Yorkshire North Riding Collection

Royal Records

Following the practice of all previous REED collections, the research for Yorkshire North Riding has not included a comprehensive survey of documents deriving from the royal household, a collection so extensive that it would significantly extend the time required to complete the project. Documents have surfaced, however, that cast light on the royal household’s participation in local festivities and ceremonies, principally in the form of financial support. These records are invaluable, both as they indicate the existence of such events and point to the hiring of local and international performers in the county by members of the royal household, and are as such presented here in an appendix.

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f 128 (17 August) (Gifts)

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Petro de Tempes Menestrallo domini Hugonis de Boyuill Camerarij Regis ffrancie facienti menestralciam suam in presencia Regis apud Pikeryngg ⸢‸de dono Regis⸣ per manum propriam ibidem .xvij. die Augusti xl s.

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f 128 (17 August) (Gifts)

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To Peter de Tempes, minstrel of Lord Hugues de Bouville, chamberlain of the king of France, making his minstrelsy in the presence of the king at Pickering from a gift of the king by his own hand there, 27 August 40s

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    There were three persons named Hugues de Bouville: Hugues I was seigneur de Farcheville and was not a member of the royal household; his son Hugues II (d. 1304) was chamberlain to Phillip IV and served as his chamberlain, and Hugues III (d. 1331) was chamberlain to Queen Isabella’s brother, the emperor Charles IV. It is clear that this performance in 1323 involved Hugues III (Guy Allard, Les gouverneurs et les lieutenans au gouvernement de Dauphin@’e (Grenoble, 1704; rpt 1864), p 169; cited in 'Hugues III de Bouville,' Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugues_de_Bouville, https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugues_III_de_Bouville, accessed 27 December 2020).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Accounts of Roger de Waltham, keeper of the Wardrobe to Edward II
    Repository: BL
    Shelfmark: Stowe MS 553
    Repository location: London

    1 May 1322–19 October 1323; Latin; parchment; 155 + iv; 330mm x 220mm; foliated 1–155; bound in crimson gold-tooled leather, 'LIBER | GARDROBAE | EDWARDI II | BRIT. MUS. | STOWE | 553' on spine.

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Edward II's Remembrancer Accounts

TNA: E 101/379/17

mb [1d] (8 July–7 July)

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...A Anneys la Rede & Alis de Wherelton chauntantz deuant le Roi de monsieur Simoun de Montfort & autres chaunsons de don iiij s....

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    • prim<.> de Septembre
    • 1 September
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    mb [1d] (8 July–7 July)

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    ...As a gift to Agnes la Rede and Alice of Whorlton singing songs about Simon de Monfort and others before the king, 4s...

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    Whorlton Castle, situated by the village of Swainby on a spur at the southwest end of the Cleveland Hills, was granted by William I to his brother Robert, count of Mortain, from whom it passed to Robert de Meynell. Meynell likely built the first castle at Whorlton, a rudimentary earthwork and timber motte-and-bailey structure. By the mid-fourteenth century it was ruinous, and around 1343 the owner, John, Lord Darcy of Knaith, pulled it down and rebuilt it in stone. The song about Simon de Montfort which the two women sang was most likely about the sixth earl of Leicester, leader of the rebel forces in the Second Barons' War of 1264–7. De Montfort (b. c 1208) was killed in the battle of Evesham, 4 August 1265. On the castle, see Pevsner, North Riding, pp 400–401, and 'Whorlton Castle,' CastlesFortsBattle.co.uk, http://www.castlesfortsbattles.co.uk/yorkshire/whorlton_caste.html, accessed 27 December 2020.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Edward II's Remembrancer Accounts
    Repository: TNA
    Shelfmark: E 101/379/17
    Repository location: Kew

    1323–4; Latin and French; parchment; 6 membranes; 260mm x 350mm; unnumbered; mounted on archival paper and sewn in modern paper wrapper.

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Wardrobe Accounts of Eleanor of Woodstock

TNA: MS E101/386/7

f 7 (23 May)

Quidam vidulator Ricardo vidulatori facienti menestralcias suas coram domina Alienora de dono eiusdem domine & per preceptum eiusdem apud Rosyndale .xxiij. die Maij. per manus proprias xij. d.

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    f 7 (23 May)

    A certain fiddler To Richard, a fiddler, making his minstrelsy before Lady Eleanor, of the gift of the same lady and by order of the same, at Rosedale, 23 May, by her own hands 12d

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    The accounts continue on f 6v with payments referring only to events in Bruges.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Wardrobe Accounts of Eleanor of Woodstock
    Repository: TNA
    Shelfmark: MS E101/386/7
    Repository location: Kew

    Eleanor of Woodstock (1318–1355) was the younger sister of Edward III. She became countess of Gueldres by her marriage to Reinaud II ('the Black'), count of Gueldres and Zutphen, in 1332, and at his death in 1343 she became regent of Gueldres during the minority of her son, Reinaud III (1334–71) (Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, 1989), 90–1). Rosedale Priory was a small Cistercian convent situated in the heart of the North Riding moors about fifteen miles southwest of Whitby.

    25 January 1332/3–24 January 1333/4; Latin; parchment; 12 leaves; 347mm x 250mm; modern foliation 1–2, 2a, 3–9, 20 (crossed out), 10, 11; preserved in a paper wrapper.

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Abstracts of Richard III's Second Register

BL: Harleian MS 433

f 118 (25 September)

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Warrant to Thauditours of Middleham to allowe Geoffrey ffraunke Receiver of ye same t in his accomptes the summe of Ciiijxxxvj li. x s. yat is to Wit/ ...to ye Gild of Alverton v s. for chesing of ye king of Westwitton / v s. xj d. ...for ye chesing of ye kinge of Middelham / xv s. ...to yest for mending of my lordes virga / xij d. ...to Martyn ye fole / xij d. ...

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    • v s.: underlined
    • v s. xj d.: underlined
    • xv s.: underlined
    • xij d.: underlined
    • xij d.: underlined
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    Richard III (1452–1485), king of England and lord of Ireland, had a special interest in Middleham: he had spent much of his early life in Middleham Castle. The castle was in the hands of the Neville family, and following the death of his father, Richard (1411–1460), third duke of York, in December 1460, Richard, the prince of Wales, then aged 8, lived at Middleham with the family of Richard Neville (1428–1471), sixteenth earl of Warwick. On his marriage to Warwick's daughter, Anne (1456–1485), in 1471, the couple continued to live in Middleham Castle until Richard's accession to the throne in 1483. Their son Edward was born and died in the Castle (Rosemary Horrox, 'Richard III (1452–1485),' ODNB, accessed 7 January 2021; Michael Hicks, 'Anne [née Anne Neville] (1456–1485),' ODNB, accessed 25 August 2021.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Abstracts of Richard III's Second Register
    Repository: BL
    Shelfmark: Harleian MS 433
    Repository location: London

    This manuscript contains excerpts and abstracts from four registers of the signet archives of Edward V and Richard III, including a variety of memoranda and letters.

    1483; English and Latin; paper; iii + 340 + iv; 307mm x 220mm; modern pencil foliation; spine has 2 red leather inserts for text with emblems in between, bound in brown cloth coloured boards with dark brown leather spine and corners, Harley arms in gold on front and back covers, title in gilt lettering on red leather inserts: 'GRANTS | ETC. | TEMP. RIC. III || BRIT. MUS. | HARLEY | MS.| 433 ||' on spine.

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