In 1336 March 17, Richard Cogan was granted, by Edward III, (In year 10 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Baumton (Bampton The Mote)
Licence, of special grace, to Richard Cogan, to strengthen with a wall of stone and mortar and to crenellate his house (mansum) of Baumton, co. Devon, and to enclose and make a park of his wood of Ufcolme, co. Devon, and the 300 acres of land, meadow and pasture adjacent thereto, and to hold the said park and manor to him and his heirs without let or hinderance of the king and his heirs or any of their ministers; provided that they are not within the king's forest; grant also, of special grace, to the said Richard and Mary his wife of free warren in all their demense lands of Hunnespel, co. Somerset, and Baumton and Ufcolm, co. Devon. (CChR)
Granted at Westminster. Grant by privy seal.
Also licence to impark 300 acres at Ufcolme.
Original source is;
Lyte, H.C. Maxwell (ed), 1912, Calendar of Charter Rolls Vol. 4 p. 353
(In fact, the original source given is usually a transcription/translation
of what are precious medieval documents not readily availably. It should be
noted that these transcription/translations often date to the nineteenth or
early twentieth centuries and that unwitting bias of transcribers may affect
the translation. Care should also be taken to avoid giving modern meaning to
the medieval use of certain stock words and terms. Licentia is best translated as 'freedom to' not 'permission'.)
Significant later sources are;
Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses Vol. 3 (Cambridge) p. 695 Higham, R. A., 1988, 'Devon Castles: an annotated list' Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society Vol. 46 p. 146 King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 122n2
Richard Cogan (1299-1368)
Richard Cogan (1299-1368) married Mary Montague. The Cogan's had been a welsh marcher family and were active in the C13 invasion of Ireland, but, other than his marriage to daughter of Baron Montague, this Richard seems fairly undistinguished. Was Sheriff of Devon.
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Record created by Philip Davis. This record last updated on Sunday, October 4, 2015.