Berkshire, Reading, 1420–1

Cofferers' Accounts of the Gild Merchant

BRO: R/FA2/10

single mb (29 September–29 September) (Expenses)


...Et in librata data communi ffistulatori & famulis <.>uis in toto x s. vij d....


  • Footnotes
    • <.>uis: likely suis
  • Record Translation

    single mb (Expenses)


    ...And for livery given to the common piper and his servants in all 10s 7d...


  • Glossed Terms
    • librata, -e n f librata, -e n f livery; var of liberata [DML liberare]
    • fistulator, -oris n m piper, possibly a generic term for one who plays a wind instrument
  • Document Description

    Record title: Cofferers' Accounts of the Gild Merchant
    Repository: BRO
    Shelfmark: R/FA2/10
    Repository location: Reading

    The early surviving rolls in the 'Cofferers' Accounts' from 1413–14 to 1428–9 are badly faded, damaged, and in some cases fragmentary (see Slade, Reading Gild Accounts, pt 1, pp xi–xii). When they were read by Macray for the Historical Manuscripts Commission in 1888 ('Corporation of Reading,' pp 161–227), more of the writing on the rolls was legible than it is now. For this edition, all were read under ultraviolet light. Although the manuscripts are badly damaged, all evidence supports an accounting year of Michaelmas to Michaelmas.

    1420–1; Latin; parchment roll; 540mm x 280mm; written 1 side only; faded and repaired. This MS is the more legible duplicate of BRO: R/FA2/9.

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