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In 1337 July 23, Oliverus de Denham (Oliver Dinham) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 11 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Sampford Peverell (Sampford Peverell)
Licence for Oliver de Deuham to crenellate the dwelling-place of his manor of Sampford Peverell, co. Devon. By p.s. (CPR)

Oliverus de Denham ... mansum manerii de ... Sampford Peverell, Devon. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by privy seal.


Licence to crenellate granted to Oliver Dinham in 1337 and 1339.
Was this licence more to do with asserting Oliver's claims to this inheritance over claim of his elder brother's son (John b. 1317/18) about to come of age? Confirmation obtained in 1339 when John had come of age.

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;

Oliver Dinham
Oliver Dinham was the younger son of Joce Dinham, the untitled elder son of Oliver, Lord Dinham. Not a courtier.

Biographical source include;

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