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In 1201 March 10, Hugo de Morevill (Hugh de Morville) was granted, by John, (In year 2 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Kierkoswald (Kirkoswald Castle)
Scan of page 89 of Rotuli Chartarum

Granted at York.


King's note reads "Licence to Hugh de Morville to make a park at Kirkoswald, and 'firmare ibidem domam (sic, apparently) suam'. Hugh died in 1204 (Pipe Roll, 4 John, 257) and his castle may never have been built." See also Kirkoswald moated site a suggested alternative site for the licence.

Original source is;

(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;

Hugh de Morville (d. 1204)
There were several Hugh de Morville's about this time, including Hugh de Morville, the murderer of Thomas Becket. The biographical details of this Hugh are obscure. May be a nephew of Hugh the murderer.

Biographical source include;

More information about licences to crenellate can be found here.

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Record created by Philip Davis. This record last updated on Sunday, October 4, 2015.