Destruction of tax records, 1381
Catalogue reference: C 54/221, m. 28


Rex thesaurio et baronibus suis de scaccarii salutem. Supplicarunt nobis collectores et contrarotulatores subsidii nobis per laicos ultimo concessi in comitatu Kantie ut cum rotuli de nominibus personarum in eodem comitatu commorantium necnon indenture et alie evidencie colleccionem dicti subsidii tangentes per comitates comitatus predicti temporibus quo ipsi ibidem insurrexerunt contra eorum voluntatem combusta fuerunt ipsique non habeant per quod computare possint nisi per summam totalem personarum cuiuslibet ville comitatus predicti per quod vos compotum eorundem collectorum nisi ipsi nomina earundem personarum seperatim vobis monstrarent hucusque recipere distulistis velimus eis in hac parte grosere subvenire nos eorum supplicacioni annuentes. Vobis mandamus quod si per sacramentum ipsorum collectorum et contrarotulatorum vobis constare poterit premissa veritatem continere, tunc cum prefatis collectoribus per eorum sacramentam iuxta summam totalem personarum singularum villarum vel hundredorum in eodem comitatu et contrarocionem contrarotulatorum predictorum non faciendo mencionem in specie de singulis hominibus personarum eiusdem comitatus computetis et ulterius in hac parte tam pro nobis quam pro prefatis collectoribus factas quod natura compoti exigit et requirit debitam allocacionem prefatis collectoribus prout iustum fuerit facientes de premissis. Teste Rege apud Westminster xvi die Decembris. Per Consilio.


Translation

The King to the Treasurer and the Barons of the Exchequer. Order, upon petition of the collectors and controllers in Kent of the subsidy last granted to the King by laymen, showing that the rolls of names of those dwelling in Kent, the indentures and other evidences concerning the collection were burned by the commons of the county in their late insurrection, and that the collectors have not wherewithal to account but by the sum total of persons of every town, wherefore the Treasurer and the Barons have deferred to receive their account unless they showed severally those persons' names, if by oath of the collectors and controllers assured that these things are true, to account with the collectors upon oath by the sum total of persons of the towns or hundreds, and by control of the controllers, making no special mention of the names. Witnessed by the King at Westminster, 16 December. By the Council.


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