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In 1264 March 16, Robertus Aguilun (Robert Aguillon) was granted, by Henry III, (In year 48 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Porting'es' (Perching Manor House)
Licence for Robert Aguilun and his heirs to crenellate the dwelling house of his manor of Porting'es', {rectius Percinges} co. Sussex in like manner as above. {Roger de Sumery's licence for Dudley} (CPR)

For Robert Aguilon, The king to all persons, &c., greeting — Know that on behalf of ourselves and our heirs, we have granted to Robert Aguilon and his heirs, that they may inclose and fortify the manse of their manor of PERCINGERS, In tlie County of Sussex, with a foss and wall of stone and lime, and may krenellate it at their pleasure; and may hold the same so fortified and krenellated for ever, without penalty (occasione) or impediment from us or our heirs. In witness of which, &c. Witness the king at Oxford on the 16th day of March." (Pat. 48 Hen. III., m, 170.) (Blaauw)

Robertus Aguilun ... mansum manerii ... Portingeres, Sussex. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Oxford.


licensed 1264, 1268, 1329. This second licence of 1264 might just be a bureaucratic duplication of the licence of Feb 22.

Did the existence of his powerful and quarrelsome neighbour, William de Warenne, provoke the need for fortification and the absence of William from England and the relative weakness of the king allow the royal confirmation and 'blessing' of a licence. Robert had problem's with de Warenne's men in his lands in 1274, but well before this de Warenne had a reputation to being quick to violence.

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;

Robert Aguillon, (1226-1285) knight. Sheriff of Sussex
Robert Aguillon, (1226-1285) knight. Sheriff of Sussex. Steward of the Royal Household. Married Margaret, countess of the Isle of Wight.

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