Documents were signed, witnessed and recorded in medieval Ireland. Much as they are today. William de Alton, was a witness. He was present in Meath, when John, Lord of Ireland, granted a Charter gift between Walter and Hugh de Lacey:
Calendar 143, of the Calendar of Gormanston:
Charter: “Walter de Lascy has granted to Hugh de Lascy, his brother, for his homage and service all of the land...in right and inheritance, by the service of ten knights for all service. Grantor wills that grantee and his heirs shall hold the premises well and in peace, freely, fully and honorably...and all liberties to free land appertaining.
Witnesses: Bugenius, bishop of Meath, Eobert de Lascy, WilHam de Lascy, Eoger Pipard, Eichard de Tuit, Eichard Tirrel, William Parvus, Hugh Hose, Eichard de Capella, John son of Leonisus, Matthias de Tuith, William de Alton’, William Taleb’, Hugh de Fal, Peter the chaplain, Alexander the clerk. \_Cir. 1190.]
Confirmation: John lord of Ireland, earl of Mortain, has granted and confirmed to Hugh de Lascy the reasonable gift and all the land which Walter de Lascy, his brother, gave him, for his service and homage, viz.