Mayor's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/3/13

p 4 (29 September–29 September) (Payments)


Geven to the princes players 01–02–00


p 5

Geven to Martin hir Maiesties servant who had his Maiesties lettres patentes granted to Iohn Daniell* gentleman of hir Maiesties Chamber for a company of Children termed the Children of hir Maiesties Roial Chamber of bristowe ⸢°to play°⸣ 00–10–00
Geven to Thomas Swynerton and fellowes being hir Maiesties players 01–00–00


  • Footnotes
    • princes: 4 minims for in
  • Endnote

    It is very difficult to distinguish 'his' from 'hir' in this hand (p 5), but Swinnerton was a member of Queen Anne's men from their creation in 1603 to her death in 1619, and the children's company is elsewhere clearly identified as being of 'her majesty's royal chamber of Bristol.' 'Martin' is Martin Slater, who took over leadership of this company from Daniel around this time. 'to play' may not be a different hand, but the ink is lighter and these words were added above the line of the bracket, perhaps for clarification. Slater's and Swinnerton's names appear almost exclusively in the provincial records, sometimes in doubtful circumstances that suggest they may have been members of companies that were using the names and even duplicate patents of established London companies. See Bentley, Jacobean and Caroline Stage, vol 2, pp 419–20, 574–5, 588–9, and also Andrew Gurr's chapter on Queen Anne's company in The Shakespearian Playing Companies (Oxford, 1996; rpt 2003), 317–36, especially 325–7.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Mayor's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/3/13
    Repository location: Southampton

    Titles on original covers identify these as the mayors' books of 'casualties': here are fines, other incidental payments, and poor relief accounts, the last often taking up the largest part of the book. These books, each covering a single accounting year from Michaelmas to Michaelmas, appear to be rough accounts which were copied into the Books of Fines at the end of each accounting year. Some have their original parchment covers, others have replacement paper covers of the late eighteenth century.

    1616–17; English; paper; 28 + xiv; 310mm x 198mm; original ink pagination; original parchment cover lined with paper, inscribed: '1617 | A Booke of all Such monyes as I Iohn Long | haue Receaued and payd for the towne of | Southhampton in the tyme of my maiority | Viz. from the feast of St. michael 1616 | vntil the feist of St. michael 1617 | Iohn Long.'

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