Guide to the Grant of Thornton land from Malcolm de Chastillon to Robert, son of Robert Symond, November 1327
Grant of Thornton land from Malcolm de Chastillon to Robert, son of Robert Symond C0401
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The manor and village of Thornton are located in Buckinghamshire, England. Manors played a major societal role in medieval times as anchors around which village life revolved. From the 13th through most of the 14th centuries, the de Chastillon family held Thornton Manor, though the manor changed hands many times before and after this time period (Lipscomb, 118). Today, Thornton Manor is Thornton College, an independent Catholic school for girls ages 3-18 ("History of Thornton," thorntoncollege.com).
According to George Lipscomb, Malcolm de Chastillon, son of another Malcolm de Chastillon, inherited the estate from his father around 1318 (118), though this contradicts the dealer from whom the grant was purchased, who states that he inherited from his mother upon her death in 1315.
The collection consists of a single document on vellum in Latin in a cursive script (see 'Handwriting Styles - The University of Nottingham'), probably written by a scribe. The document grants land from Malcolm de Chastillon of Thornton Manor to Robert, son of Robert Symond. It is dated in the last sentence by regnal year, "anno regni regis Edwardi filie regis Edwardi [...]" - "[the] year of the reign of King Edward son of King Edward [...]" According to the dealer's notes, it is dated after the Feast of All Saints, which occurs on November 1.
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Grant of Thornton land from Malcolm de Chastillon to Robert, son of Robert Symond, C0401, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
Purchased by SCRC in 2018.
Processing completed by Elizabeth Beckman in July 2019. EAD markup completed by Elizabeth Beckman in July 2019.