I'm transcribing/translating a 16th century document relating to my ancestors, but struggling with a few words. One in particular is proving difficult - the contracted last word on the 1st line of the supplied text. I can see sh and 3 minims, possible 'a' indicated on the 's'. Not sure what the word could be expanded to - possibly an occupation and possibly in the plural as there is a Thomas Norgate (not shown) as well as John. Any ideas would be much appreciated.
Thanks for your interesting question.
I think the key is the sequence ..ptonesh.. which suggests Northamptonshire to me.
et Joh.is Norgate de Naptoneshir
If that doesn't seem likely, Du CANGE, Charles du Fresne, 1610-1806 Glossarium mediae et infimae latinitatis (in 10 vols) is on line through ARCHIVE. I checked vol six p.247 for occupations beginning SH and found
Shawaldres ( Gallic chevaliers)
The text could be an abbreviation 'Shw' Would that fit? Sing. or plural. Not quite an occupation. The page refers you to SCH also::: archive.org/details/glossariummediae06duca/page/n117 which offers other possible occupations.