Excerpt from Lancashire Inquests, Extents, and Feudal Aids, Vol. 2: A. D. 1310 A. D. 1333
This volume, being part II of Lancashire Inquests, Extents, Feudal Aids, Rentals, &c., contains abstracts of documents XC to CLXX, and covers the period from 1310 to 1333, during which many events of striking interest in the history of the county came to pass. In February, 1311, died the great earl of Lincoln, Henry de Lacy, lord of Pontefract, Clitheroe, Tottington, Penwortham, and Widnes, constable of Chester and lord of Halton in that county. The inquest (pp. 2-19) taken after his death contains much interesting information touching the tenures of the manors belonging to the honour of Clitheroe and of the issues of the manors which belonged to the earl's demesne.
A rental (pp. 22-32)of the demesne lands of earl Thomas of Lancaster in the hundreds of Amounderness and Lonsdale for the year ending at Michaelmas, 1314, contains matter illustrating the issues and produce of the earl's possessions in North Lancashire. The paragraph within square brackets on p. 32 is out of place; it should have followed the inquest after the death of the earl of Lincoln (p. 19) to which it refers.
The extent (pp. 48-75) of the manor of Manchester made in 1322 is a document of extraordinary interest. It is unfortunate that the original return does not exist, and that the five copies or abstracts which have been preserved to our time have been made from ancient copies which were more or less corrupt. Nor were the transcribers expert or critical in the work of copying the ancient transcripts. The result follows that many readings are more or less uncertain, whereby the value of this important record is seriously impaired. Perhaps the best course to adopt would be to reproduce in the original but extended law Latin a revised version based upon the best MSS., and to record all important variants in footnotes. It is probable that in the translated version given in this volume we have two distinct surveys.
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