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Close Rolls, Edward III: September 1347

Pages 317-324

Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 8, 1346-1349. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1905.

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September 1347

Sept. 7.
Evesham.
To the collectors in co. Norfolk of the aid for making the king's eldest son a knight. Order to pay all the money, by indenture, without delay, to William de Bohun, earl of Northampton upon the wages of himself and his men, staying in parts beyond the sea in the king's service, assigned upon the aid in that county by tallies of the exchequer, so that the earl may not have cause to withdraw from that service for lack of payment whereby the king would have cause to punish them. By C.
The like to the collectors of that aid in the following counties, to wit:—
The collectors in co. Suffolk.
The collectors in co. Essex.
The collectors in co. Middlesex.
Sept. 7.
Evesham.
To William de Middelton, escheator in co. Norfolk. Order not to intermeddle further with the manors of Elsyng and Wessenham in that county, restoring the issues thereof to Margery late the wife of Hugh de Hastynges, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that Hugh at his death held no lands in his demesne as of fee or in service in that county, but that he held the said manors jointly with Margery for their lives, of others than the king, by knight's service.
Sept. 1.
Reading.
To William de Middelton, escheator in co. Norfolk. Order to deliver to Richard, earl of Arundell, the castle of Acre in that county together with the knights' fees and advowsons pertaining thereto, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that John de Warenna, earl of Surrey, at his death, held the said castle for life of the king's gift with remainder to Richard, and the king has given Richard respite for his homage and fealty until the king's return to England.
Aug. 19.
Gloucester.
To Walter de Bermyngeham, justiciary of Ireland, or to him who supplies his place. Order to direct that the temporalities of the bishopric of Ossory in Ireland be delivered to the bishop, as although for certain causes, the king caused all those temporalities to be seised into his hand together with the goods and chattels of Richard, the bishop, he has restored the temporalities to the bishop of his grace. By p.s. [18760.]
The like to the chancellor of Ireland for the present or the future or to him who supplies his place. By the same writ.
Membrane 26.
Sept. 3.
Evesham.
To the sheriff of Gloucester. Order to pay to Hugh de Audele, earl of Gloucester, 10l. for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to him of 20l. to be received yearly by the hands of the sheriff of that county.
Sept. 12.
Worcester.
To Robert de Reymes, escheator in co. Northumberland. Order to take the fealty of Elizabeth, daughter of Richard de Rihill, now of full age, in accordance with the form of a schedule enclosed with these presents, and after making a legal partition of all the lands which were taken into the king's hands by reason of Richard's death, in the presence of the said Elizabeth, and of Margery, Christina, Joan and Ellen, his daughters, if they choose to attend, into five equal portions, then to cause Elizabeth, as eldest, to have seisin of the purparty touching her of that inheritance and to deliver the purparties of Margery, Cristiana, Joan and Ellen to Elizabeth their mother, late Richard's wife, as nearest to them to be kept until further order, sending that partition to the king without delay, that it may be enrolled, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by Robert Bertram, late escheator in that county, that Richard at his death, held in his demesne as of fee in that county, two parts of a messuage, 52 acres of land, 8 acres of meadow and five tenements called 'Husbandlandes' in Little Rihill, in chief, by the service of rendering two parts of 20s. yearly by the hands of the sheriff of the county as of the ferm of the body of the county, at the feast of St. Cuthbert in March and the feast of St. Cuthbert in September, and by the service of rendering two parts of 14½d. yearly by the hands of that sheriff on Sunday before St. Cuthbert in September, for cornage, and that he held no other lands in chief whereby the custody of his lands ought to pertain to the king at his death, and that Elizabeth, Margery, Cristiana, Joan and Ellen are his next heirs, and that Elizabeth, on 6 January in the 19th year of the reign was aged thirteen years, Margery nine years, Cristiana seven and a half years, Joan four and a half years and Ellen two and a half years.
Membrane 25.
Sept. 12.
Worcester.
To the sheriff of Gloucester. Order to pay to Robert Flambard, the king's yeoman, constable of Bristol castle, or to him who supplies his place 12d. a day for the expenses of David Anand, knight, of Scotland, a prisoner in that castle in his custody, by indenture from the fifteenth day next. By bill of the treasurer.
Sept. 12.
Worcester.
To John de Coggeshale, escheator in co. Essex. Order to deliver to Margaret late the wife of John de Lovayne, tenant in chief, two knights' fees in Little Chestreford, which William le Bret holds, extended at 10l. yearly, a fourth part of a knights' fee in Berneston, which . . . . heir of John de Berners holds, extended at 25s. yearly and a sixth part of a knight's fee in Little Brumle, which John de Brumle holds, extended at 16s. 8d. yearly and the advowson of the church of Eystans ad Turrim, extended at 100s. yearly, which the king has assigned to her to hold in dower of the knights' fees and advowsons which belonged to her husband at his death.
Sept. 18.
Worcester.
To John de Swynnerton, escheator in co. Salop. Order to assign dower to Isabel late the wife of Henry de Ferariis, tenants in chief, of the hundred of Bradeford, in the presence of the keeper of the lands which belonged to Henry, if he choose to attend, notwithstanding the escheator's return or the taking of that hundred into the king's hand, as the king ordered the escheator to assign dower to Isabel, and the escheator returned that Henry at his death held no lands in his demesne as of fee or for life in that bailwick from which he could assign dower to Isabel, except the said hundred which Henry held by the king's grant, and that after Henry's death the sheriff took that hundred into the king's hand, by reason of his office.
Aug. 20.
Reading.
To John de Coupeland. Order to pay to Thomas Swan and Ellen his wife the arrears of a rent of 68s. yearly, by indenture and to pay them that rent henceforth so long as certain lands remain in the king's hand and in John's custody, if he find that he has not hitherto answered for that rent, as on 20 March in the 18th year of the reign, the king granted to John among other lands, the custody of 4 tofts and a carucate of land in Little Hoghton which belonged to John Heryng and which the king caused to be taken into his hand because John joined the Scottish enemies and rebels against the late king, as was found by inquisition taken by William de Felton, escheator in co. Northumberland, to hold during pleasure, for rendering the extent thereof, and afterwards at the suit of Thomas and Ellen beseeching the king to provide a remedy, as Peter Heryng sometime lord of Little Houghton granted by charter dated Monday before St. Margaret in the 5th year of the late king's reign, to the said John, then Ellen's husband, and to her, the said rent of 68s. to be received yearly of certain lands in that town, of which rent they were seised during John's life and never changed their estate therein, as was found by an inquisition taken by certain lieges at Ellen's petition, after John's death, made before the king and his council in parliament at York in the 9th year of the reign, and the said rent, which arises from the said lands, was taken into the king's hand by John's forfeiture, and the king ordered the sheriff of the county to direct John de Coupelond to be before the king in chancery on the quinzaine of Trinity last to show cause why that rent should not be delivered to Thomas and Ellen, and further to do and receive what the king's court should determine, and he appeared in chancery on that day and asserted that he knew no cause why the rent should not be restored to Thomas and Ellen.
Membrane 24.
Sept. 12.
Worcester.
To the collectors of customs in the port of Sandwich. Order to cause a ship called 'la seinte Anne' of Lescluse whereof William Boyd is master, to be detained under arrest, so that nothing thereof is amoved until further order, as the king is informed that the said ship, laden at the port of Berwick upon Tweed with 190 sacks 4 stones of wool, 571 wool fells counted by the greater hundred, lately touched at the port of Sandwich, and has there been arrested by the collectors for certain causes. By C.
Mandate to the mayor and bailiffs of Sandwich to use all diligence that the said ship with the wool and fells be kept safely under arrest, and that nothing be amoved therefrom without the king's special order. By C.
Sept. 9.
Worcester.
To Thomas de Lucy, escheator in cos. Lancaster, Cumberland and Westmoreland. Order to take the fealty of Michael son of John de Haveryngton of Aldyngham for the manor of Wytherslak co. Westmoreland and the fealty of John son of Robert de Haveryngton for 20 acres of land in Resset and certain tenements in Ursewyk, in accordance with the form of a schedule enclosed with these presents, and to deliver to Michael the said manor, and to John the said lands, and not to intermeddle further with the manors of Thirmum, Aldyngham, and a moiety of the manor of Ulvereston, and with the manor of Hotonroef, restoring the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator, that John de Haveryngton of Aldyngham at his death, held no lands in chief in his demesne as of fee or in service, but that he held the manor of Wytherslak, the manors of Thirmum and Aldyngham, the said moiety and the said lands in co. Lancaster, for life, by fines levied in the king's court with remainder of the manor of Wytherslak to Michael and the heirs of his body, and of the manors of Thirmum and Aldyngham, the moiety and the said lands to John son of Robert and the heirs male of his body, and that the manor of Wytherslak and the said lands are held in chief as of the lands which belonged to William de Coucy, in the king's hand, to wit, the manor by fealty and the service of 1d. yearly, the lands in Resset by fealty for all services and the lands in Ursewyk for rendering 4s. yearly to the king, and the manors of Thirnum, and Aldyngham and the moiety are held of others than the king by divers services, and that John also held the manor of Hotonroef, co. Westmorland, for a term of eight years, of the demise of John de Hoton, knight, for rendering 10l. yearly to him, which manor is held of the king as of the said lands which belonged to William de Coucy, by the service of 8s. yearly.
Membrane 23.
Sept. 6.
Gloucester.
To Robert de Reynes, escheator in co. Northumberland. Order to assign dower to Elizabeth late the wife of Richard de Rihill, tenant in chief, of all the lands which belonged to her husband at his death, in the presence of the keeper of those lands if he choose to attend, upon her taking oath that she will not marry without the king's licence.
Aug. 20.
Gloucester.
To Thomas de Rokeby, escheator in co. York. Order not to distrain William de Craystok son and heir of Ralph de Craystok, son of Robert son of Ralph, for his homage, as on 24 January last the king took his fealty for all the lands which Elizabeth late the wife of the said Robert son of Ralph, his grandfather, held in dower, in chief, of William's inheritance, and rendered those lands to him, giving him respite for his homage until the king's return to England, and now the king has taken his homage.
By p.s.
Oct. 1.
Woodstock.
To the sheriff of Nottingham and Derby. Order to pay to Nicholas de la Despense, the king's yeoman, or to his attorney 10l. for Michaelmas term last, in accordance with the king's grant to him of 20l. to be received yearly of the issues of those counties, for life in recompence for 20l. of land which belonged to William de Bredon in co. Derby, which the late king granted to Nicholas, and which were restored to William by the common assent of parliament.
Membrane 22.
Aug. 20.
Reading.
To the sheriff of Northumberland. Order to cause the pasture in Angram to be justly measured, without delay, so that John Heroun, knight, John de Bedyk, Constancia his wife; Marmaduke de Lumleye and John de Weston, parson of Angram church, may not have more cattle and animals thereon than they ought according to their free tenement in the town, and that Roger de Trumpyton, knight, may have as many animals and cattle there as pertains to him, as he has complained to the king that John and the others have unjustly overcharged his common pasture there.
Oct. 10.
Thame.
To the sheriff of Southampton. Order to cause the town of Basyngstok and a ferm of 20l. which the prior and convent of Bath rendered yearly at the exchequer for the towns of Bath and Berton, co. Somerset, to be resumed into the king's hand and kept safely until further order, provided that nothing is attempted to the prejudice of William son and heir of Richard de la Pole if the rent and town have been in his hand, as among certain lands granted to Ed[mund] earl of Kent, the king's uncle, the king granted to him the manor and town of Basyngstok and the said ferm to hold for himself and the heirs of his body, and now John, son and heir of the said earl has besought the king to cause that grant to be revoked, and the town and rent to be resumed into the king's hand, and to be delivered to the said heir with the other lands of his inheritance when he comes of age, as the town and rent were granted to Richard to hold under a certain form, at an untrue suggestion made by him after the earl's lands were taken into the king's hand, and they are now in the hands of Richard's heir and of the executors of his will, which grant is manifestly to the prejudice of the earl's heir, and the king ordered the sheriff to notify Richard's heir and executors that they should be in chancery on the octaves of Michaelmas last to show cause why the grant made to Richard should not be revoked, and the town and rent resumed into the king's hand and delivered to the earl's heir, and answer made to the king for the issues of the town and rent from the time of the grant to Richard and further to do and receive what the king's court should determine; and the sheriff returned that the bailiffs of the liberty of the town of Basyngstok, to whom he made a return of the writ sent to him, answered that they notified William, and Thomas de Chaworth and Joan his wife late the wife of Richard, executors of Richard's will to be in chancery in the form aforesaid, when William appearing by William de Weston, his attorney, showed letters patent containing that William was staying in the king's service in parts beyond the sea, and was therefore under the king's protection, and ought to be quit of all pleas and suits moved against him until a certain term contained in the king's letters, certain pleas excepted, wherefore he ought not to be sued further in the matter, and Thomas and Joan did not come when summoned.
Oct. 10.
Thame.
To the collectors in the East Riding, co. York, of the wool last granted. Order to newly assess those staying in the town of Ravenesrod at wool according to the rate of 100s., and that done, to levy and collect wool of them and answer to the king therefor, superseding the levying of wool of them according to the ancient tax, beyond the said 100s., and to release them from any distraint made for that cause, restoring anything which they have levied, as lately at the suit of the men of that town showing that they cannot suffice to pay the tenths, tallages and other charges anciently assessed upon the town both on account of the carrying away of the soil and of divers buildings by floods of the sea which surround the town, and by the withdrawal of several men who used to live in the said buildings and contribute to the said charges, and who have gone to divers places beyond, and beseeching the king to grant them some mitigation of the biennial tenth last granted by the laity of the realm, which was exacted of them according to the ancient tax, extending to 15l.; the king ordered enquiry to be made, and the inquisitions having been taken and returned to chancery it was ordained by the council that 100s. should be taken for that tenth for the present year, and that those men should be discharged of the residue of the ancient tax, wherefore the king ordered the taxers and collectors of that tenth in the East Riding, to receive the 100s. of the said men and supersede the levying of the residue, and now the said men have informed the king that the said collectors of wool, without regarding that mitigation, have assessed them according to the rate of the ancient tax and levy the wool of them by distraints, which will lead to their irreparable impoverishment, whereupon they have besought the king to provide a remedy. By C.
Oct. 3.
Woodstock.
To the taxers and collectors in the East Riding, co. York, of the biennial tenth and fifteenth last granted. Order to receive from the men dwelling at Ravenserod 100s. for the tenth and to supersede the levying of the ancient sum at which they were taxed, as the king ordered them to take an inquisition upon the value of the moveable goods of those men and to newly assess them according to the quantity of the same, on its being found by an inquisition taken at Ravenserod on Tuesday after Epiphany last that the said town was much destroyed by frequent floods of the sea surrounding it and that 145 buildings there which belonged to Cecily de Selby and others and 42 plots not built on, which belonged to Thomas Galt and others, which together comprised two parts of the said town and more had been drawn into the sea from the 8th year of the reign until the day of the taking of the inquisition, wherefore the men and tenants of those buildings and plots withdrew from the town, and those still dwelling there are so impoverished that they cannot suffice to pay the accustomed amount, and the collectors assessed the said men dwelling in the town, to wit Robert de Cotes and several others contained in their certificate at 60s. 6d. to be paid for their moveable goods now there, and this certificate having been shown before the council it has been ordained by them that the said 60s. 6d. and 39s. 6d. beyond of increment shall be levied of the said men for the tenth for the present year and that they shall be discharged of the residue of the ancient sum of 15l. By p.s.
Membrane 21.
Sept. 16.
Woodstock.
To Richard de Thoresby, keeper of the hanaper of chancery. Order to deliver all the memoranda and evidences touching the king's forest of Bernewode, exemplified under the great seal, to John de Molyns, who sues for the king and his right touching that forest, quit of the fee of the said seal. By C.
Sept. 6.
Worcester.
To the keeper of the king's forest of Bernewode, co. Buckingham, or to him who supplies his place. Order, as at another time [as at page 293 above] to deliver to the abbot of Nottele two cartloads of wood a day of dead wood, wood cast down by the wind, and cablish and afterwards of oaks and underwood and the lesser trees of the forest, by the view and counsel of the regardors of the forest, as the king has learned that he has hitherto delivered to the abbot two cartloads a day of thorns and underwood and other green trees of the forest, and not of dead wood, windfall or cablish so far as they would suffice to the manifest destruction of the forest and contrary to the king's order.
Sept. 19.
Worcester.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to supersede the demand made upon John de Molyns, knight, for paying 20l., although on 24 January last, for 20l. which he agreed to pay, the king gave him licence to enfeoff Walter de Notingham, clerk, with the manors of Coklyngton, Stoke Tristre and Boyford which are held in chief and of the advowsons of the churches of Coklyngton and Stoke Tristre, so that Walter might grant them to John and Egidia his wife to hold for life with remainder to William, John's son, and the heirs of his body, or in default to the right heirs of John, as the king's letters were not delivered to John but remained in the hanaper of chancery from the time of their being drawn up until they were surrendered by Richard de Thoresby, keeper of the said hanaper, and were cancelled on the chancery rolls. By C.
Sept. 15.
Worcester.
To the mayor and bailiffs of Kyngeston upon Hull. Order to de-arrest without delay a ship called 'la Welyfare' of that town, laden with some of the 20,000 sacks of wool last granted by the community of England, by John de Wesenham, the king's merchant and his fellows, which the mayor and bailiffs arrested as is said, and to permit it to cross to Flanders with that wool, for the king's use, provided that none but the king's own wool be laded therein. By C.
Sept. 25.
Thame.
To Simon Basset, escheator in co. Gloucester. Order to assign dower to Isabel late the wife of Ralph de Abenhale, tenant in chief, of all the lands which belonged to her husband, in the presence of Guy de Briane, keeper of two parts of the said lands, if he choose to attend, upon her taking oath that she will not marry without the king's licence.
Sept. 25.
Thame.
To the collectors of the wool last granted in co. Somerset. Order to cause all the wool levied by them to be taken to the city of Welles and delivered there to the receivers of wool in that county, and they shall not omit this upon pain of forfeiture, as the receivers have complained, showing that although all the wool hitherto collected in the county has been taken to Welles to be delivered to them, except once when the merchants of the society of the Bardi, to whom the wool of the county was assigned, had it taken to the port of Bruggewauter, for its more speedy passage to their parts, yet the collectors have not hitherto cared to take the wool to the said city, but cause the receivers to travail to seek the said wool in divers places, not without great labour and expense, to the manifest delay of the king's affairs, whereat he is much angered. By C.
Sept. 26.
Thame.
To the sheriff of Southampton. Order to pay to John de Gutyng, one of the foresters of the forest of la Bere near Porchester, what is in arrear to him of his wages of 1d. a day from the time of the sheriff's appointment and to pay him such wages henceforth, unless the king order otherwise, in accordance with his grant to John, for his good service and because he is detained by a grave infirmity, of 1d. a day of the issues of that county to be received until further order.
Sept. 28.
Woodstock.
To John atte Hacche, bailiff of the abbot of St. Osith. Order, upon pain of forfeiture, to deliver to the collectors of customs in the port of Ipswich, by indenture, those 4 pockets of wool and 3 pieces of cloth which they arrested because the wool and cloth were not coketted or customed, in a boat at Birchehomylne, co. Essex, and delivered to John to be kept safely for the king. By C.