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[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]

Leofgifu 24 Leofgifu ‘of Claydon’, fl. 1086

Female
Author: DWP
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name  

Summary

Leofgifu 24 was one of several women named among 29 ‘free men’ who between them held 147½ acres in Claydon Hundred in south Suffolk.

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

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

           

Tenant-in-Chief 1086 demesne estates (no subtenants)

Shire Phil. ref. Vill TIC DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value TIC ID conf. Show on map
Suffolk 74,13 Claydon Leueua - - Leofgifu 'of Claydon' - 0.04 0.00 0.07 D Map
Total               0.04 0.00 0.07  

Profile

   

Leofgifu 24 was one of several women named among 29 ‘free men’ who between them held 147½ acres, with a value of 40s 4d, in Claydon Hundred in south Suffolk; the DB entry also refers to the land of Whitton church, which need not imply that the men’s land was also at Whitton (although this has been adopted here for mapping purposes).  The entry occurs in the section dealing with the ‘Lands of the Vavassors’, or ‘undertenants’ (Coss 1983) and states that these were men of the king’s that the sheriff held on his behalf, and that the king and the earl had the soke.  Although the name Leofgifu was fairly common both TRE and TRW, Leofgifu 24’s holding was clearly very small and there seems no good reason to associate her with anyone else.

Bibliography

    

Coss 1983: P. R. Coss, ‘Literary and social terminology: the vavasour in England’, in T. H. Aston, P. R Coss, C. Dyer and J. Thirsk, eds., Social Relations and Ideas: Essays in Honour of R. H. Hilton (Cambridge, 1983), pp. 109-50,

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