Tuesday, 16 June 2020

A Messuage called ... (in face anything called ...)

When it comes to property names a common form in wills and indentures is to refer to them an 'a messauge called'. I recently had cause to use this phrase in the Discovery catalogue of the UK National Archives, with rather a hefty set of results. Hence i am constructing this post which will be edited as I, probably intermittently, go through this list.

I found there were frequent references to other things called ... and other obvious names which didn't use this pattern. As a result I  have created a LibreOffice Firebird embedded database of what I am finding and am picking out all names of places which are not identifiable as a hamlet or larger. So far I have completed all results of the query "messuage called" for any series beginning with E, for dates before 1600.

This database can be downloaded from https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eNhqbds2qg8pjot6IXDvozsxgO6fkOpA/view?usp=sharing

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