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The Templars in Shropshire and Staffordshire: 1308-9

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The Templars had four estates in Shropshire: the main commandery at Lydley, and smaller holdings at Cardington, Stanton Long and Holt Preen. There was a single commandery in Staffordshire, at Keele. The estates employed bailiffs in addition to the usual farm workers and a single household servant (female or male) who made potage for the farm workers. The farm workers received a benefit in kind each autumn.

There is a good scholarly study of the Templars in Shropshire in the Victoria County History for Shropshire: M.J. Angold, G.C. Baugh, Marjorie M. Chibnall, D.C. Cox, D.T.W. Price, Margaret Tomlinson and B.S. Trinder, 'House of Knights Templars: Preceptory of Lydley', in The Victoria History of the Counties of England: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2, ed. A.T. Gaydon and R.B. Pugh (London, 1973), pp. 85–86, online at: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/salop/vol2/pp85-86 .

There is a scholarly study of their house in Staffordshire by G.C. Baugh, W.L. Cowie, J.C. Dickinson, A.P. Duggan, A.K.B Evans, R.H. Evans, Una C. Hannam, P. Heath, D.A. Johnston, Hilda Johnstone, Ann J. Kettle, J.L. Kirby, R. Mansfield and A. Saltman, 'House of Knights Templar: The preceptory of Keele', in A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 3, ed. M.W. Greenslade and R.B. Pugh (London, 1970), pp. 267–268, online at: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/staffs/vol3/pp267-268 .

What follows is the duplicate copy of Roger Trumwyn's accounts for Salop and Staffs in the last three quarters of 1 Edw. II and the first quarter of 2 Edw. II  (i.e., 1308-9) for the manors of Lydley, Cardington, Longstanton, Preen, Keele. The first copy is at TNA: E 358/18 rot. 4.

References to endnotes are in curly brackets: {}

E 358/20 rot. 5 dorse to 6.

Dorse: Roger Trumwine (Salop and Staffs): Lydeley, church of Cardington, Longestanton.

6 recto. Roger Trumwine (Salop and Staffs): cont'd. Lydeley, Keel. The account follows Robert of Ffandon for Northumberland and is followed by Henry de Cobham for Kent.

Compotus Rog[er]i Trumwyn nup[er] Vic[ecomitis] Salop' + Staff' de exitib[us] man[er]ior[um], t[er]rar[um] + ten[entium] et b[e]n[e]ficor[um] ecc[les]iasticor[um] que fr[atr]es Milicie Te[m]pli

i[n] Angl[ia] habueru[n]t in Com' p[re]d[ic]tis a die M[er]cur[ie] p[ro]x[imo] post festu[m] E[pi]ph[an]ie vid[elic]et x die Januar' anno Regni R[egis] E[dwardi] filij R[egis] E[dwardi] p[ri]mo quo die

Rex certis de causis capi' fecit in manu[m] suam t[er]ras + ten' + b[e]n[e]ficia ecc[les]iastica p[re]d[ic]ta p[er] bre[ve] R[egis] annotatu[m] in originali de eodem anno simul

cu[m] bonis + catall[is] in eisde[m] inve[n]tis p[er] inventariu[m] indentatu[m] inde f[ac]t[u]m + in p[re]sentia Ric[ard]i de Harle milit[is] + fr[atr]is Henr[ici] de Halton'{1} custodis domus

de Lydelye in Com' Salop' de bo[n]is + catall[is] existentib[us] in eode[m] Com'. Et p[er] aliud inventariu[m] f[ac]t[u]m in p[re]sencia Will[elm]i de Staff[ord] militis + fr[atr]is Rad[ulph]i Tanet{2} Custod[is] dom[us] de Keel in Com' Stafford' de bonis + catall[is] existentib[us] in eodem Com', quor[um] quide[m] Jnventar' una p[ar]s remanet

penes p[re]d[ic]tu]m vic[ecomitem] + alia pars penes p[re]d[ic]tos fr[atr]es, usq[ue] q[ui]ntu[m] die[m] Januar' anno s[e]c[un]do[3] antequa[m] lib[er]aret t[er]ras + ten' p[re]d[ic]ta cu[m] om[ni]b[us] bonis + catal[lis]

i[n] eis existentib[us] Joh[ann]i Ext[r]\a/neo vic[ecomiti] Com' p[re]d[ic]tor[um] p[er] bre[ve] Regis + indent[ur]am inde int[er] eos conf[ac]tam videl[icet] de trib[us] ultimis quart[er]ijs anni p[ri]mi

+ de p[ri]mo quart[er]io anni s[e]c[un]di qui quide[m] Joh[ann]e Extr\a/neo de exit' eor[un]de[m] terr' + ten' de bon[is] + catall[is] in eisdem existent[ibus] a p[re]d[ic]to v die Januar'

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