Henry Strother and the Strothers

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    Richard Wright

    I am presently translating and editing the Register of William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester 1447/86, sometime Chancellor of England, Provost of Eton, and founder of Magdalen College, Oxford. I am also creating a Liber Vitae of the 10,000 people in the Register. One such is Henry Strother. I have most of the information on him. He was educated at University College, Oxford MA, DD, but I need information on his probable family home. Emden in his Biographical Register of the University states that he came from the diocese of Durham. However this is partially inaccurate. Strother came from modern Northumberland but that part which was under the spirituality of Archbishop of York ie Hexhamshire. I am therefore interested in the medieval boundaries of this shire, particularly near Gunnerton. Was Gunnerton burn the boundary between the Liberty of Hexhamshire and Northumberland?

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    Hinds’ Northumberland County History: Vol 3 Hexhamshire, has a map of Hexhamshire (Regality of Hexham) at the front. Gunnerton was historically part of the parish of Chollerton, which is in the part of the Shire north of the Tyne. The first edition OS 6 inch map shows the township boundaries, Gunnerton township and Chollerton parish both extend well beyond the Gunnerton Burn. Indeed, Gunnerton Fell is on the opposite side of the Burn to the village. Although the NCH map is rather unclear, it appears that the west boundary of the Regality is the North Tyne, so it doesn’t look as thought Gunnerton Burn is any boundary at all.
    There is a detailed plan dated 1787 of the boundary of the Regality north of the Tyne at the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn – NRO 2762/PLAN/5.

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    Peter Richmond

    I only have a History of Northumberland downloaded from the web. I can find the map of the Regality of Hexham only on page xxxiii of Volume 4 “HEXHAMSHIRE: Part II (HEXHAM, WHITLEY CHAPEL, ALLENDALE, and ST. JOHN LEE)”.

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    Richard Wright

    thank you for your help

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