Sir Richard Paulet's Accounts

Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO: 44M69/E4/16

p 41 (Southampton, January 1599/1600)


Paid geven at hampton about 6 January 1599 to the Towne Clerke and Seriantes when I was made a Burges my cosen lambert being Mayor .x s. I gave at Mr Bestons to the Musicons xij d. and to heres for servantes v s. vj d. to the Cookes at the Mayors ij s. vj d. and for horsmeat and shuinge there viij s. 8. d. xxvij s. viij d.


p 42 (after July 1600)


Paid geven to my Lord of misrules box & the Trumpeters vij s.


  • Marginalia
  • Glossed Terms
    • shuing vb n shoeing; shuinge
  • Endnote

    The Paulet family was resident at Freefolk.

    The mayor of Southampton in 1599 (p 41) was Thomas Lambert, Paulet's cousin because their mothers were sisters, both daughters of Richard Andrews of Laverstoke. Like Paulet, Lambert was knighted and served as an MP for Southampton, and the two men engaged in several business and land ventures together. It was likely through Lambert that Paulet became acquainted with 'Mr Beston,' at whose house he paid musicians. Richard Beiston was a merchant adventurer who had twice been mayor of Southampton (Butler, Book of Fines, vol 3, pp 221–2).

    The date of the lord of misrule entry (p 42) is uncertain. A line is drawn through the accounts thirteen entries above, and labelled July 1600, which probably indicates the ending date of the entries above the line, many of which are specifically dated as May or June 1600. Entries between that line and the lord of misrule entry carry dates ranging from 23 July through August, September, October, and November, to 29 December for the entry four above the one for the lord of misrule. On the other hand, the entry three after the one transcribed is for 14 October. Still, it seems likely that the lord of misrule would have been rewarded at Christmastide. Also no place is indicated, though Paulet's main residence at Freefolk seems most likely (or possibly his other house at Herriard).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Sir Richard Paulet's Accounts
    Repository: Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO
    Shelfmark: 44M69/E4/16
    Repository location: Winchester

    Sir Richard Paulet (c 1558–1614) was the grandnephew of William Paulet (1474/5?–1572), first marquess of Winchester and longtime lord treasurer under three Tudor monarchs. Richard Paulet inherited estates at Herriard, south of Basingstoke, and Freefolk, near Whitchurch. He served multiple times as sheriff of Hampshire and in parliament for Whitchurch. For further details see the section on Hampshire families in Historical Background.

    These are primarily accounts of Sir Richard Paulet's estates at Herriard, Freefolk, and elsewhere. The receipts are from rents of land and cattle and sales of wool, wood, and livestock, among other items. Paulet records payments for rents, livestock, repairs to buildings, purchase of food, clothing and household items, gifts, and extraordinary payments. The accounts were usually made up quarterly, making it difficult to follow Paulet's movements during the quarter.

    Michaelmas 1599–April 1601; English; paper; viii + 58; contemporary ink pagination begins with p 1 on eighth page from the beginning with an account of rents, and continues to p 44, then foliation 45–8, and then three unfoliated leaves with writing on them; no cover, a few memoranda on final leaves from 1603 and 1606.

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