Medieval Exchequer Gold Seam

Ireland in 1280-1: an exchequer receipt roll

The National Archives (UK) E 101/230/16

Due to financial scandals, for the one hundred and fifty years before 1446, parchment rolls written in Dublin for the financial administration of the English lordship in Ireland were sent to London to be checked and eventually made their way to The National Archives UK. This is one such roll, which contains all the payments received in Dublin by the clerks there in 1280-81. It tells us lots about everyday life in Ireland at this time, including about women who interacted with English government and ran businesses, the names of Irishmen who bought English law, paid rent to the English king or made war against him, and much more.