Palaeography Lesson 12

For this lesson we’re looking at a valentine letter written in 1467 by Margery Brews to John Paston. Danièle Cybulskie gives the following background to the letter: In early 1477, John Paston was in his thirties, and actively in the market for a wife (p.93). Luckily for him, he was introduced via mutual acquaintances toContinue reading “Palaeography Lesson 12”

Palaeography Lesson 10

For this lesson we’re looking at a petition presented to the Quarter Sessions at Stafford by Richard Richardson of Bramshall. The petition is from 1648, during the Second English Civil War, and concerns Parliamentarian soldiers. Have a go at transcribing the below document and email your transcription to jennifer.lewis@staffordshire.gov.uk. This will be passed on toContinue reading “Palaeography Lesson 10”

Palaeography Lesson 9

This lesson we’re looking at an extract from the 1569 view of Frankpledge from the Manor Court Rolls of Eccleshall. Have a go at transcribing the below document and email your transcription to jennifer.lewis@staffordshire.gov.uk. This will be passed on to Jim Sutton who will comment on it and send you his model transcription. Frankpledge wasContinue reading “Palaeography Lesson 9”

Palaeography Lesson 8

For this lesson we’re transcribing the beginning of the lengthy complaint of Thomas Paunfeld on behalf of the men of Chesterton in Cambridgeshire, dated c.1414. You can download a copy of the complaint for free from the National Archives via this link: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C9061310 Have a go at transcribing the below document and email your transcriptionContinue reading “Palaeography Lesson 8”

Palaeography Lesson 7

For this lesson we’re looking at short entries from 2 documents. The first is the heading of a manorial survey of the manors of Crewe and Barthomley in Cheshire. Watch out carefully for contractions and abbreviations. In particular note the contraction on the second word in the left hand margin The second is a summaryContinue reading “Palaeography Lesson 7”

Palaeography Lesson 4

The Sidway Story Thomas Sidway, a yeoman farmer, was lord Brereton’s bailiff in Alsager during the Civil War. He was fined for apparently doing no more than acting as Lord Brereton’s servant in that he marshalled the tenants in accordance with their leases. These are the entries from the State Papers in the National ArchiveContinue reading “Palaeography Lesson 4”

Palaeography Lesson 3

The Sidway Story Thomas Sidway, a yeoman farmer, was Lord Brereton’s bailiff in Alsager during the Civil War. He was fined for apparently doing no more than acting as Lord Brereton’s servant in that he marshalled the tenants in accordance with their leases. These are the entries from the State Papers in the National ArchiveContinue reading “Palaeography Lesson 3”

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