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Muster Rolls can be a valuable source of information, recording the names of able-bodied men liable for service in the militia. They do not list all men, only those between the ages of 16 and 60 years of age. Their principal value lies in the fact that they can establish the parish of a named male. In some cases it is possible from the valuation made of a man's lands and goods, to gain an indication of the status of the family.
The muster rolls themselves are annotated with soldiers who have not turned up for service or who have not 'passed muster', deaths, promotions and replacements.
There are Muster Rolls in The National Archives from 1369.
One example for Hungerford, dated 1522, has been transcribed by Derek Patience, who kindly emailed the Virtual Museum to offer it to the Virtual Museum, along with several Duchy of Lancaster Rentals & Surveys.
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