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Notification of the King's grant of the five fees known as 'Túath' (i.e. the barony of Clanwilliam, co. Limerick), in which Castleconnell (co. Limerick) lies, to William de Burgh




Notification of the King's grant of the five fees known as 'Túath' (i.e. the barony of Clanwilliam, co. Limerick), in which Castleconnell (co. Limerick) lies, to William de Burgh


William de Burgh (People)

Date of issue

23 February 1202

Place of issue

Southampton, Hampshire, England (Places)


B = London, Lambeth Palace Library ms. Carew 619 fo.100r, copy from an inspeximus by Turlough bp of Killalole (Therencius Laonen'), 13 August 1566, made at the request of William de Burgo, chief of his clan ('sue nacionis capit(aneus)') and of Patrick William, from an old record damaged by time (non rasa, non viciosa nec cancellata sed nimia antiquitate quasi consumpt(am)), s.xvi/xvii.


(calendar from B) Book of Howth, 463.  At fo.201v the ms. offers a s.xvi/xvii attempt at identification of the lands: Of Castell Connell and the counteye adioyninge unto itt now called Clanwill'm.  1. This graunt conteynes Anaghmore in Tomond with 7 ploughlands adioyninge unto itt. 2. Estmoy part of Clanwillm whorin Castellcormot is seated conteyning 18 ploughlands.  3. Wonhory in com' Tipper' conteyning 40 ploughl(ands) in Owny Omulrinn.  4.5. Two knights fees in Clanwill'm whereof Carrigunlagishe is a part thereof and ancyentlye called the baronye of Carriggenlestre and now part of Clanwill'm.  Note that all Clanwillm conteynes 100 ploughl(ands) v(i)z the lands of Estermoy and the lands in the old bar(onye) of Carrignelyh.  Briefly referred to by P. McCotter, Medieval Ireland: Territorial, Political and Economic Divisions, 192 n.88.


The political context in which this grant was made deserves further scrutiny since it undermined John's grant to William de Braose of the kingdom of Limerick in January 1201, which admittedly did reserve the holdings of William de Burgh as held on Christmas day after the second coronation (though not those of Philip and Worcester and Theobald Walter which, as reported by Roger of Howden, was to result in open warfare). John is surely further encroaching on William de Braose's lordship here.  There is a useful contextualisation of the compilation of the Book of Howth: Valerie Mc-Gowan Doyle, The Book of Howth: The Elizabethan Reconquest of Ireland and the Old English (Cork, 2011).


Iohan(n)es Dei gratia rex Anglie dominus Hibbernie dux Normand(ie) et Aquit(anie) et comes Andeg(auie) archiepiscopis, episcopis, abbatibus, com(itibus), baronibus, iusticiar(iis) et omnibus balliuis et fidelibus suis salutem.  Sciatis nos dedisse, concessisse et presenti charta nostra confirmasse dilecto et fideli nostro Willelmo de Burgo feod(a) quinque milit(um) que appellantur Toth in quibus situm est Castrum Conyn tenenda de nobis et heredibus nostris sibi et heredibus suis per seruicium unius militis pro omni seruitio.  Quare volumus et firmiter precipimus quod idem Willelmus et hered(es) sui predicta quinque feod(a) de nobis et heredibus nostris teneant et habeant imperpetuum bene et in pace, libere et quiete, integre et plenarie cum omnibus pertinen(tiis) suis in bosco et plano, in pratis et pascuis, in terris et aquis, in stagnis et viuariis, in molendinis et piscariis, in viis et semitis et in omnibus aliis locis imperpetuum per predict(um) seruicium.  Testibus: Willelmo Marescall(o) com(ite) de Pembr', Willelmo Longespee com(ite) Sarbie, com(ite) Rob(erto) S(a)gien', ............. sen(escallo) Norm(annie), Willelmo Brus', Willelmo Malett de Gerarduill', Petro de Stoke.  Dat' per manum H(uberti) Cant' archiepiscopi cancellarii nostri apud Hanton' xxiii. die Febr(uarii) regni nostri anno tertio.


Notification that the king has granted to William de Burgh the five fees known as 'Túath' (i.e. the barony of Clanwilliam) in which Castleconnell lies, to hold for the service of one knight.

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