testimony which these Fines give to the alienations which they
record is undeniable, and can never, by any possibility, be
impugned; so that, in fact, we shall have here as complete a
registry as can be obtained of all the changes of property which
have been made from the days which are technically called "
beyond the memory of man."1
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[Westminster, 1195 or 1196.]
(Warin Tirel and Mabil his wife grant to Rohais de
Haia the third part of a mill in Dartford, in dower, for her life,
to hold of them by service of one twentieth part of a
knight's-fee. The said Rohaisia to sustain the charges of her
third part. At her death, to revert to them and their heirs.)
. . . . In. Curia domini Regis apud Westmonasteriuin, in crastino
sancti . . [anno]2 Bacardi vij°.
Coram H. Cantuariensi3 Archiepiscopo et R.
Londinensi4 et .... "W. de Sancte Marie Ecclesia,
et R. Eliensi Archidiacono et Osberto filio Herveii . . . . Gr. de
Bocland, Justiciariis domini regis ibidem ttmc presentibus.
Inter ROHAISIAM DE HAIA [et] . . . HAIA, positum loco
ejusdem ROHAISIE ad lucrandum vel perdendmn, et WARINUM TIREL et
De j molendino in DEEENTEORD.
1 To complete our reader's
acquaintance with these records, we have given a facsimile of one
of the earliest, which will be found at p. 249, No. 18; and for
the convenience of those who may not be familiar with the language
of middle-age Latinity, we have prefixed to each Fine the
substance of its extracts in plain English, and have appended the
genealogies which appear deducible from the record.
2 The words in brackets are applied
conjecturally from other Fines or context.
3 i.e. Hubert Walter,
Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Chancellor, and Lord Chief Justice.
4 Richard Nigellus, Bishop of
London, Lord Treasurer.