Stapleton, Thomas., Plumpton Correspondence (London: John Bowyer Nichols and Son for the Camden Society.) Read this source online
Text name(s): Plumpton Correspondence from Sir Edward Plumpton's Book of Letters
Number of pages of primary source text: 258
Dates: 1460 - 1552
- English - Middle English
- Original language included.
County/Region: Yorkshire; Plumpton
- Charters, Deeds
- Family / Children
- Law - Secular
- Material Culture: Food, Clothing, Household
- Nobility / Gentry
The Plumptons were a minor aristocratic family living in northern England, where they were clients of the dukes of Northumberland. The Plumpton Correspondence consists of about 250 letters that survived because of inheritance disagreements between Sir William Plumpton’s (d. 1405) heirs, they were transcribed in the seventeenth century into the Plumpton Cartulary, a collection of almost 1000 items relating to the history of the family.
This edition has historical and biographical notices, immediately after the introduction, that give detailed background on the family and excerpts legal documents, including wills and deeds in Latin and Anglo-Norman. There is also the family’s pedigree chart, addenda and corrigenda, a general index, and an index of places and persons.
The introduction gives a description of the manuscript, containing the Letter Book and Coucher Book, and some information on the Plumpton family. The bulk of the information on the family is found in the Biographical and Historical Notices following the introduction.
Cataloger: RLL, SES