1316 - Ralph the Collier in Manor of Wakefield
|Topic||Ralph the Collier among a large number of people fined for not coming to court.|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2015-09-05. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-12-30.
[...] Ralph the Colier [...] 2d. [...] for the same [i.e. not coming to court.]
Lister (1917), p. 127: "Court held at Wakefield on Friday after the Octave of Easter"
Collier was not an uncommon occupation, and Ralph was not an uncommon Christian name, so it is perhaps not surprising that at least one genuinely historical Ralph the Collier can be found. The tale of Rauf Coilȝear being a Scottish tale, there is of course no reason to believe that Ralph the Colier from the Wakefield manor court rolls gave his name to the tale or, conversely, that he was named after its hero. I do not believe this historical Ralph the Colier has been noted before.
- Lister, John, ed.; [Stokes, Ethel, transcr.] Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, vol. III (Yorkshire Archæological Society, Record Series, vol. LVII (1917), p. 132.