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Close Rolls, Edward III: April 1364

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

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April 1364

April 5.
Westminster.
To Hugh Fastolf collector of the customs in the port of Great Jernemuth. Order, under pain of forfeiture, to cause all the waters called creeks (crykas) and the privy places in Norffolk and Suffolk and all other ports and waters therein to be so straitly guarded by men whom he trusts and for whom he will answer that no man may there pass out of the realm but [by] special licence by letters or writs of the king, which the king would have stayed by the said Hugh before such passage, and if any come there so to pass without licence to cause them to be taken and arrested with their goods, horses and harness, and detained under arrest until further order, certifying in chancery their names and the goods so arrested, and on behalf of the king to warn the guardians by him deputed in the said waters, creeks, ports and places under pain of forfeiture to keep diligent guard over the same; as the king has learned that numbers of men, for lack of good guard of the passages there, contrary to the proclamation, have heretofore in the said creeks, etc. crossed the sea to foreign parts, and that certain persons whom the king would not have so to do are scheming secretly to cross thereby. By K. and C.
Membrane 29.
Feb. 3.
Westminster.
To William de Otteford escheator in Cambridgeshire. Order to remove the king's hand and not to intermeddle further with the lands of the prior of Bernewell in Okyngton, delivering to the said prior any issues thereof taken; as the king lately ordered the escheator to certify in chancery the cause wherefore the said lands were by him taken into the king's hand, and he signified that he so took 6 acres of land of the said prior there for that it was found by inquisition, before him taken, that without the king's licence the prior appropriated the same to him and his house after the statute of mortmain; and after at the suit of the prior, alleging that Hugh Agace held that land of him by fealty and the service of rendering to him 12d. a year, and died without an heir, and that he as lord of the fee entered after Hugh's death as into his escheat, as lawful was, and not otherwise, and praying that the king's hand might be removed, the king ordered the escheator to make inquisition touching the premises; and by inquisition so made it is found that the said Hugh held the said land and died as aforesaid, that the prior entered after his death as into his escheat, namely on Monday after Midsummer in the 23rd year of the reign, and that the prior kept the land in his hand for that cause and no other until the 24th year, when the escheator took the same into the king's hand.
Jan. 30.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to stay their demand upon the prior and convent of Bermondeseye for 20l. 16s. 9d. arrears of a subsidy (as above, p. 2.) By K.
Jan. 26.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the chamberlains. Order to cause such remuneration to be given of the treasury to the king's yeoman John de Ellerton, his serjeant at arms, over and above his usual wages, for his expenses for the time he abode by the king's command in his service at Westminster in the last parliament, namely 10 weeks, as they may be assured that other serjeants of his rank then in that service had, and 5 marks for two horses which the said John alleges that he lost while he was in the king's service for arresting of ships for the passage of Edward prince of Aquitaine and Wales to Gascony, if by testimony of Ralph de Kestevene the king's clerk, appointed to pay the seamen of the said ships their wages, they shall find that it is so.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order, upon the petition of John son of Henry son of Simon de Thyrnesco chaplain, to stay the execution of a writ for taking the goods and chattels of the said John into the king's hand by reason of an outlawry, restoring to him without delay any so taken; as by the complaint of the said chaplain it is shewn that, though he was not outlawed at any time by any process before the king, the treasurer and barons have commanded his goods and chattels to be seized into the king's hand for that by ignorance of the writer his name is in error inserted in the estreats sent to the exchequer of the names of persons outlawed before the king, and that by colour thereof the sheriff of Lincoln is troubling him unlawfully, wherefore he has prayed the king for remedy; and by certificate in chancery of Henry de Grene chief justice appointed to hold pleas before the king, herewith enclosed, it is found that, after search of the rolls and other memoranda before the king, no outlawry is found to have been published against the said John for that before the return of the writ of exigents against him he rendered himself to the Marshalsea prison and made fine with the king for certain trespasses and oppressions presented against him, as appears by the rolls of fines of Easter term in the 24th year of the reign, and had a writ of supersedeas to the said sheriff.
April 8.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Warrewyk for the time being. Order to cause the arrears of 12d. a day of the issues of that county to be paid to John atte Wode, and the same sum to be paid him henceforward, as it used heretofore to be paid to Edmund de Hoggeshagh or to the said John, taking his acquittance; as on 12 March in the 35th year of the reign the king by letters patent granted to the said John that daily sum of the king's favour for his good service in abiding ever by the king's side, to be taken by the hands of the sheriff for the time being in the same manner as the said Edmund, who formerly had a grant thereof for his life by letters patent, given up in chancery and cancelled, and with the king's assent granted the same to the said John.
Et erat patens.
April 12.
Westminster.
To William de Reygate escheator in Yorkshire. Order not to meddle further [with] certain tenements in Thornton in Lonesdale, taken into the king's hand by the death of Mariota daughter of Robert son of Gregory de Burton, and by reason of the fees which were of William de Coucy in Yorkshire and are in the king's hand, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Mariota, who died on 3 December in the 36th year of the reign, at her death held the premises to herself and her heirs as of the manor of Coghill as of the fees aforesaid by knight service and by the service of 12d. a year, and that William de Burton her cousin is her next heir and of full age; and on 21 May in the 29th year of the reign the king granted the said manor to John de Coupland (now deceased) and Joan his wife (yet living) for the life of either of them, together with the knights' fees thereto belonging.
Membrane 27. (fn. 1)
April 18.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs, mayors, bailiffs, wardens of ports and other seaward places, and other the king's ministers and lieges. Order, upon the petition of the burgesses of the town of Droghda on the side of Uriel, to suffer them without let to carry to parts over sea whither they will, according to the king's charter, wool, hides and other their merchandise cocketted and customed in Ireland when brought to any port of the realm; as by colour of an order lately made by the king that all wool, hides and other merchandise to be taken to foreign parts from England, Ireland and Wales should be brought over to Calais and not elsewhere, the said burgesses are compelled to take their merchandise, namely old (veteros) cloths, wool, hides and other small wares unlike the merchandise of other lands, to the said town of Calais where they may hardly be sold at any value, nor may wine, iron, salt or other merchandise suitable for Ireland be found, and when the said burgesses and the merchants have there sold their goods at low price they have to make a new freight to England, Gascony and elsewhere to get goods suitable for Ireland, and so must pay two freights instead of one to their manifest impoverishment, wherefore they have prayed a remedy for their said town which is oppressed by various misfortunes; and in consideration of the services of the said burgesses and their ancestors to the king and his forefathers, and especially for the defence of their town and the neighbouring parts not without cost and pains against attacks of the Irish and other the king's enemies, striving to invade the lands of the king and of his lieges in Ireland, and to rob and destroy his people there, willing to shew them favour that they may more peaceably mind their business and more safely keep their said town, and be the more bound so to do, by his said charter the king has granted to the said burgesses and to their successors that they, their heirs and successors, may carry over, as they used to do, old cloths, wool, hides and all other wares growing and arising in Ireland (corn in time forbidden excepted) to England, Gascony and elsewhere as they shall think fit, the said statute and order notwithstanding.
Et erat patens.
The citizens and merchants of the city of Waterford in Ireland have the like letters patent.
[Fædera.]
April 18.
Westminster.
To John de Bekynton escheator in Dorset. Order to take the fealty of Agnes late the wife of John Mautravers knight according to the form of a schedule enclosed, and not to intermeddle further with the manors of Estmordon, Wodeton in Mersshwodevale, Loders, Fromewhitefeld, Lychet Mautravers, Langeton in Purbik and Phelpeston, two thirds of the manor of Upwymbourne, one virgate and one hide of land in Upwymbourne, two carucates of land, 10 acres of meadow and 10 acres of wood in Egreton and Wolcombe, 30 acres of meadow and 100 acres of pasture at la More, the advowsons of Wodeton, Frome, Lychet, Langeton aforesaid and of one mediety of Upwymbourne, taken into the king's hand by the death of her said husband, delivering to the said Agnes 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 premises jointly with Agnes by fine levied in the king's court with his licence, and that the manor of Estmordon is held in chief by the service of rendering yearly 8s. at the exchequer by the hands of the sheriff, and the residue of others than the king.
To Philip de Lutteleye escheator in Gloucestershire. Order not to meddle further with the manors of Kyngestanleye, Wodechestre, Stonhouse and Shurdyngton, one carucate of land, 12 acres of meadow and 100s. of rent in Munchenhampton and the advowson of Wodechestre taken into the king's hand by the death of John Mautravers knight, delivering to Agnes 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 premises jointly with the said Agnes of the gift of Robert de Sambourne chaplain, Henry de Tyngewyk chaplain and John de Coston chaplain by fine levied in the king's court with his licence, and that the manor of Kyngestanleye is held in chief by knight service, the residue of the premises of others than the king; and the king has taken the fealty of Agnes.
To John de Evesham escheator in Wilts. Like order in regard to the manors of Sharnton, Codeford, Boyton and Corton, a moiety of the manor of Stapelford and the advowson of Boyton; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that John Mautravers knight held the same jointly with Agnes late his wife, and that the manors of Sharnton and Codeford and the said moiety are held in chief by knight service, the manors of Boyton and Corton of others than the king; and the king has taken the fealty of the said Agnes.
To Philip de Lutteleye escheator in Gloucestershire. Order to take of Agnes who was wife of John Mautravers knight 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 taken into the king's hand by his death, sending the assignment under seal to be enrolled in chancery.
April 20.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order, upon the petition of Thomas de Brantyngham the king's clerk, treasurer of Calais, if assured by witness of Henry Lescrope controller of the said Thomas and by oath of Thomas that the facts therein stated are true, to cause him to have allowance in his account of the wine and honey spent and lost; as he has shewn the king that one tun of corrupt wine in Calais castle, one pipe of honey in Hammes castle and one pipe of honey in Sandgate castle, which he took over from John de Middelton late keeper of the king's victuals there, are without fault of his spoiled and lost (amissa in corisona), and that one pipe of Spanish wine in Calais castle and three pipes of honey in Gynes castle are spent in ullage and spoiled and lost. By C.
April 24.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Norfolk to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Thomas de Byntre, who is insufficiently qualified as the king has learned by credible witness, wherefore he has removed him from office.
Membrane 26.
May 7.
Westminster.
To John de Tye escheator in Kent. Order to take of Katherine who was wife of Ralph de Frenyngham knight tenant in chief an oath that she will not marry without the king's licence, and to assign her dower of her said husband's lands taken into the king's hand by his death, sending the assignment to be enrolled in chancery.
April 26.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Wilts to elect two verderers in the forest of Bradenne instead of Roger Warre and John Wybard, who are dead.
Membrane 25.
April 26.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order, upon the petition of William de Shrosbury the king's clerk, late controller of the expenses of the household, to stay their demand upon him made by summons of the exchequer for payment of 26l. 6s. 11¼d., discharging him thereof; as the said William has shewn that he abode at London 225 days upon arraying the account of William de Retford then treasurer of the household, and had no payment for his wages or expenses for that time, praying in recompense pardon of the sum aforesaid which is demanded of him for arrears of his account in the wardrobe touching his wages and gowns; and for good service the king of his favour has pardoned him the same. By C.
April 24.
Westminster.
To Walter de Dalby the king's clerk, receiver of moneys for the wages of men at arms, hobblers and archers appointed to abide in Ireland on the king's service for furtherance of the war. Order, of the king's moneys reserved for the said war, by indenture between the receiver and Lionel duke of Clarence the king's son and lieutenant in Ireland or the said duke's treasurer, to pay to the said duke or to his treasurer 13s. 4d. a day for the said duke's wages from 12 November in the 36th year of the reign, on which day the king advanced him to be duke, for so long as he has been in Ireland or shall there abide hereafter for furtherance of the war. By K.
[Fœdera.]
April 15.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Bedford and Bukingham for the time being. Order to pay to John de Watford the arrears of 4½d. a day from 10 June last, and that sum henceforward during his life, taking his acquittance, according to the king's letters patent of the date above mentioned, granting the said John, for good service, 4½d. a day of the issues of the said counties for life or until other order should be taken for his estate.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 24.
April 6.
Westminster.
To John Notte mayor of the city of London and escheator therein. Order to cause dower to be assigned to John de Stokenbury and Idonea his wife, late the wife of John Jordan, of certain shops, tenements and rents in the said city whereof John Jordan was seised in his demesne as of fee on the day of his marriage and long after, giving information of the assignment in chancery under his seal that it may there be enrolled; as lately at the suit of the said John de Stokenbury and Idonea, praying for her dower of lands and rents in the said city which John Jordan held as aforesaid and gave to the king, the king by writ ordered the mayor to make inquisition touching the premises, and by inquisition so made it is found that John Jordan when he espoused the said Idonea and long after was seised in his demesne as of fee of a tenement in the lane of St. Martin Orgar of the clear yearly value of 75s. over and above reprises and rents resolute, a tenement in Puddynglane value 26s. 8d., a shop in Brugestrete value 40s., another shop in that street value 26s. 8d., a shop now held by John de Kirton value 15s., and two tenements and six shops with wharfage at Billingesgate value 19l. 5s. 8d., and that the same are in the king's hand by his feoffment.
April 14.
Eltham.
To Walter de Kelby escheator in Lincolnshire. Order not to distrain Philip son and heir of Philip le Despenser tenant in chief for his homage, releasing any distraint made; as the said Philip has done homage to the king for the lands of his said father.
By p.s. [26293.]

Footnotes

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