An agreement is formed between Robert de Quincy and the monks of Newbattle Abbey, whereby Robert has granted and demitted to the monks all the land that he has in Preston (ELO) by its right bounds, as he himself perambulated and demonstrated in the presence of his reponsible men, and with that land the other four measured ploughgates of land lying nearer the land of Preston and of the cultivated land of the ground of Tranent (ELO), by its right bounds, as he perambulated and demonstrated. The monks of Newbattle will hold these lands for 20 years, as freely and quietly as any alms, free and quit from all customs, services and secular exactions, namely from pleas, mills, forfeitures, aids, and all other things, rendering to Robert only the debt which he owes to Abraham the Jew, namely, £80. Robert also has granted them common pasture of his land, and free passage to that pasture, namely, for 700 sheep and the oxen to work the land. He has also granted other easements in the land, in water, grass and fuel for the grange, except for his demesne peatary.
11 November 1170 X 24 March 1171
AD 1170, after Martinmas.
Source for Data Entry
G.W.S. Barrow, ‘A Twelfth-century Newbattle Document’, SHR 30 (1951), 43-45.