Memorials: 1295

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Memorials of London and London Life in the 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries. Originally published by Longmans, Green, London, 1868.

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Offence against Sir John de Metingham, one of the King's Justiciars.

23 Edward I. A.D. 1295. Letter-Book B. fol. 27. (Latin.)

On the Wednesday next before the Feast of St. Peter's Chains [1 August], in the 23rd year of the reign of King Edward, William le Paternostrer (fn. 1) and Beatrix, his wife, who had been taken for a trespass committed against Sir John de Metingham, Justiciar (fn. 2) of our Lord the King, came before the Warden and Aldermen, and acknowledged that they had committed a trespass against the same Sir John, and had badly and foully aspersed him. And for this, the same William and Beatrix gave pledge to the amount of ten marks for such trespass, to Sir John aforesaid.

And afterwards, at the instance of the Warden, Sir John forgave them; on condition that if the said William and Beatrix, or either of them, should at any future time offend against Sir John, by word or by deed, and be convicted thereof, then five marks out of the ten should be levied from their goods and chattels to the use of the said Warden, or other Warden for the time being; and the other five marks should in like manner be levied from their goods and chattels to the use of the Sheriffs of London for the time being; and further, that the said William and Beatrix should in such case be amerced.


  • 1. Maker of "paternosters," or rosaries. See page 20 ante, Note 2.
  • 2. Justice of the Common Bench, or Common Pleas.