Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London 1188-1274. Originally published by Trübner, London, 1863.
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A list of early sheriffs
A.D. 1188. Henry de (fn. 1)Cornhelle, Richard Reyner.—These were made Sheriffs at the Feast of Saint Michael, in the year of Our Lord 1188.
A.D. 1216. Beneit le (fn. 2)Seynter, William Blund.
A.D. 1218. Goce le (fn. 3)Pesur, John Viel.
A.D. 1237. John de (fn. 4)Walebroc, Gervaise Chaumberleyn.
A.D. 1241. John Viel the Younger, Thomas de (fn. 5)Dureme.
A.D. 1250. Humfrey called "le (fn. 6)Fevre," William Fitz-Richard.
A.D. 1256. William (fn. 7)Aswy, Draper, Richard de Ewelle.
A.D. 1265. Gregory de Rokesle, Simon de Hadestock. These were not admitted; for his lordship the King at that time had taken the City into his own hands, by reason that the citizens had adhered to the Earl of Leicester during the disturbance of the realm; and so retained it for nearly six years.
Hugh Fitz-Otes, Knight, was then Chamberlain of the City of London, and Constable of the Tower, for some time. John de la Linde., Knight, and John Walrant, Clerk, who were Wardens after him, caused all the issues of the Sheriffwick of the City and of Middlesex to be collected in the King's behalf, by such persons as they thought proper, until the Feast of Saint John Port Latin [6 May] next ensuing; and then, with the consent of his lordship the King, by election of the citizens, William Fitz-Richard was made Bailiff of the Sheriffwick at the ancient ferm. This person continued in such bailiwick until the Feast of Saint Martin [11 November] next ensuing, and then, by leave of his lordship the King, the citizens chose to be their (fn. 8)Bailiffs
Memorandum,—that in the time of the above-written John and Luke, Bailiffs, the Earl of Gloucester being in the City with his army, as mentioned in the (fn. 9)following Book, the said John and Luke were removed from their bailiwick and seized by the Earl, and Roger Marshal and Robert de Lintone were made Bailiffs by the lower orders of the City; and continued to be such Bailiffs, so long as the Earl remained in the City.
These latter persons continued in their bailiwick, at the ancient ferm, until the Feast of Saint Michael in the year of Our Lord 1267, and afterwards until Palm Sunday; when, by choice of his lordship the King, there were made Bailiffs of the Sheriffwick, Walter Hervy [and] William de (fn. 10)Dureme. These persons continued in their bailiwick, collecting all the issues of the Sheriffwick, in behalf of his lordship the King, until the Feast of Saint Michael in the year '68, and from thence until the sixth day of May.
These persons were made Bailiffs, by choice of his lordship the King, on the 6th day of May, as already written, to collect all issues of the Sheriffwick in behalf of his lordship the King; and so continued until the Feast of Saint Michael, and after, until the 16th day of July in the year of Our Lord 1270. And then, at the instance of Sir Edward, the City was restored unto the citizens; and it was granted unto them that they might make a Mayor and Sheriffs of their number; but still, that they should pay into the Exchequer of his lordship the King 400 pounds per annum. And then, on the aforesaid 16th day of July there were made Sheriffs, Walter le Poter [and] Philip le Tailur.
These persons continued to be Sheriffs only until the Feast of Saint Michael, next ensuing; because, according to the custom of the City, always at that Feast the Sheriffs of London are wont, and are bound, to be elected, and on the morrow to be presented at the Exchequer of his lordship the King.
A.D. 1265. When the citizens of London submitted themselves unto the will of his lordship the King, for life and for limb, and for all their goods, moveable and immoveable, by reason of the offences imputed to them as being committed during the disturbance of the realm, on the occasion of the contest between his lordship the King and the Earl of Leicester and his accomplices, after the Feast of Saint Michael, Sir Hugh Fitz-Otes was made both Warden of the City and Constable of the Tower of London, and so continued until the Feast of Saint Nicholas [6 December]; and then, after him, Sir John de la Lynde and John Walerand, Clerk, were made Wardens of the City and Constables of the Tower of London: which John de la Lynde having remained there for some time and then taken his departure, the said John Walerand continued in office until the Feast of Saint Michael next ensuing.
A. D. 1266. And the same John so continued until the coming of the Earl of Gloucester, as being in league with whom, he had first come; but whether he had foreknowledge of the evil designs of the said Earl, I know not. And then, the City remained without a Warden of his lordship the King, until peace had been restored between his lordship the King and the said Earl; when, upon the Vigil of Saint John the Baptist [24 June], Alan la Zuche, Knight, was made Warden of the City and Warden of the Tower, and so continued until the Feast of Saint Michael next ensuing.
A.D. 1267. And after this, the same person continued in office until Easter following; when Sir Thomas de Ippegrave was made Warden and Constable, and so continued until the Feast of Saint James [25 July] next ensuing; when Sir Stephen de Eddeworthe was made Warden and Constable, and so continued until the Feast of Saint Michael.
A.D. 1268. He continued in office until the following Lent, when the City and Tower were delivered into the keeping of Sir Edward by his lordship the King; who thereupon appointed Sir Hugh Fitz-Otes; who continued in office until the Feast of Saint Michael
A.D. 1269, and from then until the 16th day of July next ensuing; upon which day, he being removed from the Wardenship of the City, John Addrien, who had before been elected by the citizens, was, by consent of his lordship the King, presented to the said King, and admitted to the Mayoralty, on the 16th day of July; and so continued until the Feast of Simon and Jude [28 October] next ensuing.
Walter Herevy was made Mayor A.D. 1272 at Saint Paul's Cross, on the second day after the Feast of Saint Edmund the Archbishop, in full Folkmote, as is set forth in the Chronicles written in this Book; and so continued for one year.