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In 1336 March 19, Johannes Dauneye, miles (John Dawney) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 10 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Shevyok (Sheviock Barton)
Licence for John Dauney, knight, to crenellate his dwelling-place of Shevyok, co. Cornwall. By p.s. (CPR)

Johannes Dauneye, miles ... mansum ... Shevyok, Cornub. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by privy seal.


Sheviock Barton House is C16/C17 rubble-built house with hipped slate roofs and brick and plastered stacks. It is alleged that it stands on the site the manor house of John Dawney licensed in 1336. Area susceptible to French raids so may well have been acted upon. Kempthorne mentions a possible alternative site for this at the site of a medieval dovecote at SX36345413.

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 Dawney (d. <1348)
John held substantial lands in the area. His father had been a loyal supporter of Edward II and had been brief arrested in 1330 and had died in 1334. His mother was Joan, daughter of Walter Langdon. John, himself, seems undistinguished.

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