RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 719
Extentff. 236 of text
TitleLAUNCESTON PRIORY REGISTER
Date15th century
DescriptionTopographically arranged cartulary, including copies of a few royal documents and occasional additions.

On the old vellum wrapper is a title: Regestrum Munimentorum.
On the verso (xvii): Theoricus natione Normanus primus
Prior Launceston.
Pinned on the next leaf a paper with a note of some Priors by William
Griffith (see Custodial History).

Text begins imperfectly f. 6 in a charter of Edward the
Confessor (one leaf wanting) to Exeter 1050.
Copia carte Henrici fil. Will. primi . . . . . 6b
giving certain churches to Exeter.
Carta Rob. Comitis Moretonii et Cornub. fratris Will.
Anglorum Regis de fundacione Eccl. S. Stephani Canoni-
corum secularium . . . . . 6b
The first charters deal with the mother Church.
The Chapel of the Castle or of St Mary Magdalene . . . . . 16b
Corrody from Edward I . . . . . 22
Licences (Edward III etc.) to acquire lands . . . . . 23
De bonis Joh. Cary Militis . . . . . 25
(Henry VI) De bonis Joh. nuper Huntyngdon Comitis . . . . . 25b
Charters relating to other Estates, in no recognizable order.
(Brown Willy occurs f. 41 as Brownweuely.)
Change of script.
Regestrum Cartarum et munimentorum de terris et tenementis
in villa S. Stephani de Newport . . . . . 76
Something lost after 76 and after 77.
Various properties follow to 132, where is an unfinished
Obligacio.
On 132b, 133 two deeds added in a late hand.
134 and 7 next leaves (unnumbered) are blank.
Inc. Regestrum de ecclesia matrice S. Genesii cum capella S.
Julitte et S. Gregorii de hill ac eciam de Treworgy cum suis
pertinenciis . . . . . 135
152 blank.
Inc. Regestrum Cartarum Manerii de Biestwey cum pertinen-
ciis suis . . . . . 153
Inc. Reg. Cartarum Ecclesiarum de Stratton et Poughwell . . . . . 160
Extenta siue Regestrum Eccl. S. Andree de Stratton ac de
sanctuario eiusdem cum pertin. . . . . . 164b
Reg. Cartarum Eccl. S. Michaelis de Bruggerewall' ac terre de
Totesdon' cum earum pertin. . . . . . 169b
On 176b an added deed about Bradford.
Reg. Cart. de Bradeforde Pynkworthy et molendino ibidem
cum suis pertinen. . . . . . 177
Something gone after 178. The next deeds relate to Tallan 179
and Laniana 181.
Reg. Cart. Manerii de Bockelowarn' et molendini eiusdem cum
diuersis instrumentis de xv(a) parte tam maiorum quam
minorum prouentuum ibidem Rectori S. Martini annuatim
soluend. et Cartis de ·ii· Treueryns et Benalua cum pertin. . . . . . 182b
Reg. Cart. Eccl. S. Martini de leskyrd et sanctuarii eiusdem
ac de diuersis aliis tenementis in Burgo ibidem . . . . . 199
Reg. Cart. Eccl. paroch. de Lankynhorn et pensionis eiusdem
ac de terris et tenementis in maneriis de Carnedon' et Clymes-
lond cum pertin. suis . . . . . 210
Treevys 221. Boturnell 222. Uppeton 226. Wideslade,
Nywelond 227. Clompytt 230 etc.
Original hand ends with 231. Later additions.
Composicio de mortuariis de Tamerton' . . . . . 232
Deeds about Lapford 232b. Aysheby, Woryngton 234.
De quadam Capella non constructa contigua cancelle Eccl. de
leskyrd 236.
The latest date I have noted is 1493.
On a flyleaf (xvi): I praye you place the loose sheetes where
you would haue them and send ytt to morrow if you can
or I will call for ytt on Thoursday morninge for this booke is
very vnperfitt.
FindingAidsCatalogue description based on M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932)
Noted in Wilma Fitzgerald, 'Ocelli Nominum: names and shelf marks of famous/familiar manuscripts' (1992) [Lambeth Palace Library Z6602.F5(R)] - no information, just name and location

Number 542 in G. R. C. Davis, 'Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain and Ireland', rev. edn. by C. Breay, J. Harrison and D. M. Smith (London, 2010).
PhysicalDescriptionPaper, 11 1/10 x 8 3/10 (285 x 215 mm), 35 etc. lines to a page, clearly written in, I think, one hand.
Old wooden boards, re-covered.
Collation: 2 modern flyleaves, old vellum cover: 2 flyleaves || 1(24) (wants 1: one canc.) 2(24) 3(24) 4(2) 5(24) 6(24) 7 (fourteen) 8(20) 9(24) 10(2) 11(24) 12(26) 13(16) (11 ieft) || 2 flyleaves: vellum cover.
Decoration: large black decorated initials and titles.
CustodialHistoryAt the end (cent. xv-xvi): Liber Johannis Legh.
In possession of Richard Escott of Launceston and Lincoln's Inn, 1632 (The National Archives, E 36/101; Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Dugdale 48).
On f. 1 of text:
Guilhelmo Griffithio Anglo-Britanno (Artium Magistro Cantabrigiae a° 1659° creato) liber iste pretii non vulgaris cessit nec pretio minimo in peculium Londini 1678.
Other memoranda by him are on the flyleaves.
See also Related Material.
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1297

Available from World Microfilms Publications:
"Lambeth Palace Library: The Mediaeval Manuscripts" Section IV. Humanistic Studies. Reel 36 (with MSS. 598, 622, 693)
RelatedMaterialTanner mentions two Registers of Launceston Priory, one penes Rich. Escot of Lincoln's Inn, the other MS. Tanner 196 in the Bodleian. Ours might be Escot's. The Monasticon only repeats Tanner.
PublnNoteJames: 'I do not find that this Register has been used.'
'The Cartulary of Launceston Priory (Lambeth Palace MS.719): A Calendar', ed. P. L. Hull (Devon and Cornwall Record Society, n.s. 30, 1987).

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