Domesday Book. This book is a register of the lands of England, framed by order of William the Conqueror. It was sometimes termed Rotulus Wiltonice, and was the book from which judgment was to be given upon the value, tenures, and services of the lands therein described. The original is comprised in two volumes, one a large folio, the other a quarto. The first begins with Kent and ends with Lincolnshire, and is written on three hundred and eighty-two double pages of vellum, in one and the same hand, in small but plain characters, each page having a doable column. It contains thirty-one counties. After Lincolnshire the claims arising in the three ridings of Yorkshire are taken notice of and settled; then follow the claims in Lincolnshire, and the determination of the jury upon them; lastly, there is a recapitulation of every wapentake or hundred in the three Hidings of Yorkshire, of the town in each hundred, what number of carncates and ox-gangs are in every town, and the names of the owners placed in very small characters above them. The second volume, in quarto, is written upon four hundred and fifty double pages of vellum, but in single column, and in a large fair character, and contains the counties of Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk. In these counties the liberi homines are ranked separate; there is also a title of invasiones super regem. The two volumes are preserved, with other records of the Exchequer, in the Chapter House at Westminster ; and at the end of the 2nd is the following memorial, in capital letters, of the time of its completion: - "Anno Millesimo Octogesimo Sexto ab incarnatione Domini, vigesimo vero regni Willielmi facta est ista descriptio, non solum per nostres comitatus, sed etiam per alios." From internal evidence, there can be no doubt that the same year, 1086, is assignable as the date of the first volume.