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The Foundations of Gentry LifeThe Multons of Frampton and their World 1270-1370$
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Peter Coss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.001.0001

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The Multons and Frampton

The Multons and Frampton

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The Foundations of Gentry Life

Peter Coss (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter briefly reviews the range of sources that are available for the study of gentry history and introduces the families with which the study will be primarily concerned. The study focuses on the archive of one particular gentry family: the Multons of Frampton. At the heart of the Multon archive is an extensive deed collection, in this instance devoted chiefly to Frampton and parts near in Holland in South Lincolnshire. The value of these deeds is further increased when the archive opens out to include estate and household records from the 1320s. They include manorial account rolls from the years 1324-5 and 1325-6, an extent of the manor at Frampton from 1326, a collector's account for the years 1330-1, and a series of manor court rolls covering the period from June 1330 to January 1332. The Multons of Frampton stemmed ultimately from the Multons of Moulton by Spalding, and were distantly related thereby to several families of the higher nobility. The key figure in the genealogy of the Multons of Moulton was Thomas de Multon who died in 1240. Thomas was immensely successful as the father of dynasties. Three sons, by two wives, came to hold the baronies of Egremont, Cockermouth, and Burgh by Sands.

Keywords:   English gentry, archives, deeds, Multons of Frampton

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