Winchester College Bursars' Accounts

Winchester College Archives: 22120

mb [3d] (26 September 1444–2 October 1445) (External expenses)

...Et in dato Hugoni ministrallo Domini Episcopi de Dureham in mense Ianuarij xij d.... Et in dat' ministrall' Domini Cardinalis venient' ad Collegium xixo die Ianuarij xx d....

mb [4d]

...Et in dato Hugoni ministrallo Domini Cancellarij Anglie venienti ad Collegium in mense Augusti xx d....


  • Footnotes
    • Episcopi de Dureham: Robert Neville (1404–57), bishop of Durham (1437–57), formerly bishop of Salisbury (1426/7–37)
    • Cardinalis: Henry Beaufort (1375?–1447), bishop of Winchester (1404–47) and cardinal (1426/7–47)
    • Cancellarij Anglie: John Stafford (d. 1452), bishop of Bath and Wells (1424–43) and chancellor of England (1431/2–49/50)
  • Record Translation

    mb [3d] (26 September 1444–2 October 1445) (External expenses)

    ...And as a gift to Hugh, minstrel of the lord bishop of Durham, in the month of January, 12d ... And as gifts/a gift to minstrels/a minstrel of the lord cardinal coming to the college 19 January, 20d...

    mb [4d]

    ...And as a gift to Hugh, minstrel of the lord chancellor of England, coming to the college in the month of August, 20d...

  • Endnote

    A minstrel or minstrels named 'Hugo' appear frequently in the college accounts around this time, but one cannot be sure whether it was the same Hugo who came to the college in January 1444/5 (mb [3d]) as the bishop of Durham's minstrel and in August 1445 as the lord chancellor's minstrel. A Hugo identified as the bishop of Durham's minstrel returned to the college in 1447–8 (see Winchester College Bursars' Accounts, 1447–8). Hugos also appear in the bursars' account for 1439–40 as the archbishop of Dublin's minstrel (see ), and as a 'mimus' without mention of any patron in the bursars' account for 1440–1 (see Winchester College Bursars' Accounts, 1440–1), and the hall book for 1446 (see Winchester College Hall Book, 1446–7).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Winchester College Bursars' Accounts
    Repository: Winchester College Archives
    Shelfmark: 22120
    Repository location: Winchester

    The bursars' accounts were kept annually by the two bursars, one of whom was elected each year and served as the junior bursar, becoming senior bursar the following year. Their accounts included all the college finances, beginning with receipts from the rents of manors and estates owned by the college. Expenses are divided into sections: chapel, hall, kitchen, pantry, stable, and garden; stipends to chaplains, scholars, and others; and external expenses and gifts (the last two the sections where payments to entertainers were normally entered). The rolls have paper wrappers, some of which contain notes made by later bursars. The account year varies considerably but most often runs roughly from Michaelmas to Michaelmas.

    1444–5; Latin; parchment; 6 membranes, attached serially; 712–850mm x 285–90mm; unnumbered.

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