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ABBEY OF ST. MARY OF FOUNTAINS.
COLLECTED AND EDITED BY
JOHN RICHARD WALBRAN, F.S.A.
VOL II. PART I.
“Et bocatus locus ille fontes, ubi extunc et deinceps, tanquam de Fontibus Salbatoris, tam multi hauserunt aquas salientes in bitam æternam.'
GUL. DE NEWBURGH, HIST. ANGL., LIB. I., CAP. xiv.
the Society. DURHAM. LANE
Published for the Society by
BERNARD QUARITCH, 15, PICCADILLY.
At a Meeting of the Council of THE SURTEES SOCIETY, held in the Castle of Durham, on Tuesday, the sixth of December, 1864—
It was ordered that “THE MEMORIALS OF FOUNTAINS ABBEY, VOL. II., should be edited by Mr. WALBRAN.”
At a General Meeting of the Surtees Society, held in the Castle of Durham, on the sixth of June, 1869–
“The Secretary was empowered to complete the volume on FOUNTAINS ABBEY which was left unfinished by MR. WALBRAN.”
The first volume of the Memorials of Fountains Abbey was issued to the members of the Surtees Society in 1863. The most casual observer could not fail to perceive that the Editor Lad found a congenial theme to which he had devoted himself with enthusiastic energy. The result of his labours, as was fit and proper, evoked much sympathy and admiration, and the Society desired him to continue the work, which he was so well qualified to carry through. It was Mr. Walbran's intention to print in the present volume the Royal charters of Privilege, and the Papal Bulls which had been granted to Fountains Abbey. At the time of his lamented decease he had only printed off five sheets, or 80 pages, in which the Royal Grants were completed and the Papal Bulls only commenced. In the editing of these Bulls he had set before himself a formidable task. By supplementing the grants which the Pontiffs had specially made to Fountains with their gists of a similar character to other Cistercian houses in the country, he intended to set forth in this volume a complete Bullarium of the Order in England. Those who are fully cognizant of the magnitude of such an effort, and they are few in number, can understand the labour and the difficulties that must have attended it. Mr. Walbran never flinched from the work. The greater part of his materials was collected. All were systematized in his mind, and when this volume was finished it was his intention to give in other volumes the title deeds of the