Cryer) whom he had by his Commission, or Warrant, bearing Date this Day, deputed to administer the same to other Members in his Absence; the Clerk of the Commons House writing down the Names of those to whom the Oaths were so administered; and each Person, so written down, answering to his Name as he was called; the Clerk of the Commons also reading, in the first Place, publickly, the Oath of Supremacy, and, afterwards, the Oath of Allegiance by Parts; and each Member repeating the same.

An inferior officer who when needed was at the Elbow of the Lord Mayor
another job: Charles I
Before the Mayor went the swordbearer in his cap of honour, the sword, in a sheath set with pearls, in his right hand;

while on his left came the common cryer,

with the great gilt club and a mace on his shoulder. The Mayor wore a long scarlet gown, with black velvet hood and rich gold collar about his neck; and with him rode that fallen dignitary, the ex-Mayor. Then followed all the aldermen, in scarlet gowns and black velvet tippets, those that had been mayors wearing gold chains. The two sheriffs came last of all, in scarlet gowns and gold chains. About one thousand persons sat down to dinner at Guildhall--a feast which cost the Mayor and the two sheriffs £400, whereof the Mayor disbursed £200. Immediately after dinner they went to evening prayer at St. Paul's, the poor men aforementioned carrying torches and targets. The dinner still continues to be eaten, but the service at St. Paul's, as interfering with digestion, was abandoned after the Great Fire. In the evening farewell speeches were made to the Lord Mayor by allegorical personages, and painted posts were set up at his door.


The Schedule referred to in the above Charter.; Fees to be taken by the Outroper or Common Cryer.
For selling of all [sorts of] goods, one farthing in the shilling. For writing and keeping the books, one penny in the pound. To the cryer for crying the goods, one shilling.
Fees to be taken by the Register for Brokers.

For the bond to be entered into by every broker, brogger and huckster, to the chamber eight pence. For every bargain, contract and pawn, for or upon which there shall be lent or given one shilling, or above, and under five shillings, one farthing.

For every the like, for which shall be lent five shillings or more, and under twenty shillings, one halfpenny.

For every the like, on which shall be lent twenty shillings or more, and under forty shillings, one penny.

For every the like, on which shall be lent forty shillings or more, two pence.
No. XLV. First Charter of King Charles I. [See p. 162.]


Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Among the High Officers of the City of London are three Esquires at the Mansion House: The City Marshall, the Sword Bearer and the Mace Bearer (who is properly called 'the Common Cryer and Sergeant-at-Arms'); these officers run the Lord Mayor's official residence, the office, and accompany him on all occasions (usually senior military officers with diplomatic experience).

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