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Close Rolls, Edward III: February 1366

Pages 213-219

Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 12, 1364-1369. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1910.

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February 1366

Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To John de Evesham escheator in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Order, upon the petition of Thomas de Kent, to deliver to him a corrody or maintenance which he had for life in the abbey of Eynesham, and all his goods and chattels taken as forfeit into the king's hand and in the escheator's keeping it is said; as lately by letters patent the king pardoned the said Thomas the suit of the king's peace to him pertaining for the death of Reynold de Lyneham whereof the said Thomas is indicted or appealed, and any outlawry published against him for that cause; and now the said Thomas has prayed for restitution of the said corrody and goods so taken for that he was outlawed, and the king of his favour has granted the same of his gift to the said Thomas in consideration of his good behaviour in past time in the king's wars, and out of compassion for his advanced age. It is the king's will that the escheator be thereof discharged.
By p.s. [26874.]
Feb. 4.
Westminster.
To Roger de Wolfreton escheator in Norffolk. Order not to meddle further with one carucate of land in Hempstede by Holt taken into the king's hand by the death of Robert de Corby, delivering to Joan late his wife any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Robert at his death held no lands in that county in chief nor of any other in his demesne as of fee, but held the said land jointly with the said Joan of the gift of Thomas parson of Lyndon and Thomas Tyngewyk chaplain to them and the heirs of Robert, and that the same is not held of the king.
Feb. 4.
Westminster.
To William de Otteford escheator in Cambridgeshire. Order not to meddle further with the manors of Swafham Prior and Westwrattyng taken into the king's hand by the death of Robert de Corby, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as it is found by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Robert at his death held the said manors, sometime of John de Bregham, of the king's grant to him and Joan his wife (yet living) and to the heirs of Robert; and on 11 June in the 35th year of his reign by letters patent the king granted the reversion of the said manors then held for life, the latter by John Goderich, the former by Richard de Acton yeomen of the king's kitchen, with reversion to the king, to the said Robert and Joan and to the heirs of Robert.
Feb. 4.
Westminster.
To John de Tye escheator in Kent. Order not to meddle further with the manor of Bocton Malherbe and divers other lands taken into the king's hands by the death of Robert de Corby, delivering to Joan his wife any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Robert at his death held no lands in that county in chief in his demesne as of fee, but that he and the said Joan jointly held the premises of others than the king.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To William de Otteford escheator in Cambridgeshire. Order not to meddle further with the manor of Horseth taken into the king's hand by the death of William de Audele, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said William at his death held no lands in that county in chief in his demesne as of fee, but held the said manor of others than the king.
To William de Otteford escheator in Bukinghamshire. Order to take the fealty of Joan late the wife of William de Audele according to the form of a schedule enclosed, and not to meddle further with the manor of Astonclynton, taken into the king's hand by the death of the said William, delivering to the said Joan any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that William at his death held no lands in that county in chief in his demesne as of fee, but held the said manor in chief by knight service jointly with the said Joan of the gift of John de Wroxston chaplain made with the king's licence to them and the heirs of their bodies.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To John de Evesham escheator in Oxfordshire. Order not to meddle further with the manor of Herdewyk and one virgate of land in Cotesford taken into the king's hand by the death of William de Audele, delivering to Joan late his wife any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said William at his death held no lands in that county in chief in his demesne as of fee, but held the premises jointly with the said Joan, and that they are held of others than the king.
To the same. Order not to meddle further with the fourth part of the manor of Chalgrave taken into the king's hand by the death of William de Audele, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said William at his death held no lands in that county in chief in his demesne as of fee, but held the said fourth part of another than the king.
To Richard de Wydeville escheator in Norhamptonshire. Order not to meddle further with a toft and 13 acres of land and meadow in Welde taken into the king's hand by the death of William de Audele, delivering to Joan late his wife any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said William at his death held no lands in that county in chief in his demesne as of fee, but held the premises jointly with the said Joan in fee tail of others than the king, of the gift and feoffment of William de Stafford to the said William [and Joan] and to the heirs of their bodies.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To Richard de Wydeville escheator in Norhamptonshire. Order to cause John Malore of Wynewyk to have seisin of a messuage and 5 acres of land in Wynewyk which were held by Alan Wryght of Wynewyk outlawed for felony; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the premises have been in his hand a year and a day and are yet in his hand, that the said Alan held the same of the said John, and that the escheator has had the year and a day and the waste thereof, and ought to answer to the king for the same.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Stafford. Order to cause Thomas Buffry to have seisin of two messuages and two virgates of land, and Warin de Penne of one messuage, 8 acres and the moiety of one virgate of land in Netherpenne, held by William son of Hugh de Penne outlawed for felony it is said; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the sheriff, that three messuages, two virgates, 8 acres and the moiety of one virgate of land there held by the said William have been in his hand a year and a day, and are yet in his hand, that the said William held the premises as aforesaid of the said Thomas and Warin respectively, and that John de Beverlee has had the year and a day and the waste thereof, and ought to answer to the king for the same.
Jan. 28.
Westminster.
To Roger de Wolfreton escheator in Suffolk. Order to take of Mary who was wife of Robert de Bernham [tenant] in chief an oath that she will not marry without the king's licence, and to assign her dower of the lands of her said husband which are in the king's hand by his death and by reason of the nonage of his heir, sending the assignment under seal to be enrolled in chancery as usual.
Membrane 29.
Jan. 29.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of the city of Canterbury. Order to view a bill sealed with the seal of Peter Reade collector of the custom in the port of Dovorre in the possession of Nicholas Amannat merchant of Florence, and if assured that the said Nicholas has paid to the said collector the custom due upon certain silk cloths the price whereof amounts to 130l., to stay altogether their demand upon him for a second payment of the custom in the said city, restoring anything of him taken in name of pledge for the same, or to be before the king in chancery in the octaves of the Purification next under a pain of 20l. to shew cause wherefore they have not obeyed the king's command; as the said silk packed in one fardel was bought by the said Nicholas in parts over sea to the king's use, and though Nicholas at the unlading thereof paid the said collector 43s. 4d. for the custom, as may appear by the said bill, the said bailiffs are demanding custom a second time for the same in its passage through the said city to the king, and have taken a sum of gold in name of pledge, as the king has learned by the complaint of the said Nicholas, praying for remedy. By C.
The like to the bailiffs of the city of Rochester, and to the bailiffs of the town of Dertford.
Membrane 28.
Feb. 2.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Worcester. Order, of the king's favour, to restore to Thomas Hugges of Upton Snodesbury clerk, unless he was a fugitive, his lands, goods and chattels taken by the sheriff into the king's hand; as the said Thomas was lately convicted before Thomas de Bello Campo and his fellows, justices of oyer and terminer in Worcestershire, of feloniously breaking the house of Thomas de Yevele rector of Upton and taking and carrying away his goods and chattels to the value of 90l., and after at the request of Reynold late bishop of Worcester was to him delivered by the said justices according to the benefit of clergy, and has before William now bishop of Worcester lawfully purged his innocence, as the bishop has signified to the king.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of John duke of Lancastre of the honour of Richemund in Norffolk. Order to stay altogether their distraints or usurpations made upon the king's possession while two thirds of the manor of Redenhale were in his hand, in order to have the wardship thereof, or the issues or profits, or any debts thereof due before the death of Edward de Monte Acuto tenant in chief, releasing any distraints therein made, and suffering Eleanor who was wife of John de Wyngefeld according to the king's letters patent freely to have and hold the said two thirds without rendering aught to the said duke's use, and to be in chancery in the quinzaine of Easter next to answer for their contempt herein, and further to do and receive what the court shall determine, bringing this writ; as on 11 January in the 35th year of his reign the king by letters patent committed to the said Eleanor the wardship of two thirds of the said manor, which are in the king's hand by the said Edward's death and by reason of the nonage of his heir, with the issues and profits etc. until the lawful age of the said heir, rendering to the king at Easter and Michaelmas by even portions 9l. 2s. 4d. a year at which the same are extended and 17s. 8d. increase; and now on behalf of the said Eleanor the king has learned that the said bailiffs are unlawfully distraining her in the premises so held by the king's grant for payment of the said issues and profits to the duke's use, pretending that the said manor is held of the duke and that the wardship thereof ought to pertain to the duke during the said heir's nonage, whereupon she has prayed for remedy as well for the king as for herself; and it is found by divers inquisitions, taken at the king's command, that the manor is held of the king, and so the wardship thereof pertains to the king and to none other, and though the same were not held of him, yet the wardship would remain to the king by reason of other lands of the said Edward held in chief at his death; and if such distraints and usurpations upon the king's possession were to be endured it would tend to the king's prejudice and to bring his prerogative to nought. By C.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To William Strete the king's butler or to his representative in the port of Suthampton. Order to deliver to the abbot and convent of Kings Beaulieu one tun of wine of the king's right prise in that port for this year, according to a charter of King Henry III giving to the said abbot and convent one such tun every year between Christmas and the Purification towards the celebration of masses in their church, and as they and their predecessors have been used to have the same.
Feb. 11.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Norffolk. Order to cause the abbot of St. Benet Hulme to have seisin of the moiety of a third part of the manor of Scothowe, held by Stephen de Neuton outlawed for felony it is said; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the sheriff, that the said moiety has been in his hand a year and a day and is yet in his hand, that the said Stephen held the same of the said abbot, and that Thomas de Sancto Omero late sheriff had the year and a day, but not the waste thereof because the said moiety is bare land and might not be wasted, and ought to answer for the same to the king if not yet contented.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To John de Bekynton escheator in Somerset. Order to remove the king's hand and not to meddle further with a messuage, 40 acres of land, 6 acres of meadow, 18 acres of pasture and 6 acres of wood in Brocton, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Cicely de la Lynde at her death held no lands in that county in chief nor of any other in her demesne as of fee, for that one week before her death she with John Lovel then her husband demised the premises to Roger de Stanlegh vicar of Cary and Walter de Compton chaplain, their heirs and assigns, and that the same are held by knight service of the heir of Nicholas de Seymore tenant in chief, a minor in the king's wardship.
Feb. 13.
Westminster.
To Roger de Wolfreton escheator in Essex. Order to take the fealty of John son and heir of John Boys, tenant by knight service of the king as of the honour of Peverel which is in the king's hand, according to the form of a schedule enclosed, and to cause him to have seisin of the lands of his said father taken into the king's hand by his death; as John the son has proved his age before the escheator, and the king has respited his homage until the quinzaine of Easter next.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of York to cause a coroner to be elected instead of John de Frokelton, who has no lands in the county.
Order to the sheriff of York to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Simon de Heslarton, who is insufficiently qualified.
Feb. 16.
Westminster.
To William de Otteford escheator in Bukinghamshire. Order to remove the king's hand and to deliver up 10l. of Agnes Helle; as the king lately ordered the escheator to certify in chancery the cause wherefore the money was taken into the king's hand, and he certified that a jury presented before him that Robert vicar of Neuport Paynel and Hugh Neweman found 10l. hidden in an earthen pot in a house of the said Hugh wherein the said Agnes dwelt, that they disposed of the same towards the fabric of the church, and after the said Agnes claiming the money spoke against the said Robert and Hugh, and therefore he took the same into the king's hand; and the king considers that return insufficient, and the taking thereof into his hand.
Membrane 27.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order, upon the petition of Roger de Wolfreton escheator in Essex and Hertfordshire, to view an account of the said Roger, before them rendered, and if assured that he delivered to Richard Punchardon two thirds of the lands which were of John de Benstede with the issues and profits thereof taken since the said John's death, that the said Richard is therewith charged towards the king in his farm of the wardship of the said lands, and that the third part does not exceed 15l. 12s. 0½d. according to the extent thereof made, to allow the said Roger 20l. in his account at the exchequer as well in the issues of the said third part as in other issues of his bailiwick; as lately at the suit of Parnell who was wife of John de Benstede the king's tenant, alleging that she mainperned toward the said Roger to answer for 24l. to the king's use for the issues of certain lands of the said John by her occupied after his death, and that for about one year after his death she had nothing for her dower and for maintenance of the said John's heir or her other children, and praying the king for recompense, the king granted her 20l. for maintenance for that time, and by writ ordered the said escheator to allow her that sum of the 24l. aforesaid; and because the said escheator certified in chancery that he might not allow aught to the said Parnell over and above 15l. 12s. 0½d., for that by virtue of the king's command to him addressed he has delivered two thirds of all the lands of the said John in his bailiwick with the issues thereof since John's death to the said Richard to whom the king committed the wardship thereof, and the issues and profits of the third part do not exceed that sum, the king commanded the treasurer and the barons to allow the said escheator in his account at the exchequer the 15l. 12s. 0½d. of the issues of the said third part and the remaining 4l. 7s. 11½d. in other issues of his bailiwick, so that answer should be made for 4l. the residue respited to the said Parnell until a set time past; and now of the said Roger's complaint the king has learned that, though according to the extent before him made all the issues and profits of the said third part in his bailiwick do not exceed the sum named, and of other issues of his bailiwick he has paid to the said Parnell the 4l. 7s. 11½d. according to the king's command to him addressed, for that by virtue of the king's command he previously delivered to the said Richard all issues and profits of the said two thirds taken as well by the said Parnell as by other the occupiers thereof since the said John's death, the treasurer and the barons have put off making him any allowance for the money so paid to the said Parnell, wherefore he has prayed for remedy.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to cause the prior of Gisburne to have the respite which the king has given him until Michaelmas for the issues of certain lands and tenements in Gisburne, Skelton and Eseby, releasing meanwhile any distraint made for that cause; as lately on the finding of an inquisition, taken of his office before William de Nessefeld escheator in Yorkshire, that John de Faucombergh, tenant in chief by knight service of a piece of wood and pasture called Swanheved in Gisburne and of another piece of land and wood called Stayngatside in Gisburne and Skelton, without the king's licence aliened the same to the said prior and his successors, and that without the king's licence the said prior acquired of William Sweny and appropriated to himself and his successors another piece of land in Gisburne containing in length 40 feet and in breadth 14 feet, and a messuage and one acre of land in Eseby, the escheator took the premises into the king's hand; and after at the suit of the said prior, appearing in chancery and alleging that the premises were not aliened or appropriated in the form aforesaid, and praying for inquisition thereupon and that the same might in the mean time be to him committed, the king by letters patent committed to him the keeping thereof, and the issues from the time they were so taken so long as they should remain in his hand, so that the said prior should answer at the exchequer for such issues if it should be adjudged that they ought to pertain to the king; and because it is not yet debated whether the premises were for just cause taken into the king's hand or no, the king has given the said prior respite as aforesaid, that in the mean time it may be debated and determined whether the said issues ought to pertain to him or no.
Feb. 3.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Dorset to cause a coroner to be elected instead of John Glaumvylle, who is insufficiently qualified.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To Philip de Lutteleye escheator in Gloucestershire. Order not to meddle further with the manor of Stoke Archer taken into the king's hand by the death of Thomas de Berkele of Cubberle, delivering to Joan late his wife any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Thomas at his death held no lands in that county in chief nor of any other in his demesne as of fee nor in service, but held the said manor in chief of the heritage of the said Joan by the service of finding one archer to the king's war within the four seas of England.
Jan. 28.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Sussex to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Thomas de Pelham, who is insufficiently qualified.
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to cause the sheriffs of Salop and Stafford, as well for time past as for time to come, to have allowance year by year in their accounts at the exchequer of 10l. of yearly rent granted by the king to Roger de Mortuo Mari late earl of March tenant in chief in England and Wales and to his heirs by the name of earl of March, the sheriff of Salop of 100s. and the sheriff of Stafford of 100s., from Monday the feast of St. Jerome in the 38th year of the reign when by letters of acquittance of Philippa who was the said earl's wife the treasurer and the barons were assured that she was thereof contented until the lawful age of Edmund son and heir of the said earl; as on 10 February in the 35th year the king by letters patent granted to Isabel his daughter the wardship of two thirds of the said earl's lands, which are in his hand by reason of the nonage of the said Edmund, until the lawful age of the said heir without rendering aught to the king, and in those two thirds are comprised the said 100s. of rent of the issues of Salop and 100s. of the issues of Staffordshire; and after on Monday aforesaid by her letters patent, confirmed by letters patent of the king, the said Isabel granted to the said Philippa the said rents, and certain other lands and tenements of the said earl to her committed as aforesaid, to hold until the lawful age of the said heir.