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In 1345 Feb 13, Rogerus Hillary (Roger Hillary) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 19 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Berkmondescote (Bescot Hall)
Licence for Roger Hillary to crenellate his dwelling-place of Berkmondescote, co. Stafford. By p.s. (CPR)

Rogerus Hillary ... mansum ... Berkmondescote, Staff. (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;

Roger Hillary (d. 1356)
Roger Hillary (d. 1356) lawyer with long service for crown in various positions such as chief justice of common pleas.

Biographical source include;

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.