A.D. 1244. Sheriffs.: Nicholas Bat,; Ralph de Bow, (fn. 1) Spicer,
These persons being elected and sworn on the third day before the
Feast of Saint Michael, his lordship the King returned from Scotland to
London on the Vigil of Saint Michael, and again took the City into his
hand for the cause aforesaid, forbidding the Sheriffs to do any of their
duties; and he entrusted the City to Ralph Eswy, the then Mayor, and
to Michael Tovy; who held it until the Feast of Saint Luke [18 October];
upon which day, the citizens made fine to the King in the sum of one
thousand pounds. On the morrow however, the Sheriffs before-mentioned
were presented. This year, upon the Feast of Saint (fn. 2) Dionis [8 April]
Fulk Basset was consecrated Bishop of London, in the Church of the Holy
Trinity at (fn. 3) Alegate. In this year, Michael Tovy was made Mayor. In
this year his lordship the King warred against David, son of Lewelin, in
Wales with his host.
Upon the withdrawal of the Sheriffs from their bailiwick, the citizens
meeting at the Guildhall, on the fourth day before the Feast of Saint
Michael, for the election of Sheriffs, there arose a very great dissension in
the City, through Simon Fitz-Mary; who, understanding that the Mayor
was wishful to admit Nicholas Bat to the Shrievalty for the following
year, declared that he would prove him to be a perjurer, if he should admit
the said Nicholas to the Shrievalty for two successive years, in contravention of the oath which all the Aldermen had made, by assent of the
whole City, fifteen years before, in manner already noticed. By reason
whereof, out of respect for the Mayor, the said Symon surrendered his
Aldermanry into the hands of the City, by way of (fn. 4) amercement. Upon the
Vigil of Saint Michael, certain of the populace elected Nicholas Bat, with
the Mayor's assent, and the principal men Adam de Benetleye, saying that
the said Nicholas ought not to be chosen for two consecutive years; nearly
all the Aldermen leaving the Guildhall; and so Nicholas Bat remained
|| I. e. Dealer in spices.
|| Or, Denis.
|| Or modified fine.