Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London 1188-1274. Originally published by Trübner, London, 1863.
This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.
A.D. 1245. Sheriffs.: Nicholas Bat, again,; Adam de Benetleye, Goldsmith,
But the said Nicholas being afterwards removed, John de Gyseorz was appointed in his stead. But this John being made Mayor, Robert de (fn. 1) Korenhelle was made Sheriff.
This year, Michael Tovy was elected Mayor, on the Feast of Symon and Jude [28 October]; and because his lordship the King was at that time in Wales, he was not immediately presented: but afterwards, on the third day after the Feast of Saint Brice [13 November], he was presented to his lordship the King at Wudestok, upon his arrival from Wales; though the King declined to admit him in the absence of his brother, Earl Richard, and named as a day for the citizens, the thirteenth day after the aforesaid day, at (fn. 2) Wyndlesore.
Upon which day, the citizens and the before-named Michael came to the place aforesaid, bringing with them their charters as to their liberties and the Mayoralty; which being read before his lordship the King, the King again named a day for the citizens at London, upon his arrival there. And when he had come to London, upon the Vigil of Saint Lucy [13 December] he summoned all the Aldermen of the City to appear before him on the morrow at Westminster. All of whom, Michael Tovy, Nicholas Bat, Thomas de Dureme, Ralph Sperling, and John de Koudres excepted, were sworn before his lordship the King, and examined as to the election of Nicholas Bat; who said, that they opposed such election, upon the day that it was made, because that no person ought to be Sheriff two consecutive years, according to the Statute of the City and the oaths of the Aldermen and principal men of the City, which they had made on that occasion fifteen years before.
Wherefore, the said Nicholas was deposed from the Shrievalty on the morrow of Saint Lucy, and his lordship the King appointed John de Gyseorz in his stead. After this however, the said John was made Mayor, on the second day before the Feast of Saint Hilary [13 January], and on the same day was presented to the King at Westminster, and admitted. For his lordship the King would not admit the said Michael Tovy to the Mayoralty, by reason of the assent given by him as before noticed; whereupon, he resigned the Mayoralty, and John de Gyseorz was made Mayor. Afterwards, on the Feast of Saint Vincent [22 January] the citizens, because they had only one Sheriff, elected Robert de Korenhell, and he remained Sheriff.