At the end of Appendix One of the third edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘, we wrote:
The main source which will either advance, confirm or refute this tentative strand of research [the pre-Anstey ancestral pedigree] is the ‘Chartulary of St John the Baptist of Colchester (Roxburgh Club)’. Eudo the Dapifer founded the Abbey of St John the Baptist, Colchester at the end of the 11th century and the chartulary contains around three thousand of its charters. Unfortunately it is privately printed, written in Latin and not indexed by person; hence it is an enormous undertaking to sift through each and every one of the charters to piece together clues hidden therein… A thorough investigation of this source would obviously be of great benefit to this research strand, given that within the chartulary are numerously mentioned Hubert the Chamberlain (Hubert de Anstey), Gervase de Cornhill, his father Roger as well as other members of the family. It is only through a thorough investigation of these clues that our tentative pedigree can be made to stand on firmer genealogical ground.
We are pleased to announce that we have now found the ‘Chartulary of St John the Baptist of Colchester (Roxburgh Club)’ and are working through its contents which, with the aid of Google Translate, are not proving as indecipherable as first thought.
We will update the ‘Anstey Story‘ project with our findings …watch this space!