ERRATA AND ADDENDA TO "PEDES FINIUM."
- Kent Feet of Fines 1166-69 Richard 1
Page 224, after line 6, we ought to have added a few
words as to the form in which we give the dipthong ae. In
making our transcripts we adopted the single e as it
appears in the originals, not being aware at the time of the
"General Directions for the guidance of Editors,"laid
down by the Government in the publications issued under the
authority of the Master of the Bolls, or we should, in this
respect, have conformed ourselves to their regulations.
No. xii.— MERE is the manor of MERE COURT in
Note to No. xrv.—Dugdale states that Walter de
Bolebec left two daughters as his coheiresses: the one, Isabel,
married to Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who died 5 Hen. III.;
the other (whose Christian name was unknown to him), wife of Elias
de Bello Campo. This name, "Constance," our Fine
supplies. There are other points of pedigree suggested in it.
The nature of the apportionments made by the Fine
would imply that Ruellinus de Abrincis claimed through one of the
sisters. The conjecture that he might have been the husband of
Isabel (before her marriage with the Earl of Oxford) is
invalidated by the fact that she is not made a party to the Fine,
which, in that case she would have been; and her buildings are
mentioned in it as distinct from the portion of Ruellinus.
On the Pipe Roll, 2 Ric. I. there is this entry:—"Comes
Albricus reddit compotum de D mareis pro habenda fllia Walteri de
Bolebeok ad opus filii sui;" and on Pipe Roll, 9 John, we
have:—"Robertus de Ver cc marcas et iij palefridos pro
habenda in uxorem Y de Bolebec, si ipsa voluerit, ita quod si earn
duxerit in uxorem ipse reddet flnem quoin ipsa Y fecit ne
distringatur ad se maritandam per placitum comitis Albrioi."
There was, therefore, no previous marriage to that with the Earl
By Inquisition on death of this Robert, Earl of
Oxford, taken at FLETE in Kent, Friday after Michaelmas, 24 Edw.
I., it is returned that he held the manor of Flete, next Sandwich,
of John son of John de Sandwyco, by service of one knighfs-fee,
and that there is a capital messuage, with the curtilage,
dove-cote, and certain closes worth 6s 8d. per annum; Item,
rents of assize at Michaelmas xxiiijs. viij˝d.; Item, at the
feast of St. Martin, lxxivs. v˝d.; Item, at the feast of the
Purification, xxiijs. iij˝d.; Item, Rents at the Nativity
of our Lord, xxvii. cocks worth 1˝d each, and xlij hens
worth ijd. each; Item, that there are there 80 acres of arable
land, worth 2s. per acre per annum, and 315 acres of marsh land,
worth 1s. per annum ; Item, that Robert de Veer, son of
said Robert, is his next heir, and is 24 years of age.
Sum total of the Extent, xxxli. xiiijs, v˝d.
The subject of our Fine is an apportionment of half
a knights-fee in Flete, between Isabel's sister and Ruellinus
de Abrincis; while, in this Inquisition, it appears that Isabel's
son, Robert de Vere, had inherited an entire Knight's-fee there.
It would seem, therefore, as if the two coheiresses had inherited
a knight's-fee between them,—half a fee each;—that Ruellinus
had a claim (whether as son by a