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In 1340 April 5, Nicholaus de Cantilupo (Sir Nicholas Cantilupe) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 14 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Gryseleye (Greasley Castle)
Licence for Nicholas de Caiitilupo to crenellate his dwelling-place of Gryseleye, co. Nottingham. By p.s. (CPR)

Nicholaus de Cantilupo ... mansum ... Gryseleye, Notingh. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. 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;

Nicholas de Cantilupe (c. 1301-1355)
Nicholas de Cantilupe (c. 1301-1355), knighted 1326 and served in the Scottish wars. From 1330 until his death on 31st July 1355, Nicholas served his King in many ways. As a sheriff and justice, he held courts and investigated crimes in Lincolnshire and Rutland. He raised the levy of Derbyshire in Derby for the continuing war in Scotland. He was involved in diplomatic negotiations in Ghent, perhaps involving the forthcoming marriage contract of Edward to Philippa of Hainault. He went on a spying mission for the relief of Stirling Castle, disguised as one of seven penitent monks. He was, at one time, the governor of Berwick On Tweed (1336) (Nick Jackson)

Nicholas Cantilupe forged a career on the basis of his ability, his intimacy with Edward III, and the trust placed in him as a regional lieutenant. (Partington)

Biographical source include;

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