Charter IV: Confirmation by Hugh de Despenser of charter III (1338)

Pages 18-19

Cardiff Records: Volume 1. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1898.

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Charter in the custody of the Town Clerk of Cardiff. 14 October 1338.

Sciant presentes et futuri quod nos Hugo le Despenser filius et heres domini Hugonis le Despenser et Alianore consortis sue dominus Glamorgannie et Morgannie inspeximus cartam celebris memorie domini Willelmi la Zousche et Alianore consortis sue matris nostre in hec verba [Hic sequitur prout in Carta originali] Nos vero predictus Hugo donacionem concessionem et confirmacionem predictas ratas habentes et gratas eas pro nobis et heredibus nostris predictis burgensibus concedimus et confirmamus imperpetuum. In cuius rei testimonium huic presenti carte nostre sigillum Cancellarie nostre de kaerdif apposuimus. Hiis testibus Dominis Willelmo de Ercalewe tunc senescallum terrarum nostrarum Willelmo de Careswell Henrico de Vmfrauilla. Johanne Dauene militibus, Johanne le Norreys Lewelino ap kenewrek Matheo le Soer Thoma de Barry Thoma ap Aron Johanne Louel tune ballivo Comitatus de Glamorgannia et multis aliis. Datum apud kaerdit quartodecimo die Octobris Anno regni Regis Edwardi tercij post conquestum duodecimo.

Endorsed—"Carta de donac'o'e ten. de la Bothalle," in nearly contemporary handwriting; and, rather later, "Carta de donac'one hugonis le de spencr." "12° E. 3."

Note.—The Seal is wanting, but the cords of green silk remain. The Charter is written on a small, narrow, oblong skin, somewhat decayed in the folds.


Know all men present and to come that We Hugh Le Despenser, son and heir of the Lord Hugh Le Despenser and Alianor his Consort, Lord of Glamorgan and Morgan, have inspected the Charter of the Lord William La Zousche and Alianor his Consort, Our mother, of famous memory, in these words: [Here follows as in the original Charter.] Now We the aforesaid Hugh, ratifying and allowing the gift, grant and confirmation aforesaid, do grant and confirm them for Us and Our heirs unto the aforesaid Burgesses for ever. In witness whereof to this Our present Charter We have set the seal of Our Chancery of Kaerdif. Witness the Lords William De Ercalewe, then Steward of Our lands; William De Careswell, Henry De Umfrauill, John Dauene, knights; John Le Norreys; Llewelyn ap Kenewrek; Matthew Le Soer; Thomas De Barry; Thomas ap Aron; John Louel, then Bailiff of the County of Glamorgan, and many others. Given at Kaerdif on the fourteenth day of October in the twelfth year of the reign of King Edward the third after the Conquest [1338].