President’s Address - Early English Freeholders

Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XXVI (1894), pp. 25-40.


Sir Frederick Pollock, Bart., M.A.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Devonshire Association’s Presidential Address was delivered at its July 1894 South Molton meeting. The President’s aim was to explore and elucidate certain historical problems associated with use of the term 'village community.' These particularly related to land tenure during the Anglo-Norman (Domesday Book survey) period following the Conquest. The Association President for 1894, Sir Frederick Pollock, 3rd Baronet, PC, FBA (10 Dec. 1845 – 18 Jan. 1937) was a jurist best known for his ‘History of English Law before the Time of Edward I’, written with F.W. Maitland, and his lifelong correspondence with US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. His biography together with portrait, is available in Wikipedia. Sir Frederick’s Presidential Address, from a copy of a rare 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.


Ǽthelred 29
Alric 36
Aluualdus 37
Aluuardus 37
Andrews, Dr. Charles McLean 29, 32
Ashley, Mr. William James 28
Blackstone, William 29-30, 32-3
Brougham, Lord Henry 26
Cnut, King 34
Colvin 34
Coote, Mr. Henry Charles 32
Coulanges, Monsieur Fustel de 31-2
Dareste, Monsieur Camille 31
Darwin, Charles 28
Digby, Judge 33
Donn, Benjamin 38
Edward the Confessor 27, 33-5, 37, 40
Ellis, Sir H. 36
Elton, Mr. 33
Flach, Monsieur Jacques 30-2
Freeman, Edward Augustus. 29
Glanvill, Ranulf de 39
Glasson, Monsieur Ernest Désiré 31
Godric 34
Godwin 34
James I 33
Kemble, John Mitchell 27-31
Kovelevsky, Mr. Maksim 33
Larking, Lambert Blackwell 36
Maine, Sir Henry Sumner 30, 32
Maitland, Mr. Frederic William 33, 35
Marshall, William 38-9
Morgan, James 27
Ouvry, Colonel Henry Aimée 31
Round, Mr. John Horace 34
Schmid, Dr. Reinhold 34
Scrutton, Mr. Thomas Edward 29
Seebohm, Mr. Frederic Arthur 28, 31, 33
Spencer, Mr. Aubrey 35
Stubbs, Dr. William 28, 34
Tetbaldus 37
Thorpe, Benjamin 34
Vinogradoff, Mr. Paul 29, 33
Violette, Monsieur Paul 31
Whewell, Dr. William 26
William the Conqueror 34, 37
Worth, Richard Nicholls 38