Granting ‘in Fee Tail’

In July 1331, Robert de Anstey (one of the Edmonton medieval Anstey sub-branch descendent from John (I) de Anstey) granted lands and other assets in Edmonton according to the following:

Part of a fine levied at Westminster 8 July 1331 whereby Adam de Chilterne and Helen his wife acknowledged a messuage, forty acres of land, an acre of meadow, four acres of pasture, two acres of wood and twenty shillings rent with appurtenances in Edmonton to be the right of Robert de Anesty as those which he had of their gift, and for which recognizance the same Robert granted the aforementioned tenements to the same Adam and Helen in fee tail, remaining in default of issue to the right heirs of the same Adam without warranty.”

When Adam de Chilterne died, the lands were duly passed to his son John per the instructions in the above grant. Our question to any Anstey lawyers out there willing to give free medieval land law advice is:

Can we assume that Robert de Anstey was VERY closely related to Adam de Chilterne and Helen his wife (brother or father of Helen perhaps?) based solely on the fact that he granted the Edmonton assets in fee tail?

Or are we reading something into this grant which isn’t necessarily the case?

Gary

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