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Beorhtgifu 10 Beorhtgifu ‘of Hackthorn’ (Lincs.), fl. 1066

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

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Beorhtgifu 10 was a small landowner in north Lincolnshire, holding one of two manors which together were assessed at just over 2 carucates and worth a little over 50 shillings.

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
Lincolnshire 28,12 Hackthorn Briteua Beorhtgifu 'of Hackthorn' - Jocelin fitzLambert - 1.06 1.34 1.79 A Map
Total               1.06 1.34 1.79  



The name Beorhtgifu occurs once in north Lincolnshire, holding one of two manors of 2 carucates 1 bovate at Hackthorn and Cold Hanworth, alongside Sigketil (Sigketil 2). Another 4 bovates at Hackthorn and Cold Hanworth were soke of Harpswell, which belonged to Sigketil and his brothers. Sigketil is thus identified as a younger brother of the important Lincoln lawman and moneyer Agemund son of Walraven (Agemund 7). Beorhtgifu’s appearance here and only here might be taken to mean that she was another member of the family.

Hackthorn and Cold Hanworth (from nineteenth-century boundary evidence once a single unit) stand some 6 miles north of Lincoln, on land stretching eastwards from the limestone escarpment of the Edge down to the river Witham. Sigketil and Beorhtgifu’s joint holding was the largest in a much-divided vill.

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