Abbreviations and select bibliography

Scriveners' Company Common Paper 1357-1628 With A Continuation To 1678. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 1968.

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J. A. R. Abbott, 'Robert Abbott, City Money
Scrivener, and his account book, 1646–1652',
in Guildhall Miscellany, no. 7 (August 1956),
pp. 30–39.
adm. admitted.
app. apprentice.
A. B. Beaven, The Aldermen of the City of London (1908, 1913).
M. Birks, Gentlemen of the Law (1960).
J. Bromley and H. Child, The Armorial Bearings
of the Guilds of London (1960).
City of London Livery Companies' Commission.
Report and Appendix, vol. 3 (1884), pp. 732–64.
D. C. Coleman, 'London Scriveners and the
Estate Market in the Later Seventeenth
Century', in Economic History Review, Second
series, vol. IV, no. 2 (1951), pp. 221–30.
co. county.
dec'd deceased.
P. H. Ditchfield, The City Companies of London
and their good works (1904), pp. 310–13.
Freshfield E. Freshfield, 'Some Notarial Marks in the
"Common Paper" of the Scriveners' Company',
in Archaeologia, vol. 54 (1895), pp. 239–54.
gent. gentleman.
GL Guildhall Library.
H. C. Gutteridge, 'The Origin and Historical
Development of the Profession of Notaries
Public in England', in Cambridge Legal Essays
written in honour of and presented to Doctor
Bond, Professor Buckland and Professor Kenny
(1926), pp. 123–37.
Jenkinson H. Jenkinson, The Later Court Hands in England,
from the Fifteenth to the Seventeenth Century
jun. junior.
pat. patrimony.
T. Phillips, Londonderry and the London Companies, 1609–1629, being a survey and other
documents submitted to King Charles I (1928).
J. S. Purvis, Notarial Signs from the York
Archiepiscopal Records (1957).
J. S. Purvis, 'The Notary Public in England', in
Archivum, vol. 12 (1962), pp. 121–6.
Rawl. D51 MS. Rawlinson D51, in the Bodleian Library,
T. F. Reddaway, 'The Livery Companies of
Tudor London', in History, vol. 51 (1966), pp.
redemp. redemption.
Riley, Memorials H. T. Riley (ed.), Memorials of London and
London life, in the XIIIth, XlVth, and XVth
centuries (1868).
s. son.
s/app. son and/or apprentice.
Sharpe, Letter-Book R. R. Sharpe (ed.), Calendar of Letter-Books
[A-L] preserved among the Archives of the Corporation of the City of London at the Guildhall.
11 vols. (1899–1912).
subs. subscribes.
J. C. Thornley and G. W. Hastings (eds.), The
Guilds of the City of London and their Liverymen (n.d.), pp. 220–2.
G. Unwin, The Gilds and Companies of London
(4th ed., 1963).
W. Warrell, Scribes ancient and modern. (Otherwise Law Writers or Scriveners) (1889).

Nearly all the titles mentioned above give references to other sources; see also W. F. Kahl, The Development of London Livery Companies: an historical essay and a select bibliography (Boston, Mass., 1960). There are numerous incidental references to the Worshipful Company of Scriveners in general works on the Guilds and in many of the histories of other Livery Companies.

List of manuscripts of the Scriveners' Company in the Guildhall Library

366(16) Case of the Company as to the legality of an
assessment on its members towards the rebuilding of their Hall burnt in the Great Fire. With
opinion of Sir Thomas Raymond, 14 May 1674.
5370 The 'Common Paper'—the subject of this present book. (fn. 1)
6199 Extracts from Court minutes (now untraceable),
1696–1820, chiefly relating to the purchase of
the Company's Hall by the Coachmakers'
Company and to other premises belonging to
the Scriveners' Company, compiled c.1830.
8716 Original charter of incorporation granted to the
Company by King James I, 28 January 1616/
8717 Original ordinances, ratified 29 January 1618/19.
8718 Original ordinances, ratified 28 May 1635.
8719 Copy of grant of arms and supporters, originally
granted 11 November 1634, made at the
Company's request by Stephen Peters, arms
painter, 1738.
8720 Wardens' account book, 1732–1894.
8721 Members' rolls, recording admission to freedom
and livery, and offices served, 1732–1892.
(There are eighty-four rolls, but the record
is incomplete.)
8721A Photostat copy of MS. Rawlinson D51 in the
Bodleian Library, Oxford—this record is also
included in this present book. (fn. 2)
8722 Bond in £1,000 by the Coachmakers' Company
to the Scriveners' Company, 13 May 1703.
8723 Copy bargain and sale by Sir Arthur Savage and
Dame Sarah his wife (late wife of George
Smithies, Alderman of London, dec'd) and
others, to Charles Bostock, Citizen and
Scrivener, of—
Great messuage with garden known as
Bacon House in Oat Lane, St. Mary
Staining, City of London
10 June 1628; with copy fine appertaining, 8 July
9837 Deed of arrangement between (a) the Brewers'
Company, the Scriveners' Company, the Corporation of London, the Pewterers' Company,
the Barbersurgeons' Company and the Carpenters' Company, and (b) the Ironmongers' Company, in relation to matters arising out of the
Londonderry Estates, 20 November 1884.

List of manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, relating to the Scriveners' Company

Rawlinson MS. D51 (S.C. 12869), being records of the Company of Scriveners transcribed in the time of Charles II. (fn. 3)

Rawlinson MS. D734 (S.C. 13504). Miscellaneous papers relating to the City of London and including:

(i) Petition to King Charles II on the issue of a Quo Warranto against the Company, expressing their submission, but praying for continuance of such privileges as he shall think fit (f. 79).

(ii) Two copies of a petition to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen respecting the binding of apprentices, with statement of reasons, and letter, 1672 (ff. 80–87).

(iii) Counsel's opinion, by Sir Thomas Raymond, 14 May 1674, in favour of the power of the Company to levy contributions upon the members for the rebuilding of the Hall, burned down in the Fire of London (f. 88).

Rawlinson MS. D911 (S.C. 13677). Fragmentary English papers, historical and legal, but including (f. 196) The explanac'on of the clause concerninge scriveners, etc. conteyned in the Act against usury made in the xxi yeare of Kinge James'.


  • 1. For details, see Introduction, pp. xiii, xiv.
  • 2. For details, see Introduction, pp. xvi–xviii.
  • 3. For details, see Introduction, p. xvii.