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'The Register: Distington', Register & Records of Holm Cultram (1929), pp. 33-34. URL: Date accessed: 17 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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89. (C. p. 64; D. art. 74).—Gilbert f. Gilbert [f. Serlo, lord of Distington and Dundraw, died c. 1230] grants to St. Mary of Holme, etc. 20 acres arable in Distington by these bounds:— from the sike which comes from Gillegarran across to a small moss under Stodefald, down the beck to the head of Ruchecroft, and by the great road under Frothou [or Frotheu] towards Dene; also the aforesaid moss, to make a cabbage-garden, and pasture for 600 sheep, 8 oxen, 7 cows and 2 horses, with building-material for sheep-folds (caulae) and sheep-cotes. [See p. 1 for a note on the places. Geryn Keld head must be the source of Gilgarran sike. Standingstone and Frostyknott can be identified with a standing stone on the side of Featherknott, which is no doubt Frothou or Frostyknott. The great road ran past Colingate, not on the line of the present road past Studfold. This information is owed to Mr. H. Valentine and the late Mr. J. R. Mason, who also said that an old resident, now dead, knew of "a spot where all kinds of herbs grew," showing signs of the possible site of the monks' garden. Date of no. 89, before 1230.]

90. (C. p. 65).—Gilbert f. Gilbert de Dundrif [Dundraw] repeats [no. 89; adding] also 4 acres within the dyke which the monks have made at the western end of Stodefalde scoch [Studfold wood], and material to make 'cauls' and sheep-cotes from his wood of Distington and material for their fences from Stodefald scoch and roofing for their houses in Distington. [See also no. 256a. This must date a little later than no. 89, before 1230.]

91. (C. p. 65; D. art. 74).—Hugh de Morisceby [Moresby] grants to Holm abbey 6 acres arable in Distington by these bounds:—as a certain dyke begins, to the dyke of the monks toward the south, going round the same land towards the west of the public road, and down that road eastward to a sike between the land of the monks and this same land, to the place where the said dyke begins at the monks' dyke towards the south. He quitclaims all rights in pasture which the monks held from Sir Gilbert f. Gilbert [as in no. 89. Hugh de Moresby is named (Wetherhal 235n) 1211–46.]

92. (C. p. 66).—Hugh de Morisceby grants to the monks of Holm four acres of meadow in Distington adjacent to the land of Frotheu [Featherknott; see no. 89] towards the east, namely the four acres which he took in exchange from Sir Gilbert de Dundrayf for his land at Frotheouflatte. [Before 1246.]