Started by: brian (838)

What is the origin of the place name "Mesnes"?

Started: 26th Feb 2013 at 22:52

Posted by: tonker (24048) 

Land kept in 'demesne' by the crown. ☏

Replied: 27th Feb 2013 at 00:01
Last edited by tonker: 7th Mar 2014 at 17:56:25

Posted by: kathpressey (5344) 

what does demesne mean tonker?

Replied: 27th Feb 2013 at 08:47

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Possession of land.

Replied: 27th Feb 2013 at 09:16

Posted by: spacebar (539)

From Old French demeine (later Anglo-Norman French demesne) 'belonging to a lord', from Latin dominicus, from dominus 'lord, master'.

Replied: 27th Feb 2013 at 09:32

Posted by: kathpressey (5344) 

Replied: 27th Feb 2013 at 09:36

Posted by: tonker (24048) 

Newton le Willows was a crown demesne and Wigan was a part of Newton le Willows. That's why the name 'mesnes' is used for sections of Newton le Willows and Wigan.

Replied: 27th Feb 2013 at 21:43

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Definition of mesne
a. - Middle; intervening; as, a mesne lord, that is, a lord who holds land of a superior, but grants a part of it to another person, in which case he is a tenant to the superior, but lord or superior to the second grantee, and hence is called the mesne lord.

Replied: 1st Mar 2013 at 01:41

Posted by: farrie50 (1710) 

a day without knowledge is a day wasted

Replied: 2nd Mar 2013 at 22:24


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