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In 1343 May 15, Robertus Bertram (Sir Robert Bertram) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 17 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Bothale (Bothal Castle)
Licence for Robert Bertram to crenellate his dwelling place of Bothale, co. Northumberland. By p.s. (CPR)

Robertus Bertram ... mansum ... Bothale, Northumbr. (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;

Sir Robert Bertram (1307-1363)
Sir Robert Bertram (1307-1363) at that time governor of Newcastle, who distinguished himself against the Scots. After the Battle of Neville Cross in 1346, Robert Bertram captured the Earl of Wigtown and William Douglas, but he allowed the Earl to escape and spent the next year in the Tower of London.

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.