Plea Rolls for Staffordshire
34 Edward I (2)

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Major-General Hon. George Wrottesley (editor)

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1886

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144-154

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'Plea Rolls for Staffordshire: 34 Edward I (2)', Staffordshire Historical Collections, vol. 7, part 1 (1886), pp. 144-154. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=52465 Date accessed: 18 September 2014.


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Banco Roll. Hillary, 34 E. I.

Staff. In the suit of Juliana formerly wife of Robert de Halghton for dower against Richard de Dockesey and Margaret his wife, and in which the defendants had called to warranty Thomas son and heir of the said Robert de Halghton, who was under age, etc., the custodes of the heir and his lands now appeared and prayed it might be shown why they ought to warrant, and Richard and Margaret stated that in 31 E. I., at Easter a fine was levied at York between the said Richard and Margaret, complainants, and the said Robert brother (sic) of the said Thomas, whose heir he is, of the manor of Dockeseye and of 83 acres of land, 26 acres of meadow, 2 acres of wood, and 8 acres of heath in Selkemor (Silkmoor), Gretwode, Bradelegh, and Welaston (Wollaston), by which the said Richard acknowledged the said tenements to be the right of Robert, and which the said Robert had of the gift of the said Richard, and for this recognition, etc., the same Robert conceded to Richard and Margaret the said tenements to hold to them and the heirs of the body of the said Richard, rendering a rose yearly for all service, and with a clause of warranty for himself and heirs; and he produced the fine, and the custodians then warranted to them to the amount of the valuations of their respective parts of the inheritance, and all the custodes excepting the said Juliana, stated that the said Juliana at Michaelmas, 32 E. I., when the said Richard and Margaret called the heir to warranty, held land in soccage sufficient to meet the claim for dower, and it was in her custody and of the inheritance of the heir, and Juliana admitted this, but stated that the said Thomas had afterwards taken it from her and was now seised of it, and Richard de Wyluby, for the said Thomas, stated that the tenements held in soccage were valued at less than half their true value, and prayed another extent might be made. The Sheriffs of cos. Salop and Stafford were therefore commanded to make a new extent of all the tenements, which the said Juliana held in soccage, and to return it into Court at the Quindene of Easter.

A postscript states that on that day the Sheriff of Salop sent the extent, by which it appeared that Juliana held on the date named, of the inheritance of the said Thomas, two parts of a messuage in the vill of Wythynton, worth 8d., also forty acres of land worth half a mark, the acre being worth 2d., also three acres of meadow worth 2s. annually, also two acres of wood worth 12d., also rents of free tenants and natives £4 17s. 4d., and the labour of the villein tenants was worth 7s. and their aid (auxilium) 24s. 2½d. Also she held in the open field (campo) of Berewyk, three acres of land worth 6d. annually. The sum of which is £6 19s. 4¼d. And in the same day Juliana and the custodians appeared by their attornies, and Juliana claimed her dower; and as the custodians, and Juliana were contented with the above valuation, it is considered that Richard and Margaret should hold their lands in peace, and that Juliana should take her dower from the said tenements, and which were in the custody of the said Juliana on the above date, and the custodians of the other lands were dismissed from the suit. m. 58.

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to distrain Juliana formerly wife of Henry de Colton, and to produce her in Court to acknowledge what right she claimed in thirty-eight acres of land, five of meadow, twenty acres of wood, 3s. 4d. of rent, and the third part of a messuage and mill in Colton, Neulond and Blithebury, which Robert son of Henry de Colton had granted to William son of John le Mareschal by a fine; and she did not appear. The Sheriff had distrained and returned 10d. as proceeds. He was therefore ordered to distrain again, and produce her at the Quindene of Hillary. A postscript states the Sheriff sent no return at that term, and he was ordered to produce her at the Quindene of Easter. m. 72.

Warw. William son of William de Tamynhorn sued Roger de Somervyle for three acres in Stoctone near Sutham by writ de avo. (fn. 1) Roger stated he held the tenements for term of his life only of John de Somervyle, and called him to warranty. Adjourned to the Quindene of Trinity. A postscript adjourns the suit again to the morrow of St. Martin. m. 83.

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Henry de Salt sued Magister Robert de Bromleye and Ralph de Hampton for the third of a water mill in Neuton near Blithefeld as her dower; and the defendants had made default on the morrow of All Souls, and the Sheriff had been ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon the parties for this day, and they appeared, and Agnes claimed her dower by their default; and they denied the summons. It is therefore considered they should wage their law; and a day was given to them at the Quindene of Easter. m. 106.

Derb. The Abbot of Roucestre, the executor of Urian de St. Pierre, sued William Pychard, William de Hundesaker (Handsacre), and Edmund son of Geoffrey de Greseleye, the executors of the will of Geoffrey de Greseleye, for a debt ten marks; and they did not appear. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at a month from Easter. m. 125.

Ebor., Staff. John son of John fitz Philip sued Hugh de Hepham and Joan his wife in a plea that they should warrant to him the third part of the manor of Bobynton in co. Stafford, which Margaret formerly wife of John de Wanton claimed as dower; and they did not appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered to take land belonging to Hugh and Joan into the King's hand to the value of the dower claimed; and as the value of the dower was not known, the Sheriff of Staffordshire was ordered to appraise it, and return the valuation into Court at three weeks from Easter. A postscript states the Sheriff sent the valuation on that day, which showed that the manor was worth £21 12s. 11¼d. annually. m. 149.

Staff. Adam de Mucleston and Scolastica his wife sued William le Hore of Fredeswelle for a third of seven and a half acres of land in Frodeswelle (Fradswell), and they sued Nicholas le Hore of Frodeswelle for a third of twenty-four acres, and they sued Henry son of John de le Hethe and Cecilia formerly wife of John de le Hethe for the third of a messuage and ten acres in the same vill as the dower of Scolastica, of the dotation of Thomas Meverel her first husband. William stated he held four and a half acres from which dower was claimed for term of his life, of the inheritance of Thomas son and heir of Thomas Meverel, and the rest for a term of thirty years, and he produced a deed of Thomas Meverel the father, by which Thomas Meverel gave to him for a term of thirty years two places in Frodeswell, which contained three acres, and with a clause of warranty; and he produced another deed of the same Thomas, by which he demised to him a cultura of land in Frodeswelle, which contained four and a half acres, and with a clause of warranty; and Henry and Cecilia stated that Cecilia held nothing except as wife of Henry; and Henry stated that he held the tenements for a term of years of the inheritance of the said Thomas the son and heir of Thomas Meverel, and he produced a deed which showed that Thomas Meverel the father had conveyed to John de le Hethe of Frodeswell, the father of Henry, whose heir he is, a messuage, gardens, and buildings, and the land and meadow, together with Hosthulesclif, for a term of twenty years, and with a clause of warranty; and the said William and Henry called to warranty Thomas son and heir. of Thomas Meverel, who with his land is in the custody of the said Adam and Scolastica; and Nicholas also called the same Thomas to warranty, and he produced a deed of Thomas the father, by which he granted to Nicholas and his heirs a piece of land in the wood of Frodeswelle which contained twentyfour acres and with a clause of warranty. The custodes are therefore to produce the heir at a month from Easter. m. 175.

Staff. The suit of Amabilla formerly wife of Edmund de Legh versus Emma formerly wife of Philip de Legh and Reginald son of the same Philip, is respited till three weeks from Easter through defect of a jury. m. 193.

Staff. John de Swynnerton sued Katrine formerly wife of Nicholas de Audeleye for a debt of £40; and he stated that she had bound herself to him for the above sum on the Saturday after the Feast of St. Matthew, 29 E. I., the debt to be repaid by instalments of 10 marks at Newcastle-under-Lyme, and he produced her bond. Katherine appeared by attorney and acknowledged her bond, for which John remitted his damages and £10 of the debt. John is therefore to recover £30. A postscript states that John afterwards appeared and obtained a writ of "elegit." m. 201.

Staff. Juliana daughter of Gilbert of the Hulle sued Henry Crombe and Isabella his wife for half a messuage and twenty-four acres of land in Lychefeld, which should fall to her of the inheritance of Sampson son of Gilbert, the brother of Juliana and Isabella, whose heirs they are, and who had lately died. Henry and Isabella stated that Sampson did not die seised of the tenements, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of St. John the Baptist, on which day a postscript says Juliana appeared, but Henry and Isabella essoigned themselves de malo veniendi against her; and a day was given to them at the Quindene of St. Martin, 35 E. I., on which day the parties appeared, and the Sheriff sent no writ, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Easter. m. 221.

Staff. Thomas Brun gives half a mark for license of concord with Geoffrey le Brun respecting tenements in Alvetone, Denstone, and Farleye. m. 254.

Staff. Simon le Scot of Bromleye Regis sued Roger son of Thomas Corbet in a plea that he should warrant to him seventeen acres of land in Bromley Regis, which he claimed to hold of him. Roger did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he held nothing in co. Stafford, and it was shown he held sufficient in co. Salop. The Sheriff of Salop was therefore ordered to attach him for the morrow of St. John the Baptist. A postscript adjourns the suit to the morrow of St. Martin. m. 261, dorso.

Staff. Nicholas Randolf and William de Mersshton, the executors of William de Pykestoke, sued Richard Spigornei and Henry son of William de Wolaston and William de la Doune, in a plea that each of them should render to them 8 marks which they unjustly detained. The defendants did not appear and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them on the Octaves of Trinity. m. 233, dorso.

Staff. Dionisia formerly wife of John le Bret, senior, sued Hugh de Aldytheleye and Isolda his wife for the third of a messuage and carucate of land, twenty acres of wood, and twenty acres of pasture, and ten acres of meadow and 100s. of rent in Chesterton, as her dower. Hugh and Isolda called to warranty William son of William de Thicknesse, who is to be summoned for three weeks from Easter. m. 225, dorso.

Staff. John de Chetewynde sued Robert de Staundon for causing waste and destruction in houses, woods, and gardens, which he held in custody of the inheritance of John in Weston near Staundon. Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Quindene of Trinity. A postscript states the Sheriff made no return at that date, and the suit was adjourned to the morrow of All Souls. m. 115, dorso.

Staff. William Orpinger of Sondon and Margaret his wife sued Henry de Horseleye for a third of eight acres of land in Sondon (Sandon), and they sued Amice formerly wife of Thomas the Clerk for a third of four acres in the same vill as dower. Henry and Amice stated they held only for a term by the demise of one Richard son of Richard Wolfrich, whom they called to warranty. Richard is to be summoned for the Quindene of Easter. m. 87, dorso.

Staff. Juliana formerly wife of Robert de Hugeford sued Eva de Oswaldestre for the third of a water-mill in Hildulveston (Hilderstone) as dower. Eva called to warranty William son of Robert de Hugeford, who is to be summoned for a month from Easter. m. 87, dorso.

Banco Roll. Easter, 34 E. I.

Staff. William son of Robert de Huggeford sued Walter de Huggeford in a plea that he should acquit him of the service which William de Chetewynde exacted from him for the tenement which he held of the said Walter in Hildulveston (Hilderstone), and in which Walter was mesne lord between them. Walter did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he held nothing within his county, and it was shown that he held sufficient in co. Salop. The Sheriff of Salop was therefore commanded to summon him for the Octaves of Michaelmas, and the Sheriff of Staffordshire was ordered to attach him according to Statute. m. 21.

Staff. William son of Robert de Hugeford sued Elyas atte Lowe for an acre and a half of land in Hildulveston (Hilderstone), and he sued William le Caretter for an acre and a half of land in the same vill, and Adam de Preers and Alice his wife for six acres in the same vill, and John son of John de Brok, for six acres in the same vill. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon them for the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 52.

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Henry de Salt sued Robert de Bromleye and Ralph de Hampton for a third of a water mill in Blythefeld as her dower. Robert and Ralph called to warranty Isabella and Margaret the daughters and heirs of Henry de Salt, whose persons and lands are in the custody of the said Agnes. And he produced a deed of Henry son of Hugh de Salt, which showed that Henry gave to Magister Robert (de Bromleye) and Ralph, the said mill for a term of thirty years, and after thirty years they were to render to the said Henry and his heirs 100s. yearly, and which contained a clause of warranty. Agnes was therefore ordered to produce the heirs to warrant the tenements at the Quindene of Trinity. m. 76.

Staff. Matilda (sic) formerly wife of John le Bret recovers a third of a messuage and a carucate of land, etc., in Chesterton as dower against Hugh de Aldytheleye and Isolda his wife, through default of the defendants. m. 104.

Staff. Roger son of Peter Corbizun sued Simon son of Ralph Cotyn of Buckenhale for six acres of land in Maddele-under-Lyme, in which the said Simon had no entry except by a disseisin which Simon Cotyn had made of Peter Corbizun his father. And Simon had made default at the last Octaves of Michaelmas, and the Sheriff had been ordered to take the tenements into the King's hands, and to summon the parties to hear judgment at this term, and upon this one Simon appeared who called himself son of the said Ralph, and stated that he held the said tenements, and held them at the date of the writ; and he prayed that he might not lose them by the default of the said Simon, who had died long before the date of the writ. And Roger stated that the said Simon who called himself son of Ralph did not hold the tenements in question, and that Simon, against whom he sued, was alive and held the tenements, and held them at the date of the writ; and he appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from Michaelmas; on which day, a postscript states, the Sheriff sent no writ, and the suit was adjourned till the Purification of the Blessed Mary. m. 127.

Staff. Alice formerly wife of Peter de Colecestre sued Ralph le Despencer for a third of a messuage and five acres and a half of land in Elleford; and she sued William son of Roger de Cumberford for a third of a pound of pepper in the same vill, and William son of Alan Brabazun of Cumberton (sic) for a third of an acre of pasture; and she sued Osbert Everard of Tamworth for a third of a messuage and half a virgate of land in the same vill; and Robert Hastang for a third of two acres in Badenhale, which she claimed as dower. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon them for the Quindene of Trinity. m. 141.

Staff. The Abbot of Roucestre, the executor of Urian de St. Pierre, sued William de Hundesaker (Handsacre) and Edmund son of Geoffrey de Greseleye, the executors of Geoffrey de Greseleye, for a debt of 10 marks; and they did not appear; and the Sheriff had been ordered to distrain, etc., and he now returned that he had distrained William by his chattels to the value of 20d., and that Edmund held nothing within his bailiwick, and it was shown he held sufficient at Kynkeston (Kingston). The Sheriff was ordered to distrain as before, and to produce them on the morrow of St. John the Baptist. m. 218.

Staff. Adam Coyne was sued by Thomas Earl of Lancaster for customs and right services owing for the free tenement he held of him in Uttoxhather (Uttoxeter) and Marchinton; and the Earl stated by his attorney that whereas the said Adam held of him four messuages and three hundred and nineteen acres of land and fourteen acres of meadow, sixty acres of moor and marsh, by homage and fealty, and the service of a tenth of a Knight's fee and a rent of 10s. annually, he had unjustly withheld the service, and for which he claimed £10 as damages. A concord was made, by which Adam acknowledged he held of the Earl a messuage called Wolvesbrugge, and twenty-four acres of land in Wolvesbruggefeld, and seventy acres of land called Knyghtslond, and seven acres of wood which was waste, and ten acres called Oldeheth, and three acres formerly belonging to Richard Brun called Brunescroft, and two acres at Birchenehull, and twenty acres in Fennifeld, and ten acres formerly belonging to Thomas le Mouner (the miller), and eight acres called Wodewardefeld, and eighteen called Longehethe, and three called Mounerparrok, and three called Chreneschawe, and seven called Barnesfeld, and three formerly belonging to Thomas son of Adam, and ten formerly belonging to Geoffrey Oweyn, and a piece of moor and marsh called le mos, containing sixty acres, and two acres of meadow near the same, and two acres near the road of Coundesle, all in the said vill of Uttoxhather, and that he held three messuages, ninety-five acres of land, and ten acres of meadow in Marchinton, viz., a messuage called Modiesmor, containing nearly four acres, and forty acres adjacent to it, and thirty acres of wood which was waste at Coundesleye, and six acres called Bassetfeld, and ten called Tornorfeld, and ( ) near le Ryfhay which belonged to Roger de Dounes, and twenty-one acres of land called Lyghtiwode, and six acres of meadow in Morelesmor, and a messuage and thirty acres of land which Robert Oweyn holds, and a messuage and twenty-eight acres of land which Henry atte Wode holds, and ten acres which Henry Brun holds, and ten acres of land and four of meadow which William Morel holds. And he acknowledged that the above tenements were held by homage and fealty and the service of one-tenth of a Knight's fee. m. 245.

Staff. Roger de Engelfeld came into Court on the Friday the morrow of the Ascension, 34 E. I., and acknowledged his deed in these words, and prayed it might be enrolled: Sciant, etc., quod ego Rogerus de Engelfeld dedi, etc., domino Willelmo de Bereford, militi, omnes terras et tenementa mea et quicquid habui in villâ de Hemele (Himley) et Swendon (Swindon), tam in dominico quam in servitiis liberis, una cum villanis, eorum sequelis, et villenagiis et aliis quibuscunque aisiamentis quæ ego Rogerus vel antecessores mei percipere et habere solebamus in predictis villis. Habendum et tenendum idem domino Willelmo et heredibus suis quousque ego dictus Rogerus vel heredes mei solverimus eidem domino Willelmo vel heredibus suis triginta marcas argenti, et cum ego dictus Rogerus vel heredes mei dictam solutionem eidem domino Willelmo vel heredibus suis semel fecerimus ad plenum, idem dominus Willelmus, concedit pro se et heredibus suis quod ipse vel heredes sui extunc reddent predicto Rogero vel heredibus suis ad eo integre omnes terras et tenementa in predictis villis sicut idem dominus Willelmus tenementa illa recepit de predicto Rogero. In cujus rei, etc. Hiis testibus, Domino Willelmo de Harpedene, Domino Willelmo Wace, Ricardo de Stonore, Willelmo de Craunford, Roberto de Stoke, et aliis. m. 258, dorso.

Staff. Elena formerly wife of Adam le Venur gives half a mark for license of concord with Adam Coyne in a plea of covenant respecting tenements in Uttokeshather, Marchynton, Cundesley, Thornyhull, Horecros, Melewych, Huntenesbache, Kyngeston, Lockesleye, and Cotune. m. 252, dorso. (fn. 2)

Staff. Richard de Delves gives half a mark for license of concord with Ralph de Bromleye and Agnes his wife respecting tenements in Dymmesdale. m. 191, dorso.

Staff. Nicholas de Carliolo (Carlisle) and Alice his wife not appearing to prosecute their plea against Andrew the Parson of the Church of Evenefeld (Enville) to recover chattels to the value of £70 which he unjustly detained, the suit was dismissed. m. 62, dorso.

Staff. The Sheriff had been commanded to take with him four discreet and lawful Knights of the county, and to proceed in his own person to the court of Edmund de Somerville of Alrewas, and in full court cause to be recorded the suit which was before the said court by the King's writ of right between Adam son of Robert Gode and Richard son of Nicholas son of Amice of Alrewas, respecting a messuage and a virgate of land in Edenyngehale (Eddinghall), and respecting which the said Adam complained a false verdict had been delivered, and to have the record in Court at this term under his seal, and by four lawful men of the said Court who were present when the record was made, and to summon the said Richard to be in Court at the same time. And Richard did not appear; and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Quindene of Michaelmas. And the Sheriff returned he had proceeded to the court of Alrewas, and in presence of Philip de Somerville, Robert Henry, Richard Herny, and John de Wyrley, four men of the court had, etc. (as above), and they did not appear. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to distrain, and produce them at the said term. m. 62, dorso.

Staff. Roger son of Peter Corbizun withdrew his writ against John Giffard of Chilynton and Alditha his wife in a plea of land. m. 51, dorso.

Banco Roll. Trinity, 34 E. I.

Rotel. John de Wasteneys, the executor of Gilbert de Umframville, sued Walter de Blaunkenay in a plea that he should render to him a reasonable account for the time he was bailiff of Gilbert in Market Overton and Hameldon. Walter did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest him and produce him on the morrow of All Souls. m. 8.

Salop. Henry Gregori of Salop sued Henry de Verdun, Roger son of Jordan de Pulesdone, and John de Cotes, in a plea that they should each render to him 60s., which they unjustly detained; and they did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon them, and returned that he had summoned Roger son of Jordan, but that Henry and John held nothing in co. Salop; and it was shown they held sufficient at Derlaston and at Cotes in co. Stafford. The Sheriff of Staffordshire was therefore ordered to summon them for the morrow of All Souls. m. 34.

Staff. Robert le Mareschal of Aston and Agnes his wife give half a mark for license of concord with Nicholas fitz Herberd respecting the third part of the manor of Aston near Stone. (fn. 3) m. 37.

Staff. John de Benteley sued Richard Osbern of Esington to give up to him three deeds which he unjustly detained. Richard did not appear, and is to be attached for the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 38.

Staff. Roger son of Peter Corbizoun sued Richard son of Richard de Grafton for three acres in Madeley; and Richard had made default on the Octaves of Hillary last, and afterwards appeared in Court and prayed a view; and the Sheriff had been ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon him for this day to hear judgment; and Roger now claimed the tenements by default of Richard ; and Richard pleaded that his default should not prejudice him, because a fortnight before the last Octaves of Hillary he had beaten one Thomas Kele at Madeley and caused an effusion of blood, on account of which the hue and cry was raised against him, and one Richard de Vernay the constable of the peace (constabularius pacis) of that place had put him into prison for the following three weeks, so that he could not be present in Court to answer the said Roger, and this he was prepared to prove. Roger stated that at the date in question Richard was out of prison, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the morrow of All Souls. m. 55.

Staff. Adam Coyne gives half a mark for license of concord with William de Assheby respecting tenements in Merchington. m. 78.

Ebor., Staff. In the suit of Margaret formerly wife of John de Wanton versus John son of John fitz Philip for a third part of the manor of Bobyngton which she claimed as dower, Hugh de Hepham and Joan his wife appeared and warranted her dower to Margaret ; and as it was shown that the said Hugh and Joan held sufficient of the tenements of the said John formerly husband of Margaret (to satisfy the claim), it is considered that John son of John fitz Philip should hold his land in peace, and Margaret should be compensated from the land of the said Hugh and Joan to the value of her dower, in co. York. And Hugh and Joan are in misericordiâ, because they did not grant the dower in the first instance. m. 88.

Staff. Christiana formerly wife of John Finch sued Hugh le Ridere for the third of a messuage and ten acres of land in Lychefeld. Hugh stated he held the tenements for the term of life of one Margaret formerly wife of Hugh de Eynesham, and called to warranty Ralph son of Ralph de Pipe, who is to be summoned for the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 95.

Staff. Robert de Bromleye and Ralph de Hampton sued Agnes formerly wife of Henry de Salt, the custodian of the persons and lands of Isabella and Margaret daughters and heirs of Henry de Salt, in a plea that they should warrant to them the third part of a watermill in Blithefeld which the said Agnes claimed as dower ; and she did not appear. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to take into the King's hand, land of the said Isabella and Margaret to the value of the dower claimed, and to summon her for the Quindene of Michaelmas. m. 140.

Staff. Petronilla formerly wife of Ralph Carles sued William Musberd for five acres of land and an acre of meadow in Admodeston (Admaston) and Blithefeld; and he did not appear; and he had previously made default at the Quindene of Hillary ; and the Sheriff had been ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and he had done nothing in the matter. He was therefore ordered as before to summon him for the morrow of St. Martin, and the Sheriff to be present, etc. m. 150.

Staff. Richard Costantyn sued Richard de Stretton the bailiff of Thomas Earl of Lancaster of the Honor of Lancaster in co. Stafford, in a plea that whereas the said Richard Costantyn should have, and he and his ancestors from time out of memory had had view of frankpledge and fines for the infraction of the assize of bread and beer at Thorp Costantyn from the men and tenants of the said vill, the said Richard de Stretton together with William of Neuton Sulny had unjustly impeded the said view and fines from his men and tenants aforesaid, to the no small damage of the said Richard Costantyn, and against the tenor of the King's mandate directed to the said Richard de Stretton and William. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon them, and returned they held nothing within his bailiwick, and it was shown they held sufficient. The Sheriff was therefore commanded as before to summon them for the morrow of St. Martin ; on which day he sent no writ, and was commanded to summon them for three weeks from Easter, and to be present himself. m. 152.

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Reginald le Wodeward sued William de Fynchyngfeld and Emma his wife, and Henry son of the said William, for the third of fifty acres of land in Overpenne as dower. The defendants called to warranty Magister Richard Walrand, who now appeared and warranted the tenements to them, and called to warranty Richard son of Seburn de Burs, who is to be summoned in the counties of Essex and Suffolk. m. 152.

Staff. Margaret formerly wife of William de Bagenholt sued Adam son of Hugh le Carpenter of Bothum for a third of a messuage, and two bovates of land, and three acres of meadow in Great Barkesford, which she claimed as dower. Adam did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon him for the Quindene of Michaelmas. m. 166.

Staff. Katerina (sic) formerly wife of William de Bagenholt sued Adam son of Hugh le Carpenter of Bothum for the third of two parts of a messuage, two bovates of land, and three acres of meadow in Great Barkesford, which she claimed as dower. Adam did not appear, etc. (the same process as in the last suit). m. 166.

Staff. Adam de Legh sued William de Wulseleye for causing waste and destruction in the houses and gardens in Bertherton, which he had demised to him for a term. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him on the morrow of St. Martin. m. 188.

Warw. Brother William de la More, the Master of the Knight Templars in England, Brother William de la Forche, and Brother Walter de Jonesby, were summoned by Robert le Harpur of Chesterton in a plea that they had aken and unjustly distrained his cattle, viz., from a place in Cesterton called ortechalanges, a horse and a colt, on the Thursday after the Feast of St. Ambrose, 34 E. I., and for which he claimed 40s. as damages.

The defendants admitted the distress, and stated that Robert held of the Master of the Templars five and a half virgates of land and two parts of a messuage in Cesterton by fealty and the service of 28s., and two suits of court annually, and of which service Brother Guy de Foresta, his predecessor, was seised by the hands of Gilbert le Harpur the father of the said Robert, whose heir he is, and because the said rent was in arrear for ten years, he had taken the cattle, as was lawful. Robert stated that the tenements in question contained five virgates only, and were held of the King in capite by the Sergeanty of the custody of the Forest of Canok, and that King Henry the great grandfather of the present King had given them to one Henry de Brok the great grandfather (proavo) of the said Robert, whose heir he is, by a charter which he produced, and by which it appeared that King Henry had given and confirmed to Henry del Brok and his heirs, the forestership (forestariam) and all the lands and tenements which Brune held, with the daughter of the said Brune ; and he stated also that King Richard had confirmed the said grant by his deed, which he produced, and which showed that King Richard conceded to the said Henry del Brok that the said Henry should hold all his lands and tenements and his office (ministerium) in the Forest of Canok, with all the rights pertaining to it, as freely and fully as King Henry his father had granted to the said Henry de Brok, with the daughter of Brune, and that the said Henry should not be impleaded for any tenements in the Forest of Canok except coram Rege; and he stated that the said Henry del Brok his great grandfather had issue Elizabeth and Joan, and after the death of Henry five virgates of land and two parts of the said messuage were assigned to the said Elizabeth as her purparty, (fn. 4) and Elizabeth had issue the said Gilbert, and Gilbert had issue Robert who now sues ; and he said that he and his ancestors had therefore held the tenements of the King and his progenitors since the time of King Henry by the said Sergeanty, as he was prepared to prove. And the Master of the Knight Templars stated that Brune had given the said five virgates and a half of land and two parts of the messuage to the Knight Templars, and by which gift one Geoffrey fitz Stephen formerly Master and his predecessor, had been seised of them as of the right of the Temple, and he had afterwards enfeoffed in them the said Henry del Brok the great grandfather of Robert, whose heir he is, to hold of the Master and his successors by the service of 28s. and two suits of court.

And Robert stated that he held at present five virgates of land, and the said two parts of a messuage, of which the place called Sortchalanges forms a parcel, by the gift of King Henry made to his great grandfather Henry del Brok, and not by the gift which had been made by the Master of the Templars, as asserted by the present Master, and he appealed to a jury ; and because the justices were not willing to try the case without reference to the King (Rege inconsulto), a day was given to the parties on the morrow of St. Martin, and in the meantime reference is to be made to the King. m. 189.

Staff. Roger de Clingenfort sued Philip de Somerville, Henry de Alrewas, Clerk, Ralph de Pipe, Thomas de Pipe, Adam le Clerk of Ruggeleye, executors of the will of Robert de Pipe, in a plea that they should severally pay to him a sum of £20 owing to him. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Quindene of St. Martin. m. 257.

Letters of protection enrolled for Roger de Somerville, who had proceeded to Scotland in the King's service, to last till the following Easter, dated from Westminster, 24th May, 34 E. I. m. 305, dorso.

Staff. John son of Thomas de Styvynton gives half a mark for license of concord with Thomas de Styvynton and Agnes his wife in a plea of covenant, respecting tenements in Drengeton (Drineton). (fn. 5) m. 230, dorso.

Staff. Richard le Brer and Cecilia his wife sued William son of William de Kynton in a plea that he should warrant to them the third of a messuage and virgate of land in Knythton near Woninton, which Richard le Eyr claimed against them; and he did not appear. The Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon him for the Octaves of St. Martin. m. 165, dorso.

Staff. Roger son of Peter Corbizun sued Adam de Onyleye and Philippa his wife for twelve acres of land in Onyleye, and he sued Thomas son of Simon Cotyn for twelve acres in the same vill; and they did not appear after a day had been given to them "prece partium." The Sheriff was therefore ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon them for the morrow of All Souls to hear judgment. m. 156, dorso.

Staff. Katherine formerly the wife of William de Bagenholt sued Robert Clement for a third of a messuage, and twelve acres of land and three acres of meadow in Great Barkesforde, and she sued Richard le Saltere and Sibilla his wife for a third of three messuages, and two virgates of land and six acres of meadow ; and William le Baker and Agnes his wife for a third of three virgates of land, and twelve acres of meadow, and 12s. of rent in the same vill; and she sued William son of Thomas de Greneweye for the third of a messuage and two virgates of land and six acres of meadow in Bakenholt (Bagnall) as her dower. None of the defendants appeared, and they had previously made default at Easter. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, by writ of "non omitteret (fn. 6) propter libertatem," and to summon them for this day ; and the Sheriff now returned the writ reached him too late. Another writ was therefore issued, and he was ordered to summon them for the Quindene of St. Michael. m. 134, dorso.

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Robert de Bagenholt sued Hugh de Aldytheleye for three messuages, a garden, and forty acres of land in Gretone as her right; and Hugh had made default, and the tenements had been taken into the King's hand. Agnes now appeared and claimed them by the default of Hugh, and Hugh denied the summons and offered to wage his law. He is therefore to come with his compurgators at three weeks from Easter. m. 125, dorso.

Staff. The executors of Magister Robert de Stafford sued William son of Robert de Cavereswall for a debt of £9 9s. owing to them, and he did not appear. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain, and produce him on the morrow of All Souls. m. 114, dorso.

Staff. Henry de Hounehill sued William le Machoun of Frethingdene and Alice his wife for three acres of land in Marchington-under-Nedwode, as his right and inheritance, and in which they had no entry except by a demise which Henry le Vineter the great grandfather of Henry, whose heir he is, had made to Richard le Wodeward for a term now expired ; and he stated that the said Henry his great grandfather was seised of the tenements in the time of the King's father, and from Henry the right descended to one John, as his son and heir, and from John to one Henry as his son and heir, and from Henry to Henry the plaintiff, as his son and heir ; and he produced his proofs. William and Alice denied that Henry the great grandfather had ever been in seisin of the tenements as of fee, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the morrow of All Souls. m. 73, dorso.

Derb. It was agreed between the parties that the suit of Roger son of John de Acoure (Okeover) versus William son of William Bastard of Monte Gomeri in a plea of land, should be taken before L. de Trikingham, in place of E. de Bekyngham, owing to the illness of the latter Justice, and it was respited till the morrow of St. Martin. m. 51, dorso.

Footnotes

1 A form of writ of mort d'ancestor.
2 By this fine Elena acknowledged two messuages, three hundred acres of land, thirty-seven acres of wood, sixty acres of moor, and £4 annual rent in Uttokeshather and the other places named, to be the right of Adam, and for which acknowledgment, etc., Adam granted the said tenements to Elena for her life, with remainder to Thomas son of Adam le Venur and heirs of his body; and if he should die s. p., to Adam brother of Thomas, etc.; and if Adam, etc., then to John brother of Adam, etc.; and if John, etc., then to Edmund brother of John, etc.; and if Edmund, etc., then to William brother of Edmund, etc.; and if William, etc.; then to right heirs of Adam le Venur. (Pedes Finium, Stafford., 34 E. I.)
3 By this fine Nicholas acknowledged a third of the manor of Aston, a messuage and a virgate and a half of land, and a rent of 6d., and of a pair of spurs in Blakelowe to be the right of Robert, and for which Robert and Agnes gave to Nicholas 100 marks. (Pedes Finium, Stafford.)
4 The inquisitions p.m. tell a different story. The Forestership descended to the son and to the grandson of Henry de Broc, and on the death of the latter in 48 H. III., who died s. p., reverted to the representatives of the female heirs of Henry.
5 By this fine John son of Thomas acknowledged a messuage and half a virgate of land in Drengeton to be the right of Thomas and Agnes, to be held for their joint lives, and to revert after their death to John and his heirs. (Pedes Finium, Stafford.)
6 The land lay within the liberty of the Bishop. For an account of this writ, see the Introduction to the Plea Rolls, p. 4, Vol. IV., of these Collections.