Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Margaret Brayne vs the Burbages: Henry Bett deposes


Henry Bett, James Burbage's lawyer, deposes in Margaret Burbage's suit against James and Cuthbert Burbage. His testimony provides details of the building of the Theatre, its lease, and John Brayne's financial dealings with John Hyde. Bett, who as a scrivener had access to Burbage's accounts, affirms that Burbage spent more than £220 on improvements to the Theatre and adjoining properties, and that John Brayne paid no part of this sum. He affirms that Brayne received at least £135 1s in profit from the Theatre, as acknowledged by a receipt in Brayne's own hand. Bett says that there was an arbitrament between Brayne and Burbage in writing, but the neither Brayne nor his widow have abided by it. Bett affirms that James Burbage did mortgage and default the Theatre to John Hyde. Hyde and his father-in-law George Cloughe then tried to collect the earnings from the Theatre, but were disappointed by the low profits, and after failing to evict the Burbages from the Theatre, they agreed to sell the lease to Cuthbert Burbage. They only made the sale, however, because of the intervention of Walter Cope.

Date Event Recorded

From: 30 September 1591 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 1576 To: 1589 (Source of claim: transcription)




Name Role
Cope, Walter Lord Treasurer's gentleman
Jones, Henry court officer
Burbage, James defendant
Burbage, Cuthbert defendant
Bett, Henry deponent
Clough, George father-in-law
Hyde, John mortgage holder
Brayne, Margaret plaintiff
Brayne, John playhouse financier

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Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business