Post by lipkatatar on Feb 16, 2014 15:35:46 GMT -5
Easter Books of tithes existed from the mid 16th Century up to the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836. I have come across a sample page from the St Just Easter book of 1592 in the book "The Cornish Family" by Bernard Deacon.
I have also seen several references to an article on the St Just Easter Books in the Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, Vol 20 (1915). Does anyone know if this article has reproductions or transcriptions of the St Just Easter books? Has anyone ever checked to see if any of the other Cornwall Parishes have Easter Books stored away somewhere?
Post by Cornish Terrier on Feb 16, 2014 21:17:05 GMT -5
It is only via this forum that I know about Easter Books so St Just is the only one that I know of. A brief Google search did not produce a lot and in fact probably only the following link that might be of some help. It does not mention Cornwall but perhaps some of the information may be useful.
It's rather far away from our zone of interest, but the CRO and A2A lists a series of accounts from Launceston borough (sequence beginning BLAUS/177, dated 1576) which are described as Easter books. I've never heard of them before, but sounds like a useful source.
Post by lipkatatar on Feb 21, 2014 11:15:06 GMT -5
I have managed to track down and purchase a copy of the Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall (Vol. 20, Parts 3-4, 1917-18) with the article on the St Just Easter Books. The article is by Rev. Canon T. Taylor. It consists of an introductory essay followed by 55 pages of transcripts of the Easter Tithe Books of St Just for the 9 years 1588-1596, compiled by the then vicar, a Mr. Drake. The data for each year is listed alphabetically by locality; e.g. Boskreggan, Bossworlas, Bosswarne, etc. Within each locality there is a list of one or more heads of households - males paying 4d and widows paying 2d. The names of heads of households are sometimes followed by what appears to be the names of adult sons (sometimes daughters or other relatives are named) who do not pay anything. These are followed by the names of boardmen or male and female servants whose wages are sometimes given.