The following is a quick guide to editorial conventions used for the English translation, by Frank Thorn.

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DB: Domesday Book, as a whole; the Domesday process and Survey, the Domesday corpus of texts specified below.
EDB: Exon, or Exeter Domesday Book
GDB: Great Domesday Book
LDB: Little Domesday Book
TO: The Exon Terrae Occupatae


Folio References

Folio numbers indicate recto (r) or verso (v) folios of the MS as used in the 1816 edition of Sir Henry Ellis.

References to individual entries

References such as 156a1, 334b3 indicate the folio, the recto (a) or the verso (b) numbered from the top to the bottom in a straight numerical sequence.

Cross References

Individual estates are linked to their corresponding entry in GDB, also to any occurrence elsewhere in EDB


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Curved Brackets (...) enclose a marginal addition. Some begin in spaces at the ends of short lines in the text.

Curly Brackets {...} enclose an interlineation consisting of one or more whole words or figures. Some run into the margin.

Angle Brackets ⟨...⟩ enclose the translation of whole words that have been omitted by the scribes but are necessary for the understanding of the text.

Square Brackets [...] enclose an editorial addition, for example to clarify the translation or to identify places or individuals, or to provide folio and entry numbers.


Text added in the margin contemporaneously by the scribes of the original text is marked by a superscript word “margin” in blue against a lighter blue background. Signs (signes de renvoi) used by the scribes to show its relation to the text are not reproduced since each marginalium is here inserted in its proper place embedded in the body of the text. Some marginalia begin in spaces within the part of the folio ruled to receive text.

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.... indicate that a sentence breaks off, or normal information such as the figure for a particular resource is missing or that the text cannot be read.


---- denote the erasures of whole entries, with or without a 'gallows-sign'. Such whole entries are allotted a reference number.


A strike through (bishop) indicates a deletion marked by the scribe.

Underlining indicates something which, in the editor's judgement, the scribe should have marked for deletion.


Personal Names

Given or Forenames

Anglo-Saxon personal names are given in standardised form following the conventions used for the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE and the incomplete PASE 2 ('Profile of a Doomed Elite').


Most names fall into the categories of (a) physical or moral defects or characteristics, (b) occupational, (c) toponymical. Those from physical or moral defects are translated from the Latin or Old French wherever the meaning is clear. Occupational names are treated as such ('the cook', 'the huntsman'). Except in rare instances, none of these categories are treated as surnames.


These are treated as the names of the places from which the holders came; see place names (next). They are not treated as surnames.


Identifiable names are given in their modern form as shown on OS maps (for England) or IGN maps (for France).

Those parts of the name given in capitals in the translation correspond to the only part of the name that is found in the Latin text. The bracketed additions in lower case are post-Domesday extensions of the name.

Names which are attested after 1086 but are either lost or no longer settlement sites are placed in single inverted commas ('DODISHAM'). Names, for which the latest (and often the only) evidence is in DB, are given in italics: as WEDRERIGA.