The Berkshire Record Society

Registered Charity No: 1027976

President: Mr James Puxley, Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire

Chairman: Professor Ralph Houlbrooke

General Editor: Dr Peter Durrant


Volume 4 Cover

Berkshire Probate Accounts 1583-1712

Edited by Ian Mortimer

Published by Berkshire Record Society in 1999

ISBN: 0 9524946 3 9

Probate accounts are a rich but little-used source for social and economic history. They detail payments made during the administration of deceased persons’ estates: funeral expenses, debts, wages, the costs of running farms, shops and workshops, and disbursements for clothing, feeding and educating orphaned children. This volume contains a selection of the fullest and most interesting Berkshire accounts from among the fine collection in the Berkshire Record Office.

Contents

Acknowledgements iv
Foreword v
Map of the Parishes of Berkshire vi
Introduction vii
List of Documents xxxi
Illustration xxxvi
PROBATE ACCOUNTS 1
Index of names 258
Index of subjects 284