The Archbishop of Canterbury decreed in 1590 that clergy should provide men and armour for the defence of the realm against the King of Spain. Clergy in the diocese of Lincoln had a "Subsidy of Armour" recorded by the diocese then later published by the Lincoln Record Society.
A note in that record says
The items enumerated are lances, light horses, petronels (ie large pistols used especially by horsemen), muskets, corslets, calivers (ie light muskets or harquebuses), bows, bills and halberds
However, quite a few of the clergy provided "A Qua:" (the colon indicating abbreviation) and that doesn't match anything in the note. A "Quarrel" seems a rather tiny donation compared to a light horse, so seems unlikely.
- What was a "Qua:" in this list?
Update One page in that list spells a Qua-word in full:
- Was "Qua" an abbreviation for "Qualiuer", and is that an alternative spelling of "caliver"?