Berkshire, Reading, 1413–14

Cofferers' Accounts of the Gild Merchant

BRO: R/FA2/1

single mb (29 September–29 September) (Expenses)

...Et in <......> Roberto Moris pro <....>ur<.> Empta pro <..> Mynstrallis x s. vj d....

  • Footnotes
    • <....>ur<.>: HMCR vestura
    • <..>:HMCR ij
  • Record Translation

    single mb (Expenses)

    ...And (they account) for 10s 6d to Robert Moris for clothing bought for two minstrels...

  • Endnote

    Slade lists 'Robert Morys' as mayor of the Gild Merchant in 1413–14, 1417–18, and 1425–6; a 'Robert Morys' serves again in 1432–3 and 1440–1 (Reading Gild Accounts, pt 2, pp 195–6). The latter Robert Morys subscribed 6s 8d to St Laurence's for the 'work of the church' in 1440 (Kerry, Municipal Church of St Lawrence, p 12). Whether this was the Moris of this entry is impossible to determine; the later man may be the son.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Cofferers' Accounts of the Gild Merchant
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: R/FA2/1
    Repository location: Reading

    The early surviving rolls in the 'Cofferers' Accounts' from 1413–14 to 1428–9 are badly faded, damaged, and in some cases fragmentary (see Slade, Reading Gild Accounts, pt 1, pp xi–xii). When they were read by Macray for the Historical Manuscripts Commission in 1888 ('Corporation of Reading,' pp 161–227), more of the writing on the rolls was legible than it is now. For this edition, all were read under ultraviolet light and Macray's readings are supplied where the MS is not now legible. Although the manuscripts are badly damaged, all evidence supports an accounting year of Michaelmas to Michaelmas.

    1413–14; Latin; parchment roll; 495mm x 270mm; written 1 side only; repaired, almost totally illegible.

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