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[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]

Brun 13 Brun ‘of Siddington’ (Ches.), fl. 1066

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

Discussion of the name  


Brun 13 was one of the larger thegnly landowners in east Cheshire, with six manors assessed at exactly 5 hides and worth almost £3 10s.

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB


The clustering of this group of estates serves to identify their holder and distinguish him from his nearest namesakes in eastern Mercia and Yorkshire.

The Cheshire manors all passed to Earl Hugh, along with the rest of the shire, whereas King William retained the only Derbyshire holding as part of the larger estate of Longdendale. Brun was the only landowner in all these vills except for Bramhall, where he held one of two manors and was named first. The Cheshire manors were all held with full power of alienation (‘as a free man’), but Ludworth was in some sense part of the larger entity of Longdendale, whose pre-Conquest lord (not explicitly indicated in DB) was very likely King Edward (Derb. 1:30).

Brun’s estate straggled across some 16 miles of poor farming country, partly where the foothills of the Pennines open out into the Cheshire plain, and partly reaching high into the Pennine valleys on the east. In such difficult terrain it had a low value (less than £3 10s.) and assessment (exactly 5 hides); its geographical extent is better indicated by the 20 ploughlands counted on the Cheshire manors.

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