Catalogue description Office of the Auditors of Land Revenue and predecessors and successors: Vouchers and Accounts

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Details of LR 5
Reference: LR 5
Title: Office of the Auditors of Land Revenue and predecessors and successors: Vouchers and Accounts

Vouchers subsidiary to accounts audited by the auditors of land revenue; particularly those of the receivers general and ministers of crown lands in England and Wales but also of various tax collectors, officials of the royal household and for woods, forests and parks. Until at least the end of the seventeenth century, vouchers were commonly kept in files, which might include warrants and debentures for disbursements (particularly fees and pensions). Included here is a file of certificates and warrants for monastic pensions of the reign of Elizabeth I (LR 5/23), bills for maintenance of crown properties, estreats of fines in manorial courts and 'constats', or certificates, of sums paid into the Exchequer of Receipt.

There are also a large number of vouchers of the particular receivers, ministers and household officials of the seventeenth century queens consort: Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza, as well as a few documents relating to the jointures as a whole.

Also found are some letter books and accounts of the commissioners of woods, forests and land revenues.

Date: Henry VIII - 1871
Related material:

The accounts to which these vouchers relate are mainly in:

LR 7

LR 12

Related court rolls will be found in: SC 2

LR 6

Separated material:

Papers of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands were transferred from LR 5/12-19 to:

LR 17

Some records have been transferred to: SC 6

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English and Latin
Physical description: 125 box(es)
Administrative / biographical background:

Vouchers, in the sense used here, are documents produced as receipts or certificates to satisfy the auditors of the land revenue or the treasurers-receivers general appointed by queen's copnsort that sums entered in accounts as paid or received are trustworthy. During the seventeenth century much crown land was, however, held in jointure by queens consort: Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza. They, through their councils, appointed particular receivers who paid sums to Treasurers-Receivers General, which they had collected from ministers.

The vouchers from the mid-eighteenth to early nineteenth century relating to woods, forests and parks were the responsibility of the Surveyor General of Woods before 1810 and the Commissioners of Woods, Forests and Land Revenues thereafter.

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