Berkshire, Reading, 1421–2

Cofferers' Accounts of the Gild Merchant

BRO: R/FA2/11

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


...Et pro librata Communis fistulatoris & seruiencium suorum x s.... Et in donatis lusoribus de Syndelesham xx d.... Et in datis lusoribus Sunnyngges per manus Roberti Morys xvj d.


  • Record Translation

    single mb (Expenses)


    ...And for the livery of the piper of the commonalty and his servants, 10s ... And in gifts to the players of Sindlesham, 20d ... And given to the players of Sonning by Robert Morys, 16d...


  • Glossed Terms
    • librata, -e n f librata, -e n f livery; var of liberata [DML liberare]
  • Endnote

    Morys had been mayor of the Gild Merchant in 1420–1 (Slade, Reading Gild Accounts, pt 2, p 195).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Cofferers' Accounts of the Gild Merchant
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: R/FA2/11
    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. Although the manuscripts are badly damaged, all evidence supports an accounting year of Michaelmas to Michaelmas.

    1421–2; Latin; parchment roll; 670mm x 270mm; written 1 side only; repaired.

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