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St John's College MS. 320

Indenture, Immingham


Language(s): Latin

Incipit: Notum sit tam presentibus quam futuris quam ego Aliz de sancto quintino dedi et concessi Willielmo filio meo et heredibus suis si forte de sua propria sponsa heredes habuerit terram de Emmigham […]
Indenture, Immingham

William is to perform in return the same service that ‘Robertus dapifer’ did; and instructions for the descent of the holding among siblings are outlined. A very large witness list, beginning: ‘Magister Robertus de svwina Ingelraimus de Munceaus Willelmus foliot Gillebertus de Munceaus’ (most of the names distinctly Norman).

Ed. Charles Travis Clay, Yorkshire Deeds, vol. VII, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 83 (1932), app. III (203), where a date just after 1148 is suggested.

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: Vellum. Folded and cut with an intact seal, now worn beyond legibility (Clay could read enough to identify it as that of Alice St Quentin).
Dimensions (leaf): 116 mm (as folded over) × 182 mm.


13 lines of text.


Written in caroline, s. xii med.


Origin: xii med.

Provenance and Acquisition

Two medieval file notes (both s. xv ex.) identifying the charter as from Imingham (Immingham), Lincs., together with several sets of initials (including RD, perhaps ‘Robert dapifer’, but perhaps Roger Dodsworth, appearing on at least two further charters involving the St Quintins, ed. Clay, 127–8) (the dorse).

Michael P. Palmer of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, in a letter of 20 November 1978 kept with the MS, explains that the charter was in St Mary’s Tower, York, and apparently consulted there and then removed by Roger Dodsworth, as part of the research for his Monasticon Boreale (BodL, MSS Dodsworth 7 and 8); Dodsworth left the charter at Chevet Hall, near Wakefield, then (s. xvii med.) the home of Sir Francis Neville.

The collection of Sir Thomas Pilkington (his Misc. No. 39) of Chevet Hall, nr. Wakefield (when described by Clay).

Nearly all the Pilkington charters were acquired by H. L. Bradfer-Lawrence and bequeathed to the Yorkshire Archaeological Society in the mid-1960s; this item was not among those received by the Society.

Purchased at Sotheby’s from the Leishman Fund [probably c.1970].

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna, A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)


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    Charles Travis Clay (ed.), Yorkshire Deeds, vol. VII, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 83 (1932).

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Last Substantive Revision

2022-12: First online publication

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