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The Lay-Subsidy of 1524 in East Devon: Income Tax and Capital Levy

Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11, (1920-21), pp. 227-240.


Frances Rose-Troup

Prepared by Michael Steer

Lay Subsidy was a tax levied on lay people on their movable property rather than land. The tax was usually raised as and when needed to fund a particular venture, for example, a military campaign. The poor were exempt from the tax as was clerical property. The clergy were subject to a separate clerical subsidy. The tax was also known as Tenths and Fifteenths. The records consist of lists compiled by the assessors of those eligible to pay. Earliest documents were written in Latin. Roman Catholics and other nonconformists were forced to pay double rates. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. The copy of this rare book is held in the collection of Albert William Bryant Messenger, and is available from the Internet Archive.

Abbot, Bertholomeus 239
Bontery, Sir William 240
Bonville, Cecily 237
Brewer 228, 230
Callegh, John 238
Chard, Master 238
Clarke, John 238
Cobbehill, Robert 239
Courtenay, William 239
Cowell 236
Cromwell, Thomas 230
Cristofer, William 238
Crystoffer, Robert 238
Dabram, Thomas 235
Dorset, Marchioness of 237-8
Dowell 231, 233
Dyppford, Thomas 239
Ellis 228
Gilbert, Johannes 233
Goulde, Sir Harry 238
Hall 228, 230
Harrys, William 239
Haydon, Ricardum 233
Henry VIII 228, 232-5
Hone, Robertt 238
Hussey, Sir John 229-30
Hyllerysdon, Andre de 233
Isake, John 238
Knollys, Rogerus 239
Lawrence, John 232
More, Sir Thomas 228
Motter, Sir John 238
Norman, John Alyn 239
Oldedon, Bishop Hu 240
Ollyuer, Johanna 238
Powell 236
Ralegh, Sir Walter 232
Rede, Maryon 239
Seylake, Sir Richard 238
Seyntcler, Gilbert 237
Smythe, Master 238
Speke, Sir John 240
Stafford, Countess Cecily 237
Stafford, Earl Henry 237
Style, Jacobus 240
Suffolk, Duke of 234
Surrey, Earl of 228
Walrond, William 238, 240
Willysdon, Thomas 235, 238
Wiltshire, Earl of 237, 240
Wolsey, Cardinal 228-9
Wydeslade, Richard 239

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