MARLBOROUGH, John Churchill, 1st Duke of (1650-1722).
Document Signed, ('Marlborough' at the foot), 1 page folio with ten pence revenue stamp in the upper right hand corner (slightly eroded), 20 August 1714. Remains of mounting strip to the reverse only. Appointing a gamekeeper to his Oxfordshire estate at Woodstock, specifically for the local villages of Combe and Stonesfield.
An appointment made in persuance of an act of parliament designed for the preservation of game, appointing John Brice of Woodstock park:
'... ' his Gamekeeper of the Mann[o]rs of Combe and Stonesfeild (sic) in the Mann[o]rs of Woodstocke aforesaid and doth hereby Give and Grant unto the said John Brice full power Licence and Authority from time to time and att all times During his Continuance in His service to Seize and take all such Guns Dogs Netts Tunnells hayes Lowbells Snares and other Engines or Instruments whatsoever that shall be found upon or in the Custody of any person or persons not Qualified by the Lawes of the Realme to keep or use the same for the Destruction of hares pheasants patridges Fish and other Game and the same soe taken to keep Deteine or Cutt in peices as be most proper. ...'
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