Exchequer: King's Remembrancer: Port Books

E 190
Exchequer: King's Remembrancer: Port Books

The records in this series resulted from an Exchequer Order of November 1564 requiring all customs officials in the various ports of England and Wales thenceforth to make their entries in blank books issued by the Exchequer.

The books are of three kinds:

  • Entry books of the collectors and other officials, recording the details of cockets issued as receipts for the payment of the various duties on imports and exports;
  • Entry books of searchers, waiters and other officials who were concerned with shipping movements and the inspection of cargoes, not with the collection of duties; and
  • Coasting books, which record the issue and return of certificates for the transit of goods by coast from one English port to another. The certificate stated that the shipper had entered into bonds to unlade only at another port within the realm.

Each entry in a Port Book generally contains:

  • the name of the ship and its master;
  • the names of the merchants (sometimes giving the merchant's mark) and whether they were aliens;
  • date on which duty was paid (not the date of arrival or unloading);
  • a description of their goods;
  • the amount of duties paid (in the entry books of the collectors);
  • the ship's destination or port to which it was sailing next.

After 1600 few books omit details of the places to and from which shipments were made.

Related Material:
See also the Mainland English, Scottish and Irish Outport records: CUST
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
1553 bundle(s)

Found an error? Suggest a correction to help improve our descriptions.

Suggest a correction for this record

Fields marked with * are mandatory.

Your details

If you provide your details, we will contact you within 10 working days if we cannot act on your suggestion

User Tags

Users have tagged this record with...

  • You need to sign in to tag records. If you don't have an account please register.

User Collaboration

Use the form below to include your knowledge of this record. If your description includes any citable references, please add these to the "Citable References?" field on the right, remebering to seperate each reference with a comma, for example (FO 176/1/1, FO 178/2/1, and so on...)

Citable References?