Plea Rolls for Staffordshire
1266-68

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Institute of Historical Research

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Major-General Hon. George Wrottesley (editor)

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1883

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160-169

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'Plea Rolls for Staffordshire: 1266-68', Staffordshire Historical Collections, vol. 4 (1883), pp. 160-169. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=52393 Date accessed: 20 October 2014.


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Roll No. 125.

Headed, "Assisæc aptæ apud Northt: coram Domino Rege, in crastino Epiphaniæ Domini, anno L." [7th January, 1266.]

M. 2. "Placita."

Salop. Giles de Erdington appeared against James de Alditheleg in a plea that he (James), accompanied by a multitude of armed men, had come into his lands of Soubiri, Wethiford, and Befford, and taken away or consumed his hay, oxen, and other cattle, and detained them at his castle of Redcastle, &c. James did not appear. The Sheriff is commanded to distrain him, and to produce him at three weeks from Easter. m. 4.

Staff. Adam de Arderne appeared against the Celerar of Stanes, Gilbert le Mareschal, Robert son of Elias, and Richard de Bromle, in a plea that whilst Adam was in prison for the King and Edward his son, they had come to his house at Cnotton, and taken away his goods and chattels to the value of 30 marks, and still detained them. The defendants did not appear; and the Sheriff was commanded to attach them for this day, and returned that the Celerar was attached by Roger Lenfant of Stokes, and William le Meke of the same, and Robert fitz Elias by Elias his father, and William the clerk of Wytemore: they are therefore to be attached by better sureties to appear at a month from Easter. And as regards Gilbert le Marescal and Richard de Bromle, the Sheriff returned that they were not to be found, and held nothing by which, &c. The Sheriff is therefore ordered to arrest them, if they can be found, and produce them at the same term. m. 14.

Staff. Thomas de Arderne's suit versus William de Handesacre for trespass committed during the disturbances in the kingdom, comes up again. The Sheriff returned he had been unable to execute the writ, because all the lands of William had been given to James de Audedele, and he held nothing by which he could be distrained. The Sheriff is commanded therefore to arrest him, if he can be found, and to produce him at a month from Easter. m. 16.

Staff. Adam de Upton appeared against Hugh, son of Thomas, Henry de Fonte, William le Peleter, Adam de Lamden, Thomas, brother of the said Hugh, Richard le Roer, William de Crewer, Robert Walkere, William de Rottele, Roger de Crew, William le Forester, Roger de Snocton, Jordan de Swerkeston, John Muryel, and five others, to hear judgment in a plea of mayhem, robbery, and breaking of the King's peace, for which he had appealed them, and which had remained since Easter, 48 H. III., in consequence of the disturbances in the kingdom; and the Sheriff was commanded to produce the jury, viz., Robert de Badenhale, Geoffrey de Bromlegh, Robert de Rynkerdon, Geoffrey de Walton, Warin Brun of Heywode, William de Warylowe of Grenlegh, Hugh de Blakelowe, Symon de Cherleton, Robert de Parco, of Offelegh, William Meverel, of Standon, Robert, son of Robert de Wolselegh, Thomas Grym of Heywode, Robert, son of John de Acumdeston, and Roger de Beryhull. None of the jury appeared; and the Sheriff was ordered to produce them at fifteen days from Easter. m. 12, dorso.

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain the same defendants at the suit of the King for the assault and robbery upon Adam de Upton, and to produce them on the same day. m. 12, dorso.

Staff. Adam de Upton appears against Richard le Clerk, and thirty-one others named, to hear judgment in an appeal of mayhem and robbery, viz., for insulting and beating him in the highroad of the town of Newcastleunder-Lyme, and robbing him of 10 marks. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff is ordered to produce them at fifteen days from Easter. m. 26.

Roll No. 126.

No heading; but endorsed in old handwriting, Michaelmas Term, 50 H. III. [October, 1266.]

Staff. William de Farnham appeared against the Dean and Chapter of Tamewurth in a plea that they should hold to a fine made between Philip Marmiun and the Chapter respecting the advowson of the Church of Middilton, by which fine the Dean and Chapter conceded to the said William 10 marks to be paid yearly to him for his life. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff had been commanded to distrain them and produce them at this day, and had done nothing, and sent no writ. The Sheriff is therefore in misericordiâ, viz., Leon de Kynefare.

The Sheriff is commanded as before to distrain the Dean and Chapter, and to produce them at fifteen days from St. Martin, and to be present himself to hear judgment on his own default. m. 3, dorso.

Staff. Hugh de Boeles sued Robert de Grendon for a debt of 26 marks. Robert did not appear, and is to be attached for the Octaves of Hillary. m. 3, dorso.

Staff. Matilda, widow of Henry, son of Adam le Taylur, sued William le Sergeant, of Ernefeld, for one-third of a messuage and a carucate of land in Ernefeld, which she claimed as dower.

The same Matilda sued Roger de Cnotton for dower in Newcastle-underLyme (one-third of a messuage and two acres of land). The defendant did not appear, and to be summoned for the morrow of St. Martin, and the land to be taken into the King's hands. m. 4, dorso.

Staff. Emma, the widow of Hugh Attelitgate, sued Richard le Berkyr for one-third of a messuage and nine and a half acres of land in Little Aston, and Thomas le Wudeward of Alrewyk for one-third of a messuage in the same vill, which she claimed as dower. The defendants did not appear; to be re-summoned for fifteen days from Hillary, and the land to be taken into the King's hands. m. 7, dorso.

Staff. William, son of Mabel de Fosbrok and Avice his wife, sue Matilda de Huggeford, the Prior of Stanes, and four other tenants in Hildulveston for the dower of Avice. The defendants did not appear, and are to be resummoned for the morrow of St. Martin; the land to be taken into the King's hands. m. 9.

Staff. Christiana, the widow of Geoffrey de Thykenton, recovers dower against the Prioress of Farewell and three other tenants by default. m. 17, dorso.

Staff. The suit for dower between Isolda, the widow of Robert, son of Robert, and William, son of Nicholas de Mere, is respited till fifteen days from St. Martin, through defect of a jury. m. 19.

Staff. Margery, the widow of William de Athelaxton, recovers dower by default against Geoffrey de Doneston and Thomas le Chapman out of tenements held by them in Athelaxton (Ellaston). m. 20, dorso.

Staff. Nicholas, son of Robert de Wyrlegh, sued Magister Michael le Seinter for a messuage and one virgate of land in Alreshawe. Magister Michael appeared and prayed a view. A day is given to the parties at three weeks from Easter. m. 27, dorso.

Staff. William de Mayshamme and Loretta his wife appeared against Margaret, widow of Roger de Ponte of Rouecestre, in a plea that she should render to them John, the son and heir of Roger de Rouecestre, the wardship of whom belongs to them by reason of the gift of Robert de Sengeshale, of whom the said Roger held his land by knight's service. Margaret did not appear, and was attached by Robert de Acoure of Denneston, and Thomas de Cornbrugge. To be attached by better sureties to appear at a month from Easter; and the first sureties are in misericordiâ. m. 31, dorso.

Staff. Hugh de Walecote appeared against John, son of Geoffrey fitz Warin, to warrant to him the third part of a carucate of land in Cumberton, in co. Worcester, which Christiana, the widow of Geoffrey de Tykinton, claimed as her dower. John did not appear, and the Sheriff is commanded to take into the King's hands land of John to the value of the dower claimed, and he is to be summoned for the Octaves of the Purification. m. 36.

Staff. Matilda, the widow of Henry, son of Adam le Taylur, sued Roger de Cunton for one-third of a messuage and two acres in Newcastle-under-Lime as her dower. Roger stated she had no claim, because she had remitted to him all her claim for dower by a charter which he produced. Matilda denied she had executed the charter, and the witnesses named in it, viz., William the Parson of Audele, Geoffrey Muriel, John de Audele, William de Cesta, Thomas de Cherleton, and Roger de Lichefend, to be summoned for fifteen days after Easter, and in addition to them twelve others to make recognition, &c. m. 36, dorso.

Staff. Hugh, son of Ingram, the essoin of Symon de Picstok, appeared against Robert de Halweton for unjustly detaining a horse. Robert did not appear, and is to be attached for five weeks from Easter. m. 37, dorso.

Roll No. 127.

The third membrane, headed, "Placita de Assisis et juratis captis coram Domino Rege apud Salop, ad Festum Sancti Bartholomei, anno LI. [24th August, 1267.]

Salop. Walter de Kokeseye, Clericus, appeared at Salop before the King, and complained that he had been ejected from his Church of Bobinton by Stephen the Chaplain, acting as Proctor for Michael de Fenes, to which Church he (Walter) had been presented by John fitz Philip, and instituted by the Bishop of Chester, the Diocesan. And the said Stephen stated that Walter was not in just possession of the Church, because in 6 H. III the King had brought an assize of last presentation to the Church in question against John fitz Philip, the father of the present John fitz Philip, and had obtained judgment that the Church belonged to his Deanery of Bridgnorth; and John fitz Philip, the son of the said John, now appeared of his own accord to answer to Stephen, and stated that the advowson of the Church belonged to him, because John fitz Philip his father was always in seisin of the advowson, and had presented to the Church up to his death; and in consequence of this when the Church became vacant, he had presented Walter de Kokeseye, his Clerk, to the Church, who had been admitted and instituted by the Bishop; and as the said John fitz Philip admitted he had presented Walter after the King had recovered the advowson, and as plainly appears by the inspection of the Roll of Martin de Pateshull (the Justiciar), Stephen claimed judgment in his favour. A day was given to him on Saturday after the Nativity of the Virgin; at which day Stephen did not appear, and absented himself in contempt of the Lord the King, and the Sheriff was ordered to produce him at fifteen days from Michaelmas to answer for his contempt, and to hear judgment. m. 4.

Roll No. 128.

Headed, "Placita coram Domino Rege apud Warewyk, in Octabis Sancti Michaelis, anno R. R. H., filii Regis J., quinquagesimo incipiente quinquagesimo primo." [6th October, 1266.]

Staff. William de Mungomeri appeared by attorney against Walter Passemore, John Sterre, and nineteen others, for burning his manor of Cuweleye, and breaking into his parks of Cuweleye and Mercington, and carrying away his animals. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered to attach them to appear this day, and had done nothing, but returned that all the defendants had fled except John Sterre, who was attached by William le Foun of Toteburi and William Bacun of the same. He is therefore to be attached by better sureties to appear on the morrow of the Purification, and the Sheriff is commanded to arrest the others and to produce them on the same date. m. 10.

Staff. William de Mundeville, the essoinor of Michael de Fenes, the Dean of the King's free Chapel of Bruges (Bridgenorth), appeared against Walter de Kokeseye, Philip de Mutton, and Thomas de Luttelie, in a plea that they had lately come to the houses of the said Michael in Bobinton, belonging to the said Deanery, and carried away hay and corn vi et armis to the value of 100s., and beat and illtreated his men. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff had been commanded to produce them at this day, and had done nothing, but returned that they could not be found. The Sheriff is therefore commanded as before to attach them, and to produce them on the morrow of the Purification. m. 18.

Roll No. 129.

Headed, "Placita coram Domino Rege, in Octabis Sancti Hillarii, anno regni Regis ( ), filii Johannis Regis, quinquagesimo primo." [20th January, 1267.]

Staff., Salop. The Lord the King by Laurence del Brok, who sued for him, and Michael de Fienes, the Dean of the King's free Chapel of Brugges, appeared against Walter de Coggesheye, Philip de Mutton, and Thomas de Luttelegh, in a plea that they together with other malefactors came to the houses of the said Michael at Bobinton, and at Burton, &c. (as before). The Sheriff returned that Walter is a Clericus, and the Bishop of Chester is therefore commanded to produce him at fifteen days from Easter; and that Philip and Thomas held no lands or goods within his bailiwick by which they could be attached, and it is certified in the Curia Regis that they hold lands in Mutton, and Lottele, and elsewhere. The Sheriff is therefore in misericordiâ, and he is commanded as before to attach them and produce them at the same term. m. 5.

Staff. In the suit of Thomas de Arderne versus William de Handesacre, the Sheriff returned that William held nothing in Staffordshire by which he could be attached; but it was certified in Court that he held lands in Tyrinton in co. Lincoln. The Sheriff of Lincolnshire is therefore commanded to distrain him, &c., and to produce him at fifteen days from Easter, and the Sheriff of Staffordshire is ordered to arrest him if found within his bailiwick, and to produce him at the same term. m. 19, dorso.

Roll No. 130.

Headed, "Placita apud Westm: in Octabis Sancti Hillarii, anno regni Regis Henrici, filii Regis Johannis, quinquagesimo primo." [20th January, 1267.]

Staff. Petronilla, the widow of John del Boys, of Bromsulf, sued John, son of Elias, for one-third of a messuage and a croft in Bromsulf (Bramshall) which she claimed as dower. John did not appear, and is to be summoned for fifteen days from Easter; the land to be taken into the King's hands. m. 2, dorso.

Staff. Richard de Loges appeared by his essoignor against Osbert Thurstan, Robert Griffyn, and three others, for cutting down his trees in Great Wyrle. The defendants did not appear, and their first sureties are in misericordiâ To be attached by better sureties to appear at fifteen days from Holy Trinity. m. 11, dorso.

Staff. Emma, the widow of Hugh Attelgate, sued Richard Le Berker for a third of nine acres of land and half an acre of meadow in Little Aston, and Thomas le Woodward of Alrewyke for one-third of a messuage in the same vill, as her dower. Richard and Thomas called to warranty Hugh, son of John de Aston, who is to be summoned for three weeks from Easter. m. 12, dorso.

Staff. Alienora, daughter of Robert de Melewyz, sued Richard le Wolf, of Stafford, for thirteen acres of land in Melewyz (Milwich) by writ of ingressu. Richard prayed a view, and a day is given to the parties at the Octaves of St. John the Baptist. m. 19, dorso.

Roll No. 131.

"Placita coram Domino Rege, in Octabis Sancti Michaelis, anno regni regis Henrici, filii Regis Johannis, quinquagesimo primo incipiente LII." [6th October, 1267.]

Staff. Richard Brun appeared against William Serle for coming to his house and taking goods and chattels to the value of 30 marks (no place named). William did not appear. His first sureties, William de Asselegh and Thomas son of Henry de Aston are in misericordiâ, and he is to be attached by other sureties to appear at fifteen days from St. Martin. m. 1, dorso.

Staff. Alice, widow of Robert de Bromsholf (Bramshall), appeared against William de Bromsholf and William Sheld, for taking away the chattels from her house in Stafford to the value of 100s. The defendants did not appear, and are to be attached for the morrow of St. Martin. m. 1, dorso.

Staff. Nicholas de Slyndon appeared against Robert le Mareschall, Thomas Coley, and Richard de Okele, for imprisoning him at Slyndon, and taking his goods to the value of 8 marks. The defendants did not appear, and are to be attached for fifteen days from Hillary. m. 4.

Staff. Walter de Burges appeared against Robert de Melburne for coming vi et armis to his manor of Orcross (Hoarcross) and taking away his goods to the value of 20 marks. Robert did not appear, and is to be attached for fifteen days from St. Martin. m. 5.

Salop. Suit respecting advowson of Bobbington concluded by John fitz Philip renouncing all claim. m. 6.

Staff. Thomas de Arderne appeared by his essoin against William de Hondesacre, in a plea that, during the disturbances in the kingdom, he had taken and consumed or carried away his goods and chattels at Cherleton (Chorlton). William did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he held nothing within his bailiwick, but he held lands and tenements in co. Worcester. The Sheriff of Worcestershire is therefore commanded to distrain him, and to produce him at the Octaves of Hillary. m. 11.

Salop. Giles de Erdington appeared by attorney against William Burgylun and Robert de Wikeshulle, for carrying away his goods and chattels from Saubure (Shaubury) and other places, at the command and mission of James de Aldethel, to the value of £40, and against the said James for detaining them. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned that the men of the said James would not permit him to distrain them. The Sheriff is ordered therefore to distrain the tenants, and to produce them before the Justices assigned to make inquisition, when they come into those parts. m. 15.

"De Quindena Sancti Hillarii." [27th January, 1268.]

Staff. A precept was sent to the Sheriff stating, that whereas on the occasion of the transgression of Henry de Verdun at the time of the disturbances, the King by his charter had given the redemption of all the lands and tenements of the said Henry in Derlaweston to his beloved Thomas Corbet, to hold according to the form of the Dictum de Kenilworth, the said Henry denied that he should be forced to redeem his lands; and the King, wishing to do justice, commanded the Sheriff to cause the said Henry to appear this day; and the said Thomas by his attorney stated that the said Henry was against the King during the disturbances, being of the retinue of Ralph Basset of Drayton, during all the depredations, burning of houses, &c., committed to the damage of the King's friends, and he was also in the town of Stafford with the armed force which held the town against the King's liegeman Hamon le Strange, and he was also at Cestrefeud (Chesterfield) against the King at the time of the capture of that town, and he produced proofs of the same.

Henry appeared and denied all enmity to the King, and stated it was true the said Ralph Basset had taken him, with many others of the county, to Stafford, but it was against his will, and he had never done any injury to those who were on the King's side, nor was he anywhere else in arms against the King, and he appealed to a jury. The Sheriff is therefore commanded to summon a jury (here the record stops abruptly). m. 26, dorso.

Staff. A precept was sent to the Sheriff stating, that whereas on the occasion of the disturbances in the kingdom, and the transgressions committed by Hugh de Weston, the King by his charter had given the redemption of all Hugh's lands and tenements in Newenton and in Weston to his beloved Thomas Corbet, to hold according to the form of the Dictum of Kenilworth, and the said Hugh denied he should be forced to redeem his lands, the King wishing that his concession should be observed so far as was just (here the record stops). m. 26, dorso.

Rolls No. 132 and 133 contain no Staffordshire suits.

Roll No. 134.

Headed, "Placita de forinsecis Comitatibus apud Oxon: in crastino Apostolorum Petri et Pauli, anno LII., coram R. de Middelton et sociis suis Justiciariis ibidem itinerantibus." [30th June, 1268.]

Staff. Thomas de St. Victor and Matilda his wife were summoned by Adam de Greynvill, (fn. 1) to give up to him William, son and heir of Roger de Peuton, the wardship of whom belongs to him, inasmuch as Roger held his land in Tillington of him by Knight's service, viz., two carucates of land by the service of one small fee of Morteyn. Thomas and Matilda admit this, but state the wardship belongs to them, because William de Greynvill, the father of Adam, gave the land to one John de Peuton in frank marriage with one Dionisia, and Dionisia had issue the said Roger, and Roger had issue William, the wardship of whom is now in dispute; and because the said William is the second heir, issue of Dionisia, and the land was given in marriage with the said Dionisia, they claim the custody. (fn. 2)

Adam pleaded that as they admitted the land was held of him by Knight's service, he prayed the judgment of the Court in his favour (left unfinished). m. 2.

Roll No. 135.

Headed, "Assisæ captæ coram Ad: de Greynville, in diversis Comitatibus, anno regni Regis H., filii Regis J., LII." [A.D. 1267A.D. 1268.]

Warw. An assize, &c., if Richard de Loges, and nine others named, had unjustly disseised Hugh, son of Hugh de Loges, of his free tenement in Cestreton (Chesterton) and Sowe, viz., of a messuage and a virgate of land excepting one-fourth of a virgate and an acre. Richard de Loges appeared and answered for all, and stated that as regards the tenement in Cestreton he could not plead without the Lord the King, inasmuch as the King had given him the land by a charter which he produced, and that as regards the land in Sowe, which is not within the manor of Cestreton, he stated it was Philip Marmiun, and not he, who had ejected the said Hugh. The jury find that Richard had ejected Hugh, and assessed the damage at 10 marks.

A postscriptum (a writ of certiorari) dated 2nd July, 56 H. III., orders the record of the proceedings of this assize to be sent into the Coram Rege Court on the morrow of St. James.

Warw. An assize, &c., if Richard de Loges and others named had unjustly disseised Hugh, son of Richard de Loges, of his free tenement in Cestreton, viz., of two messuages and a virgate of land.

Richard pleads as before, and produced the King's charter, which testified that the King had given to Richard the lands in Cestreton of the King's Serjeanty, which had been alienated by Hugh de Loges to the Templars. Hugh denied that the lands in question had ever been alienated to the Templars, or had been ever taken in consequence into the King's hands.

The jury say that Hugh de Loges, the father of Richard de Loges, gave the said messuages and land to the said Hugh, long before he alienated the manor of Cestreton to the Templars, and Hugh was in peaceable seisin of it until Richard and the others named had disseised him. Damages half a mark.

The King's charter (nearly illegible) states that Hugh de Loges, the father of Richard, when he alienated the manor of Cestreton to the Templars was so old and weak as to be out of his mind. m. 2, dorso.

Roll No. 136, Coram R. Roll (Hillary Term, 52 H. III.), contains no new matter; the Staffordshire suits before the Court being all adjourned to another term.

Roll No. 137.

Headed, "Placita coram Domino Rege apud Westm: a die Paschæ in quindecim dies, anno L. secundo." [22nd April, 1268.]

Wygorn. Thomas de Arderne appeared by attorney against William de Handesake for consuming or carrying away his goods and chattels at Cherleton during the disturbances in the kingdom; and the Sheriff had been ordered to distrain him, and returned that he had found no goods of William, except six oxen, which he had taken, and William did not replevy them. The Sheriff is therefore commanded to take all the lands, &c., of William into the King's hands, and to arrest him and keep him in safe custody, and produce him coram Rege at the Octaves of Trinity. m. 2.

Staff. The Sheriff was commanded to return on the oath of good and loyal men, the names of the malefactors who came to the house of Richard Brun in Astone, and took away his goods and chattels to the value of 40 marks, and to attach them to be in Court at this day; and the Sheriff returned that Henry de Chavernes (Charnes), Robert Testard, Ralph le Brandewode, William Serle, and Adam Wrene atte Bures had committed the trespass complained of, but he had not attached them. He is therefore commanded to attach them for the Octaves of Trinity, and to appear himself to hear judgment on his own default. m. 2.

Staff. The assize of novel disseisin taken before Giles de Erdington, between John de Swynnerton and William the Clerk of Newcastle and others, respecting a tenement in Acton (moved by certiorari into the Court), is respited till fifteen days from Trinity, through defect of recognitors. m. 15, dorso.

Staff. The assize of novel disseisin taken before the same Justice, between Robert de Acton and Alice, the widow of Roger de Swynerton, and William the Clerk and others, is respited till the same term. m. 15, dorso.

Staff. Nicholas de Fenes, who sued for the King, appeared against Philip de Muttone and Thomas de Luttelege, for coming vi et armis with other malefactors to the houses of Michael in Bobingtone, belonging to the King's Deanery of Bruges, and carrying away his goods from there, and from Burton, and for insulting and wounding and maltreating his men. The defendants did not appear, and had previously made default; and the Sheriff had been commanded to arrest them and produce them at this term; and he now returned Bertram de Burgo, Michael de Morton, Hugh de Balingehale, William le Eyr, John Abard, and Hugh de Wrottesle, as their manucaptors. They are therefore in misericordiâ, and the Sheriff is commanded to distrain them by their lands, &c., and to produce them at fifteen days from St. John the Baptist, and to be present himself to hear judgment on his own default. m. 18, dorso.

Roll No. 138.

Headed, "Placita coram Domino Rege, in crastino Sanctœ Trinitatis, anno L. secundo." [4th June, 1268.]

Staff. William Serle is in misericordiâ for several defaults, his sureties are John de Houtoft and Walter de Cotes. William Serle was attached to answer the complaint of Richard Brun that he had come to his house at Aston, in Hales, on the day of St. Botulph, 48 H. III., and taken away a horse and harness of the value of 6 marks, and 13 marks in money, and goods and utensils to the value of 30 marks, and on the Tuesday before the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula, in the same year, he had abducted from the same house one Avelina, who was under age, and in ward to the said Richard, and still detained her, by which Richard had been damaged to the amount of 40 marks. And William appeared and denied that he had taken away any of the goods of Richard, nor had he abducted the said Mabilla (sic) as stated, and he appealed to a jury, and Richard likewise. The Sheriff is therefore commanded to summon a jury for the Octaves of Michaelmas. A postscriptum states that afterwards at the Octaves of Hillary, the said William Serle appeared, and the said Richard being solemnly called on the first day, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth days, did not appear, and he was the plaintiff. The suit is therefore dismissed, and Richard is in misericordiâ for a false claim. His fine is remitted because of his poverty. m. 12.

Staff. The Abbot of Hulton appeared against Walter de Hopton (fn. 3) and John de Bromeshulf, in a plea that when the said Abbot was going to Stafford to the King's Court to sue out a writ, the said Walter and John had taken and detained him in prison, until he had made a fine with them of 40s. for his release. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff had been commanded to attach them for this day, and returned that the writ reached him too late. He is therefore commanded to attach them for the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 12, dorso.

Wygorn. In the suit of Thomas de Arderne versus William de Handesacre, the Sheriff returned that he had taken the lands of William into the King's hands, but they were out of cultivation. He is commanded to arrest William, and to produce him at a month from Michaelmas. m. 24.

Roll No. 139.

Headed, "Placita coram Domino Rege, in Octabis Sancti Michaelis, anno L. secundo." (6th October, 1268.]

Staff. Walter de Burges appeared against Robert de Meleburn for coming to his manor of Horecros and taking away his goods to the value of 20 marks. Robert did not appear, and had made several defaults; and the Sheriff had been commanded to distrain him by his lands, &c., and to have his body in Court at this day; and the Sheriff returned that all his lands were out of cultivation, and he could obtain nothing from them, and that Robert was staying in Leicestershire, but it was testified that he had lands and rent to the value above named. The Sheriff is therefore commanded as before, and to produce him in Court on the morrow of All Souls, and to be present himself to hear the judgment of the Court on his default. The same command was sent to the Sheriff of Leicestershire. m. 1.

Staff. Walter de Upton (Hopton) appeared to answer the complaint of the Abbot of Hulton, &c. (as before), and the Abbot did not appear, and was the plaintiff. The suit is therefore dismissed, and the Abbot and his sureties are in misericordiâ. m. 1.

Staff. Simon Mautravers, the Parson of Sarneshull (Shareshill), appeared against Robert le Flemeng for entering his house at Sarneshulle, vi et armis, killing two pigs, and cutting down and carrying away his trees, and committing damage altogether to the amount of 60s. Robert did not appear, and is to be attached by other sureties for the Octaves of Hillary. m. 8.

Staff. Ralph Basset, the Parson of the Church of Draicote (sic), appeared against William Wyther, Philip Wyther, and Thomas Wyther, for fishing in his fish-pool at Draicote, and carrying away fish to the value of 40s. The defendants did not appear, and were attached by Elias de la Forde and William de la More. To be attached by better sureties for fifteen days after Hillary. m. 8, dorso.

Staff. Philip Marmiun appeared by attorney against Robert de Knytelegh, William his brother, Roger de Brunton, Ralph de Loskesford, William de Onne, William de Berkeleya, Parson of Northbyri, Richard de Chetewynde, William de Wollastone, Roger, son of Jordan de Oldingtone, Walter de Hantone, Parson of Gnousale, Thomas de Onne, William, son of Jordan de Oldintone, Thomas de Chatculne, Adam, son of Ralph de Cule, Richard le Jovene of Cotes, Robert de Wotton, Ralph de Suttone, William de Blakemere, Richard de Blakemere, Robert de Blakemore, William de la More, Hamon de Plerdewike, Henry, son of Ralph de Cotes, Henry de Coulee, son of William Algeri, and nineteen others (named), for entering vi et armis his manor of Northbyri (Norbury), and pulling down his houses and mills, carrying away his timber, destroying his fishponds, cutting down his trees, and committing other damage to the amount altogether of 200l.; and the defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned that there were no sureties (for the prosecution); and as Richard de Stafford of co. Stafford, and Richard de Hereford of the same county, were the sureties, the Sheriff is commanded to attach the defendants for fifteen days from Hillary. m. 9.

Rolls Nos. 140 and 141 contain no Staffordshire suits.

Footnotes

1 Adam de Grenville was one of the Justices assigned to take assizes at this period.
2 This plea is given literally, but I am not able to understand it.
3 Walter de Hopton had been acting as Sub Sheriff.