4.2.1.9 Pipe Rolls
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4.2.1.9 Pipe Rolls

4.2.1.9 Pipe Rolls


These great annual rolls of the Exchequer (external link) contain the accounts of the royal income, not only from the regular revenues from the king’s demesnes, but also from taxations, judicial amercements, and agreements made with the king for privileges and favors in all the counties of England. They are based primarily on accounts from the sheriffs, as the king’s representatives in the counties. They extend from 1156-1833, lacking only the years 1216 and 1403, and until 1733, they were written in abbreviated Latin. A listing of published rolls by county can be found in Graves (61), while Mullins gives details on the volumes published by the Pipe Roll Society (external link) (62).

61. Graves, Edgar B., and Charles Gross, comps. A Bibliography of English History to 1485: Based on The Sources and Literature of English History From the Earliest Times to About 1485 by Charles Gross. Oxford, Eng.; New York: Clarendon Press, 1975 at pp.475-7
62. Mullins, Edward L. C. Texts and Calendars : an Analytical Guide to Serial Publications. 2 Vols. Royal Historical Society, 7, 12. London: Royal Historical Society, 1958-1983. vol. 1, at pp.232-8


Cannon, Henry H., ed. The Great Roll of the Pipe for the Twenty-Sixth Year of the Reign of King Henry the Third, A.D. 1241-1242; Now First Printed From the Original in the Custody of the Right Hon. the Master of the Rolls. Yale Historical Publications. Manuscripts and Edited Texts, 5. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1918. OCLC: 1376206 (external link)

Cazel, Fred A., and Annarie P. Cazel , eds. Rolls of the Fifteenth of the Ninth Year of the Reign of Henry III for Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, and Wiltshire, and Rolls of the Fortieth of the Seventeenth Year of the Reign of Henry III for Kent. Publications of the Pipe Roll Society (external link), 83; n.s., 45. London: Pipe Roll Society, 1983. OCLC: 36847656 (external link)
Abstract: Text in Latin.

Devon, C., ed. The Chancellor's Roll, or, Duplicate of the Great Pipe Roll of the Third Year of King John, Preserved in the Chapter House, Westminster. With an Appendix, Formed by Collating the Same With the Original Roll in the Pipe Office. London: s.n., 1833. OCLC: 13442595 (external link)
Abstract: This is a duplicate of the original pipe roll prepared by the Exchequer (external link) for the Chancellor.

Farrer, William, ed. The Lancashire Pipe Rolls of 31 Henry I., A.D. 1130, and of the Reigns of Henry II., A.D. 1155-1189; Richard I., A.D. 1189-1199; and King John, A.D. 1199-1216.
The Latin Text Extended and Notes Added. Also Early Lancashire Charters of the Period From the Reign of William Rufus to That of King John. Liverpool: H. Young and Sons, 1902. OCLC: 2001421 (external link)
Abstract: Includes a map indicating the various tenures of the county in AD 1212.

Great Britain. Court of the Exchequer. Pipe Rolls, 1217-1306 From the Court of the Exchequer Preserved in the Public Record Office. London: PRO, 1971-1973. OCLC: 3863893 (external link)

Great Britain. Exchequer. Foreign Accounts Rolls From the Exchequer, Pipe Office, 1219-1661. E 364 (Microfilm). London: Public Record Office, 1970. OCLC: 52297923 (external link)
Abstract: A dissertation manuscript containing accounts 'foreign' to the normal county enrollments on the Pipe Rolls, covering a wide area of governmental activity. Sources are part of PRO E 364: E. 364/2-11, 42 Edward III-51 Edward III; E.364/12-33, 1 Richard II-23 Richard II-1 Henry IV; E. 364/35-46, 2 Henry IV-13 Henry IV; E. 364/47-56, 1 Henry V-10 Henry V; E. 364/57-94, 1 Henry VI-38 Henry VI. Also available as a Kraus Reprint.

Hunter, Joseph, ed. The Great Roll of the Pipe for the First Year of the Reign of King Richard I.: A.D. 1189-1190. Record Commission edition. London: HMSO, 1844. OCLC: 220899424 (external link)
Notes: Also available online in ModernEconomy (external link) (subscription database)
Abstract: Transcript of the Latin text.

———, ed. The Great Rolls of the Pipe for the Second, Third, and Fourth Years of the Reign of King Henry the Second, A.D. 1155, 1156, 1157, 1158. Now First Printed From the Originals in the Custody of the Right Hon. the Master of the Rolls, Under the Care of the Rev. Joseph Hunter. Record Commission edition. London: Printed by G.E. Eyre and A. Spottiswoode, 1844. OCLC: 1346948 (external link)
Abstract: Transcript of the Latin text.

———, ed. The Pipe Roll of 31 Henry I, Michaelmas, 1130 : Reproduced in Facsimile From the Edition of 1833. Record Commission edition. London: HMSO, 1929. OCLC: 4975879 (external link)
Abstract: The earliest surviving Pipe Roll with a table of corrections added by Charles Johnson, 1929.

———, ed. Rotulus Cancellarii, Vel Antigraphum Magni Rotuli Pipae De Tertio Anno Regis Johannis. Publications of Record Commissioners, 49. London : Commission of the Public Records of the Kingdom, 1833. OCLC: 55577810 (external link)
Abstract: Chancellor's roll produced from the original pipe roll of the exchequer.

Pipe Roll Society, London. The Great Roll of the Pipe; Magnus Rotulus Pipae. v. London: The Pipe Roll Society (external link), 1938-.
Abstract: Text in abbreviated Latin, introductory materials in English. This multi-volume set of pipe rolls from the PRO has been edited by various scholars. Volumes are cited by the regnal year of the king.
Abstract: Introductory materials in English. The first series reprinted the Great Rolls of the Exchequer, from 1158-1188. Contents:
Vol. 10, 69 Ancient Charters, Royal and Private prior to 1200
Vol. 14, Three Rolls of the King's court in the time of Richard I
Vols. 17, 20, 23, and 24, Feet of fines from 1182 to 1199
Vol. 24, Roll of the King's Court, Hilary Term, 1196
Vol. 35, Rotuli de Dominabus et Pueris et Puellis, 1185
Series 2 is continuing. Introductory material in English. Contents of early volumes:
Vol. 1, The great roll of the pipe for the second year of the reign of King Richard the first michaelmas 1190 (pipe roll 36)
Vol. 2, The great rolls of the pipe of the third and fourth years of the reign of King Richard the first mich. 1191 and mich. 1192 (pipe rolls 37 and 38)
Vol. 5, The great roll of the pipe for the sixth year of the reign of King Richard the first michaelmas 1194 (pipe roll 40)
Vol. 10, The great Roll of the pipe for the first year of the reign of King John michaelmas 1199 (pipe roll 45)
Vol. 11, The Memoranda roll of the king's remembrancer for michaelmas 1230-Trinity 1231.
Vol. 12, The great roll of the pipe for the second year of the reign of King John michaelmas 1200 (pipe roll 46)
Vol. 14, The great roll of the pipe for the third year of the reign of King John michaelmas 1201 (pipe roll 47) Copies of the PRO editions of the Great Rolls of the Exchequer.

Stenton, Doris M. P., ed. The Chancellor's Roll for the Eighth Year of the Reign of King Richard the First, Michaelmas 1196 (Pipe Roll 42) . Publications of the Pipe Roll Society (external link), 45; n.s., 7. Nendeln: Kraus Reprint, 1968. OCLC: 55628686 (external link)
Abstract: Originally published in 1930.





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