Index to

Clerical and Social Life in Devon in 1287

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXVI, (1894), pp. 209-229.

Prepared by Michael Steer


The paper was presented in August at the Association’s July 1894 South Molton Conference. The thirteenth century was a period of religious revival throughout Devon. Bishop Brownlow in this paper asserts that current knowledge of life in our county in the 13th century relies mainly upon contemporary records, depending particularly upon Bishop Bronescombe’s Register, 1257 to 1280, and Bishop Quivil’s Register 1280 to 1291, after which a few fragments collected by Association member Prebendary Randolph from various ancient documents compensate to a limited extent for the loss of diocesan registers during Bishop Bytton’s episcopate. Of Bishop Bronescombe, the Prebendary remarked: “It is evident that a great wave of zeal for the Houses of God had swept over the whole Diocese (of Exeter), for we find that between September, 1259, and the end of 1298, the Bishop was called upon to dedicate 88 re-built or enlarged Churches. Further he revised the Cathedral Statutes in 1268, then through visitations made significant reforms. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.


Augustine, Saint 216
Bernard, Saint 221
Boniface, Archbishop 211
Bracton, Henry de 216
Bronescombe, Bishop 209-10
Bruce, Robert 221
Bytton, Bishop 210
Canteloup, Bishop Walter de 211
Canterbury, St Edmund of 218
Canterbury, Saint Thomas of 216
Charles II 220
Chichester, Bishop Richard of 211
Cimabue 210
Coventry, Alexander, Bishop of 217
Du Cange 217
Edward the Confessor 219
Edward I 219, 221
George, Saint 216
Gideon of Bridport, Bishop 211
Giotto 210
Gregory IX 210
Gregory the Great, Saint 216
Grostette, Bishop Robert 210
Henry III 219, 222
Hingeston-Randolph, Prebendary 209-10
Kirkham, Bishop Walter de 211
Lincoln, Bishop Hugh of 215
Lindwood 210
Martin, Saint 227
Mary, St 227
Otho, Cardinal 210
Othobonus, Cardinal 210, 221, 229
Peckham, Archbishop John 217
Poore, Richard 210
Rich, Archbishop St Edmund 210, 214-5, 218
Sutton, Bishop 218
Quivil, Bishop Peter 210-12, 221
Salisbury, Giles, Bishop of 217
Simon, Deacon 215
Spelman 226
Vincula, St Peter ad 222
Wallace, Father 214, 218
Wanda, Dean of Salisbury 215
Wilkins 211, 226