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

Brun 21 Brun ‘of Brantham’ (Suff.), fl. 1066

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name  


Brun 21 was a small free peasant in east Suffolk, one of five who shared 60 acres worth 10s.

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

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Suffolk 16,43 Brantham Brun Brun 'of Brantham' - Odo, bishop of Bayeux - 0.10 0.10 0.14 C Map
Total               0.10 0.10 0.14  


Five parcels of land and three commended lordships all ascribed to Brun and within a 10-mile radius of Ipswich might seem on the face of it to represent a single landowner. The balance of probability is tipped in favour of three identifications by the circumstances of post-Conquest succession and geography.

What serves to identify Brun 21, and to distinguish him from Brun 19 and Brun 20, was succession by Bishop Odo and his tenure of a very small estate on the Stour estuary south-west of Ipswich. He appears in a group of free men, three holding land at Brantham, one at the unlocated Belenei, and one at Higham. They had 60 acres worth 10s. in all, and it has here been divided equally between them, but in truth we do not know how much of it belonged to Brun. What unites the five men is simply that their holdings were gobbled up into Bishop Odo’s lordship after the Conquest. Nothing is said of Brun’s commendation TRE. The fact that this estate did not pass to Brun 19’s successor Roger Bigod or Brun 20’s successor Hervey de Bourges argues against the holder of land at Brantham being identical with either of them.

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