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Blæc 3 Blæc ‘of Easton’ (Beds.), fl. 1066

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name



Blæc 3 was a small landowner in north Bedfordshire, the holder of a single virgate worth 3s. and commended to a fellow villager.

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
Bedfordshire 17,6 Easton Blach Blæc 'of Easton' Augi William de Warenne - 0.25 0.15 0.10 A Map
Total               0.25 0.15 0.10  



The name Blæc occurs only twice in DB, at widely separated places where there is no other reason to make a connection. One of them was in the Bedfordshire vill of Easton, a detached part of the shire surrounded by Huntingdonshire which probably extended beyond the later parish (Phill. Beds.: note 3,6). Blæc had a single virgate comprising land for 2 oxen worth 3s. but had the power to alienate his land. He was commended to Augi, who was resident in the same vill but had only 1½ hides and was himself commended to the king’s thegn Eskil of Ware (Eskil 2).



Phill. Beds.: Domesday Book, ed. John Morris, 20: Bedfordshire (Chichester: Phillimore, 1977)

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