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CHARTER c1270 - in the name of Beatrice Ward

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CHARTER, c. 1270

Charter in the name of Beatrice Ward, stating that she has “promised faithfully” to Walter of Hawkesworth that “no one shall exercise in my name any claim in or right or will sell after my decease the land of which the said Walter has enfeoffed me by his deed for the term of my life”.

6 x 13¼ cms in Latin on vellum, remains of the tag but no seal, n.p. [Yorkshire?], n.d. [c. 1270].

A small but very attractive document.

Records show that a Beatrice Ward, daughter of Simon Ward and born about 1255, married Walter de Hawkesworth, bore him a son, also Walter, who was born in 1275. Beatrice died in 1275, quite possibly in childbirth. Walter de Hawkesworth was born near Leeds, and the families appear to have a strong connection with the area.

The reason behind this document is somewhat obscure; it would appear that it was drawn up at some time before their marriage, as Beatrice is referred to as “Beatrice daughter of Simon Ward” rather than “wife of Walter de Hawkesworth”.


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