Sir George Wakeman, the queen's physician, was accused of purposing to poison the king, and the queen was named as being concerned in the plot.
Sir Philip Lloyd proved Oates to have perjured himself in open court, and Wakeman was acquitted.
The custom of blowing the wakeman's horn every night at nine o'clock is said to have originated about A.D.
From before the Conquest until the incorporation charter of 1604 Ripon was governed by a wakeman and 12 elders, or aldermen, but in 1604 the title of wakeman was changed to mayor, and 12 aldermen and 24 common councilmen were appointed.
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