The forest eyre, 1154-1368
The main body of this thesis consists of a catalogue and description of the documentation of the forest eyre between 1154 and 1368. The information is presented chronologically so that the pattern of visitations is readily apparent, but a county by county list of eyres is also appended. Drawing on such sources as the pipe rolls, close and patent rolls, liberate and charter rolls, plea rolls, chronicles and ancient correspondence the catalogue indicates when and where forest eyres were held, the names of the personnel involved and the amount of revenue assessed in each instance. Where plea rolls exist a full description of the contents is provided, with a breakdown of the number and types of offences committed. Particular care has been taken in the catalogue to indicate the distinction between contemporary plea rolls, copy rolls made later in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and those brought together in the modern period for archival convenience. There is a short introduction to the catalogue, which outlines the history and development of the eyre from the conquest to the end of the period under discussion, throwing particular light on the financial proceeds. There is also a brief examination of the workings of the forest law and administration.