Ballard Genealogy and Heraldry


This section contains an Indenture between Gregory Ballard and Henry V in preparation for an excursion into France which we now know culminated in the Battle of Agincourt. The orginal is in Norman Latin. There are also residence certificates which were once kept with the lay subsidy rolls ( E 179 ). They certify that the persons named in them were, at the time of assessment, resident at the place specified in the certificate, and that they had already been taxed at that place. And finally, evidence of a couple of Smugglers!

Public Record Office E101/47/10

This indenture made between our sovereign lord the king on the one part and Gregory Ballard esquire on the other part testifies that the said Gregory is in attendance upon our said lord the king to serve him for one whole year on one journey which our same lord the king shall make in his own person, if God so pleases, in his duchy of Guyenne or in his realm of France. At the beginning of the said year he, Gregory shall cause a muster to be made of the men of his retinue at the place which shall be assigned to him in the name of our said lord the king in the month of May next coming if he should take service then the muster to be made in this manner.  And that the said Gregory shall have three archers with him upon the said journey for the said whole year and at times when the said Gregory is passing towards the said duchy of Guyenne in the country of our said lord the king he, Gregory, shall take forty marks for his own wage and twenty marks for the wages of the said archers when travelling throughout the above-stated entire year.  And if the said Gregory shall travel in the country of which our lord is the king, towards the above-stated realm of France he shall take twelve pence for his own wages and six pence a day for the wages of the said archers when travelling, during the year above-stated And when the said journey shall be in France he shall take for himself the same accustomed remuneration, that is to say according to the assessment, of a hundred marks a quarter for thirty armed men.  By the agreement made in this indenture the wages for the said parts of Guyenne shall be paid to the said Gregory for the moiety of the first quarter and for the other moiety after he shall have made the said muster, taken in order to travel towards the said parts of Guyenne if our said lord the king should travel there or should send thence to him.  And if by chance it should happen that after the said muster our said lord the king shall not travel into his duchy of Guyenne but should depart into the said parts of France, then the said Gregory should be paid for each who serves him to remain for the said first quarter in addition to the above-stated sum received by him for the wages, the remuneration, the same also for himself as for the said archers so travelling towards the said parts of France.  And for the surety of receiving payment for the second quarter, our said lord the king shall cause jewellery to be delivered on the first day of June next coming to the said Gregory as wage that through the said Gregory’s agreement valuation may well be made to fix the sum at which the said wages or wages with remuneration should be assessed for that quarter.  Gregory himself will be bound to restore these jewels to our said lord the king at whatever hour that he may request them, within one year and a half and one month next after the reception of the same jewellery and otherwise the said Gregory and any other men to whom the said jewellery may have been delivered by the said Gregory may dispose of the jewellery at their pleasure after the end of the said month without impeachment by the king or his heirs, in accordance with the content of the above letters patent, the king’s great seal being affixed to the before said Gregory’s part of this agreement.  And concerning the third quarter of the service, the said Gregory within six weeks after the beginning of the same third quarter shall pay for himself and his retinue in accordance with the amount of the wages or wages with remuneration when they shall be at peace or at times of the said quarter or when they shall be travelling.  And touching the payment of the wages or the wages with remuneration in accordance with the occasion’s requirements for the last quarter of the above said year, if our said king shall not have made a surety for the payment to the said Gregory for the moiety for the above said third quarter with which he, Gregory himself may be willing to agree before the third quarter shall be ended, the said Gregory shall be quit and discharged from the convenants towards our said lord the king which are specified in this present indenture.  And the said Gregory shall be held bound to travel to the coast with his said men, well mounted, armed and arrayed as is appropriate for their rank in order to make his muster there on the first day of July next coming and thence after they shall have arrived to more distant parts, the said Gregory will be held bound to make musters of the men of his retinue before such man or men as our said lord the king shall be pleased to appoint and assign; he, Gregory being reasonably maintained throughout the whole time of this muster.  And when the said Gregory shall have arrived, he paying his own expenses, our lord the king shall arrange the shipping transport for Gregory himself, his retinue, horses, their men and provisions and also the return by ship the same as other men of his rank shall have when they are embarking on the said journey.  And if it should happen that the said lord the king should depart, before he has contravened the said Gregory’s sea- passage, he, Gregory shall be held bound for the said sum to perform service to the same lord our king with the said archers in such parts which shall please him, they accordingly receiving the spoils of war customary in these parts where these shall be assigned in the name of our said lord the king, except those who shall be dead, if any men shall have died in the mean time.  And if it happens that the enemy of France or any of his sons, nephew, uncles or his germaine cousins or any king of whose realm he may serve or of his lieutenant or any other chieftain having authority from the said enemy of France shall be captured on the said journey by the said Gregory or by any men of his said retinue, our lord the king shall hold the said enemy or others of the above-named ranks who also should have been then captured and then a reasonable agreement shall be made with the said Gregory or with those who may have captured them.  And touching other profits from the spoils of war, our said lord the king shall have also the third part of the aforesaid Gregory’s spoil, that is the third part of the third part of the spoils which the men of his retinue have taken on the above stated journey, as spoils of prisoners, money prizes, all gold, silver and jewellery exceeding the value of ten marks.  In testimony of which matter our said lord the king has caused his privy seal to be placed upon the part of this indenture which shall remain with the said Gregory.  Given at Westminster the 29th day of April in the third year of the reign of our said lord the king[1].


[1] 29th April 1415


Residence Certificates

E 115/33/115

Certificate of Residence

Payment of the third entire subsidy…granted by parliament 24 October 19 Eliz I [1587]

Within the County and Town of Nottingham

William Ballard gent, dwelling in the town of Nottingham, was at the time of the last assessment viz. 17 August last past, was taxed at 4 pounds in land being the best value we could then certify. The said William Ballard and his family have been residing there a good while before the assessment

10 October 42 Eliz I [1600]



Certificate of Residence


Robert Ballard

Second and last payment

Robert Ballard, gent, one of the inhabitants of the Parish of Bexley, assessed at 30 pounds for which he had to pay to the Collectors for the said hundred

7 May 1557


E 115/71/119

Receipt 26 June 1558

John Bagthwayt one of the Collectors of the Subsidy received of Robert Ballard of Bexley the sum of 5 pounds,


E 115/71/120

Certificate of residence

Collection of subsidy granted in the 4th year of Mary I [1656-7]

Robert Ballard one of the inhabitants of the Parish of Bexley.

Value of lands for taxation - 25 pounds

Assessed at 5 pounds

27 June 4 Mary I [1657]



Certificate of Residence

For the taxing, levying, collecting and paying of the 2 first subsidies of the 4 entire subsidies granted by the King this present parliament,

6 April 1641

City of Oxford.

Register of the Diocese of Oxford, Gregory Ballard has two mansions, one in the suburbs of the city where he hath part of his family to which mansion he doth often resort and the other mansion in Ascott in the County of Oxon where the residue of his family inhabit and to which mansion also he doth often resort. And that Gregory at the time of the said taxation and for the most part of the year next before by reason of his office did often resort to the mansion in the suburbs and that part of his family at the time of the taxation and for the most part of the year before were constantly abiding in the mansion. He is taxed there.  

London Gazette

14th August 1756 – Issue 9609

A T the Court at Kensington, the 13th Day  August, 1756

P R E S E N T , The K I N G ' S most Excellent Majesty in His Privy Council,

WH E R E A S James Zouch, otherwise Souch, of Poynings, in the County of Sussex, Miller ; Thomas Ticehurst, of Patcham in the said County, Taylor ; John Kenward, of Henfield in the said County, Yeoman ; Francis Ballard, commonly called or known by the Name of Old Tom, of Tarring- Ncvil, in the said County, Farmer j Richard Ballard, of Southease in the said County, Farmer ; Edward Saunders, of the fame Place, Labourer ; George Barnham, commonly called or known by the Name of Swash, of B. ighthelmstone, in the said County, Victualler ; James Davis, of Patcham aforesaid, Husbandman; Samuel Grover, of the same Place, Husbandman ; William Chapman, of Poynings aforesaid, Miller, Richard Shirley, of the same Place, Labourer, both Servants to the fe id James. Zouch, otherwise Souch; and William Gutteridge, commonly called or known by the Name of Gip, of Tarring-Nevil aforesaU, Labourer, Servant to the said Francis Ballard, were, upon the Fifteenth Day of July last, charged by Information of a credible Person, upon Oath, by him subscribed before Elsred Staples, Esquire, one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the Ccunty of Sussex, with having been guilty, on or about the Thirteenth Day of April, which was in the Year of our Lord, One thousand seven hundred and fifty five, together with diverse other Persons, one of them being armed with a Club or large Stick, and most of them with large loaded Whips, or other offensive Weapons, of being all assembled at a Place called Row-dean Gap, in the Paristi of Rottingdean, in the said County of Sussex, in order to be aiding and assisting in the Running, Landing, and Carrying away uncustomed Goods, to wit, about Fifteen Hundred Weight of Tea, and of having by Force and Violence rescued and took away the said Goods, after they had been seized by the Custom House Officers—Which Information was afterwards certified by the said Elsred Staples, under his Hand and Seal, to' one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, who has laid the fame before His Majesty in His Privy Council, pursuant to the late Act of Parliament of .the Nineteenth Year of the Reign of his present Majesty, in that Case made and provided—His Majesty doth, by and with the Advice of His Privy Council, by this His Order in His Privy Council, require and command, that the said James Zouch, otherwise Souch, Thomas Ticehurst, John Kenward, Francis Ballard, commonly called or known by the Name of Old Tom, Richard Ballard, Edward Saunders, George Barnham, commonly called or known by the Name of Swash, James Davis, Samuel Grover, William Chapman, Richard Shirley,-and William Gutteridge, commonly called or known by the Name of Gip, and each of them do surrender himself and themselves within the Space of Forty Days after the fust Publication of this Order in the London Gazette, .to the Lord Chief Justice, or one other of His Majesty's Justices of the Court of King's Bench, or to one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace.

William Sharfe.

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