August 1491

Henceforth, for evermore, those who are the children of burgesses and were born in Yarmouth shall be sworn to the liberties of the town when they reach the age of 20 years. Hereafter, he who refuses to be sworn shall forfeit 10s. each year after he has reached the said age, for as long as he remains unsworn, to be levied to the use and profit of the community.

[It was probably too well understood to need specifying that males alone were being referred to in this ordinance.]