Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Margaret Brayne vs the Burbages: John Hyde deposes


John Hyde deposes in Margaret Brayne's suit against James and Cuthbert Burbage. His testimony provides evidence of the financial transactions between the Theatre owners, and of events following John Brayne's death. Hyde affirms that Burbage and Brayne mortgaged the Theatre and related property to him for £125, and that they forfeited it to him for many years, though he did not take possession of the property. Hyde does not remember Margaret Brayne having offered to pay him the remainder of the money owed to him in exchange for the lease, but notes that he would have preferred to make the lease over to her than to the Burbages. He does not remember that she promised to allow Burbage a moiety. Burbage came to him on several occasions and requested that, once the debt was repaid, the property should be conveyed to Cuthbert Burbage. Hyde was loath do this, but capitulated under the combined pressure of Burbage's demands and a letter from Cuthbert's master, Walter Cope. He remembers asking the Burbages to do Margaret Brayne no wrong. The Burbage's promised that she would have her due share in the profits.

Date Event Recorded

From: 12 February 1592 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: September 1579 To: 1589 (Source of claim: transcription)




Name Role
Cope, Walter Lord Treasurer's gentleman
Burbage, James defendant
Burbage, Cuthbert defendant
Hyde, John deponent
Brayne, Margaret plaintiff
Brayne, John playhouse financier

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business