'Admissions to the Freedom of York: 21-45 Elizabeth I (1578-1603)', Register of the Freemen of the City of York: Vol. 2: 1559-1759 (1900), pp. 21-48. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=50499
26 ELIZ., ANDR, TREWE, MAJORE. ROB. HARRYSON, JOH. RACE, MARCHS., RAD. HARTE, MERC., THO. ASQUYTH, DRAP., WILL. RICHARDSON, PEWT., JAC. MUDD, BOCHER, CAMERARIIS
 Edwardus Laydman
, porter, fil. Guidonis Laydman, glover
Tradesmen of York (1559-1759)
No man or woman could trade in the city of York without having obtained 'freedom' of the city. Their names were recorded on the 'Freemen's Roll', or Register of the Freemen of the City of York, which contains about 16,600 names for this period. A list of names was prepared for each year. Each annual list starts with the name of the mayor and the camerarii or chamberlains. The chamberlains were freemen charged with the duty of receiving the fees of the new freemen; of seeing that only freemen traded in the city; and of preparing this roll, which was compiled from the names on their own account books from the receipts for the fees. There are three groups of freemen: those who obtained freedom after serving out an apprenticeship to a freeman; the children of freemen (per patres); and a handful who claimed freedom by 'redemption', i. e. by purchase or gift from the Mayor and Court of Aldermen.