Plea Rolls for Staffordshire
29 Edward I

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Institute of Historical Research

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Major-General Hon. George Wrottesley (editor)

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1886

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76-94

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'Plea Rolls for Staffordshire: 29 Edward I', Staffordshire Historical Collections, vol. 7, part 1 (1886), pp. 76-94. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=52456 Date accessed: 31 August 2014.


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Coram Rege Roll. Easter, 29 E. I.

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to levy 40s. from the lands and chattels of Robert de Stapelton and Matilda his wife, James de Astleye, Walter de Wyntertone, Walter Motun, Robert de Boweles of Roshale, and others, damages adjudicated against them for an unjust disseisin of Elena formerly wife of Thomas de Arderne; and he returned they held nothing within his bailiwick; and it was testified that they held sufficient at Normanton in co. Leycestre. The Sheriff of Leicestershire was therefore ordered to levy the said sum and return it into Court at the Octaves of Trinity. m. 8.

Staff. James de Astleye was attached at the suit of Elena formerly wife of Thomas de Arderne, Roger, Parson of the Church of Northbury, and John de Myners, the executors of Thomas de Arderne, in a plea that together with William le Porter of Sandbarewe, William his son, and Thomas Culeye, he had taken vi et armis goods and chattels formerly belonging to the said Thomas to the value of £200, which were in the custody of the said executors, at Ridware Hampstal; and they stated that James together with the other defendants and others on the Tuesday after the Feast of the Translation of St. Swithin the Bishop, 27 E. I., had taken furniture and cloth both of linen and wool, wheat, barley, beans, and peas, and hay, and goblets of silver, and cups of lead and horn, and other goods to the above value. James appeared and denied the trespass or any injury to the plaintiff, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Trinity. The other defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest and produce them at the same date. m. 21.

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to transfer into this Court the appeal of Agnes formerly wife of Geoffrey de Wolaston against Juliana le Mey for the death of Geoffrey her husband, and to inform the said Agnes to prosecute it coram Rege if she wished (si voluisset), inasmuch as the said appeal could not be terminated in a lesser Court than coram Rege or elsewhere before the King's Justices, according to the law and custom of the kingdom; and the Sheriff returned the appeal on the morrow of the Ascension in these words:—

County of Stafford, on the Thursday before the Feast of the Epiphany, 29 E. I. On this day Agnes formerly wife of Geoffrey de Wolaston appealed Juliana le Meyes of Apeton for feloniously and against the King's peace on the Sunday before the Feast of St. Edith the Virgin, 27 E. I., holding Geoffrey her husband in her arms whilst Hugh de Mutton the husband of the said Juliana feloniously killed the said Geoffrey with a knife, and which she offered to prove, etc., the sureties for the prosecution being Richard de Bruynton and Thomas the Clerk of Eyton. At the first interrogatory Juliana did not appear; she is therefore to be attached.

County of Stafford, on Thursday the Feast of the Purification of the same year. On this day Agnes formerly wife of Geoffrey de Wolaston prosecuted her appeal against Juliana le Meyes of Apeton, who at the second interrogatory did not appear; she is therefore to be attached.

County of Stafford, on the Thursday the Feast of St. Cedde the Bishop of the above year. On this day Agnes formerly wife of Geoffrey de Wolaston prosecuted her appeal, etc. (as before). On the third interrogatory Juliana did not appear; she is therefore to be attached.

County of Stafford, on the Thursday in cena domini of the above year. On this day Agnes formerly wife of Geoffrey de Wolaston prosecuted her appeal, etc. (as before). On the fourth interrogatory Juliana did not appear but was bailed.

County of Stafford, on the Thursday after the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist, of the above year. On this day Agnes formerly wife of Geoffrey de Wolaston prosecuted her appeal against Juliana le Meys of Apeton for the death of Geoffrey de Wolaston her husband, who on the fifth interrogatory came and produced the King's writ to remove the appeal coram Rege on the morrow of the Ascension, wherever the King might be; and the Sheriff returned he had told the said Agnes to be coram Rege at the said term to prosecute her appeal according to the tenor of the King's writ. Afterwards on the above day before the King at Worcester the said Juliana appeared prepared to answer the appeal of the said Agnes, and the said Agnes being solemnly called on the first, second, third, and fourth day did not appear, and she was the appellor. She is therefore to be arrested, and her sureties for the prosecution are in misericordiâ, and the said Juliana is quit of the said appeal, but was prosecuted at the suit of the King for the death of the said Geoffrey; and being asked how she would acquit herself, she said she was not guilty, and put herself on the country, and as it was testified that the said Geoffrey de Wolaston was killed at Apeton near Bradeleye, the Sheriff of Staffordshire was ordered to summon a jury of twenty-four of the vicinage to make recognition if the said Juliana was guilty of the death of the said Geoffrey or not (unless R. le Brabanzun first came into the county). Afterwards at the Quindene of Michaelmas, 31 E. I., a jury came, and the said Juliana was brought up by the Marshal, and the jury said on their oath that she was not guilty. And being asked if the appeal was brought against her out of malice, they said it was; and being asked if the said Agnes held sufficient to make restitution according to statute, they said no, because she was poor and a mendicant; and asked if anyone had maliciously abetted her, they said not. (fn. 1) m. 1, dorso.

Banco Roll. Easter, 29 E. I.

Staff. John Griffyn was summoned by John de Wasteneys in a plea that he should permit him to have common of pasture in Colton, of which William Griffyn had unjustly disseised William de Wasteneys his grandfather, whose heir he is; and he stated that William de Wasteneys was seised of common of pasture in sixty acres of wood in the said vill with all manner of cattle for the whole year except at time of pannage, viz., from the Feast of St. Michael to the Feast of St. Martin, as appurtenant to his freehold in the said vill, and from William the right descended to one William as son and heir, and from this William to John, who now sues as son and heir. John Griffyn prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Michaelmas. m. 23.

Staff. Edmund de Stafford was sued by Adam del Char for £14, the price of a horse which he had sold to him at Yoxhall on the Sunday after the Feast of St. Peter in Cathedrâ, 24 E. I., and which debt Edmund was bound to pay on the Feast of St. Michael following. Verdict for Adam, who recovered the debt and 40s. damages. m. 75.

Staff. Robert de Standon appeared by attorney against William de Clebury, the Parson of the Church of Forton, in a plea that he should warrant to him a messuage and ten acres and half a virgate of land in Overton near Wolverhampton which Agnes formerly wife of William de Wotton claimed against him. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to him to the value of the tenement in question into the King's hand, and to summon him for the Quindene of St. Michael. m. 91.

Staff. Richard de Cressewalle sued Ralph Basset for causing waste and destruction in the lands and houses of the inheritance of Richard in Fossebrok and Dulverne, which he held by the courtesy of England. Ralph did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for three weeks from Michaelmas. m. 145, dorso.

Staff. Robert son of John Morice of Rycardescote appeared against Petronilla formerly wife of John Morice of Ricardescote, in a plea that she should render a reasonable account of the issues of the lands and tenements of his inheritance in Rycardescote, Kyngesleyebothes and Melewych, which she had held as guardian in soccage while he was under age. Petronilla did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce her at a month from Michaelmas. m. 141, dorso.

Staff. John de Cave sued Richard Constantin for the manor of Thorp Constantin, excepting two messuages, a virgate, and eighteen and a half acres of land, of which the said Richard had unjustly disseised Hugh de Cave the brother of John, whose heir he is.

Richard appeared by attorney, and stated that John could not claim by descent from his brother, because the said Hugh held no right or fee in the said tenements, inasmuch as John Costantin the brother of Richard, whose heir he is, had demised the tenements to Hugh for his life, rendering to the said Richard and his heirs after the term of twelve years £20 per annum; and he produced an indenture under the seal of the said Hugh. John afterwards withdrew in contempt of the Court, and he and his sureties are in misericordiâ. m. 135, dorso.

Staff. Cecilia formerly wife of William de Wyrleye recovers dower against Robert West, viz., the third of a messuage, a toft, and virgate of land in Wyrleye by default of Robert. m. 91, dorso.

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Thomas Corbet sued John son of John fitz Philip for a third of the manor of Berleston (Barleston) as her dower. John called to warranty Roger son of Thomas Corbet, who is to be summoned for the morrow of St. John the Baptist. m. 59, dorso.

Staff. Alice formerly wife of John son of Reginald de Norton sued William son of John son of Reginald de Norton for half a mill in Norton near Canok as her right and inheritance. William called to warranty the Prior of Ronton, who is to be summoned for the Quindene of Michaelmas. m. 35, dorso.

Staff. Ralph Basset appeared by attorney against Richard son of Philip de Draycote, William his brother, Philip son of Richard de Draycote, and John de Severleye, in a plea that whereas the custody of two parts of the manor of Tylinton belonged to him until the full age of Robert son and heir of Richard de Tylinton by reason of a demise of Roger de Draycote, who held it by the demise of Richard le Machun, to whom Thomas Tuchet, Simon Tuchet, Robert de Neuton, and Philip de Leye, the executors of Alice formerly wife of Philip de Draycote, had demised it, and which Alice held it by the demise of Philip de Draycote, of whom the said Richard de Tilinton held his land by military service, the said Richard son of Philip, and William, Philip and John had violently ejected him from it. The defendants did not appear, and are to be attached for the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 25, dorso.

Banco Roll. Trinity, 29 E. I.

(Apud Ebor.)

Warw. Isabella formerly wife of William Bagod sued Isabella de Grendon for a third of a rent of £13 in Durdene as her dower; and Isabella stated she held the said rent in dower of the inheritance of Ralph de Grendon and Joan his wife, and she called them to warrantry. They now appeared and called to warranty John de Clynton of Coleshill, who is to be summoned for the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 21.

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to take with him four discreet men, etc., and to go in his own person to the Court of Hugh le Blund of Pencrych, and there in full Court to cause to be recorded the suit which was before the said Court by the King's writ of right, between Richard de Befcote, plaintiff, and Peter de Joneston and Roes his wife, Richard de Flossebrok and Pavia his wife, and Thomas Amiot of Befcote, tenants of seven and a quarter acres of land in Befcote, and to return the record into Court at this day under his seal by four who were present at the Record. And the Sheriff sent the Record by Richard le Louerd (Lord) of Cowleye, William Hewet, Mathew de Coungreve, and William de Lynhull, who did not appear. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to distrain and produce them on the morrow of All Souls. m. 30.

Staff. William son of Thomas son of Richard de Tene gives a mark for license of concord with Thomas son of Richard de Tene in a plea of covenant. m. 31.

Staff. Ralph de Hengham sued Christiana formerly wife of John de Mere of Audeleye, the executrix of John de Mere, for five marks and 5s. Christiana did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce her on the morrow of St. Martin. m. 62.

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to summon for this day the Abbot of Deulacres, Richard de Vernoun, Henry de Alrewas, William de Freford, and John de Arderne, to acknowledge the services by which they held their tenements of Edmund de Somerville in Whychenore, Tunstall, Neubold, Briddleshall, and Alrewas, and which services Edmund had conceded to Philip de Somerville by fine levied between them; and he was likewise ordered to summon Isabella formerly wife of Robert de Somerville and Robert de Bures to acknowledge what right the said Isabella claimed in the third part of the manors of Whychenore, Tunstall, Neubold, and Briddeshall, and Alrewas, and what right the said Robert claimed in twenty acres of wood and thirty acres of pasture in Alrewas, which tenements the said Edmund had conceded in Court to the said Philip by the same fine. They did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and to produce them at the Quindene of Michaelmas. m. 76.

Staff. Amice of the Stalles of Lychefeld recovers six acres of land in Shenestone against Robert le Waleys of Longedon and Nicholas le Waleys, by default of the defendants. m. 93.

Staff. Constantine de la More of Old Swyneford sued Elias de Breydehille, Thomas de Breydehille, William son of Edith of Brechelemore, Richard son of Agatha of Bromle, Thomas le War, Richard his brother, William son of Richard son of Thomas, and eight others, for insulting, beating, and illtreating him at Ordesle. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Octaves of St. Martin. m. 158.

Staff. Henry Ruddyng and Agnes his wife sued William Atte Wode and Agnes his wife for a messuage and ten acres of land in Nether Elkesdon as the right of Agnes. And they did not appear, and the land was taken into the King's hand. Upon which came Roger son of Richard Wysel of Worseleye, and stated that the said William and Agnes held the tenements as dower of the said Agnes of the inheritance of him (Roger), and prayed that he might not lose the tenements by their default, and as Henry and Agnes acknowledged this to be true, he was admitted to defend his right, and Henry and Agnes stated that William and Agnes his wife had no entry into the tenements except by a demise which Adam de Elkesdon formerly husband of Agnes the wife of Henry had made to Thomas de Ednesoure during the lifetime of Adam, when she could not object. Roger stated that Adam and Agnes were never in seisin of the tenements as of fee, so that they could not make any demise of them, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of St. Martin. m. 162.

Derb. Roger son of John de Acovere (Okeover) by Nicholas de St. Pierre his custos, sued William son of William Bastard of Montegomeri for one hundred acres of pasture in Snelleston, of which Robert de Acovere his grandfather, whose heir he is, was seised as of fee when he died. William defended his right, and denied that Robert the grandfather of Roger had died seised of the tenements, and appealed to a jury; and the Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury for the Octaves of St. Martin. A postscript states that after several adjournments a verdict was delivered in 35 E. I., before L. de Thrikyngham, with whom was associated Sir Roger de Bradburne Knight. The jury stated that the said Robert de Acovere the grandfather of Roger was lord of half the Manor of Snelleston, and one William de Grendon was lord of the other half, and each held their half in severalty, except the waste of the manor, viz., the one hundred acres of pasture now in dispute, which they held in common and undivided, and William de Grendon afterwards enfeoffed the said Robert of his half of the manor together with his share of the waste, saving to him his capital messuage and the service of a farthing from one John Saule and his heirs, and saving to the said William reasonable husebote and heybote to be delivered by the forester of Robert and his heirs, and saving to William also Fyrbote each week in Byrchewode, viz., a cart load of wood to be delivered by the forester, and saving to him also the multure at the mill of Snelleston as he was accustomed to have; and the said William de Grendon afterwards remitted and quitclaimed to Robert all his right and claim in the said half of the manor, and it was then agreed between them that Robert should find for the said William food and clothing for his life, according to the terms of a deed which was drawn up at that time, and William was in seisin of the food and clothing for some time, until the said Robert withheld it, and William then impleaded Robert for it in the Hundred Court of Appeltre; and Robert then in full Hundred said to William that, as regards the tenements of which William had enfeoffed him, he might enter by the Devil (ex parte diaboli intraret), that he did not care for them, nor to find food and clothing any longer for him. After which the said William on the morrow and for four or five days afterwards, taking with him his neighbours, came upon the pasture now in dispute, and after expounding to them the answer which Robert had made before the Hundred Court, he took seisin in their presence by virtue of the breach of the agreement; and the jury being asked if the said Robert had delivered any deed or seisin, answered he had not; and being asked how long Robert had lived after the said answer made to William in the Hundred Court, they stated not more than three weeks, because immediately after he left the Hundred Court he started for London, and died on his journey back within three weeks; and being asked what seisin William had during the lifetime of Robert, whether by digging, or agisting, or depasturing cattle, they stated he had no other seisin except by taking possession in presence of his neighbours, and he claimed the pasture to be his own soil after the aforesaid answer; and being asked what the tenements were worth, and what time had elapsed since the death of Robert, they said the tenements before the death of Robert were worth 3s. 4d. annually, but they were now improved in value, because they had been ploughed up, and that sixteen years had elapsed since the death of Robert. And because the said William de Grendon held nothing in the tenements during the lifetime of Robert de Acovere by livery of Robert, nor in any other manner, and Robert had died seised of them in demesne as of fee as Roger son of John asserted in his writ, it is considered that Roger son of John should recover seisin against William son of William Bastard; and his damages are taxed at 4 marks. m. 177.

Staff. William son of Hugh de Tymmor was attached at the suit of Magister Alan le Bretoun of Rufford, for taking vi et armis his hay at Tymmor for six consecutive years, from 17 E. I., and for which he claimed £10 as damages. William denied having done any injury to Alan, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from Michaelmas. m. 211, dorso.

Staff. Robert de Sewalfeld sued Thomas son of William Purcel for three acres of land, one rood of meadow, and the third of a messuage in Bysshebury; and he sued Alice formerly wife of William Purcel for an acre and a rood of land, a rood of meadow, and two parts of a messuage in the same vill as his right and inheritance. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements claimed into the King's hand, and to summon them for the Quindene of St. Martin. m. 204, dorso.

Staff. Alice formerly wife of John Lyoynne sued William son of John Lyoynne for a third of a messuage and ten acres of land in Arnleye as her dower. The defendant did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon him for a month from Michaelmas. m. 170, dorso.

Warw. The suit of John son of Thomas de Faryndon versus Magister Henry de Bray, in which John claimed damages because Henry had not found him his equipment as a Knight Hospitaller according to his agreement, was compromised by Magister Henry admitting he owed John 23 marks, half to be paid at Michaelmas, and half at the Easter following. m. 161, dorso.

Warw. Magister Luke of Ely sued Edmund de Somervyle, Clerk, and John de Somervyle for 6 marks 6s. 8d., and they did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach the said John for a month from Michaelmas; and as regards Edmund he returned he was a Clerk, and held no lay fee; and it was testified in Court that he held benefices within the See of Durham. A mandate was therefore sent to the Bishop to produce him at the same time. m. 151, dorso.

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of John le Waleys sued Walter Marchys and Emma his wife for a third of a messuage, and six bovates of land, and five acres of meadow in Bertramescote as her dower. The defendants prayed a view and the suit was adjourned to a month from Michaelmas. m. 136, dorso.

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to summon Ela formerly wife of William de Oddyngeseles to acknowledge what right she claimed in a third part of the Manor of Weford which John de Grey of Rutherfeld and Margaret his wife had conceded to William de Warmodeston by a fine; and he returned the writ reached him too late, and he was ordered to summon her for the Quindene of Michaelmas. m. 93, dorso.

Staff. Walter Beysyn sued Stephen de Wolaston and Isabella his wife for two messuages, three nokes of land, and an acre of meadow in Shuston (Shushions) as his right and inheritance; and Stephen and Isabella called to warranty Philip de Leygh, who had died; and now they called to warranty Reginald son and heir of Philip, who is under age, and they produced a deed of one Reginald de Legh the ancestor of the said Reginald, granting the tenements to them with a clause of warranty; and as Walter acknowledged that Reginald was under age, the suit is to remain till he comes of age. m. 86, dorso.

Assizes taken at Stafford before William Inge and Roger de Suthcote, on the Monday before the Feast of St. Margaret the Virgin, 29 E. I. (17th July, 1301.) (From Assize Roll of Divers Counties).

Staff. An assize, etc., if Isabella formerly wife of Henry de Lillebourne, Alexander de Fryvill and Joan his wife, and Richard Dun of Tamworth, had unjustly disseised Nicholas de Tunstal of his freehold in Drayton Basset.

Alexander asked that the writ might be read, by which it appeared that the wife of the said Alexander was named Joan in the plaint, and was called John in the attachment. The suit was therefore dismissed. m. 20.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John de Wenlok, John son of William de Pykestok, and Hugh le Bachiler of Levedale had unjustly disseised William son of William de Pykestok of the third part of twelve acres of pasture and heath in Dunston near Penkrich.

John de Wenlok stated he held the tenements and had entered by the said John son of William de Pykestok, and called him to warranty, and he was present in Court and warranted them to him, and stated that one Thomas de Pykestok his kinsman died seised of them in demesne as of fee, and he had entered into them after his death as his cousin and heir, and he put himself on the assize.

William stated that the said Thomas long before his death had enfeoffed him, the said William, of the tenements. The jury found that Thomas had died seised of them, and William is in misericordiâ for a false claim. Henry de Hexstal and Richard de Rounale, recognitors, did not appear, and are in misericordiâ. m. 20.

Staff. Hugh de Weston not appearing to prosecute his suit against John Bagot of Bromlegh Bagotes and Matilda de Lutteleye, it is dismissed, and he and his sureties, viz., Ralph de Hampton and William de Stalbrok, are in misericordiâ. m. 20.

Staff. John de Brewode and Margaret his wife not appearing to prosecute their writ of novel disseisin against Ralph de Wyvereston and others respecting land in Covene, the suit is dismissed, and they and their sureties, viz., Ralph le Loverd (Lord) of Covene and Richard de Stretton, are in misericordiâ. m. 20.

Staff. James de Stafford not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin against Ralph le Botiler the younger and others respecting common of pasture in Northbury (Norbury), the suit is dismissed, and James and his sureties, viz., William de Chetewynde and Roger son of Jordan de Peulesdon, are in misericordiâ. m. 20.

Staff. William de Sparham and Dyonisia his wife not prosecuting their writ of novel disseisin against the Abbot of Burton respecting a tenement in Shobenhale, the suit is dismissed, and they and their sureties, viz., William de Rydeware and William de Barton, are in misericordiâ. m. 20.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Robert de Combrigge and William de Wotton had unjustly disseised John son of Elyas de Flamstede of four acres of land in Combrugge. William did not appear, and the assize was taken in his absence. Robert stated that he had recovered seventy acres of land by a writ of novel disseisin against the said John before Adam de Crokedak and William Inge, and that the four acres in question formed a portion of them. John denied this, and put himself on the assize, but afterwards withdrew his writ. m. 20.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Robert Strech, Magister John, Parson of the Church of Weston, Simon Elyot and Agnes his wife, and William Hawys had unjustly disseised Richard son of Roger Bagot of a messuage, three acres of meadow, and half a virgate of land in Brunton (Brinton). Magister John stated he held the tenement for a term of two years by a demise of the said Robert, and Robert stated that Ralph his father died seised of it as of fee, and he had entered after his death as son and heir, and he put himself on the assize.

Richard stated that his father Roger died seised of the tenements, and he had entered as his son and heir, and had held them until ejected by Robert and the others.

The jury say that the said Roger father of Richard died seised of the tenements in demesne as of fee, Richard at the time being on business at a distance (remote agente), and after his death Ralph the father of Robert, being capital lord of the fee, had taken the tenements into his hand saving all rights, and had held them for a year before his death, and Robert son of Ralph who now holds them entered after the death of Ralph his father, and held them for a year, until Richard returning from those parts and finding his father to be dead, entered the tenements as son and heir to his father, and had held them until Robert and the other defendants had unjustly disseised him. Richard is therefore to recover seisin and 40s. as damages. m. 20, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if William Prior of Ellesham, John son of William de Hondesacre, and Richard de Rideware, Chaplain, had unjustly disseised John de Meleburne, Clerk, of a messuage, fifteen acres of land, and four acre of meadow and 6s. 6d. of rent in Hondesacre (Handsacre). The jury found in favour of John de Melebourne, who is to recover seisin and 55s. as damages; and William son of Felice of Wolselegh, John de Essemerebrok, Adam son of Robert de Breredon, recognitors, did not appear, and are in misericordiâ. m. 20, dorso.

Staff. Edmund de Stafford not prosecuting his writ of mort d'ancestor against Hugh de Aldythelegh and William de Mere respecting tenements in Norton, he and his sureties, viz., Richard le Parker of Bradele and William son of Thomas de Bradele, are in misericordiâ. m. 20, dorso.

Staff. Hugh de Denston not prosecuting his writ of mort d'ancestor against William de Billesdon and others respecting tenements in Denston, he and his sureties, viz., Philip de Barynton and John Serche, are in misericordiâ. m. 20, dorso.

Staff. Thomas del Overtune not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin against Roger de Bidulf respecting tenements in Bidulf, he and his sureties, viz., William Talk and Richard de Golburne, are in misericordiâ. m. 20, dorso.

Staff. Richard de Hampton not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin against William de Neuton near Blythefeld, he and his sureties, viz., Robert de Hampton and William de Hampton, are in misericordiâ. m. 20, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Roger de Bydulf had unjustly disseised William son of Roger de Bydulf of seven messuages and three carucates of land, one hundred acres of wood, and three hundred acres of heath in Bydulf. The jury found in favour of William, who is to recover seisin, and 40s. as damages. William de Stanlowe, one of the recognitors, did not appear, and is in misericordiâ. m. 21.

Staff. Richard Pecok of Esnyngton not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin against Richard de Esnynton respecting tenements in Esnyngton (Essington), he and his sureties are in misericordiâ. m. 21.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Ralph de Rolleston and Lucy his wife had unjustly disseised Ralph son of William le Breton of three acres of pasture in Tuttebury. Ralph de Rolleston pleaded the pasture was in co. Derby and not in this county, and if that was given against him, he pleaded that Ralph son of William never was in seisin of it, and he put himself on the assize. The jury found that the pasture was in Derbyshire, and the suit was dismissed. m. 21.

Staff. John de Bromeshulf not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin against Geoffrey de Greseleye and others respecting common of pasture in Kyngeston, the suit is dismissed, and he and his sureties are in misericordiâ. m. 21.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Thomas son of Geoffrey de Aston and John de Houton had unjustly disseised Gilbert de Aston of a messuage and thirty acres of land and five acres of meadow in Stokes near Stone. John pleaded he held the tenement conjointly with Amice his wife, who was not named in the writ; and as Gilbert could not deny this, he withdrew the writ. m. 21.

Staff. John de Tessale not prosecuting his assize of novel disseisin against Richard de Trewenhale and others respecting common of pasture in Horburn (Harbourne), the suit is dismissed, and he and his sureties, viz., William Wyltchar of Lychefeld and Thomas de Hampstede, are in misericordiâ. m. 21.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John son of Adam Trumwine, Amice daughter of William Trumwyne, Roes Fynch, and Adam son of Richard Perunel of Cannokbury, had unjustly disseised Adam Trumwyne of a messuage and twenty-four acres of land, and three acres of meadow, and six of heath in Cannokbury. None of the defendants appeared, and the assize was taken in their absence. The jury say that defendants had disseised the said Adam of the tenements vi et armis. Adam is therefore to recover seisin, and half a mark as damages, and the defendants were ordered to be arrested. Amiscia was afterwards viewed in Court, and being evidently under age, her arrest is to cease (ideo cessat captio quo ad eam). m. 21.

Staff. Ralph Poun not prosecuting his assize of novel disseisin against Robert Poun and others respecting tenements in Lychefeld, the suit is dismissed, and he and his sureties, viz., William son of John de Chaveldon and William de Chaveldon, are in misericordiâ. m. 21.

Staff. Henry le Fauconer and Alice his wife not prosecuting their writ of novel disseisin against Richard le Walker and others respecting tenements in Wefford (Weeford), the suit is dismissed, and they and their sureties, viz., Robert de Croxale and Richard de Wolaston, are in misericordiâ. m. 21.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John le Cunter, William le Cunter, and Margaret formerly wife of John son of Geoffrey de Colton had unjustly disseised Margaret formerly wife of John son of Hugh of a piece of land in Colton, sixty feet in length and six feet in width. William did not appear, and the Sheriff stated he was dead; and John and Margaret denied any injury to the plaintiff, and the jury found in their favour. m. 21, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Richard le Parker of Charteley and Roger Page had unjustly disseised Sibilla daughter of Robert de Podmore and Margaret his wife (sic) of a messuage and half a virgate of land in Bures. Richard stated he held the tenements for a term of three years by a demise of one William de Grafton, who was not named in the writ. The jury found in his favour on the above ground, as the tenements belonged to the said William. m. 21, dorso.

Staff. Stephen de Ocleye, William le Wencher of Podemore, Roger de Wonynton, Henry son of Ivo de Tytteneshovere (Tittensor), Thomas son of Isote of the same, and Robert de Camera of Madele, recognitors, did not appear; they are therefore in misericordiâ. m. 21, dorso.

Staff. Richard Pecok of Cumpton not prosecuting his writ of mort d'ancestor against Richard Ulnyng and others respecting tenements in Churchepenne, he and his sureties are in misericordiâ. m. 21, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John de Sparham and Agnes his wife had unjustly disseised Margaret Pyngel, Nicholas son of Hugh de Cleydon, and Felicia sister of Nicholas, of half a messuage in Lychefeld. John and Agnes stated they had entered through Roger Bishop of Coventry and Lychfeld, and that one Hugh de Cleydon, the Chaplain, held the tenement, and was a bastard, and died leaving no issue, and after his death the Bishop had taken seisin of it as his eschaet, and had enfeoffed the said John and Agnes. The jury found in favour of the plaintiffs, and gave them 6s. as damages, and John and Agnes are in misericordiâ. m. 21, dorso.

Staff. Adam son of John de Bromhale and Lettice his wife not prosecuting their writ de certificatione against John de Bromleye, the suit is dismissed. m. 21, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John son of John de Bromshulfe had unjustly disseised William son of Robert de le Leyes of common of pasture in Gretewych (Gratwich), viz., in thirty acres of wood where he used to common with all manner of beasts throughout the year. John pleaded he was only tenant at will under Philip de Chetewynde, who was not named in the writ, and if this point was given against him, he denied any injury to the plaintiff, and put himself on the assize.

And William stated that one Ralph de Mutton had given and conceded by deed to one Robert son of William son of Thomas, the ancestor of the said William son of Robert, free common in all places belonging to the vill of Gretewich, to be held by him and his heirs, and the said Robert had died seised of the above right of common, and after his death he was seised of it as his nearest heir. The jury found in favour of William, who is to recover seisin, and 2s. as damages; and they stated that John held the tenements in fee and not at the will of Philip. m. 22.

Staff. Geoffrey Walrand of Lullington and Margaret his wife not prosecuting their writ of novel disseisin against William son of Roger Brayn of Whychenoure respecting tenements in Whychenoure (Wichnor), the suit is dismissed. m. 22.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John Bagod of Bromlegh Bagod had unjustly disseised Nicholas son of Stephen of Bromlegh Bagod of housbote and heybote in two hundred acres of wood without view or livery of anybody. John denied any injury to Nicholas, and put himself on the assize. The jury found that Nicholas was in seisin of the said profit in the above wood without view or livery of anybody, from all manner of trees growing in the wood, except oaks and their bark, until deprived of it by the said John. Verdict for Nicholas; damages 40d. m. 22.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Richard Burgeys of Alveton the father of William, was seised, etc., of a messuage and seven acres of land in Alveton when he died, etc., and which Alan de Mulveley and Isolda his wife, and John son of Isolda hold. Alan and Isolda stated they held a third part of the tenement as dower of the said Isolda of the inheritance of John, and called him to warranty. John answered for two parts of the tenement, and admitted that Richard Burgeis died within the term, but denied he died seised of the tenements as of fee, and he denied also that the said William was his next heir. The jury found in favour of William, who is to recover seisin, and 20s. as damages. Robert son of Hugh de Leye, one of the recognitors, did not appear, and is in misericordiâ. m. 22.

Staff. William le Fauconer of Thorkeston and Milisent his wife not prosecuting their writ of mort d'ancestor against Adam son of Stephen respecting a tenement in Falede (Fauld), the suit was dismissed, and they and their sureties, John Grym of Brecheford, and Adam le Parker of the same, are in misericordiâ. m. 22.

Staff. Ralph de Covene not prosecuting his writ of mort d'ancestor against William le Bercher and others respecting tenements in Covene, the suit is dismissed, and the said Ralph and his sureties, viz., Robert de Caverswalle and Thomas de Benteleye are in misericordiâ. m. 22.

Staff. A jury of twenty-four Knights to convict a jury of twelve which Richard de Caverswelle arraigned against Theobald de Verdoun and others respecting tenements in Caverswelle, is respited till the Monday after three weeks from Michaelmas through defect of John de Wasteneys, Robert de Bek, and William fitz Philip of Tene, jurors of the first assize, who did not appear. The Sheriff was ordered therefore to distrain and produce them at the above term. m. 22.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Geoffrey de Camville, John de Milburne, Hugh le Rotour, and William de Stratton, had unjustly disseised John de la Bache of a virgate of land in Haunton. Geoffrey stated he claimed nothing in the land except the lordship of it (dominicum). William answered as tenant, and stated that the tenement was formerly in seisin of one Geoffrey de Stratton, who gave it to Robert de Stratton his son, to be held by him and heirs of his body, and if Robert should die s. p., the tenement was to remain to him, William de Stratton; and as Robert had died leaving no issue, he had entered according to the terms of the grant, and he produced the deed of Robert and put himself on the assize. And John de la Bache stated that the said Robert son of Geoffrey held the tenement of him (John), by the feoffment of Geoffrey his father, and was a bastard, and died leaving no issue, and he had entered into the tenement as his eschaet, and had held it until disseised by Geoffrey and the other defendants. The suit was adjourned till the Monday after three weeks from Michaelmas, on which day John did not appear to prosecute it, and he and his sureties, viz., Henry de Hambury and Robert de Edeninghale, are in misericordiâ. m. 22, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if the Prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, Brother Simon de Gynges, Brother Henry de Lund, Walter de Elmyndon, Richard son of Ralph le Muner (Miller), Geoffrey de Pyry, Agnes formerly wife of Roger de Somery, and John de Somery, had unjustly disseised John de Parles of the manor of Hondesworth (Handsworth). Agnes answered as tenant, and pleaded the present assize would not lie because the said John de Parles had elsewhere arraigned a similar writ before Adam de Crokedek and William Inge, the Justices, respecting the same manor; and as regards the present writ, she stated she held the manor in dower of the inheritance of the said John de Somery by assignment of the King, and in allocation of other tenements then in custody of the King by reason of the minority of the said John de Somery, in consequence of which the said Justices had suspended the assize until the King could be consulted, and she prayed for judgment whether John de Parles under these circumstances could resuscitate the assize whenever he pleased in this manner.

John de Parles stated the assize should not be put off on this account, because it had not been respited to any fixed date or place. A day was given to the parties to hear judgment on the Monday after three weeks from Michaelmas, at which date John de Parles withdrew his writ. m. 22, dorso.

Assizes taken at Warwick before William Inge and Roger de Suthcote, on the Monday after the Feast of St. Michael. 29 E. I.

Warw. A jury of twenty-four Knights to convict twelve, came to make recognition if Edmund Baron of Stafford and William de Thomenhorn had unjustly disseised John de Montfort of his free tenement in Henleye, Forwode, Wyteleye, Holnhale, and Wauveswotten, the said Edmund and William complaining that the jury of an assize of novel disseisin taken before Adam Crokedayk and William Inge of Tamworth had given a false verdict. John de Montefort appeared by his custos, and William de Thomenhorn did not appear. The suit was therefore dismissed, and William committed to prison. He was afterwards released for a fine of 1 mark, for which Robert de Pipe and William de Wrottesleye are his sureties.

The same jury which Edmund Baron of Stafford arraigned against the said John de Montefort is respited through defect of the record until the Octaves of Hillary at Tamworth. m. 6.

Warr. The suit which John de Cundelive arraigned against Robert de Okoure (Okeover) and Alice his wife, respecting a tenement in Coventry, is dismissed, John not appearing to prosecute it. John was committed to prison, and afterwards released for a fine of 1 mark, for which Hugh de Okovere and Robert brother of Hugh are his sureties. m. 6.

Assizes taken at Stafford before the same Justices, on the Monday after three weeks from St Michael. 29 E. I.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Jordan de Swerkeston the father of Stephen de Swerkeston was seised as of fee, etc., of six acres of land in the vill of Newcastle-under-Lyme when he died, and of which Roger de Swerkeston holds three acres, and William de Swerkeston three acres. The defendants Roger and William pleaded the tenements were in Penkhull and not in Newcastle, and the jury found in their favour. m. 14.

Staff. William de Westwode not appearing to prosecute his suit against the Abbot of Deulacres, it is dismissed. m. 14.

Staff. Roger son of Roger de Swynnerton not appearing to prosecute his assize of novel disseisin against Robert de Staundon and others, the suit is dismissed, and his sureties, viz., Adam de Swynnerton and Bette de Swynnerton, are in misericordiâ. m. 14.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Matilda la Brune the mother of Philip le Brune of Tuttebury Wodehuses, was seised as of fee of a messuage and four acres of land and three acres of meadow in Tuttebury Wodehuses when she died, etc., and which Robert son of Robert le Brune holds. Robert stated that Matilda did not die seised of the tenements, because long before her death she had enfeoffed him in them; and the jury found in his favour. Stephen de Curzun, John de Myners, William de la Rydeware, Nicholas de Bromleye, Roger March of Neubold, William de Hulton, and Robert Note of Rodelowe, recognitors, did not appear, and are in misericordiâ. m. 14.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Thomas de Shirford the father of Henry de Shirford was seised, etc., as of fee, etc., of a messuage, a carucate of land, six acres of meadow, two acres of pasture, and 12 marks of rent in Ethelaxton (Ellaston) when he died, and which Theobald de Verdon holds. Theobald pleaded that the same assize had been arraigned before Adam de Crokedayk and William Inge, and afterwards withdrawn by Henry. The suit was therefore dismissed, and Henry and his sureties, viz., John Brokedysh and William Curzon of Edenynghale, are in misericordiâ. m. 14.

Staff. William de Tamenhorn and Agnes his wife, not appearing to prosecute their assize of novel disseisin against Walter the Bishop of Coventry and Lichefeld, Gilbert de Hamelhamstede, Richard de Holyhurst, and Robert son of Giles de Rugeleye, respecting tenements in Rugeleye, it is dismissed, and they and their sureties, viz., Henry de Alrewas and Thomas de Strethay, are in misericordiâ. m. 14.

Staff. William son of William son of Robert de Overton not appearing to prosecute his assize of mort d'ancestor against Warine son of William de Overton and others, respecting a tenement in Overton, the suit is dismissed, and he and his sureties, viz., Adam Coyne and Richard le Parker of Chartelegh, are in misericordiâ. m. 14.

Staff. William son of Richard Burgeys sued Isolda wife of Alan de Melvelegh for a third of a messuage and seven acres of land in Alveton by writ of mort d'ancestor; and she did not appear, and a day had been given to her in Banco, on which date she had called John son of Isolda to warranty. The assize is therefore to be taken by her default, but is respited through defect of recognitors.
From Robert de Bromleye, because he did not appear, 20d.
From Richard de Brunton, for the same, 10d.
From Robert de Melbourne, for the same, 10d.
From Hugh de Aston, for the same, 10d. m. 14.

Staff. Richard de Cavereswelle appeared against John fitz Philip, John de Ludelowe, Alan le Mouner of Alveton, John his brother, William Horn, Henry de Athelaston, Clerk, and Henry le Baillevesmon, in a plea that they should be present to hear the verdict of a jury of twenty-four to convict twelve, which the said Richard had arraigned against them and others respecting tenements in Cavereswelle, and the defendants did not appear. The suit is therefore to be taken by their default, but is respited till the Octaves of St. Hillary at Tamworth through defect of Henry de Hambury one of the recognitors of the first assize. m. 14, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Edmund Baron of Stafford, William de Frodeswelle, and Robert Bycok had unjustly disseised Philip son of Reginald le Warner of an acre of meadow and the bailiwick of the Beadleship of the liberty of Bradeleye. William de Weston appeared for all the defendants, and denied that any injury had been inflicted upon Philip; but the jury found in favour of Philip, and taxed his damages at 10s. William de Penne of Esington, one of the recognitors, did not appear, and was fined 20d. m. 14, dorso.

Staff. Richard son of Geoffrey de Ferrars not appearing to prosecute his assize of novel disseisin against Robert de London and Alice his wife, respecting tenements in Strongeshuil (Stamshall), the suit is dismissed, and he and his sureties, viz., William de Ferrars and Ivo his brother, are in misericordiâ. m. 14, dorso.

Staff. Hugh de Aston not appearing to prosecute his assize of novel disseisin against Ralph de Grendon and others, respecting tenements in Little Aston-upon-le-Colefield, the suit is dismissed, and he and his sureties, viz., John Loverych of Waleshale and Alan Syvard of the same, are in misericordiâ. m. 14, dorso.

Staff. An asssize, etc., if Theobald de Verdun, senior, and Philip de Barenton had unjustly disseised Robert le Venur of Uttokeshather (Uttoxeter) of common of pasture in Crakemersh appurtenant to his freehold in Uttokeshathere. Theobald pleaded he was not bound to answer to the writ without a reasonable attachment of fifteen days according to statute; and he stated that one William Serle the bailiff of Tatemonneslowe had attached him within the last ten days; and the said William Serle being sworn and examined, first said that Theobald had not had a reasonable attachment of fifteen days, and afterwards asserted the contrary. He is therefore committed to gaol, being convicted by himself, and is no longer to be employed in the King's service (abjudicetur ab officio Regis in perpetuum). The assize was afterwards respited till the morrow of St. Hillary at Tamworth, at the request of the plaintiff. m. 14, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Richard de Lee and Alina his wife, Richard Brun, John son of Hugh de Draycote and Hugh his brother, Alexander de Severle, Walter de Severle, Orme de Fulford, Benedict son of Benedict, William son of Elias and Elyas his brother, Robert de la Lowe and Agnes his wife, Henry son of Alexander and Richard his brother, Robert son of Juliana and Roger in the Lane, had unjustly disseised Richard le Parker of Charteleye and Felicia his wife of common of pasture in thirty-seven acres of moor and heath in Fulford, appurtenant to his freehold in the same vill. Adjourned to the morrow of the Octaves of St. Hillary at Tamworth. m. 14, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John Bagot of Bromleye and Matilda the daughter of Adam de Lutteleye had unjustly disseised Hugh de Weston of two acres of land in Bromleye Bagotes. John stated he claimed to hold only at the will of Matilda, and Matilda stated she had entered into the tenements through one Richard son of Thomas de Haddeleye, and that Hugh never was in seisin of them, and the jury found in her favour. Nicholas Meverel one of the recognitors never appeared, and was fined 10d.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Alda the daughter of Warine de Vernoun the mother of William de Stafford was seised as of fee, etc., when she died, of sixtythree and a half acres of land in Sondon (Sandon), and of which Robert son of Hugh de Burweston and Roes his wife hold five acres, Peter Seman and Margaret his wife hold five acres, Joan de Venables fourteen acres, the Prior of Stone four acres, Robert son of Alote of Herdewyk one acre, Henry son of Hugh de Burweston three acres, John son of Richard de Burweston two acres, Emma la Mareschalle one acre, Robert le Mareschall four acres, Gilbert son of Geoffrey de Aston four acres, Nicholas de Marchynton nine acres, Ralph de Munjoye and Isolda his wife three acres, Thomas Meverel three acres, John de Grendon three acres, Stephen de Sondon one acre, Nicholas Meverel one acre, and John Sweyn half-an-acre. Many of the defendants did not appear, and the assize was taken in their absence, and Nicholas de Marchynton stated as regards three acres claimed from him, he held them for the life of Thomas Meverel, and called him to warranty; and he is to be summoned to be at Tamworth on the Octaves of St. Hillary; and as regards three other acres, he called to warranty Robert son of Agnes de Rocheford, who is to be summoned for the same date. And Thomas Meverel stated as regards the lands claimed against him, he held them conjointly with Scolastica his wife, who was not named in the writ; and as William de Stafford could not deny this, the suit against him was dismissed. And Stephen de Sondon called John Sweyn to warranty, who was present in Court and warranted the land to him; and he and Nicholas de Marchynton for his remaining three acres, and Ralph de Munjoye and Isolda for the three acres which they hold, and John de Grendon and Nicholas Meverel for their respective tenancies, stated that the said Alda the mother of William had two sisters, viz., Margaret and Roes, who held two parts of the manor of Sondon together with the said Alda as daughters and heirs of Warine de Vernoun, and one Richard le Butiler held the third part of the said manor, and Margaret had issue one (blank) her son, and Roes had issue one (blank) her son, who are now living, and they prayed judgment if the said William could sue without his coparceners, and if this should be conceded, they pleaded that one Margaret formerly wife of Warine de Vernoun held the third part of the said two parts in dower of the inheritance of the said Alda, Margaret and Roes; and the said Margaret formerly wife of Warine survived the said Alda, so that the said Alda never died seised of the said third part of two parts, which was held in dower, and they prayed judgment on this point; and if given against them, they pleaded nothing else. The assize is therefore to proceed, but is respited till the morrow of the Octaves of St. Hillary at Tamworth through defect of recognitors, because all were challenged, and the Sheriff was ordered to produce a good assize at the said date (quod venire faciat bonam assisam ad prefatum terminum). m. 15.

Staff. From Adam Preyers, Bailiff of Pyrhull, for a transgression, 40d.

From Robert de Bromleye, a surety, for non-appearance, 20d.

From Hugh de Prestwold, Bailiff of Tatmanneslowe, for a transgression, half a mark.

From Henry de Sheone, for the same, 20d.

From Roger de Assheleye, Bailiff of Cutheleston, for the same, 20d.

From Richard de Brunton, a surety, for non-appearance, 10d.

From Robert de Hodenet, Bailiff of Mosselowe (Offlow), for the same, 40d.

From Robert de Melebourne, a surety for non-appearance, 10d.

From Hugh de Astone, for the same, 10d.

From Richard de Boys, the Bailiff of the Liberty of the Bishop of Chester, 20d. m. 15, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Roger de Baddelegh the father of Robert was seised etc., of a messuage and twelve acres of land in Bukenhale when he died, and which John son of Roger de Baddelegh, Robert son of Richard de Danrudyng and Filamina his wife hold. The defendants took exception to the writ because the wife of Robert was named Felicia and not Filamina; and if given against them, they pleaded that John son of Roger held two parts of the tenements, and the said Robert and Filamina his wife held a third part of the same as dower of Filamina; and if given against them, they pleaded that the said Roger never died seised of the tenements as of fee, and on this point they put themselves on the assize. The jury found that the wife of the said Robert son of Richard was called Filamina and not Felicia, and that the said John, Robert, and Filamina hold the tenements in common, and they said that Roger did not die seised of the tenements in demesne as of fee. Robert son of Roger is therefore in misericordiâ for a false claim. m. 15, dorso.

Staff. Hervey son of Hervey de Stonilowe not appearing to prosecute his assize of mord'ancestor against Simon de Mapham, the Parson of the Church of Madelegh under Lyme, respecting a tenement in Madelegh, the suit is dismissed, and he and his sureties, viz., William de Pikestok and Robert de Mareys, are in misericordiâ. m. 16.

Staff. Richard son of John de la Stonilowe and Petronilla his wife not appearing to prosecute their assize of novel disseisin against Magister Simon de Mapham, the Parson of the Church of Great Madelegh under Lyme, and Henry de la Stonylowe, respecting a tenement in Great Madelegh, the suit is dismissed. m. 16.

Staff. An assize, etc., if William de Caldewelle the father of Walter was seised, etc., of two and a half acres of land in Overton when he died, which John son of Alan Moysan of Seggesle holds. John pleaded that William did not die seised of the tenements as of fee, but held only at the will of the said John son of Alan. The jury found that William died seised of the tenements as of fee, and that Walter was his nearest heir. Walter is therefore to recover seisin, and one mark as damages. m. 16.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Geoffrey Benet of Ruggeleye and Lettice his wife, and Felicia de la Halle and Margaret her daughter, had unjustly disseised John le Gidie of Ruggeleye of the third of a messuage in Ruggeleye. The jury found in favour of the tenants, and John is in misericordiâ for a false claim. John de Asshemerebrok, Roger Burguys, Roger Forester of Weford, William son of Felice of Wolselegh, Robert de Bromleye, of Langedon, and Gilbert de Clare, of Wytinton, recognitors, never appeared, and are each fined 10d. m. 16.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Isabella formerly wife of Henry de Lillebourne, Alexander de Freyvile and Joan his wife, and Richard Dun, of Tamworth, had unjustly disseised Nicholas de Tunstal of an acre of meadow in Drayton Basset. Richard answered as bailiff of Isabella, and denied any injury to Nicholas. Alexander answered for himself and Joan, and pleaded that the tenements were in Aminton in co. Warwick and not in Drayton Basset, and he stated further that the said Joan had arraigned an assize of novel disseisin before William Inge and Nicholas Fermband against the said Richard Dun and others respecting the said meadow at Warwick in 28 E. I., and had recovered it against them, and he pleaded the present assize should not be taken in consequence. A postscript states a verdict was given at Tamworth on the morrow of the Octaves of Hillary, when the jury stated that the tenements were in Drayton Basset and not in Aminton in co. Warwick, and that they were formerly in seisin of one Ralph Basset the Paumer (Palmer), who had enfeoffed in them one Henry de Lillebourne the father of Nicholas the plaintiff, to be held by him and his heirs of the said Ralph and his heirs for the service of one farthing annually; and Henry died seised of them as of fee, and after his death the said Isabella assumed the custody of them by reason of the minority of the said Nicholas, and enfeoffed in them the said Richard Dun, Nicholas being under age, and in ward to her, and they said therefore that the said Isabella and Richard had disseised Nicholas of the tenements unjustly, but that the said Alexander and Joan had done him no injury, because the Warwickshire jury had found that the tenements were in Amynton and not in Drayton Basset, and they had recovered them by the assize. A day is given to the parties to hear judgment on the Friday after the Octaves of Trinity at Stafford. m. 16.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Alan de Blore, Thomas Meverel, John de Casterne, Hugh his brother, and Richard le Greyn had unjustly raised a fence in Grendon (Grindon), near Waterfall, to the injury of the freehold of William son of Benedict de Boterdon in Grendon. William stated he had formerly a right of way for his cattle from his houses in Grendon in a direct line to his pasture in the same vill, until the said Alan and the other defendants had raised the fence, and by which he was forced to make a circuit of half a league.

The defendants with the exception of Alan denied they had caused any injury to William. Alan answered as tenant of the land where the ditch was made, and pleaded he was called Alan de Aldytheleye and not Alan de Blore, and if this point was given against him, he pleaded he had not made any fence to the injury of William, and put himself on the assize.

The jury stated that the said Alan was called Alan de Blore and Alan de Aldytheleye, and that he had raised a fence to the injury of William. The fence is therefore to be prostrated by view of the recognitors, and the damages of William are taxed at three farthings, and William is in misericordiâ for a false claim against the other defendants. m. 16.

Staff. Alan son of Adam de Scatculne (Chatculne) and Amice his wife, and Edith sister of Amice, not appearing to prosecute their assize of mort d'ancestor against Henry son of Edith and others, respecting a tenement in Oldenton, the suit is dismissed. (A note states Alan was dead.) m. 16, dorso.

Staff. John de Parles not appearing to prosecute his assize of novel disseisin against the Prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England and others respecting tenements in Honesworth, the suit is dismissed, and he and his sureties, viz., William de Egynton in Rolleston and John Mychel of the same, are in misericordiâ. m. 16, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if William le Hunte of Honeford and Agnes his wife, William Jouet and Agnes his wife, Richard Gryffin and Simon his son, Richard le Knave and Margaret his wife, Margaret formerly wife of John Lenton and Agnes her daughter, Roger son of Roger de Honeford, William de Carewell, and three others, had unjustly disseised the Prior of Trentham of eighty acres of moor and heath in Trentham. The Prior afterwards withdrew his writ, and he and his sureties, viz., Thomas Phelipe of Trentham and Roger de Aston, are in misericordiâ. m. 16, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John son of Robert de Herdewyke had unjustly disseised Robert de Leyes of half an acre of meadow in Felde. The jury found in favour of Robert, who is to recover seisin and 2s. damages. Robert son of Hugh de Legh and William fitz Philip of Thene, recognitors, did not appear, and are in misericordiâ. m. 16, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Geoffrey de Greseleye, Nicholas de Ambrighton, Clerk, John Ridel, Robert le Blund, Robert and Thomas his sons, Walter le Clerk, William de Breydeshayle, William de Chestershire, William le Wasteneys, and Roger son of Richard, had unjustly disseised Robert de Berleye of common of pasture in forty acres of moor and heath in Hughcesdon (Hixon).

Nicholas de Ambrighton answered for all the defendants except Geoffrey, as their bailiff, and denied any injury to the plaintiffs, and he answered for Geoffrey as tenant of the tenements, and stated that the said moor and heath was his waste, which he had lawfully approved according to the Statute of Merton, and he put himself on the assize. The jury found that the said Robert had sufficient common with free exit and entrance to it, and he is therefore in misericordiâ for a false claim. m. 16, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Walter Bishop of Coventry and Lychefeld, Gilbert de Hemelamstede, Robert son of Giles de Ruggeleye, Henry Hert, Richard de Holyhurst, Robert son of Robert de Lichefeld, and Richard Malherbe, had unjustly disseised William de Tamenhorn and Agnes his wife of the bailiwick of the Bishop's Chace in the vill of Ruggeleye. The Bishop by Roger de Aston his bailiff asked that William and Agnes should state by what right they claimed the bailiwick; and they stated in reply that one William de Puz the father of the said Agnes died seised of the bailiwick as of fee, and appurtenant to the freehold he held in the said vill, and which they now hold, and into which the said Agnes had entered as daughter and heir, and they put themselves on the assize. The Bishop acknowledged that the said William de Puz died seised of the bailiwick, but he stated that he had taken possession of it as capital lord after the death of William, saving all rights, and that one Richard the brother of William, and his nearest heir, had afterwards remitted and quitclaimed to the Bishop all his right in the said bailiwick by a deed which he produced, and he stated also that Agnes could make no claim through her father as she was born out of wedlock. William and Agnes stated she had entered into the said tenements as heir of her father after his death, and had held them for years and days (per annos et dies) until the Bishop and the other defendants had disseised her, and she put herself on the assize. The assize is therefore to proceed, but is respited till the morrow of the Octaves of St. Hillary through defect of recognitors, because they were all challenged, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon a good assize for that day of Knights girt with the sword as well as others. A postscript states that on the day named a jury returned a verdict, and stated that the said William de Puz died seised of the said tenements which William and Agnes now hold, and to which the bailiwick is appurtenant, in his demesne as of fee, and after his death the said Agnes daughter and heir of the said William, inasmuch as she was born in wedlock had entered into the said tenements together with William her husband, and they were seised of the bailiwick as appurtenant to the said tenements until the Bishop and Gilbert had disseised them of it. William and Agnes are therefore to recover seisin of it by view of the recognitors, and their damages are taxed at 40s.; and William and Agnes are in misericordiâ for a false claim against the other defendants. m. 16, dorso.

Coram Rege Roll. Michaelmas, 29 E. I.

Staff. Adam de Bromhale appeared against Thomas de la Hyde, Thomas de Engleton, and John Ryot, in a plea of conspiracy and trespass. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and to produce them at the Quindene of Hillary. m. 21.

Staff. Osbert de Tamworth of Westbromwich and Margaret his wife, Richard le Parker, Richard de Wygemere, Ralph Swyft, Henry Dun, and William del Hull were attached at the suit of Walter de Ebroicis (Devereux) for cutting down his trees at Westbromwich vi et armis. The defendants denied the trespass, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the morrow of the Purification. m. 49.

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to return into this Court the appeal of John le Counter of Colton against Ralph Griffyn and Robert his brother for the death of William le Counter his brother, and to inform the said John that he was to be present to prosecute his appeal, inasmuch as it could not be determined in a lesser Court than Coram Rege or before the Justices Itinerant, according to the law and custom of the kingdom; and the said John being solemnly called on the first, second, third, and fourth days did not appear. He is therefore to be arrested, together with his sureties for the prosecution, viz., John de Monte of Colton and Nicholas Fox of the same, and the appeal is to proceed at the suit of the King; and as the defendants did not appear, the Sheriff was ordered to arrest them and keep them in prison and produce them Coram Rege on the morrow of the Purification to answer for the said death. A postscript states that at that term the Sheriff sent no writ, and he was ordered to produce them at (date illegible). m. 50.

Staff. Elena formerly wife of Thomas de Arderne, Roger Parson of the Church of Northbyry, and John Muigners, the executors of the will of the said Thomas, sued Richard de Culeye and two others for a trespass. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest them and produce them in Court at three weeks from Easter. m. 55.

Linc. The Sheriff was ordered to levy 12½ marks from the goods and chattels of Hugh de Tatereshale, Simon son of Robert de Dryby, William Wasteneys and Roger his brother, Simon de Penyton, and Richard le Warrener, damages adjudicated against them in an assize of novel disseisin which Ralph de Dryby had arraigned against them. m. 21, dorso.

Staff. John son of William de Pykestok appeared against Thomas Bonde, William de Cherleton, Clerk, Thomas de Stanilowe, Henry de Cherleton, Robert son of Philip de Chetewynde, Ralph his brother, Simon le Joyere, Adam de Cherleton, Thomas de Stalbrok, William Fraunceys, Laurence de Aston near Dokeseye, and four others in a plea of trespass. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 18, dorso.

Footnotes

1 This case is curious and interesting, exemplifying as it does the process of the ancient County Court in a criminal appeal. Geoffrey appears to have been killed by an infuriated husband, who found him in the arms of his wife.