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Close Rolls, Edward III: May 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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May 1350

May 18.
Westminster.
To Walter de Chiriton and his fellows, the king's merchants, 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 Queen Philippa or to her attorney 500l. for Easter term last, as in recompence for the castle, town and honour of Pontefract and its knights' fees, advowsons and other parts, which the king granted to her to hold in dower and otherwise for life, he has granted to her 1,000l. to be received yearly for life of the first money of the old and new customs in that port.
Membrane 14.
May 10.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Somerset. Order to cause eight verderers for that county to be elected in place of William de Coker, Walter de Cothurst, Thomas de Horchard, Roger Warre, William Heverard, William Lukkume, John Denyse and Peter Seyntcroysce, deceased.
May 10.
Westminster.
To Richard de Goldesburgh, John de Calverleye, John de Wodhall, William de Rilleston and John Deyvill. Order to be attendant upon the levying, collecting and receiving of the triennial tenth and fifteenth last granted for the second year in the West Riding, co. York, together with Brian de Thornhull, as the king lately appointed them for this, and although he associated William de Plompton and Brian with them afterwards, yet for certain causes shown before him and his council he has discharged William thereof. By C.
April 15.
Westminster.
To William de la Pole, collector of the custom of wool, hides and woolfells in the port of Kyngeston upon Hull. Order to pay to Queen Isabel or to her attorney 500l. for Michaelmas and Easter terms last, in accordance with the king's grant to her of 1,500l. to be received yearly for life in equal portions of the customs in the ports of Kyngeston, London and Boston.
May 7.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and chamberlains. Order to pay to Edmund de Hoggeshagh, the king's yeoman, 100s. for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to him on 1 February last, of 10l. to be received yearly for life at the exchequer.
April 14.
Westminster.
To Gerard Salvayn, escheator in co. York. Order not to intermeddle further with the lands which he took into the king's hand by reason of the death of John le Conestable of Halsham, restoring the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that John at his death held no lands in chief in that bailiwick whereby the custody of his lands ought to pertain to the king, but that he held lands of others than the king by divers services.
May 5.
Westminster.
To John de Coupeland, escheator in Northumberland. Order to assign dower to Agnes late the wife of Robert de Reymes, 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 Peter de Grymesby, escheator in the liberty of Holdernesse, for Isabel late the wife of Nicholas de Thorne.
May 15.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Gloucester. Order to cause a coroner for that county to be elected in place of William Somerwell, who is insufficiently qualified.
May 1.
Westminster.
To Henry Sturmy, escheator in co. Southampton. Order to deliver to Peter de Cusance, knight, kinsman and heir of John Bluet, tenant in chief, and to Edmund Baynard and Eleanor his wife, John's daughter and heir, the advowson of Cilchestre church, co. Southampton, as of the advowsons which Eleanor, late John's wife, held in dower at her death of the inheritance of Peter and Eleanor, the king has assigned to Peter, Edmund and Eleanor, with their assent, the said advowson, to wit, the first time of presenting to Peter and the second to Eleanor, as often as a voidance occurs.
May 15.
Westminster.
To Richard de Denton, escheator in cos. Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancaster. Order to deliver a messuage and 20 acres of land in Raghton to the nearest friend of the heir of Robert de Raghton, to whom they cannot descend by hereditary right, to be kept for the heir's use, saving to the king the rent due thereon, and not to intermeddle further with the lands which Robert 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 messuage and land in his demesne as of fee, in chief, by the service of rendering 15s. 5½d. yearly by the hands of the sheriff of Cumberland, to the exchequer, Carlisle, at Michaelmas, and that he held divers other lands in his demesne as of fee in that bailiwick of others than the king by certain services, and that Thomas his son is his next heir and aged three years.
May 28.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Hoo, escheator in Sussex. Order to deliver to Roger brother of John de Bulsham, the manor of Bulsham in the parish of Yabeton, together with the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that John at his death held the said manor for himself and the heirs of his body, with remainder, in default, to Roger and the heirs of his body, by a fine levied in the king's court, and that John died without an heir of his body, and the manor is held by the service of a fourth part of a knight's fee as of the fees which belonged to Robert de Tateshale, in the king's hand, and the king has taken Roger's fealty.
May 27.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Hoo, escheator in Sussex. Order not to intermeddle further with certain tenements in Estbourne in that county, restoring the issues thereof to Geoffrey de Sonyngelegh, who married Isabel, daughter and heir of John Evenyng, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that John at his death held those tenements in his demesne as of fee in chief, by the service of a twentieth part of a knight's fee, and certain other tenements there in his demesne as of fee of others than the king by divers services, and that all the said tenements pertain to Geoffrey by reason of his offspring by Isabel, and the king has taken his fealty.
April 15.
Westminster.
To Robert de Rokwode and Henry de Elmham. Whereas the king lately appointed Edmund de Saxham, Thomas de Saxham, Hamo de Mikelefeld, Richard de Martlesham, John de Rysing and Richard Freysel to collect and levy the tenth and fifteenth last granted, of the men of co. Suffolk, and afterwards in place of Richard Freysel the king appointed Robert and Henry to execute the premises with the others, and subsequently, for certain causes shown before the council the king ordered Edmund, Thomas, Hamo, Richard de Martlesham and John to be attendant upon the collecting and levying, and he notified Robert and Henry that it would not behove them to be attendant thereupon henceforth, and although, afterwards, not recollecting the said order and notification, the king appointed Henry and Robert with Edmund, Thomas, Hamo, Richard de Martlesham and John, and John de Denham, to execute the premises, yet Robert and Henry are making stay upon rendering their account at the exchequer for the time when they were collectors in that county of the aid of 40s. for making the king's eldest son a knight, for which the king is not yet fully satisfied, and therefore they cannot be attendant upon the collecting of the tenth and fifteenth with the others: the king therefore again notifies Henry and Robert that it does not behove them to be attendant upon the said collecting with the others aforesaid, whom the king has enjoined to be attendant upon the same in conjunction with John de Denham, without awaiting the presence of Robert and Henry.
Membrane 13.
April 28.
Westminster.
To Robert Hadham, escheator in Middlesex. Order not to intermeddle further with a messuage in the parish of St. Clement Danes, without the bar of the New Temple, London, restoring the issues thereof to Simon le Barbour, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that John Barbour at his death held the said messuage in his demesne of fee, in chief, in socage, by fealty and by the service of paying 18d. every Michaelmas to the exchequer by the hands of the sheriff of that county, and that Simon lately married Cecily, John's daughter and heir, now deceased, and that he had a son by her who died during Cecily's life, wherefore the messuage ought to pertain to Simon by the law of England, and the king has taken his fealty.
April 28.
Westminster.
To Walter de Chiriton and his fellows, the king's merchants, fermors of the customs and subsidies in all the ports of England, and to their mainpernors. Order to pay to Ralph, baron of Stafford 300 marks for Easter term last, as on 6 September in the 22nd year of the reign, for his good service and for his stay with the king for life with sixty men at arms, and because he would make stay with no other than the king as is contained in the indenture made with him, the king granted to him 600 marks for his fee to be received yearly for life of the customs in the ports of London and Boston.
April 28.
Westminster.
To William Walkelate, the king's serjeant at arms. Order to deliver to William Bakestere of Grymesby his ship called 'Godyere' with all its tackle and the goods and chattels found therein without delay, as the king lately appointed William to make scrutiny of all ships and boats in the River Thames that none of the king's good money of sterling, or letters or other things prejudicial to the king should be taken to parts beyond the sea, and he arrested the said ship as forfeit to the king on account of the resistance of the mariners to him on his first arrival so that he could not make such scrutiny, and it is testified before the king and his council that William was not in his ship at the time of this impediment, and that he had no part therein, wherefore the king has granted to him the ship with the goods and chattels therein, as a gift of his special favour.
By K. on the information of William.
May 1.
Westminster.
To the mayor and bailiffs of Ipswich and to the collectors of customs in the port of that town. Order to permit Athelard son of Nicholas, master of a ship called 'la Seinte Osyne' of Serisi in Seland to lade 40 quarters of wheat in that ship and take them thence to London, to do his pleasure therewith in accordance with the king's grant to him, after receiving security from him that he will take the wheat to London and not to parts beyond the sea. By C.
April 20.
Westminster.
To Edmund de Saxam, Thomas de Saxham, Hamo de Miklefeld, Richard de Martlesham and John de Rysyng. Order to associate John de Benham with them and to be attendant upon the collecting and levying of the tenth and fifteenth in co. Suffolk without awaiting the presence of Robert de Rokwode and Henry de Elmham, as the king lately appointed them and Richard Freysel to collect the tenth and fifteenth, and afterwards he appointed Robert and Henry to execute the premises in place of Henry, and subsequently, for certain causes shown before the council, he ordered them to be attendant upon the matter without awaiting Robert and Henry, and although not recollecting that order, he associated them again with Robert and Henry and with John de Benham, yet as Robert and Henry make continual stay upon rendering their account for the time when they were collectors of the aid for making the king's eldest son a knight, in the said county, for which the king is not yet satisfied, they cannot be attendant upon the premises. By C.
May 20.
Westminster.
To Simon Basset, escheator in co. Gloucester. Order not to intermeddle further with certain lands in the town of Netherleye, restoring the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that Nicholas Gamage at his death held no lands in chief in his demesne as of fee, but that he held the said lands of Edward de Penebrugge, in socage, by the service of a pair of gloves.
May 10.
Westminster.
To Richard Talbot. Order to pay to William de Cusancia, sometime keeper of the wardrobe, those 95l. which are in arrear for Whitsuntide and Martinmas terms for the first year of payment of a ferm of certain lands in the king's hand, which belonged to Laurence de Hastynges, earl of Pembroke, tenant in chief, demised to Richard by Thomas de Clopton, late keeper of the wardrobe, under a certain form, knowing that if they delay payment the king will cause the money to be levied of their lands and chattels.
May 18.
Westminster.
To Walter de Chiriton and his fellows, the king's merchants, 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 Queen Philippa or to her attorney 297l. 2s. 11d. of the issues of the petty custom in that port, or of those of the great custom, if these do not suffice, for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to her, in consideration of her great charges in the maintenance of his children, of 891 marks 5s. 9¾d. to be received yearly of the said issues until the king has ordained otherwise for the maintenance of his children.
May 8.
Westminster.
To John Laundels, escheator in Berks. Order to take the fealty of Joan late the wife of John de Wantyng of Estbury, in accordance with the form of a schedule enclosed with these presents, and not to intermeddle further with a messuage, 50 acres of land in Bokhampton and 84 acres of land, 2 acres of meadow and 26s. 8d. rent in Estbury, restoring the issues thereof to her, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that John, at his death, was jointly enfeoffed of the premises with Joan, for themselves and the heirs of their bodies, by the king's licence, and that the tenements in Bokhampton are held in chief by the service of a serjeanty, to wit, of housing the king's dogs when they go to those parts, and the tenements in Estbury are also held in chief, by the service of an eighth part of a knight's fee.
May 25.
Westminster.
To John de Wesenham, the king's butler, or to him who supplies his place in the town of Southampton. Order to deliver to the abbot and convent of the place of St. Edward now called Letteley, two tuns of wine of the king's right prise, for the two last years, in accordance with the grant of King Henry to them of a tun of such wine in frank almoin to be received yearly at Mid Lent, for celebrating masses in their church.
Membrane 12.
April 1.
Westminster.
To the fermors of the customs and their mainpernors or to their attorneys. Order to pay to Henry Pycard or to his attorney 1,475l. for Easter term last, as for an advance of 8,000l. which Henry, Simon de Garton and their fellows made to the king, he granted that prompt payment of the tenths and fifteenths granted to him should be made before the quinzaine of Michaelmas in the 22nd year of the reign, and that tallies for that sum should be levied at the exchequer and that they should have 20s. of the subsidy on each sack of wool taken out of the realm after that Michaelmas by reason of that advance, until Henry should be satisfied for 4,000l. of true debts due by the king by his letters patent or by bills of the wardrobe, to them or any other persons, to be surrendered by them, and by virtue of that grant the said merchants received 6,100l. upon the issues of the tenth and fifteenth by tallies levied at the receipt of the exchequer for the said Michaelmas, as appears by the endorsement of the letters patent to the merchants, restored to chancery to be cancelled, and afterwards, on 16 October in the 22nd year of the reign, the king granted that Henry should receive 20s. on every sack taken out of the realm until he should be fully satisfied for the remaining 5,900l., notwithstanding any assignment made by the king to another merchant, so that he should make surrender of letters or bills for 4,000l. of that sum, due by the same, to the exchequer; and afterwards, with the assent of the council, the king, wishing Henry to be satisfied for what was in arrear to him of the entire sum on 20 December last granted that he should receive the remaining 5,900l. of the issues of the said customs, to wit, 1,475l. at Christmas then following, 1,475l. at Easter following and 1,475l. at Midsummer and 1,475l. at Michaelmas.
June 28.
Westminster.
To the same. Order to pay to the said Henry or to his attorney 1,475l. for Midsummer of the said issues.
April 15.
Westminster.
To the fermors of the customs and subsidies due in all the ports of England, or to their mainpernors or their attorneys in the port of London. Order to pay to John de Coupeland 295l. 7s. 11d. for Easter, Michaelmas and Easter terms last, as in consideration of his service in war and of his vigorous action in the battle at Durham, where he took David de Bruys, self styled king of Scotland, and freely delivered him to the king, the king created John a banneret and to maintain that estate granted to him 500l. to be received yearly, to wit, 400l. of the issues of the customs in that port and 100l. of the issues of the customs in the port of Berwick upon Tweed; and the king granted to him the manor of Coghull, co. York and a moiety of the manor of Kirkeby in Kendale with its members and other appurtenances in cos. Westmorland and Cumberland, and a moiety of the manor of Ulreston, co. Lancaster, which belonged to William de Coucy and came into the king's hand as escheats after his death, to the yearly value of 231l. 8s. 9¼d. at which they are extended, in part satisfaction of the said 500l., saving to the king the park and separable wood upon le Bradewode, the wood in the island of Wynandermere, a moiety of the wood called 'Richemerfeld,' of the wood of Crosthwayt called 'Brondewode,' and of the wood of Aynerholm, and the knights' fees and advowsons pertaining to the said manor and moieties; and the king also granted to John the manors of Morholm, Warton, Carneford and Lyndeheved with appurtenances, in co. Lancaster, which belonged to the said William and escheated to the king, to hold at ferm at the king's will, to the value of 78l. 5s. 11d. yearly, in part satisfaction of the 500l., and the king wishing John to be satisfied for the remaining 190l. 5s. 3¾d., granted that he should receive that sum yearly of the issues of the customs in the port of London, until the king should provide him with 190l. 5s. 3¾d. of land and rent yearly, in full satisfaction of the 500l.
To the fermors of the customs and subsidies in all the ports of England or to their mainpernors or to their attorneys in the port of Newcastle upon Tyne. Order to pay to John de Coupeland 150l. for Easter, Michaelmas and Easter terms last, in accordance with the king's grant to him on 20 January in the 20th year of the reign, for his good service and for his stay with the king with twenty men at arms, of 100l. to be received yearly for life of the issues of the customs in that port.
April 10.
Westminster.
To the fermors etc. as above in the port of Boston. Order to pay to William, marquis of Juliers, or to Henry de Brisele, his attorney, 300l. for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to him of 1,000l. to be received yearly, to wit, 600l. of the customs in that port and 400l. at the exchequer.
To Walter de Chiriton and his fellows, fermors of the customs and subsidies due in all the ports of England or to their mainpernors or to their attorneys. Order to pay to Wolfard de Gistellis and to Eleanor his wife 83l. 6s. 8d., as on 1 June in the [20th] year of the reign the king granted to them 50 marks to be received yearly for their lives of the issues of the customs in the port of London, and the king ordered the said fermors to certify him how much had been paid to Wolfard and Eleanor, and how much remained to be paid, and Walter returned that 50l. had been paid, to wit, for Michaelmas term in the 20th year and for the terms of Easter and Michaelmas following, and the king wishes them to be satisfied for the 83l. 6s. 8d. in arrear for Easter and Michaelmas terms in the 22nd and 23rd years and for Easter term last.
April 15.
Westminster.
To the fermors of the customs and subsidies due in all the ports of England, and to their mainpernors, or to their attorneys in the port of Boston. Order to pay to William de Melchebourn, the king's merchant, 10l. for Easter term last, in accordance with the king's grant to him for his services in the redemption of the king's great crown, which he brought to England, of 20l. to be received yearly for life of the issues of the great and petty customs in that port.
Membrane 11.
May 25.
Westminster.
To the collectors of the customs in the port of Boston. Order to pay to Tidemannus de Lymbergh, Thomas de Brandon, Richard de Causton and Thomas de Notingham or to Robert de Caldewell and John de Beek, their attorneys, 20s. on every sack, 20s. on every 300 wool-fells, and 40s. on every last of hides taken out of that port from 10 April last until they are satisfied for 4,000 in part satisfaction of 35,000 marks in which the king is bound to them for divers causes, as the king has granted that they shall have satisfaction as aforesaid for the 35,000 marks in all the ports of England. By K.
The like to the collectors of customs in the port of London to pay 4,000l. to Tidemannus etc. or to Thomas de Brandon, and Thomas Dunsily, their attorneys.
The like to the collectors of customs in the port of Kyngeston upon Hull to pay 3,000l. to Tidemannus etc. or to Adam Pound, their attorney.
Memorandum that on 16 August following Adam Pound was amoved from his office of attorney in the port of Kyngeston and John de Chesterfeld was substituted in his place, and on 24 September following John de Caldewell was deputed in place of the said John.
The like to the collectors of customs in the port of Sandwich to pay 120l. to Tidemannus etc. or to John Loveryk, their attorney.
July 30.
Westminster.
The like to the collectors of customs in the port of Southampton to pay 500l. to Tidemannus etc. or to Thomas de Brandon and Henry Flemyng, their attorneys.
The like to the collectors of customs in the following ports, to wit:—
The collectors in the port of Lenn to pay 300l. to them or to John de Wesenham, their attorney.
The collectors in the port of Great Yarmouth to pay 100l. to them or to Roger de Broxton, their attorney.
The collectors in the port of Ipswich to pay 200l. to them or to Stacius de Manyers, their attorney.
The collectors in the port of Chichester to pay 100l. to them or to Thomas de Brandon or to Thomas Dunsely, their attorneys.
Aug. 16.
Rotherhithe.
The collectors in the ports of Newcastle upon Tyne and Hertilpol to pay 200l. to them or to John de Caldewell, their attorney.
Afterwards on 24 September the collectors in the port of Lenn were ordered to pay 700l. in addition to the 300l. aforesaid.
Afterwards on 22 October the collectors in the port of London were ordered to pay 3,000l. in addition to the 4,000l. aforesaid.
Afterwards on 24 October the collectors in the port of Kyngeston upon Hull were ordered to pay 2,000l. beyond the 3,000l. aforesaid.
On the same day the collectors in the ports of Newcastle upon Tyne and Hertilpol were ordered to pay 300l. beyond the 200l. aforesaid.
June 8.
Westminster.
To William de Thorp, Hugh de Meynil, Nicholas de Langeford, William de Grey of Sandiacre, Roger Deyncourt, Roger Michel of Breideston, John Cokeyn and Robert Bretoun. Order to be attendant upon the preservation of the peace and keeping the statutes of Winchester and Northampton in co. Derby, the punishment of offenders and the other things contained in their commission, without awaiting the presence of John de Grey of Codenore, whom the king appointed with them for this, as John is detained by such grave sickness that he cannot execute the premises, as the king has learned by trustworthy testimony. By C.
Mandate to John that it does not behove him to travail in the execution of the premises.
June 6.
Henley.
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to allow to John Cook and his fellows, guardians of the temporalities of the archbishopric of Canterbury, when in the king's hand by the death of John de Stratford, the archbishop, what they shall be found, by letters of acquittance under the Griffon seal, to have paid to Robert de Mildenhale, receiver of the money of the king's chamber, up to the sum of 1,000l., as on 20 October in the 22nd year of the reign the king reserved to his chamber 1,000l. of the issues of the archbishopric, and by letters under the Griffon seal ordered the said guardians to pay that sum to Robert.
By letter of the seal called 'le Griffon.'
June 15.
Selborne.
To Thomas de Hoo, escheator in co. Surrey. Order not to intermeddle further with the lands of John son of William Roce of Tetyngge, restoring the issues thereof to him, although the king, on learning that John was dead, ordered the escheator to take into the king's hand all the lands whereof John was seised in his demesne as of fee, and to keep them safely until further order, as John is alive and enjoying bodily health, as is found by inquisition taken by the escheator.
June 7.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Hoo, escheator in Surrey and Sussex. Order to deliver to Master William de Eppeworth, sometime guardian of the temporalities of the archbishopric of Canterbury, by indenture, all the issues of the said temporalities in that bailiwick for the time when they were in the king's hand by the death of Master John de Offord, elect of Canterbury, and of Master Thomas Bradewardyn, afterwards archbishop of Canterbury, so that William may be able to answer to the king therefor. By K.
June 12.
Selborne.
To the same. Order not to intermeddle further with the lands which he took into the king's hand by reason of the death of Thomas de Wolbergh of Notefeld, restoring the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that Thomas at his death held no lands in chief in that bailiwick whereby the custody of his lands ought to pertain to the king, but that he held lands of others than the king by divers services.
June 6.
Henley.
To William de Langele, escheator in co. Kent. Order to cause Nicholas de Huntyngton son and heir of John de Huntyngton, tenant in chief, to have seisin of all the lands whereof his father was seised at his death in his demesne as of fee, as he has proved his age before the escheator, and the king has taken his homage for all the lands which his father held in chief, and has rendered them to him. By p.s. [21002.]
June 10.
Windsor.
To Saier de Rocheford, escheator in co. Lincoln. Order to amove the king's hand without delay from a messuage and 13 acres of land in Swaueton and not to intermeddle further therewith, as the king lately ordered the escheator to certify why he had taken the premises into the king's hand, and the escheator returned that he had so taken them by reason of the trespass of a former prior of Castelacre in acquiring the said messuage and land, which are held in chief, of the abbot of Lessay (de Exaquino) and by reason of that abbot's trespass in acquiring them of Henry de Lacy, earl of Lincoln, without the king's licence, and afterwards at the prior's suit showing that one Robert de Haya, sometime lord of Swaueton, by his charter, confirmed by Richard his son and by Ralph, Richard's brother, granted to God and St. Mary de Acra and to the monks there a bovate of land in Swauetona with all the service that pertains to the bovate, and the priors of that place have been seised of the said messuage and land, which are the said bovate by virtue of that grant, from time out of mind without having acquired them as is alleged in the escheator's return, and the prior beseeching the king to cause his hand to be amoved, the king ordered the escheator to take an inquisition upon the matter, by which it is found that Robert de Haya, lord of Swauetona, before a time whereof there is no memory to the contrary, granted a bovate of land in Swaueton to God and St. Mary de Acra and the monks there, by his charter, confirmed by Richard his son and by Ralph, Richard's brother, and that the priors have been seised of that bovate by virtue of the said grant, and it is the same as the messuage and 13 acres of land taken into the king's hand, and that the messuage and land were never acquired as alleged in the escheator's return, that they are held of the abbot of Barlynges in frank almoin and are worth 6s. 8d. yearly.
Membrane 10.
May 25.
Westminster.
To Thomas Frembaud, escheator in cos. Bedford and Buckingham. Order to amove the king's hand from the lands of the priory of St Bartholomew, London, void by the death of John de Pekesden, the last prior, and not to intermeddle further therewith, restoring the issues thereof to the sub-prior and convent without delay, as King Henry, by charter which the king has inspected, granted that after the death of the prior no one should presume to usurp the lordship of the place or intermeddle with its lands, men or chattels, except with the goodwill of the whole convent, and now the sub-prior and convent have shown the king that although in every voidance of the priory its lands and possessions have been in their custody from the time of the said charter, without the king's ministers intermeddling therewith or receiving any profit therefrom, yet the escheator has taken the lands of the priory into the king's hand by reason of John's death, whereupon they have besought the king to provide a remedy, and by process held before Eldward I it was considered that the custody of the priory could not pertain to him by reason of a voidance, and he ordered the treasurer and barons of the exchequer by writ to acquit John de Kensyngton, then the prior, and the convent, of 6l. 7s. 11d. with which Ralph de Broghton, who intermeddled with the custody of that priory in the last voidance, charged himself, by virtue of which writ the said treasurer and barons discharged them, as is found by their certificate sent into chancery.
The like to the following, to wit:—
Walter Turk, mayor of London and escheator there.
Peter de Boxstede, escheator in cos. Essex and Hertford.
Robert de Hadham, escheator in co. Middlesex.
May 12.
Westminster.
To Richard de Thoresby, keeper of the hanaper of chancery. Order to pay to John, bishop of Worcester, the chancellor, 7l. 20d., as the livery of the robes of the clerks of chancery for the present summer exceeds the usual sum by that amount, on account of the scarcity of cloth and sendal (cindalli). By K. and C.
[Fœdera.]
June 1.
Westminster.
To William de Langele, escheator in co. Kent. Order to retain in the king's hand 7 acres of land in Neucherche, Rokyng and Bilsynton of the inheritance of Michael Galiot, whereof 4 are held of the king until further order and not to intermeddle further with the other tenements which John son and heir of William de Harnhull, tenant in chief, held of others than the king, restoring the issues thereof, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that a messuage and 30 acres of land in Neucherche, Rokyngg and Bilsynton came into his hands by reason of John's minority, and John died a minor in the king's wardship, and that 4 acres of that land are held in chief by the service of rendering 3d. to the ward of Dover castle and 1½d. to the king's court of Relevet, and the messuage and remaining lands are held of others than the king by divers services, and that Michael Galiot, John's kinsman, is his next heir for the 7 acres whereof the 4 acres held in chief are parcel, and James de Harnhull, John's kinsman, is his next heir for the messuage and the remaining 23 acres, and is aged three years.
May 26.
Westminster.
To Henry Draper and Walter de Elemor of Gloucester. Order to be attendant upon levying and collecting the portion of the tenth and fifteenth last granted, for the second year, touching the town of Gloucester, and not to intermeddle with the levying of the same without that town, although the king appointed them with other lieges to levy and collect that tenth and fifteenth for the second year in co. Gloucester, so that they should answer for the money thereof before the octaves of Trinity next, because they are appointed bailiffs of that town and are therefore charged to levy and collect the ferm there, and to hold divers pleas and suits touching the state and salvation of the town, wherefore they cannot be attendant upon the said collecting without the town. By C.