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FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS – The Derbyshire Muster Books 1638–9

3 June 2021

Part 1 planned for publication during July 2021, ordering details to follow

Between the early sixteenth century and the mid seventeenth the Privy Council instructed local officials in each county to hold regular musters of able–bodied men who could be called upon to defend the kingdom in time of war. Men from every town and village had to assemble, usually in the early autumn, at a specified meeting place and show that they possessed suitable arms and armour. Gentry families had to provide horsemen. The musters were ordered by the lord lieutenant, summoned by the deputy lieutenants, and organised locally by the high constable of each hundred. This book, containing some 17,300 names, survives among the records of the State Paper Office. It provides a uniquely full record of the inhabitants of every community in Derbyshire on the eve of the Civil War. In this edition, the text of the 1638 muster book is printed in full, alongside a shorter roll of 1639 and some ancillary documents. All are fully indexed by person and place and prefaced by a detailed introduction. For ease of handling, the introduction and indexes form one volume and the texts another.

Change of Officers

1 April 2021

We are pleased to announce that Cathrin Wharton has recently taken over as Treasurer of the Society. She also holds the same position with the Derbyshire Victoria County History Trust.

Our grateful thanks go to Muff Wiltshire who has managed all the financial administration for the last few years.

Our secretary is Becky Sheldon.

Both officers can be contacted using the details on our CONTACT US page

Derbyshire Turnpikes Book Launch

18 March 2020

Sadly we have had to cancel the planned Book launch this Saturday March 21st at the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock. As well as the coronavirus the printers have not been able to deliver the books on time. These will now arrive later this month and ordered copies will be posted to members. At present the AGM on July 11th in Matlock still stands.

AGM date

22 March 2019

The date for the 2019 AGM is Saturday July 13th at the Imperial Rooms in Matlock.

AGM final date

20 March 2018

The AGM date has now been agreed to be on Saturday July 28th in Matlock. All details to follow by post and email nearer the time. Apologies for the confusion.

AGM date change

17 March 2018

Many apologies from Philip Riden but a new provisional date for the AGM is now Saturday July 21st in Matlock.

AGM date

12 March 2018

The date for the AGM this year is Saturday July 14th at the Imperial Rooms in Matlock. As in previous years this will be a joint day with Derbyshire VCH Trust and new books will be launched.

AGM date

31 March 2017

This year's AGM will be held on Saturday July 15th at the Imperial Rooms in Matlock. As in recent years it will in conjunction with the Derbyshire VCH Trust's AGM in the afternoon and a sandwich lunch will be served.

The Household Accounts of William Cavendish Part 1

15 January 2017

Pressure of work has delayed the launch by a few of months of the first part of Philip Riden's edition of the Hardwick Accounts.This contains the Introduction and Index and will be now be available as soon as possible. Full ordering details will be sent to members in the next month or two.

Major New Publication

1 June 2016

The Household Accounts of William Cavendish, Lord Cavendish of Hardwick, 1597–1607. Edited by Philip Riden in 3 Volumes. Volumes 2 and 3 to be launched on July 2nd, Volume 1 to be published later this year. There are further details and downloadable order form available.

AGM Saturday July 2nd 2016 Agenda and Accounts

1 June 2016

Annual General Meeting, Saturday 2 July 2016 11.00 a.m., Imperial Rooms, Imperial Road, Matlock.


  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting.
  3. Any matters arising not on the agenda.
  4. Report of the Treasurer for 2015–16.
  5. Report of the Secretary and General Editor for 2015–16.
  6. Election of officers and committee.
  7. Any other business

Philip Riden 1 June 2016

You can also view the DRS 2015–16 Accounts.

Trent Gauging Books now online

11 December 2015

The scanned images of the Trent Gauging Books are now available online. You can find them on the Trent Gauging Books page.