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In 1366 Dec 27, Willielmus de Aldeburgh, miles (Sir William Aldeburgh) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 40 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Harewode (Harewood Castle)
Licence for William de Aldeburgh, knight, to crenellate the dwelling-place of his manor of Harewode, co. York. By p.s. (CPR)

Willielmus de Aldeburgh, miles ... mansum manerii ... Harewode, Ebor. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Windsor. Grant by privy seal.


No suggestion of particular royal service, although there must be a possibility of military service in Scotland and/or France. Must have done something to be ennobled but is not ascertained what.

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 William de Aldeburgh, 1st Lord Aldeburgh (b. bef. 1349-1 April 1388)
Sir William de Aldeburgh, 1st Lord Aldeburgh (b. bef. 1349-1 April 1388) was a British peer, the son of Sir Ives Aldeburgh. He married Elizabeth de l'Isle before 1364. In 1364 he and his wife were enfeoffed of the manor of Harewood, Yorkshire, by Sir Robert de l'Isle. He was created 1st Lord Aldeburgh on 8 January 1371.

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.