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Thomas Elkington His Book 1758
Accounts of a bailiff to William Holbech of Farnborough Hall, Warwickshire


Introduction to the Accounts
Thomas Elkington His Book 1758
The accounts include payments made and expenses incurred by Thomas Elkington during the period February 1758 to February 1759, and noted by him in the blank pages of his 1758 Rider's Almanac. Thomas appears to have been in the employ of William Holbech of Farnborough Hall, Warwickshire, to this day the residence of the Holbech family, although now owned by the National Trust. To judge from the entries recorded, he was a bailiff or steward, responsible among other things for procuring game for his master's table.

This Thomas Elkington may have been the son of another Thomas, a yeoman farmer of Mollington, Oxfordshire, just over the county border from neighbouring Farnborough. Thomas senior was baptised at nearby Cropredy, Oxon, in 1688, and buried there in 1765, having had at least seven children (three sons and four daughters) by his wife Elizabeth (née Toms). He thus outlived his son Thomas, the possible owner of the pocket book, who was christened at Mollington on April 15 1733 and buried at Cropredy at the early age of 29 or 30 years, on February 18 1763. He appears to have been unmarried.
Personal and place names mentioned in the accounts
    Name of person Reference date(s)      
    Barns, Charles
Blincon, Mr
Cauncey, Mr
Chaimberlin, Sir James
Dashwood, Sir James (1)
Dury, Wm
Gooding(s), Mr
Heays, Mr
Herbert, Js
Holbech, Wm
King, Mr
Powys, Mr
Sharog, Mr
Shurley, his honer (2)
Smith, Anthoney
1758 Sep
1759 Jan
1758 May
1758 May
1759 Jan
1758 Nov to 1759 Feb
1758 Feb
1758 Feb
1758 ---
1759 Jan
1758 Jun & Sep
1758 Feb
1758 Apr
1758 Feb
1758 Jun & 1759 Jan
1758 Jul
1759 Jan
1758 ---
1758 May
1758 Feb
(1) 2nd Baronet Dashwood (bef. 1724-1779), of Kirtlington Park near Oxford.
(2) The seat of the Shirley family was Ettington Park, Warwickshire.



Place names

    Oxfordshire: Adderbury, Banbury, Mollington, Rousham.
Warwickshire: Coventry, Eadington (Ettington), Edge Hill, Kington (Kineton), Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick.
Other: Sir James Dashwood's seat at "Cortelton" (Kirtlington Park near Oxford); London.

Field names: kempsons G[rounds?], Mollington Closes, nibs clos, nibs Grounes, okel hill.

    Updates: corrigenda and addenda

    January 3 1759: the name originally transcribed as Ts [Thomas?] Herbert should probably be Js [James?].    
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