ABEYANCE. On the death of a baron, whose dignity originated in a Writ of Summons, without issue male, the barony becomes vested in his daughters; if he leave an only daughter, she succeeds to the dignity, but if there be more daughters than one, the title falls into AbEYANCE amongst them, and continues in that state until all but one of the daughters, or the sole heir of only one daughter survives; in which case, the barony devolves on the surviving daughter, or on the heir of her body. The crown can, however, at any time, terminate an ABEYAnce in favor of one of the heirs.

AIDS PAYABLE TO THE KING. Among the ancient aids payable to the king, from the immediate tenants of the crown, (and likewise to inferior lords from their immediate tenants,) were these three, namely, to make his eldest son a knight; to marry his eldest daughter; and to ransom his person when made prisoner in war.

BULLS AND BRIEFs. Apostolical letters were of two description-one denominated Briefs, because comprised in a compendious way of writing, and sealed on wax only Cum annullopiscatoris, that is, with the impression of a signet ring. The other called Bulls, from the leaden Bulla hanging thereto. Bulla, amongst the antients, is supposed to have been a golden badge, which persons that triumphed over their enemies wore on their breasts like a medal ; and it came afterwards to signify a deed, instrument, or writing, described on parchment, or vellum, with a piece of lead suspended thereto by a string. On this piece of lead, the heads of the two Apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul, were impressed from the papal seal, which being affixed to the pope's letters, the Bull was considered then to be complete.

CROWN LANDS AND REVENUE. These anciently comprised 1422 manors or lordships, in several counties, besides farms and lands in Middlesex, Shropshire, and Rutland, in the last of which, the king had also £150 of rent in white money -to which may be added the escheats and forfeitures. In short, the revenue of the king was so great, that ODERICUS Vitalis, says it was reported to be one thousand and sixty pounds sterling, thirty shillings, and one penny halfpenny, of the just rents and profits of England, every day of the year-besides gifts and pecuniary punishments.

DICTUM OF KENILWORTH. An edict or award between Henry III. and those barons who had been in arms against him. It was so called because made at Kenilworth Castle, in Warwickshire, (in the 51st year of that monarch). It provided that those involved in the rebellion should pay a compensation of five years' rent for the recovery of their estates. This celebrated statute is to be seen at large in a MS. copy in the Cottonian Library. It was proclaimed in the camp before Kenilworth, 31st October.

GENERAL Survey. The survey was begun in the year 1080, and finished in 1086. It was made by verdict or presentment of juries, or certain persons sworn in every hundred, wapentake, or county, before commissioners consisting of the greatest earls or bishops, who inquired into, and described, as well the possessions and customs of the ki as of his great men. They noted what and how much arable land, pasture, meadow, and wood every man had, with the extent and value in the time of EDWARD the Confessor, and at the period of making the survey. They also noted the mills and fisheries, and, in some counties, the number of freemen, socmen, villains, borders, servants, young cattle, sheep, hogs, working horses, &c. in every town and manor, and the name of the proprietor. Always setting down the king's name first, then the bishops, abbots, and all the great men that held of the king in capite. This survey was chiefly intended to afford the monarch a true statement of his own lands and demesnes, and also what were held by his tenants. All England, except Westmorland, Cumberland, and Northumberland, was described, with part of Wales, and the description or survey written in two books called the Great and Little DOOMSDAY Books, which were deposited in the Exchequer. The smaller book contains only Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex. This survey being the highest record in the kingdom, was then, and is to this day, a decisive evidence in any controversy on which there may be occasion to consult it.

HOMAGE AND LIVERY. When the king's tenant in capite died, his lands were in the king's hands until the heir had done homage, and was of age. When the heir sued to have his estate out of the possession of the crown, his obtaining it was called LIVERY, and the profits received in the mean time by the king were denominated primer seisin. For this livery or relief the heir paid certain fees. By the laws of the CONQUEROR, the relief of an Earl was eight horses saddled and bridled, four helmets, four coats of mail, four shields, four spears, four swords, four chasers, and one palfrey saddled and bridled. That of a BARON, half as much, with a palfrey. That of a vavasor to his lord, his best horse, helmet, coat of mail, shield, spear, sword, or, in lieu of these, a hundred shillings. That of the countryman, his best beast; and of him that farmed his lands, a year's rent. These were afterwards turned into money.

Knights' Fee. An ancient law term, signifying so much land of inheritance as was esteemed sufficient to maintain a knight with suitable retinue, which in the time of HENRY III. was reckoned at £15 per annum; and, by stat. 1 Ed. II., such as had £20 per annum in fee, or for life, might be compelled to accept of knighthood. But this statute was repealed by the 16th Charles I. that in the time of the Conqueror there were in England 60,211 knights' fees.

SCUTAGE. Escuage or Scutage, was a duty or service arising out of baronies and knights' fees. It denoted Servitium Scuti, the service of the shield; and was wont to be rendered thus : for every knight's fee, the service of one knight; for every half fee, the service of half a knight; and so in proportion. Baronies were charged in a similar manner, according to the number of knights' fees, whereof the barony by its original enfeoffment, consisted. The service of scutage was performed, either personally, in the king's army, or else by pecuniary commutation.

Vavasors. The Vavasors in Lombardy, whence they appear originally to have come, were inferior to the capitanei, which comprehended dukes, marquisses, counts, &c.; but they were invested, either by the sovereign or lord, with some territory of feudal command, without any of these designations of nobility. So that vavasor meant a powerful description of vassal ; validus Vassallus.

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AUDLEY, Baron Audley, of Heleigh, was summoned to parliament in the 6th Edward II., 8th January,

1313, instead of the 14th Edward II., 15th May, 1321.
CARR, Viscount Rochester-for Rochdale, at the conclusion of the article, read Rochester,
HOLLES (Pelham) Duke of Newcastle. His grace d. in 1768.
MULTON, Barons Multon, of Gillesland. In the note to this article, the father of Maud de Vaux should

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ABRINCIS EARLS OF CHESTER. that sickness hanging long upon him, he caused

himself to be shorn a monk in the abbey of St. WerCreated by WILLIAM the Conqueror, Anno 1070.

burge, where, within three days after, he died, Lineage.

Anno 1101." His lordship m. Ermentrude, daugh-
Upon the detention, a prisoner in Flanders, of ter of Hugh de Claremont, Earl of Bevois, in
GHERBOD, a Fleming who first held the Earldom of France, by whom he had an only son,
Chester, that dignity was conferred by the Con- RICHARD, his successor.
QUEROR, upon his sister's son)

of his illegitimate issue, were Ottiwell, tutor to HUGH DE ABRINCIS, surnamed LUPUS, and those children of King Henry the First, who called by the Welch, Vras, or "the Fat." “ Which perished at sea. Robert, originally a Monk in the Hugh,” says Dugdale, being a person of great Abbey of St. Ebrulf in Normandy, and afterwards note at that time amongst the Norman nobility,

Abbot of St. Edmundsbury in Suffolk, and Geva, and an expert soldier, was, for that respect, chiefly the wife of Geffery Riddell, to whom the Earl placed so near those unconquered Britains, the gave Drayton Basset, in Staffordshire. better to restrain their bold incursions : for it was, That this powerful nobleman enjoyed immense * consilio prudentum,' by the advice of his coun

wealth in England is evident, from the many cil, that King William thus advanced him to that lordships he held at the general survey; for, begovernment; his power being, also, not ordinary ; sides the whole of Cheshire, excepting the small having royal jurisdiction within the precincts of his part which at that time belonged to the bishop, earldom—which honor he received to hold as freely he had nine lordships in Berkshire, two in Devonby the sword as the King himself held England by the shire, seven in Yorkshire, six in Wiltshire, ten in crown. But, though the time of his advance- Dorsetshire, four in Somersetshire, thirty-two in ment was not till the year 1070, certain it is, that he Suffolk, twelve in Norfolk, one in Hampshire, came into England with the conqueror, and there- five in Oxfordshire, three in Buckinghamshire, upon had a grant of Whitby, in Yorkshire, which

four in Gloucestershire, two in Huntingdonshire, lordship he soon afterwards disposed of to William four in Nottinghamshire, one in Warwickshire, de Percy, his associate in that famous expedition." and twenty-two in Leicestershire. It appears too, by In the contest between WILLIAM Rufus, and his the charter of foundation to the Abbey of St. Werbrother Robert CURTHOSE, this powerful noble- burge, at Chester, that several eminent persons man sided with the former, and remained faithful held the rank of Baron under him. The charter to him during the whole of his reign. He was sub- runs thus :-" Hæc sunt itaque dona data Absequently in the confidence of Henry the First, and batiæ S. Werburge, quæ omnia ego Comes Hugo et one of that monarch's chief councillors. « In his

RICHARDUS filius ineus et Ermentrudis Comiyouth and flourishing age," continueth the author tissa, et mei Barones, et mei homines dedimus, above quoted," he was a great lover of worldly &c.," which Barones et Homines mentioned therein, pleasures and secular pomp; profuse in giving, and were the following:much delighted with interludes, jesters, horses, dogs, and other like vanities; having a large at- * The legitimacy of this lady is maintained from tendance of such persons, of all sorts, as were dis- the circumstance of her father having bestowed posed to those sports: but he had also in his family upon her the Manor of Drayton, in free marriage, both clerks and soldiers, who were men of great which the lawyers say could not be granted to a honor, the venerable Anselme (Abbot of Bec, and bastard; but had she been legitimate, she would afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury) being his surely have succeeded to the earldom before her consessor ; nay, so devout he grew before his death, aunt.

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