Curial records, writs and letters of commission
IV. Exemplifications of Curial Records, Writs and Letters of
Commission, to the number of thirteen writings.
Together with other writings that need not be noticed in the present
report, the MSS. of this group comprise the following:—
Controversy between William Briscoe and the Mayor and Community of Coventre.
14 Edward IV., November 18th .—Exemplification of the
enrolment of an Indenture made on 3rd July of 13 Edward IV. between
the Mayor and Community of Coventre of the one part and William
Briscoe alias Bristoe of the same city of the other part, as entered
under the latter date, supra.
Verdict of Jurors on the same Dispute.
15 Edward IV., November 28th .—Exemplification of the
Record (amongst the Pleas at Westminster in Trinity Term, 15
Edward IV.) of the proceedings in the cause of the Mayor and Community of Coventre versus William Briscowe, of Coventre, gentleman,
closing with the verdict of jurors that the Mayor and Community of the
said city unjustly disseised the said William of twenty-eight acres of
arable land and three acres of heath lying under the park of Cheldesmore from the buttes called the Skynners' Buttes to the water at
Shirborn, and that the said William did not enter with violence and
arms on the said land called "the comengrownd," and did not disseise
the said Mayor and community of the said land.
Other documents relating to this dispute will be found under the next
headings, in Classes V. and VI.
Former Possessions of the Prior and Convent of Coventre in the Wodende.
36 Elizabeth, October 30th .—Exemplification under the seal
of the Exchequer of entries in a book formerly belonging to the Priory
of Coventre, and remaining in the custody of the Remembrancer of the
Exchequer: Certifying that the Prior and Convent of Coventre had in
the Wodende a tenement or messuage, and also had as appurtenances to
the same messuage two fields called the Knydinges, extending in one
direction to the waste of the lordship of Stoke, and also a waste
called Bagot Waste lying between the waste of Robert de Stoke and
the way toward Leicestre, and also a toft near the Wenchfeldes, and a
croft lying in Wyken and called Wykyncroft.
Writs to Sheriffs and Others Co. Warwick, for providing
Ships, &c. for the King's Service.
11 Charles I., August 4th .—Writ addressed to the Sheriff of
the county of Warwick, the Mayor bailiffs and community of the city
of Coventre, and the Sheriffs of the county of the same city, and the
Bailiffs of the town of Brymingham, and the Warden and society of the
royal town of Sutton Coldfield co. Warwick, and the Bailiff aldermen
and chief burgesses of Stratford-upon-Avon co. Warwick, and all the
worthy men of the said city, boroughs, and members thereof, and in the
county of the said city, and in the towns of Warwick, Alcester and
Coleshill, and all the other towns, villages, hamlets and places in the
said county: Requiring them to provide at their own charges a ship of
war of four hundred tons, manned with one hundred and sixty able and
expert seamen, and duly equipped with victuals, arms and munitions
of war, and to cause the same ship to be brought, this side the first day
of next March, to the port of Portsmouth, thence to proceed in the
company of the said King's ships and the ships of others his faithful
subjects in an expedition to fight and destroy the robbers and pirates of
the sea, Mahometan enemies of the Christian name, and others, who
are harassing and despoiling and plundering the ships, goods and
merchandise of the king's subjects and friends, and have carried the
men of the same ships into most wretched captivity.
Also, three other writs for shipping of war for the same purpose,
dated respectively August 12th 12 Charles I., 19th September 13
Charles I., and 5th November 14 Charles I.
Appointment of Deputy Lieutenants of Coventre.
35 Charles II., September 22nd .—Commission, signed and
sealed by Robert Earl of Sunderland, Lord Lieutenant of the county of
Warwick, appointing the Mayor of Coventre for the time being, Sir
Thomas Norton bart., Sir Arthur Caley and Sir Robert Townesend
knts., John Dugdale, Basil Fielding and Henry Greene esqrs., Nathanael
Harriman, Thomas King, Henry Smith and Richard Haywood,
gentlemen, to be Deputy Lieutenants for and in the city of Coventry and
the county of the same city. Also, new Letters of Commission to the
same effect, dated on 20th June, 1 James II.  by the same Lord