The Magna Carta Project

XXIII. A late thirteenth-century, early fourteenth-century statue book: Spalding Gentleman’s Society M. J. 13, fos.68-70v.

by Professor David Carpenter

There are no witnesses or ‘giving’ clause. The earl’s relief is ‘de comitatu integro’ and the baronial relief 100 marks. The chapters are numbered 1-35. The Forest Charter follows.1 


I am grateful to Cristian Ispir for images of this volume. ‘The Registrum’, a mid fourteenth-century general cartulary of Lincoln cathedral, has a copy of the 1225 Charter.  This is surely a copy of the cathedral’s engrossment but I have still to do a detailed collation.  I hope to shortly. See C. Breay, J. Harrison and D. M. Smith, Medieval cartularies of Great Britain and Ireland (London, 2010), no.1/6; The Registrum Antiquissimum of the Cathedral Church of Lincoln: volume 1, ed. C.W. Foster (Lincoln Record Society, 27, 1930), no.221,  pp.lxx, xli. A cartulary of Glastonbury abbey: The Great Cartulary of Glastonbury Abbey: volume 1, ed. A Watkin, (Somerset Record Society, 59, 1947), pp. 175, 189 has what are said to be copies of the 1225 Forest Charter and Magna Carta. I have notes from what looks like copies of the 1225 Charter in London Lincoln’s Inn MS, Hale 140 and 167 but I need to check some details. Nicholas Vincent draws my attention to copies of the 1225 Charter in the Bodleian, namely in Digby 104; Wood Empt. 1 (a Glastonbury cartulary); and, on deposit at the Bodleain, University College 148 (a cartulary of the hospital of St Mary, Chichester) and University College 167 (a Fountains abbey cartulary).  There is also a copy, which I have yet to collate, in The Red Book of the Exchequer: TNA E 162/ 2.


The Copies of Magna Carta