Viewing Event Record: Thomas Howard, earl of Suffolk, erroneously reports the death of Edward Alleyn


In a letter to Viscount Rochester, Thomas Howard reports that 'Alleyn that had the office of the bears' has passed away, and that the vacant position should be filled by one Tom Badger. Since Alleyn does not die until 1626 and the letter dates from 1612, Howard appears to have been misinformed.

Date Event Recorded

From: 3 September 1612 (Source of claim: transcription)

Date Event Happened

From: by 3 September 1612 (Source of claim: externally supplied)


Bear Garden


Name Event Role(s) Document Role(s)
Alleyn, Edward Master of the Bear Garden (defunct) deceased
Howard, Thomas correspondent
Kerr, Robert correspondent
Badger, Tom mastiff breeder

Event Type

  • beargarden business
  • beargarden context
  • death