The text has been divided into numbered sections; editorial notes are
printed in small type following the section to which they relate. The
contents of the MS have been treated in two ways. The rules, lists of
members and accounts, which are mainly in English, have been
transcribed in full, as too have English entries in the cartulary. The rest
of the cartulary has been calendared. The following conventions have
been observed in making the transcript. Abbreviated words have been
extended but suspension marks on English words have been ignored
unless the meaning is thereby affected. Suspension marks have been
retained, however, at the end of place-names and surnames. Abbreviations for money and weights are printed as they appear in the MS (e.g.
li., ob., lb.). Words or phrases inserted into the text are printed in italic
and deletions are enclosed in angle-brackets. Editorial insertions are
enclosed in square brackets. Three dots (. . .) indicate a word or phrase
which is illegible. Capitalisation and punctuation have been modernised.
The letters i, j, u, and v are transcribed as they appear in the MS but
capital I and J are rendered according to modern usage (e.g. 'John' not
'Iohn'). Marginal notes which merely repeat words or phrases in the text
have normally been ignored.
In the calendar, a number of suggestions made by R. B. Pugh in
Calendar of Antrobus Deeds before 1625 (1947), pp. xxxii–xxxiv, have
been adopted. Unusual operative words are supplied in round brackets.
Dates are rendered in their modern form. Latin forenames and placenames have been translated but the original spelling of surnames and
English place-names has been retained. Suspension marks at the end of
surnames and place-names were ignored. Sealing is only mentioned
where it is of particular interest (94–5).
In the index only one reference is made when a name occurs more
than once in a section. The titles dominus, domina and 'sir' are ignored
in the index but when the holder was a peer or a knight this has been
indicated. The term 'master' is used in the index only for masters of the
fraternity unless otherwise indicated.