Steward's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/1/4

f 6v (29 September–29 September) (5 December)

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Item soluit pro j duodena panni stragulati pro liberata ministrallorum ville predicte summa xvj s.
Item soluit pro xijti virgis panni colorati pro eisdem ministrallis & pro le Cranman pretiatis virga –ij s. summa xxiiij s.
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Item prefatus Senescallus soluit pro tonsura panni stragulati predicti iiij s.
Item soluit in Costagiijs equitandi versus Sarum pro emptione liberate predicte ij s.

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f 7

Item prefatus Senescallus soluit Ricardo Wayte pro vadijs suis vnius quarterij vj s. viij d.
Item soluit Willelmo Wayte ville Suthamptonie pro vadijs suis vnius quarterij vj s. viij d.
Item soluit Iohanni Wayte eiusdem ville pro vadijs suis vnius quarterij vj s. viij d.

Summa xx s.

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f 8 (14 March)

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Item prefatus Senescallus soluit lez mynstrelles de monseour le Cardynall iij s. iiij d.
Item soluit lez mynstrelles de monseour de huntyngton iij s. iiij d.
Item done a Cadevan vyscount pour retourner meinprenours de ⸢de <.>uth⸣ la ville iij s. iiij d.
Item pro Ientaculo & cena de dicto Cadevan & ij homs ouek luy Et de lez mynstrelles demeurant ester iij s. iiij d.

xiij s. iiij d.

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f 8v (4 April)

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Item prefatus maior ville Suthamptonie dedit per manus Senescalli ‸⸢ad ministrall' de Gallia iij s. iiij d.

Summa iij s. iiij d.

Item ‸⸢eodem die⸣ prefatus Senescallus soluit ad le Wachemen vigilandos qui Galli erant hic in villa Suthamptonie ad v homines vigilandos xv d.

Summa xv d.

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f 9 (13–24 April)

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Item Ricardo Wayte pro vadijs suis vj s. viij d.
Item Willelmo Wayte pro vadijs suis vj s. viij d.
Item Iohanni Wayte pro vadijs suis vj s. viij d.

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f 9v (22 May)

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Item prefatus Senescallus soluit ministrall' de domino huntyngdon iij s. iiij d.

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f 10 (5 June)

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Item soluit le mynstrell de Warewyke iij s. iiij d.

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f 10v (24 June)

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Item prefatus Senescallus soluit Ricardo Wayte pro vadijs suis vnius quarterij vj s. viij d.
Item prefatus Senescallus soluit Willelmo Wayte pro vadijs suis vnius quarterij vj s. viij d.
Item prefatus Senescallus soluit Iohanni Wayte eiusdem ville Suthamptonie pro vadijs suis vnius quarterij vj s. viij d.

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f 11v (5 August)

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Item solutum ministrall' de Glocestria per mandatum maioris iij s. iiij d.
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iij die septembris
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Item solutum per mandatum maioris ad le mynstrell de de le Cardenall ij s.

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f 12v (28 September)

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Item Ricardo Wayte pro vadijs suis per I quarterii vj s. viij d.
Item Willelmo Wayte pro vadijs suis vj s. viij d.
Item Iohanni Wayte pro vadijs suis vj s. <...>

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  • Footnotes
    • Cardynall: Henry Beaufort (1375?–1447), bishop of Winchester (1404–47) and cardinal (1426/7–47)
    • <.>uth: for Suthampton
    • Cardenall: Henry Beaufort (1375?–1447), bishop of Winchester (1404–47) and cardinal (1426/7–47)
    • <...>: faded; likely for viij d.
  • Record Translation

    f 6v (29 September–29 September) (5 December)

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    Likewise (the steward) paid for one dozen of striped cloth for the liveries of the minstrels of the aforesaid town in total, 16s
    Likewise he paid for twelve yards of coloured cloth for the same minstrels and for the craneman, valued at 2s a yard in total, 24s
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    Likewise the aforesaid steward paid for the shearing (or cutting) of the aforesaid striped cloth 4s
    Likewise he paid in costs of riding to Salisbury to buy the aforesaid livery 2s

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    f 7

    Likewise the aforesaid steward paid to Richard, a wait, for his wages for one quarter 6s 8d
    Likewise he paid to William, a wait of the town of Southampton, for his wages for one quarter 6s 8d
    Likewise he paid to John, a wait of the same town, for his wages for one quarter 6s 8d

    In total, 20s

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    f 8 (14 March)

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    Likewise the aforesaid steward paid to the minstrels of the lord cardinal 3s 4d
    Likewise he paid to the minstrels of the lord of Huntingdon 3s 4d
    Like given to Cadevan, viscount, for returning mainpernors of⸢of Southampton⸣ the town 3s 4d
    Likewise for the lunch and dinner of the said Cadevan and two men with him and of the minstrels who were stopping to remain (there) 3s 4d

    13s 4d

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    f 8v (4 April)

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    Likewise the aforesaid mayor of the town of Southampton gave by the hands of the steward to minstrels/a minstrel from France 3s 4d

    In total, 3s 4d

    Likewise on the same day the aforesaid steward paid to the watchmen keeping watch, who were Frenchmen, here in the town of Southampton; to five men keeping watch 15d

    In total, 15d

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    f 9 (13–24 April 1435)

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    Likewise to Richard, a wait, for his wages 6s 8d
    Likewise to William, a wait, for his wages 6s 8d
    Likewise to John, a wait, for his wages 6s 8d

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    f 9v (22 May)

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    Likewise the aforesaid steward paid to minstrels/a minstrel of the Lord Huntingdon 3s 4d

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    f 10 (5 June)

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    Likewise (the steward) paid the minstrel of Warwick 3s 4d

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    f 10v (24 June)

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    Likewise the aforesaid steward paid Richard, a wait, for his wages for one quarter 6s 8d
    Likewise the aforesaid steward paid William, a wait, for his wages for one quarter 6s 8d
    Likewise the aforesaid steward paid to John, a wait of the same town of Southampton, for his wages for one quarter 6s 8d

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    f 11v (5 August)

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    Likewise paid to minstrels/a minstrel of Gloucester by order of the mayor 3s 4d
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    3 September
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    Likewise paid by order of the mayor to the minstrel of the cardinal 2s

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    f 12v (28 September)

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    Likewise to Richard, a wait, for his wages for one quarter 6s 8d
    Likewise to William, a wait, for his wages 6s 8d
    Likewise to John, a wait, for his wages 6s 8d

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  • Glossed Terms
    • glocestria, -ie n f Gloucestershire; gloucestria -e, glowcestria -e
    • ientaculum, -i n nt in CL a light early morning refreshment, breakfast; in AL sometimes a more substantial festive meal; gentaculum, -i
  • Endnote

    The payments for wages on f 7 occur in a group of payments of wages to the clerk of the customs, the craneman, 'one who kept the clock,' and another for ringing the curfew. The three men here all given the same last name, 'Wayte,' are identified as the town minstrels in the previous year's accounts (Steward's Accounts, 1433–4, f 3v) and identified as Richard March, William Goldfynch, and John Goddislond. The use of the name 'Wayte' for all three indicates that they served as the town waits, a term otherwise never used in the records of Southampton, where they are always called 'minstrel' or 'musician.'

    The payments for wages on f 9 occur in a list of quarterly wages for civic officers, of which the waits are the last three of eleven.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Steward's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/1/4
    Repository location: Southampton

    The steward's accounts run from Michaelmas to Michaelmas and cover all areas of civic receipt and expenditure, from land rents to annual payments to civic officials, costs of construction and repair of town structures, and rewards to visiting performers. See the introduction to Gidden (ed), Stewards' Books of Southampton, vol 1, pp iii–xvii, for further discussion. Gidden's editions of the accounts for 1428–34 and 1434–39 include full transcriptions of those documents, including records relating to drama and minstrelsy.

    1434–5; Latin; paper; i + 24 + i; 290mm x 215mm; modern pencil foliation; leaves repaired; original parchment cover.

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