Richard Cholmeley's Memorandum Book


f 8v (11 April)


An inventory of all houshould goods at Steresby taken this 11 April 1611


... 1 cetherran with a bourden case.


  • Marginalia
    • New chamber
  • Glossed Terms
    • bourden n in phr bourden case carrying case
  • Endnote

    The Cholmeley branch of the Cholmley/Cholmeley family was resident at Brandsby Hall.

    The 'cetherran' or cittern, was a four-course wire-strung instrument which became very popular in the early seventeenth century (James Tyler, 'Cittern,' Grove Music Online, accessed 27 December 2020).

    Because the temporary closing of the record office due to the Covid-19 pandemic has restricted access to the manuscript, transcription from this folio (f 8v), has not yet been checked for accuracy. Other transcriptions from this manuscript were checked against photographs.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Richard Cholmeley's Memorandum Book
    Repository: NYCRO
    Shelfmark: ZQG XII 3/1
    Repository location: Northallerton

    On the Cholmeley family and their documents, see the Introduction. The memorandum book is not a formal account, as much of it is taken up with miscellaneous notes and there does not appear to be a formal accounting year.

    1602–15 February 1622/3; English; paper; 138 leaves bound in 3 volumes: 1–14 and 126–138, 15–80, 81–125; 330mm x 225mm (mounts); modern foliation 1–138; originals in poor condition; mounted on modern archival paper and sewn in modern marbled paper boards covered in buff fabric, parchment cover (from a 15th-c. liturgical manuscript) slipped in separate folder along with several fragments.

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