Office of the Auditors of Land Revenue and predecessors and successors: Memoranda
At the core of this very miscellaneous series are the working papers of the auditors of land revenue from 1554 to 1832. These include warrants, instructions, etc from, and correspondence with, Exchequer and Treasury officials as well as the auditors' own memoranda and personal papers. This material relates to the auditors' varied functions, for which there are also specific types of document.
Relating to the audit of accounts of the receivers general and ministers of crown lands are; drafts of, and original, declarations, views and arrears of these accounts; vouchers and other documents relating to allowances on these accounts for fees, pensions and repairs to crown property; and surveys and rentals of crown lands.
The auditors also provided information, in the form of particulars, for the lease and sale of crown land in response to warrants from Treasury officials and various commissioners and trustees. Instructions, warrants, draft particulars, and enrolment books of these documents will be found in this series.
The auditors audited other accounts and drafts; working papers relating to the accounts of sheriffs, tax collectors, bishops' temporalities and the Cofferer of the Royal Household will also be found in this series.
This series also has records of other bodies. There is material relating to the accounts of the households and jointures of the seventeenth century queens consort; Anne of Denmark, Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza. There are also a few records of the Court of Augmentations (1536 to 1544) and the Commissioners of Woods, Forests and Land Revenues (from 1810).
This series of Auditors' Memoranda is an artificial collection of material gathered from a number of sources among the records of the Exchequer and the Land Revenue Record Office. The documents arrived in the Public Record Office in bulk, and a number of incomplete attempts were made in the 19th and early 20th centuries to arrange them. Systematic description proceeded as far as box LR 9/24, each item being numbered and listed as it was found in its box, with no attempt at arrangement. The resulting descriptive slips were pasted into volumes and are still available as means of reference to those boxes.
The present re-listing, undertaken in 1981, left those boxes untouched because of the existence of the descriptive slips, although the documents themselves are exactly comparable with the newly arranged material, represented in boxes LR 9/75-114, and should be used in conjunction with it.
This relisting was made possible only by the abolition of boxes LR9/25-59 in the old, largely unlisted, arrangement, the analysis of their contents and redistribution by circuit or by subject as set out in the following list.
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