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MS. Holkham misc. 29

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Legal cases

Pleas extracted from the plea rolls, for the years 14 Edw. I (1286) to 16 Edw. II (1323), in no apparent order, consisting of cases in King's Bench, common pleas and pleas before itinerant justices. In many cases the number of the roll is given.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 276r-)

The sentence of exile pronounced against Hugh Despenser the younger in parliament (added)

Language(s): French
3. (fols. 276v-278r)

Index, in the hand of Sir Edward Coke, who also added some marginal notes throughout the manuscript.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: tendenda assign.
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (paper) + 278 + ii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 175–95 × 125–40 mm.
Foliation: The main text foliated by Sir Edward Coke (?) in ink, in arabic numerals: 1–276, repeating 124, but omitting 181; endleaves and final parchment leaves foliated in modern pencil: i-ii, 277–280, and 'a' and 'b' added to the repeated fol. 124s.


1(8), 2(8), 3(6), 4(6), 5(8), 6(8), 7(12), 8(6), 9(12) (12 canc.), 10(10), 11(8)-21(8), 22(8) (8 canc.), 23(8), 24(8), 25(10), 26(8)-34(8), catchwords


Outer edges of fols. 1–40v damaged by damp


26–34 written lines per page; in 1 column.


Several charter hands.


Typical Holkham binding of polished brown leather; the spine lettered in gilt 'PLACITA' and 'M.S. | XI. EDW. I.' and with the number '245' at the bottom; rebacked.


Origin: English ; 14th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Sir Edward Coke: inscribed 'Edw. Coke capitalis Justiiarius de banco' (fol. 1r); in his catalogue, see Hassall, 1950, no. 312; for his use of this MS. see the preface by Samuel E. Thorne in Hassall, 1950; formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 245.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.