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

Aski 4 Aski ‘of Edgbaston’ (Warws.), fl. 1066

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name  


Aski 4 was a small landowner in north Warwickshire with one of two shares in a vill assessed at 2 hides and worth 20s.

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
Warwickshire 27,4 Edgbaston Aschi Aski 'of Edgbaston' - William fitzAnsculf Drew 'of Whitley' 1.00 0.50 0.75 A Map
Total               1.00 0.50 0.75  


The four instances of the name Aski in Domesday Book are located so far apart for such small estates that there can be no question of identifying any of them as the same man. Edgbaston, on the western side of Warwickshire, was held TRE by Aski 4 and another man; as usual in Warwickshire, the text does not say explicitly that they held it as two manors, and the relationship between Aski and his co-holder is obscure.

The distribution of the name Eskil, in its most common spelling Aschil (and variants), does not extend to Warwickshire and is very rare in western Mercia as a whole, so there are no grounds for thinking that Aschi at Edgbaston was a mistake for Aschil.

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