The Woodforde Family
This word is inscribed on a small goblet which was found at Kirby Muxloe castle in Leicestershire. It was on public display at the Age of Chivalry Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London in 1988 but is not listed in the exhibition's catalogue.
The word appears in Shakespeare’s `Love’s Labour’s Lost (Act V Scene 1). It has been traced back to Dante’s `De vulgari eloquentia’ (c.1300) and to `Excerpts’ from Petrus of Pisa, the teacher of Charlemagne. The word `Honorifica’ also appears in a Liber Derivationum’ of the 12th century.
this word has also been passed down by oral
tradition through generations of the Woodforde of Ansford family, though
slightly altered. The current spelling and pronunciation is HonorificabiliTODENItatibus.
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© Stephen Butt 2004 - rev 04/08/04
An earlier indenture dated 16 February 1371 states that `John boteler shall pay to the Prince for this wardenship and marriage £40 at St. John’s Nativity and £40 at Christmas; and afterwards £20 each half year.’
According to the cartulary, John Woodford was born at Brentingby in 1358 and was baptised in Brentingby Chapel by John Walker, rector of Wyfordby. On 21 May 1380, when John became 21 years of age, Thomas Hore, Escheator for Leicestershire, confirmed that John had been born in Brentingby. Consequently on 21 May 1380 Hore was directed to release `seisin and possession of the manor of Sproxton with its appurtenances…’ and all the other Woodford lands. John married Mabel (Isabel) Folville, heir to the manor of Ashby Folville in Leicestershire.
John was later
appointed Escheator for Leicestershire. Little is known about
his life but it is clear that he was well-educated and that he held
several positions of influence in the county. An indication of his
duties can be gained from various entries in the Rolls. On 9
October 1391, for instance, John, as Escheator, was
ordered `to remove the king’s hand and meddle no further concerning
the manors of Kyrkeby upon Wreke, two gardens there and the advowson
of the priory, certain lands in Melton Mowbray, the manor of
Somerdeby, six virgates of land and 13s 4d rent there, and a
messuage and four acres of land in Thorpe Sachevylle, held of others
upon the king.”
Close Rolls, 15 Richard II (1391) October 9th,