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Close Rolls, Edward III: March 1367

Pages 322-323

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

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March 1367

Membrane 23.
March 14.
Westminster.
To the mayor and bailiffs of the town of Kyngeston upon Hull and the collectors of customs there. Order to suffer all ships of aliens in that port to be laded with wool and merchandise whatsoever, and freely without let to take the same over sea to Calais and not elsewhere, first paying the customs thereupon due, if the owners and masters of native ships shall refuse to freight their ships for the purpose at a reasonable rate (competenti foro), the king's command to the contrary notwithstanding; as lately, upon information that the shipping of the said town was subject to great detriment for that alien ships coming often to the port were more speedily laded and freighted as aforesaid for foreign parts than ships of the town, the king commanded the mayor and bailiffs and the collectors to suffer no ships of foreign parts to be so laded and freighted until the ships of the town in the said port, being seaworthy, were charged and reasonably and not excessively freighted; and now complaint is made to the king on behalf of several merchants native and alien, shewing that the masters and seamen of ships of the said town refuse so to lade their ships save [for] excessive freights, far greater than used to be before the king's said command or than masters of alien ships touching at the port have taken and are offering to take, and that so by reason of the dearness of the freight demanded of them their wool and other merchandise lie unladed in the port, to their hurt and impoverishment and to the damage of their goods, and praying for remedy; and it was not nor is it the king's intent that by reason of his said command native ships should to the hurt of the merchants be set at a higher freight than reasonably ought to be at the discretion of merchants native and alien, nor that merchants native or alien should be hindered from lading and freighting their wool or merchandise in alien ships if the owners and masters of native ships will not set them at a reasonable freight. By C.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order to deliver to Ralph Spigurnel the king's admiral, to deal with according to maritime law, the six tuns of wine and 6l. of silver in coined money of Andrew Baker merchant in a ship of John Malpas of Waterford by the sheriffs arrested by reason of their suspicion that the said Andrew was aiding and abetting John Nichol to slay William Daniel merchant of Pembroch at sea off the town of Lusshebon in Spain. By C.
March 18.
Gravesend.
To Walter de Kelby escheator in Lincolnshire. Order to deliver to Ralph de Cromwell and Maud his wife the castle and manor of Tateshale with appurtenances in Tateshale, Thorp by Tateshale, Little Stretton, Marton by Thorneton and in the town of St. Botolph, and the manor of Tumby, taken into the king's hand by the death of John de Kirketon knight, together with the issues thereof taken, but not to meddle further with the manor of Kirkeby upon Bayn with appurtenances in Kirkby, Tateshale and Thorp by Tateshale, and divers other lands in Roughton, Wodehall, Langton by Thornton, Trusthorp, Sutton by Markeby, Malteby by Strubby and Wynthorp likewise taken into the king's hand, delivering up any issues of these last taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said John at his death held for life the said castle and manor of Tateshale with their appurtenances and the said manor of Kirkeby with its appurtenances by demise of Thomas de Wyke clerk, Thomas de Kirkeby parson of Tateshale, Henry Asty, John Wyke and Thomas Stelle, and the said manor of Tumby and land in Roughton etc. by demise of Ralph de Cromwell and Maud his wife made by the king's licence, with reversion to the said Ralph and Maud and the heirs of the said Maud, and that the castle and manor of Tateshale and the manor of Tumby are held in chief by knight service, the said manor of Kirkeby and all other the lands above mentioned of others than the king; and the king has taken the homage and fealty of the said Ralph, and has rendered to the said Ralph and Maud the castle and manors held in chief. By p.s. [27301.]
Feb. 1.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order to deliver to Ralph Spigurnel the king's admiral, to deal with according to maritime law, John Nichol by them taken and imprisoned in Neugate prison for suspicion of the death of William Danyel merchant of Pembroke, lately slain it is said by him at sea off the town of Lusshebon in Spain, with all his goods and property, also the ship of John Maupas merchant by them arrested for the same cause with his goods and property therein at the time of the arrest. By C.
Feb. 3.
Westminster.
To Reynold de Sholdham searcher of forfeitures in the port of London. Order to cause the goods and chattels by him arrested in a ship of Heygen van Dumburgh in the said port, because of a suspicion of one letter therein found, to be without delay dearrested and delivered to John Mot of Fobbyng to make his advantage thereof; as by examination made by order of the council in presence of the searcher by John Louekyn mayor of London, it is found that the said goods, claimed by the said John Mot, are his and none other's, that if lost at sea the loss would have fallen upon him, and that none other but he had the value of one penny or one halfpenny therein, as the said mayor has certified in chancery.
March 18.
Gravesend.
To Walter de Kelby escheator in Lincolnshire. Order not to meddle further with the manor of Sixhill taken into the king's hand by the death of John de Kyrketon knight, delivering to Ralph Daubeneye clerk and Thomas parson of Tateshale any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said John at his death held no lands in that county in chief in his demesne as of fee, but held the said manor for life jointly with the said Ralph and Thomas of the demise of Roger la Warre knight to them made, and that the same is held of another than the king.
March 18.
Gravesend.
To the same. Order not to meddle further with the manor of Kyrketon in Holand and a third part of the manor of Castelcarleton taken into the king's hand by the death of John de Kirketon knight, delivering to Isabel late his wife any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said John at his death held no lands in that county in chief in his demesne as of fee, but held the said manor of Kyrketon for life jointly with the said Isabel of the demise of Ralph Daubeneye parson of Broughton and Thomas parson of Tateshale, and the said third part as of the dower of the said Isabel after the death of George de Meryet knight sometime her husband, and that the said third part is held in chief, the manor of Kyrketon of another than the king.