Barry, this is so very interesting! Thank you for your expertise and
sharing this with us! If you need help with the translations, I'll try to
help. I spent many years teaching French and I've led many tours to Bretagne
and Normandy; I wish I'd known this about the Boyds while visiting Caen!
Charlene Boyd Kemp
In a message dated 5/24/2012 12:18:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
I am now in the process of digesting a book
called " History and Antiquities of the Exchequer of the Kings of
England from the Norman conquest to the end of the reign of king John"
by Thomas Maddox. The book itself is dry as chalk, written in old
English, and contains transcripts of MANY Latin and Langue doc legal
documents of all sorts: Charters, Grants, fines and fees, property
disputes, etc. There are a lot of documents that contain the signature
and seal of this Robert and his father Gautier (Walter) de Caen who
served as the High Judicier to Duke William with his companion Gaultier
Malet before the conquest, at the Dukes High Court which was held at
Pays de Calai, Caen, in Calvados, Normandy and in London after the
conquest. Malet was then given the lands of Norfolk where we find
Gaultier de Caen serving as his sheriff and his son Robert fitz Walter
continuing in this office in service to Malets widow in Norfolk, England.
There is still standing in Caen, the building which was "the court
of the exchequer", and this office is reflected in the blazon that
appears on the Arms of the first Lord Boyd.
sorely over missed by the historians who have composed the histories of
the Kings, and the Boyd have been denied their place of importance