Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for the year 1379

Poll Tax Riots

Above: Poll Tax riots of 1381

Agbrigg wapentake, Dewsbury parish - Ossett

Villata de Osset

As you can see, the list is in Latin - never my strongest subject at school. However, uxor means "wife", filius means "son", filia means "daughter" and ancilla means "live in housemaid".

Some of the occupations are interesting; a souter is a shoemaker and a walker is someone who "walks" on completed cloth to get the moisture out of it.

Can you see any of your ancestors in here? I think Ricardus Willesoñ could be one of my Wilson lot and a few of the surnames such as Ffernley (Fearnley), Wodhowse (Woodhouse), Joneson (Johnson) sound familiar.