Exchequer: Rolls Index and Precedents

Scope and Content

MS.Add.4433: Index to the memoranda rolls of the Exchequer (K. R.), 16 Elizabeth I - 24 Charles I [1574-1649], 18th century.

MS.Add.4434: Precedents of exchequer entries and writs, completed between c. 1665 and c. 1708.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Exchequer was divided into two main parts. The lower Exchequer, also called the Receipt, was responsible for receiving and dispensing public revenue. The upper Exchequer was a court that sat twice a year to check the accounts.

The King's Remembrancer was responsible for the collection of revenue deriving from taxation, debts and other casual sources. Income from fixed sources, such as land, was the responsibility of the Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs Maitland, 1907.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

Many of the precedents appear to derive from the King's Remembrancer's office. The index may also derive from the same source.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds Exchequer accounts, MS.Add.5780.


For further information about MS.Add.4434 see J.H. Baker, A catalogue of English legal manuscripts in Cambridge University Library (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1996), pp. 595-596.