First Book of Debts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/2/1

f 53v (29 September–29 September)


Item more in Reward to my lord valossys berewardes vj s. viij d.


  • Endnote

    'my lord valossys' cannot be definitely identified, but 'valossys' is most likely a spelling for 'Valois' suggesting that the bearward's patron was a member of the French ruling family.

  • Document Description

    Record title: First Book of Debts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/2/1
    Repository location: Southampton

    The contents of these accounts include debts owed to and by the town, 1525–91, and rentals, inventories, and sweet wine accounts, 1572–1601. A set of accounts for 1602 is very similar to the sixteenth- century stewards' accounts, but not identified as such. A list of the expenses of the queen's visit in 1591 appears on f 133. The unfoliated leaves at the front contain an alphabetical list of debtors. The accounting year runs from Michaelmas to Michaelmas.

    1525–1602; English; paper; xxiii + 137, followed by 81 blank unfoliated leaves; 410mm x 277mm; original ink foliation; good condition; original tooled leather cover reinforced with paper, no title on cover. On f [i] (recto): 'Tempore henrici huttoste | Maioris Anno domini ml vc xxvmo | Liber debitorum ville Suthampton.'

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