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In 1310 July 22, Johannes de Middelton (Sir John Middleton) was granted, by Edward II, (In year 4 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Neulond (Newland Tower)
Licence to John de Middelton to crenellate his dwelling-house of Neulond, co. Northumberland. By K. (CPR)

Johannes de Middelton ... mansum suum ... Neulond, Northumbr. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by King.

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;

Possibly of the same Middleton family who were to obtain Belsay Hall in 1340 and to be noted soldiers of the northern frontier until the C17. However, there are two Middleton towns in Northumberland so possibly two or more, unrelated, Middleton families.

Gatehouse can find no biographical details of this John Middleton. Newland Tower may have been quite modest and this John may have been a younger son.

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.