The Register: Tordiff

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Register and Records of Holm Cultram. Originally published by T Wilson & Son, Kendal, 1929.

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Tordiff (on the Solway).

93. (C. p. 66; D. art. 81).—Robert de Brus [le Meschin] and Euphemia his wife and their heirs grant to Abbot Everard and Holm abbey the fishery of Torduf. Witnesses—Yvo, etc. [John Denton's Accompt, p. 61, dates this 1257, but Everard was abbot 1150–92. Yvo de Hariz witnessed for William de Hariz when he confirmed the grant of Robert de Brus of a saltwork in Rainpatrick to St. Bees (no. 68 of that Register). This Robert died in 1194, but his son, who confirmed this, died in 1191.]

[Pedigree of De Brus]

94. (C. p. 67; D. art. 81).—Robert de Brus junior confirms [no. 93] with additional land given by him. [Before 1191.]

95. (C. p. 67; D. art. 81).—William de Brus confirms to Holm abbey a fishery in Torduf by these bounds:—from the west part of the pool (stagnum) called Torduf, following the junction of hard ground and sea-sand towards the east to Roger's sike, and so from the solid land where the said sike falls on the sand across towards the south by the channel (filum aque) of the Eske and down it until it comes opposite the west part of the pool called Torduf; and so upwards across to the north, to the aforesaid western part of the pool called Torduf. He gives free fishery, reserving only sturgeon and whale (sturio et le graspeis) and wreckage, and they can build a house on the sand, if they like, within these boundaries. Witnesses [from Bain, Cal. Doc. Scot. i, no. 607, quoting Duchy of Lancaster records]—Odard de Hodolm, Adam, son of the sheriff, Hugh de Corri, Hugh Mauleverer, Humphrey del Gardin, William de Heriz, Symon the chaplain, Roger de Kirkpatrick, Adam le Engleis, Richard del Bois, William de Hameville, Robert de Kirkpatrick, etc. [Bain misread the place as 'Horduf.' As Odard de Hoddam was dead in 1211–12 the date is 1194–1211.]

95a. (H. 1 and 2).—William de Brus grants to Melros abbey for the souls of William, king of Scotland, and David his brother, etc. and for the soul of Robert his own brother, a place next the church of Rainpatrick on the south side, for a fishery, i.e. from the eastern head of the quarry towards the western, to its end, and in breadth from hard ground to the file of Esk; also one acre between the church and the water on the east, and pasture for four cows and six oxen. [Before the king's death, 1214 and after William de Brus succeeded, 1194].

95b. (H. 1).—William [the Lion], king of Scotland, confirms the preceding. [Same date.]

95c. (H. 1 and 2).—William de Brus grants to Melros abbey a saltwork on the sand at Rainpatrik, i.e. from the saltwork of Richard del Boys on the east, as the highroad runs from Blawath to Rainpatrik church, to the bounds of the saltwork of Richard Fleming to the sea, and so westwards to the saltwork of Richard del Boys; with peat-hearths for the work and common pasture in Rainpatrik for 12 oxen, 4 cows and 3 horses, and rights of way; to pay one mark of silver as yearly rent at Martinmas. [No. 95e seems to date this 1194–1200.]

95d. (H. 1 and 2).—Robert de Brus [the Noble] confirms to Melros abbey the fishery given by his father [no. 95a] on the south side of Rainpatrik church, i.e. from the eastern head of the quarry towards the west, and from hard ground across to the file of water dividing his land and Cumberland; and one acre of land. Also the saltwork on the sand at Raynpatrik which his father gave [no. 95c]. He quitclaims to the monks one mark of silver which they used to pay yearly to his father until he remitted it in his lifetime, but he reserves sturgeons from the fishery if he should desire to have them. He also confirms the charter of Odard de Hodholm of one mark of silver a year for the carucate between Tonnergayth [Tundergarth] and Perisby [Perceby in Dumfriesshire] and the saltwork granted them by Richard le Fleming. [1215–51].

95e. (H. 1).—Richard Fleming, chamberlain to William de Brus, with consent of his lord, William de Brus, grants to Melros abbey for the souls of his lord Robert de Brus and others, his saltwork at Raynpatrik by its bounds:—beyond the highroad towards the north, and thence towards the south by the great creek (crica) to the sea, and from that creek towards the west as far as the saltwork which the monks of Melros hold from William de Brus, and so up the highroad which goes from Blawath to Raynpatrik church; with pasture for four oxen and one horse, and a peat-hearth for the work; rendering to him one pound of pepper at the Assumption of the B.V.M. Witnesses—Roland, lord of Galloway, etc. [1194–1200.]

95f. (H. 1 and 2).—William de Brus confirms the preceding. Witnesses—Master Hugh de Brus, Master Robert de Hodelm, etc. [Magister Hugo de Brus appears in the Durham Liber Vitae fol. 23b. Date 1194–1200.]

95g. (H. 1 and 2; D. art. 81).—Melros abbey grants to fee farm to Holmcoltran all Rainpatrick, with fisheries and saltworks, for half a mark of silver yearly paid at Holmcoltran on the annual visits of the abbot of Melros or his commissary. Agreement made at the feast of the Holy Trinity, 1294.

95h. (H. 1; D. art. 81).—Robert de Brus, lord of Annandale, confirms the preceding at Loghmaben, St. Lucy's day, 1294. Witnesses—Umfrid de Bosco and Adam del Crokedaik, knights, Robert de Brus, earl of Kerrig [Carrick], Roger de Kirkepatrick, etc. [The year in this and the preceding is either wrongly stated, or the usual date of Robert the Competitor's death, 'before May 3rd, 1294,' is an error.]