[From Manx Soc vol IV,VII & IX]

Grant of Land to Sir James Douglas, 1375.


A.D. 1375.

ROBERT, by the grace of God, King of the Scots, to all honest men of his land, clergy and laity, Greeting. Know that we have understood the letters of George de Dunbar, Count of the Marches, our dearest kinsman, and have seen, read, inspected, and diligently examined the same, word for word, in this forse. To all who may see or hear this writing, George de Dunbar, Count of the Marches and lord of Annandale and Mann, everlasting greeting in the Lord. Since it has been agreed between us and the illustrious James de Douglas, knight, lord of Dalkeith, that he shall marry, God willing, our dearest sister Agnes de Dunbar. We promise, and in good faith render it binding on us, and our heirs and assigns, to give in fee to the before-mentioned lord James and Agnes, and the heirs of their bodies legitimately begot, or to be begotten, one hundred librates* of land as a free marriage portion, in the Island of Mann, in a suitable place; and which seizin or possession of the Island, with God's assistance, we, or they may be enabled to regain, either through war, agreement of peace, or any convention or composition, within forty days.


Ros. II.

[note the given latin script kept the abbreviated hand and used characters not representable within the HTML latin alphabet - as the resulting scan is not usable I have decided to omit it ]

* A librate of land contained fifty acres.

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