The King's Book of Payments, 1510

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 2, 1515-1518. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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The King's Book of Payments, 1510

1510. January.—New Year's Day. Heralds at arms, largess, 6l. Trumpets, reward, 100s. Marshals of the Hall, 6l. 13s. 4d. The watch upon New Year's night, 40s. The Styll minstrells, 4l. Queen's minstrels, 40s. Rewards to servants of the King, nobility and gentry, (fn. 1) about 60l. Rewards to John Copynger, Malvesey, Rochester and Wm. Gower. Master Barnard, the blind poet, 100s. To a woman that brought capons, 6s. 8d. To men for same, 13s. 4d. A man bringing apples, 6s. 8d. A man bringing apples, 6s. 8d. A woman that gave the King a pomander, 20s. To Bolles, for giving the King apples, 6s. 8d. To one that brought a bride-cake, 6s. 8d. Sir Robert Curson, half-year's fee due at Christmas, 200l. Total, five weeks, 28,247l. 16s. 3½d.—Offering on Twelfth Day, 33s. 4d. Bonitamps, Petie John, Cokeryn and Baltasar, minstrels, reward 40s. Alexander, goldsmith, jewels and plate, 83l. Lord of Misrule (Wynnesbury), in full payment of 10l. for his business at Christmas, 100s. Cornelles Vandestrate, 15 tappetts for windows at the Tower, 60s. Gentlemen of the chapel, 13l. 6s. 8d. Playing in the Hall upon Twelfth Night, 10l. To the King's players, 53s. 4d. For cart from Richmond to Greenwich, with 2 standards and the guard's jackets, 22d. Sir John Dighby, expences at Calais in full, 22l. 13s. 4d. Guyet de Heulle, half year's fee, 20l.—13th, at Greenwich.—20th and 27th, at Westminster. Eustace Browne, for deer to enstore Greenwich Park, 13l. 6s. 8d. Henry Smyth, repairs, 200l. Cart from Greenwich to Westminster, with 2 standards and the guard's jackets, 12d. Th. Exmewe, Nich. Worley, Rob. Amadis, Wm. Kebill, John Monday, Twiselton, and John Van Utrike, goldsmiths of London, jewels and plate against New Year's Day, 484l. 10s. 8½d. A costed goblet with a cover gilt, 21 3/8 oz. at 5s. oz., 107s. 4½d.
February.—3d, 10th and 17th, at Westminster. Offering on Candelmas Day, 4s. 8d. Heralds at arms, largess on creation of Lord Henry Stafford as Earl of Wiltshire, 100s. Sir Wm. Halys, priest, at Walsingham, 100s.; the King's candle, 46s. 8d. To a Spaniard, for horses, 100l. Th. Spynelly, bringing letters from the Duchess of Savoy, 40s. Wynnesbery, lord of misrule, for his business at Christmas, 66s. 8d. Master Giliis, reward on New Year's Day, 40s. Friar of Norwich, preaching before the King the first Sunday of Lent, 20s.—24th, at the Tower. Preacher, 20s. Rob. Amadas, plate of gold stuff for the disguisings, 451l. 12s. 2d. Wm. Buttry, silks for same, 133l. 7s. 5d. Cart with the guard's jackets, from Westminster to Greenwich, 12d. Total 878l. 14s. 3d.
March.—King at Greenwich. Two keepers of Rawley park, 20s. Dr. Yonge, preaching, 20s. Calais pursuivant, going from Richmond to Dover to meet French ambrs., 8 days, 13s. 4d. For sending letter to Lord Chamberlain of their coming, 5s.; for his going from the King to the ambrs. to Canterbury, 7 days, 13s. 4d.; and sending letter to Greenwich to the Lord Chamberlain, 3s. 4d. Jaques Maryne, for jewels, 241l. 18s. Lent at suit of Sir John Kete to Henry Eden and others, 1,516l. 8s. 5d., and to Amadas, 1,000l. Dr. Grosune (Grocin), preaching, 20s. Walter Forster, 60l. Smyth, for stables at Greenwich, &c., 200l. Sir Rob. Drury, Sir Marm. Constable and Dr. Batemanson, for their expenses into Scotland, 170l. John Guynyth, velvets and stains, 59l. 8s. 4½d. Vicar of Croydon, preaching, 20s. Geo. Lufkin, clerk of the stable, 30l. 20d. 19 spears, at 3s. 4d. day. Chas. Brandon and Guyot Heulle, 2 other spears. Halley pursuivant, to Scotland, 40s. Pursuivant of the King of Arragon, 40s. Dr. Powell, preaching, 20s. French ambr., 40l. Three [servants] of the French ambr., 66s. 8d. each. Four messengers with letters and writs to escheators of different counties, and mayor of London, to find offices for lands late of the King's mother, Sir Ric. Empson and Edm. Dudley, 4l. 10s. For the henchmen to take their rights, 20s. Th. Twiselton, plate, 59l. 3s. 6d. Good Friday offering, 20s. Dr. Colet, preaching, 20s. Twenty almsmen at the King's maundy, 20d. each. Two doz. purses for the maundy, 8d. Alms to poor folks, in groats, 11l.; in half groats, 40l. Offering on Easter Day, 13s. 4d. Heralds, largess, 100s. Cooks of the kitchen, reward, 6l. 13s. 4d. Porters of the gate, 53s. 4d. Officers of the scullery, 20s. Sir Edw. Haward and Ric. Jerningham, admitted King's spears, 8s. 4d. a day each, 77 days, 25l. 13s. 4d. Messenger to the Abp. of Canterbury and Bp. of Durham, 20d.; and Friars Carmelites, for reparation of their house at Northampton, 13l. 6s. 8d. Total, 3,990l. 7s. 8d.
April.—King at Greenwich. Offerings in Easter week, 20s. Friars Observants of Greenwich, 500 masses, 8l. 6s. 8d.; for two masses daily from Easter 24 Hen. VII. to Easter 1 Hen. VIII., 13l. 6s. 8d. Friars Observants at Canterbury, two masses daily, 13l. 6s. 8d. Ditto of Southampton, 13l. 6s. 8d.; of Newcastle, 13l. 6s. 8d. Sir Th. Lovell, Sir Hen. Wyatt and M. Woulsey, for the King's alms for release of prisoners in and about London, 57l. 12s. 4d. Hugh Denys, for buildings at Wanstead, 10l. Wages of spears, 28 days, 146l. 8s. 8d. (fn. 2) Messenger to Dover to the Deputy of Calais, 6s. 8d. Sir John Wiltshire, horses, 50l. A "long gentleman of Picardy," called Creke (Crequy?), reward, 6l. 13s. 4d. Anth. de la Sale, half year's annuity, 60s.; four years in advance, 24l. A man bringing half a seal from my Lord of Durham, 3s. 4d. Ambr. of Flanders, 40l. Brian Smyth, riding with letters into Chester, 16s. 8d. Lewis de la Fava, 1,000l. for himself, and 50 marks for John Stile; for plate, 293l. 3s. 11d. Cloth of gold, velvets, satins and other silks, 543l. 11s. 3d. Ric. Smyth, embroidery, 40l. Offering at mass of requiem, 6s. 8d. Offering on St. George's Day, 6s. 8d. Heralds at arms, 100s. John Power, riding with privy seals, 13s. 4d. (fn. 3) St. George's Guild, Southwark, 13s. 4d. Messenger to Dover to Portuguese ambr., 4s. Sir Hen. Wyat, for goldsmiths preparing New Year's gifts, 333l. 6s. 8d. Chas. de Florence, cloth of gold, velvets and silks, 707l. 11s. 8d. Forster, 100l. Total, 3,640l. 14s. 5d.
May.—King at Greenwich. Hen. Smyth, new stable and barn at Greenwich, 200l. John Smyth, 12 white bowls with 2 covers, 650½ oz. at 3s. 6d. oz.; gilding four of them, 9l. 6d. Ordnance, 33l. 6s. 8d. Armory, 13l. 12s. 4d. Sir Rob. Wingfield, loan for 12 months, 100l. Embroidering, 40l. Offering at Westminster on Ascension tide, 10s.; at St. Edward's shrine, 6s. 8d. Messenger to my Lord Privy Seal for a commission to London, 2s.—20 May. Whitsunday offering, 6s. 8d. Heralds at arms, 100s. Guyot de Heulle, year's fee, 40l. Offerings in Whitsun week, 20s. Richecross (Rougecross), pursuivant, riding to the King of Scots, 4l. Messenger to my Lord of Winchester at Ashere, 2s. Messenger to my Lord of Durham to London at midnight by boat, 12d. 4 minstrels of Normandy, 66s. 8d. Messenger to my Lord of Canterbury for a commission delivered to my Lord of Durham, 3s. Offering on Trinity Sunday, 13s. 4d. Sir Rob. Wingfield, amb. to the Emperor, 100l.; Calais pursuivant going with him, 100l. Lewis de la Fava, to be sent by way of exchange to Spinelly, 200l. To the bowyers of London, part of 400l. for making 10,000 bows, 100l. Ambr. of Portugal, 66l. 13s. 4d. Earl of Essex, half year's fee, 50l.—Total, 1,388l. 3s. 11d.
June.—King at Greenwich; 30th, at the Tower. Master Tanne, preaching on Corpus Christi Day, 20s. Alice Wyndesore, widow, 50s. John Baker, master mason of Calais, 53l. 13s. 4d. in full payment of 133l. 6s. 8d. for 10,000 feet of Ashelers stone; and for 7 tons of stone delivered at Calais, and freight of the same over indentures, 113s. 4d. William Gentelman, messenger to Sir Roger Newborugh in Devon, 16s. 8d. Vincent, marshal of the Hall, for a collar of Esses given to Lusborne from Flanders, 13s. 4d. Master Lewis, Princess of Castile's physician, reward in gold, 100l. Sir Rob. Drury and Sir Marm. Constable, in embassy to Scotland, 100l. Sir John Hussey, master of the King's wards, one year's fee, 100l. Embroidering 100 jackets for the guard, 40l. Lady Gordon, half year's rent of her land, 50l. Wm. Wyndesbury. "his clothing and his wife's for his marriage," 6l. 13s. 4d. Th. Tyrell, spear, 15l. 3s. 4d. Lady Kath. Gourdon, half year, 33l. 6s. 8d. Gilding 10 great bowls, 26l. 3s. Lord of St. John's, ambr. to French King, 40 days, 40s. the day; Dr. West, 40 days at 20s. a day; and Windsor herald, 5s. day. Bowyers of London, part payment for 1,000 bows, 13l. 6s. 8d. Francisco Errona, Spaniard, gunpowder and saltpetre, 15l. 3s. 4d. Repairs, &c. at Greenwich, Richmond, and Deptford, 300l. The King's stage at the coronation, 10l. Carriage of font from Greenwich to Canterbury, 20s. Amadas, goldsmith's work upon 100 guard jackets, 100l. Pages of the Hall, for the bonfire on Midsummer Eve, 10s.—Total, 2,056l. 9s. 5d.
July.—7th and 14th, at Windsor; 21st, at Easthampstead; 28th, Reading. Master Almoner for "the professing of Edm. de la Pole his daughter," 13l. 6s. 8d. Sheriffs of Coventry, charges of 8 prisoners brought to London, 6l. 13s. 4d. Buildings at Wanstead, 20l. Giles Capell, for a spear and two months' wages, 10l. 3s. 4d. Embroidering 100 guard jackets, 10l. Porter of the Tower, repairs on Lions' Tower, 6l. 10s. 8d. Carriage of guard jackets from the Tower to Windsor, 3s. 6d. Lewis de la Fava, plate, 472l. 19s. 10d. Edw. Guylford, 165l. 2s. 2d. "The King's offering at his coming to Windsor," 6s. 8d.; to St. George there, 6s. 8d. Dr. Fisher, bringing a hallowed rose from the Pope, in gold, 100l. Offerings at Eton College, 13s. 4d. Master of the Barge, 17s. 4d. Lord Antony's wages as spear, 100s. Messenger from the French King and return, 100s. Schoolmaster and children at Eton, 66s. 8d. Offerings to St. George and King Henry at departing from Windsor, 13s. 4d. Wm. Pole and Walter Hyndy, 6l. 7s. 4d. Bowyers of London, part of 400l. for making 10,000 bows, 100l. Rougecross, going to King of Scots, 4l. Carriage of a hart from Windsor to Eltham to Princess of Castile, 3s. 4d. Messenger to my Lord of Arundell, 3s. 4d. Friars Carmelites, towards general chapter at Bristol, 10l. Master Dean of the chapel and canons of Windsor, for the King's installation of the Order of the Garter, 26l. 13s. 4d.; and for the late King of Castile's, 13l. 6s. 8d. Offering at coming to Reading, 6s. 8d. Mr. John, the King of Castile's fool, 66s. 8d. Messenger from Master Sandes' place to Mr. Mewtas, 2 days, 2s. Carriage of guard jackets from Windsor to Esthamstede, 8 miles, thence to Vine, 12 miles, and thence to Reading, 9 miles, 4s. 10d. John Collynson, groom of the Leash, for kennels, leashes and collars for greyhounds, 40s. Work-manship of King's toyle, 8l. 8s. 6d. Hammes pursuivant sent to French King, 4l. Carriage of guard jackets from Rumsey, 36 miles in 3 days, 6s. Fraternity of Our Lady and St. Dunstan in the West, London, 40s. Messenger to Mewtas, 5s.—Total, 1,413l. 6d.
August.—4th, at Rumsey. Wm. Apparre, wages 28 days in Lent last, about the King's business, 4l. 13s. 4d. Offerings at coming to Reading "at the meeting of the procession," 6s. 8d.; and the same at Rumsey and at Southampton. At Our Lady of Grace at Southampton, 6s. 8d.—11th, at Bewley. Dr. Bryket, grey friar of Norwich, towards general chapter of Friars Minors to be holden at Salisbury, 10l. Messenger to customers of Exeter and Plymouth, 10s. Gentlemen of the King's chapel, "for to drink wine with their bucks," 40s. Carriage of jackets (fn. 4) from Rumsey to Southampton, thence to Bewley, Christchurch and Canford, 34 miles, 5s. 8d.—18th, at Canforde. Messenger to Rob. Bregandyn, clerk of King's ships at Portsmouth, 2s. To a Frenchman, for 3 coursers from the French King in gold, 60l. Sir Th. Knyvet, for a hobby for the King's grace 66s. 8d.—25th, at Corffe. Offerings at St. Augustine's, at the Abbey of Cerne, at Shaftesbury, 20s. To 3 men out of Suffolk, for bringing tidings to the King at the manor of Shotte of the rovers of the sea, 40s. Servant of Deputy of Calais," bringing letters to the King, 13s. 4d.—Total, 262l. 14s. 10d.
September.—1st, at Shaftesbury. Offerings at St. Osmond's shrine, and the high altar at Salisbury, 13s. 4d. Carriage of jackets from Canford to Corffe Castle, thence to Wynbourne, Cranbourne, Shaftesbury and Salisbury, 61 miles, 10s. 2d. John Nevill, to buy hobbies for the King, 20l. Wm. Pole, 4l. 12s. 6d.; "to them that brought the liberds," 50s. 10d.—8th and 15th, at Bishop Waltham. Messenger of France, 4l. Messenger to Mewtes, 6s. 8d. Lord Richard, Lord Anthony Leonard, Anthony Outrede and Guy Wilstrope, wages, 20l. 13s. 4d. To Weston Browne, arrearages of wood sales, 93l. 6s. 8d. To Broke, carriage [of jackets] from Salisbury to Romsey, thence to Bishop's Waltham, Porchester, Agam and Waltham, 57 miles, 9s. 6d. Rougecross, sent to the commissioners in Scotland, 53s. 4d.—22nd, at Wardelham. Thos. Pole of Stratford at Bowe, for cart to carry King's hounds, 61s. Messengers to Dean and Chapter of Exeter, and to sheriffs and escheator of Devonshire, 10s.; to Bp. of Lin- coln, president of the Council, 13s. 4d.; to Master of the Rolls, 3s. 4d. Offering at Our Lady of Southwick, 6s. 8d. A little square coffer to carry money in, 13s. 4d. Messenger to Ric. Waughan, Esq., dep. steward of Elvill, Ric. Harbert of Montgomery, Roger Vaughan of Tylgare, Matth. Cradocke, Wm. Morgan, Wm. Herbert of Troy, the Duke of Buckingham, and Sir Rice Ap Thomas, 13s. 4d. Edw. Guylforde, loan, 1,000l. Stables and barns at Greenwich, 200l. Amadas for letters, wreaths, harts and roses of fine gold, 266l. 18s. 4d.; and for spangles, gilt and white, for 100 jackets, 70l. 11s. 7½d. Silks, 248l. 2s. 4d. Sir Sampson Norton, for a new gun to be made, 40l. Walter Forster, 200l. Jaques Maryn, jeweller of Paris, 335l. 9s. 4d.—Total, 3,114l. 2s. 6½d.
October.—Laurence Eglisfeld, carriage of jackets from Alton to Waverley, thence to Guilford and Oking, 3s. 8d. Messenger to my Lord of Winchester, from Esher to Bishop's Waltham, 2s.—6th, at Esher. John Greke, marshal of the Staple, quarter's wages, 50s. Messenger from Esher to my Lord of St. John's, London, 16d. Peter Malvesey, expences of the King's liberds, 64s. 6d. Messenger to Greenwich and Windsor, 12d. Wages of Marg. Bryan, half year, 100s. Messenger from Hanworth to Mutis, 8d. Carriage of jackets from Oking to Esher, thence to Hanworth and Windsor, 2d. a mile.—13th and 20th, at Windsor. Messenger to Earl of Northumberland, 20s. To two strangers that brought two liberds, 20l. Calais pursuivant, going with letters to the Emperor and Sir Rob. Wingfield, 10l. Bowyers of London, part payment for 10,000 bows, 100l. Messenger with privy seals, 3s. 4d. Peter Dover, messenger to the merchant strangers, bringing letters from the marches of Calais, 20s.—27th, at Hanworth. Carriage of jackets from Windsor to Hanworth, thence to Richmond, 2s. 6d. Earl of Surrey, for Spinelly, 100l. Lewis de la Fava, for tackling of The Sovereign, &c., 576l. 15s. Mast. Geoffrey Wrenne, clerk of the Closet, 60l. Repairs of Windsor Castle, 200l. Anth. Baveryn, bowstaves, 762l. 15s.—Total, 2,317l. 10s. 2d.
November.—King at Richmond. All Hallow Day, 13s. 4d. Children of the chapel, for singing Audivi, 20s. Walter Hyndy, arrows, arrow heads and strings, 67s. 10d. John Reigne, gardener, making of orchard at Hanworth, 20l. Th. Compton, groom of the Chamber, going to Windsor, 2s. Bp. of Murray. Scotch ambr., in gold, 100l. Hen. Smyth, towards finishing stables and buttery at Greenwich, 200l. Messenger to Prior of Canterbury, 6s. 8d. John Sherley, six tuns of wine given towards the Sergeant's feast, by the King's commandment, 24l. John Cavelcant, merchant of Florence, 39l. 14s. 4d. Sir Rob. Drury and Sir Marmaduke Constable, 190l. Lady Daubeney, 100l. Guydo Portenary, 316l. 14s. 4d. Win. Buttry, 54l. 7s. 6d. Benedic Morvello, 22l. 2s.—Total, 1,803l. 19s. 10d.
December.—King at Richmond. "St. Nicholas Bishop," 6l. 13s. 4d. Guyett Houll, King's spear, one year's fee, 40l. Ric. Browne, yeoman of the Crown, year's fee as forester of the upper ward of the forest of Engilwode, 60s. Lord of Misrule, towards his business at Christmas, 6l. 13s. 4d. Sir Rob. Curson, half year's fee, due New Year's Day, 200l. Christmas Day offering, 13s. 4d. Dr. Fayrfax, for board of Wm. Alderton, child of the King's chapel, 12d. per week, 37 weeks, and for Arth. Lovekyn, 54 weeks; besides 46s. 8d. for their learning. To the King's secretary at Calais, 13l. 6s. 8d. Offering on Christmas morning at the King's howselling, 6s. 8d. Children of the chapel, for singing Gloria in Excelsis, 40s. To the cofferer, for 100 cwt, of wax given to the friars, 62s. Dr. Taylor, for the King's offering at St. Thomas of Canterbury on St. Thomas' Day, 20s.; and for the Queen's offering which the King offered for her there, 10s. Walter Hyndy, fletcher, searching of 15,000 sheaf of arrows within the house of ordnance in the Tower, 13l. 2s. 3d.; and for mattresses and heads for the King's crossbow, &c., 57s. Humph. Walker, gunfounder, 20l. Wm. Wadham, Christ. Warde, Randal Watson and Wm. Parkyns, bowyers of London, in full payment for making 1,000 bows in the Tower of London, 21l. 13s. 4d. Dean of the Chapel, for mending of books in the King's chapel, 6l. 0s. 8d. Sir Ric. Cholmeley, 250l. Lent to John Compton, merchant of London, 500l. Wm. Moure and Wm. Mortymer, 73l. 7s. 4d. Francis Stanelay, merchant, 185l. 8s. 8d. Sir And. Wyndesore, 1,495l. 16s. 5d. Amadas, 637l. 16s. 6d. Sir John Hussey, for the sea banks in Holland, 100l.; to be repaid. Lent to Lord Hastyngs, 1,000l. Messenger with letters into the north parts for the King's wards, 26s. 8d. Antony Imers, for his wages "for breaking of the King's coffers," 50s.—Total, 4,789l. 10s. 5d.


  • 1. The servant of "Master Amner" (Wolsey) received 20s.
  • 2. This item occurs nearly every month.
  • 3. Items similar to this often occur. From an entry under Nov. 7 Hen. VIII. it would appear that the persons addressed (whose names are given) were indebted to the King.
  • 4. These payments are generally made to Laurence Eglisfelde, at the rate of 2d. a mile.