A.D. 970 x 981 or 984. Brihtric Grim to Old Minster (Winchester); bequest of land at Rimpton, Somerset. English


Winchester, Old Minster


1. London, British Library, Add. 15350, f. 52v (s. xii med.)


K, 628; Thorpe, pp. 518-19; B, 931

Printed and Translated:

Whitelock, Wills, no. 7 (pp. 18-19)


Whitelock, Wills, pp. 117-18; Finberg, ECW, no. 514, authentic; Hart 1970a, p. 29 (no. 88), authentic; Costen 1991, p. 40, on Rimpton; Abrams 1996, pp. 78, 138, 257-8, cited

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    • It is here declared that Brihtric Grim grants the estate at Rimpton to the Old Minster after his death, together with the hide which he afterwards acquired in addition to that estate; and he presents to the Old Minster, the title-deed which King Edred granted, as a supplement to the old title-deed which King Athelstan granted; on condition that he is to have the use of the estate as long as his life lasts, and afterwards it is to go to that foundation, stocked as it is with cattle and men and all things, for the comfort of his soul. Of this the following are witnesses: Archbishop Dunstan, and Bishop Æthelwold, and Bishop Ælfstan, and Abbot Æthelgar, and the community at Glastonbury, and the two communities of the Old and New Minsters in Winchester.
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    • Her is geswutulad ˇet Brichtric Grim gean ˇes landes æt Rimtune into ealdan mynstre æfter his dege. mid ˇere hide ˇe he syˇˇan begeat into ˇan lande. 7 agyfˇ ˇa boc ∂e Eadred cyning him gebocode into ˇam ealdan mynstre to ˇere ealdan bæc. ˇe Æˇestan cyning ær gebocode on ˇet gerad ˇet he hæbbe ˇone bryce ˇes landes swa lange swa his tyma sy. 7 gange sy∂∂an into ˇære stowe swa gewered swa hit stande mid mete 7 mid mannum. 7 mid ælcum ˇingan his sawle to frofre. 7 ˇyses is to ywitnesse. Dunstan arcebisceop. 7 Aˇelwold bisceop 7 Ælfstan bisceop. 7 Æˇelgar abbod. 7 se hired on Glestingabyrig. 7 ˇa twegen hiredas. on ealdan mynstre. 7 on niwan mynstre on Wintanceastre.