Steward's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/1/36

f 19 (29 September–29 September)

Gefftes for þe town

Item payd to the kynges playeres vj s. viij d.
Item payd to þe kynges barward iiij s. vj d.
Item payd to my lord lyeles playeres v s.
Item payd to hys mynstrelles iij s. iiij d.
Item payd to my lord off bangeres mynstrelles iij s. iiij d.
Item payd to the dwke off off sothefolkes barward iij s. iiij d.
Item payd to the frenche quenes playeres iij s. iiij d.


  • Footnotes
    • off off: dittography
  • Glossed Terms
    • barward n bearward; barod(?), bererd, berewood, berherd, berode, berrerd
  • Endnote

    The Book of Fines (Book of Fines, 1528–9) also includes payments to visiting entertainers in this year but the troupes rewarded there are all different from those rewarded by the stewards.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Steward's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/1/36
    Repository location: Southampton

    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.

    These accounts do not have a heading giving the year, but do indicate that the accounts are for the mayoralty of Nicholas Dey, who was mayor 1528–9.

    1528–9; English; paper; 22 leaves; 305mm x 210mm; modern pencil foliation; good condition; modern paper cover.

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