The latest volume to be edited by the Ranulf Higden Society was launched to a packed room Wallasey town hall on Saturday 26 September. The Society, as our Senior Research Fellow, Dr Simon Harris, observed in his opening address as its chairman, was founded in 1991 after a collaboration between Keele and Liverpool Universities. The volume prints a Latin edition and fluent English translation of the records of a judicial commission by Edward, the Black Prince in 1357. Amongst its returns is a litany of complaint about the actions of the master foresters, the Stanley family (later Earls of Derby). The symbol of the forester was a hunting horn, an exact replica of which was presented to the borough of Wirral by the Society. The horn features on the borough’s coat of arms.
Here the mayor of Wallasey, cllr. Les Rowlands, looks most impressed with the gift, the replica carved from fifteenth-century oak from Ince Grange. Jack Heery, one of the volume’s editors looks on from the right of the image.
The volume is published by The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire.