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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
page 372



shillings a year for necessaries, provided he did service in the church ; and when unable to do so, he was to receive only his food and lodging. Geoffrey Talaver was to receive, in the same bouse of the Temple, three deniers a day for his sustenance, and twenty shillings a year for necessaries, during the remainder of his life ; also one denier a day for the support of his boy, and five shillings a year for his wages. Geoffrey de Cave, clerk, and John de Shelton, were also, each of them, to receive from the same house, for their good services, an annual pension of forty shillings for the term of their lives.* Some of these retainers, in addition to their various stipends, were to have a gown of the class of free-serving brethren of the order of the Templet each year ; one old garment out of the stock of old garments belonging to the brethren ; J one mark a year for their shoes, &c. ; their sons also received so much per diem, on condition that they did the daily work of the house. These retainers were of the class of free servants of office ; they held their posts for life, and not being members of the order of the Temple, they were not included in the general proscription of the fraternity. In return for the provision made them by the king, they were to continue to do their customary work as long as they were able. Now it is worthy of remark, that many of the rules, customs, and usages of the society of Knights Templars are to this day observed in the Temple, naturally leading us to conclude that these domestics and retainers of the antient brotherhood became connected with the legal society formed therein, and transferred their services to that learned body. * Sot. clam 5. E. 2. m. 19. Acta Rymtri, torn. ili. p. 292, 293,294. t Unam robam per annum de eecta liberorum aervientium, et quinque solido» per annum, et deserriat quamdiu potent loco liberi servientis in domo predicts. Ib. m. 2. Acta Rymeri, torn. Hi. p. 331, 332. ί Quolibet anno ad Natale Domini unum vécus indumentum de veteribus indiunentis fratrum, et quolibet die 2 denanos pro victu garcionis sui, et 5 solides per annum per stipendili ejusdem gaieiouis, sed Idem gare io deservkt in domo ills. Ib.


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