ROLL A 35
[William More, mayor]
26 Nov. 1395
William Hdo of London brought a bill of complaint against
William Shiryngham and Roger Elys, sheriffs, for a debt of
£182 18s 8d, wherein they had become liable by allowing
a certain Manuel Zakarie, merchant of Genoa, to escape
from Newgate, to which the said Manuel had been committed after the plaintiff had obtained judgment against him
in the Sheriffs' Court for the above-mentioned sum due on
a bond. [French]
The defendants appeared after three defaults and pleaded
that all sheriffs had the power of choosing deputies to guard
the gaol and the prisoners, that they had appointed a
certain William Popelton and others, who were dwelling in
the city and had sufficient goods and chattels to satisfy the
plaintiff's claim, and that action lay against the latter and
not against the sheriffs themselves. They prayed judgment
whether they ought to be charged with the debt.
The plaintiff pleaded that he had no need to answer the
defendants' plea, since they had admitted that they were and
at the time of the escape had been keepers of the gaol.
After an adjournment that the court might be advised, it
was considered that the plaintiff recover the above-mentioned
debt against the sheriffs and damages taxed at 13s 4d, and
upon this the sheriffs were committed to prison on 6 Feb.
1396 until they paid.
Membr. 1 b
14 Dec. 1395
Memorandum that on 14 Dec. 1395 William Venour, John
Hamerton, clerk, John Stapulford and Roger Wikwane,
executors of William Venour, senior, deceased, brought a
bill against the said William Hoo for a debt of £200 due on
a bond dated 22 Aug. 1394, by virtue of which Hugh Battisford, common serjeant-at-arms of the city, on 15 Dec. 1394
arrested the sum of £182 18s 8d in the hands of the sheriffs.
William Hoo having made four defaults, the sheriffs on
23 Feb. 1395 brought the money into court and prayed that
they might be liberated from prison, informing the court
that of the aforesaid money the sum of £50 had been attached
at the suit of Nicholas Bacon, mercer, in the Sheriffs' Court
on 15 Dec. 1394. The sheriffs were liberated and the record of
Bacon's action was produced, which showed that William Hoo
owed £50 to a certain Thomas Appelby, mercer, deceased,
whose administrator, John Michellesonne, was sued by Bacon.
After deliberation, the court gave judgment that the
executors of William Venour should receive the sum of
£182 2s in part payment of their claim to £200 and that
Nicholas Bacon and William Hoo receive nothing.
4 Dec. 1395
John Cosham, who had been admitted to the freedom of
the city in the mistery of Haberdashers on 1 Oct. 1379
during the mayoralty of John Philipott and the chamberlainship of John Ussher, and who now exercised the trade both
of a haberdasher and a mercer, but was clothed yearly in
the livery (fn. 1) of the Mercers and had no connection with the
Haberdashers, petitioned the Mayor and Aldermen that he
might be admitted to the freedom as a mercer. At the instance
of the good men of the mistery of Mercers who appeared in
court, the Mayor and Aldermen granted the request and
remitted the usual fine.
31 Jan. 1396
Writ to the mayor and sheriffs that whereas Thomas Polle,
Robert Fraunceys, Richard Barton and John Emond, goldsmiths, had been charged with causing the death of Robert
Baroun, horner, outside the Bar of the New Temple and had
been committed to prison, which homicide they declared had
been committed by evildoers unknown to them, and whereas
they were ready to answer the charge and stand to justice,
the king commanded that if they were mainprised by John
Hadlee, Adam Bamme, Drew Barentyn and William Brampton
under sufficient penalty, they should be released from prison.
Dated at Worcester 23 Jan. 1396.
By virtue of the above the said Thomas and his fellows
were released under the above mainprise under penalty of
400 marks. The same day Henry Bamme, John Forster,
Thomas Panton, Thomas Hay, Thomas Exton, William de
Lowthe, John Frenssh, John Bulstrode, John Luton, Stephen
Mapelesden, John Standelf, John Carbonel and William
Stamelden, goldsmiths, entered into a bond to save the said
Membr. 2 b
30 Nov. 1395
Deed of sale from Henry Sanday of Lucca, burgess of
Venice, owner and master of the ship "Seinte Mariknyght"
to Gilbert Maghfeld, merchant of London, of the abovenamed ship with all her gear and appurtenances, which the
vendor warranted for a year and a day according to the Law
of Olyron (fn. 2) and the custom of the sea, the adventure of the
sea and the act of enemies alone being excepted from the
warranty. Sealed at the special request of the vendor with the
mayoralty seal for better evidence and security and marked with
the accustomed mark of Martin Seman, papal and imperial
notary. Dated at London 26 Sept. 1395. Witnesses, Angel
Christofre, Lodewic de Port, merchants of Lucca, John Joan,
merchant of Venice, Bernard George, merchant of Florence,
Reginald Grille, merchant of Genoa, and many others.
4 Feb. 1396
Bond of William Brampton and William Askham, citizens
of London, John Pasford and Richard Shelle, clerk, in £200
that Thomas Shelle, esquire, and Dame Juliane his wife
would acquit and discharge John Fabyan and Thomas Paynel
and the lands, tenants, executors and heirs of Sir Bernard
Brocas, knight, senior, of any claim to 200 marks, that being
the sum in which Sir Bernard and Dame Juliane and the
said John Fabyan and Thomas Paynel as their sureties had
been bound in the Exchequer for the wardship of the manor
of Ferle (fn. 3) co. Southampton, and the marriage of Bernard,
son and heir of Sir Edmund de Mussenden, knight.
17 Feb. 1396
Writ of protection in favour of Emanuel Zakarie, who was
then engaged in certain urgent business affecting the king
and the realm, such protection to continue till Michaelmas
following. Dated at Notyngham 17 Feb. 1396.
Note that a close writ de proteccione allocanda was received
on 23 Feb.
9 March 1396
Assignment by John Balsham, apothecary, to William
Thorgerton, apothecary, of all his rights to the unexpired
portion of the apprenticeship of William Brokeman. Witnesses,
Edmund Fraunceys and Mark Everlee, masters of the art of
Grocers of London, William Chichely, Robert Chichely, John
Lew, John Feyrrer, John Spark, clerk, and others. Dated
8 Feb. 1396.
Membr. 3 b
14 April 1396
Writ of certiorari demanding the cause of the taking and
detaining in Newgate of John Walpull of London, tailor.
Dated at Westminster 14 April 1396.
Note that a return was made on 4 May of the cause as
enrolled in the Memoranda Roll of John Fressh, mayor.
12 May 1396
Writ of protection in favour of John Basse, draper, who
was then in the king's service in the company of Sir William
de Hoo, knight, captain of the castle of Oye in Picardy.
Dated at York 28 March 1396.
Close writ de proteccione allocanda of the same date.
12 March 1396
Acquittance from John Mannyng, warden of the Guildhall
Chapel, John Depham, Walter Adekyn, William Holme and
John Draycote, chaplains of the same, to William Parker and
William Cressewyk for the receipt of £160, paid by them
in the presence of Stephen Speleman, chamberlain, which
money they owed to Edmund Noreys, late warden, Peter
Wysbech and John Dangy, chaplains, deceased, and to the
above-mentioned John Depham and Walter Adekyn. Given
under their seals and the seal of the chamberlainship in the
Chamber of the Guildhall, 9 March 1396.
Membr. 4 b
18 May 1396
Bond of John Sely, skinner, to Tydemann Wauschede and
Henry Smytman, merchants of Almaine, for the payment of
£132 13s 4d by quarterly payments of 50s. Dated 17 May 1396.
19 June 1396
Acquittance from Gerard, (son of) Sir Benedict de Albertis (fn. 4) ,
and James Monald of the society of the Albertines, administrators of the goods and chattels of James Dyne, intestate, for
the receipt of £173 12s 11d due, on two letters of exchange,
from Alamann Mannyn and Antony Mannyn his brother.
Bond of the said Gerard and James to save the said Alamann
and Antony harmless against all claims arising from the letters
2 May 1396
Writ from the king to the mayor and sheriffs informing
them that he had lately confirmed the charters of the town
of Northampton, given by his predecessors, which granted
to them, among other liberties, freedom from toll and lastage
throughout all England and the seaports, and which empowered the prepositus of Northampton to take a pledge there
in case anyone infringed these liberties, and commanding the
said mayor and sheriffs to allow the said burgesses to be
free thereof. Dated at Westminster 2 May 1396.
Return to the above from Thomas More, mayor, Roger
Elys and William Shiryngham, sheriffs, that they and their
fellow-citizens and their predecessors held London and
Middlesex to farm together with divers liberties, free customs,
tolls and lastages of merchandise coming to London, by payment of a certain sum of money yearly to the Exchequer, and
that they had been accustomed to take from the burgesses
of Northampton and others toll and lastage (fn. 5) on all merchandise coming to London in aid of the farm aforesaid, and moreover these liberties, tolls, privileges and customs had been
confirmed and ratified by divers statutes and by the charters
of the king himself and his progenitors, against which
liberties and customs the burgesses of Northampton had
shown no cause why they should be exonerated from payment, and whereas the mayor and sheriffs were bound by
oath to observe what was a royal as well as a civic right, they
were unable and ought not to exonerate the burgesses of
Northampton from the payment of such toll and lastage.
9 May 1396
Bond of Robert Denny, knight, to pay William More,
vintner, the sum of £20 in case the said Robert survived his
wife Amy and recovered her dowry, to wit, a tenement with
appurtenances in the parish of St James Garlickhithe, with
which he had enfeoffed William More, Thomas Brounflete
and Simon Barber.
Membr. 5 b
1 July 1396
Lease from William Lyghtegrave, goldsmith, to Thomas
de Tildeslegh, of a tenement with a large garden and two
shops on the north side of the entrance thereof, for a term
of 50 years at an annual rent of a rose for the first three years
and afterwards of 26s 8d, the property being on the east
side of Whitecrouchestrete (fn. 6) , whereof the tenements were
bounded on the north by the tenement of John Bokelsmyth
and on the south by that of Walter Abraham, and the garden
on the north by that of John Bokelsmyth and on the south
by that of Thomas Charlton, and the whole property on the
east by the garden of Thomas Marys. The lessee covenanted
to keep the buildings in repair against wind and rain, to
amend the pavement when necessary, to surrender the
property on completion of the term in good condition, except
for damage from fires caused by others, sudden ruin and
horrible tempest, and to give the lessor a yearly right of
entry. Dated at London 23 June 1396.
16 Oct. 1396
Quitclaim from Fermyn de Haunchies, brother and attorney of John de Haunchies, Danish merchant, to Thomas
Newenton, late sheriff, of all claims arising from the delivery
from prison of John Hater, merchant of Coventry, during
6 July 1396
Assignment by John Isylham and Maud his wife, widow
of Peter Widyton, pepperer, to Thomas Peroun, grocer, of
the remaining period of a lease of a tenement in Bridge
Street next to the Bars of the Bridge in the parish of St
Magnus at a yearly rent of £22 10s for the first four years
and one clove (fn. 7) afterwards, which premises the assignors had
on a lease of 30 years, dating from 8 Dec. 1373, from Henry
Hale, fishmonger, and John Patyn, fleccher, masters of the
fraternity of the Blessed Mary of Salve [Regina] in the church
of St Magnus at London Bridge, Sir Walter Broun, rector
of the same church, William de Kyngeston, Henry Yivele
and William Bys, citizens and brethren of the same fraternity.
Dated 9 May 1396.
Bond of Thomas Peroun and Hamo Elyot, grocers, to pay
the sum of £200 to John Isylham and Matilda his wife by
half-yearly payments of £25.
Membr. 6 b
7 Aug. 1396
Brother John Lyes, warden of the house of the Friars
Minor of London, demands an Assize of Nuisance against
John Norhampton, draper, touching his free tenement in the
parish of St Nicholas ad Macellas
(fn. 8) , London.
16 May 1396
Campyne Pinell brought a bill of complaint against William
Halton, draper, William Horwich, tailor, William Roter, draper,
and John Clopton, shearman, for detinue of two bonds, in
which the said Campyne and Richard Underwode were severr
ally bound to each other for the payment of £10. [French]
The defendants, being summoned by Robert Harry, the
mayor's serjeant, appeared on 18 May and pleaded that the
said Campyne and Richard had submitted themselves to their
arbitration on terms specified in the bonds and under the
agreement that, if one party disobeyed their award, the other
party should have the bonds, and since they did not know
whether the parties had obeyed the award or not, they prayed
that the said Richard might be summoned to the next court.
On being summoned by Richard Walden, the sheriffs'
serjeant, the said Richard made default. Therefore it was
considered that the bonds be delivered to the plaintiff with
damages against the said Richard taxed by the court at 40d.
12 Feb. 1396
Bond of John Colwell, alias Croydon, son and heir of
Thomas Colwell, in £100 to William Fitzhugh, goldsmith,
and Richard Rede, that he would leave the latter in undisturbed possession of lands and tenements in Mynchenlane (fn. 9)
and elsewhere in the parish of St Dunstan by the Tower,
acquired by them by demise of William de Forde, clerk,
William Scryn, Robert Hethe and Walter Roo, the latter
having obtained the property by feoffment of Thomas