Steward's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/1/27B

f 7 (29 September–29 September)

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In primis paid vnto the kyngges mynstrelles for ther Reward vj s. viij d.
Item paid by the meyres commaundment for ther dyner att William Blewettes xx d.
Item paid to my lord prynces mynestrelles by the commaundment of master meyr vj s. viij d.

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f 8v

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Item delyueryd to the iij waytes euery of theym agown cloth the pris of Anoble summa xx s.

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  • Marginalia
  • Endnote

    William Blewett (f 7) received wages of 46s 8d for being the sergeant to the mayor for this year (f 8), as well as a gown, hat, and tippet worth 12s 4d (f 9). The king's minstrels here are presumably those of Henry VII and their visit and that of the prince's (the soon- to-be Henry VIII) minstrels must have preceded Henry VII's death on 21 April 1509, since once Henry VIII became king there was no prince.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Steward's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/1/27B
    Repository location: Southampton

    This is the account book of William Westmill, steward. The accounts run from Michaelmas to Michaelmas and cover all areas of civic receipt and expenditure, from land rents to annual payments to civic officials, costs of construction and repair of town structures, and rewards to visiting performers. See the introduction to Thick (ed), Southampton Steward's Book, pp iii–xlvi. Thick's edition of the 1492–3 accounts includes full transcriptions of those documents, including records relating to drama and minstrelsy.

    1508–9; English with some Latin; paper; 14 leaves; 305mm x 210mm; modern pencil foliation; good condition; original parchment cover. The first thirteen leaves of the 1508–9 accounts have come loose from the binding and are contained separately in SC5/1/27A.

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