Baron of Bolingbroke, and the Barons of Scrivelsby and Horncastle.


It appears, from a MS, in the British Museum, that the marsh called Wild­more, belonged, very soon after the Conquest, to the baronies of Bolingbroke, Horncastle, and Scrivelsby; and that William Romara, who then held the barony of Bolingbroke, gave, in the 8th Stephen, his portion of common of pas­ture in Wildmore to Kirkstead Abbey. King Henry II, retained in his own hands the baronies of Scrivelsby and Horncastle; he gave to Kirkstead Abbey the Hermitage of Wildmore, with a certain pasture thereto belonging. Henry II, afterwards gave the barony of Horncastle to Gerbald Skalds of' Flanders, and the barony of Scrivelsby to Robert Marmion; a Norman. These two barons afterwards gave to the Abbey of Kirkstead common pasture in Wildmore, on condition that the monks should suffer no man, except their tenants, to common with them. In the time of William Romara the Elder a controversy arose among the three barons as to the extent of right which each had in the com­mon of Wildmore: and a division of the same was made between the Baron of Bolingbroke, and the Barons of Scrivelsby and Horncastle ; so that the men of each might quietly common in their" own feudal commons." This division was made by the award of eight of the oldest men, four from each soke. The names of the four for the soke of Horncastle and Scrivelsby were, " Goodricke of Cunningsby, who had been grave of Wildmore for forty years; Brodericke, the father of Algar; Gericke, an old and reverend man; and Real, son of Utenker. Those for the soke of Bolingbroke were Walter of Keal, Henry of East Kirkby, Gunford of Smerburn, and Hivers of Miningsby."

The low lands of South Lincolnshire were afforested by Henry I. about 1110, and continued to be the King's hunting;-grounds, excepting a portion which Richard I. disafforested about 1194, until 14 Henry III. (1230).

The History and Antiquities of Boston By Pishey Thompson 1856.