De episcopis occidentalibus. Capitulum quinquagesimum tertium.
Willelmus. Haue mynde þat alle þe prouince of West|saxon hadde alwey oon bisshop from þe bygynnynge anoon to Theodores comynge.*. [time, Cx.] By graunt of Kingislus,*. [kyng Islo, MS., Cx.] kyng of West Saxon, þe firste Birinus ordeyned a cee at Dorchestre, þat is a symple toun by souþ Oxenforde by sides Walyng|forde, bytwene þe fallynge to gidres of Temse and of Tame. Whan Birinus was deed, Kenwalkus þe kyng ordeyned a see at Wynchestre, as his fader hadde i-þoȝt.*. [purposed, Cx.] Þere Gilbert,*. [Agilbert, Cx.] a Frensche man, was first bisshop of al þe prouince of West. saxon. From þat tyme þe*. [þat þe, MS.; not α. or Cx.] citee and þe see of Dorchestre Page 121, vol.2 perteyned and longede to þe prouince of Mercia; for þat citee stondeþ wiþ ynne Temse; and Temse departeþ bytwene Mercia and Westsaxoun. After þat Agelberd*. [Agilbert, Cx.] was i-putte out of Wynchestre, þat þo heet Wyntoun. Wyn*. [Wyne, α.] of En|glische nacioun was bisshop þere;*. [Sentence varied in Cx.] som*. [whan som, MS. (first hand.)] men weneþ þat þat*. [þe, α., Cx.] citee haþ þe name of þis Wyn, and hatte Wynechestre, as it were Wyne is citee. At þe laste he was putte*. [i-put, α.] out and after hym come Leutherius, þe forseide Agilbertus neuewe. After Leutherius Hedda a while was bisshop þere. Whan he was dede, Theodorus þe archebisshop ordeyned tweye bisshoppes to þe prouince of Westsaxon; Danyel at Wynchestre, to hym were sugettes*. [sugett, α.] tweie contrees Souþerey and Souþhampschire; Aldelyn*. [Adelin, Cx.] at Schireborne, to hym were sugettes sixe contrayes, Barrokschire,*. [Barkshire, Cx.] Wiltschire, Somersete, Dorchestreschire, Deuenschire, and Cornewayle. Trevisa.*. [Reference added from Cx.] Afterward me*. [it, α.] semeþ by þis lawe*. [sawe, α.; it seemeth by this that, &c., Cx.] þat Westsaxon con|teyned Souþeray, Souþhampschire, Barrokschire, Wiltschire, Somersede, Dorsete, Deuenschire, and Cornwayle.*. [Names slightly varied in Cx.]Wil|lelmus. Afterward in elder Edwardes tyme to þe[se]*. [þese, α., Cx.] tweye Page 123, vol.2 sees þre*. [oþer þre oþere, MS.; thre other, Cx.] oþere sees were i-ordeyned by heste*. [commaundment, Cx.] of Formosus þe pope. Þe*. [þre, Cx.] cees were i-ordeyned at Welles for Somersete, at Crittoun*. [Crettoun, α.; Kryton, Cx.] for Deuenschire, and at Seint German for Cornewayle. Noȝt ful longe afterward þe sixte see was i-sette at Ramysbury for Wiltschire. At þe laste by heste*. [So α.; beheste, MS.] of kyng William Conquerour alle þese sees saue Wynchestre were*. [was, MS. (not α. or Cx.)] i-torned and i-chaunged out of smal townes in to grete citees. For Schirborne and Ramysbury were i-torned to Salisbury. Now to þat see is sugett Barokschire, Wilt|schire, and Dorsett. Þe see of Welles was i-torned to Baþe. Þerto is now sugett al Somersete. Þe sees of Critton*. [Cryttoun, α.; Kyrton, Cx.] and of Cornewayle were i-chaunged to Excetre. Þerto is suget Deuenschire and Cornwayle.