La Manche: Part 3

Pages 309-326

Calendar of Documents Preserved in France 918-1206. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.

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Part 3

[Original Documents (fn. 1) and Copies in Archives of La Manche.]
(Original[?] (fn. 2)
in archives, H. 625.)
859. Charter of R[ichard] Avenel, giving to the abbey (ecclesie) of Blanchelande by consent of his brother William and his [William's] son Richard the church of St. Georges-en-Bauptois (de Bauteis) etc. … This gift he makes by the hand of Richard bishop of Coutances. The charter is sealed by William de Vernon, because Richard has no seal.
Presentibus: … Waltero abbate de Monteburgo; Radulfo de Glatineio priore Exaquii; Ricardo et… [Willelmo] de Vernone et Ricardo filio suo; Ricardo de Haia; Engelgero de Bohon[e] et aliis.
(Original in archives,
H. 625.)
860. Charter of William de Vernon notifying that Richard Avenel has given the above church, etc., and that William Avenel and Richard his son have allowed the gift. As chief lord of the fee, he confirms it.
Hujus confirmationis nostre testes sunt: Ricardus meus capellanus; Ricardus de Haia; Robertus Deltot; Radulfus de Landa.
(Original in archives,
H. 550.
Trans. Vol. I.
fo. 64.)
861. Charter of Henry II. addressed to the bishop of Coutances and all his officers of Normandy. He grants to St. Nicholas of Blanchelande and the canons there serving God the church of Ranovilla, which Robert de Novoburgo dean of Evreux and Henry de Novoburgo his brother have given them, according to the charter of Henry and the agreement (cyrographum) between them and Robert, and the confirmation of Richard bishop of Coutances.
Testibus: Ricardo episcopo Constanciensi; Stephano electo Redonensi (fn. 3); Ricardo de Monte burgii; Jordano Taisson; Willelmo Malet dapifero. Apud Valonias.
(Original formerly
sealed, in archives, H. 125.
Trans. Vol. I.
fo. 63.)
862. Charter of Henry II. addressed to all the officers of his realm, on both sides the sea, especially at sea-ports. He grants the canons of Blanchelande (Biancalanda) freedom from toll etc. for themselves and for all that their men can declare to be of their demesne. No one is to trouble them therein.
T[estibus] (fn. 4) : Henrico episcopo Baiocensi; Frogerio episcopo Sagiensi; Reginaldo archidiacono Sarisberiensi; Ricardo de Canvilla; Hugone de Cressy. Apud Burum.
[Circ. 1171.]
(Original [greatly
injured] and copy
in archives,
H. 465.)
863. Charter of William de Humeto, constable of the king, addressed to Richard bishop of Coutances and Richard bishop of Avranches. He notifies that an agreement has been made before him, concerning the church of Montgaron, between the abbot and monks of Blanchelande and Ralf de Rothor clerk.
(Copy in archives,
H. 317. (fn. 5) )
864. Charter of Reginald (Raginaldus) de Rosel, addressed to all his men French and English, notifying that he has given, in the king's court at Windsor (Vindesour) to Odo the butler and his heirs for his service, all his [Reginald's] land of Escalleclif, as he had recovered it in the king's court, for half a marc yearly at Michaelmas. For this Odo has given him a gold ring, and has become his man.
(Original in archives,
H. 257.)
Inspeximus by the vicomte of Carentan, in 1389, of the following:—
[? 1173,
865. Charter of Henry II. addressed to the archbishop of Rouen and all his officers of Normandy. He grants to the abbey (ecclesie) of St. Nicholas of Blanchelande and its canons all that William de Angervilla, and Basira his wife have given it.
Testibus: Johanne decano Sar[esberiensi]; Jordano Tessun, et Johanne de Solineio. Apud Cadomum.
(Original in archives, H. 182.
Trans. Vol. I. fo. 69.)
Inspeximus by Edward II., Sept. 10, 1283, of the following three charters:—
[1184–1188.] 866. Charter by Henry II. granting to the abbot and canons of Blanchelande, in the Côtentin, freedom for their manor of Cambrigeham from shire and hundred [courts] and suits of shire and hundred, and pleas, and all other claims, except [for] murdrum and theft, like his own demesnes etc.
Test[ibus] (fn. 6) : H[ugone] Dunelmensi episcopo, et Willelmo clerico de camerâ. Apud Westmonasterium.
[Circ. 1175.] 867. Charter of Henry II. giving the canons regular of Blanchelande in the Côtentin, for the weal of his soul and [those] of his predecessors quittance from the service of one knight (servicium unius militis quietum et solutum) due to him from their manor of Cambringeham.
Test[ibus] (fn. 7) : [Willelmo de (fn. 8) ] Curci (fn. 9) dapifero; Gilleberto Malet dapifero; Roberto Marmion; Mauricio de Creona (fn. 10); Hugone de Lacy; Philippo de Hastingiis. Apud Valonias.
1168. 868. Charter of Joslen de Englesby, granting to the canons of Blanchelande his mill at Weletun held of his lord Richard de Haia, to be held in inheritance of him and his heirs at the annual rent of 12 shillings, 10 to his lord, and 2 to himself; and, on account of his necessity, he receives at the outset his [own] rent for eight years, that is, 16 shillings.
Hiis testibus: Ricardo precentore; Radulfo subdecano (fn. 11); [magistro Rogero (fn. 12) ]; magistro Girardo; magistro Ilberto; Guillelmo filio Gunteri (fn. 13); Durando clerico; Reginaldo de Chircheby, et multis aliis, ab incarnatione Domini millesimo centesimo sexagesimo octavo anno.
(Transcript of
Cartulary of
Blanchelande. (fn. 14)
Trans. Vol. I.
fo. 64.)
869. Petition to Henry II. from John his son, count of Mortain (comes Moritonii), beseeching him, as his lord and father, to grant to abbot Peter and his poor brethren of the Premonstratensian order at Blanchelande, for the love of God and the weal of his soul, a fair annually and a market etc., for those poor canons, etc…f
Datum apud Verundium. Testibus: Waltero de Ver (fn. 15); Rogero de Amondevilla, Henrico de Clara, et aliis.
(Copy of Inspeximus
by Philip of France
in 1339 in archives,
H. 523. Trans. Vol. I.
fo. 65).
870. Charter of Henry II. addressed generally. He grants and gives to St. Nicholas of Blanchelande and the canons Premonstratensian there serving God a fair and market ut supra etc….. He likewise confirms to them the gifts which Richard de Haya, his knight, has made to them in England and in Normandy, according to his charter.
Datum apud Vallonias. Testibus: Jordano Taissun; Willelmo de Aureavalle; Roberto de Novoburgo; Engelgerio de Bohon; Reginaldo de Sancto Valeriaco (fn. 16). Teste etiam me ipso anno regni mei vicesimo nono. (fn. 17)
(Copy in archives, (fn. 18)
H. 598.)
871. Charter of Robert (sic) archbishop of Rouen confirming to the abbey of Blanchelande inter alia the church of St. Aubin d'Aubigny, (fn. 19) as Richard bishop of Coutances had given it to them at the entreaty of William de Albigneio son of W[illiam] earl of Arondel.
Datum ab incarnatione Domini anno millesimo centesimo nonagesimo quarto.
[1197, 29 Dec.]
(Copy in archives,
H. 263.)
872. Charter of William Cosket knight and his men and vavassors of Bollevilla, giving half the church of Bollevilla to the abbey of Blanchelande.
Actum est hoc in anno quo pax reformata est inter dominum Walterum Rothomagensem archiepiscopum et illustrem Ricardum regem Anglorum infra natale domini in solemnitate sancti Thome Cantuarensis archiepiscopi.
1198, 8 Feb. (fn. 20)
(Copy in archives,
H. 188.)
873. Charter of John count of Mortain, notifying that he gives to the abbey of Blanchelande and the brethren there serving God the church of St. Laurent in the isle of Jersey (Ierseii), as belonging to his presentation, which church was held by Geoffrey, priest and dean. This he does that, so long as he lives, he may be remembered in that abbey, and that, after his death, a solemn anniversary may there be celebrated for him, and the convent supplied with provisions on the day of his obit.
Testibus: Johanne abbate de Lonl[aio]; Radulfo priore de Plesseio; Gervasio canonico; Nicholao capellano; Reginaldo de Vire; Willelmo de Aula; Huberto de Burgo; magistro Henrico de Haya. Apud Tenechebraium viijo die Februarii anno regni regis Ricardi nono. Datum per manum Johannis de Graio.
1200, 5 May.
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. I.
fo. 66.)
874. Charter of John in favour of St. Nicholas of Blanchelande. Printed in Rotuli Chartarum, but with the omission of the last four witnesses:—“Willelmo de Humeto constabulario Normannie; Roberto de Turnham; Ricardo de Reveriis; Fulcone de Cantilupo.”
[Original Documents and Cartulary (fn. 21) in Archives of La Manche.
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 178.)
875. Writ of Henry I. addressed to the bishop of Coutances, the justices of Normandy, and all those lords of whom lands were held by the abbot of Montebourg and his abbey. The abbot and his abbey are to hold, as they held under his father and his brother, their lands, tenants, churches, tithes, mills, and dues, especially their churches [and] dues.
Testes: Ranulfus canc[ellarius (fn. 22) ]; [Robertus] comes de Mellent. Apud Londinum.
(Cartulary fo. 7.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 113.)
876. Charter of Henry I. addressed to Roger bishop of Salisbury and Aiulf the chamberlain (sheriff of Dorset) and all his barons and all his lieges, French and English, of Dorset. He grants to the abbey of Montebourg and Urse its abbot, for the weal of the souls of his father and mother, of himself and his wife, his children and all his relatives that the manor of Lodres, which, by his permission, Richard de Redveriis gave the monastery shall be assessed (se acquietet) at 5 hides only, henceforth and for ever, both in gelds (gyeldis) and other dues.
Testibus: Ranulfo cancellario; Rogero de Manavilla (sic); et Walchelino canonico. Apud Sancte Marie ecclesiam. (fn. 23)
(Cartulary, fo. 6.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 113.)
877. Writ of Henry I. addressed to the bishop of Salisbury and all his officers of England, Normandy, and seaports. The sustenance and raiment of the monks of Montebourg and all their substance that their men can swear (affidare) to be their own, are to be free from toll and all dues. Ten pounds penalty for infringement.
Teste comite Glocestrie apud Crucem sancti Leufroy.
(Ibid., fos. 4, 139
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 175.)
878. Letter of Adeliza de Reviers to Goscelin bishop of Salisbury, notifying her gift to the abbey of Montebourg of the manor of Ouelaium, (fn. 24) which is in his diocese, free and quit, by consent of her sons and grandsons, her father William Peverel of Notingham having given that manor with her to Richard de Revers, and she having held it in her own demesne till the time of this gift. She implores him therefore to confirm this gift of his mercy, and to protect the monks there dwelling, etc.
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol II.
fo. 186.)
879. Charter of Baldwin earl of Exeter notifying that, for the weal of his soul and those of his father and mother and all his predecessors and successors, he grants to the abbey of Montebourg and the monks there serving God all the gifts made to them by his father, Richard de Reveriis, in England, wholly quit of all dues to himself, his heirs or representatives (proheredes), namely, a manor in Devon, in the diocese of Exeter, called Axemud, with all its appurtenances and the church; and a fishery, with two draggers (traeribus (fn. 25) ), who are there to drag with nets; another manor in Dorset, in the diocese of Salisbury, called Lodres, with all its appurtenances and the church; another in the isle of With called Wica, with all its appurtenances. He also grants a manor in Berkesyr, in the diocese of Salisbury, called Oluelay, (fn. 26) which Adeliz de Reveriis gave, with all its appurtenances; also all the gifts made or to be made by his men in land or anything else, free from all dues to himself, his heirs, or representatives.
His testibus: Ricardo de Redvers; Willelmo filio Johannis; Willelmo de Morevilla; Hugone Pevrel; Willelmo filio Estur; Ricardo de Caisneio; Rogero capellano; Pevrel de Argentonio.
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol II.
fo. 191.)
Vidimus by Peter royal bailli of the Côtentin in 1288 of the following:—
880. Charter of Baldwin earl of Exeter. He gives to St. Mary of Montebourg, with the permission of his sons Richard, Henry, and his brothers William de Vernone and Robert de Sancte Marie Ecclesia, for the weal of his soul, and for the souls of his father and mother, his predecessors and successors, a certain manor in Berkshire, Ouelay, (fn. 27) by name, with all its appurtenances.
Comitis vero signum; [Signa] Ricardi filii sui; Willermi de Morevilla; Jordani de Lestrie; Gaufridi Spencer; Walteri de Clamorgan; Willermi de Vernone; Roberti fratris ejus.
(Cartulary, fo. 101.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 157.)
881. Letter of Theobald, archbishop of Canterbury, primate, and legate, to his worshipful brethren and friends H[enry] bishop of Winchester, Jos[celin] bishop of Salisbury, and Robert bishop of Exeter. He has taken under his protection (in custodia nostra) the lawful property and possessions of the abbey of Montebourg in England. They are therefore to do justice ecclesiastically, without delay, in the matter of the wrongs of which the monks have complained to him, lest they should have to renew these complaints.
[1157, April.]
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 180.)
882. Writ of Henry II. addressed to Richard de Reviers. He is to secure to the monks of Montebourg free enjoyment of the tithes of Haya Danneville and all else confirmed to them by his father's charter, especially the moiety of the church of Neahou, as confirmed to them by the charter of Richard de Redvers the first and as held by Saxlo their monk of his father and himself. If he does not do this, William de Vernone or his officers are to do it, and the king's justice is to make them do it, and it is not to be delayed by his own departure (passagium).
Teste Manessier Biset dapifero apud Barbefleu in transfretatione regis.
1158, 2 Feb.
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 179.)
883. Charter of William, earl of Arundel, granting to the abbey of Montebourg, and the monks there serving God, for the weal of his soul and those of all his friends, the church of St. Lo (Laudi) of Ansleville with all its appurtenances, saving the whole interest (tenementum) of Roger the priest, for his life; also his rights in the church of Torcleville, saving the interest of Robert the priest for his life.
Hujus donations testes fuerunt: Humfridus de Milleriis; Johannes Treisgoz; Philippus Treisgoz; Radulfus filius Ricardi; Gillebertus de Salnervilla; Gillebertus de Clincampo; Ricardus filius Damselle; Robertus capellanus de sancto Christoforo; Willelmus Rufus; Robertus de Ward’; Willelmus filius Radulfi, et multi alii. Facta est autem hec donatio in die Purificationis beata Marie Virginis anno.… MoCoLoVIIIo.
[? 1158.]
(Original in
D'Anisy's collection. (fn. 28)
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 182.)
884. Charter of Richard bishop of Coutances confirming to the abbey of Montebourg the church of St. Lo of Ansleville near Hamewez, on the presentation of William count of Sussex (Sussels), with its lands, tithes, and all appurtenances, and two thirds of the tithe of the crops (fragum) of the parish for their own use, with the endowment in land they possess in that parish; and in Morsalinum, all the land in that parish of the fee of Aubigny (Albineium), which Humfrey de Albineio gave, with two [out of three] tithe sheaves on that land which [sheaves] he kept in his hand and devoted to his sustenance (ad mensam suam expendebat). This was given by Humfrey de Albemio, by consent of William de Albineio, when he became a monk (habitum religionis suscepit) at the abbey. He also confirms to the abbey, in the same parish of Morsalina two [out of three] tithe-sheaves of the crops (frugum) of all the land, in that parish, of the fee of William de Ouville, which sheaves William was retaining and consuming when he gave them to the abbey; and two [out of three] tithe-sheaves of the crops (frugum) of all the land, in that parish of the fee of St. Cosma, whish the monks hold of the prior of St. Cosma. And at the prayer of Peter abbot of Cluny and William prior of St. Cosma, he confirms those two sheaves to the monks of Montebourg, for an annual recognition of two shillings in money of Angers or Rouen, on condition that the church of the vill with the altardues and the third of the tithe shall remain to the prior and monks of St. Cosma, saving in all things the right[s] of the church of Coutances.
Teste (sic) Willelmo archidiacono; Petro et Roberto clericis nostris, et Unfrido decano; Roberto clerico de Sancto Christoforo; Gisleberto de Salnervilla.
[N. D.]
(Cartulary, fo. 14.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 117)
885. Charter of William de Moreville. For the weal of his soul and [those] of his wife Mathildis and his son, Eudo, his predecessors or successors, and his friends living and dead, he grants to the abbey of Montebourg the chapel of St. Andrew of Bradepol with all its appurtenances, free, saving the interest (tenemcntum) of Richard the clerk [until] he dies or enters a religious order.
Hujus rei testes sunt, Mathillis uxor mea; Eudo filius meus; Willelmus gener meus; Eustacius Wac (fn. 29); Willelmus de Neelhu; Ricardus clericus frater ejus; Rogerus Buisson; Radulfus presbiter de Brideport; Hosbertus clericus de Lodres; Willelmus de Haga (fn. 30); Radulfus Hairon; Unfridus Rex; Rogerus de Hosbervilla; Willelmus nepos Prioris; Rogerus de Sancto Audoeno (fn. 31).
[N. D.]
(Cartulary, fo. 133.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 170.)
886. Charter of Matthew son of Herbert (filius Hereberti) granting to the abbey of Montebourg and the monks there serving God, the land of Streta which William son of Estur gave, and Roger de Mandevilla confirmed by his charter to the abbey in almoin. This he does by the wish and with the consent of Johanna Patrick his wife, and for the weal of his soul and those of his father, his mother, his boys and his relatives, the grant to be free from all claims, except the service due to him from that land.
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 180.)
887. Charter of Henry king of the English, duke of the Normans and count of the Angevins, son of king Henry, addressed to the archbishops, etc. of England. He confirms to the abbey of Montebourg the manor of Wuelay (fn. 32), with its appurtenences, which Alice de Reveriis, mother of earl Baldwin gave them, of her marriage portion, for ever, and which William de Vernon the younger confirmed.
Testibus: Gaufrido archidiacono Cantuariensi; Ricardo archidiacono Pictavensi; Reginaldo Sarisberiensi (fn. 33) [archidiacono]; Johanne decano (fn. 34); Ricardo de Ca[m]ville; Reginaldo de Curtenay; Willelmo de Lanval[eio]; Hugone de Cressy; Willelmo de Sancto Johanne. Apud Burum.
[Ante 1174. (fn. 35) ]
(Cartulary, fo. 15.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 118.)
888. Charter of Eudes de Moreville (fn. 36) confirming his father's gift.
[Testes] Hawis uxor mea; Willelmus filius meus et Rogerus frater ejus; Rogerus de Stotvilla; Paganus filius Alani; Ricardus presbitero de Mersoda; Hugo le Gentil, et multi alii.
[Circ. 1174.]
(Two originals in
Trans. Vol. II. fo. 184.)
889. Charter of William de Vernon, notifying that, for the weal of his soul and those of all his predecessors and successors, he has given to the abbey of Montebourg and the monks there serving God, in alms for ever, the chapel of St. Maglorius in Serk with the whole enclosure, and two acres of land without it, of his demesne, and the tenant (hospite) dwelling thereon. He has also granted them the site of the mill which belonged to St. Maglorius, wherever they may wish to place it on the water, in his demesne, even to the sea, with sluices if needful; with pasture for all their stock on his demesnes and throughout the island, free. All this he gives quit of any due or service to himself or his heirs.
Testibus hiis: Willelmo capellano de Sancto Floscello; Alano de Winceleio; Roberto de Fratello; Thoma de Caretret; Radulfo de Caisneio, et aliis pluribus.
(Two originals in
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 185, 186.)
890. Charter of Richard de Vernon, confirming his father William de Vernon's gift to Montebourg abbey of St. Maglorius in the island of Serc (fn. 37) with its whole enclosure and with the site of the mill. He adds also, of his own gift, for the love of God and the weal of his soul, that the monks there serving God and St. Maglorius shall, for ever, have thirty shillings of Anjou out of the four pounds of Anjou of rent that he has been in the habit of receiving from that island to be paid yearly on the feast of St. Christopher, by his officer, to the monk of Montebourg resident in the island. To secure that residence he confirms this endowment by his charter.
Testibus; He[r]berto de Morevilla Dapifero; Nicholao Folin; Ricardo filio Wigerii; Roberto presbitero de Neelhou; magistro Rogero; Ricardo capellano; Ricardo de Osmunvilla; Willelmo clerico; Roberto Pagano; Villelmo Gisleberto tunc presposito de Serch, et multi alii. [Actum fuit hoc anno incarnati Verbi MoCo nonagesimo sexto, in eadem insula de Serch, in capella Sancti Maglorii coram me. (fn. 38) ]
[1175, March.]
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 182.)
891. Charter of Henry II. confirming to the abbey of Montebourg all William de Vernon's gifts to it of the chapel of St. Maglorius in the island of Serck.
Testibus: Godefrido episcopo Eliensi (fn. 39); magistro Waltero [de] Constanciis archidiacono Oxoniensi; Ricardo de Vernone; Fulcone Paienello; Ricardo de Canvilla (fn. 40); Raginaldo de Curtenay; Hugone de Cressy; Willelmo de Vernone juniore. Apud Cadomum. (fn. 41)
(Cartulary, fo. 25. Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 126.)
892. Charter of Richard Marreward (fn. 42) notifying that, for the weal of his soul and that of Geoffrey his son and his other sons, he gives to the abbey of Montebourg a measure (mina) of wheat and pasture for ten oxen in Sypton.
Hujus donationis testes sunt, Galfridus heres meus, qui hanc donationem concessit, et Mathildis uxor mea, et Willelmus sacerdos de Lodres; Rogerus de Monast[erio]; Ricardus Malreware; Rogerus Goib’; Rogerus filius Hod’; Willelmus Plantapeluda.
(Cartulary, fo. 45.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 132.)
893. Charter of Gilbert de Hunfrancvilla, giving his chapel of Douna, founded in honour of St. Leonard, with all its appurtenances and 16 acres of land, to Montebourg abbey and the monks there serving God for his soul and those of his father and mother, his son and all his kinsmen living and dead. He also restores to the monks the deed (cyrographum) relating to the said chapel drawn up before the king's justices between them and him and his son. The monks receive him and his as brethren and partakers in all their prayers, and likewise the souls of his father and mother, his son Robert and all his kinsmen. The monks’ vicar of the mother church of Axemuth is to serve the above church of St. Leonard three days a week and all feast days, and every Monday always for the living and the dead.
Hiis testibus: Willelmo capellano de Axemuth, et Willelmo clerico de Lym; Philippo de Lega; Philippo le Ver; Galfrido de Bostena; Radulfo de Broclonde; Philippo de Herlecumbe; Luca filio Stephani; Edlauo (fn. 43) de la Havene; Hugone Burnel, et multi alii.
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 181.)
894. Writ of Henry II. directing that the abbey of Montebourg, its abbot and monks, its lands, its men and all its possessions, are to be protected, and no one is to wrong them.
If anyone does so, justice is to be executed without delay. The abbey, abbot, and monks are not to be impleaded except by his writ, while he remains in England.
[No witness.] Apud Valonias.
[N. D.]
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 181.)
895. Charter of king Henry directing that the abbey of Montebourg, which is under his protection is to enjoy all the liberties and dues, as enjoyed in the time of king Henry his father (sic), as testified by his charter.
[N. D.]
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 181.)
896. Writ of Henry II. addressed to all his sheriffs and officers of England, and especially of the sea-ports. The abbot and monks of Montebourg are to be quit to toll and passagemoney and pontage and all dues wheresoever they go, or buy or sell or convey anything that their men can declare to be for the monks.
Teste Ricardo thesaurario, apud Cesarisburgum.
(Cartulary, p. 46.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 133.)
897. Charter of J[ohn] bishop of Exeter, notifying that he has inspected the charter of [that] noble man, Gilbert de Hunfrancvilla, which he confirms.
Hiis testibus: Waltero archidiacono Cornub[ie]; Thoma cantore Exon[iensi]; magistro Roberto de Gilforde; Henrico canonico Lundon’ (fn. 44); Bernardo et Waltero capellanis (fn. 45); magistro Reginaldo; J. persona; magistro Milone, et multis aliis.
(Cartulary, p. 50.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 135.)
898. Charter of Aldred de Douna. (fn. 46) He gives to the abbey of Montebourg, for the weal of his soul and those of his father, his mother, his wife and all his predecessors and successors, the chapel of St. Pancras, in the presence of Robert bishop of Exeter and his archdeacons, Peter and Bartholomew, his son Walter being present and agreeing, saving his interest (tenementum) and his service of the chapel. And abbot Walter has granted him and his sons, his wife, his father and mother and all his predecessors and successors to be partakers of all the [spiritual] benefits of the abbey and he and his sons Ralf and Walter are to be admitted as monks, well or ill, whenever they will, without charge.
Hujus concessionis testes fuerunt dominus Robertus Exonie[iensis (fn. 47) ] episcopus, qui eam sigilli sui auctoritate confirmavit; Petrus et Bartholomeus archidiaconi; Aldret (fn. 48) decanus; Nicholaus de Axem[inistra]; Symon de Muesbeia; Ailwardus; et Johannes, et Ailnod, (fn. 49) et Alveret de Lim presbiteri (fn. 50); Radulfus de Duna; Robertus de Broclonda, et Radulfus filius ejus; Stephanus Frawine, et omnis Hundredus (fn. 51) de Axem[ue]. Et cum aliud sigillum non habeo, annuli mei impressione presentem cartam communio.
[Circ. 1156.]
(Cartulary, fo. 51.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 137.)
899. Charter of R[obert] bishop of Exeter, notifying that Aldred de Duna has in his presence, granted, so far as in him lies, the right of advowson and all his demesne in the chapel of St. Pancras of Duna to Walter abbot of Montebourg, saving in all things the right and free possession of Walter the clerk, then in possession, and the dignity and service of the said chapel, that is, that it should have a priest of its own for ever.
Hiis testibus: magistro Bartholomeo et magistro Petro archidiaconis Exoniensis ecclesie; Ranulfo et Balduino clericis episcopi; Petro canonico Plimtone (fn. 52); Nicholao clerico de Axiministre (fn. 53); Aldredo decano; Bernardo de Bermu’ (fn. 54); Ricardo de Culintona; Ranulfo de Brideport; Johanne de Axemuth.
1169, 29 Sept.
(Cartulary, fo. 53.
Trans. Vol. II. fo. 137.)
900. Charter of B[artholomew] bishop of Exeter, notifying that on this day (tercio kal. Octobris) it has been established (recognitum) before him in full synod at Exeter, that, Walter de Douna being then parson of the chapel of St. Pancras, he [the bishop] grants to his son, in the hearing and with the approval of Walter himself, an annual rent of three marcs only, as parson or vicar of the said chapel, saving the parson's rights of Walter. Nor, in this, has he acted, or could he act, to the prejudice of the monks of Montebourg.
Hujus recognitionis hii sunt testes: Goffridus (fn. 55) albas (sic) Tavist[ocie]; Thomas prior de Monteacuto; Stephanus prior de Tanton’ (fn. 56); Johannes prior de Hertil[anda]; Regin[aldus] prior Sancti Jacobi; Balduinus archidiaconus Tonton’ (fn. 57); Willelmus archidiaconus Barnest[aplie] (fn. 58); Willelmus de Salsomar[a]; magister (fn. 59) Balduinus filius Abbi’ (fn. 60); magister Robertus filius Gille; magister Robertus Anc’ (fn. 61); Magister de Bagg’; Balduinus Lambrict, (fn. 62) et alii multi.
[? 1186–87.]
(Cartulary, fo. 52.
Vol. II. fo. 137.)
901. Charter of Ralf de Duna, ratifying his father Aldred's gift to the chapel of Duna to the abbey of Montebourg.
Hiis testibus: Willelmo capellano de Axemuthe; Willelmo clerico de Axemuthe (fn. 63); Radulfo clerico; Willelmo capellano de Calintona; Samsone de Axeminstre; Baldewino de Sapwik; Antonio; Ricardo Albo; Radulfo de Broclonda; Galfrido de Ponte; Luca filio Stephani; Philippo de Berlecumbe. (fn. 64)
(Cartulary, fo. 58.
Trans. Vol. II. fo. 141).
902. Letter from R[eginald] bishop of Bath and (R[? ichard] the dean, and T.) (fn. 65) archdeacon of Wells to their worshipful brother and most dear friend, the bishop of Exeter, notifying to him that the dispute between the abbot of Montebourg and Ralf the knight (miles) of Duna and Walter the clerk concerning the presentation (represencione (fn. 66) ) of a clerk to the chapel of St. Pancras has been entrusted to them for settlement by pope Urban III., and has been thus ended before them. The said knight has ratified, and by his charter confirmed, his father Aldred's gift of the chapel of St. Pancras to the abbey of Montebourg in their presence, [and] Walter the clerk has declared (protestatus) that he is parson (fn. 67) of the church of the said chapel, and that his son Ralf has not the rights of parson or vicar in it, and that he assigned him three marcs a year for his maintenance in the schools (in scholis). They deemed it right to inform the bishop of the truth, as they have heard it, lest he should be deceived in the matter hereafter.
[1196, 3–4 Sept.]
(Cartulary fo. 54.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 138).
903. Charter of H[enry] bishop of Exeter, confirming to the abbey of Montebourg, and the monks there serving God, the chapel of St. Pancras, with its right[s] and appurtenances as confirmed to them by his worshipful predecessors R[obert] and B[artholomew] late bishop of Exeter. Further, of his charity, he grants the said monks towards their sustenance, twenty shillings yearly, for their own use, from the vicar of that chapel, whoever he may be, saving (salvo (fn. 68) ) the rights and dues of the bishops in all things.
Datum Landewiceton' (fn. 69) in Cornubia secundo non[as] Septembris pontificatus nostri anno tertio. Hiis testibus: Waltero priore de Lanstaueton (fn. 70); Johanne archidiacono Exon[ensi]; magistro B’n (fn. 71) Eboracensi; magistro Waltero de Lincis' (fn. 72); magistro Radulfo Toton[ie] (fn. 73); Philippo capellano; Willelmo clerico de Svindon’ (fn. 74); (fn. 75) Gregorio capellano pontis Exon[ie]; magistro Henrico de Briddeport; Willelmo capellano de Brideton, (fn. 76) et multis aliis.
[Circ. 1196.]
(Cartulary, fo. 5.
Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 111.)
904. Charter of William de Vernone, earl of Devon, notifying that for the weal of his soul, and those of his wife Mabel his predecessors and successors, he approves the gift made by his grandmother Adeliz de Revers to the abbey of St. Mary of Montebourg and its monks of the manor of Wolvel in Berkesyr with all its appurtenances.
Hiis testibus: Willelmo filio Estur; Waltero de Insula; Rogero de Aula; Samson Foliot; Willelmo et Thoma de Monasteriis; Willelmo de Insula; Ricardo de Daneu … (fn. 77); Roberto pincerna; Paulino et Symone clericis, et multis aliis.
[Circ. 1196.]
(Cartulary, fo. 6.
Trans. Vol. II., fo. 112.)
905. Letter of William earl of Devon to Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, primate of all England, and legate, and to the barons of the exchequer of his lord the king, notifying that he has restored, out of piety, to the abbey of Montebourg the manor of Wolvel’ ut supra. He prays them of their charity to confirm what he has done.
[1195–1197, 26 June.]
(Cartulary, fo. 6. Trans. Vol. II. fo. 112)
906. Letters patent of Hubert archbishop (fn. 78) of Canterbury, primate of all England, notifying that William de Vernone earl of Devon has, in his presence, restored to Montebourg abbey the manor of Wolvelay, with all its appurtenances, which Adeliza de Reveriis, his grandmother, had given to the abbey, whose gift the earl had confirmed by his charter, which the primate has inspected. And the earl has quitclaimed that manor to the abbey for ever.…
Testibus: H[erberto] Sar[isberiensi (fn. 79) ] episcopo; Gaufrido filio Petri; Hugone Bard[ulf]; Willelmo Bruwer; Gaufrido de Boel’. Apud Westm[onasterium] (fn. 80) xxvj. Junii. Per magistrum Adam de Walsingham.
(Cartulary, fo. 117.
Trans. Vol. II. fo. 159.)
1201, 17 July.
Inspeximus by Thomas bishop of Exeter (17 May 1304) of the following:—
907. Letter of pope Innocent III. addressed to the abbot and convent of Montebourg. In consideration of their insufficient means for the maintenance of their poor folk, he allows them to apply the revenues of two churches, Lodres and Axemue to that purpose, saving the rights of the bishop of the diocese and obedience to him in things spiritual, and the assignment to the chaplains serving those churches of a sufficient sustenance.
Datum, Signie (fn. 81) xvi. kal. Augusti pontificatus nostri anno quarto.
1204, 3 Dec.
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II. fo.187.)
908. Charter of Henry bishop of Exeter, granting to the abbot and convent of Montebourg exemption from payment of tithes on their demesne of Axemue; also two [thirds] of the tithe-sheaves of that parish and a third of the small tithes arising from that parish in alms for ever, all the rest being reserved for the vicar's use; and he shall be responsible for all episcopal dues.
Datum apud Brankescombe iii. nonas Decembris pontificatus nostri anno undecimo. Hiis testibus: Willelmo de Swind[one], et magistro H. de Wilt. canonicis Exonie; magistro Willelmo de Calno; magistro Willelmo de Paz; magistro Rogero de Iugarvilla; magistro Henrico de Brideport, et multi alii.
[Original Documents in Archives of La Manche. (fn. 82) ]
(Original in archives. Trans. Vol. II.
fo. 79.)
909. Letter of Hugh archbishop of Rouen to Algar bishop of Countances, [informing him that] Stephen king of the English and duke of Normandy had rejoiced to hear that, by the bishop's efforts, canons regular have been established in the church of St. Lo, and has confirmed, with his royal authority, what the bishop has done. He has instructed the writer, concerning this matter, that he grants, to these canons regular in the bishop's fortress (castrum) of St. Lo the tithes and the property (bona) which Roger bishop of Salisbury formerly held in Normandy, at Valognes (Valonie), at St. Marcouf (Sanctum Marculfum), at Warevilla, and at Popevilla, with those forest dues which the said bishop had in those parts in the time of king Henry. The archbishop therefore, at the wish of king Stephen, his lord and duke, and from affection for the bishop's work, confirms all this. Curses on those who infringe the charter.
Actum Rothomagi anno nati de Virgine, (fn. 83) MoCoXLoIIo .… anno presulatus nostri xiijo. Ego Hugo Rothomagensis episcopus; Ego Rotrodus Ebroicensis episcopus; Ego Arnulfus Lexoviensis episcopus; Ego Johannes Sagiensis episcopus; Ego Walterius abbus Sancti Wandre[ge] silii; Ego W[illelmus] decanus; Ego Gaufridus archidiaconus; Ego Egidius archidiaconus; Ego Osmundus archidiaconus.
(Original in archives.
Trans. Vol. II. fo. 87.)
910. Writ of Henry II. addressed to the bishop of Countances. The canons of St. Lo are to hold the church of St. Ouen (Audoenus) sur Vire (desuper Viram) in accordance with his charter, and the archbishop of Rouen is to see to it, if the bishop does not.
Teste Arnulfo episcopo Lexoviensi, apud Sanctum Laudum.
1174, 28 July.
(Original in archives. Trans. Vol. II. fo. 87.)
911. [Notification that] on that date, in the presence of Richard bishop of Countances and William abbot of St. Lo, Reginald bishop of Bath dedicated a church at St. Lo in honour of the most blessed martyr[Thomas] archbishop of Canterbury, most of the clergy and the people being there, And there were assigned to that church, as a parish for ever, certain lands (specified) which were in the parishes of St. Lo and of St. Mary du Château.
Testibus his: Savarico, Guillelmo, Richardo, Roberto archidiaconis; Petro capellano; Richardo de Poilleio, Radulfo de Garsalia, clericis; Roberto Nicera; Rogero de Evreceio; Marino de Perieres, et Thomas filio ejus; Richardo de Milleio, et Sylvestro, et multis aliis.
(Original in archives. (fn. 84) Trans. Vol. II. fo. 82.)
912. Charter of Henry II. addressed generally. He gives to the abbey (ecclesia) of St. Lo of Countances and the canons regular there serving God, in alms for ever, a fair for one day on the octave of Easter, etc. … And he grants them the gifts of Algar and Richard bishops of Countances confirmed by Hugh, Rotrou, and Walter, archbishops of Rouen… the church of Champrépus (Campus Repulsus) etc.… that share of the church of St. Ermeland which belonged to the fee of John de Campellis; the church of St. Thomas the Martyr at St. Lo; of the gift of Ralf de Haia fourteen acres of land etc. of the gift of William de Tracy the tithe of his mills of Humeel of that of Gerard de Bruis twenty — four quarters of wheat and five shillings annually from his mill of Londa … of that of William de Moyon his right of advowson in the church of Mesnil (Maisnillum) Opac, and the church itself with its appurtenances … of that of William de Haia a sextary of wheat from (in) the church of St. Martin de Mesons.… of that of Philip de Croilleio the messuage of Popelina at Monfai.… of that of Corbin de Agnell is a measure (mina) of wheat at Leville; of that of William earl of Arundel a sextary of wheat from the mill of Roard at Aubuigni (fn. 85) (sic).… of that of William de Diva twelve quarters of wheat from (in) the church of Fleury (Flureium), according to the compromise made between the abbot of St. Lo and Enguerrand de Humeto concerning the mill of Martinvilla, and a moiety of that mill;.… of that of William de Siccavilla the church of St. Peter of Grismesnil; of that of Richard de Lucy St. Croix “de Vasto”
Testibus: Willelmo de Hum[eto] constabulario; Willelmo de Aubuigni comite Susexie; Willelmo de Sancto Johanne; Berterranno de Verdun; Willelmo de Moion; Ricardo de Ca[n]villa; Stephano de Turn[ham?]. (fn. 86) Apud Valonias.
[Original Document, Copy and Cartulary in Archives of La Manche.]
(Cartulary, fo. 1. Trans. Vol. II. fo. 47.)
913. Charter of Fulc Paynel (Paganellus) giving St. Mary and the abbey of Hambeye, in alms for ever, for his soul and those of his predecessors, the gift his father had bestowed on it in his presence and with his consent, that is the site of the abbey etc. etc. (lands specified), and the re-tithing (redecimationem) of all his acquisitions in England and in Normandy.
Teste (sic) Algaro Constanciensi episcopo; abbate Theodorico de Sancto Laudo; Rogero, Gilberto, et Philippo archidiaconis; Roberto de Carollis (fn. 87); Thoma Paganello; Johanne Paganello; Willelmo de Verduno; Johanne de Gaurcio; Guillelmo de Tregoz; Jordano de Sancta Maria; Willelmo de Hueton, (fn. 87) et multis aliis.
(Original (fn. 88) in archives, H. 4471.)
914. Charter of Henry II. addressed to the archbishop of Rouen and all his officers of Normandy. He grants to the abbey (ecclesie) of St. Mary of Hambei and its monks the gift by Philip de Columbariis, with assent of his son Henry, of all his tithe at Langrune, save what he had previously given to other religious houses (specified).
T[estibus]: Willelmo de Humeto const[abulario]; Folqueio Painel; Stephano de Turon[is] sensecallo And[egavie]; Willelmo de Ostilli; Roberto de.…Unfrido de Boh[on]… [? Ricardo] Giffard.
[? Temp. Hen. II.]
(Cartulary, fo. 12.
Trans. Vol. II. fo. 48.)
915. Charter of Lesceline de Sulineio, giving, with her son's consent, to the abbey of St. Mary, Hambeie, for the weal of her soul and those of her father and mother and Fulc (Paynel) her husband, and her son [William] (fn. 87) and her predecessors in alms for ever, all the churches of her fee in Normandy and England, with all their appurtenances, namely, the church of Rontonia, (fn. 89) and those of Matheium, (fn. 90) Olivum, Crolou, Sulineium, and Gripo.
[?Temp. Hen. II.] Testibus his: Willelmo Paganello archidiacono; France[one] (fn. 91) de Bohun; Gilberto de Fourcarmonde, (fn. 92) et Roberto filio ejus, et aliis multis.
1181, [1] June.
(Copy in archives, H. 4539, and Cartulary, fo. 3d. Trans. Vol. II. fo. 50.)
916. Letter of pope Alexander III. addressed to Rocelin abbot of Hambeye and his brethren, present and future, confirming to them the monastery and its possessions etc. etc.… and the tithe of all the rents of Fulc Paynel in England and Normandy in money.
Datum Tusculano per manum Auberti sancte Romance ecclesic presbiteri cardinalis et cancellarii, Junii, indictione 14, incarnationis Dominice 1141, (fn. 93) pontificatus vero Alexandri pape tertii anno 22.
[N. D. (fn. 94)
] (Cartulary, H. 4311, fo. 2. Trans. Vol. II. fo. 49.)
917. Charter of William Paynel (Paganellus) addressed to all his men of Normandy and England. He grants to the monks of Hambeye, in alms for the weal of his soul, those of his father and mother, his predecessors and successors, 100 shillings of rent in his manors of Drach and Cartuon and Camforth, and 60 in Bragueham, and 40 in Gargofh, until he definitely assigns them those ten pounds in lands or churches. He also confirms to them lands and tithes in Normandy (specified) and gives them the tithe of all the acquisitions given him by God in England and Normandy. The above ten pounds he gives for release from all the promises his father had made as to his acquisitions in England.
[No witnesses.]
1194, 28 June.
(Cartulary, fo. 2d. Trans. Vol. II. fo. 51.)
918. Charter of Walter, archbishop of Rouen, notifying that he confirms to the abbey of Hambeye and the monks there serving God the endowment given by William Paynel and Hugh and Fulc his sons, as set forth in the charter of Algar, of pious memory, bishop of Countances, as follows:—
(At the prayer of his dear sons William Paynel and Hugh and Fulc his sons, and by the assent and with the advice of the clergy, he grants that a monastery may be erected at Hambeie etc.
Test[ibus]: Theoderico abbate de Sancto Laudo; Rogero; Gisleberto, et multis aliis.) (fn. 95)
[Witnesses to the archbishop's charter.]
Testibus: magistro Symone et Henrico de Andel[iaco] canonicis Rothomagensibus; Roberto de Sancto Nicholao, et Rogero de Barneville capellanis; Thoma Briton[e]; Willelmo de Pisa elemosinario; Ricardo Heron, et Laurentio notario, et multis aliis. Actum anno incarnationis Dominice MoCoLXXXXoIIIIo in vigilia apostolorum Petri et Pauli, apud Exaquium.


  • 1. The Cartulary, according to D’Anisy, was destroyed by neglect at the Revolution, but an authenticated Transcript of 1663 preserved.
  • 2. In very bad condition.
  • 3. Trans: “Redonis.”
  • 4. Trans.: “Teste” (see below, note3.)
  • 5. This charter is confirmed by Henry II., and by William de Humeto.
  • 6. Trans.: “Teste” and “Henrico” in error.
  • 7. Trans.: “Teste.”
  • 8. “Willelmo de” now torn off.
  • 9. “Guillaume de la Court” in Inventaire Sommaire.
  • 10. “Trans.: “Crona.”
  • 11. Trans.: “Senescallo.”
  • 12. Omitted in Transcript.
  • 13. Trans.: “Guirteri.”
  • 14. “This Transcript consists of two folios only, now in liasse H. 523. The same liasse contains the copy of Philip's Inspeximus of Henry's charter.
  • 15. This name very doubtful in MS.
  • 16. Trans.: “Valerino.”
  • 17. See Eyton's Itinerary of Henry II., p. 23, note7, for the difficulties of this charter which, with the one preceding it, is clearly untrustworthy in this form.
  • 18. The original charter was clearly that of Rotrou archbishop of Rouen, 1176.
  • 19. Now “Saint Aubin du Perron.”
  • 20. “1199” in Inventaire Sommaire.
  • 21. Of the priory of Loders. This has been collated, but not the originals, which are not not yet calendared.
  • 22. Trans.: “Canonicus.”
  • 23. Sic in Transcript; but the Cartulary adds: “Nigellus de Calna; Rogerus de Magnavilla; Rex Canc” (sic). This charter is printed in Monast. Angl. VI. 999, but so badly that “Aiulfo” is given as “Arnulfo,” and “Benedictus,” substituted for “Ricardus” (de Redveriis).
  • 24. Ouuelay on fo. 4.
  • 25. Trans.: “Tracribus.”
  • 26. Trans.: “Olnelay.”
  • 27. Trans.: “Onelay.”
  • 28. For another charter of bishop Richard see Cartulary of Montebourg (Add. MS. 15,605), fo. 15d.
  • 29. Trans.: “de Wac.”
  • 30. Trans.: “Haya.”
  • 31. Trans.: “Audoeni.”
  • 32. “Wnelay” in Transcript.
  • 33. “Sarresbury” in Transcript.
  • 34. i.e., of Salisbury.
  • 35. See Add. MS. 15,605, fo. 1d.
  • 36. The Cartulary also contains the charters of his son William and their descendants.
  • 37. Trans.: “Sert.”
  • 38. These words only found in one of the two documents.
  • 39. Rectius: “Gaufrido.”
  • 40. Trans.: “Cauvilla.”
  • 41. A general confirmation by the king to the abbey of all the grants made to it, with the same witnesses and at the same place was “inspected,” in 1381 (Montebourg Cartulary, fos. 1–3d.)
  • 42. Followed in the Cartulary by a long charter of his son Geoffrey.
  • 43. Trans.: “Odelano.”
  • 44. Trans.: “de Loudun.”
  • 45. Trans.: “canonicis.”
  • 46. See Rot, Pip. 14 Hen. II., p. 129.
  • 47. Trans.: “Exonie.”
  • 48. Ib.: “Aldredus.”
  • 49. Ib.: “Arnoldus.”
  • 50. Trans.: “Alveredus presbiteri de Lym.”
  • 51. Ib.: “Hundredi.”
  • 52. “Plimtone” omitted in Transcript.
  • 53. Trans.: “Aximu.”
  • 54. Trans.:“Bernun.”
  • 55. Trans.: “Goldfridus abbas Gavist.”
  • 56. Trans.: “Hanton.”
  • 57. “Ib.: “Gonton.”
  • 58. Ib.: “Willelmus Barneste.”
  • 59. Transcript simply prefixes “magistri” to these four names.
  • 60. Ib.: “Abbati.”
  • 61. Ib.: “Ane.”
  • 62. Ib.: “Lambriel.”
  • 63. Trans.:“eodem.”
  • 64. This last witness omitted in Transcript.
  • 65. The words in brackets, which are interlined, are omitted in Transcript.
  • 66. Trans.: “representationem.”
  • 67. “se persona (sic) esse.”
  • 68. Trans.: “Solvendo.”
  • 69. Trans;“Landwithcon’.”
  • 70. Trans.: “Landwithcon’.”
  • 71. Trans.: “Benedicto.:
  • 72. Trans.: “Lym.”
  • 73. Trans.: “de Torton.”
  • 74. Trans.: “Swindon.”
  • 75. Transcript here inserts: “Gilberto clerico.”
  • 76. Trans.: “Briddeport.”
  • 77. Trans.: “Dawentry.”
  • 78. Trans.: “episcopus.”
  • 79. Trans.: “Salisbury.”
  • 80. Trans.: “Westim.”
  • 81. Trans.: “Signii.”
  • 82. Not yet numbered.
  • 83. Trans.: “Virginie.”
  • 84. There is at present, in the archives, only a vidimus by the “grade du seel” of Carentan in 1307.
  • 85. Trans: “Aubigny.”
  • 86. Trans: “Turno.”
  • 87. Omitted in Transcript.
  • 88. In bad condition.
  • 89. Trans.: “Rampton.”
  • 90. Trans.: “Marceyum.”
  • 91. Cart. “Francisco.”
  • 92. Trans.: “Foucarmont.”
  • 93. This, though accepted by M. D’Anisy, is an extraordinary error. The true date is 1181, as shewn by the Papal year and Indiction.
  • 94. See Preface.
  • 95. The bishop's charter supplied from Gallia Christiana XI. instr., col. 241, where is also the foundation charter of William Paynel.