[CHARLES I] (1600-1649). King of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Document with a fine example of the Great Seal, 225 x 360 mm (9 x 14½ inches) on vellum, dated at Westminster, 1 April, 4 Charles I . A very fine impression of the seal, the legends on both sides and the finer details quite distinct, some slight flattening of the features on the recto.
A licence of alienation from William Vincent to Thomas Irebye, in respect of lands (specified in detail) in Sheepey Magna, Leicestershire.
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.
Illustration shows both sides of the seal