Sir Richard Paulet's Household Accounts

Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO: 44M69/E4/28

f [11v] (Freefolk and Farleigh Wallop, Hampashire; January)

. . .

paid 5 daye to two companyes of wassailers that came from Southington ij s.
Paid 6 day to Boyes & Minstrills ij s. iiij d.
Paid geven to the fuler xij d.
Paid 7 daye at ffarlye to my lady for a pooreman whose house was burnt about Egham xij d. to the musicons there ij s. for horsmeate at Crouches xij d. & S. to the horsman 2 d. iiij s. ij d.


f [12]


Paid 13 daye geven to 2 minstrells that came from kingsclere to whitchurch vj d.


f [14v] (May)

Paid by my owne handes & Richard Sambornes at London &c. betwene xi Maye & 24 Maye 1612 videlicet to ye pore vpon the waye ij d. to B barber vj d. To megmore & for that taughther iij s. at poules Sermon vj d. geven at Crondall iij s. vij s. ij d.
& to Musicons xij d.


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  • Endnote

    The Paulet family was resident at Freefolk.

    In the entry concerning payments on 7 January at ffarleye (Farleigh Wallop), the final item reads '& S. to the horsman 2d. – iiij s. ij d.' (f [11v]). The capital 'S' may simply be the abbreviation for shillings, mistakenly written here and not deleted. It may, however, be an abbreviation for 'Samborne,' that is, James Samborne, who is frequently paid elsewhere in these accounts for acting on Paulet's behalf. At the top of f [3] Paulet uses 'S' for 'Son' in 'my S Iervois' – his adopted son, Thomas Jervois – but Samborne seems more likely to have been making this payment to the horseman.

    The entry for the musicians on f [14v] seems to be squeezed into the bottom of the bracket that surrounds the other entries, with a horizontal line running through the middle of the entry that goes to the 'xij d.' at the right margin, but also connects to the bottom of the bracket. It seems more likely to be a late addition than a cross- out. The amounts for gifts add up to the 7s 2d in the right margin without the 12d to the musicians, so the payment to musicians should be treated as a separate entry rather than part of the bracketed gifts. Richard Samborne may be a son or brother of James Samborne, who was Thomas Jervoise's tutor and steward to Richard Paulet. 'poules Sermon' refers to a sermon given at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, likely at Paul’s Cross in the cathedral churchyard, which was a regular site for sermons. In his ‘Parliamentary Diary’ Paulet often mentions going to hear sermons at Paul’s Cross.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Sir Richard Paulet's Household Accounts
    Repository: Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO
    Shelfmark: 44M69/E4/28
    Repository location: Winchester

    Sir Richard Paulet (c 1558–1614) was the grandnephew of William Paulet (1474/5?–1572), first marquess of Winchester and longtime lord treasurer under three Tudor monarchs. Richard Paulet inherited estates at Herriard, south of Basingstoke, and Freefolk, near Whitchurch. He served multiple times as sheriff of Hampshire and in parliament for Whitchurch. For further details see the section on Hampshire families in Historical Background.

    The hand on the front cover is different from that in the accounts themselves, and the name Jervoise may appear because Richard Paulet died in 1614 and the accounts may have been completed by or for his ward and heir, Thomas Jervoise. Payments and receipts were compiled monthly, with occasional indications of specific dates.

    1610–14; English; paper; 178 leaves; 145mm x 96mm; mostly unnumbered, though page numbers appear irregularly and do not correctly represent either foliation or pagination (editorial foliation supplied from the payments' end at the back, based on the writing on the cover, with the leaf headed 'A note of all payementes...' counted as f [1v]): payments ff [1v–47]; ff [48–135] blank; ff [136–78] receipts (written from opposite end, with a few blank leaves); generally good condition, but ink has bled through the leaves, and letter forms sometimes obscured by the rather small writing with a rather wide or dull nib; parchment cover with closure of leather thong and string, at top of front cover: 'Rental of Herriard | 1610– .... Jervoise,' HRO shelfmark in pencil on the lower front cover.

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