Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for the year 1379
The following information was transcribed from The Yorkshire Archaeological and
Topographical Journals (all pre 1900). The data is "signed" J.G. 8th February, 1879.
In the journals the data is given wapentake by wapentake, however this format makes very large files
when placed on the World Wide Web, and so I have split the data into places, and then re-combined the
data into parishes so that it can be accessed from the relevant Genuki parish pages eventually. Most of the
information concerns the West Riding, however there is also most of the Ainsty wapentake and Howdenshire
in the East Riding. The only information for the North Riding is for Humburton in Kirby Hill parish in
the West Riding.
The headings of each of the sections are given below, along with a list of the parishes for which there
When I first placed these files on the Genuki site, there were quite a lot of places
with names that I couldn't identify. These have been identified with the help of
Yvonne Clarke, Carolyn Fenwick and members of the Yorksgen mailing list.
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Colin Hinson, September, 2003.
Archæological and Topographical Journal
"ROTULI COLLECTORUM SUBSIDII REGI A LAICIS
ANNO SEGUNDO CONCESSI IN
WESTRYTHYNGO IN COMITATU EBORACI."
(Membrane 1, column 1.)
WAPPENTAGIUM DE STRAFFORD.
Public Record Office, Lay Subsidies, West Riding Co. York, No. 200/40, Poll Tax A° 2 Richard
II. The following is the account of this record given in the catalogue "A Roll made up of
portions found at very different times, all in a very good state of preservation, which have
been brought together and put in a perfect state of arrangement, so as now to form one of the
most complete and valuable of the whole body of the Subsidy Rolls. That it is now complete,
and in the state in which it was originally delivered into the Exchequer, appears from this,
that attached to one of the membranes, united by old stitching, is the Indenture dated, at
Doncaster Monday next after the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the third year of
the King (Richard the Second), made between William de Melton and John Sayvyll, Assessors and
Taxors of the Subsidy granted to King Richard the Second in the second year of his reign, in
the West riding com. Ebor, on the one part, and Peter Mauleverer, knt., and Richard Lewer, of
Doncaster, collectors of the said Subsidy, on the other part, witnessing that the said
assessors have delivered to the said collectors 53 indented Rolls in which the names of all
persons in the Westriding being of the age of 16, and not notorious mendicants, and the sums
charged on each, according to their state and degree, are fully set down according to the form
of the said grant. The Rolls, according to the tenor of this Indenture are indented, and are
in number exactly 53, viz:-
The original cover remains attached to one of the Rolls, with this contemporary title, `Rotuli
Coll. Subsidior' Regi a laic. anno s'c'do concess. in Westrythyng' in com. Ebor,'-' Coll.
Barkstone Ash 5
Staincliff and Ewcross 5
The following is the Indenture, dated at Doncaster, above referred to. It remains attached to
membrane 45 of the complete Record "Hec indentura facta inter Willelmum de Meltoñ & Johannem
Sayuylle, assessores & taxatores subsidii Regi Ricardo secundo post conquestum anna regni sui
secundo concessi in Westrythyngo in Comitatu Eboraci (ex una parte) & Petrum Mauleuerer,
Chiualer, & Ricardum Lewer' de Doncastre Collectores ejusdem subsidii ibidem ex parte altera
testatur quod iidem assessores & taxatores liberarunt prefatis Collectoribus liij rotulos
indentatos in quibus nomina omnnium personarum in Westrythyngo predicto existentium etatem xvj
annorum excedencium veris mendicantibus dumtaxat exceptis ac summe particulares singulas
earundem personarum de dicto subsidio juxta status suos & gradus conting(ent)es planarie
annotantur. Ad leuandom & colligendum dictum subsidium juxta formam concessionis ejusdem in
Westrythyngo predicto per Rotulus predictos ad opus Regis virtute commissionis Regis eisdem
Collectoribus inde directe. In cujus rei testimonium partes predicte Sigilla sua hiis
indentoris alternatim apposuerunt. Datum apud Doncastre die lune proximo ante festum
Exaltacionis sancte Crucis anno regni dicti domini Regis tercio."
(The Seals are gone.)
8th February, 1879.
The Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Journals
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