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ECR 39 60

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ECR 39 60


Royal Patents: Grant of right to be a grammar school




3 June 1446

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Grant to the Provost and College of Eton that they may have in perpetuity within the precincts of the College public and general grammar schools which as they are to exceed all other grammar schools of the realm in affluence of endowment and in pre-excellence of foundation, so in the prerogative of name they are to excel the same, as is fitting, and to be named the general royal Schools and called the mirror and mistress of all other grammar Schools; and no other grammar schools are to be founded in Windsor or elsewhere within ten miles. The College of the Blessed Mary of Eton had been founded for seventy scholars to learn the knowledge of grammar (scienciam gramaticalem), and sixteen boys choristers similarly, while being sufficiently instructed in singing, to learn grammar, and one master instructor (informator) in grammar, and an usher to teach the said boys, scholars and choristers, and any others whencesoever and from whatever parts they should flock to learn the said knowledge in the rudiments of grammar, free of charge and without any pecuniary exaction. Given at Westminster, by the King.

The Great Seal, green wax, on plaited red and white silk cords, a certain amount chipped away at top left and lower right. Ornamental penwork on top line.

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This document is not on the Patent Roll, but the warrant, signed "R.H." by the King, is among the Chancery warrants P.R.O. C.81/1439 no.21
It is also copied in ECR 39/90
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