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)
Exchequer accounts touching arrears of purprestures under
the various Sheriffs between 18 Edward I. and 5 Edward II.
(omitting the year 24 Edward I.).
Folio. xii b.
Convencio int' Magr'm Simon' de Norh't [sic] carpenter et executor' test'i Rad'i de Beri.
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.
[More particulars of the property of the children of the
above Ralph de Bery are roughly entered on two cedulæ
attached to fo. xiii.]
Placitum cor' Justic' d'ni R' de Banco placitatum in quo allocata fuit libertas civitatis.
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.
Custodia puerorum Roberti Coc.
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.
Custodia puerorum Petri de Brampton'.
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.
And be it known that the aforesaid money was delivered to
the said Walter and Dyonisia in the presence of John Dode, the
Chamberlain, by John de Haddeham, executor of the said Peter.
Commissio taxator' xv e d'no R' E. fil' R' E. anno vij° concesse.
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.
Custodia Joh'e fil' Thom' le Wodere.
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.
Breve d'ni R' pro pace conservanda secundum articulos stat' Wynton'.
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].
Proclamacio facta pro conservacione pacis.
Proclamation made by Nicholas de Farendone, the Mayor,
for preserving the peace in the City, pursuant to the above
Folio. xvi b.
Breve d'ni R' pro vicecom' Lond' absent' et ad scaccarium Reg' present'.
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."
Br'e dn'i R' ad venire faci d' Joh'em de Frisingfeld coram Justic' de Banco.
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.
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.
Optimum br'e Regis pro assis' de no[cumento] liberi ten'.
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.
Custodia pueror' Ric'i de Welleford.
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."
Custodia pueror Ric'i de Welleford.
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.
Custodia pueror' Joh'is de Honylane.
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."
Deliberacio vadior' captor' pro arr' tal lagior' facta Laur' Albyn et Juliane de Knapton'.
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.
[Here follow the indenture and particulars of pledges.
Printed in 'Memorials,' pp. 108-110.]
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.
Custodia Margarete filie Rob'i de Astone.
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.
Custodia Hug' filii predicti Roberti.
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.
Custodia Margerie filie predicti Roberti.
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.
Custodia Emme fil' dicti Roberti.
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.
Custodia ten' legator' pueris Joh'is ae Honylane.
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.
Br'e Regis ad venire faciend' duos cives ad Parliament' apud Ebor'.
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.
And a commission was made for them in the following
manner, viz.: To the most excellent Prince and their dearest
lord Edward by the grace of God, &c. Dated 4 Sept.
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.