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In 1386 June 11, Ricardus Abberbury, senior was granted, by Richard II, (In year 9 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Donyngton (Donnington Castle)
Licence for Richard Abberbury the elder to build a castle in his own soil at Donyngton. co. Berks, and crenellate the same. By K. (CPR)

Ricardus Abberbury, senior ... quoddam castrum (in solo suo proprio apud Donyngton in Com. Berks de novo construere as petra ... kernellare) ... Donyngton, Berks. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Henley Manor. Grant by King.

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 Richard Abberbury (c.1330–1399)
Sir Richard Abberbury (c.1330–1399), Chief Steward to Richard when he was prince of Wales in 1376 and chamber knight to the king and chamberlain to the queen. Substantial direct royal service and income in grants and annuities.

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.