Steward's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/1/13

f 53v (29 September–29 September)

Thes be þe costes folowynge done apone my lord matrevers soper by þe commawndment of Ihon Wylliam þen beynge meyr þe xiij day of may

fferst payed for iij dosene of bred price iij s.
Itam payd for ij dosene of ‸⸢stall⸣ all iij s. vj. d.
Itam payed for x galons of redde & clarett wene ⸢price the galon vj d. Summa⸣ price v s.
Itam payd for a calf boȝt of Rechard bocher price ij s. x d.
Itam payd for a schep boȝt of Recherd bocher price ij s. iij d.
Itam payd for iij quarters lanbe boȝt of Marten price xj d.
Itam payd for half a lanb & a brest of well vell boȝt of Ihon swannes wyffe price viij d. ob.
Itam ‸⸢payd⸣for viij chekens price xij d.
Itam payd for demi quartren of pepar ij d. ob.
Itam payd for mases cloves and saferane iiij d.
Itam for suger nil
Itam payd for a copell of capons price xij d.
Itam for wood & candeles nil
Itam payd for hors mete v s.
Itam payd þe xiij day of may may vnto my lord matrevers menstrels by þe commawndment of Ihon Wylliam þen beynge meyr xij d.

f 55v


Itam payd þe xij day of Agust by þe commawndment of Ihon Wylliam þen beynge meyr vnto my lord reues foull xij d.


Itam payd þe xxix day of agust by þe commawndment of Ihon Wylliam þen beynge meyr to þe erll of northe homberlondes menstrelles xx d.

f 57v

Itam payd vnto þe quennes menstrels þe xxx day of Agust by þe comawndment of Ihon Wylliam þen beynge meyr v s.


Itam payd þe xxvij day of september by þe commawndment of Ihone Wylliam þen beynge meyr vnto vj menstrels of þe kenges & þe iij mene x s.


  • Marginalia
    • mynstrells
    • mynstrells
  • Footnotes
    • Rechard: R written over r
    • Recherd: R written over r
    • Marten: M written over m
    • lord reues: probably Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers
  • Glossed Terms
    • copell n couple
    • lame n lamb; lanb; lanbe
    • stall adj in phr stall all stale ale; old and strong ale [OEDO stale adj.1 1]
  • Endnote

    On f 53v, the 'lord matrevers' who was given a supper by the town (at which his minstrels performed) was Thomas FitzAlan, lord Maltravers or Mautravers (1450–1524), the title given to the heir of the earl of Arundel. The earl at that time – William FitzAlan (1417–87), 21st earl of Arundel, had been assigned the fee farm of Southampton by the king, which the town paid in small instalments, sometimes in wine. The town may well have given this dinner for the earl's son in hopes of moderating the earl's demands for payment (VCH: Hampshire, vol 3, pp 490–524, British History Online , [accessed 3 December 2018]).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Steward's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/1/13
    Repository location: Southampton

    The 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 Thick (ed), Southampton Steward's Book, pp iii–xlvi, for further discussion. Thick's edition of the 1492–3 accounts includes full transcriptions of those documents, including records relating to drama and minstrelsy.

    1470–1; English with some Latin; paper; i + 78 + i; 305mm x 210mm; modern pencil foliation; leaves repaired; original parchment cover.

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