Archdeacons
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'Archdeacons: Bedford', Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: volume 3: Lincoln (1977), pp. 41-44. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33572 Date accessed: 02 September 2014.


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LIST 13 ARCHDEACONS OF BEDFORD

ARCHDEACONRY

Covered Beds. (Taxatio pp. 34-5, 48-50). Spirs. total in 1291 £1,201 14s. (ibid.p. 35b).

ARCHDEACONS

Osbert preb. unident. p. 114

First archdcn., appd. by bp. Remigius before May 1092 (D.C.M. p. 303).

Ralph preb. unident. p. 114

Succeeded Osbert, and was killed, 'miserande occisus' (D.C.M. p. 303). Perhapsto be identified with Ralph archdcn. who was commem. 12 Dec. (obit. I 163). (fn. 4)

Hugh preb. unident. p. 112

Third archdcn., succeeded Ralph (D.C.M. p. 303). First occ. c. 1129 (cart. ThorneyI fo. 166v, see app. 1). Occ. in L.P. I of ? c. 1132 (app. 2 no. 27). Last occ. after1141 (cart. Bardney fos. 59v-60r, see app. 5). Perhaps to be identified with Hughde Oysel archdcn., who occ. 2 Feb. 1131 (Cart. Ramsey I no. 195).

Nicholas preb. unident. p. 113

Fourth archdcn., succeeded Hugh (D.C.M. II p. 303). First occ. 1145/6 (Gibbs,St. Paul's no. 156). Perhaps also can. of St. Paul's, Bedford (Cart. Newnham nos. 1(p. 5), 5, 83, 196). Last occ. Apr. 1174 × summer 1178 (E.Y.C. VII no. 49).Commem. 31 March (obit. I 156). So presum. d. March 1175 or later. Donor of amissal, a chalice and a vestment to the cathedral (ibid.).

M. Laurence preb. unident. p. 113

Perhaps can. (below p. 131). First occ. as archdcn. Oct. × Dec. 1181 (R. W.Eyton, Court, Household and Itinerary of Hen. II (1878) pp. 244-5), perhaps earlier,? c. 1180 (cart. St. Andrew, Northampton, fo. 37v, and cart. Kirkstead fo. 200v,see app. 30). Also preb. of York. Occ. in L.P. II, of c. 1187 (app. 33 no. 39). Last occ.c. 1198 (R.A.L. II no. 637, see app. 45), and after late 1198 (B.H.R.S. xxxii (1952)17). Commem. 14 July (R.L. I). Brother of Alan can. (below p. 119).

M. Richard preb. unident. p. 115

Occ. 6 June 1199 (Cart. Newnham no. 126), Sept. 1202 (P.R.4 John (P.R.S., n.s.xv) p. 278), and n.d. (Cart. Newnham no. 427). Occ. as R. archdcn. of Bedford I July1203 (Rot. Chart. p. 107a), and therefore presum. to be identified with unnamedarchdcn. who occ. 15 May 1203 (Innocent III, Cal. Letters no. 475). (fn. 1)

Geoffrey preb. unident. p. 111

Occ. 1203 × 06 (Cart. Newnham nos. 92-3, 98), and presum. 1 July 1203 ×10 May 1206 (Innocent III, Cal. Letters no. 818, where dated ? 1199 × Dec. 1208).Occ. as archdcn. of Bedford 24 Aug. 1203 × 25 Sept. 1205 (R.A.L. I no. 293).Perhaps to be identified with Geoffrey de Deeping, who became precentor between25 Sept. 1205 and 10 May 1206 (list 3).

M. Alexander of Elstow (fn. 2) preb. unident. p. 110

Can. Not yet archdcn., occ. as can., after 24 Aug. 1203 (Cart. St. Frideswide Ino. 43; cart. Godstow fo. vir). (fn. 3) First occ. as archdcn. before 10 May 1206 (B.L.,Harley Ch. 84. D. 3; Cart. Newnham no. 96). (fn. 3) Last certain occ. 12 June 1218 (R.A.L.II no. 586). D. 1218, before 2 Dec. (Ann. Dunstable p. 53; cf. Liber Ant. p. 91).

M. John de Houton preb. Empingham, list 35

First occ. 2 Dec. 1218 (Liber Ant. p. 91; cf. Ann. Dunstable p. 53-'Octoniae').Last occ. 9 Sept. 1231 (Reg. Roff. pp. 386-7). Had been succeeded before 19 Dec.1231, and had become archdcn. of Northampton by 27 Dec. 1231 (list 9).

M. Amaury of Buckden (fn. 4) preb. N. Kelsey, list 55

Can. Presum. not yet archdcn., occ. as can., 14 Oct. 1231 (Rot. Welles II 241).First occ. as archdcn. before 19 Dec. 1231 (ibid. III 27; cf. Ann. Dunstable p. 128).Last occ. after 17 June 1245 (Grosseteste roll VI m. 4, Sandy inqu. and mand.,detail omitted in Rot. Grosseteste p. 326). D. some time before 16 June 1246 (Rot.Grosseteste p. 327; cf. Chron. Maj. IV 552, and below).

John de Dyham (fn. 1) preb. Biggleswade, list 21

Can. First occ. as archdcn. some time before 16 June 1246 (Grosseteste roll VIm. 4, Harrold and Thurleigh inqus. and mands., details omitted in Rot. Grossetestep. 326; cf. for his identity Beds. Eyre pp. 194-6). Last occ. 1253 (Cart. Newnhamno. 112), and in year 17 June 1252 - 16 June 1253 (Grosseteste roll VI m. 7, MiltonErnest inqu. and mand., detail omitted in Rot. Grosseteste p. 339).

John of Crakehall (fn. 2) preb. unident. p. 113

Can. Presum. not yet archdcn., occ. as can., after 17 May 1254 (R.A.L. II no. 630).First occ. as archdcn. 18 Nov. 1254 (B.H.R.S. vi (1919) p. 156). Also preb. of London(Fasti 1066-1300 I 76), and king's treas. Last occ. 11 Aug. 1260 (Cal. Liberate RollsVI (1959) p. 523). D. c. 8 Sept. 1260 (Ann. Dunstable p. 216; cf. Rot. Gravesendp. 167). Commem. 5 Sept. (R.L. I).

M. Peter de Audeham preb. Leighton Buzzard, list 44

Precentor (last occ. 19 May 1260, list 3). First certain occ. as archdcn. 22 Sept.1260 (Dij/69/2/40; cf. Gravesend roll V m. 1, Roxton and Elstow inqus. and mands.,details omitted in Rot. Gravesend p. 190). (fn. 3) Went abroad with bp. Richard of Gravesend, after Apr. 1268, and d., presum. before bp.'s return by June 1269 (Ann. Dunstablepp. 247-8).

M. John de Maidenstan preb. Stow Longa, list 62

Can. First occ. as archdcn. before 18 Sept. 1268 (R.A.L. II no. 456, cf. no. 457).Had custody of bpric. after Apr. 1268, but not called archdcn., and archdcnry.evidently in custody of Martin de Pecham (Ann. Dunstable pp. 247-8). Last occ.prob. as unnamed archdcn. 10 Jan. 1273 (Gravesend roll V m. 7, Newnham mand.,detail omitted in Rot. Gravesend p. 196). Archdcn. of Oxford by 18 Jan. 1273 (list 11).

M. Nicholas de Hegham preb. Leighton Buzzard, list 44

Can. First certain occ. as archdcn. 6 June 1275 (C.C.R. 1272-9 p. 181), but perhapsthe unnamed archdcn. who occ. 6 Oct. 1273 and subsequently (Gravesend roll Vm. 8, Stagsden mand. etc., details omitted in Rot. Gravesend p. 198). Last occ. asarchdcn. of Bedford, officiating in Oxford archdcnry., 24 Nov. 1277 (Gravesend rollVI m. 11, Goring entry, (fn. 4) detail omitted in Rot. Gravesend p. 233). Became archdcn.of Oxford before 30 Oct. 1278 (list 11).

M. Richard de Bradewell preb. unident. p. 115

Can. First occ. as archdcn. 27 Oct. 1280 (Reg. Sutton I 8). Also bp.'s official.D. Oct. 1282 (Ann. Dunstable p. 290). (fn. 5)

M. John Hook (fn. 1) prebs. unident., Liddington, list 47

Chanc. of Cambridge university in 1276. First occ. as archdcn. of Bedford shortlybefore 21 Dec. 1282 (Sutton roll V m. 2, Soningdon inqu.; cf. Ann. Dunstable p. 290).Last occ. 24 Apr. 1291 (Reg. Sutton II 91). D. before 30 Dec. 1291 (Ann. Dunstablep. 371; Reg. I fo. 355r).

M. Roger of Rothwell (fn. 2) alias Broun prebs. Welton Paynshall, list 68;

Welton Ryval

Can. (list 68). Coll. by bp. 30 Dec. 1291 (Reg. I fo. 355r; cf. Ann. Dunstable p. 371).Depr. for pluralism by 10 Sept. 1319 (Reg. John XXII no. 10308 = C.P.L. II 193).

Footnotes

4 The only other possible candidate is Ranulph, archdcn. of Leicester, who is also called Ralph(list 10).
1 Identified by editors as Geoffrey.
2 Beds.; see Rot. Grosseteste pp. 302, 328.
3 Temp. bp. William of Blois (list 1).
4 'Buggeden'; presum. the episcopal manor and residence, Buckden, Hunts.
1 Prob. Dedham, Essex; see K. Major, in Grosseteste p. 228 n. 5.
2 Par. Bedale, Yorks. N.; see K. Major ibid. p. 226.
3 He occ. as archdcn. 8 July 1259 (Cart. Osen. IV no. 33A, but this must be an anachronism, seeabove p. 14 n. 9).
4 See above p. 38 n. 2.
5 In Court Rolls of Chalgrave, ed. M. K. Dale (B.H.R.S. xxviii) p. 11, M. Nicholas de [? Maslebrigge] is called archdcn. of Bedford, hearing a case on 5 Apr. 1280; but under ultra-violet light theMS. (Bedford R.O., D.D. MC. 1 m. 1 dorse) reads: 'coram Magistro Nicholao de Marleberge ettunc archidiacono Bedfordie', M. Nicholas de Merleberg was preb. Langford Ecclesia, list 41.
1 For his career, see Biog. Ox. II 958; Biog. Camb. p. 312.
2 Northants; he was buried in the church, see J. Bridges, Hist. of Northants (Oxford, 1791) II 63.For his career, see Biog. Ox. III 1600.