Some corrections and additions to the Complete Peerage: Volume 1: Argentine


ARGENTINE

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Volume 1, page 196, note b:
The family took its name from Argenton in Poitou, and not from Argenton in Berry, nor from Argentan in Normandy.

K.S.B. Keats-Rohan [Domesday People I, p.177 (1999)] says that the Domesday tenant Dauid De Argentomo was "Norman, from Argentan, dépt. Orne". This is perhaps based on his likely identity with David latimer, a tenant of William de Braose in Dorset, who originated from Briouse-Saint-Gervais, Orne, arr. Argentan [p.471].

Page 196:
Laura, [wife of Reynold d'Argentine (d.1307/8),] da. of Hugh (DE VERE), 4th EARL OF OXFORD ... d. in 1292, and was bur. in the Church of the White Friars at Norwich.

This statement was probably copied from Blomefield's History of Norfolk [vol.4, p.417]. But Blomefield's account seems to be a miscopying of the account of the church of the Carmelites in Norwich in Weever's Ancient Funerall Monuments, which begins "Sir Oliuer Ingham Knight, obijt 1292. Dame Lo... Argentein. Dame Eleanor Boteler ..." Blomefield seems to have transferred the year of death from Sir Oliver Ingham to Dame Lo[ra] Argentein. There is also some doubt as to whether Lora was buried in Norwich at all, as her husband Reynold's gravestone survives in Baldock church, Hertfordshire, and there is a drawing of it, together with matching gravestones for Lora, their son John and his first wife Joan, in the collections of the Elizabethan antiquary James Strangeman [British Library, Sloane MS 1301, fo.146b].

The Argentine gravestones were discussed by Judith Middleton-Stewart in Inward Purity and Outward Splendour, p. 263 (2001). She suggested that all four were originally at Wymondley Priory, and said that Lora's body might have been moved there from Whitefriars, Norwich. She stated that the gravestones were moved at the dissolution to Little Wymondley church, which has since undergone extensive restoration, and speculated that the three missing stones might be in the crypt of that church. However, the suggestion concerning Lora rests partly on the apparently erroneous statement that she died in 1292, and the evidence for the removal to Little Wymondley is not explained. The extensive restoration of that church took place in the 19th century, whereas Reynold's gravestone was already at Baldock by the time of Weever.

[Douglas Richardson pointed out the discussion by Middleton-Stewart in December 2012.
Item last updated: 21 January 2013.]