Close Rolls, Edward III: June 1366

Pages 226-228

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

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June 1366

June 5.
To Richard de Wydeville escheator in Norhamptonshire. Order to deliver to John Hamely and Joan his wife, cousin and heir of John de Plecy knight, the third part of the manor of Burton and 18 acres of land with the rent of six neifs in that town which are held in chief, taken into the king's hand by the death of Ida who was wife of the said John de Plecy, together with the issues thereof taken since her death; as it is found by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Ida at her death held no lands in that county in chief in her demesne as of fee nor in service, but held the premises in dower by endowment of her husband of the heritage of the said Joan, who is of full age; and on 1 October in the 36th year of his reign the king took the fealty of the said John Hamely for the lands of her heritage, and commanded livery thereof to be given to him and to the said Joan.
June 20.
To Edward prince of Aquitaine and Wales duke of Cornwall and earl of Chester, and to his chamberlain of Chester. Order, upon the petition of Stephen Warde of Lyverpulle co. Lancaster, if assured by certificate of Richard de Ayneshargh mayor of Lyverpulle that the said Richard took to the king's use his right prises of wine of a ship of the said Stephen in the port of Lyverpulle where the said ship first touched, to stay altogether the distraint upon the said Stephen made by the said chamberlain for a second payment of the said prises, restoring to him without delay anything taken for that cause; as on 6 May last the king's serjeant William Strete, whom he has made his chief butler to take all prises to the king's use in singular the ports within the realm, deputed the said Richard to take such prises in the port of Lyverpulle, and to receive sums of money whatsoever heretofore taken by others for the same cause, as in the king's letters patent is contained; and the said Stephen has informed the king that, though before that day he first touched at that port with the said ship laded with wines at the city of Bourdeaux, unladed there certain tuns of wine, and the said Richard took prises as aforesaid of all wines in the said ship, the said chamberlain is unlawfully distraining him for a second payment to the use of the said earl, for that the said Stephen took the same ship to the port of Pulle co. Chester and there unladed the residue; and it is not lawful that any man coming with a ship to one place within the realm and there paying the king's prises should elsewhere be compelled to pay the same a second time.
Membrane 21.
June 3.
To John de Bekynton escheator in Dorset. Order to take of Joan who was wife of John de Keynes knight tenant in chief an oath that she will not marry without the king's licence, and to deliver to her in dower the manor of Tarente Keynes taken into the king's hand by the death of the said John and by reason of the nonage of his heir; as the king has assigned to her the said manor with the assent of Queen Philippa, to whom he has committed the wardship of two thirds of the said John's lands until the lawful age of the said heir.
June 23.
To the high master of the order of Sempyngham. Order, upon his allegiance and under pain of forfeiture, forbidding him, and willing him to forbid those subject to him whatsoever, by himself or by others to attempt aught which may tend to the prejudice of the king's honour and dignity or of his ordinance, of the jurisdiction or office of John bishop of Lincoln or of the monasteries, priories, members or persons subject to the said master, commanding him humbly to acknowledge the obedience and reverence which he is bound to shew to his said ordinary, to desist from the further prosecution of proceedings by him begun without the realm, not departing for that purpose to foreign parts nor sending nor suffering messengers or others to be sent out of the realm without the king's licence, knowing of a surety that if aught be attempted to the contrary by the said master or by any other the king will be so wroth with him and his order that they shall be sorry for such contempt, and the king's will is that before the quinzaine of St. John Baptist the master shall certify him and the council by letters patent of the date when he shall receive these presents, and of whatsoever he shall think fit to do in that behalf; as the king desires the peace of all his lieges, but especially that no matter of wandering abroad and idly spending the revenues to them entrusted be afforded to men of religion; and lately for composing strife which was aroused between the said bishop on the one part and the said master, the monasteries, priories, brethren and sisters to him subject on the other part, the king by deliberation of his council with the assent of the parties thought fit to order that the said master ought to admit the said bishop as ordinary, at any rate in places within his diocese, to bless the nuns of that order and to the exercise of other matters incumbent on his office in regard to persons of religion of the order aforesaid, suffering without resistance his jurisdiction and the execution of his said office; but the king has newly learned, and it is loudly affirmed by the voice of credible persons, that the master feeling himself aggrieved, as he says, for that the bishop in the exercise of his office, proceeding in accordance with the king's said ordinance as he was bound to do, has blessed certain nuns of the order and monastery of Sempyngham, howbeit to many wise men it may seem that the master thereby has no grievance but rather relief, has lodged divers provocations and appeals, and is purposing to prosecute the same without the realm in contempt of the king, to the prejudice of the said bishop's office, and to the impoverishment of the monastery, subjects and members aforesaid; and the king would apply a timely remedy to the evils likely to ensue.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 20.
June 20.
To Roger de Wolfreton escheator in Norffolk. Order, upon the petition of Ralph de Cromwell and Maud his wife, sister of William Bernak, to remove the king's hand and not to meddle further with certain parcels of land, the rents, fees and advowsons pertaining to two thirds of the manors of Hedirsete and Besthorp and of certain lands in Wymondham, Bokenham and Denton, which are of the heritage of the said Maud, delivering to them any issues thereof taken; as lately on the finding of an inquisition, taken by the escheator, that two thirds of the said manors and lands which were of John Bernak tenant in chief, and came to the king's hands by his death and by reason of the nonage of the said William, brother and heir of John son and heir of the said John, which William and John the son died within age and in the king's wardship, that the manor of Besthorp and the said lands are held in chief as parcel of the barony of Tateshale, the manor of Hedirsete of another than the king, and that the said Maud is next heir of her said brother and of full age, on 4 February in the 35th year of his reign the king took the homage and fealty of the said Ralph, and commanded livery to be given him of the said two thirds; and now by plaint of the said Ralph and Maud the king has learned that, by colour of an inquisition whereby it is found that the parcels, rents, fees and advowsons aforesaid, which by virtue of the said restitution are delivered to the said Ralph and Maud, were not contained in the extent of the former inquisition, the escheator has taken the same into the king's hand and is unlawfully so detaining them; and in all restitutions by the king made to heirs of full age as well lands as fees, advowsons and all else to the same pertaining in general pass out of his hands to the possession of such heirs, whether extended or not.