Penelope Lovesy 22/08/2020 00:58:16
Extract of a letter from the Corporation, John Rogers Mayor, to Lord Burghley, Lord High Treasurer to Elizabeth I.
... “be advised that there arrived lately a merchant of the town of Lisbon who reported that there is a very great fleet and army being prepared by the King of Spain. Where it is going we do not know but he said that the talk among the soldiers is that it is for the sack of London. Therefore we thought it our duty to tell you”...Poole 28th January 1583
Please note that the Armada did not actually sail until 1588 so this was a false alarm.
Poole Corporation Order Book 1566-1701. Dorset History Centre
Image: Philip II of Spain