[Durham Cathedral] Donatio Terrarum in Wotton, Escoumbe, et Stanhope (Episcopatu Dunelmensi) a Dno Antonio Dunelm. Epo. Concessarum, Waltro de Berineton et Heredibus....Antonius de Bek al'Beake Consecrat 9. Jan. 1283. Obiit 3 Mart. 1310.
Engraved facsimile of a c.1300 Latin illuminated manuscript authorized by Antony Bek (Beck; d. 1311), Prince Bishop of Durham; confirming receipt of a grant of land from a local landowner. With the Bishop's official seal below text. Watermarked laid paper, sheet 315 x 270mm, 12½ x 10½". Trimmed to plate. A little soiled and stained; extremities a little bumped. Trace of pen mss. to verso.
A frankalmoigne: a tenure by which a religious corporation holds lands given to them and their successors forever, usually on condition of praying for the soul of the donor and his heirs - called also tenure by free alms. The original document is from the collection of Richard Rawlinson (1690 – 1755), a clergyman and antiquarian who bequeathed a huge collection of books and manuscripts to the Bodleian Library, Oxford. In 1716 he was ordained, but as he was a nonjuror and Jacobite, the ceremony was performed by a nonjuring bishop, Jeremy Collier. In 1728 he became a bishop, but seems to have preferred to pass his time in collecting books and manuscripts, pictures and curiosities, rather than in discharging his episcopal functions. At his death Rawlinson left to the Library 5,205 manuscripts bound in volumes that include many rare broadsides and other printed ephemera, his curiosities, and some other property that endowed a professorship of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. The Rawlinsonian Professor of Anglo-Saxon was first appointed in 1795. He was also a benefactor to St John's College, Oxford.
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