The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 14
Aids.—Aids were principally three: 1st, To ransom the lord's person if taken prisoner; 2ndly, To make the lord's eldest son a knight; 3rdly, To marry the lord's eldest daughter by giving her a suitable portion p. By the statute of Westm. I. c. 36 q (1351-2), the aids of inferior lords, and by the statute 25 Ed. III., stat. 5 c. 11, those of the king's tenants in capite, were fixed at twenty shillings for every knight's fee, for making the lord's eldest son a knight, or marrying his eldest daughter. The aid for the ransom of the lord's person was never ascertained, and was not capable of being so.