Tropenell Cartulary

The Tropenell Cartulary is an English medieval manuscript cartulary compiled for Thomas Tropenell (c. 1405 – 1488), a Wiltshire landowner, in the 15th century.


The Tropenell Cartulary was compiled during the reign of Edward IV and records Tropenell's steady progress as a landowner seeking to enlarge his estates,[1] not without battles along the way.[2]

The document consists of a single large bound volume, written on vellum, and its principal purpose is to establish Tropenell's title to his manors and other estates, copying out a large number of deeds, charters, and other documents, most of which would otherwise have been lost to posterity. Unusually, the volume is still kept at Great Chalfield Manor, where it was created, its ownership having descended with the house through the centuries.[3]



  1. Kenneth Bruce McFarlane, England in the fifteenth century: collected essays (1981), p. 202
  2. Eric William Ives, The common lawyers of pre-Reformation England, (1983) p. 298
  3. J. T. Driver, 'A Perilous, Covetous man: the career of Thomas Tropenell, Esq. (c. 1405-88)' in The Wiltshire archaeological and natural history magazine vol. 93 (2000), pp. 83-87
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