An Exchequer Tally: A Barnstaple Record of 1622.

Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 12 (1880), pp. 476-482.


J.R. Chanter

Prepared by Michael Steer

A tally (or tally stick) was an ancient memory aid device used to record and document numbers, quantities, or even messages. Tallies have been used for numerous purposes such as messaging and scheduling, and especially in financial and legal transactions, to the point of being currency. This paper, presented at the Association's 1880 Totnes meeting describes and discusses an ancient tally discovered in one of Barnstaple's muniment chests. 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. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.


Anne, Queen 480
Arundel, T 481
Beaple, Master Richard 479
Bohemia, King of 479
Caesar, Julius 481
Cant, G 481
Carew, G 481
Cranfield, L 481
Edmonds, T 481
Elizabeth, Princess 479
Elizabeth I 480
Falkland, H 481
George III 478
Hamilton 481
Hamilton, Mr A H A 480
James I 477, 479-80
Lenox, J 481
Ley, Laurence 479
Lincoln, John CS 481
Manderville, J 481
Palatine, Prince 479
Pembroke 481
Suckling, John 481
Weston, Richard 481
Winton, La 481
Yonge, Walter 480