[24 February, 1642/3]
Order for Weekly Assessment.
The Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, being
fully satisfied and resolved in their consciences, that they have
lawfully taken up Armes, and may and ought to continue
the same for the necessary defence of themselves and
the Parliament from violence and destruction, and of this
Kingdome from forraign invasion, and for the bringing of notorious offenders to condigne punishment, which are the only causes
for which they have raised and do continue an Army and Forces,
which cannot possibly be maintained, nor the Kingdome subsist
without the speedy raising of large and considerable summes of
money proportionable to the great expenses, which now this
Kingdome is at, for the supporting of the said Army, and for
the saving of the whole Kingdome, our Religion, Lawes, and
Liberties from utter ruine and destruction; which, that it may
be done with as much ease and indifferency to the good subject
as the exigent of the times will permit, the said Lords and
Commons do Ordaine. And be it Ordained by the said Lords and
Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That for the
intents and purposes aforesaid, the severall and weekly sums of
money hereafter in this Ordinance mentioned, shall be charged,
rated, taxed, and levied upon all and every the severall
Counties, Cities, Townes, Liberties, Places and Persons hereafter
mentioned, according to the proportions, rates, and distributions
in this present Ordinance expressed, the same to be paid in
weekly to the several Collectors appointed by this Ordinance
for the reiving hereof, That is to say, upon the City of London
the weekly summe of ten thousand pounds.
The City of Westminster with the liberties thereof, and all the
parishes and houses which are now within the weekly Bill of
Mortality, within the County of Middlesex, and not within the
jurisdiction of the Lord Maior, the sums of twelve hundred and
The County of Middlesex, besides the City of Westminster,
with the other places before mentioned, the weekly summe of
seven hundred and fifty pounds.
The County of Kent, with the cities there, the weekly summe
of one thousand two hundred and fifty pounds.
The County of Essex, the weekly summe of one thousand one
hundred and twenty five pounds.
The County of Surrey, besides the Borough of Southwark, the
weekly summe of foure hundred pounds.
The Borough of Southwarke, the parishes of Redderith, Newington-Butts, and Lambeth, at the summe of three hundred pounds.
The County of Sussex, the weekly summe of six hundred and
twenty five pounds.
The County of Hertford, the weekly summe of foure hundred
and fifty pounds.
The County of Cambridge, the weekly summe of three hundred
and seventy five pounds.
The Isle of Ely, the weekly summe of one hundred forty
seven pounds ten shillings.
The county of Suffolke, the weekly summe of one thousand
two hundred and fiftie pounds.
The county of Norfolke, with the City of Norwich, the weekly
summe of one thousand two hundred and fiftie pounds.
The county of Huntington, the weekly summe of two hundred
and twenty pounds.
The county of Buckingham, the weekely summe of foure hundred twenty pounds.
The county of Bedford, the weekly summe of two hundred and
The county of Lincolne, with the City of Lincolne, the weekly
summe of eight hundred and twelve pounds ten shillings.
The county of Rutland, the weekly summe of sixty two pounds
The county and toune of Nottingham, the weekly summe of
one hundred and eighty seven pounds ten shillings.
The county of Berks, the weekly summe of five hundred and
The county of Chester, the weekly summe of one hundred and
seventy five pounds.
The county of the city of Chester, the weekly summe of sixty
The county of Cornwall, the weekly summe of six hundred and
twenty five pounds.
The county of Derby, the weekly summe of one hundred and
seventy five pounds.
The county of Devon, the weekly summe of one thousand
eight hundred pounds.
The county of the city of Exon, the weekly summe of fiftie
pounds ten shillings.
The county of Dorset, the weekly summe of four hundred
thirty seven pounds ten shillings.
The toune and county of Poole, the weekly summe of five
The county of Yorke, the weekly summe of one thousand
sixty two pounds ten shillings.
The county of the city of Yorke, the weekly summe of sixty
two pounds ten shillings.
The towne and county of Kingstone upon Hull, the weekly
summe of twenty five pounds.
The county of Glocester the weekly summe of seven hundred
and fifty pounds.
The county of the city of Gloucester, the weekly sum of sixty
two pounds ten shillings.
Hampshire, with the city of Winchester, Southampton, the
Isle of Wight, the weekly summe of seven hundred and fifty pounds.
The county of Hereford and city, the weekly summe of foure
hundred thirty seven pounds ten shillings.
The county Pallatine of Lancaster, the weekly summe of five
The county of Leicester, the weekly summe of one hundred
eighty seven pounds ten shillings.
The county of Monmouth, the weekly summe of sixty two
pounds ten shillings.
The county of Northampton, the weekly summe of foure
hundred twenty-five pounds.
The county of Oxford, the weekly summe of six hundred and
The county of Salop, the weekly sum of three hundred and
The county of Stafford, the weekly summe of two hundred and
twelve pounds ten shillings.
The county of the city of Lichfield, the weekly summe of five
The county of Summerset, the weekly summe of one thousand
and fifty pounds.
The city of Bristoll, the weekly summe of fifty five pounds
The county of Warwicke, the weekly summe of five hundred
sixty two pounds ten shillings.
The county and city of Coventry, the weekly summe of thirty
seven pounds ten shillings.
The county of Worcester, the weekly summe of five hundred
and fifty pounds.
The city and county of Worcester, the weekly sum of sixteen
pounds thirteen shillings.
The county of Wilts, the weekly summe of seven hundred and
wenty five pounds.
Cumberland, the weekly summe of thirty seven pounds ten
Durham, the weekly summe of sixty two pounds ten shillings.
Westmoreland, the weekly summe of twenty seven pounds
Newcastle upon Tyne, the weekly summe of twenty five
Northumberland, the weekly summe of fifty pounds.
Anglesey, the weekly summe of twenty five pounds.
Brecknocke, the weekly summe of fifty pounds.
Cardigan, the weekly summe of sixty two pounds ten shillings.
Carmarthen, the weekly summe of fifty pounds.
Carnarvon, the weekly summe of thirty five pounds.
Denbigh, the weekly summe of twenty five pounds.
Flintshire, the weekly summe of sixteen pounds ten shillings.
Glamorgan, the weekly summe of sixty-seven pounds ten
Merioneth, the weekly summe of twelve pounds ten shillings.
Montgomery, the weekly summe of sixty two pounds ten
Radnor, the weekly summe of thirty seven pounds ten
Haverford-west, the weekly summe of five pounds.
All Persons and Corporations whatsoever to be Taxed.; Aliens and Popish Recusants to pay double; Property to be Taxed.; Church Ornaments and Servants Yearly Wages excepted.
And be it further Ordained, That as well every person of the
Estate of a Baron or Baronesse, and every estate above, and all,
and every other person and persons borne within this Realme
of England, Wales, or other the Kings Dominions, as well Ecclesiasticall as Temporall, and every Fraternity, Guild, Corporation,
Mystery, Brotherhood, and Cominalty Corporate, or not Corporate, as well Ecclesiasticall as Temporall within the Realme of
England, Wales or other the Kings Dominions, for the value of
every pound which every such person, Fraternity, Guild, Corporation, Mystery, Brotherhood, and Cominalty Corporate, or not
Corporate hath of his or their owne, or that any other hath to
his or their use or uses, as well in Coine, in Plate, stocke of
Merchandize, any manner of Corne and Graine, Householdstuffe,
& of all other goods, movables, as well within this Realme as
without, and of all such summe and sums of mony as to him or
them is, are, or shall be owing, whereof he or they trust in his or
their Conscience, to bee paid (except and out of the premises
deducted such sums of mony as he or they owe, and in his or
their conscience intend truly to pay; and except also the Apparell
of every such Persons, their Wives and Children, belonging to
their own Bodies, (saving Jewells, Gold, Silver, Stones, Pearl)
shall pay towards the said Weekly sum and sums of money so
assessed as aforesaid. And every Alien and Stranger born out of
the Kings obeysance, as well Denizens as others, inhabiting within
this Realm: And also, every Popish Recusant convict or not
convict, shall pay towards the sums aforesaid, a proportion double
to those of the like estates being no Aliens or Recusants. And
that every person born within the Kings obeysance, as well
Ecclesiasticall as Temporall, and every Corporation, Fraternity,
Guild, Mysterie, Brotherhood, and Commonaltie, Corporate or
not Corporate, as well Ecclesiasticall as Temporall, for every
estate that every such Person or Persons, and every Corporation,
Fraternity, Guild, Mysterie, Brotherhood, and Cominaltie, Corporate or not Corporate, or any other to his or their use in trust
or otherwise, hath in Fee-simple, Fee-tail, for term of life, term
of years, by Execution, Wardship, or by copy of Court-Roll, of
and in any Honors, Castles, Mannors, Lands, Tenements, Rents,
Services, Tithes, Oblations, Obventions, Annuities, Offices of
Profit, Fees, Corrodies, or other yearly Profits or Hereditaments,
as well within Ancient Demesne, and other places priviledged, as
elsewhere, shall pay to and towards the said Weekly sums, his
and their proportionable part and proportion of such sum or
sums of money as are imposed, charged, and set upon each severall
County, according as the same shall be divided, distributed,
taxed or set upon each severall Town, Hamlet, Parish, or place
where such person or persons is or shall be chargeable by this
Ordinance, and the true intent and meaning thereof, Except and
always foreprised, from the charge and Assessment of the sums
aforesaid, All Goods, Chattells and Ornaments belonging to any
Churches, or Chappels, which have been ordained and used in
any Churches and Chappels for the service of Almighty God;
and except yearly Wages due to Servants for their yearly service.
Payments to continue weekly for three months
And the said severall sums so charged, set upon the said
severall Counties, Cities, Towns, Liberties, Places and Persons
aforesaid, shall by Authority of this Ordinance be taxed, cessed,
and rated according to this Ordinance, in every Shire, Riding,
Lathe, Wapentake, Rupe, City, Borough, Town, and every other
place within this Realm of England and Dominion of Wales,
before the Twenty sixth day of February in the year of our Lord,
One thousand six hundred forty two; And the first payment of
the said Weekly sums so assessed by this Ordinance shall be
made at or before the First day of March, One thousand six
hundred forty two, and the said weekly Payments to continue
Weekly for Three Moneths next ensuing from the said First day
of March, unlesse the Kings Army shall be disbanded in the
meantime. And for the better expediting of the said service, be it
further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That, the
Persons hereafter named, shall be Committees for the severall and
respective Counties and places hereafter mentioned: That is to
For the county of Bedford, Sir John Burgoyn, Baronet, Sir
Thomas Ashton, Knight and Baronet, Sir Roger Burgoyn,
Baronet, Sir Oliver Luke, Knight; Sir Samuel Luke, Knight;
Thomas Robart, Thomas Sadler, James Beverley, Hampton
Monox; Edward Osborn, Robert Stanton, Samuel Brown,
For the county of Berks, Sir Francis Pile, Sir Francis Knollis,
junior, Knights, Peregrine Hoby, Roger Knight, Henry Poole,
Thomas Fettiplace, Esquiers. For the town of Reading. The
Maior of Windsor, Henry Martin, Tanfield Vachell, Esquiers.
For the county of Bucks, Sir Richard Ingleby, Knight; Henry
Bulstrode, Thomas Tirrell, Richard Grenevill, Esquiers; Sir
Peter Temple, Baronet; Anthony Ratcliffe, Thomas Westall,
Esquires; Sir William Andrews; Sir Thomas Sanders, Knights;
Bulstrode Whitlock, John Hampden, Arthur Goodwyn, Richard
For the county of Cambridge; Sir Dudley North, Sir John
Cutts, Sir Thomas Martin, Knights; Captain Symonds, Dudley
Cope, Esquires; Sir Miles Sands, Knight; Francis Russell, Oliver
Cromwell, William Fisher, Thomas Thompson, Thomas Becket,
Walter Clopton, Robert Castle, Thomas Bendish, John Welbore,
Robert Clark, Mich. Dalton, junior; Thomas Parker, John Hobard,
Thomas Castle, George Clapthorne, John Towers and Edw. Leeds,
Esquiers; William Marsh, William March, Esquiers.
For the town and University of Cambridge, The Maior for the
time being, Talbot Pepys, Recorder; John Sherwood, Samuel
Spauleden, Thomas French, Robert Robson.
For the County of Chester, Sir George Booth, Knight and
Baronet; Sir William Brereton, Baronet; Thomas Stanley, Henry
Manwaring, Henry Brook, John Bradshaw, Robert Duckenfield
Henry Vernon, John Crew, William Marbury, Esquiers.
For the city of Chester.
For the county of Cornwall, Sir Richard Carew, Baronet;
Francis Buller, Alexander Carew, John Trefusis, John Saint
Aubin, Richard Erisey, John Moyl, Francis Godolphin, Thomas
Thewen, John Carter, Thomas Arundell, Esquiers.
For the county of Devon, Sir Peter Prideaux, Sir George Chudleigh, Sir John Pool, Sir John Northcot, Baronets; Sir Edw.
Fowell, Knight; Sir Samuel Roll, Sir Shilston Calmady, Sir Nic.
Martin, Knights; Sir Francis Drake, Baronet; Robert Savery,
Henry Walrond, Esquiers; John Davy, Baronet, Henry Wortley,
Hugh Fortescue, Arthur Upton, George Trowbridge, Esquires.
For the city of Exon, Christopher Clark, Maior; Richard
Sanders, Tho. Crossing, Adam Bennet, Walter White, and John
Hakewill, Aldermen; James Gould, Sheriff.
For the county of Cumberland, Sir George Dalston, Knight;
William Lawson, William Briscoe, Thomas Lamplough, Richard
For the county of Derby.
For the county of Dorset, Sir Thomas Trenchard, Sir Walter
Erle, Knight; John Brown, John Fitz James, Thomas Tregnall,
John Bingham, John Faunham, John Trenchard, Dennis Bond,
Richard Broderop, Esquires.
For the town and county of Poole.
For the county of Durham, Henry Warmouth, George Lilbourn, Thomas Mitford, Robert Hutton, Thomas Shadforth,
Clement Falthrop, Richard Lilborn, Francis Wren, John Blackston, Henry Draper, John Brockenbury, Esquires.
For the county of Essex, Sir Thomas Barrington, Sir Henry
Mildmay of Wanstead, Sir Martin Lumley Sir Richard Everard,
Sir William Hicks, Sir Henry Halcroft, Sir William Rowe, Sir
Thomas Honywood, Sir William Martin, Sir John Barrington,
Sir William Massam, Knights; William Massam, John Wright,
Oliver Raymond, Harbottle Grimston, John Sayer, John Burket,
Anthony Luther, Timothy Middleton, Thomas Coke, Deane
Tyndall, James Herne, William Goldingham, John Attwood,
John Sorrell, Richard Harlachenden.
For Colchester, the Major for the time being, Mr. Henry Barrington.
For East-Riding, Sir John Hotham, Knight, and Baronet; Sir
Philip Stapleton, Knight, Sir William Strickland, Baronet, Sir
Thomas Rymington, Knight; Richard Rymington, John Hotham, John Anlabey, Richard Darley, Henry Darley, John
For North-Riding, Sir William Sheffield, Knight, Sir Hugh
Cholmeley, Sir Henry Fowles, Sir Matthew Boynton, Baronets;
Bryan Stapleton, Henry Darley, Henry Anderson, John Wastall,
Christopher Perchley, George Trotter, Mathew Smelt, John
Legard de Malton, Frances Lassells. Geoffery Gate, John Dent,
ThomasRobinson, Francis Boynton, Esquires.
For West-Riding, Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, Sir Thomas
Malleverer, Baronet; Sir William Lister, Sir Edward Rodes, Sir
William Fairfax, Sir Jervas Cutler, Sir John Savill, Sir Thomas
Fairfax, Sir John Reresbey, Knights; Charls Fairfax, Henry
Ardington, Master West, John Farrer, William White, Thomas
Malleverer, George Harwood, John Robinson, Thomas Stockdale,
Thomas Westby, John Bright, Thomas Bossevile, Godfrey Bossevile, Esquires.
For the City of Yorke, Sir Thomas Fairfax and Sir Thomas
Widrington, Knights; Thomas Hodgson, James Hutchinson, and
John Vaux, Aldermen.
For the County of Glocester, Sir Robert Coke, Knight,
Nathaniel Stephen, John George, Edward Stephens, John
Stephens, Thomas Pury, Esquires.
For the County of the City of Glocester,
For the City of Bristoll, Richard Allworth, Maior; Joseph
Jackson, and Hugh Browne, Sheriffes; Richard Hallworthy,
Alderman; Luke Hodges, and Henry Gibbs.
For the County of Southampton, The Town and County of
Southampton, and the Isle of Wight: Sir Henry Worsley, Sir
William Lewis, Baronets; Sir Thomas Jervois, Sir William Liste,
Sir John Oglander, Sir Henry Clarke, Sir John Compton, Sir
Richard Kinsmell, Knights; Robert Dillington, Robert Wallop,
Richard Whitehead, Richard Norton, John Doddington, Richard
Jervois, John Lisle, Dunch Fuller, John Button, Edward Hopper,
Edw: Denny, John Bulkey, Thomas Clerk, John Kemp, Richard
Maior, Francis Saintbert, Nich: Love, John Fielder, William
Withers, Thomas Chandler, James Tut, John Pittniam, Esquires.
For the County of Hertford, Charles Lord Viscount Cranbourn,
Robert Cicell Esquire; Sir John Garrat, Baronet, Sir Thomas
Dacres, Sir William Litton, Sir John Whitterounge, Knights;
Richard Jennyngs, Ralph Freeman, William Lemon, William
Priestley, John Heydon, Alexander Wild, Richard Porter, Adam
Washington, Esquires; For Saint Albans, The Maior for the time
being, John Robotham, Ralph Pemberton, Esquires.
For the County of Hereford, Sir Robert, Harley, Knight of the
Bath, Walter Kirle, Richard Hobson, John Brocket, Master
For the City of Hereford. Sir Robt. Harley, Knight of the
Bath; Walter Kirle, Richard Hobson, John Brocket, Henry
For the County of Huntington, Sir Thomas Cotton, Sir John
Hewett, Onslow Winch, Terrill Joselyne, Thomas Templer, John
Castle, Oliver Cromwell, Abraham Burwell, Edward Montague,
For the County of Kent, Sir Thomas Walsingham, Sir Anthony
Weldon, Knights; Thomas Selliard, John Boyes, senior, Esquire;
Sir John Sidley, Sir Humphrey Tufton, Knights and Baronets;
Augustine Skinner, and Richard Lee, Esquires; Sir Bazill
Dixwell, Sir Edward Scot, Knights; Sir Henry Hayman, Knight
and Baronet; Sir Henry Vane, junior; Sir Edward Hales,
Knight and Baronet; Sir George Sands, Knight and Baronet,
Sir John Honywood, Sir William Brooke, Knights, Sir Mich.
Lewsy, Baronet; Thomas Blunt, Esquire.
For the City of Rochester, the Maior for the time being,
Richard Lee, Esquire.
For the City and County of Canterbury, the Maior for the
time being, Sir William Man, Knight, Sir Edward Master,
Knight, Thomas Courthope, Esq; Avery Savine, Alderman.
For Kingston super Hull Sir John Hotham, Knight and
Baronet, John Hotham Esquire, Thomas Raikes, Mayor, Lancelot
Roper, John Barnard, Josua Hall, Nicholas Denman, William
For the County of Lancaster, Sir Ralph Ashton and Sir James
Stanley, Baronets, Ralph Ashton, Richard Shuttleworth, Alexander Rigby, John Moor, John Atherton, Richard Holland,
Edward Butterworth, John Bradshaw, Peter Egerton, George
Dodding, Nicholas Cunliffe, and Thomas Fell, Esquires; Robert
Cunliff, Robert Curwen, and John Nowell, Gentlemen.
For the County of Leicester, Henry, Lord Gray of Ruthen,
Thomas, Lord Gray; Sir Arthur Haslerigg, Baronet; Sir Edward
Hartopp, Sir Thomas Hartopp, Knight; William Hewett, John
Bembridge, Peter Temple, George Ashby, William Roberts,
Richard Bent, Arthur Stareley, William Danvers, John Goodman.
For the Town of Leicester, the Mayor for the time being,
William Stanley, Alderman.
For the County of Lincoln, Sir Edward Aiscough, Knight;
Sir John Wray, and Sir Samuel Ofeild, Knights; John Wray,
Willoughby Hickman, Edmund Hitchcott, Edmond Anderson,
Edward Rossiter, and John Broxholme, Esquires; Sir William
Armyn, Baronet, Sir Hamond Whitchcot, Knight, Sir John
Brownlow Sir Thomas Trollop, Baronets, Thomas Grantham,
Thomas Lister, John Archer, Esquiers.
For the City of Lincoln, and the Close of Lincoln, The Mayor
for the time being, Thomas Grantham, John Broxholm, Esquires;
Robert Moorecroft, William Watson, and Stephen Dawson,
For the City of London, and all within the Jurisdiction of the
Lord Mayor, The Lord Mayor and the Aldermen of the said City.
For the County of Middlesex, Sir Guilbert Gerard, Baronet,
Sir John Franklyn, Sir Edward Backham, Sir John Hippesley,
Sir William Roberts, Sir Richard Sprignall, Knights; Laurence
Whittacre, Thomas Wilcox, John Morris, Richard Dunton,
For the County of Monmouth.
For the County of Norfolk, Sir Thomas Woodhouse, Sir John
Holland, Sir John Pots, Sir John Hubert, Baronets, Sir Miles
Hubert, Sir Thomas Huggen, Knights; John Cooke, John
Spetiman, Philip Boddingfield, Samuel Smith, The Sheriffs of
Norwich, The Bailiffs of Yarmouth, John Toll, and Thomas
Percivall of Lynn, Thomas Windham, Francis Jermy, Robert
Wood, Gregory Gausell, John Houghton, Thomas Weld, Martin
Sedley, Thomas Sotherton, Esquires; Sir Edmund Muntfort,
Knight, William Heveringham, William Cook, Robert Rich,
Esquires, Sir Richard Berne, Sir Isaac Ashley, Sir John Palgrave,
Knights, and Brigg Fountain, Esquire.
For the County of Northampton, Sir Rowland Saint John,
Knight of the Bath; Sir John Norwich, Knight; Sir Gilbert
Pickering, Baronet, Sir Richard Samuel, Knight; John Crue,
John Barnard, Edward Harvey, John Sawyer, Edward Farmer,
John Norton, John Chappole, Esquires; Sir John Drayden,
Baronet, and Richard Knightley, Esquire.
For the Town of Northampton, The Mayor for the time being;
Thomas Martin, and John Fisher, Aldermen.
For the Town of Newcastle;
For the County of Northumberland, Sir John Fenwick,
Baronet, Sir John Dallewell, Knight; Thomas Middleton, William
Shaftoe, Michael Meldon, and Henry Ogle, Esquiers.
For the Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne, Henry
Warmouth, Ralph Gray, Henry Lawson, John Blackston,
For the Town of Barwick upon Tweed, John Sleigh, Mayor;
Sir Robert Jackson, Knight, Ralph Salkfield, Esquire.
For the County of Nottingham, Francis Pierpoint, Esquire,
Sir Francis Thornehagh, Knight, Francis Thornehagh, Joseph
Widmerpole, Robert Reyns, Gilbert Millington, and Thomas
Hutchinson, Esquires; Sir Francis Molinox, Knight; Charles
White, and Henry Ireton, Esquiers.
For the County of the Town of Nottingham, The Mayor for
the time being, James Chadwick, Esquire, Huntington Plumtrey,
Doctor in Physick, John James, Alderman, and John Gregory,
For the County of Oxon.
For the County of Rutland, Sir Edward Harrington, Knight,
Evers Armyn, Robert Horsman, John Osborn, Christopher Brown,
Robert Horsman, junior, and Thomas Wait, Esquires.
For the County of Suffolk, Sir Nathaniel Barnardiston, Knight;
Sir William Spring, Baronet, Sir Roger North, Sir Thomas
Barnardiston, Knights; M. Haveningham, Nathaniel Bacon of
Freeston, Nicholas Bacon, Henry North, Robert Brewster, Francis
Bacon, Theophilus Vaughan, of Beckles, William Cage, Edmund
Hervey, John Gurdon, John Basse, Esquires; The Bayliffes of
the Town of Ipswich, the Aldermen of the Town, John Sicklemer,
Richard Pulpet, John Aldus, Esquires.
For S. Edmunds Bury, M. Samuel Moody, M. Tho. Cole, M.
Chaplin, the Bayliffs of the Town of Aldborough.
For the County of Surrey, for the West Division, Sir Richard
Onslow, Sir William Elliot, Sir Robert Parkhurst, Knights;
Nicholas Stawton, George Evelyn, Henry Weston, Arthur Onslow,
Esquires; For the Middle Division, Sir Ambrose Browne, Sir
Anthony Vincent, Sir John Dugley, Sir Matth. Brand, Knights;
Francis Drake, Thomas Sands, George Myn, William Muschamp,
Esquires. For the East Division, Sir John Howland, Sir John
Evelyn, Knights; John Goodwyn, Esquire, Richard Wright, and
Cornelius Cooke, Gentlemen.
For the County of Sussex, Sir Thomas Pelham, Baronet;
Anthony Stapeley, Harbert Morley, Thomas Whitfield, John
Baker, Herbert Fay, Esquires. Herbert Springate of the Broyle,
Ralph Cooper, Hall Ravenscroft, Edward Apsley, John Downes,
William Carlep, George Oglander, George Sympson, James
For the County of Somerset, Sir John Horner, Sir Thomas
Wroth, Sir George Farwell, Knights; Christopher Walker,
William Strode, Richard Cole, John Harrington, John Hippesley,
William Long, John Preston, Henry Henley, Henry Sampford,
John Pyre, and James Ashe, Esquires; Roger Hill, George Serle,
and Jasper Chaplaine, Gentlemen; M. Capell, M. Bull, Robert
Harbin, John Hunt, and Alexander Popham, Esquires.
For the County of Salop, Sir John Corbet, Knight; William
Pierpoint, Richard Mare, Thomas Mitton, Walter Barker, Tho.
Nicholls, Robert Corbet of Stannerden, Humphrey Mackworth,
Andrew Floyd of Aston, and Lancelot Lee, Esquires.
For the City of Litchfield, the Bayliffs of the said city for the
time being, the Sheriffs of the said city for the time being, Rich.
Draffgate, Richard Baxter, and Thomas Barnes, Gentlemen; Mich.
For the county of Stafford, Sir Richard Skeffington, Knight;
Richard Pyott, Michael Bedenelph, Edward Manwaring, Matthew
Morton, John Birch, Ralph Rudyard, Michael Lowe, and Edward
Leigh, Esquires; Sir Walter Wrotesley, Sir Edward Littleton,
For the County of Warwick, the now Maior of the City of
Coventry, Sir Peter Wentworth, Knight; John Hales, Godfrey
Boswell, John Barker, William Purefoy, Anthony Staughton,
George Abbot, Thomas Boughton, William Colemore, Thomas
Basnet, William Jesson, Gamaliel Purefoy, and Thomas Wil
For the County of Wilts, Sir Edward Hungerford, Sir Edward
Bainton, Sir Nevill Pool, and Sir John Evelyn, Knights; Edward
Bainton, Edward Tucker, Edward Goddard, Alexander Thistlethwait, junior, Edward Poore, Thomas Moore, Edward Ashe, and
Robert Jennour, Esquires.
For the County of Westmorland, Sir Henry Bellingeham,
Knight and Baronet; Geo. Gilpin, Edward Wilson, Nicho. Fisher,
Thomas Steddall, Rowland Dawson, and Allan Bellingeham,
Esquire; Roger Bateman, Richard Branthwaite, Robert Phillipson,
and Gervace Benson, Gentlemen.
For the County of Worcester, Sergeant Wilde, Humphrey
Sallway, Edward Dingley, Edward Pit, Thomas Greves, William
Jeffryes, Ambrose Elton, and Serjeant Cresswell, Esquire.
For the City of Worcester, Henry Foord, Esquire, Major
Roger Seaburn and Henry Philipps, Aldermen; John Rea,
Committees to meet.; And nominate Assessors.
Which said severall Committees of the said severall and
respective Counties and Places, or the greatest part of them,
shall with all convenient speed after notice of this Ordinance
given to them, or any two of them, meet together within the
severall Counties and Places respectively, where they are
Committees, in some convenient Place within the same Counties
or Places, and may there agree to sever and divide themselves
for the execution of the said Service, unto such Hundreds, Places
and Divisions within their respective Counties and Places, as
to them shall seem meet & expedient; and afterwards the said
Committees, or any two of them respectively, shall direct their
Warrants to such number of Persons as they shall think fit
within their severall and respective Divisions, to appear before
them, or any two of them, and upon their appearance, the said
respective Committees, or any two of them, shall nominate and
appoint such persons as they shall think fit, within their
respective Divisions: which said persons so nominated, or any
two of them, shall have power to assess all and every person or
persons, Fraternity, Guild, Corporation, Mystery, Brotherhood,
and Comminalty corporate, or not Corporate, chargeable by this
Ordinance, according to the weekly rates and proportions in this
Power to Committees to appoint Collectors.; Moneys to be levied by distress on such as refuse to pay.
And the said respective Committees, or any two of them, shall
have full power and authority within their severall and respective
Limits, and Divisions, where they shall execute this Ordinance
to nominate Collectors for the Money so assessed, and rated, as
aforesaid, according to their Ordinance; which said Collectors
shall collect the said Moneys so assessed, and pay the same to
the Treasurer of the Army raised by the Parliament, for the
time being, at Guildhall, London, or at such place or places, and
to such person or persons, as the said respective Committees,
or any two of them, shall appoint. And if any person or persons, Fraternity, Guild, Corporation, Mystery, Brotherhood or
Comminaltie corporate, or not corporate, chargeable by this
Ordinance shall refuse to pay the sum or sums upon him or
them assessed by virtue of this Ordinance, or shall not pay the
same upon demand, at the place of his abode, or where such
assessment shall be made, It shall be lawful to, and for, the
respective Collectors, or any of them to levy all and every such
sum or sums so assessed, by way of distresse, and sale of the
Goods of the person or persons so assessed, where ever the same
shall be found, and to break open any House, Chest, Trunck,
Box, or other thing wherein any such Goods are. And if any
person so distrained or other shall make resistance, it shall be
lawfull to and for the said respective Collectors, or any of them,
as they shall see cause to call to their assistance, any of the
Trained-Bands, or Companies or Voluntiers, or of other Forces,
of or within the County or Counties, place or places, where
such resistance shall be made, or any other person or persons
whatsoever, dwelling in or near the place; and the said TrainedBands, Voluntiers or Forces, and the severall officers, Commanders,
and Souldiers of the same, or other the persons so to be called,
are hereby required to be ayding and assisting to the said
respective Collectors in the premisses as they will answer the
Every person to be rated where his property is.
And be it also ordained, That every person to be rated and
taxed as aforesaid, shall be rated and set; and the summe on
him rated and set to be levied in every County, for the estate he
hath, either in Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments, Rents,
Annuities, Fees, Offices, Goods, Cattles or Chattels in that
County only; and if he have an estate, either in Lands,
Tenements, Hereditaments, Rents, Annuities, Fees, Offices,
Goods, or Chattels in severall places in one County, then to be
rated in the severall places in each severall County, according to
such his said estate in the said severall places, and the summe
on him set to be there leavied accordingly.
All Lands, etc., to be taxed.; Tax, how payable when land let for lives or years.; Tenant unjustly charged to deduct same from rent.
And be it further ordained, That all Lands, Tenements, or
Hereditaments of all and every person and persons whatsoever,
of what degree or quality soever, or in whose possession soever
the same are, shall be rated, charged and chargeable, for and
towards the raising and payment of the said weekly sum or sums
of money set and charged by this Ordinance; yet, nevertheless
with this limitation, and provision, That if the Land be set or
let to or neere the yearly value thereof, in the possession of any
Tenant, for life, lives, or years, or at will, such person or persons
to whom the rent thereof belongeth, to be solely chargeable
therewith; But if the same be let at any easie or small rent or
under-value, then the sum taxed to be apportioned betweene the
party or parties to whom the rent belongeth; And the Tenant
or occupier of the Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments, as the
Taxers shall thinke meet. And if they or any of them shall
doe any injury, the same to be rectified by the said Committees,
or any two of them within their severall limits or divisions,
according to their discretion: And if any such Tenant or
occupier of Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments, shall or may
be charged with any summe of money contrary to the true
intent and meaning of this Ordinance, That it shall and may be
lawfull to and for such Tenant or occupier to stop and detaine
the same, from and out of his rent due for the same Land, or to
take his Lawfull remedy against such person or persons to whom
the said rent is or shall be due or belonging, who ought by the
true meaning of this Act to be charged therewith by Action of
debt, wherein no wager of Law, protection, or Essoyne shall be
allowed; And in case that any Lands or Hereditaments in
severall Counties, Hundreds, Parishes, or places, shall be let or
set for, or charged with one intire rent or rents, the owner of
such rent or rents in each County, Hundred, Parish, or place
proportionably and according to the value of the Lands or
Hereditaments so let in every of the said Counties, Hundreds,
Parishes, and places, and for all manner of debts whatsoever for
sum or sums of money due, or owing to any person or persons,
by any person or persons within this Realme, and also for any
debts, goods, or sums of money remaining, or being beyond the
Seas out of His Majesties Dominions due or belonging to any
person or persons residing within England or Wales, the person
or persons to whom such debts shall be due to be charged for
the same in the place of his residence or abode, at the time of
the taxation onely.
King's Servants and others to be taxed.; All such as unjustly escape taxation to pay treble.
And be it ordained, that no person having two Mansions or
places to resort to, being, or calling himself household-servant,
or waiting-servant, to the Kings Majesty, or other Lord or Lady,
Master or Mistresse be excused from the Taxes of the said
payments in any place or places where he may be set or taxed,
and if any person that ought to be set and Taxed to the said
payment, by his crime or craft, or any words or sayings, or
otherwise, happen to escape from the said payments, to be not
set and taxed according to the true meaning of this Ordinance,
and that proved by presentment, examination, information, or
otherwise, before the said Committees, or any two of them, then
every such person shall be charged upon the knowledge and
proofe thereof, and at the treble value of so much as he should,
might, or ought to have beene set or taxed at by virtue of this
Ordinance, and the same to be leavied, gathered, and paid of his
Goods, and Chattels, Lands and Tenements, towards the said
payment, in such manner as is herein limited for others which
refuse to pay. And if no distresse be found of the goods or
other things of such person or persons, bodies corporate or other
chargeable by this Ordinance as shall not pay their weekly rates
as aforesaid; then the said Collectors shall respectively have
power to enquire of any sum or sums of money due or to be due
to the persons so assessed as aforesaid from any person or persons
for any Rents, Tythes, Goods, or debts, or other thing or cause
whatsoever, and to compound for any of the said Rents, Tithes,
Goods, Debts, due to the person so assessed respectively as aforesaid, with any person or persons by whom the said Rents, Tithes,
Goods, Debts, or other things due unto the said person so
assessed respectively, as aforesaid; as also to give full discharge
for the money by them so received upon composition or otherwise, which discharge shall be good and effectuall to all intents
Persons over-rated to be relieved on complaint to Committee.
And be it further ordained, That if any person or persons shall
find him or themselves agrieved, that he or they is or are overrated, such person or persons at any time before distresse taken
of his or their Goods may complaine to the respective Committees who have executed this Ordinance within the division or
limit where any such person or persons over-rated shall be
assessed, which said respective Committees, or any two of them
shall have power, upon examination to relieve such person or
persons, as they shall see cause. And for the better encouragement of the Collectors in this said service, It is ordained that
three-pence in the pound shall be allowed for every sum of
money which shall be collected and paid to the said Treasurers
or Receivers, according to the Ordinance, two pence whereof shall
be allowed to the Collectors, and the residue to such other
persons as shall be employed in the saide service according to
the discretion of the respective Committees within their severall
divisions or any two of them.
Copies of Assessment Returns to be sent to Treasurer at Guildhall, to whom payment to be made.; Assessor or Collector refusing or neglecting his service, to be imprisoned or fined.
And to the end that all the moneys assessed may be duly
collected, Be it ordained that the severall and respective Assessors
within the Kingdome of England and dominion of Wales shall
within one weeke next after their respective Assessments made,
returne their said severall Assessments unto the respective
Committees aforesaid for the respective divisions or limits where
the said Assessments shall be made, who, or any two of them are
hereby respectively required within ten daies after the respective
returnes of such severall Assessments to deliver a coppie thereof
subscribed with their or any two of their hands to the severall
Collectors, within their said respective divisions or limits, and
also within the like ten daies to send up another coppie thereof
to the said Treasurer of the Army raised by the Parliament for the time being, to the end the said Treasurer may
thereby know what he is to receive of every parish or place
within this Realme and Wales, and the said severall summes
shall be paid to the said Treasurer at Guildhall, London, who
shall give an acquittance for the same, which acquittance shall
be brought to John Trenchard and William Wheeler Esquires,
members of the House of Commons, who are to enter the same
in a Booke to be kept for that purpose, and then the said
acquittance shall be a sufficient discharge to the party that paid
in the said summe and not otherwise. And if any Assessor or
Collector shall refuse the said service, or prove negligent or
faulty therein, thesaid Committees for the division or limit
where such Assessor or Collector shall so refuse, or so negligement
or faulty, or any two of them shall have power to commit such
Assessor or Collector to prison, or to set such fine upon him or
them, as they shall think fit, not exceeding the sum of twenty
pounds upon the Assessor; or the sum of five pounds upon the
Collector, the same to be leavied by distresse and sale of such
offenders goods to the uses herein mentioned, in such sort as is
herein before appointed for such as refuse to pay the rates
assessed upon him or them, and shall also certifie the said offence
to the Lords and Commons in Parliament, and shall have power
to nominate other Assessors or Collectors.
Persons concealing goods to escape tax may be imprisoned.
And if any person or persons so assessed and rated as aforesaid
shall conceale or convey away his or thier goods, so that no distresse can be taken, or that the said sum or sums so assessed
upon him cannot be had or leavied by any the waies or meanes
in this Ordinance mentioned, then the said Collectors shall
respectively certify the same, in case he be a Peere of the Realme,
unto the Lords in Parliament; and if he be under the degree of
a Peere, to the Committee of the Commons House of Parliament
for Examinations, which said Committee shall hereby have
power to send for such person and persons as delinquents, and to
commit him or them prisoners to such place or places within
this Kingdome, and for so long time as the Committee for
Examinations shall think fit.
Assessors and Collectors to have protection of Parliament, and fit allowances.
And be it lastly Ordained that all and every the Assessors and
Collectors aforesaid, and all that shall assist them in the premisses shall be protected by both Houses of Parliament, from all
dammage that may come to them or any of them by this service,
and shall further receive such allowances for their charges and
obedience in the execution of this Ordinance, as upon certificate
from the severall Committees above named or any two of them
shall be thought fit by the Committee of the House of Commons
High rates on London and Westminster not to be a precedent.
Provided, That whereas the rates by this Ordinance set upon
the City of London, the city of Westminster and the suburbs
thereof, far exceed the proportion of other Counties, the same
shall not hereafter be drawen into example or consequence to
their prejudice, but shall be understood as a marke of their
constant and faithfull service to the Commonwealth.
Assessment on Citizens of London resident within 30 miles and not assessed there.
Provided also, That where any Citizen or Citizen of London,
are found to be settled in the Country within thirty miles of the
said City, being men of Estate and not assessed in the City, such
persons shall be assessed by some Citizens of London appointed
by the Lord Maior, and the sums so assessed upon him or them,
to be leavied upon them and their Estates, wherever the same
shall be found, according to this Ordinance.
Those assessed in London not to be assessed for country property under £50 per annum.
Provided likewise, that no Citizen or Citizens remaining Inhabitants within the City of London, or Suburbs shall be assessed
for any Houses, Lands, or other things in the Countrey, unless
the same exceed the value of fifty pounds per annum, or that
they have not been assessed in the City.
Where no Committees are named in this Ordinance, others appointed by Parliament to execute it.
Lastly, be it ordained, That where no Committees are named
in this Ordinance for any County, City, or Place, There such other
Committees as shall be appointed by both the said Houses of
Parliament, or any two of such Committees shall and may put
this present Ordinance in execution within any such County or
place respectively, in such manner and forme to all intents and
purposes as any the Committees named in this Ordinance, may
according to the purport and true meaning thereof.
London to have £3,000 monthly for pay of soldiers.
And it is further ordered, that the City of London shall have
allowed unto them the sum of £3000 a moneth during the
continuance of this Ordinance, for the discharge of their Watches
and Souldiers, raised by them, and now in their pay, out of the
weekly sum of 10,000l. to be paid unto the Committee for the
Militia of the City of London, who are to be accountable for the
Peers to be rated only in House of Lords.
Provided alwaies, that no Peere of this Realm shall by vertue
of this Ordinance be rated or taxed at any sum or sums of
money whatsoever, for any his mansion house or houses, with
the appurtenances in any place whatsoever; but the Assessors,
within whose charge such house or houses, with the appurtenances shall happen to be, shall certifie the same into the
House of Peeres, to the end that such Peeres may be there rated
for the same, according to this Ordinance.