NameBarnard LAYDMAN, 10953, G1174
Birthca 1580
Deathbef 1673
Deathaft 1620
FatherAnthony LAIDMAN , 10975, F (ca1530-)
Misc. Notes
THIRSKE, Quarter Sessions at, 26 April 1609.
Rich. Carter, Will. Hawnby, Barnard Laidman, Symon Morton, Will. Bainbrige, Anth. Denam, Chr. Whitell, Reynarde Morton, Will. Brunskell, James Wastell, Chr. Aulderson, all of Bowes, for playing at football on the Sabaoth daie.
(The North Riding Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents Relating to the North Riding of the County of York., edited by The Rev. J. C. Atkinson., London, 1884, volume 1, Quarter Sessions Records, page 151)

The football that Barnard played was likely very different from the game we know today. Philip Stubbes vented his wrath against it in his Anatomie of Abuses (1583):

Any exercise, which withdraweth vs
from godlinesse, eyther vpon the Sabboth day, or
any other day els, is wicked & to be forbidden.
Now, who is so grosly blind, that seeth not, that
these aforesaid exercises not only withdraw vs
from godlines and vertue but also hale and allure
vs to wickednes and sin: for as concerning Foote-
ball playing, I protest vnto you, it may rather bee
called a friendly kind of fight, then a play or rec-
reation. A bloudy and murthering practise, then
a fellowly sport or pastime. For, doth not euery
one ly in wayt for his aduersary, seeking to ouer-
throw him, and to picke him on his nose, though
it be vpon hard stones, in ditch or dale, in valley
or hole, or what place soeuer it be, he careth not,
so hee may haue him downe. And he that can
serue the most of this fashion he is counted the
only fellow, & who but he? So that by this
means, sometimes their necks are broken, some-
tymes their backes, sometimes their legs, some-
tymes their armes, somtime one part thrust out of
ioint, sometime another sometimes their noses
gush out with blood, sometimes their eyes start
out of their heads, & sometimes hurt in one
place, somtimes in another. but who so euer
scapeth away the best, goeth not scotfree, but is
either sore crushed and bruised, so as he dyeth of
it, or els scapeth very hardly: And no maruel, for
they have sleights to meet one betwixt two, to
dash him against the heart with their elbowes, to
hit him vnder the short ribbes with their griped
fists, and with their knees to catch him vpon the
hip, and to picke him on his necke, with an hun-
dred such murdering deuises: and hereof groweth
enuy, malice, rancour, chollour, hatred displeas-
ur, enmity, and what not els? // And sometimes
fighting, brawling, contention, quarrel picking,
murther, homicide, and great effusion of bloud,
as experience dayly teacheth. Is this murthering
play now an exercise for the Sabboth day? Is this
a Christian dealing, for one brother to maime
and hurt another, and that vpon prepensed mal-
ice, or set purpose? Is this to doe to another, as
we would wish another to doe to vs. God make
vs more carefull ouer the bodies of our brethren.

”I now [September 2002] wonder whether Barnard who you found in the Assizes playing football may moved to London after 1615 and settled there. Because there is no burial for him at Bowes we had assumed that he died there during the gap in Bowes Parish Registers but the only mention of him in Bowes Parish Registers is in 1615 when a child of his was buried (H1620) and another child, Jane (H1179) was bap and nothing after that, so I am now thinking that he may have moved to London and it was all his descendants that are found in London.”
ChildrenRoger , 11023, I2022 (ca1605-<1657)
 UNNAMED , 10956, H1620 (ca1610-1615)
 Jane , 10957, H1179 (ca1615-)
 Leonard , 2696, I1630 (ca1630-1724)
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