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In 1298 Aug 21, Johannes de Cadamo (M. John of Caen) was granted, by Edward I, (In year 26 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate domos suas quas habet infra clausum Ebor. ecclesi (John of Caen House, York Cathedral Close)
Licence for John de Cadamo to crenellate his houses within the close of the church of York. By p.s. (CPR)

Johannes de Cadamo ... domos suas quas habet infra clausum Ebor. ecclesi ... Ebor., Ebor. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Linton Roderick. Grant by privy seal.

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;

John of Caen
M. John of Caen. He is called 'Johannes Erturi (son of Arthur) de Cadamo'. Although his family derived from Caen, he prob. belonged to a branch living in England. - Apostolic notary, first occ. in connection with York 15 Oct. 1268 (Reg. Giffard p. 142). Royal clerk 1276-1310 (Cheney, Notaries Public, as below n. 156). First occ. as can. 1288 (Foedera I (2) 698). Claimed this preb. against Berard of Naples on strength of prov. by pope John XXI (Sept. 1276 -May 1277) and royal patronage; evidently in possession of preb.; his surrender of the fruits ordered by pope 22 Apr. 1289 (ibid. p. 707). Occ. as this preb. 11 Dec. 1295 (CPR 1292-1301 p. 215). Scrutator at el. of abp. Corbridge, before 9 March 1300 (CPL I 586 = Reg. Bon. VIII no. 3475), and at el. after d. of Corbridge on 22 Sept. 1304 (CPL II 8). Had houses in Goodramgate, York, 22 July 1298 (Chs. Vicars Choral no. 163) and in Minster Close 21 Aug. 1298 (CPR 1292-1301 p. 358). Also dean of Stafford from 28 Oct. 1294 (ibid. p. 106); can. of Wells, his preb. vacant 9 Apr. 1310 (2 Fasti VIII 81). Exch. this preb. with William Melton for preb. in church of Darlington before 23 March 1310 (Reg. Greenfield IV 102, 318). (Greenaway)

Biographical source include;

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