Paper; ff. i + 106 (plus blank leaves, fols. 107-37). Folio. Vellum. With a blue slipcase.
The blacke Booke belonging to the Priorie at Carisbrooke, Englished' (front cover); 16th century, with later additions. An English version of the cartulary of Carisbrooke, I. of Wight (now BL Egerton MS 3667; see G. R. C. Davis, Medieval Cartularies (1958), no. 213). The cartulary (fols. 1-100) is followed by:- (1) Survey of the demesnes of Carisbrooke, 1555, with the heading (fol. 103) 'Written (as I suppose) by Henry Mather, s(er)vante to Thomas Worsley esqr. remayning in the custody of the right Hon(ou)rable George Baron of Hunsdon, & truly copied forth by me John Kingeswell at the Priory howse aforesayd in ye beginning of Marche 1599'. A similar inscription at the foot of fol. 105. fols. 103-5;- (2) Copy of an inspeximus, 14 Apr. 1542, of a decree of the Court of Augmentations, 10 Feb. 1542, to settle disputes between Richard Worsley, farmer of the late priory, and Richard Wilson, vicar of Carisbrooke. With an inscription at the end (fol. 106) 'The true Copye of a decree remayning in the custody of Mr John Bakker viccar of Carisbrooke Copied by me John Kingeswell the 15 and 16 of January 1605 p(ar)te of the seale yet remayning on yt'. fols. 105v-6. For information on John Kingswell see Dom. S. F. Hockey, The Cartulary of Carisbrooke Priory (Isle of Wight Record Series), II (1981), xl-xli (which relates mainly to another manuscript of the English version of the cartulary sold at Sotheby's 13 Dec. 1911, and not, despite Hockey's statement, to the present MS).