from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A list of servants in a household, or slaves on a plantation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A list of servants in a household; -- called also chequer roll.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as check, 14.
check + roll (Wiktionary)
From this we learn that the Steward was expected to keep a "perfect checkroll" of his lordship's household and retainers in order that he might "with more certainty make the proportion of liveries and badges for them."