Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: E, 1314-1337. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1903.
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Folio x - xx
Proceedings taken, temp. John de Gysors, Mayor, by Hugh de Waltham, clerk, before the Barons of the Exchequer for discharging the citizens and Sheriffs of London of the sum of 5 marks yearly exacted in the Pipe among purprestures touching a certain messuage held by Leo the Jew, which belonged to Martin de Virly the Norman, in Melkstrete, and arrears of the same. (fn. 1)
Folio. xii b.
Judgment by the Mayor and Aldermen touching a contract made on Tuesday before Pentecost [3 June], 6 Edward II. [A.D. 1313], by Master Simon de Caunterbire, carpenter, to build a house on land belonging to Ralph de Beri, in the parish of St. Mary ate Hille de Billinggesgate, for a sum of £36, of which £10 had been paid in advance. The said Ralph had died before the building had been begun, and by his will (fn. 2) had devised the said tenement to John his son, charged with an annual payment of 40s. to Ralph, brother of the said John, during the lifetime of Amicia their mother. The said Ralph had made no mention in his will of the said contract, nor had made any bequest for building the said house, and so the executors could do nothing. They therefore came, together with the said Amicia, to ask a remedy of the Mayor and Aldermen. Thereupon it was agreed that the house should be built out of the goods and chattels bequeathed to John and Ralph, the aforesaid sons of Ralph de Beri, with the assistance, if necessary, of the private means of Amicia their mother, who was to hold the house as security for money advanced.
Afterwards, viz., on Tuesday after the Annunciation [25 March], 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315], the said Amicia came and charged herself with certain sums of money due to Edmund and Roesia, children of the said Ralph, as well as to the afore said children John and Ralph. Sureties, viz., Ralph de Storteford, "gaunter," and William de Writele, "furmager."
Afterwards, viz., on Monday after the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 10 Edward II. [A.D. 1316], came Richard Pikeman (who married the above Amicia, late wife of Ralph de Bery, and was guardian of the children of the said Ralph), together with Ralph de Storteford, a surety of the said Amicia, before the Mayor and Aldermen, and the said Richard charged himself with the money, &c., due to the said children, and asked the Court to adjudge him the same property that had been adjudicated to the said Amicia. The Court assented. An account taken and recorded.
Thereupon came Thomas de Cumbe, uncle of the aforesaid children, and demanded their custody as next of kin, and it was granted. And the aforesaid Richard paid to the said Thomas the money due to the above Edmund and Roesia. Sureties for the said Thomas, viz., Walter le Meleward......(cut off).
Afterwards, in the month of May, 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318], came Peter le Chaundeler and Roesia his wife, daughter of the above Ralph de "Beri," and demanded the share of money belonging to the said Roesia, and it was paid.
Geoffrey, son of William de Say, summoned for not paying a sum of money due under a bond of his father to Geoffrey de Paris, now deceased. Johanna, widow of the said Geoffrey, and Roger le Graunt and William Levechilde, his executors, prosecute. The defendant pleads that the bond is not his father's. A jury claimed, but opposed by the Mayor and Bailiffs (ballivi) of London, on the ground that the contract had been made in the City. (fn. 3) Their objection held good. Thereupon a day given to the parties, viz., Sunday after the Feast of St. Valentine [14 Feb.], 6 Edward II. [A.D. 1312-13], to be at St. Martin le Grand, together with jurors; on which day they duly appeared, together with a jury of the venue of the parish of St. Michael atte Corne, before H[ervey] de Stantone, one of the Justices. The jurors find that the bond was entered into by William de Say. Afterwards judgment was given at Westminster in favour of the plaintiffs, and the said Geoffrey was condemned in 100s. damages. (fn. 4)
Folio. xiv b.
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1313-14], the custody of Agnes and Johanna, daughters of Robert Cook de Bisshopesgate, (fn. 5) entrusted to Katherine, widow of the said Robert and mother of his said children, together with the sum of 20 marks bequeathed to the said Agnes, and a feather bed, 2 blankets, 6 sheets, 2 tablecloths, 3 towels, and a brass pot and dish; and likewise the sum of 10 marks bequeathed to the said Johanna, and 1 mark quitrent of a tenement formerly belonging to the said John [sic] in the parish of All Hallows near the Wall. Sureties, viz., William de Pontefract and Roger Huberd.
Afterwards came Robert Soygne de Writle, who married the above Agnes, and asked that her chattels might be delivered to him, and the Mayor and Aldermen consented, sitting in the Husting on Monday after the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1314-15]. Thereupon the sureties of the said Katherine delivered the same to the said Robert and Agnes.
Saturday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1313-14], the custody of Richard, William, and Johanna, children of Peter de Bramptone, entrusted to Walter de Burle and Dyonisia his wife, widow of the said Peter and mother of his said children, in the presence of Nicholas de Farendone, the Mayor, John de Gysors, John de Wengrave, William de Leire, Henry de Durham, and Henry de Gloucestre, Aldermen, together with the sum of £6 bequeathed to them. Sureties, viz., Thomas, son of Gilbert de la Marche, and John de la Myne, woodmonger.
Letters Patent of the King notifying the citizens of London of the appointment of John de Gisorz, William de Leire, Roger de Frowik, and Stephen de Abyndone, together with the King's clerk, Richard de Luda, as assessors of the tax of a fifteenth of their movables granted by cities and boroughs. Dated at Westminster, 1 Dec., 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1313]. (fn. 6)
The manner of making the taxation. (fn. 7)
Deed of acquittance from Johanna, daughter of Robert Cook, of the parish of St. Athelburga within Bisshopesgate, to Katherine her mother, for the sum of 10 marks bequeathed to her by her father. Dated Monday before the Feast of St. Margaret. [20 July], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319].
Folio. xv b.
Thursday after the Feast of SS. Philip and James [1 May], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], the custody of Johanna, daughter of Thomas le Wodere, entrusted to Gilbert de Mordone and Leticia his wife, relict of the said Thomas and mother of the said Johanna, in the presence of Nicholas de Farndone, the Mayor, John de Gisors, John de Wengrave, William Servat, Stephen de Abyndone, Simon de Paris, Simon Corp, and Roger de Paris, Aldermen, together with the sum of £40, subject to the condition (inter alia) that they will not marry her to any one without the assent of her friends. Sureties, viz., William de Bray and Henry Gubbe, "stokfisshmongeres."
Monday before the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], the custody of Thomas, son of Christina de Comptone, entrusted to David de Tilleberi, apothecary, in the presence of Nicholas de Farendone, the Mayor, John de Wengrave, John de Gisors, Anketyn de Gisors, John de Wyndesore, Stephen de Abyndone, and Roger de Paris, Aldermen, together with the sum of £4 9s. 5d. in money, a silver cup weighing 11s. 10d., a cup weighing 6s. 1d., a gold buckle (firmaculo) of the value of 9s., three silver spoons weighing 2s. 9d., a cloth and a towel of the value of 6s., and a tenement in the parish of All Hallows de Berkyngcherche. Sureties, viz., Osbert de Arcubus and Thomas de Arcubus, apothecaries.
Eleccio Andr' Horn in Camer' et irro' in Rubeo libro (fn. 8) juxta Ham' de Chykewelle, Maiorem.
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 13 Edward II. [A.D. 1319-20], Andrew Horn, fishmonger, elected Chamberlain of the Chamber of the Guildhall, and sworn, &c., in the presence of Hamo de Chigwell, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Commonalty, receiving yearly prout decet, &c.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs bidding them see to the better preservation of the King's peace by due observance of the Statute of Winchester, (fn. 9) inasmuch as the King was about to proceed to Scotland to put down the rebellion there. Dated at Peterborough, 13 April, 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314].
Folio. xvi b.
Writ to the Deputy-Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer, blaming them for having allowed the citizens to elect another in the place of Richard de Horsham, recently elected Sheriff, who had failed to appear before the Barons of the Exchequer, (fn. 10) and bidding them in future to admit those who are nominated before them as Sheriffs, whether they actually are present or not, and to exact fines from those who fail to appear. Dated at Westminster, 26 Sept., 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1313].
Tuesday after the Feast of H. Trinity [2 June], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], came Hugh de Waltham, executor of Nicholas Picot, late Chamberlain, before Nicholas de Farendone, the Mayor, John de Wengrave, William de Leire, William Trente, Henry de Gloucestre, and Simon Corp, Aldermen, sitting in loquendis, and asked that a certain acquittance under the Common Seal of the account of the said Nicholas might be delivered to him; and inasmuch as William de Bidik, John de Paris, Matthew de Essex, and other auditors of the account of the said Nicholas testified that the sum of £19, which the executors of William de Wolcherchehawe had paid for the repair of the pavement within Bisshopesgate, had not come into the hands of the said Nicholas, but had been retained by John le "Blound," at that time Mayor, it was agreed that the acquittance should be delivered to the said Hugh on his undertaking to make himself responsible for the money, in case of default by the said Nicholas and his executors, and on the understanding that he should receive the assistance of the Mayor and Aldermen in prosecuting the heirs and executors of the aforesaid John le "Blount."
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to bring up the body of John de "Fresingfeld," confined in prison for a debt due to Robert Burdeyn, goldsmith, before the King's Justices at Westminster on the morrow of the Ascension. Witness, W[illiam] de Bereford, at Westminster, 7 May, 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314].
Return to the effect that the above John will be brought up by the Sheriffs on the day and at the place named in the writ, and that Robert Burdeyn had been attached to appear likewise by Roger atte Watre and William de Hertynge.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to enforce the repair of tenements, parts of which are occupied by different tenants. Dated at York, 4 May, 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314]. (fn. 11)
Folio. xvii b.
4 May, 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], the custody of John and Alice, children of Richard de Welleford, (fn. 12) entrusted to Agnes their mother, in the presence of Nicholas de Farndone, Mayor, John de Wengrave, Henry de Durem, Simon de Corp, Richard de Willehale, and Henry de Gloucestre, Aldermen. Sureties, viz., William de Fourneis and William de Bray, "stokfisshmongere."
5 June, 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], the custody of Henry and Thomas, sons of the above Richard de Welleford, entrusted to John de Welleford, "chaucer." Sureties, viz., John de Paris, corder, and Robert de Welleford, "chaucer."
Afterwards, viz., on Monday after the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 1 Edward III. [A.D. 1326-7], the above Henry came and acknowledged the receipt of a certain sum of money, and the above John de Welleford is quit of guardianship.
Tuesday after the Feast of St. Botolph [17 June], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], came William de Honylane, vintner, before N[icholas] de Farndone, Mayor, and John Dode, the Chamberlain, and acknowledged that he had in his custody the sum of 100 marks which John de Honylane bequeathed to William, John, and Hugh his sons and Marion and Alice his daughters, to trade with on their behalf.' Sureties, viz., William le Dorturer and Stephen de Hereford, "peleter."
Monday after the Feast of H. Trinity [2 June], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], precept to Philip de Merdele, Serjeant of the Chamber, by Nicholas de Farendone, the Mayor, John de Gysors, John de Wengrave, Richard de Gloucestre, William de Leire, William Trente, Stephen de Abyndone, Simon Corp, Roger de Paris, Simon de Paris, Nigel Druri, and William Cosyn, Aldermen, that he warn all the underwritten persons whose pledges for arrears of divers tallages still remain in the Chamber, in the custody of John Dode, the Chamberlain, to redeem them within the next fortnight; those not redeemed to be delivered by the Chamberlain to Laurence Albyn, fishmonger, and Juliana his wife at their appraised value, in part payment of the sum of 25 marks due to her by the Commonalty of the City in respect of a like sum paid into the Chamber by Master William de Oteswich and Thomas de Karlisle, executors of Sir Hugh de Hengham, on Monday before Carniprivium, anno 3 Edward II., to the use of Robert, son of the said Juliana, then under age; which money had been delivered by Thomas Romayn, then Mayor, and the Aldermen and Commonalty to Sir John de "Cendal," (fn. 13) Treasurer of the lord the King, to expedite the City's business. And inasmuch as the aforesaid Robert had died under age the money ought to revert to the aforesaid Juliana. Pursuant to which precept the aforesaid Chamberlain delivered to the said Laurence and Juliana the underwritten pledges by an indenture.
Folio. xviii b.
Monday after the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1313-14], lease of the moor (fn. 14) to Adam le Peyntour de Bradestrete by John Dode, the Chamberlain, for a term of one year from Easter next, at a rent of 40s.
24 May, 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], came William de Bray, "stokfisshmongere," one of the executors of Robert de Astone, "stokfisshmongere," before Nicholas de Farendone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Chamberlain, and acknowledged that he had received from Alice, widow of the said Robert, Richard Pourte, and Gilbert de Mordone, "stokfisshmongere," his coexecutors, divers sums of money for the benefit of Margaret, daughter of the aforesaid Robert, at that time ten years of age. Sureties, viz., Gilbert de Mordone and William de Brikendone, "stokfisshmongeres." And he paid the fee to the clerks.
The same day came Alice, widow and executrix of the above Robert de Astone, before the Mayor and Chamberlain, and acknowledged that she had received the sum of £30 to the use of Hugh, son of the above Robert, who would be eight years old on the Feast of St. Margaret next. Sureties, viz., Philip Lucas and Bartholomew de Bayford, "stokfisshmongere." And she paid the fee to the clerks.
The same day came Richard Pourte, "stokfisshmongere," one of the executors of the above Robert, and acknowledged that he had received the sum of £30 to the use of Margery, daughter of the said Robert, who would be six years of age at Michael mas next. Sureties, viz., John de Prestone, corder, and Geoffrey Pourte, "stokfisshmongere," &c.
The same day came Gilbert de Mordone," stokfisshmongere," the fourth executor of the said Robert, and acknowledged that he had received the sum of £30 to the use of Emma, daughter of the said Robert, who was five years of age last All Saints' Day. Sureties, viz., William de Bray and Pentecost Russel, &c.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday after the Feast of St. Matthias [24 Feb.], 9 Edward II. [A.D. 1315-16], the above Richard Pourte being dead, his executors, viz., Geoffrey Pourte and Thomas de Boys, were summoned to render an account of the money received by the said Richard on behalf of Margery, daughter of Robert de Astone, and of mesne profits. They accordingly rendered an account and were acquitted.
Folio. xix b.
Saturday after the Feast of Nativity of St. John the Baptist [24 June], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], came John de Chibenherst, goldsmith, and Alice his wife, relict of John de Honylane, before Nicholas de Farendone, the Mayor, and the rest of the Aldermen [not named], and found sureties, viz., William le Dorturer, clerk, and Andrew de Gloucestre, goldsmith, to answer for the property belonging to William, Hugh, and John, sons of the said John de Honylane, and Marion and Alice his daughters, according to the terms of the will of the said John de Honylane, proved and enrolled in the Husting of London, anno 35 Edward I. [A.D. 1307]. (fn. 15)
John de Yieveneye and Theophania his wife, relict of William de Medelane, being summoned to find surety for the issues of certain tenements in the parishes of St. James de Garlekhethe and St. Michael, Queenhithe, bequeathed by the said William to Thomas and Juliana his children, (fn. 16) came and denied that they ought to find any such surety, inasmuch as the said William had during his lifetime enfeoffed the said Thomas of a tenement, &c., in the parish of St. James aforesaid in tail, the said Thomas paying the said William and Theophania an annuity of £10, and had devised the said tenement according to the terms of the previous enfeoffment and not otherwise. The said William had in like manner enfeoffed his daughter Juliana of shops in the parish of St. Michael, Queenhithe. The said John called for the will of the said William, proved and enrolled in the Husting, and the said John and Theophania deposited two deeds in the Chamber for safe custody to the use of the said children until they should arrive at full age, &c.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs for the election of two representatives of the City to attend a Parliament to be held at York on Monday the morrow of the Nativity of B. M. [8 Sept.]. Dated at York, 29 July, 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1314]. (fn. 17)
The above writ was read in the Guildhall on Monday after the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], in the presence of the Mayor, certain of the Aldermen, and other good men summoned from each Ward to make the election, when the choice was made by the Commonalty of John de Gisors, William de Leire, Robert de Keleseye, and Richer de Refham, taverner. And it was agreed that every one assessed for the last fifteenth granted to the King should pay one penny in the pound.
Return: We send to you John de Gisors, William de Leire, Robert de "Kelseye," and Richer de [Refham], taverner, our fellow-citizens, or two of them, having sufficient authority to do what is contained in the writ.
And be it known that the aforesaid John and William took their journey to York on Friday next before the Feast of the Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.], and the other two remained at home. And afterwards they returned to London on Wednesday next after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.]. And the said John had for his expenses 20 marks, and the said William 15 marks.
Folio. xx b.
Terms of a "composition" made on the morrow of the Purification of B. M. [2 Feb.], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1313-14], between Brother Osbert, Abbot of Dureford, (fn. 18) in the diocese of Chichester, Sir Hervey de Stauntone, and other executors of Henry de Guldeford, called "le Mareschal," clerk, deceased, and the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, touching the chantry to be established in St. Paul's according to the last will of the deceased. The executors assign to the Commonalty of the City an annual rent of 20s. charged on a shop of spicery (speciarie) in Westchepe, (fn. 19) and a right of presentation to the chantry in the event of the Dean and Chapter failing to fill up the chantry, when a vacancy occurs, within fifteen days.
Friday the morrow of the Assumption B. M. [15 Aug.] came Sir Richard de Harle, Knt., before Nicholas de Farndone, the Mayor, John de Wengrave, William de Leire, and Simon de Paris, Aldermen, in the presence of Robert de Keleseye, Roger de Depham, Thomas de Bacquelle, John de la Chaumbre, William de Hakford, and others [not named], and asked the Mayor and Aldermen to bear witness, if occasion should arise, that he was prepared to pay to Richard, son of Sir Geoffrey de Picheford, the sum of 100 marks, which he was bound to pay within a fortnight of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.], in part payment of a debt of £400. And the said Sir Richard delivered the money to William de Hakford to be paid on demand to Richard, son of Sir Geoffrey de Picheford.