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Dickinson, J. C., ed. and Ricketts, P. T., ed., The Anglo-Norman Chronicle of Wigmore Abbey (Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, 39, pp. 413-46) Read this source online

Text name(s): The Anglo-Norman Chronicle of Wigmore Abbey; The Chronicle of Wigmore Abbey

Number of pages of primary source text: 22


Dates: 1300 - 1400

Archival Reference: University of Chicago MS 224

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman


  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England
  • Wales
  • British Isles

County/Region: Herefordshire

Record Types: 

  • Chronicle, Annals
  • Genealogy

Subject Headings: 

  • Family / Children
  • Historiography
  • Monasticism
  • Piety - Lay
  • Religion - Institutional Church
  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • Nobility / Gentry


  • Introduction


Wigmore Abbey in Herefordshire was founded by Hugh de Mortimer in 1179. The Abbey’s Chronicles describe its foundation and attempt to locate the Mortimer family within English royalty, beginning with Brutus. The portion of the Wigmore chronicles represented in this text pertains particularly to the Mortimer family’s original foundation and genealogy. This portion was likely composed around 1385 when Roger Mortimer was declared successor to Richard II by parliament. The text may have been composed under the direction of John Othelake who was appointed March Herald by Edmund Mortimer, the third Earl of March.

Introduction Summary: 

The introduction (6 pages) gives an overview of Wigmore Abbey, describes the chronicle, the Chicago manuscript, and the editors’ textual practices.

Cataloger: rj