Steward's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/1/35

f 18v (29 September–29 September) (Presents)


Item payd to my lord off arondelles playeres iij s. iiij d.


Item payd to my lordes lyes playeres vj s. viij d.


Item payd to the kynges berward iij s. iiij d.


f 23v (Presents to Mr Doctor Alyn)


Item payd to my lord talbotes mynstrell for a Reward xx d.
Item payd to the kynges barward ij s. iiij d.


Item payd to the kynges mentrelles at Mr dayes vj s. viij d.


  • Footnotes
    • lyes: for lyles, ie, Lisle's
  • Glossed Terms
    • barward n bearward; barod(?), bererd, berewood, berherd, berode, berrerd
    • mensterl n minstrel; mennystrelle; mensterell; mensterlle; menstreel; mentrelle; minestrell; mynesryle; mystrelle
  • Endnote

    'Mr dayes' (f 23v) was the house of Nicholas Dey or Daye, mayor of Southampton in 1528–9. It seems likely that the rewards to Lord Talbot's minstrel and the king's bearward should have been recorded under gifts rather than as presents to Doctor Alyn. Perhaps they were initially not recorded by the scribe, and having left himself no room under gifts, he entered the two rewards to performers immediately above the gifts section of the accounts.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Steward's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/1/35
    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. Thick's edition of the 1492–3 accounts includes full transcriptions of those documents, including records relating to drama and minstrelsy.

    1526–7; English; paper; 28 leaves; 310mm x 210mm; modern pencil foliation; good condition; paper cover.

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