Indices of taxpayers


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Eilert Ekwall

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'Indices of taxpayers: Introduction', Two Early London Subsidy Rolls (1951), pp. 360. URL: Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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The order in the Indices is not always strictly alphabetical. The spelling of names in the texts shows much variation, and it has been considered desirable to group bearers of the same surname together even at some sacrifice of the alphabetical order. The letters i and y interchange freely, as in Lincolne (Lyncolne), Tailur (Taylur), Pointel (Poyntel), and y has been taken as a mere variant of i. Myre, for instance, will be found under Mire, and ay, ey, oy should be looked for under ai, ei, oi respectively. There is much variation between c and k, c and s, as in Canefelde (Kanefelde), cirger (sirger). Names of this kind are generally grouped under what may be looked upon as the normal form. In these and similar cases a cross-reference is generally given at the place where the name should by right have been given. The letter u, when designating a v, is looked upon as a variant of v, and similarly v, when signifying the vowel u, as a variant of u.

The rune p (wynn), sometimes used in the earlier roll as a variant of th and y respectively, is replaced by th and y, as the case may be.

In the later roll initial sh- varies with sch-; the latter is treated as a variant of sh-.

Contracted forms such as dabindone, darraz (for de Abindone, de Arraz), occasionally occurring in the earlier roll, will be found under Abindone, etc., the d- being replaced by d'. Forms such as Larblaster, Larmurer, Lespicer in the later roll are placed under Arblaster, etc., but there is a cross-reference under Larblaster, etc.

Abbreviation-marks and flourishes at the end of names have generally been disregarded.

Font-names are as a rule given in a modernized form and in Roman type. Italics are used to mark unabbreviated genuine non-Latinized forms, as Jake, Jeffrey, Aubry, and also names now disused, at least in the form of the subsidies. A Latin ending is generally discarded in the latter case, but has sometimes been retained for one reason or other. Wat', common in the earlier roll, is rendered by Water (italicized). Abbreviated name-forms are occasionally retained in the indices because the full form is open to doubt, as Rand', which may represent Randolf or a short-form Rande.