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In the historic county of Shropshire.
Modern Authority of Shropshire.
1974 county of Shropshire.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

Cans has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are uncertain remains.


Under the year 1134, Ordericus relates how the Welsh, exasperated by the oppressions of the English, seized upon and burnt a Castle of Pagan fitz John called Cans, and slaughtered every inmate, male and female. (fn. Ordericus, 900, A. Dugdale makes the Cans of Ordericus to be Caus, and the two letters involved in the question have been constantly changed by transcribers. A Border Castle is doubtless spoken of, but I cannot suggest what Pagan fitz John may have had to do with that of Caus.) (Eyton)

Unidentified castle mentioned c.1134. Said to belong to Payn fitz John; if so, almost certainly not Caus. (Hogg and King)

Possibly another castle in the area of Caus. Paul Remfry suggests Cymaron Castle, Radnorshire. However it may well be that Payn had seized Caus at this time (the wikipedia entry for Pain fitzJohn (accessed 5-10-2013) states he held Caus (citing Chibnall, Empress Matilda p. 77)) while he was royal justice and, possibly, sheriff of Shropshire and it may well be the Ordericus Vitalis' Cans was Caus castle. However it is also possible Chibnall's reference to fitz John as lord of Caus may just be a reference to Ordercius with an assumption the castle referred to is Caus.
Gatehouse is of the opinion that it is more likely that this is a reference to Caus than to any other site. Can be rejected as a lost castle site.
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