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[JAMES I] (1566-1625). King of England.
Document with the Great Seal, 220 x 460 mm (9 x 18 inches) on vellum, in a clear chancery hand, dated at Westminster, 22 June, 11 James I [1613]. A complete and relatively clear impression of the Great Seal, attached to the document by the original vellum tag.
The document is a pardon of alienation for Andrew Bayninge, esquire in respect of a transaction between himself and Stephen Soame, Andrew Grey, and the latter's wife, Thomasina, relating to lands in Hingworth, Calcott and Ashwell, Hertfordshire.
 Alienation was the transfer of a holding by sale rather than by inheritance. A licence was required from the lord, who would of course collect a fee. If the holding was from the Crown there were also licences and fees and fines for 'pardons'. The functions of the Alienation Office were eventually transferred to the Treasury.
[No: 7315]


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