BISLEY Contribution to the Surrey Musters
In Tudor times the Lord Lieutenant was nominally head of the county militia though usually he delegated his responsibilities to the Deputy Lieutenant, who made sure that the parish constables raised the required local levy. Able-bodied men between 16 and 60 were liable for service. The community was divided into ten classes ranging from those who were required to keep a coat of armour, a helmet and a longbow, to those who had to provide as many as 16 horses, 80 suits of light armour, 40 pikes, and 30 longbows.
Trained Bands were established. This term does not necessarily mean that the force was trained but only that it was liable for training. Many units acquired a bad reputation for discipline and application.
General musters - formal inspections of county forces - were held at least every three years and more frequently in disturbed times.
Musters, which were also largely social occasions, were held over two days with an interval between each day so that defects found on the first day could be remedied by the second.
JANUARY 27th 1583, AT CHOBHAM
|Pikemen selected|| Bill men of the second sorte|
| ||Robert Cobbett jnr|| ||Robert Cobbett|
|Thomas Underwood||John Farnam|
|Bill men selected||John Hone|
|Rychard Fellowe||John Cobbett|
|Thomas Cowper||William Gyles|
|William Hone||John Shorter|
|Bill men of the Beste sorte||+.||Thomas Edwards|
|Henry Byrchatt||+.||Laurence Heather|
|John Symondes||William Russell|
|Ambrose Hamsheire||+.||John Goringe|
|Robert Gyles||+.||Edward Attfeild|
|Archers selected||Thomas Feild|
|John Thoon the elder|| ||b|| ||John Thonn jnr|| ||q|
|Thomas Feeld||b||Heugh Lockwood||q|
|Mathewe Snelling||b||Robartt Symon||c|
|John Mabunck||b||John Theettcher||p|
|John Castill||c||John Peenn|m b
|Thomas Burchett||c||John Cobott||b|
|Thomas Sponge||m||John Rumsseye||c:t|
|Wyllyam Banister||b||Edward Wynche||c|
|Hennri Cobbott||q||Georg Shorter||p|
|Rychard Cobbott||q||Thomas Come||p|