1224 - Order to Johannes Parvus

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1224
Topic Johannes Parvus ordered to be attentive and obedient in matters concerning Bristol castle and appurtenances.
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Site of Bristol Castle, and a forested area north of Keynsham.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-11-23. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-08.


De castro Bristollie commisso Radulfo de Wiliton. Rex omnibus manentibus infra balliam de bertona Bristollie, et de chacia brullii de Kainesham, et de bosco de Furches, salutem. Sciatis quod commisimus dilecto et fideli nostro Radulfo de Wilinton castrum nostrum Bristollie, cum bertona et foresta et chascia brullii de Kainesham et bosco de Furches et omnibus aliis ad castrum illud pertinentibus, custodiendum quamdiu nobis placuerit. Et ideo vobis mandamus quod in omnibus que ad dictam balliam pertinent, eidem Radulfo intendentes sitis et respondentes. In cujus rei testimonium etc. Teste me ipso, apud Faireford, viij die Octobris, anno etc. viij, coram justiciario. Et mandatum est Reginaldo de Hurle, Johanni Petit, Waltero de Sancto Audoeno, Ricardo de Landa, et Matheo de Wallop, quod in omnibus que ad predictum castrum pertinent, intendentes sint et respondentes. Teste ut supra.

[IRHB translation:]
About committing the castle of Bristol to Randulf de Wiliton. The king greets everybody who lives within the bailiwick of the barton of Bristol and the coverts of the chase of Keynsham and the wood of Furches. Know that we commit to our dear and faithful Randulf of Wilinton our castle at Bristol with the barton and forest and coverts of the chase of Keynsham and the wood of Furches and all other appurtenances of that castle to keep as long as it pleases us. And therefore we demand of you that you listen and respond to the said Randulf in all that concerns the said bailiwick. As testimony of which etc. Witnessed by myself, at Fairford on the eighth day of October, in the eighth year etc., before the justiciar. And it is demanded of Reginald de Hurle, Johan Petit, Walter de Saint Audoen, Richard de Land and Mathew de Wallop that they attend and obey in all that concerns the aforesaid castle. Witnessed as above.[1]

Source notes

Membrane 2 of the Patent Roll for 8 Henry III. Italics as in printed source.

IRHB comments

The 'brullii' are chases or coverts.[2] In contemporary records the wooded areas in question are referred to as e.g. the chase or coppices of Keynsham or, as is most often the case, the wood of Furches, i.e. Gallows Wood. Gradually the name Kingswood took hold.[3]




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