Bernard Livard’s name
appears on an indictment drawn up on 3 March
1573. An indictment is a legal document setting
out the case against those listed. In this case
it is a group of tailors who have broken employment
Bernard Livard, is the fifth
name on a list of six, all living in High Holborn.
His name is followed by the word ‘alienus’,
alien, foreigner, showing that he was an immigrant.
The tailors are accused of working for themselves
in their own houses, rather than for a master
tailor. Many French tailors settled in England
during the Elizabethan period. Some probably
came here for economic reasons.