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Breton or Angivin on his mothers side, though his father was a Norfolk man, lie
lost his great estates by rebellion in 1175. His wife's brother Roger succeeded to
the Earldom which afterwards passed to Walter of Gloucester, ob. 1135, who
married Bertha, daughter of Hamlin de Baliani, son of Drogo or Drue de Baliam,
Baron of Abergavenny, 1086, and was succeeded by his son Milo, who uuirried
Sybil, heiress of Brecon, dam^hter of Lord i;<'rnanl and Allies of Xewmarch. The
Eai'ls of Hereford were kiiisiiKii ol the I'oliots. l;i<hop.s oV lluieloid. Sir Richard
Foliot was Lord of Birtsuioitoii, cuca 1l';;(), nnd his son Sir William was Lord of
Birtsniortou and Longdon, Worcestershire (Worcestershire Visitations), and was
followed later by the Wrenfords. The Bernards belong to the family of the Counts
of Alencon, their descendents bore three eagles on a/ess which nearly resembled the
arms of the Montgomerys, Earls of Alencon, and also three fleur de lis, also borne by
the Montgomerys, who were relatives of the Arundels (Norman People). This Charter



THE ORIGIN OP THE EANSFOEDS. 13

Was also witnessed by Gilbert Fitz Reiiifrid ; Waller, Arclii'lsliop of Rouen (alias Fitz
Eeinfrid or de Contances, uncle to Gilbert Fitz ReintVid) ; Alfred de Sancto Martino,
and William, Earl of Salisbury, 1168— 1196. (Sibella de Cadurcis, a grand-daughter
of Ernulph de Heading, married Walter of Salisbury. Cadurcis, taken from the
town of Caliors or Ca<iurcoe in Gnienne, the change to Chaworth being a mere Anglo-
caiiisra. The earliest mention of Patrick de Cadurcis who mariied Matilda, presumably
third daughter of Ernulph de Hesding by Emelena, is mentioned in the Records as
" Patrick de Cadurces, born in Britany, who had the Manor of Kempsford Glos."
John de Constancia, Archdeacon of Oxford, 1186 — 1187, probably a near kinsman
to Walter de Constances or Constancia, who was Arclid'jacon of Oxford, 1175),
and William de la mara (from la mare near Pont Audemer near Preux, la castle
built on poles in a lake (Norman People). His ancestor William married a
daughter of Hugh Lupus. The name was afterwards spelt Lechmere, some of
whom took the name of Aylworth from a manor in Gloucestershire so named. A
branch lived at Hanley Castle near Longdon, where lived the last of the de Clares,
and part of the estate sold in 1G06 by Thomas Wrenford of Fare End, Longdon to
Roger Dowdeswell, was known as Aylworth's Lands. Among the arms borne by
the de la Mares are azure two bars danrettee and sable a cross argent.

Preux is about five miles south of Pont Audemer and in 1879 it contained 390
inhabitants. There were two monasteries, the Abbey for Monks, called St. Pierre
de Preux or Notre Dame, and the Couvent of St. Lcger de Preux, both were
founded by Humphrey de Villes, son of Torold of Pont Audemer, and father of
Roger de Beaumont, and the Abbey, shortly before the departure of Duke Robert
for the Holy Laud in 1035, and the Couvent soon afterwards. A story is told in
the Records " that the Monastery was levelled to the ground by the invasion of the
Danes, and that a noble knight Humphrey de Villes began to rebuild it from its
foundations, with the assistance of his wife Alvereda on an estate of his called
Pratell, in honour of St. Peter and liberally endowed it. Ansfred was appointed
Abbot." Thirty six parish churches were at at one time subject to the monastery.
A branch of the Wrenfords were living at Newbury, Berks, about the middle of
the 18th century. Newbury is about 3 miles from Rainsford farm, Thatcham,
near railway station, now called Hensley's Farm. The church contains an altar
tomb to the memory of William Danvers, Chief Justice of the Court of Common
Pleas. Alice, daughter of William Danvers, kut., and Ann, heii'ess of John Pusy
of Chamber House, Thatcham, Berks, married John Raynsford, Lord of Tew
Magna, who was succeeded by his son, Sir Williiim Ra\ii>ford. Dame Ann Danvers
survived her husband many years, died 1531. Li her will dated 1530 "she leaves
to her son John Raynsford my 2 salts guiked and bequeathed to her godson John
Raynsford my new house lately builded in Thatcham witii all the lands within the
pale, and nominates her daughter Alice Raynsford her full executrix." John, the
grandson, married Katheryn Mondey, by whom he had (1) Giles, buried at
Thatcham, 1598 ; (2) Thomas of Little Compton, Glos., who married Barbara,
daughter of Dr. Bentley, Physician to Henry VIIL ; (3) Edward, who is men-
tioned in the Churchwardens' accounts, Thatcham, 1GU5-6. Giles had two sons :
Ambrose, baptised at Thatcham, July 24, 1565, ijuried at Albrighton, Staffs., 1639,
S.P. ; and Edward of Moor Hall, Staffs., living there 1027, and left numerous issue.
Edward R., the third son of John by Katheryn Mondey, may be identical with
Edward Raynsford, who died at, Chipping Norton, about three miles from Tew,
where administration was granted of his goods to Thomas Raynsfurd, his brother,
Oct. 3rd, 1611. His brother Thomas died at Cbippinji- Norton and in his will dated
8 Oct. IGU and proved April 7th, 1615, in which he mentions his two sons
Thomas and William, leaving to his son William his gold signet ring, his best
cloak and cassock, jerkin, and best rapier. His sons were then under the age of 23.
He also mentions his wife Jane. Another possible line uf descent of these Chipping
Norton Raynsfords is from John Raynford, vicar of Glymton, Oxou, 1568-1577.
Whether these Wrenfords living at Newbury in the 18th century descend from the
Rayusfords of Tew or from the Wrenfords or Rainsfords of Longdon, Wore,



14 THE ORIGIN OF THE RANSFORDSi.

cannot at present be determined. The Danvers were connected both witli the
Lonsjdon and Thatcham estates. Amonoj the living representatives of this line are
the Rev. Herbert St. John Edmondson Wrenford, rector of Clannaborongh, North
Devon, and Major Arthnr L. P. Wrenford, Worcestershire Regiment, son of
William and Mrs. Wrenford, of Fleet, Hants.

In a notable will of John de Rainford dated 11 July 1361, Rector of the church
of St. Clement, Hastings, in the diocese of Chichester, he " grants the Friars of
Preston in Aniounderness 40s. To the Prior and Convent of Bnrscongh 1005. To
the Prior and Convent of Holland lOQs. He also bequeaths £8 to find a chaplain
for two years in the said churcli of Prescot in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and All Saints. (Prescot is the mother church of Rainford, Lancashire.) These
and other bequests that they may pray and celebrate the souls of my lords, that is
to say, principally for the soul of Sir Thomas de Holland, late Earl of Kent, and
Sir Otto de Holland, brother of the said Earl, and also for tlie souls of my father
and mother, etc., and he nominates, amongst others. Sir John de Ditton, John de
Holland and Thomas de Molyneux his executors."

The de Hollands and de Rainfords iield adjoining estates in Lancashire. The
former originated from Upper Holland, Lancashire, and Holland in Lincolnshire.
Sir Thomas Holland, E.G., who died in 1360, married Joan Plantagenet, the Fair
Maid of Kent, dau. of Ednuind of Woodstock, Earl of Kent, and sixth son of
Edward I. She afterwards married Edward the Black Prince, brother of John of
Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and was niece of Joan Plantagenet or Joan of Acre,
born there in 1272, a daughter of Edward L She married 1st Gilbert de Clare,
and 2iidly Ralph Mortimer.' She was mother of the last Gilbert de Clare, slain at
Bannockburn 1316, leaving his two sisters his heirs, when Sir Richard de Rainey
or Rodney with others was made trustee of their vast estates. John Holland, the
son of Sir Thomas Holland (ob. 1360), Duke of Exeter 1352— UOO, in 1386 gave
evidence with John of Gaunt, John de Rainford, John de Merton and others at
Plymouth in the Scroop and Grosvenor controversy respecting a coat of arms. In
January UOO he entered with Thomas de Spencer his nephew and Thomas, Earl of
Kent, into a conspiracy against Henry IV. for tiie restoi-ation of Richard II. His
eldest brother Thomas, 2nd Earl of Kent, married Lady Alice FitzAlan, dau. of
Richard, Earl of Arundel. From this great branch descend the Raiusfords of
. Ireland, the Rainsford-Hannays of Scothuid, the Raiusfords of New Brunswick and
i the Raiusfords of Clifford Chambers, amongst the living representatives of whom
' are: Brigadier-General Fredk. Rainsford-Haunay, C.B., Col. Marcus Edward Read
Rainsford, C.B., and Mr. F. Vine Rainsford, the well-known genealog:ist, who has
devoted between fifty and sixty years to research work in connection with our
family, and without whose untiring zeal this pamphlet could not have been written.
Various pedigrees of this stem will be found in " The Visitations of Oxfordshire,"
" The Visitations of Warwickshire," " The Visitations of Gloucestershire," Baker's
" History of Northamptonshire," " The Genealogist," and " Miscellanea Genealogica
et Heraldica," etc.

Before commencing the South-AVestern stem I would draw attention to Pagano
Filio Rainfredi, who in the charter of Robert, Bishop of Exeter, to the Abbey of
Savigny in 1150 refers to him. What little I have to say is more in the way of
enquiry and conjecture, and would suggest that he is identical with Pagan de
MoMtiloul>k'au, who made his return of certificate of knights'. fees (see " Remarks on
the Liber Niger or black book of the Exchequer," by Sir Henry Barkiy, K.C.B.,
G.C.M.G., wiiicii appeared in the " Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Mag." for the year
1889-90). He stales that " Pagan of Montdoubleau, so styled from a castle in
Franco, was head of the family of Cadurcis, or Chaworth, which liad acquired a
footing in Eugland towards the close of the eleventh century tlirough the marriage
of Patrick de Cadurcis with one of the daughters of Ernulph de Hesding, a great
Doomsday baron. Another daughter was wife to Alan son of Flaald, ancestor of
the FitzAlans of Clun. Le Strange Records give the name as Adelina. After the
decease of a second Patrick de Cadurcis late in the reign of Henry I., the bulk of



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THE ORIGIN OF THE RANSFOKDS. 15

Ernulpli's property passed to Earl Patrick, whose father Walter of Salisbury had
married Sibella dau. of the 1st Patrick of Cadurcis, but on the accession of
Henry II. this Pagan do Montdoiibleau had obtained a charter Rrantinsr to him all
tlie lands in England which his f/randfalher Patrick de Cadurcis had held."

I suggest that the maternal great grandfather of this Patrick Ernnlph de
Hesding was a Raiufred. .Saviiigy appears by the map to be abonfc five miles
from Montdonbleau. This line ended in an heiress Maud who married Henry
of Monmouth, Duke of Lancaster, son of Edmnnd Crouchback (ob. 1272).
Mand was dau. of Sir Peter Chaworth by Isabella Beauchamp, dan. of 'Willirtin,
Earl of Warwick, and had issue Blanch Plantagenet or de Lancaster who
married Jolm of Gaunt. Another dau. Eleanor married Richard FitzAlan, Earl
of Aruudel, widow of John, Lord Beaumont. The de Brewers or Bruse, who
lived in Somerset, sometimes called Rainfred, had a cousin who married William de
la Ferte, and their dau. married Pagan or Pain de Cadurcis or Chaworth,
buried in Gloucester Abbey 1237. (Baker's "North Hants.,"vol. ii., p. 239.)

III. South-Wesleni Stem. — Early in the 12th century, members of the family
were holding land in Cornwall, Somerset and Gloucestershire, for in the certificate of
Knight's fees, William Earl of Gloucester, who was a son of Robert Earl of
Gloucester, halt-brother to the Empress Mand, we find Robert de Reini, 5 Knights.
The fief of Walter, son of Raamer 2 Knights, the fief which was Geoffrey de
Ragensfords 1 Kuigiit.

From "Selden Soc" publications :

Vol. I., "Pleas of the Crown," temp. John. 1201. Reference to Phillipus
frater Reinfridi.

Vol. II., 1203. Somerset. The jury to try if Reinfred (the nncle of Christiana,
formerly wife of Hamou de Weare) pledged to Ralph de Sparkford land in Badgworth
when he, Reinfred set out on his journey to Jerusalem, &c." A grant was made to
Wrangheye by Bishop Roger of land near Rodney 1256. Badgworth is about one
mile from Rodney, which is a small island in Wedmore near Merk. Weare is the
adjoining parish to Badgworth. Sparkford about five miles from Islesbrewers.

As we have already seen Rodney was not found prior to the 14th century and
was a corruption of Reiny or Rayney, but as we have noticed in the certificate of
Knight's fees 1166, Robert de Reini made a return and Walter son of Raamer
also made a return, and there is a reference to Reinfridi in connection with
Badgworth in 1201. Rodney appears for the first time about 1300. Collinson in
his History of Somerset states, that " Backwell, Lamyat and Rolston were given by
the Empress Maud to Walter de Rodney."

About 1350 Rolston belonged to the family of Weare. Walter de Coutances
(ob. 1207), Bishop of Lincoln and Archbishop of Rouen is said to have been of
English birth a son of Raiufred and Gonilla or Corcella. John de Scalby in his
composition of the Lincoln Records states that he was a native of Cornwall. His
eldest son is styled Chaplain of Blythe. In 1188 he took the cross, and was at the
Council of Le Mans, where the Saladin tithe was levied. In the Peerage by G. E. C.
under Arundel it is there stated that " there is evidence that Walter de Coutances,
Archbishop of Rouen was of the Fitz Rainfred family being possibly brother or
brother-in-law of Roger Fitz Rainfred."

Among the i\Iauors held in capite by Bishop Coutances in Somerset 1086 was
Stoke Giffard afterwards called Rodney Stoke. This, with other Manors came to
the Crown in 1095, not long after his death, by the forfeiture of liis nephew Robert
Mowbray, Earl of Northumberlaud, and was afterwards included in the honour of
Gloucester. Inquisitions taken in the reign of Edward I. and Edward II. mention
Stoke Giffard among the fees of the de Clares, who were then Earls of Gloucester and
Hertford. Roger Witen is named in Doomsday as under tenant of Bishop
Coutances, not only of Stoke but of Friforda, Sanfort and Wenfrod — identified as
Freshford, Saltford and Winford respectively, all part of the same Doomesday fief.
Mr. Ejton insists, more than once tliat Roger de Witen was identical with Roger



16 TUli ORIGIN OF THE EANSFORDS.

de Corcella alias Clmrchhill wbich I take to be a variant of Gonilla. He was tenant-
in-cliitf of a great number of Somei'set Manors and under-tenant of several more,
and it was tlu'ougb tbe influence of bis Kinswoman, tbe Empress Maud, and of bis
alliance, l)y niai'iia^'e witb tbe great family of de Witeii alias de Corcella tliat tbe
family of Raiiifrcd became prominent in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. At a very
early date, aliuut tbe middle of tbe litli Ccninry the Rainfreds became connected,
by marriage, with the illustrious family of Arundel in Somerset and Cornwall.
"Roger Arundell described in Doomsday Book as bolding Manors in Dorsetsliire
and Somerset 20 "William tbe Conciuevor, had issue Gilbert de Arundel), first son, who
married Rosamond daughter of John de Novant and had issue Richard Arundell,
wbo by bis wife Juliana had issue Sir Reinfric Arundel, married to Alice daughter
of Sir J. Lanlierue of Lanberne Cornw (anotber pedigree says Jobn de Umfravile
married tbe widow of Sir J. Arundell, viz., Alice de Lanberne) by wbom be had
issue Sir Humpbrey A. wlio mar. a dau. of John Umfraivil and bad a son Sir
Reinfric A., temp. II. III., Sir Ralpb A., bis son. Sheriff of Cornwall, 44 Hen. III.
mar. Eve dan. of Sir Ricbaid de Rupe, Lord of Tremodrut, Cornwall, wbo by two
deeds dated Oct. 9, 1259, granted tbe manors of Trembleth and Tredreysowe to
Sir Ralph de A. on bis mariiage witb Eva bis da." Visitations of Cornwall, p. 274.
Communicated by Lord Arundell of Wardour.

It would seem probable, altbougb I have no evidence to shew that this Richard
Arundell's wife Juliana was a Reinfred, naming ilu- son Ibiiifred Arundell. This
name of Reinfred in tbe Arundell family has ]iersi>ied li-oin the above time down
to the present day. Under Arundell of Lanberne (Cornwall Visitations) we find
Sir L. Arundell's dan. Emmott mar. Renfrid de Reswalter 5th Edward III., 1332,
and under Bevill of Gwarmarcbe, Jobn Burden 13G8 mar. Lucy dau. of Wrentford
and sister of AVrentford of Efford, she died 1360.

In Polwbeles Hist, of Cornwall, 1816, vol. iv., p. 112, mentions Nic. Wainfovd,
M.P. tPinp. Edward III. Pedigree shews inter-marriage of Tbomasinia dau. of
Richard Remfry of Polgno.

Parochial History of Cornwall, vol. iii., 16. " The Manor of Efford or Ebbing-
ford (in Bude Bay) belonged in an early period to tbe \Vaumfoi-ds or Waunfords^
thence by heiresses, through Durants "tn Arnndclls of Tievice." Wainford and
Waunford are variants of Wrenford. Rainl'ivd. b'aiiifVv. .'(c. lor we have an interest-
ing illustration of these variants in the ICtli c. iit'iirv. From the P.e-ister of
Bromsberrow tlnee miles from Longdon wliieli is five miles iVom Tewkcsbuiy, where
the Wrenfords, Raiufords or Ransfords were seated, from circa, 1290 to 1830, I
e.xtract tbe following : " 1578, February 28tb, Rowland Rainford and Ann Cousins."
In the will of Rowland Wrendford dated 9th October, 1622 (probably a son of tbe
first Rowland) be leaves a bequest to tbe poor of Longdon, where he was born."

Gould in his History of Free Masonry in referring to the attendance of
Wainsford Esquire, at the Lodge meeting in 1682, at Mason's Hall, London, says :
"probably meant for Rowland Rainsford." The last Rowland I surmise was
grandson of the first. In the pedigree of Wyrall (Gloucestershire Visitations), we
find that Joyce was the wife of William Warnford. The marriage is given in the
English Bicknor Register as follows : "1564, AVilliam Wramford and Joyce Worrall
mar. 8 August." This William Wramford is identical witb William Wrenford who
married Joan Gilbert 25th November, 1542. This Joan was buried at Longdon,
10th December, 1563. F7rfe Longdon Parish Register. Tbe Gilberts were seated
at Chambers Court the adjoining estate to Longdon Manor.

The probable exiilanation of tbe spelling of Wainford and Waumford is their
early connection with the Manor of Wenfrod afterwards spelled Winford, Somerset.
In the Lygon pedigree (Worcestershire Visitations) we find that " William Lygon
mar. Elizabeth dau. to Rainford Arrundell," and in the pedigree of Carr it is stated
that "Nicholas Carr of Tewkesbury mar. Winiffrid dau. of John Lyggon of
Batclicott in Com. Salop, and his sister Elizabeth was wife of John Wrengsford of
Langdou (Longdon) in Com. Worster."



THE ORIGIN OF THE RANSFOBDS. 17

To return to the family of Arundell. From Gilbert's S. of C. Carew says :
"The name is derived from Horindille, in French a swallow, but we are inclined to
believe, was obtained from a Lordship of Arundel, co. Sussex. Richard supposed
to have been a son of Simon Pincerna, «?/«« Butler, left two dans. One of these,
Alice married Renfrid Arundel of Tremblcth. John de Arundell, ancestor of this
Kenfrid de Arundell (most probably his father) became connected throiiajh the
marriao-e with the heiress of Trembletli. He was most undoubtedly a descendant
of the de Albanys or their successors the FitzAlans, many of whom according to
York, bore the name of de Arundell and gave for their arms or, a Hon ravipanf gules.
According to Leland, these were borne by the Arundells of Trerice temp. Henry VIII."
The connection of the Rainsfords with the Arnndells is seen much later, in the early
part of the 16th Century when Honor Gi'enville married first Sir John Bassett,
and secondly in 1528 Arthur Plantaganet Lord Lisle a natural son of Edward IV.,
by Elizabeth Lucie. It was through Lady Lisle's influence that John and William
Rainsford were appointed gentlemen ushers to Henry VIII. and Alice, presumably
their sister, was maid of Honour to Ann Bolleyn. One of these gentlemen ushers
was mentioned in the will of Henry VIII. Lady Lisle's sister married an Arundell
of Lanherne, and in the 17tli century William Wrenford, son of Robert and
grandson of Thomas of Fare-End, Longdon is lineally descended from Reymfrey
Arundell who married Joan dau. and heir of Sir John Coleshull, knight. She
married 2Mdly John Nanfan of Birts llorton Court, about 2 miles from Longdon
Manor. The descent is through the Baudes, the Danverses and the Stradlings.

In Birts Morton Church there isamonumentalinscription to Lord John Arundell,
Bishop of Chester and son of Renfreye Arundel ; side compartment gives Renfreye
Arundell, Knight, and Oumphrey Arundell. (Nash, vol. i., p. 85.)

From Eyton's " Antiq. of Shropshire," vol. .x., p. 289, we find that soon after
Doomsday, Feunymere was given by one of the northern Earls to Reiner the
Provost — probably the first recorded Provost of Shrewsbury, who conveyed the
estate in 1121.

Reinfred was of Worthln in 1086.

Worthin is about five miles north of jMontgoraery and about ten north
of Clun, the Shropshire seat of the FitzAlans. About 1204 — 10, as we have
already noticed, Reiner, Bishop of St. Asaph, bought from John Le Strange the
whole township of Willcot, a member of Ness, at the enormous price of 70 marks
in order that he might bestow it upon the hospital which he was founding and
richly endowing at Oswestry (Le Strange Records, 70). As we have already seen.
Tew in Oxfordshire was one of the manors in chief held by Roger Le Strange, who
died in 13-19.

Ralph de Constantine or Coutances was seated in Salop, 1086, descended from
Nigel, Viscount of Coutances, 1047, when he revolted against Duke William, and
lost his vast estates. Ralph had a son Hugh, who granted lands to Salop Abbey
before 1121. Umfrid de Coutances witnessed its foundation charter 1093, and
Richard Coutances that of Haghmond Abbey, 1099. The family long flourished in
Salop, and temp. Henry II. sent a branch to Ireland, of which Geoffry de Coutances
witnessed the Charter of St. Thomas, Dublin, 1177, and founded Tristernagh
Abbey (Norman People). They bore or, six flenrs-de-Us sable, three, two and one.
Crest, a sivord in bend sinister proper, surmounted by a cross crosslet, azvre.

In 1074 Reginfrith or Reinfridus, a monk of Winchcombe, became first Prior
of Whitby Monastery, and is mentioned in one of the charters of Hugh, Earl of
Chester.

From the Whitby chartulary, vols, i.-ii., pub. 1878 — 79 by the Surtees Soc,
edited by the Rev. J. C. Atkinson, Danby, Yorks, 1879, we learn the Abbey was
restored in 1075 by William de Percy. Reinfred is named as the first Prior. He
was a soldier of prominence, holding directly from William the Conqueror, that i?,
a personal follower of the King, a man under authority having soldiers under him.
Turning aside from tlie direct lines of a jouiney on march through Northumber-
land, in order to visit Whitby, he was struck with compunction caused by the

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ravages of the merciless pirates Ingwar and Ubba, leaders of the Danes (some say
Ingwar is identical with Eaenger or Ainsfred, son of Lodbroc, King of Denmark),
circa 890. Probably ancestor of Kainfred the first Prior. He became a monk at
Evesham and Winchcomb. After a time he returned to Northumberland with the
clearly conceived design of reviving monastic religion there, and coming eventually
to "William de Percy was well received by him, and had a grant of that baron's
lands of the ancient monastery of St. Peter the Apostle. AVilliam de Percy hel(i
Whitby of Hugh, Earl of Chester. Charlton himself makes him out to have beei.
Dapher, that is, as he explains it, butler or cupbearer to the family of de Arcubus,
and this with no better authority that he holds under Osbern de Arches. His
frequent presence at the execution of important charters by members of the
Percy family, it would always have appeared more probable that he was Dapher to
that great family, to Alan de Percy himself; but the question is set at rest by a
simple entry in the manorial " Ex dono Folconii Dapiferi Alani de Perci dnas
cirucatas terrae in Thoulcstune." (This connection with tlie Percy family is
closely renewed in the fifteenth century, when Sir Laurence Raynsford marries Ann
Percy, daughter of Henry, second Earl of Northumberland, as we have already
seen.) Charlton's sagacity led him to infer that Fulco filius Rayafredi was a son
of Piaynfred the Prior. A fact that is jilaced quite beyond doubt by the entry
of his name in full as " Fulco Dapifer filius Rayufridi Priores de Whitby." The
facts then are patent that Prior Eayiifred's son held an office of distinction in a
great family, and that he was sufficiently well feoffed under another great family to
be able to bestow a donation of two carucates upon the rising Abbey of Whitby.


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