Calling all medieval Anstey super sleuths! We have found a clue which reads “1224 Anesty Phillipps’ ped. fin.“, which we believe is related to Philip de Anstey of the sub-branch of John (I) de Anstey, who we documented in the third edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ on page 184.
Almost certainly “1224 Anesty Phillipps’ ped. fin.” is a reference to Feet of Fines for the year 1224 somewhere in England. However, we cannot currently locate the underlying foot of fine entry, which undoubtedly will contain further information allowing us to better understand Philip and precisely how he fits into the medieval Anstey pedigree. Our best guess is that the 1224 foot of fine is contained within the feet of fines for either Middlesex, London, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Hampshire or Dorset.
Anybody finding this underlying entry will be forever immortalised through their being credited in the fourth edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘, research for which is well under way.