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The Second Inquisitions Post Mortem conference at the University of Winchester, 7-8 September 2014


Digital History Seminar 17 June 2014

Matthew Holford will give a presentation on the project at the Institute of Historical Research's Digital History seminar on Tuesday 17 June 2014 at 5.15.

WRAP Projects

Four Winchester undergraduates were awarded WRAP funding on to work on IPMs.

Update on progress

The latest Advisory Board meeting was on Tuesday 7 May 2014. Members were informed that all the published Calendars of Inquisitions post mortem were now digitised. All except volumes 22-26 are now being converted to the format required by British History Online – a relatively easy process - and will shortly be freely accessible online. All volumes will also be published on this website too. Development of the digital interface is now nearing completion. Marking up all the IPMs from 1399-1447 (volumes 18-26) is complex and the researchers are working hard to complete them by the end of the project, 31 December 2014. Some overhead monies are being used to assist them by funding the automation of some of the processes – a considerable saving in time – and by employing Dr Gordon McKelvie (the Richard III researcher) half-time on the mark up.

Unpublished IPMs: John Lumley, knight, Northumberland, 1421

Sir John Lumley was the second son of Ralph, lord Lumley, a renowned soldier executed for his part in the Epiphany Rising against Henry IV in 1400. John became his father's heir after the death of his elder brother Thomas, also in 1400, and recovered his father's forfeited estates, though not his barony, in 1404.[1. CIPM xviii.1092; CPR 1405-8, 7]  Also an active soldier, he was killed in France in 1421 in the disasterous defeat at Baugé, when the duke of Clarence unwisely attacked a larger Franco-Scots force with only his mounted troops, before their supporting archers arrived.[2. His 1418 will, with a codicil in English added in 1420 while besieging Melun in France, can be found in Surtees Soc. ii (1835), p. 60. His death at Baugé was recorded by John Hardyng in his chronicle; Henry Ellis (ed.), The Chronicle of John Hardyng (London, 1812), p. 385.]  The Lumley estates lay principally in county Durham, centered on Lumley castle, and in Yorkshire, but CIPM xxi contains IPMs for Sir John from Westmorland and Cumberland only (xxi.714-15).  An ex officio IPM into his Northumberland landholdings has been found in the Exchequer archive, however, and the abstract below will be added to the on-line edition of the calendar as xxi.715A.