REMEMBRANGERS, anciently called. clerks of the remembrance, certain offi cers in the Exchequer, whereof three are distinguished by the names of the King's Remembrancer, the Lord Treasurer's Re membrancer, and the Remembrancer of the First Fruits. The King's Remem brance'. enters in his office all recognizan ces taken before the Barons, for any of the King's debts, fbr appearances or ob servances of orders ; he also takes all bonds for the King's debts, &c. and makes out processes thereon. He like wise issues processes against the collec tors of the customs, excise, and others, for their accounts ; and informations upon penal statutes are entered and sued in his office, where all proceedings in matters upon English bills in the Exchequer Chamber remain. His duty further is to make out the bills of compositions upon penal laws, to take the statement of debts; and into his office are delivered all kinds of indentures and other evidences, which concern the assuring any lands to the crown. He, every year, in crastitio anima rum, reads in open court the statute for election of sheriffs ; and likewise openly reads, in court, the oaths of all the offi cers, when they are admitted.
The Lord Treasurer's remembrancer is charged to make out process against all sheriffs, escheators, receivers, and bai liffs, fbr their accounts. He also makes out writs of Geri facias, and extent for debts due to the King, either in the pipe or with the auditors ; and process for all such revenue as is due to the King, on account of his tenures. He takes the ac count of sheriffs ; and also keeps a record, by .which it appears whether the sheriffs or other accountants pay their profers due at Easter and Michaelmas ; and at the same time he makes a record, where by the sheriffs or other accountants keep their prefixed days. There are likewise brought into his office all the accounts of customers, comptrollers and accoun in order to make entry thereof on record also all entreats and amerce ments are certified here, &c.
The Remembrancer of the First Fruits takes all compositions and bonds for the payment of first fruits and tenths, and makes out process against such as 110 not pay the same.