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Senate House Library, University of London

Commissioners of the King's Revenue


Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 195

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Commissioners of the King's Revenue

Date(s): 1626-1627

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 volumes containing 146 leaves

Name of creator(s): Privy Council | Commissioners of the King's Revenue


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Commission was set up under the Great Seal (Privy Council) on 1 Jul 1626, to try and reduce debts incurred by the Royal Household.


Scope and content/abstract:

Journal book containing the 'proceedings of his Majesty's Commissioners for the lessening of his Majesty's charge and increase of his revenue', 11 Jul 1626-24 Nov 1627. These volumes deal with the efforts made to reduce the debts incurred by the King's Household. Particulars are given of the households both of King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria. The entries relating to the Queen's household are of especial interest in view of the critical situation caused at this time by the dismissal of her French attendants and staff. Includes minutes of the 'Commissioners for selling and granting his Majesty's lands in fee farm' for 20-21 Sep and 5 Oct 1626. Volume II is inscribed 'Mr Whitaker's booke', referring to Lawrence Whitaker, Clerk of the Privy Council, 1624-1640.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Physical characteristics:

Manuscript folio. Bound in original vellum, rebacked.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

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Archival history:

This manuscript is inscribed by Lawrence Whitaker, MP, Clerk of the Council, 1624-1640. It was later part of the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet (1792-1872) as MS 15713.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.


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Publication note:

Calendar of state papers, domestic series, 1627-1628.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions: ISAD(G) 2nd edition, and NCA rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names (1997).

Date(s) of descriptions: Jun 2000

Cost reduction | Cost accounting | Accounting | Financial administration | Finance
Monarchy | Political systems

Personal names
Charles I | 1600-1649 | King of Great Britain and Ireland
Henrietta Maria | 1609-1669 | Queen consort of Charles I
Whitaker | Lawrence | fl 1624-1640 | Clerk of the Privy Council

Corporate names
Privy Council | Commissioners of the King's Revenue
Royal Household