|Notes for John de BLACKEDER|
|There is a transcribed charter dated 8 October 1426, which is of an earlier writ pertaining to the lands of Letham (writ date ca 1269). In this transcribed version, there is mention of a Johanni de Blackeder...as follows: |
"Et totam terram quam Nicholaius filius persone vendidit Johanni de Blackeder,
quam idem Johannes mihi resignauit in plena curia comitis Patricii de Dunbar,
et mihi quietam clamauit pro quadam finali concordia inter me et predictum
and shortly after that passage is the following:
"et duas acras super Belchester juxta viam de Hersil in parte orientali;
et totam terram quam emi de Duncano filio Nicholaii silicet duodecim
acras super Sowth Langrig iuxta viam de Hersil ex parte occidentali;
et terrum cum prato quam predictus Duncanus vendidit Waltero filio
Johannis de Blakedir, quam idem Walterus postea mihi vendidit que iacet
super Belchester australem;"
This may be translated as follows (which undoubtedly needs some refinement):
"And the entire lands which Nicholas son proclaimed as sold to John of Blackeder,
which the said John himself rescinded in whole to join the court of Patrick of Dunbar,
and we are at peace to proclaim a certain final agreement between us and
the aforementioned John being strengthened."
"and two acres in upper Belchester next to the highway of Hersil in sections east;
and the whole lands purchased by Duncan natural son of Nicholas <silicet> twelve
acres upper South Langrig next to the highway of Hersil from sections west;
and the lands with meadow which the aforementioned Duncan sold to Walter son
of John of Blackedir, which the same Walter afterwards sold to me what is situated
at southern upper Belchester;"
Belchester is situated ~0.5 miles south of Leitholm. We should note here that Letham is an archaic way of spelling Leitholm. This is consistent with the general vicinities associated with Patrick of Dunbar (ie East Lothian). What of the other names that appear in this piece (not necessarily transcribed here)...Hersil, Langrig, Hemmingleth, Crukes, Linthelanndis, etc?? It might be that Hersil might is some archaic reference to modern day Horseley Hill (~5 miles NNE of Duns, Bewickshire). The others are as yet undetermined.
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