Excerpt from Winchester Long Rolls, 1723-1812
In the spring of 1899, Mr. Holgate published his Winchester Long Rolls, 1653 the first volume of a work for which he had been collecting materials since 1885. The text of a second volume, upon the same plan, was already in print at the time of his death and it is by his request that I have undertaken to complete the book according to his intentions. The Long Rolls from 17 23 to 1812, here reproduced in extenso from the originals, received the benefit of his own careful editing.
It will be noticed that, while the first volume ended with the Roll of 17 21, the present begins with that of 17 23. The gap is due to the fact that the Roll of 1722 is one of those of which no copy has come to light, notwithstanding diligent inquiry during eighteen years. The earliest Roll as yet discovered is dated 1653. The years for. Which Rolls are still wanted are 1654 - 1667 (inclusive), 1669, 1671, 1682, 1687, 1703, 1705, 1711, 1715, 1718, and 1722. One new discovery has been made since the first volume went to press - the missing Roll of 1689, an account and transcript of which will be found in Appendix II. Any information leading to the discovery of other missing Rolls would be most welcome.
The elaborate and exhaustive Historical Introduction on the Development of Long Roll, prefixed by Mr. Holgate to the former volume, renders any lengthy introduction of mine superﬂuous. To that I would refer all inquirers who desire information upon matters of detail. With certain points which have since been raised I have dealt in some of the Appendices. It may, however, be advisable here brieﬂy to recapitulate the sources from which Mr. Holgate obtained the Rolls which he examined and transcribed.
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