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Spearhafoclocked

(fl. 1047–1051)
  • John Blair

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Spearhafoc (fl. 1047–1051), abbot of Abingdon and craftsman, is first recorded as a monk of Bury St Edmunds. His name, meaning ‘sparrowhawk’, also occurs in Domesday Book in Suffolk and Nottinghamshire and may represent Anglo-Scandinavian usage. It was almost certainly a byname, even though no other name is recorded for him; perhaps it refers to the craftsman's sharp eyes....

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