I thought that those interested in your early links would like the following. I relates to a farm lease which was witnessed by Edward Albrighton. Edward was a servant of Richard Leveson. Edward however appears to have potentially a high ranking servant. Why? Well for him to have been involved in this legal document and sign it, suggests a level of responsibility. Additionally later when Edward died he left a will. I still have to view this.
For the record, Richard Leveson was serving as a volunteer under Sir. Francis Drake on the Ark Royal in 1588, taking part in the defeat of the Spanish Armada. In 1596 he was knighted by Elizabeth I after taking part in the expedition in which his father-in-law, Lord Howard, attacked and laid seige to Cadiz for two weeks, and in 1603 he was given the title 'Vice Admiral of the Fleet' for life. The same year he was sent to Madrid as a member of the delegation which concluded the peace between England and Spain.
LILLESHALL COLLECTION Section PROPERTY Sub Section Farm leases and other manorial transactions Series Sheriffhales Sub Series Burlaughton Level Item DocumentRef 972/Fiche 162-162 DocumentRef 972/2/1/205 Date 3 Nov 1593 Title Counterpart lease Description Dated: 3 Nov 35 Eliz Parties: 1 Richard Leveson of Shereffe Hales, esquire, and Margaret Leveson, his wife, and 2 William Harvie of Burlaton, husbandman, Ellyn Sherman of Newport, spinster, and Thomas Draper alias Harvie of Burlaughton, husbandman Description: Two cottages with land in Burlaughton in William's occupation Term: 80 years or lives Rent: 5s, two capons at Christmas, two hens at Easter, two best beasts or £3 for two heriots Duties and covenants: Suit of court and mill. Ellyn and Thomas to indemnify lessors against claims of the Earl of Shrewsbury for stick hens and all other customary duties. Duty to accompany the lord in the Sovereign's wars, either in person or by sending an able man to serve as the lord's footman. Witness: Edward Albrighton