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Close Rolls, Edward III: April 1350

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 9, 1349-1354. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1906.

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April 1350

April 3.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of York. Order to cause hay, oats, beans, peas, litter and other necessaries for the king's horses and stud beyond Trent, in the custody of John de Barton, the king's yeoman, to be bought and purveyed without delay and to be delivered by indentures to John together with the wages of the keepers of the said horses and stud, for the time that they stay in that bailiwick in John's custody, and to do the like from time to time henceforth. By K.
To Roger de Normanvill, late keeper of the king's horses and stud beyond Trent. Order to deliver the herbage growing in the king's parks pertaining to his fortalice of Haywra to Master John de Barton for the maintenance of the king's horses and stud, as the king has committed to John the custody of the said fortalice and of the horses and stud, to hold during pleasure. By K.
April 18.
Westminster.
To John de Clifford, escheator in Northumberland. Order to take the fealty of Agnes late the wife of William de la Vale, according to the form of a schedule enclosed with these presents and not to intermeddle further with the manors and lands which he took into the king's hand by reason of William's death, restoring the issues thereof to her, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that William at his death held jointly with Agnes the manor of Callerdon, by the king's licence, and also the manors of Brampton, Brandon, Duxfeld and a moiety of the manor of Biddelesden, and that the manor of Callerdon is held in chief by homage and fealty and by the service of rendering 13s. 11d. yearly to the hands of the sheriff of the county, to wit, to the ward of the castle of Newcastle upon Tyne, on Sunday after St. Cuthbert in March, and also by the service of 14½d. yearly by the hands of the sheriff for cornage on Sunday before St. Cuthbert in September, and the remaining manors and moiety are held of others than the king by divers services.
April 8.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Ferrariis, keeper of the lands which belonged to Isabel late the wife of Henry de Ferrariis, tenant in chief. Order to pay to John de Brocas or to his attorney what is in arrear to him of 10l. 5s. yearly from the time when those lands came into the king's hand, and to pay him that sum yearly henceforth, as it is found by inquisition taken by the escheator in co. Essex that Isabel at her death held certain lands in Donemowe in her demesne as of fee, which formerly belonged to Robert de Merk and Jacomina his wife, of the king as of the honour of Boulogne, of John's gift, to whom the king previously granted those lands by charter to hold in fee simple, for rendering 10l. 5s. yearly to him for life.
Membrane 18.
April 8.
Westminster.
To Henry Sturmy, escheator in co. Southampton. Order not to intermeddle further with the tenements which he took into the king's hand by reason of the death of Margaret de Bettesthorn, restoring the issues thereof to John her son, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that Margaret at her death held no lands in chief or of any other in her demesne as of fee or in service in that bailiwick, but that she held there for life 2 messuages, 2 carucates of land, 20 acres of meadow and 2 acres of wood in Bettesthorn and Asshele of the gift and enfeoffment of John de Mere and William de Bettesthorn with remainder to John her son and to the heirs of his body, and that the said tenements are held of the inheritance of John de Mynstede by the service of paying 13s. 4d. yearly at Michaelmas.
April 20.
Westminster.
To Gerard Salvayn, escheator in co. York. Order to deliver a messuage, 4 tofts and 20 bovates of land in Osgodby to Peter de Grymesby, escheator of the king's chamber in the parts of Holdernesse, together with the issues thereof, by indenture, as the king has reserved to his chamber all the lands, fees and advowsons which are held as of the honour of Albemarl, in England, and it is found by inquisition taken by the escheator that William Barde of Osgodby held the premises at his death in his demesne as of fee, in chief as of the said honour, by knight's service.
April 19.
Westminster.
To Richard Blundel, escheator in co. Northampton. Order not to intermeddle further with the manor of Assheby David and certain other lands in that bailiwick taken by reason of the death of John son and heir of Edmund Peverel and of Alice late the wife of Thomas de Verdon, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that John, who died a minor in the king's wardship, alienated in fee the said manor and lands—which were taken into the king's hand by reason of Alice's death, who held them for life of his inheritance, because the manor is held of the heir of Laurence de Hastynges, earl of Pembroke, tenant in chief, a minor in the king's wardship, by knight's service—to John de Insula of Rougemont (de Rubeo Monte), Hugh de Bray and William de la Dale, who entered the manor by virtue of that alienation upon the king's seisin, and for 10l. which John de Insula has paid, the king has pardoned them their trespass in so entering upon his seisin.
Afterwards the king pardoned John the 10l. and therefore the writ is not sent by the king in the extracts to the exchequer.
April 20.
Westminster.
To Thomas Ferinbaud, escheator in cos. Bedford and Buckingham. Order to deliver to John Chastiloun and Joan his wife, late the wife of John de Wolverton, tenant in chief, the knights' fees in that bailiwick of those which the king assigned to her, as of the fees which belonged to John de Wolverton the king has assigned the following to her to hold in dower, to wit, a fee in Loughton, co. Buckingham, which Thomas de Loughton holds, extended at 3s. 4d. yearly; a fee in Thornburgh in the same county, which Reginald de Fraxino holds, extended at 2s. yearly; a fee in Aston Saundford in the same county, which Nicholas de Saunford holds, extended at 2s. yearly; a moiety of a fee in Langeport, which Richard de Langeport holds, extended at 18d. yearly; and a moiety of a fee in Themford, co. Northampton, which the heir of Eva de Grey holds, extended at 50s. yearly.
To Richard Blundel, escheator in co. Northampton. Like order to deliver to the said John Chastiloun and Joan his wife the moiety of a fee in Themford, assigned to her as aforesaid.
April 20.
Westminster.
To the fermors of the customs in all the ports of England and to their mainpernors or their attorneys. Order to pay to Robert de Bertram 50 marks of the issues of the customs in the port of Kyngeston upon Hull and 50 marks of the customs in the port of Newcastle upon Tyne for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to him of 200 marks to be received yearly of the issues of the customs in the said ports, because he freely delivered to the king the body of William de Douglas, taken by him in the battle at Durham.
April 22.
Windsor.
To the sheriff of Southampton. Order to cause a coroner for that county to be elected in place of Thomas de Westcote, who is insufficiently qualified.
April 21.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Gloucester. Order to cause a coroner for that county to be elected in place of John le Felter of Bristol, deceased.
April 22.
Windsor.
To Gerard Salvayn, escheator in co. York. Order to deliver a third part of 14 tofts and 15 bovates of land in Bisshopthorp in that county to the nearest friend of the heir to whom it cannot descend by hereditary right, together with the issues thereof, to be kept for the heir's use, and saving to the king the rent due thereon and not to intermeddle further with the lands which Robert Bustard held of others than the king, restoring the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that Robert at his death held the said third part in his demesne as of fee, in chief, by fealty and by the service of rendering 17s. 62/3d. to the exchequer by the hands of the sheriff of York, and that he held divers other lands in that county of others than the king by divers services, and that Richard son of John de Friston son of Joan Bustard, Robert's sister, is his next heir and aged six and a half years.
April 20.
Westminster.
To William de Eppeworth, late guardian of the temporalities of the archbishopric of Canterbury, void and in the king's hand. Order to supersede the exaction made upon the tenants of the archbishopric for levying any sums after the death of John de Offord, elect of Canterbury, for a palfrey, as the king has learned that certain sums are due to him of those tenants in each voidance of the archbishopric, in the name of a palfrey, and now sums are exacted of them by William for that cause by the death of the said John, and also by the death of Thomas Bradewardyn, sometime archbishop, and at the supplication of Simon, the present archbishop, the king has pardoned the tenants the sums due after the death of John. [Fœdera.]
April 28.
Westminster.
To Saier de Rocheford, escheator in co. Rutland. Order to deliver to John de Wesenham the manor of Exton together with the issues thereof, as the king lately granted to John de Grey of Ruffyn the custody of all the lands which belonged to John de Bruys of Conyngton, tenant in chief, in the king's hand by reason of the minority of his heir, to hold until the heir should come of age, together with the marriage of the heir and the reversion of lands held in dower or otherwise for life of his inheritance during the minority, and although the heir died a minor in the king's wardship, so that the inheritance ought to descend to his sisters, now under age, the king granted that John should hold the said custody until the sisters should come of age together with their marriage, and if any one of them should die before she come of age and was married by John, her heir being under age, then John should have the custody of the heir and its marriage and so from heir to heir until the said heirs come of age; and afterwards John demised and sold that custody to John de Verdon 'le fitz,' who demised and sold it to Master Simon de Islep, now archbishop of Canterbury, who demised and sold it to John de Wesenham, as appears by the letters of John, John and Simon and as the king has learned by trustworthy testimony, and it is found by inquisition taken by the escheator that Maud late the wife of Benedict de Fulsham at her death held the said manor for life of the inheritance of Agnes and Joan, sisters and heirs of Bernard, son of John de Bruys, that Bernard died a minor in the king's wardship and that Agnes is aged ten years and Joan is aged nine years.
Membrane 17.
April 12.
Westminster.
To the fermors of the customs and subsidies in all the ports of England and to their mainpernors or their attorneys in the port of London. Order to pay to Thomas de Bello Campo, earl or Warwick or to his attorney, 500 marks for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to him on 15 July in the 22nd year of the reign for his good service and for his fee for staying with the king with a hundred men at arms by agreement, of 1,000 marks to be received yearly for life of the issues of the custom of wool, hides and wool-fells in the ports of London, Lenn and Boston.
April 23.
Westminster.
To Gerard Salvayn, escheator in co. York. Order not to intermeddle further with a rent of 26s. 8d. in Kildale, restoring the issues thereof to Robert de Boulton and Alice his wife, as the king ordered the escheator to certify why he had taken that rent into the king's hand, and the escheator returned that it is in the king's hand by the death of Katherine late the wife of John de Menyl, who held it jointly with John for themselves and the heirs of their bodies of the inheritance of John's heir, then a minor in the king's wardship, and the rent is held of John de Percy of Kildale by knight's service, and the heir died when a minor in the king's wardship, and that Alice, his sister, whom Robert has married, is his next heir and of full age, and on 14 February last the king took Robert's fealty for all the lands which came into the king's hands by reason of the minority of the heir of John de Menyl and were held in chief, and ordered them to be delivered to Robert and Alice.
May 4.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to cause such wages to be allowed to William Croyser, late sheriff and approver in cos. Bedford and Buckingham, as have been allowed to other sheriffs and approvers there.
May 8.
Westminster.
The like to the same for Thomas Frembaud, sheriff and approver of those counties.
Membrane 16.
April 15.
Westminster.
To the collectors in the port of Scardeburgh of the subsidy of 2s. the sack of wool and 6d. the pound. The king has learned from the plaint of the mayor and burgesses of Berwick on Tweed that although ships laded with wool and other merchandise of Scotland in the port of Berwick, the customs being paid and coketted, to be taken to Flanders, when they are driven by tempests to places in England and when they put in there to buy victuals for the maintenance of the men therein and to avoid hostile attacks, not for unlading or selling the wool and merchandise, yet the collectors have arrested such ships with the wool and merchandise therein and detain them until the merchants pay the said subsidy, by reason of an ordinance of the king and council, to pay for the safe-conduct of the wool and merchandise, whereupon the mayor and burgesses have besought the king to provide a remedy, and in consideration of their labours in the safe custody of Berwick: the king orders the collectors to permit such ships to cross to Flanders with the merchandise therein without exacting the said subsidy, and to restore without delay anything which they have levied for the same. By C.
The like to such collectors in the following ports, to wit:—
The collectors in the port of Ravenesrod.
The collectors in the port of Great Yarmouth.
The collectors in the port of Newcastle upon Tyne.
March 20.
Westminster.
To Richard de Thoresby, keeper of the hanaper of chancery. Order to deliver to John de Wesenham quit of the fee of the seal a certain charter by which the king granted to him that he should have free warren in all his demesne lands in co. Norfolk. By K.
April 16.
Westminster.
To John de Colby, escheator in Suffolk. Order not to intermeddle further with the manor of Houton in that county, restoring the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that Margery late the wife of Edmund Bacoun, knight, at her death, held no lands in her demesne as of fee in that county, but that she held the said manor in dower after her husband's death, which manor and the advowson of Olton church Robert de Askeby, parson of Ingham church, gave to Adam Bacoun and the heirs of his body, with remainder in default to Edmund and the heirs male of his body, with remainder in default to the right heirs of Adam, and that Adam and Edmund died without heirs male of their bodies, and that the manor is held of the countess of Pembroke in free socage by the service of rendering 12s. 2d. yearly to her, and that Robert Bacoun, knight, son of Henry Bacoun, Adam's kinsman, is his next heir and of full age.
April 7.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to release John du Vaal from the Flete prison after receiving a reasonable fine from him for his trespass, as he has besought the king to provide for his release, as he was adjudged to the said prison because he erroneously offered himself as the attorney of the mayor of London and escheator there to make his proffer, thinking that he would be previously admitted for this by the treasurer and barons and enrolled in the memoranda of the exchequer, and it has been testified before the council by those in whom the king has confidence that John made that proffer by error and ignorance rather than by malice or fraud.
April 8.
Westminster.
To the same. Order to discharge John of the said fine for his trespass, as the king has remitted that fine at John's supplication and by reason of the testimony aforesaid.
April 24.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Southampton. Order to cause the king's chamber above the gate of Winchester castle to be newly roofed and the defects of divers houses, walls and towers in that castle to be repaired by the view and testimony of Robert de Cherteseye and Walter le Chamberleyn, both of the issues of his bailiwick and of the escheatry of the county.
By bill of the treasurer.
May 4.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Hoo, escheator in Sussex. Order not to intermeddle further with the manor of Applesham and with certain tenements at Hoo in the parish of Launcyngg, restoring the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that Richard de Combes at his death held no lands in chief in his demesne as of fee or in service in that county, whereby the custody of his lands ought to pertain to the king, but that he held the said manor in his demesne as of fee of John de Moubray, by the service of two knights' fees, and that he held the said tenements in his demesne as of fee, of the said John, by the service of an eighth part of a knight's fee and of rendering to John 5d. yearly at the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Membrane 15.
March 10.
Westminster.
To Richard de Thoresby, keeper of the hanaper of chancery. Order to pay to John de Tamworth, clerk of the crown of chancery 20l. in remuneration of his expenses for the maintenance of the clerks in that office from the time of the cessation of the late deadly pestilence. By K. and C.
April 12.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer and to the chamberlains. Order to pay to Richard de Stanhop, mayor of Berwick upon Tweed, 200l. for his own use and 40 marks for the use of the community of that town, in which the king is bound to them for divers costs which they incurred upon the safe custody of that town from the time when Thomas de Musgrave, the late keeper of the town, and the one supplying his place there departed thence, until the time when William Heroun took up the custody of the town. By K.
April 20.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Leicester. Order to cause a coroner for that county to be elected in place of John Waleys, who is sheriff of Nottingham and Derby.
April 28.
Westminster.
To Gerard Salvayn, escheator in co. York. Order to assign dower to Joan late the wife of John Larcher of Yapum, tenant in chief, of all the lands which belonged to her husband at his death, upon her taking oath that she will not marry without the king's licence.
The like to the same escheator to assign dower to Alice late the wife of William Stra, tenant in chief.
April 15.
Westminster.
To the fermors of the customs and subsidies due in all the ports of England and to their mainpernors or their attorneys in the port of London. Order to pay to John de Bello Campo or to his attorney 26l. 13s. 4d. for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to him for his fee and for his stay with the king of 53l. 6s. 8d. to be received yearly for life of the issues of those customs.
To Margery late the wife of William de Ros of Hamelak. Order to pay to John de Bello Campo or to his attorney 83l. 6s. 8d. for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to him on 20 May last of 166l. 13s. 4d. which she is bound to pay yearly at the exchequer for the custody of the lands in cos. Lincoln and Northumberland which belonged to Adam de Welle, tenant in chief.
May 3.
Westminster.
To John de Wycombe and John le Spicer of Bristol. Order to be attendant upon the levying and collecting of the portion of the triennial tenth and fifteenth last granted for the second year, touching the town of Bristol, and not to intermeddle with the collection of the same without that town, although the king lately appointed them with other lieges to levy and collect that tenth and fifteenth in co. Gloucester so that they should answer for the money thereof before the octaves of Trinity next, but they are dependent by divers commissions to levy and collect the customs of wool, hides and wool-fells and the subsidy in the port of Bristol, and also the subsidy of 2s. the sack, 12d. the tun and 6d. in pound in the same port, as appears by inspection of the chancery rolls, wherefore they are not able to be attendant upon the collecting of the tenth and fifteenth without that town with the other lieges. By C.
May 3.
Westminster.
To Bartholomew de Burgherssh the elder and Edward son of Edward le Despenser, keepers of two parts of the lands which belonged to Hugh le Despenser, tenant in chief, in Glamorgan and Morganok in Wales or to him who supplies their place and to the sheriff there. Order to supersede all pleas and processes concerning certain trespasses and excesses in the said parts perpetrated before 8 February last, and determined, or any others touching the king although not previously determined, and not to intermeddle further therewith, revoking without delay anything done to the contrary, proceeding in all other pleas notwithstanding any previous orders to the contrary, as the king granted to them the custody of two parts of all the said lands together with the lordships, regalities and all other appurtenances, as Hugh held them, from 8 February last, inclusive, to hold until Hugh's heirs should come of age, for rendering a certain thing to the king, and now the king has learned that they exercise cognisances of pleas for trespasses and excesses in those parts while they were in the king's hand and in the custody of the executors of Hugh's will, before the said 8 February, pretending that they pertain to them when they do not, and they compel several men of those parts to answer before them for trespasses before the said day, and fuller information being taken upon the premises by the council it seemed to them that the cognisance of trespasses perpetrated in those parts before the said 8 February, even if they were not determined, does not and cannot pertain to Bartholomew and Edward by virtue of the king's letters.
April 28.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and chamberlains. Order to pay to Agnes Pore 5 marks for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to her for her good service as nurse to Margaret de Wyndesore, his daughter, of 10 marks to be received yearly at the exchequer for life.
May 3.
Westminster.
To the collectors in co. Northampton of the tenth and fifteenth lately granted. Order to supersede the demand for that tenth and fifteenth which they make upon Edward prince of Wales for his lands in Rokyngham and Weldon, in his own hand and not demised at ferm, or on his own goods therein. By C.
April 30.
Westminster.
To Gerard Salvayn, escheator in co. York. Order not to intermeddle further with 10 bovates of land in Kibelyngcotes in that county, restoring the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that John de Cave of Middelton near Watton, at his death, held the said land in his demesne as of fee of the chapter of St. John, Beverley, by fealty and the service of 12d. yearly.
Mandate to Thomas de Rokeby, late escheator in co. York, to restore the issues of that land.
April 28.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer and to the chamberlains. Order to pay 573l. to Ralph baron of Stafford, in accordance with the king's grant to him of that sum on 4 July in the 22nd year of the reign, in aid of his expenses in the king's service in parts beyond.