The origins and foundation charter of St. Mary de Voto, County Wexford, 1189-1211.

Marshall, Christopher William Fairholm (2013) The origins and foundation charter of St. Mary de Voto, County Wexford, 1189-1211. thesis, University of Wales, Trinity St David.

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to make an in-depth analysis of the available material to extend and enhance the current knowledge of the origins and foundation of the former Cistercian abbey of St Mary de Voto at Tintern in County Wexford. The veracity of the legend that the abbey was founded as result of William Marshal’s salvation from a storm at sea when crossing from Wales to Ireland at sometime during the last decade of the twelfth century was tested by focusing on his role in the abbey’s foundation and the processes involved. The contents of an inspeximus of the foundation charter were analysed to discover the involvements and other factors that came together to establish the abbey and to ensure its survival. Although a limited amount of original evidence and a dearth of secondary reference material hampered research, it proved possible to demonstrate that the date of the journey leading up to the foundation was earlier than had previously been reported. The study also revealed that there was a tradition of founding Cistercian abbeys as a result of salvation from storm at sea and it showed that there were particular, hitherto unreported, symbolic dimensions to the origins of the abbey and of aspects of the foundation charter, the probable date of which was more clearly defined. A review of the estates granted to the abbey brought out the possibility that it occupied a pre-existing monastic site; it identified a little known priory at Kilmore, on lands that later became a grange of the abbey; and it indicated the possible location and symbolic meaning of some of the areas mentioned in the charter for which there is no longer any name-place evidence in the landscape.

Item Type: Thesis (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: Series: Carmarthen / Lampeter Dissertations;10412/297.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abbeys, Wexford (Ireland)
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2014 14:00
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 10:14
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/469

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