Letter from John of Gaunt's Register Book

TNA: DL 42/13

f 142v (28 February)

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Iohan filz &c a nostre tres cher et bien ame clerc sire William de Bughbrigge nostre Receivour general salutz. Nous voulons et vous mandons que des issues de vostre Receite paiez & deliuerez a noz bien amez Henri Piper oct liures et vn denir desterlinges, et a Roger Piper son compaignon six liures tresze souldz et deux deniers d'esterlinges, en quelles nous sumes tenuz as eux pour leur gages de guerre de nostre darrier viage es parties de Gascoinge, dount ils ount deux billes souz le seal de nostre bien ame clerc sire Thomas de Amcotes nadgaires Tresorer de nostre hostel, Receyuant enuers vous les dites billes, par les quelles & cestes noz lettres portans a vos acomptes. Nous voulons que vous eueiez deue allouance en ycell. Donne souz nostre priue seal a nostre Chastelle de Hertford le xxviije iour de Feverer lan &c dengleterre quarante sisme. et de ffrance trente & tierce.

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    f 142v (28 February)

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    John, son, etc, to our very dear and much loved clerk, Sir William de Bughbrigge, our receiver general, greetings.We wish and command you that from the revenues of your receipt you pay and deliver to our much loved Henry, piper, £8 1d sterling, and to Roger, piper (or Roger Piper), his companion, £6 3s 2d sterling for which we are bound to them for their wages (payable) for war (service) as regards our last voyage in regions of Gascony, for which they have two bills under the seal of our much loved clerk, Sir Thomas de Amcotes, formerly treasurer of our household. We wish that you, receiving the said bills in your possession, by which (bills) and this our letter the bearers (are) accountable to you (?), may make due payment in this respect. Given under our privy seal at our castle in Hertford, 28 February, in the year, etc, of England the forty- sixth and of France the thirty-third.

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  • Document Description

    Record title: Letter from John of Gaunt's Register Book
    Repository: TNA
    Shelfmark: DL 42/13
    Repository location: Kew

    John of Gaunt's two register books contain various orders, including orders for payments, letters, and many other types of official records concerning the running of the vast duchy of Lancaster. Some of the orders are addressed to borough and other local officials within the duchy, and deal with local arrangements. The register books also contain a vast amount of material about the running of Gaunt's various households in England, as far-flung as Bamburgh, Leicester, Kenilworth, Kingston Lacy, Hertford, and the Savoy, as well as others in Europe. Records of his payments for minstrels and other entertainers have been transcribed, wherever activities or payments for them may have occurred, because the administrative centres of the duchy appear to have been Tutbury and Kenilworth. The register books have been published as John of Gaunt's Register, Part I (1371-1375), Sydney Armitage-Smith (ed), Camden Society, 3rd ser, 20–1, 2 vols (London, 1911); John of Gaunt's Register, Part II (1379–83), Eleanor C. Lodge and Robert Somerville (eds), Camden Society, 3rd ser, 56–7, 2 vols (London, 1937).

    1372–6; Anglo-Norman and Latin; parchment with paper fly-leaves; ii + 235 + ii; 330mm x 230mm; ink foliation; bound in brown cloth boards with leather corners and spine, title on spine: 'Duchy of Lancaster. Miscell. Books.'

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