Succentors

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Diana E. Greenway

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'Succentors', Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: volume 7: Bath and Wells (2001), pp. 23-25. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=34348 Date accessed: 23 October 2014.


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LIST 8 SUCCENTORS OF WELLS

SUCCENTORY

Half hide in North Wootton, with virgate in Wells, gr. to chapel of St Mary by bp. Giso 1061 × 88 (EEA X app. I no. 3); gr. to St Cuthbert by bp. Godfrey 1123 × 35 (ibid. app. I no. 11); conf. to church of St Andrew by bp. Robert (ibid. no. 46, for which see below, app. 1); conf. to succentory by pope 15 June 1176 (PUE II no. 159; cf. Chart. Bath II 96 (no. 487); Cal. II 567 (no. 98)).

Office said to be of little value, (fn. 88) addit. gr. by bp. Jocelin of 'Landshareleg' and land in Wells 4 March 1208 (Cal. Ch. Rolls V 26).

Possessions and rents for morrow mass for Hugh de Rumenal, late treas., attached to sucentory 24 June 1277 (Cal. I 57).

Valuation 1291 £5 6s 8d (Taxatio p. 199b).

SUCCENTORS

Geoffrey

Occ. as succentor twice only: 14 March 1165 (Cal. I 39) and 1160s (ibid. p. 59).

Adam

First occ., as A. succentor, before 27 Nov. 1191 (Cal. I 41-2, a ch. conf. c. 1189 × 27 Nov. 1191 in EEA X no. 168), and as Adam succentor c. 1189 × 15 June 1198 (Cal. I 135). (fn. 89) Also occ. Lent 1195 × 8 Aug. 1205 (EEA X no. 205) and n.d. (Cal. I 42). Unnamed succentor occ. prob. May 1203 (Select Canterbury Cases p. 11). Occ. as A. succentor at el. of bp. Jocelin, early 1206 (below, app. 2 no. 10). Property deeds show that he is to be identified with M. Adam Fisicus (physician), can., who had land in Mountroy Lane (Cal. I 29, II 556 (no. 43) = I 527; see Bailey, Canonical Houses pp. 42, 47, 48, 62).

Thomas of Tournai

Can. prob. from before 27 Nov. 1191 (unident. preb., list 67). Occ. as succentor three times, together with M. Ralph of Lechlade prec.: 8 March 1208 (Chart. Glastonbury I 67), n.d. (Chart. Bath II 16 (no. 70), and 28 May 1206 × Dec. 1209 (Cal. II 553 (no. 37)). Prec. by 2 Oct. 1213 (list 4).

Simon

Occ. as succentor twice only, together with Thomas of Tournai prec.: 2 Oct. 1213 as S. succentor (Cal. I 490) and c. 1214 as Simon succentor (ibid. II 550 (no. 21)).

Robert de Camera

Can. by early 1206, and occ. as can. 1219 × 33 (unident. preb., list 67). Prob. to be identified with Robert succentor who occ. 8 Apr. 1219 (Chart. Bath II 22 (no. 105)) and as M. Robert succentor Oct. 1220 (Curia Regis Rolls IX 229), and with R. succentor who occ. 1220/1 (EEA IX no. 247). Occ. with full name and title twice c. 1230 (Cal. I 29; II 553 (no. 35)). Last occ., as R. succentor, 11 × 18 Nov. 1236 (ibid. I 70).

Nicholas de Seleburne (fn. 90)

First occ. as succentor c. 1241 (Cal. I 522; for date cf. ibid. p. 527) and 18 Aug. 1243 (ibid. p. 98). Occ. frequently. Last occ., as N. succentor, 3 Feb. 1252 (ibid. p. 138). Commem. in Michaelmas Term (ibid. II 11).

Richard of Bitton

Can. by 10 Aug. 1251 (unident. preb., list 67). Occ. as succentor 1255 × 68 (Cal. II 559 (no. 60)). Prob. to be identified with R. succentor who occ. 15 Aug. 1252 (below, app. 3 no. 13 F), and with Richard succentor who occ. 5 March 1260 (below, app. 3 no. 13 G) and 22 May 1264 (Chart. Bath II 65 (no. 304)) and 8 Jan. 1267 (ibid. p. 67 (no. 319)). Prec. by 29 Sept. 1269 (list 4).

M. Walter of Lechlade

Can. by 8 Jan. 1267 (unident. preb., list 67). First occ. as succentor 1268/9, issuing lease on a house in Wells (Cal. II 567 (no. 97)). Occ. several times, concerning property in Wells (ibid. pp. 567-71 (nos. 98, 101, 104, 113)). Last occ. 13 Jan. 1278 (ibid. pp. 570-1 (no. 113)) and as W. succentor 4 Apr. 1279 (Chart. Bath II 99 (no. 504)). His obit mentioned (Cal. I 148). Presum. to be identified with M. Walter of Lechlade, can. and prec. of Exeter, who was still alive 31 March 1283 (Reg. Pontissara I 250-1), but was murdered by M. Luke de Sancto Leonardo before 12 or 13 Apr. 1284 (Reg. Pecham II 69-70; cf. Reg. Epp. Peckham III 919-20), commem. 9 Nov. (Exeter Cath. Libr. MS 3625 fo. vi).

M. Robert de Brandon

Can. by 13 Dec. 1274, last occ. 23 July 1283 (unident. preb., list 67). Occ. as succentor once only, 15 Nov. 1284 × Apr. 1290 (Chart. Bath II 96 (no. 487).

W-

Occ. as succentor 4 Apr. 1290 (Chart. Bath II 99 (no. 504)). Prob. to be identified with the following.

William de Cherleton

First occ. as succentor 4 Apr. 1297 (CPR 1292-1301 p. 274); also 14 Oct. 1301 (Cal. I 170), 19 and 20 June 1302 (Chart. Bath II 114 (nos. 593-4), and 29 June 1302 (CPR 1301-7 p. 41). Occ. as can. 20 Jan. 1307 (J. H. Denton and J. P. Dooley, Representatives of the Lower Clergy in Parliament 1295-1340 (Royal Hist. Soc., 1987) p. 104), 9 July 1307 (Chart. Glastonbury I 184), 18 Dec. 1308 (Chart. Bath II 117-18 (no. 615)) and frequently until 1327 (Cal. I 215). Perhaps to be identified with William de Carleton, preb. Barton St David before 1311 (list 14).

Footnotes

88 But the succentory at Wells was unusually important, always being held by a canon; the succentor was sometimes described as a persona; his endowments, though less than subdean's, were greater than any other English cath. succentor; see Edwards, Sec. Caths. p. 170.
89 Temp. Alexander dean, list 3, and Thomas [of Earley] archdcn. of Wells, list 11.
90 ? Selborne, Hants.


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