Royal Wardrobe petition

Scope and Content

Petition, dated Aug 1619, of John Addis, Officer of the Wardrobe, for reimbursement of expenses incurred in taking one man, two horses and four labourers for six days from Warwick to Compton and transporting 'all such stuffe then needfull for the Prince [Charles], his service'. With the signature of Sir Robert Cary.

Administrative / Biographical History

In the 13th century, under Henry III and Edward I, the Royal Wardrobe became a major financial institution. Used as a war treasury, it acted as paymaster to the major military expeditions commanded by the king. It subsequently declined in importance, being replaced by the Chamber. Separate from the King's Wardrobe was the Great Wardrobe, for army clothing and military stores, peripatetic until 1361 and then at Baynard castle, and the Privy Wardrobe, for bows, arrows, pikes, and other weapons, in the Tower of London.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Enclosed in a graingerised copy of William Camden, Annales, or the History of the most renowned...princesse Elizabeth , 3rd edition (London 1635), inscribed 'Corbyn Barrow, Lancaster 1853', from the Durning-Lawrence Library.See also Senate House Library MSS 380, 381, 382, 877, from this source.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

275 x 170 mm

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

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