Exchequer: Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer: Memoranda Rolls
|Title:||Exchequer: Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer: Memoranda Rolls|
Rolls recording memoranda made in the Exchequer. Each roll or set of rolls covers a year, consisting of four terms, and is divided into different sections. The contents of the two parallel series, one kept by the King's Remembrancer and the other by the Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer, reflect the differing functions of the two offices, which were defined by the Exchequer ordinances of 1323. From that time, the rolls of the Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer included the following 11 sections:
The main means of reference to this series of memoranda rolls are a collection of repertory rols, some general and others relating to particular sections of the rolls. They give the name of the county, a brief note of the subject of the entry, and the rotulus number on which it is found in IND 1/6909-6935, 6993-6995, and 7016-7028. Indexes include Tayleure's IND 1/17043 and three volumes of notes by Thomas Madox (IND 1/17045-17047).
Exchequer pleas are also in E 13
A parallel series of memoranda rolls are in E 159
Registers of the enrollment of pleas are in E 388
The two earliest Exchequer memoranda rolls, from the reign of King John, are in E 370
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Language:||English and Latin|
|Physical description:||804 roll(s)|
An outline of the development of the rolls is provided by J Conway Davies, 'The memoranda rolls of the Exchequer to 1307', in Studies presented to Sir Hilary Jenkinson (1957), pp 97-154 Also useful is J F Willard, 'The memoranda rolls and the remembrancers, 1282-1350', in Essays in Medieval History presented to T F Tout, ed A G Little and F M Powicke (1925), pp 215-29 See also D Crook, 'The early remembrancers of the Exchequer', Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, liii (1980), pp 11-23
|Administrative / biographical background:||
Memoranda began to be kept by the Exchequer from the 12th century, by order of the treasurer, so that particular action could be taken on an account. It is likely that they were considered ephemeral documents until the early years of the reign of Henry III (1216-1272).