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Documents of Abbey Dore

Call Number: MS Q80


Documents concerning land conveyed to Abbey Dore, Herefordshire, England, mostly dating to the 13th century. Relates primarily to the Abbey's granges called Lincoyt and Lanveyr located near Grosmont and the forest of Severenny, Upper Gwent (present-day Monmouthshire). Land was issued by Hubert de Burgh; Edmund, earl of Lancaster; and private persons.


  • approximately 1215-approximately 1300


Language of Materials

Latin; Welsh (personal and place names)

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of Dore Abbey

Dore Abbey in Herefordshire, England was founded in the year 1147 by French Cistercian monks. Construction of the permanent stone buildings began in 1175, and the abbey was consecreated in 1280. The monks at Dore were known for breeding sheep with fine wool, which was sold in Italy. The abbey was dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1537, its structures sold to John Scudamore. A later Scudamore descendent turned what remained of the abbey buildings over to become a parish church, which was re-consecrated in 1634. Sources: Friends of Dore Abbey webpage, (accessed October 2018).


4.5 Linear Feet (3 oversize boxes) : Each document single sheet (of varying sizes) in own folder; Court hand: English: 13th century (Several distinct types represented); Seals of different colors and types: see separate descriptions. Note that item 13 shows woman's seal.

Scope and Contents

All were Lords of the Three Castles of Gwent. The Three Castles (the Trilateral; Y Tair Tref; the castles of the justiciar) are Grosmont, Skenfrith, and White Castle; they are located west of the river Monnow and over 5 miles east of Abergavenny, Monmouth shire; they form a minor honour or marcher lordship which appears to control almost all the lands mentioned in these documents, except Treville and Abbey Dore itself. Many of these items have long lists of Welsh and Norman witnesses, and detailed descriptions of boundaries.

Physical Location

MS Q80

Other Finding Aids

Additional information about the collection is available at

Additional background information, not copied in the above pdf, is available in the Cat IV binder under "Abbey Dore" in the Spencer Research Library reading room. Please consult reference staff for assistance.

Custodial History

Many prior endorsements: some indicate that these belonged to the Abbey.

Processing Information

Collection formerly located at MS 191. Items are in individual wrappers; items are not in numerical order within each box, due to varying sizes, but retain existing number information.

Guide to the Abbey Dore Collection
Documents of Abbey Dore
Finding aid prepared by alh, June 7, 1969. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Abbey Dore Collection, MS Q80, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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