Staffordshire Historical Collections, Vol. 7, Part 1. Originally published by Staffordshire Record Society, London, 1886.
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Banco Roll. Hillary, 25 E. I.
Staff. Theobald de Neville, Gilbert le Hunte, and Elyas Pye, were summoned by Robert de Gresebrok in a plea that they had taken and unjustly detained his cattle; and he stated that on Monday, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary, 23 E. I., they had taken in the vill of Shenestone in a certain place called Robertscroft six oxen and two cows of the said Robert, and had driven them to the manor of the said Theobald in Shenestone and had there impounded them, and for which he claimed 40s. as damages.
Theobald and the other defendants appeared, and Theobald answered for all, and admitted the taking of the cattle, and stated that one Ralph de Grendon died seised of the manor of Shenestone, and after his death a third of the manor was assigned as dower to one Isabella who had been his wife, and Isabella had demised the said third part to him to hold for her life, and that one Adam the father of the said Robert, whose heir he is, held of the said Ralph in the said manor a messuage and a carucate of land by homage and fealty, and by the service of 5s. annually and a heriot when it should fall due, and that after the death of the said Ralph the service of the said Adam was assigned to Isabella as part of her dower, and after the assignment of Isabella's dower to the said Theobald, Adam had attorned his service to him and had died in his service (in servitio ipsius Theobaldi), and because the said Robert after the death of Adam had detained the heriot due according to the custom of the manor, viz., a horse with saddle and bridle, aketon and lorica, and other arms appurtenant to it, he had distrained the said Robert by the said cattle, as was lawful.
And Robert stated that Adam his father had never attorned his service to the said Theobald, and had died six years and more before Theobald held anything by the assignment of the dower to him, and he appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of the Holy Trinity. m. 25.
Staff. John son of Robert de la Lee of Drengeton (Drineton) sued Brother Richard, Prior of St. Thomas near Stafford, for five acres of land in Drengeton, in which he had no entry except by Nicholas de Aspeley formerly Prior of St. Thomas, who had unjustly disseised Robert de la Lee the father of John, whose heir he is. The Prior appeared and denied that Robert had been unjustly disseised, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of St. John the Baptist. m. 87.
North. Staff. Ermegarda formerly wife of Henry de St. Maur sued Roes formerly wife of Henry de St. Maur for a third of the manor of Herdewyk in co. Northampton, and for a third of the manor of Felde (Field) in co. Stafford, as her dower. Roes pleaded Ermegarda was not entitled to claim dower against her because it had been agreed between her and Henry formerly husband of Roes that she should receive 7 marks annually from the manor of Felde for her life in lieu of dower from the said manors. Ermegarda acknowledged that the said Henry had assigned her the said 7 marks as her dower; but she stated that Roes after the death of the said Henry had detained the rent and had distrained the tenants from whom she formerly received the rent to pay the said rent to her, and they had attorned themselves to the said Roes and the rent had been withheld now for three years.
Staff. Margaret formerly wife of Richard de Marnham recovers an acre of meadow and an acre and a half of pasture in Bromwych (West Bromwich) against Richard le Clerk of Corfton by default of the latter. m. 95.
Staff. Richard son of Walter de Cotes sued Roger de Neuport and Edelina his wife, and William de Chatculne and Alice his wife for a messuage in Stafford, in which they had no entry except by a demise which he had made to one Richard Scheld of Stafford for a term now expired.
Roger and the other defendants appeared, and William and Alice stated they held no part of the messuage, and held none at the date of the writ; and Roger and Edelina stated they held the whole of it, and that one Robert, lord of Coton, had given it to them with a clause of warranty, and they produced the deed and called to warranty Elyas the son and heir of Robert, who was under age and in ward to Alice formerly wife of Robert, because the lands of Robert were held in soccage. Alice is therefore to be summoned for the Quindene of St. John the Baptist. m. 108.
Staff. John son of Robert de la Lee of Drengeton sued Richard Prior of St. Thomas near Stafford for a messuage and ten acres of land and an acre of meadow in Drengeton (Drineton) as his right and inheritance, and in which the Prior had no entry except by a disseisin which Richard de la Lee had unjustly made of Agnes formerly wife of Robert de la Lee, the mother of the said John, whose heir he is. The Prior stated that as regards six acres and a half of land and the meadow, John could make no claim by descent from the said Agnes, because Agnes had enfeoffed Nicholas his predecessor, and he produced four deeds of the said Agnes; and as regards the residue of the land, he denied that Richard de la Lee had disseised Agnes of it.
Staff. Richard de Draycote was summoned by Philip de Draycote in a plea that he should permit him to present a fit person to the Church of Leghe (Leigh) which is vacant, and he also summoned in the same plea the Abbot of Burton, William de Stafford of Bromshulf (Bramshall), Philip de Leghe, Richard de Sontbache, and Adam de Mokleston.
Philip stated that one Robert was seised of the manor of Leghe to which the advowson of the Church was appurtenant, and he presented one Reginald his Clerk, who was admitted and instituted in the time of King Henry the King's father, and from Robert his right descended to one Philip as his son and heir, and from Philip to one Robert as his son and heir, and from Robert, who died s.p., his right passed to Alina, Elena, and Cecilia the sisters of the said Philip the father of Robert as his aunts and heirs, and from Alina the right of her purparty descended to one Philip as son and heir, and the said Philip had enfeoffed him (Philip de Draycote, who now sues) of his purparty of the manor, to be held by him and the heirs of his wife lawfully begotten, and of which purparty the said Philip is seised by the said feoffment; and for the reason that he is enfeoffed of the purparty of Alina the eldest sister, it pertained to him to present to the Church, and in which he had been impeded by the said Richard and the other defendants, and for which he claimed £40 as damages. (fn. 1)
Richard de Draycote, William, and Adam, stated they made no claim to the advowson; and the Abbot of Burton stated he claimed only to receive annually 5 marks from the hands of the Rector of the Church, as the right of his Church in perpetuity; and Philip de Legh and Richard de Sontbach stated that from the said Elena the second sister, descended one Reginald her son, and from Reginald who died s.p., the right of her purparty descended to this Philip de Legh as brother and heir; and from Cecilia the right of her purparty descended to this Richard de Sonbach as her son and heir. Philip de Legh and Richard de Sonbach conceded to Philip de Draycote his right of presentation to the Church hac vice, saving to them their turn to present when it should fall due. m. 12, dorso.
Banco Roll. Easter, 25 E. I.
Staff. Philip de Draycote gives 20s. for licence of concord with Richard de Draycote. (fn. 2) m. 12.
Staff. Roes formerly wife of Richard de Stretton sued Robert de Whiston and Anabel his wife for a third of a carucate of land in Stretton, and she sued Richard son of Hervey de Stretton for a third of a carucate of land, two acres of pasture, and 20s. of rent in the same vill, and she sued Adam Henry and Cecilia his wife for a third of a messuage and thirty acres of land, and William son of Adam Henry of Stretton for a third of a messuage and thirty acres of land in the same vill as her dower. The defendants prayed a view, and the case was adjourned to the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 13.
Staff. The same Roes sued Robert Byshop and Agatha his wife for a third of two acres in Stretton, and Alditha formerly wife of William Byshop for a third of an acre, and Robert son of Agatha de Sumerford, and John his son for a third of two acres in the same vill, and she sued Joan formerly wife of William de Cavereswall, Henry de Harcurt and Alianora his wife, for a third of 10s. of rent in Bradelegh and la Dune, and she sued Richard Teveray and A vice his wife for a third of six acres in Doneston (Dunston), and Robert de Parco for a third of six acres in the same vill, and Milisent daughter of Adam de Parco for a third of a messuage and six acres of land in Stretton, and Richard son of John Othegrene for a third of two acres in Doneston, and Richard Cradok for a third of an acre in the same vill, and Simon de Acco for a third of 18d. rent, and Cecilia de Parco for a third of 18d. of rent in the same vill, as her 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 Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 13.
Derb. The suit of John son of Henry de Chaundos, and Robert de Stafford, versus Margaret the daughter of Henry le fitz Herberd, is respited till three weeks from Michaelmas through defect of a jury, nisi Justiciarii prius, etc. m. 43.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to take with him twelve discreet and legal Knights of his county, and in propriâ personâ to make a perambulation between the land of Richard de Draycote in Draycote and the land of Robert de Hukeford (Huggeford) in Hyndolveston (Hilderston), and to send the return under his seal, and those of four of the Knights who made the perambulation, and Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff sent the inquisition made by twelve Knights, but as the Sheriff was not present in his own person, he is commanded to make the perambulation (as before) and return it on the Octaves of St. John the Baptist. m. 50.
Staff. Robert de Standon appeared against William de Claybury of Fortone in a plea that he (William) should warrant to him a messuage, ten acres and half a virgate of land in Overtone (Orton) near Wulfrenehampton, which Agnes formerly wife of William de Wottone claimed against him. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to him to the value of the land in question into the King's hand, and to summon him for three weeks from Michaelmas. m. 54.
Staff. Richard de Sondbache appeared against Thomas Prachet of Norton, Richard fitz Fyk of Aston, William son of Roger de Kneghton (Knighton), William le Serjeant, and Hugh Maysey, in a plea that they together with Adam de Mukleston, William de Mere, John Organ of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Henry le Barbur, Nicholas Thyknes, Stephen de Oklee, Robert de Hexston, John de Eyton, Benedict de Sutton, Adam de Daddesleye, Philip de Middleton, Robert Dolfyn, Hugh le Fevre of Mukleston, and Adam de Talk, had cut his wheat vi et armis at Legh near Tene, and had carried it off with other goods and chattels to the value of £40. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at Trinity Term. m. 60.
Staff. In the suit of Roger de Thornton versus Philip son of Philip de Chetwynd for a debt of £9 0s. 12d. (sic.), the Sheriff returned that Roger was dead. Philip is therefore to be summoned at Trinity term to show cause why the sum raised from his lands by fieri facias should not be paid to Humfrey de Bassingburne and Mary his wife, Roger de Melrede and the other executors of the said Roger. m. 117, dorso.
Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to raise £25 from the lands and chattels of William fitz Griffin, part of a debt of £33 which the said William had acknowledged to owe to Robert de Standon, and the Sheriff returned he held chattels belonging to William which would fetch £8. The Sheriff is therefore ordered to pay that sum into Court at the Octaves of Trinity, and to raise the residue by the Octaves of St. Michael. m. 73, dorso.
Staff. Hugh son of John de Kantia (Kent) sued Thomas son of Thomas de Ferrars, Agnes formerly wife of Thomas de Ferars, Margaret de Ferars, William son of Cecilia de Leyes, Richard son of Alan de Leyes, John son of John Simund, John Osbarn of Kyngeston, Julian his wife, Matilda Steynulf, Robert de Warilowe, John son of Gilbert de Gretewich, Richard son of Gilbert de Gretewich, Richard de Careswelle, John le Grom and Margaret his wife, Petronilla daughter of Lettice de Maddeleye, Robert de Olthay, Ralph de Flytleye, and Hugh le Rydere, to permit him common of pasture in the vill of Chirche Lockesleye in which his father John de Kent, whose heir he is, was seised as of fee when he died as appurtenant to his freehold in the same vill. None of the defendants appeared, and are to be attached for three weeks from Michaelmas. m. 47, dorso.
Banco Roll. Trinity, 25 E. I.
Staff. Sibilla formerly wife of Roger de Lytlehay sued Richard de Berdemore for the third of a messuage and sixty acres of land in Chedle and Lytlehay, and she sued Adam de le Delf and Felicia his wife for a third of thirty acres in the same vills as her dower. Richard called to warranty Richard son of Richard de Berdemor, and Adam and Felicia stated they claimed one-third of the third part as dower of Felicia, and they called to warranty Richard son of Richard de Littlehaye for this part and as regards the third part of thirteen acres of land they claimed only for a term of years by a demise of Richard de Berdemore, whom they called to warranty; and as regards the third part of seven acres they only claimed for a term of years by a demise of Simon Basset, and they called to warranty Ralph son and heir of Simon. Adjourned to the Quindene of Michaelmas, when the above are to be summoned. A postscript states the Sheriff had done nothing up to that date, and the suit was further adjourned to the Quindene of Hillary. m. 35.
Staff. In the suit of Robert de Gresebrok versus Theobald de Nevil for an alleged illegal distress, the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late, and it was adjourned to the morrow of All Souls. m. 47.
Staff. Adam de Mukleston, William de Mere, Henry le Barbur, Nicholas de Thykness, and fourteen others named, were attached to answer the plea of Richard de Sontbach, that they had reaped and carried off vi et armis his growing corn at Legh near Tene on the morrow of the Nativity of the Virgin, 24 E. I., and had taken other goods and chattels belonging to him to the value of £40, viz., barly, peas, and hay, timber, a firmaculum, gold rings, brass pots, skins, linen, cloth, and many other utensils. The defendants appeared, and except Adam denied the trespass, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for a month from Michaelmas.
Adam de Muckleston stated that one Reginald de Legh held a messuage and a carucate of land in the said vill on which the corn was grown, for term of his life by the demise of the said Adam, and after the death of Reginald he had entered into the land and had reaped and carried the corn.
Richard admitted that Reginald held the tenement on which the corn grew for his life, but stated he had demised it to him for the same period, and that he had sown the land during the lifetime of Reginald, and that Adam in the autumn following the sowing of the land had reaped a great part of the corn and a portion of it even during the lifetime of Reginald, and he appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the same term. m. 84.
Staff. Sibilla formerly wife of Roger de Lytlehay recovers dower against William Bene in twelve acres of land in Chedle and Litlehay, and against William le Nayllur in twelve acres in the same vills, and against Joan daughter of Henry le Verdun in a messuage and thirty acres in Derlaston by default of the defendants. m. 105.
Staff. Margaret formerly wife of Richard de Marnham sued William son of Richard le Clerk of Corfton for two and a half acres of land and an acre and a half of pasture in Bromwych (West Bromwich) and two acres of meadow and two acres of pasture in the same vill, as her right and inheritance. William called to warranty Richard son of Richard de Marnham, who is to be summoned for the Octaves of St. Martin. The summons to be made in counties of Leycester and Notts. m. 106.
Staff. A writ of execution against the lands and goods and chattels of Theobald de Neville, Knight and Thomas de Neville for a debt of £150 owing to Edmund Earl of Cornwall; and the Sheriff of Warwickshire was ordered to arrest the said Theobald, and keep him in safe custody till the debt is paid. Similar writs sent to the Sheriffs of counties of Rutland and Leycester. m. 66, dorso.
Staff. Margaret formerly wife of Richard de Marnham recovers two and a half acres of land in Bromwych in a suit against Felicia formerly wife of Philip de la Haye, by default of the latter. m. 47, dorso.
Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to levy £8 from the lands and chattels of William fitz Griffin, part of a debt of £33 owing to Robert de Standon, and which should have been paid in 21 E. I., and returned that he held chattels to the above value belonging to William, but had not been able to find buyers for them. He is therefore ordered to send the money at the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 11, dorso.
Banco Roll. Michaelmas, 25 E. I.
Staff. Richard le Tayllur appeared against Richard de Flosbrok and Thomas de Knyghton for adducting, vi et armis, his wife Pavia from Gnoushale, and taking his goods and chattels. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Octaves of Hillary. m. 83.
Staff. The suit of Agnes formerly wife of William de Wotton versus Robert de Staundon, respecting land in Overton (Orton), and in which Robert had called to warranty William de Cleybury, is respited sine die, Robert having King's letters of protection for a year from 5th August, 25 E. I. (fn. 3) m. 97.
Staff. Margaret formerly wife of Richard de Marnham recovers an acre in Bromwych from Walter le Orpede, and two acres from Felicia formerly wife of Philip de la Haye, and two acres from Simon de Oscote in the same vill, through default of appearance of the defendants. m. 149.
Staff. Alice formerly wife of Thomas atte Ok sued William le Hore of Fredeswale (Fradswall) for a third of a messuage and five acres of land in Mulewich (Milwich), and she sued Richard the Vicar of the Church of Mulewich for a third of six acres of land, and Robert son of Walter de Mulewych for a third of three acres and a half and two acres of meadow, and William son of William de Pykestok for a third of five acres of land, and Henry de Cockeslone for a third of one and a half acres, and Henry le Mouner of Mulewych for a third of half an acre, and John son of William de Pykestok for a third of five acres and an acre of meadow in the same vill as her 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 Hillary. m. 199.
Staff. Adam de Crassewalle and Agnes his wife appeared against Gilbert de Croxford in a plea that he should warrant to them a messuage in Stafford, which Magister John de Cadamo (Caen), Dean of the Church of St. Mary of Stafford, claimed as the right of his Deanery. Gilbert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to him to the value of the messuage into the King's hand, and to summon him for Easter Term; and as the value of the messuage was not known, to return its value at the next Hillary Sittings. A postscript states the value was returned at 8s. (per annum). m. 210.
Staff. William le Botiller of Wemme sued Vivian de Chetewynde of Stalebrok to give up to him the custody of the land and heir of William de Stalebrok, which belonged to him because the said William held his land by military service of Matilda de Paunton (Pantolf), the grandmother of William le Botiller, whose heir he is. Vivian did not appear, and is to be attached for the Octaves of the Purification. m. 243.
Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to arrest William de Tamenhorn and William de Freford for a debt of £11 15s., which they had acknowledged to owe to Ralph de Upton of Notingham, and which should have been paid at the Feast of the Annunciation, 24 E. I. The Sheriff returned that William de Tamenhorn had been taken and was detained in prison, and that William de Freford could not be found. Ralph is therefore to have a writ according to statute. m. 262.
Staff. Magister Robert de Stafford sued Richard Foun the executor of Joan formerly wife of William de Cavereswell, for a debt of £121 16s. 1¼d. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he held nothing in co. Stafford, and it was testified he held sufficient in co. Derby. The Sheriff of Derbyshire is therefore commanded to summon him for a month from Easter. m. 273.
Staff. Joan formerly wife of Roger de Pywelesdone sued Richard le Mouner, Thomas le Hayward, Robert son of Robert de Verney, and seven others named, for illegally taking, together with John son of Geoffrey de Aston, Robert son of Eve, Richard son of John de Aston and Agnes his wife, and William son of the said Richard, Henry de Horseley, and Richard Wryth, her goods and chattels at Burweston (Burston) to the value of 100s. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at a month from Easter. m. 278.
The King sent to the justices a writ in these words. Here follows letters patent of protection for Nicholas de Alditheleye, Robert de Staundon, Roger de Swynnerton, John de Ebroicis (Devereux), Roger le Burgellun, John de Swynnerton, and Richard de Chetelton, who by the King's commands and in his retinue were about to set out for parts beyond sea (profecturi sunt ad partes transmarinas), to last for a year. Dated from Sevenok, 5th August, 25 E. I. m. 310, dorso.
Staff. William de Westwode and Agnes his wife sued William son of James de Esing and Richard his brother for a messuage in Lek; and they sued Margaret de Rudeyerd for an acre in the same vill. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon them for the Octaves of Hillary. A postscript states the writ was furthur adjourned till the Octaves of Trinity. m. 303, dorso.
Staff. Robert son of John de Assheburn sued Theobald de Nevill for deforcing him of a rent of 13s. 4d., in Swynefen, which Thomas son of Thomas de Hamstede had demised to him for a term which was unexpired, and within which term the said Thomas had sold the rent to Theobald, who had deforced Robert of it. Theobald did not appear, and his sureties, Henry son of Hugh de Swynefen and Robert the Provost of the same, are in misericordiâ. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Octaves of the Purification. m. 207, dorso.
Staff. The Sheriff had been commanded to arrest John le Lord of Wytegrave and keep him in safe custody, till he had paid a debt of £20 he had acknowledged to owe to the executors of Bogo de Clare; and the Sheriff had done nothing but returned that John was dead. He is therefore commanded to raise the money by writ of fieri facias according to statute, and to return the proceeds into Court at the Quindene of Easter. m. 87, dorso.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain William le Botiller and Alesia his wife, and to produce them at this term to acknowledge what right they claimed in the third part of the manor of Legh (Leigh) which Richard de Draycote had conceded to Philip de Draycote by a fine, and likewise to distrain Robert de Stepelton and Matilda his wife to acknowledge what right they claimed in the third part of a third of two parts of the manor of Legh, which the same Richard had also conceded to the said Philip by fine, and the Sheriff had done nothing, but returned the writ reached him too late. He is therefore commanded as before, and to produce them at the Octaves of Hillary. m. 77, dorso.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to arrest William Bagot, Knight, and keep him in safe custody till he had paid to the executors of Urian de St. Pierre, Knight, a debt of £29, which ought to have been paid at Michaelmas, 19 E. I.; and the Sheriff returned that William could not be found. He is therefore ordered to raise the money by writ of fieri facias. m. 66, dorso.
Staff. Richard de Draycote appeared against Richard de Cresswalle, Richard Roberdesman atte Lowe, and Roger Modwyn, for entering his free warren at Draycote vi et armis and chasing and carrying away hares from it. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff is ordered to attach them for the Octaves of Hillary. m. 48, dorso.
Staff. Roes formerly wife of Richard de Stratton (fn. 4) (Stretton) recovers dower against Robert Bishop and the defendants previously named, by their default, none of them appearing. m. 45, dorso.
Coram Rege Roll. Michaelmas, 25–26 E. I.
Staff. The suit of Philip de Chetewynde versus the Prior of St. Thomas respecting a messuage, a carucate of land, and five acres of wood in Rowell (Rule) near Gnoushale, is transferred coram Rege by writ of certiorari, and is adjourned to the Octaves of the Purification. m. 58.
Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to put into the exigend John de Ilum of Burton-upon-Trent, and William Basse of Witemere, and if they should appear to apprehend them and keep them in prison to answer the appeal of Margaret formerly wife of Roger Wandel for the death of Roger her husband; and the Sheriff returned they had been outlawed on the Thursday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 25 E. I. The Sheriff is therefore ordered to return the value of their goods and chattels on the Octaves of the Purification. m. 44, dorso.
Staff. Simon son of Roger in the Lone of Rolliston, William son of Roger Bakun, Ralph de la Boure, and William son of Roger in the Lone, William Wodeman, Thomas Astel, William Owayn, Roger in the Lone, Roger Harding, John his son, William Harding, Ralph le Hore, William son of Henry le Fisshere, and eighteen others, were attached to answer the plea of Robert de Touk that they had trodden down his growing corn at a place called the New Rydinge in Aunsedeleye, vi et armis, with their cattle, in 25 E. I., and had committed damage to the value to the 100s.
The defendants appeared and denied any injury to Robert and pleaded that with the exception of Ralph de la Boure they were villeins of Edmund the King's brother, and the Newe Rydinge was common of pasture appurte nant to the free tenement of Edmund in Rolleston, and that Edmund had died seised of it, and they now hold the tenement in villenage of Thomas de Lancastre son and heir of Edmund, who was under age, and in ward to the King; and Ralph de la Boure stated he was a freeman, and the place called the Neweryding is common of pasture appurtenant to his freehold in Rolleston. Robert claimed to hold the Neweryding in severalty, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 10, dorso.