Scottish Border Hopes after 1296.


The Ragman Roll is the name tradionally given to the enrolement of the sealed deeds recording the submission and promise of fealty made by more than 1500 Scots to Edward Ist and were dated 28th August 1296 at Berwick where a parliament was held on that date. Those swearing fealty included the earls and tenents in chief, and their heirs, and other major land-holders.   The heads of religious houses, a large proportion of the clergy and the burgesses of major towns were also included as were some English magnates and ecclesiastics who held property in Scotland.   Included in the submission was the renunciation of the league with France.

The document is included in the Calendar of Documents Relating to Scotland Vol II 1272-1307 edited by Joseph Bains.  The document is N0 238.

The document also included the wax seals of the signatories that were attached on strings.   Many of the seals became detached during long storage and some were lost.   One of the lost seals is that of John Hope of Peeblesshire - one can only image what was depicted on that seal.   However the remaining seals do give an amazing insight into late thirteenth century Scottish Heraldry.

(I am indebted to Bruce McAndrew for the above wording)

The price of refusing to submit to Edward was summary execution.   This was the fate of William of Bolhope who appeared to be one of those that held property in England as well as Scotland.   Bolhope here must be the Boldhope of Peeblesshire.

The Roll is important from a Hope origins research point of view as it included the first Hope - John Hope of Peeblesshire - recorded in Scotland and also several combination Hope names as listed in Scottish Border Hopes - Part two - after 1296 section.

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