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Close Rolls, Edward I: March 1297

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward I: Volume 4, 1296-1302. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1906.

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March 1297

March 2.
Clarendon.
To the sheriff of Southampton. Order to cause Richard de Westcote to have seisin of a messuage and three virgates of land in Haliburn, as the king learns by inquisition taken by the sheriff that the messuage and virgates, which Hilary Sigar, who abjured the realm for felony, held, have been in the king's hands for a year and a day, and that Hilary held them of them of Richard, and that Richard has had the king's year and day thereof, for which he ought to answer to the king.
March 3.
Clarendon.
To the sheriff of Wilts. Order to cause Roger de Cobeham to have seisin of a messuage and of a moiety of a virgate of land in Clyve Pypard, as the king learns by inquisition taken by the sheriff that the said messuage and moiety, which William de Sancto Mauro, who was outlawed for felony, held, has been in the king's hands for a year and a day, and that William held them of Roger, and that the tithingman of Clyve Pypard had the king's year and day thereof, for which he ought to answer to the king.
To the sheriff of Wilts. Order to cause a coroner for the town of Salisbury (Nova Sar') to be elected in place of William Florentyn, deceased.
To the keeper and sheriffs of London. Order to permit the ships of Holland and Zeeland arrested by the king's order at London to leave there freely, upon receiving from the sailors and passengers (transeuntibus) oath that they will not carry any letter or anything else that may in any way redound to the damage of the king or of his realm, and that they will not procure or do in parts beyond sea by work or deed, craft or ingenuity, anything that may be harmful to the king or his realm. By K.
March 1.
Clarendon.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Notification that the king has pardoned Peter de Lund all the issues and amercements in which he fell before them from the quinzaine of Michaelmas last until Michaelmas following, at which time he was with Henry de Percy in the king's service in Scotland, and order to cause such issues and amercements to be withdrawn from the rolls of the exchequer and to cause Peter to be acquitted thereof.
March 4.
Clarendon.
To Malcolm de Harle, escheator this side Trent. Order not to intermeddle further with the lands that belonged to Simon de Pateshull, as the king learns by inquisition taken by the escheator and by another one taken by John de Lithegr[eyns], escheator beyond Trent, and by inspection of the rolls of the exchequer that Simon at his death held nothing of the king in chief by reason whereof the custody of his lands ought to pertain to the king.
The like to the said escheator beyond Trent.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to cause Bogo de Knovill to be acquitted of the 140l. following, as the king has pardoned him, in consideration of his good service, 80l. for the ferm of his bailiwick of Montgomery of the third and fourth years of the reign, 40l. for the ferm of the same bailiwick for the twenty-third year of the reign, during which years he was unable to receive any profit from his bailiwick by reason of the war in those parts, and of 20l. at which he was amerced before John de Berewyco and his fellows, justices last in eyre in co. Salop, for divers escapes of thieves from his custody during the time when he was sheriff of that county.
Memorandum, that John de Langeton, the chancellor, went from the Court on Monday before St. Perpetua, to wit 4 May, from the city of Salisbury to his prebend of the church of Salisbury at Aulton near Cerne.
March 2.
Clarendon.
To the sheriff of Wilts. The king understands that the sheriff has, by virtue of the order to take into the king's hands the lay fees of the clergy, taken into the king's hands certain portions (porciunculas) of the vicars of the church of Salisbury bequeathed to them in aid of their food by persons deceased, and the small houses (mansiunculas) appointed for their residence, from which a moiety or a tenth was not given to the king in any way. The king, wishing to show the vicars favour upon this occasion, orders the sheriff to restore to them without delay all such portions and small houses that were not at other times taxed for a moiety or a tenth and from which a moiety or a tenth was not given, together with the small (minutis) goods and chattels in the same.
March 5.
Clarendon.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to release to Hugh de Mortuo Mari, son and heir of Robert de Mortuo Mari, tenant in chief, the demand made upon him for scutage for the king's armies of Wales in the fifth and tenth years of his reign, as it appears to the king that Robert did his due service in the said armies. By K.
March 6.
Clarendon.
To the sheriff of Bedford. Order to restore to William, bishop of Emley, his lands and the goods and chattels found therein, which the sheriff took into the king's hands by virtue of his order to take into the king's hands the lay fees of the clergy, if he ascertain that the bishop has not in his bailiwick any ecclesiastical benefice or lands annexed to any spirituality. [Prynne, Records, iii, p. 696.]
March 5.
Clarendon.
To the sheriff of Hereford. Order to cause Robert de Plessetis to have seisin of a messuage and five acres of land in Tedesthorn de la Mare, as the king learns by inquisition taken by the sheriff that the messuage and land, which Adam le Fevre, who was outlawed for felony, held, has been in the king's hands for a year and a day, and that Adam held them of Robert, and that the village of Tedesthorn de la Mare had the king's year and day thereof, for which it ought to answer to the king.
March 7.
Salisbury.
To the takers of the king's corn in co. Wilts. Orders not to take any corn, horses or carts, preserved meats, (lardario), carriage, or other goods from the prior and brethren of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England against their will, for the use of the king or of his men in Gascony, and to restore to them anything that they may have taken from them against their will. By K. on the information of J. de Bensted.
March 6.
Clarendon.
To the keeper of the forest of Clarendon. Order to cause the prior and brethren of the Friars Preachers at Salisbury to have six leafless oak stumps for fuel, of the king's gift.
To the sheriff of Wilts. Order to cause a coroner for that county to be elected in place of Stephen Drueys, who is incapacitated by blindness and age.
March 7.
Salisbury.
To the sheriff of York. Order to cause the lands of the clergy taken into the king's hands by him to be sown from the goods of the owners of the lands without delay, as the king considers that if the lands to be sown be not sown this year in this season of Lent great damage may accrue to him and the prelates and clergy and entire realm. [Prynne, Records, iii, p. 695.]
The like to the sheriffs of Berks, Bedford, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Northampton, Leicester, Warwick, Devon, Salop, Stafford, Worcester, Lincoln, Southampton, Wilts, Middlesex, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucester, Derby, Rutland, Hereford, Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Surrey, Sussex, Oxford and Buckingham.
March 3.
Clarendon
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to cause Fulk Lestrange (Extraneus) to be acquitted of 24l. exacted from him by reason the manor of Chauton, which belonged to Hamo Lestrange, late sheriff of Southampton, now in Fulk's hands, which sum Hamo owed to the exchequer for many defaults during the time when he was sheriff, as the king has pardoned Fulk this sum for his good service rendered to him in Gascony.
March 3.
Clarendon.
To the same. Order to cause to be delivered to Andrew Brotherland, John de Ipre and Nicholas, his brothers, burgesses of Ypres of Guy, count of Flanders and marquis of Namur, their goods and chattels arrested for the king's use by his order and still in the hands of his sheriffs or others, or if they have been sold, the price thereof, if it be still in the hands of the sheriffs and have not been paid into the exchequer or have not been assigned to others by the king's gift, as the king makes this order at the instance of the count, hoping that the count will show like favour to the king's men in respect to their goods and chattels taken and arrested in his dominion, although the king is bound, according to the covenants entered into between him and the count, to cause goods thus taken to be restored after the king's war with the king of France shall have come to an end.
March 7.
Salisbury.
To Malcolm de Harl[egh], escheator this side Trent. Order not to intermeddle further with the lands that Hugh Peverel held at his death in Little Domerham, and to restore the issues thereof, as the king learns by inquisition taken by the escheator that the lands are of the inheritance of Margery, late the wife of Hugh, and that she continued her seisin thereof with Hugh until the day of his death, and that the lands are held of Reginald de Sancto Martino by the service of an eighth of a knight's fee.
Membrane 18.
March 10.
Breamore.
To the sheriff of Wilts. Order to restore to Ralph de Stevenach, commoner (communario) of the church of Salisbury, the lay fees in Wilton, Durynton, Putton, Farle, Offecote, Salisbury, Knyghteton, Fissherton and Le Hurst, which pertain to the common (communia) of the church of Salisbury and are appointed for the uses of the poor and which are called the 'Lady's Chamber' (Camera Domine) and which according to their true value are not taxed except at 11l. 4s. 8d., as the sheriff has taken these fees into the king's hands by virtue of his order to take into the king's hands the lay fees of the clergy. [Prynne, Records, iii, p. 695.]
To the keeper of the forest of Wauberge. Order to cause Peter de Chaumpvent and Agnes his wife, to have in that forest twelve oaks fit for timber, of the king's gift.
By K. on the information of Gerard de Grandissono.
To the sheriff of Dorset. As the king's clerk, Master Raymond de Ferariis, is staying by his order in parts beyond sea, so that the king ought to provide for his indemnity, the king orders the sheriff to take nothing from the corn or other goods and chattels of Reymond for the king's use until Easter next, and to restore to Reymond's bailiff anything that he may have taken for the king's use or the use of others.
The like to the takers of corn in that county.
To the sheriff of Lincoln. As Richard de Bella Fago of Lincoln and Roger de Belvero of Grantham (Graham), lately chosen with other burgesses and merchants of the realm to go to Berwick in the king's service, in order to ordain that town, are incapable and insufficient for this purpose, as is testified to the king by A. bishop of Durham, the king orders the sheriff to distrain Simon de Wymbelthorp of Lincoln, in place of the said Richard, and William de Lathegarth of Grantham, in place of Roger, to come to Berwick in person at the octaves of Easter next, together with the other citizens and burgesses whom the king is sending thither at that time, to ordain and dispose of the said town of Berwick in accordance with the king's commission to them. [Parl. Writs.]
March 12.
Breamore.
To John Wogan, justiciary of Ireland. As the king is given to understand that the justiciary exacts from Theobald de Wychio, the brother of his yeoman Hugolin de Wychio, imprisoned at Dublin for a trespass committed upon Eliseus Lumbard in the king's hall at Dublin, a grievous ransom in excess of the measure of the trespass, the king orders him, if it be so, to receive from Theobald a reasonable fine, if a fine ought to be taken in this case, having regard to the measure of the trespass and to Theobald's means.
To the sheriff of Lincoln. Whereas the king lately ordered him to distrain Simon de Wymbelthorp of Lincoln, in place of Richard de Bella Fago of Lincoln, and William de Lathegarth, in place of Roger de Belvero of Grantham (Graham), to come to the town of Berwick to ordain with other citizens and burgesses of the realm concerning that town, and the king now learns from the testimony of A. bishop of Durham that William is deaf and insufficient for the things that are required to make the ordinance aforesaid: the king orders the sheriff to distrain Elias Darre of Grantham, who is capable and sufficient for these things, as is testified before king by the bishop, to set out with Simon and the other citizens and burgesses for the said town, so that he shall be there at the octaves of Easter next. [Parl. Writs.]
To the sheriff of Southampton. Order to restore to Ralph de Stevenhach, commoner (communario) of the church of Salisbury, certain lay fees in Estdune, which pertain to the commune (communam) of Salisbury church and which are appointed for the use of the poor, and which with the lay fees pertaining to the commune in Wylton, Durynton, Putton, Farle, Offecote, Salisbury, Fissherton, Knyghteton, and La Hurst, co. Wilts, are called 'the Lady's Chamber,' and which according to the true value are taxed at 11l. 4s. 8d. only, as the king understands that the sheriff has taken them into the king's hands by virtue of his order to take into the king's hands the lay fees of the clergy.
March 14.
Ringwood.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Whereas the king, in consideration of the grant and surrender that William de Vescy made to him of the castle, manor and county of Kyldar and of William's grant to him of the manor of Sprouston, whereof Clemencia, late the wife of John de Vescy, William's son, held in dower two parts, and Isabel, late the wife of John de Vescy, William's brother, held a third in dower, pardoned William all the debts due to the king for fines and amercements and for his own debts and for the debts of John de Vescy, his brother, and of other his ancestors for any cause whatever, and also all the debts that may be due from him in his own person after his account was rendered to the exchequer for all the time when he was justiciary of Ireland and also for all the time when he was justiciary of the Forest beyond Trent: the king orders the treasurer and barons to cause him to be acquitted of the debts in question. By K.
March 18.
Christchurch.
To the sheriff of Kent. Order to deliver to Luke de la Gare his lands, goods and chattels, upon his finding knights and other sufficient mainpernors of the sheriff's bailiwick who shall mainpern to have before the king at his next parliament after Easter at Westminster the bodies of the said Luke and of John his son, Richard de la Gare, Philip de Newentone, John Arundel, William Crulling, and John Caffur, to answer to the king for the contempt, and to the escheator this side Trent and to his ministers within the sheriff's bailiwick for the trespasses committed against them by Luke and the others above mentioned in retaining the castle of Tunebrigge and in not rendering it to the escheator and his ministers in accordance with the king's order to Luke, for which cause Luke's lands, goods and chattels were taken into the king's hands.
To John de Northwod. Order to restore to Luke his lands, goods and chattels, upon receiving notice from the sheriff that Luke has found mainprise as above.
March 22.
Bryanstone.
To Malcolm de Harleye, escheator this side Trent. Order not to intermeddle further with the lands that belonged to Robert de Plukevill, and to restore the issues thereof to Philip de Chauncy, because he is staying in Gascony in the king's service, as the king learns by inquisition taken by the escheator that Robert at his death held nothing of the king in chief, but that he held certain lands in Thurleby of the said Philip as as of the barony of Swynehop by foreign service.
March 23.
Shaftesbury.
To John Wogan, justiciary of Ireland. Whereas the king understands that the justiciary now causes common pleas, which in all times past have been wont and ought to be pleaded by original writs of the chancery of Ireland, to be dealt with (deduci) and determined before him by bills and blank (vacuas) petitions, whereby the fee of the king's seal in use in Ireland and the fines for giving writs and (ad) other profits that used to accrue to the king thence are withdrawn in divers ways, to the no small damage of the king and of the inhabitants of those parts: the king, being unwilling that such innovations should be practised, orders the justiciary not to presume to cause such common pleas to be dealt with or determined before him by petitions and bills hereafter by means whereof the king's loss of profit (incommodum) ought to be or might be imputed to the justiciary.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to cause to be restored to Nicholas Scot of Neuport, merchant, his goods arrested for the king's use by his order, or their price if they have been sold, and if the price be still in the hands of the sheriffs or others and have not been paid into the exchequer, as the king makes this order at the instance of Guy, count of Flanders and marquis of Namur, in the hope that the count will show like favour to the king's men in respect to their goods and chattels taken and arrested in his dominion, although the king is bound, according to the covenants entered into between him and the count, to cause goods of the count's subjects thus taken to be restored after the king's war with the king of France shall have come to an end. By K.
To Stephen de Penecestre, warden of the Cinque Ports, or to him who supplies his place. Order to permit the barons and men of Dover, with the exception of John de la Sale, to enter that town and there dwell, upon their finding him forinsec mainpernors who are not of the liberty of the town and who shall mainpern to have them before the king in his next parliament at Westminster to answer to the king and to Stephen and other the king's ministers of that town for what shall then be said against them.
March 24.
Gillingham
To Malcolm de Harl[egh], escheator this side Trent. Order to cause dower to be assigned to Maud, late the wife of Robert de Stalling, tenant in chief, as she has taken oath before the king that she will not marry without his licence.
To Henry de Urtiaco. As John de Mohun is staying in the king's service in Gascony by his order, for which reason the king is bound to provide for his indemnity, the king orders Henry to supersede for so long as John shall be in the said service the demand made upon him for a suit to Henry's court of Buleston, which he is not bound to make, as it is said, and to release any distraint levied in this behalf.
March 20.
Wimborne Minster.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to release the demand made upon John de Bella Aqua for scutage for the service of one knight's fee for a quarter of the lands that belonged to Peter de Brus, tenant in chief, for the king's armies of Wales of the fifth and tenth years of the reign, as John, who married one of the sisters and heiresses of Peter, was with the king by his order in the said army in the fifth year for the service of one fee and he also had his services with the king by his order in the tenth year for a quarter of the lands that belonged to Peter, as appears to the king by inspection of the rolls of his marshalsea.
Membrane 17.
March 28.
Sherborne.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to cause to be delivered to Amicus son of Amicus, burgess of Mukelrede in Flanders, his goods and chattels arrested for the king's use by his order, or their price if they have been sold, and if the price still be in the hands of the sheriff or others and have not been paid into the exchequer, as the king makes this order at the instance of Guy, count of Flanders and marquis of Namur, in the hope that the count will show like favour to the king's men in respect to their goods and chattels taken and arrested in his dominion, although the king is only bound, according to the covenants entered into between him and the count, to cause goods of the count's subjects so taken to be restored after the king's war with the king of France shall have come to an end. By K.
The like in favour of the following:
Copinus Hebbe, merchant of the aforesaid count of Neuport in Flanders.
April 9.
Buckfastleigh (Boffast).
Gilbert Bette, the count's burgess of Ypres in Flanders, with this clause 'retaining in the king's hands a certain ship that he asserts to be his and that was lately arrested at Boston by reason of the war aforesaid.'
April 15.
Plympton.
The count's burgesses and merchants of Bruges in Flanders directed to John Wogan, justiciary of Ireland, and to the treasurer and barons of the exchequer of Dublin, without the clause mentioned in the preceding order.
June 14.
Leeds.
Hugh Webel and Thomas Woghelin of Poperinghes in Flanders directed to the treasurer and barons.
June 20.
Westminster.
James Pylate, Peter de Mark, Bernard Pylate, Nicholas de Escaillon, Andrew li Aleyns, Simon de Prouvins, Gerard Calewais, John de Bykeriol, Everard ly Einfes, John ly Ogiers, Colard de Cambray, James de Eskerthin, Golard Pinte, Roald Calewars, James de Souchies, Alexander de Filers, Baldwin de Sancto Venancio, burgesses of Douay, in Flanders, directed to the treasurer and barons of the exchequer.
John Veutres Dargent, burgess of Dykemue in Flanders, directed to the same.
March 28.
Sherborne.
To A. bishop of Durham. Whereas the king lately granted to the bishop that the lands of all the bishop's tenants who held immediately of the bishop, which the king caused to be seised into his hands by reason of their rebellion, should be in the bishop's hands, in the same manner as the king granted to others of his subjects in the like case, in accordance with what was ordained by the bishop and others of the king's council, wherefore the king ordered by his writs the sheriff of Northumberland and his bailiff of Tyndale to cause to be delivered to the bishop the lands of all such his tenants in their bailiwick then in the king's hands, retaining in the king's hands the lands of those who are in the king's prison; and the said bailiff upon receipt of the writ offered himself as ready to John de Dykescoghe, the bishop's bailiff, bringing to him the said writ, to deliver to him seisin of the lands of such tenants for the use of the bishop so soon as he should be ascertained by inquisition to be made by him or by other lawful means concerning the said lands; and the said John, not permitting the bailiff to make any inquisition in this behalf within the bishop's liberty of Tyndale, entered and took into the bishop's hands certain lands that belonged to John Comyn of Badenagh, Richard Siward and others, in the king's prison by reason of rebellion, in addition to the lands of other such tenants of the bishop, without any delivery thereof to him by the king's said bailiff, together with the goods found therein and the rents and issues thence arising, whereof he levied a certain sum, which he delivered to Walter de Roubury, constable of Norham, for the bishop's use, contrary to the tenor of the writ aforesaid and of the ordinance and to the manifest contempt of the king. As the king will not leave such a trespass and contempt unpunished, more especially as other ministers of the realm may thence take a pernicious example, he orders the bishop to have the bodies of the said John and Walter before him in his next parliament at London after Easter to answer to him for the trespass and contempt and for other things that he will say against them in the premises. By K.
Memorandum, that, on Saturday after the Annunciation, the chancellor returned to the court at Mertok, and there received the king's seal from William de Hamelton, who had it in his custody during the chancellor's absence.
March 28.
Sherborne.
To the sheriff of Somerset. Order to cause a coroner for that county to be elected in place of Adam de Baggetrip, deceased.