Sir Banger

In 1527 yeoman John Mathew assaulted and killed “a certain priest vulgarly called Sir Banger.” Yes, the whole point of this post is to point out that a 16th-c priest was nicknamed Sir Banger.

Mathew revealed this homicide when he took sanctuary later that year at a London church, All Saints Bread Street. He also confessed to assaulting and robbing the wife of Robert Sampson the year before at St. Giles without Cripplegate, another London parish.

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Mathew abjured the realm and was supposed to leave the kingdom through the port of Dover. A year later, though, he was back in court. He acknowledged that he was back in the realm despite his abjuration, but was able to produce a royal pardon that made it all go away.

The court thus dismissed his case and he walked. No justice, then, for poor Sir Banger.

TNA, KB 9/506/1, m. 115-16; KB 27/1067, rex m. 4. Top image source

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