A.D. 1243. Sheriffs.: Hugh Blund, Goldsmith,; Adam de Giseburne,
In this year, Ralph Eswy was again made Mayor, and presented to
his lordship the King, at Westminster. In this year, there were Pleas
of the Crown at the Tower of London on the morrow of the (fn. 1) Hokeday,
which lasted until the Feast of Saint Barnabas the Apostle [11 June].
In these pleas were remitted the (fn. 2) essoins, which were wont to be presented
on the day before the day of Pleas of the Crown at the gate of the Tower
of London, as to the death of those who had been (fn. 3) attached until the
holding of the Pleas of the Crown; upon the understanding that the
sureties of such persons should be always held indemnified before the
Justiciar, if the death of the persons so bailed should be testified by the
Alderman and the (fn. 4) visnet. In these pleas, there was a law ordained for
(fn. 5) foreigners attached in the City for homicide, to the effect that they shall
put themselves on the verdict of two-and-forty men sworn of the three
Wards next adjoining, as to whether they are guilty thereof, or not; and
this before the Justiciars. In these pleas William Bream (fn. 6) waged the
Great Law, and completed it excellently well. At this time his lordship
the King took the City into his hand, that is to say, on the morrow of the
Holy Trinity, for the harbouring of Walter Buriler, without warrant for
so doing; and re-delivered it unto Ralph Eswy, Mayor of London, to be
held in his keeping, until his return from Scotland. For, a short time
after this, he warred, with a great army, against the King of
Scotland; but they came to terms.
|| Or "Hocktide," the second Tuesday after
Easter; when "hocking," a species of rough
and practical jokes, was extensively practised.
|| Lawful excuses, put in by defendants, or
their representatives, for non-appearance in
|| Persons suspected but allowed to go at
large, on mainprise or bail, until the time of
||Or "visnue," "venue," or neighbourhood.
|| I. e. non-freemen.
|| I. e. placed himself on the verdict of
thirty-six jurors or compurgators; who all, on
oath, pronounced him not guilty.