? A.D. 986. Will of Æthelstan Mannessune, including bequests of land at Chatteris, Cambs., to Ramsey abbey, and at Wold (near Witchford), Cambs., to Ely abbey; at Clapham, Beds. Graveley, Cambs. Waresley, Hunts. and Elsworth, Cambs., to his wife for her lifetime, with reversion to Ramsey abbey; half the land at Knapwell, Cambs., to his wife, and half to Leofsige, his kinsman; land at Over, Cambs., and Holywell, Hunts., to his wife; at Cottenham, Cambs., to his son; at Great Gransden, Cambs., to his elder daughter; 2 hides at Hatley, Cambs., to his sister; land at Slepe (St Ives, Hunts.) and at Hackthorn, Lincs., to his younger daughter Ælfwenna, and her heirs, with ultimate reversion to Ramsey abbey; the remainder of the estate at Hatley to Leofsige; land at Potton, Beds., to the son of Leofsige's brother, after the death of Æffe, if he can get it from her by litigation; half the fishery at Welle (cf. Upwell and Outwell, Cambs. and Norfolk) to his wife, and the other half to his son and two daughters. Latin




1. London, Public Record Office, E 164/28, f. 141r-v (s. xiv)
2. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 333, ff. 7v-8r (s. xiv 1)
3. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 333, f. 32v (s. xiv 1)


Macray, Chron. Ramsey, pp. 59-60


Raftis 1957, pp. 13-14; Blake, Liber Eliensis, p. 91; Hart 1964a, Latin abstract of vernacular will, cannot be complete for no mention is made of heriot; Hart, ECEE, no. 21 (pp. 29, 45, 101-2), authentic, cf. no. 22; Gelling, ECTV, no. 5, authentic; Hart 1992, pp. 613-23; Kennedy 1995, p. 144; Pelteret 1995, pp. 143-3; Wareham 1996, pp. 49-53; Foot 2000, II. 57