Sir Richard Paulet's Household Accounts

Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO: 44M69/E4/28

f [3] (January 1610/11)


...wassalers xijth eve xij s.


f [3v] (Stanbridge and King's Somborne, Hampshire; 15 January 1610/11)

Paid when I went to Standbridge with my Sonn Iervois to his Cockfighting 15 Ianuary videlicet to the wassallers 3 s. to dick grene Cocker v s. for going into the Cockpit diner v s. & muscons xij d. ye pore xij d. cochman xij d. lost at Betting vj d. ye cockes xx s. geven at hampton to my uncle wallopes Seriantes ij s. geven waterman & George horsman ij s. lost & geven to the cards at Somborne with my Sister & Cosen wyniferide v s. to a boy for carying my gallye masses at hawking iiij d. paid to Iohn for shuing Goters mare xij d. & his boye for bringing her xij d. to speede for playing on ye taber xij d. for 2 great Iron plates to set Candells in ye maydes chambers &c. iiij s. At Somborne geven to the cooke xij d. Butler xij d. Burnet xij d. horsman xij d. keper vj d. poreman vj d....

f 5 (London, April)


geven minstrells at london ij s.


f 11 (31 December)


paid geven 31 daye to 4 companies of wassallers wherof one f ffrefolk iiij s.


  • Marginalia
  • Footnotes
    • diner: 4 minims for in
    • my uncle wallopes: William Wallop (c. 1553-1617), the half-brother of Paulet's father-in-law, who was at the time important in Southampton, having been both mayor and MP
    • Somborne: King's Somborne, where Paulet's sister Elizabeth Gifford lived
    • gallye masses: meaning uncertain
  • Glossed Terms
    • musesen n musician; mosition; muscon; musitan; musithian; mussisione; mussissien; musycan; musycon; musysion; mutitian; mysysion
    • cardes n pl in phr pair of cardes a set of playing cards [OEDO pair n.1 II.6]; geven to the cardes lost in a game (or games) of cards(?)
    • shuing vb n shoeing; shuinge
    • wasseller n wassailer; wasellor
  • Endnote

    The Paulet family was resident at Freefolk.

    The payment to wassailers on f [3] comes at the end of a group of New Year's gifts.

    Standbridge (f [3v]) is likely one of the manors of Stanbridge Earls or Stanbridge Ranvilles, about one mile northwest of Romsey. Both manors were owned by Thomas Kirkby at this time (VCH: Hampshire, vol 4, pp 452–69, British History Online, [accessed 13 November 2017]).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Sir Richard Paulet's Household Accounts
    Repository: Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO
    Shelfmark: 44M69/E4/28
    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.

    The hand on the front cover is different from that in the accounts themselves, and the name Jervoise may appear because Richard Paulet died in 1614 and the accounts may have been completed by or for his ward and heir, Thomas Jervoise. Payments and receipts were compiled monthly, with occasional indications of specific dates.

    1610–14; English; paper; 178 leaves; 145mm x 96mm; mostly unnumbered, though page numbers appear irregularly and do not correctly represent either foliation or pagination (editorial foliation supplied from the payments' end at the back, based on the writing on the cover, with the leaf headed 'A note of all payementes...' counted as f [1v]): payments ff [1v–47]; ff [48–135] blank; ff [136–78] receipts (written from opposite end, with a few blank leaves); generally good condition, but ink has bled through the leaves, and letter forms sometimes obscured by the rather small writing with a rather wide or dull nib; parchment cover with closure of leather thong and string, at top of front cover: 'Rental of Herriard | 1610– .... Jervoise,' HRO shelfmark in pencil on the lower front cover.

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