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definition of 'coterels'
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t***@mymts.net
2017-05-19 03:52:39 UTC
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I'm having trouble with the phrase 'Rents of coterels by the year' in the Cartulary of Ramsey Abbey. I believe the rental amount of 'duo solidi, sex denarii; duo altilia' to be in modern terms '2s 6d and 2 chickens (?)' but I don't know what a coterel is. I didn't come up with anything with google or an online dictionary. Perhaps it's the spelling.

Also as this is a book of charters to the abbey, would this be a grant of the income from a coterel that the donor owns or is this rental that he is paying for a coterel that the abbey owns? Whatever a coterel is.

Thanks.
D. Spencer Hines
2017-05-19 04:06:55 UTC
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A cottager.

Here's the OED definition.

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coterell 1 Feudal Antiq.

Also cotterell, -ill.

[a. OF. coterel, med.L. coterellus, dim. of OF. cotier, med.L. cotarius,
coterius, the occupant of a cota or cot. Cf. coterie.]

A cottar, a cottager.

[c 1086 Domesday Bk. (Du Cange), Septem villani quisque de una virgata, & 16
coterelli, & 2 servi. 1289 Charter in Kennett Par. Antiq. I. 439 Una cum
villanis, coterellis, eorum catallis, serviciis, sectis et sequelis.]
1393 Langl. P. Pl. C. x. 97 (MSS. G & I) These were almes?to comfortie suche
coterels [other MSS. cotyers]. Ibid. 193 (MS. I) As coterels þei lybben.
1440 Promp. Parv. 96/1 Coterelle. 1560 in Crossraguel Chart. (1886) I.
120 His and thair subtennentis, cottrallis, servandis, and assignayes.
1866 Macm. Mag. XIII. 252 Besides these villains there are eight coterells
or cottagers, four of whom are women and probably widows. 1866 Rogers
Agric. & Prices I. iv. 75 There are nine coterells, each holding a cottage,
and most of them an acre of land.

¶Applied (erroneously) to the tenement.

1617 Minsheu Ductor, Coshe or Coterell in old English, is the same that a
Cottage, or a little house. [Hence in Phillips 1657-1706.] c 1640 J.
Smyth Lives Berkeleys (1883) I. 193 Each Copiholder of a yard land, halfe
yard land, farrundle, and Cotterell.
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Lux et Veritas et Libertas

"It may be said that, thanks to the 'clercs', humanity did evil for two
thousand years, but honoured good. This contradiction was an honour to
the human species, and formed the rift whereby civilisation slipped into
the world." "La Trahison des clercs" [The Treason of the Intellectuals]
(1927) Julien Benda (1867-1956)

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I'm having trouble with the phrase 'Rents of coterels by the year' in the
Cartulary of Ramsey Abbey. I believe the rental amount of 'duo solidi, sex
denarii; duo altilia' to be in modern terms '2s 6d and 2 chickens (?)' but I
don't know what a coterel is. I didn't come up with anything with google or
an online dictionary. Perhaps it's the spelling.

Also as this is a book of charters to the abbey, would this be a grant of
the income from a coterel that the donor owns or is this rental that he is
paying for a coterel that the abbey owns? Whatever a coterel is.

Thanks.
Vance Mead
2017-05-19 04:07:47 UTC
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Below is a link for a Middle English dictionary. For coterel it has cotter, lesser cotter or subtenant.


http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/med/
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I'm having trouble with the phrase 'Rents of coterels by the year' in the Cartulary of Ramsey Abbey. I believe the rental amount of 'duo solidi, sex denarii; duo altilia' to be in modern terms '2s 6d and 2 chickens (?)' but I don't know what a coterel is. I didn't come up with anything with google or an online dictionary. Perhaps it's the spelling.
Also as this is a book of charters to the abbey, would this be a grant of the income from a coterel that the donor owns or is this rental that he is paying for a coterel that the abbey owns? Whatever a coterel is.
Thanks.
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