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

Beorhthun 9 Beorhthun ‘of Preston Brockhurst’ (Salop.), fl. 1066

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

Discussion of the name


Beorhthun 9 was a small landowner in north Shropshire who held a single virgate, recorded as waste TRE.

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
Shropshire 4,23,15 Preston Brockhurst Bertunt Beorhthun 'of Preston Brockhurst' - Roger, earl Gerard de Tournai-sur-Dives 0.25 0.00 0.00 A Map
Total               0.25 0.00 0.00  


The name Beorhthun occurs only once in DB, as the holder of a single virgate, waste both TRE and in 1086, at Preston Brockhurst, 8 miles north of Shrewsbury on the north Shropshire plain. A second, larger, holding at the same place was in the hands of the brothers Hunning ( and Wulfgeat, important landowners in the shire.

Given the size of his estate, land for ½ plough rated as 1 virgate, Beorhthun was presumably a peasant whose holding was for some reason separately assessed for the geld.

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