Ships crew’s pay in Edward 1st (1239-1307) day,

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    William Lindsay
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    Delving into my forefather’s journals (William Schaw Lindsay), I came across this extract from Mr Samuel Birch at the British Museum in 1870:-
    “My son has found, in the manuscript here, a list of the fleet in the reign of Edward 1 [1239-1307] and its expenses, of which the following is an example of the pay and crew of one ship. ‘To Richard Page of the ‘Jonette’ of Yarmouth and 59 companion sailors of the said ship for the pay for the aforesaid 28 days £21. 17. To the same and 57 his companions (or mates) sailors of the said ship for their pay for the aforesaid 11 days £8.2.3 Total £29.9.3 ‘
    How does this tally with with today’s pay? Either in the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy?

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    Susan Rose
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    I don’t think modern navy would think much of pay on EdwardI’s ships; seamen averaged 3d per day and masters 6d. they also got victuals though these were pretty basic (salt meat and fish for the most part). You can find fleet lists in the Wardrobe Books in which were recorded the details of supply fleets for his Scottish campaigns and also in accounts at the national Archives at Kew in the class Accounts Various. (E101). The easiest place to find details in print is in The Navy Records Society Miscellany volume VII for 2008 where there is a transcript of accounts for building ships for Edward I Susan Rose

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    William Lindsay
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    Many thanks Susan.

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